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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 10/2/11 - Warehouse 13, Modern Family, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, October 10 2011 and posted in Features

Nightfly lists his preferred picks from the previous week of primetime programming.

TV Week in Review (week of 10/2/11)

In this highly competitive week the pay cable channels edged out the rest for hour-long Scripted List dominance and the (so-called) Big Three were skunked in that category altogether. Only Syfy, FOX & the CW, from the non-premium realm,  made my main list while ABC, NBC, and FOX split the Outstanding Sitcoms slots (with FOX claiming a majority of those). The Disney Channel was the only net to slot more than once in my Favorite Teen Shows section - no network can make the same claim amongst this week's reality shows. Discovery's reality series American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. deserves some congratulations for its sixth consecutive week placing on my Reality Shows list. Kudos also go to The History Channel and the Cartoon Network for serving up wins in their respective categories two competitive weeks in-a-row.
Readers of last week's column know I'm checking into GetGlue these days and I thought some of you might be interested in their September TV premiere numbers. Learn which new and returning shows received the most check-ins at GG here. The numbers may just surprise you.
In the week starting today (10/9) look for new series premiering on HBO, BET, ABC, and Discovery. Tomorrow (Mon 10/10) Discovery debuts reality series American Guns, and HBO unveils Enlightened (starring Laura Dern) immediately following the third season premiere of Jonathan Ames' Bored to Death. Tuesday (10/11) don't miss the series premieres of Last Man Standing (starring Tim Allen & Nancy Travis on ABC) and Reed Between the Lines (starring Tracee Ellis Ross & Malcolm-Jamal Warner on BET).
Now onto my preferred picks from last week...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

7. Dexter - "Those Kinds of Things" (SHO)

Follow Dexter on twitter.

6. Fringe - "Alone in the World" (FOX)
John Noble & Aaron Bird in "Alone in the World"
* Fringe Glyph Code: REBORN

5. Boardwalk Empire - "Ourselves Alone" (HBO)
Ep. 14 - Inside the Episode

4. Strike Back - "Episode 8" (MAX)

3. Homeland - "Pilot" (SHO)

Follow Homeland on twitter.

2. Nikita - "Knightfall" (CW)

1. Warehouse 13 - "Emily Lake/Stand" (Syfy)

Guest Star of the Week: Anthony Michael Hall on Warehouse 13 (Syfy)
Anthony Michael Hall
Anthony Michael Hall in "Emily Lake"
Webisode(s) of the Week: [tie]
The Guild - (S5, Ep.11) "Costume Contest"
<a href="" target='_new' title='Season 5 - Episode 11 - Costume Contest' >Video: Season 5 - Episode 11 - Costume Contest</a>

Bandwagon - (S1, Ep.11 - Season Finale, Pt.1) "I Can Do Anything" [TV-MA]

* Watch the shocking second part of the season finale, "My Box is About to Blow Up" here.
* Favorite Teen Shows *

5. A.N.T. Farm - "mutANT farm" (Disney)
A.N.T. Farm
Cast of A.N.T. Farm in "mutANT farm"
* check out many more pics from the episode here.

4. The Simpsons - "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts" (FOX)
The Simpsons
Bart and Chalmers in "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts"

3. Shake It Up - "Shake It Up, Up & Away" (Disney)
Shake It Up
Zendaya Coleman in "Shake It Up, Up & Away"

2. Victorious - "Jade Gets Crushed" (nick)

* Bonus Clip: Watch Victoria celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with her family here.

1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Mercy Mission" (TOON)
Cmdr. Wolffe
Commander Wolffe in "Mercy Mission"

Her Universe

Fave *New* Music Video of the Week: "Countdown" by Beyoncé  {released 10/7 via VEVO}

Runners Up:
"Footloose" by Blake Shelton  {released 10/7 via CMT}
"Shake It Out" by Florence + the Machine  {released 10/2 via VEVO}
"Talking To You (Is Like Talking To Myself)" (Live) by Daryl Hall  {released 10/7 via VEVO}
"The Walk" by Mayer Hawthorne  {released 10/5 via VEVO} [TV-MA]

other music videos released last week;
"Black Fly" by Lindi Ortega  {released 10/3 via CMT}
"Don't Gotta Work It Out" by Fitz and The Tantrums  {released 10/4 via VEVO}
"The Drummer" by Niki & The Dove  {released 10/7 via VEVO}
"Everything and All" by Randy Travis  {released 10/7 via CMT}
"I Like It Like That" by Hot Chelle Rae  {released 10/7 via VEVO}
"I Waited For You" by Valora  {released 10/7 via VEVO}
"Lights Out, Words Gone" by Bombay Bicycle Club  {released 10/7 via VEVO}
"Promise" by Romeo Santos (feat. Usher)  {released 10/4 via VEVO}
"We Owned the Night" (Live) by Lady Antebellum  {released 10/7 via CMT}
"With Ur Love" by Cher Lloyd (feat. Mike Posner)  {released 10/5 via VEVO}

* GetGlue Stickers (while they last) for watching these videos - I got each within the last week;
"Iridescent" by Linkin Park (from Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
"Lights" by Interpol
"Right There" by Nicole Scherzinger
"Wetsuit" by The Vaccines
"Young Forever" by The Ready Set
Trivia Question of the Week: Venerable actor/director/producer Edward James Olmos is this season's Big Bad on Showtime's bloody hit series Dexter. Talented fellow thesp James Remar has played Dexter's dad for the entirety of the series' run. Can you name the former TV series on which Olmos & Remar last shared credits?  [answered]

Current Medal Standing:



~ Previous week's answer: Breaking In (Winner: avengingtitan)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *

7. Whitney - "Silent Treatment" (NBC)

6. Parks and Recreation - "Born and Raised" (NBC)

5. New Girl - "Wedding" (FOX)
New Girl
Zooey Deschanel & Jake M. Johnson in "Wedding"

4. Raising Hope - "Kidnapped" (FOX)
Raising Hope
Garret Dillahunt & Sean Bridgers in "Kidnapped"
* Classic video of Eddie Rabbitt performing "Drivin' My Life Away"

3. Happy Endings - "Baby Steps" (ABC)

Raising Hope

1. Modern Family - "Door to Door" (ABC)

Hart of Dixie

* Reality Shows *

5. Top Chef: Just Desserts - "Death by Chocolate" (Bravo)
TC: Just Desserts
Eliminated Chefs Katzie Guy-Hamilton & Megan Ketover.

4. Unleashed by Garo - "That's a Lot of Skin" (Sundance)

3. American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. - "Mikey's Decision" (DSC)

2. Dark Matters: Twisted But True - "Radio Waves of Death, How to Make a Zombie, Jekyll vs. Hyde" (Sci)

1. Ancient Aliens - "Aliens and the Founding Fathers" (History)
Ancient Aliens
The Apotheosis of George Washington by Constantino Brumidi.

For this column I actually watched fifty-one and a half hours of primetime; if I hadn't missed Mike & Molly it would've been a full fifty-two. Of the thirty-one hours of dramas watched, Glee, Hart of Dixie, A Gifted Man, Pan Am and Ringer came closest to placing on my Scripted List. Every teen show I watched made this week's Favorite Teen Show list, though The Office, Victorious, HIMYM, 2 Broke Girls and Shake It Up all just missed my main Outstanding Sitcoms list. Yes, you read that right, two teen oriented shows beat out Big Three hits because both of 'em were just that funny. Among reality shows, Top Shot, American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. ('Top 10 Fights'), Project Runway and the series premiere of After the Show were the only ones screened that failed to make that list. Despite it not listing, I really did like Lifetime's new After the Show and think it a great addition to the Project Runway franchise.

There was once again many great guest stars to choose from for my Guest Star of the Week honor - Warehouse 13's two-hour finale alone produced three very strong contenders. Making my short list but hitting just shy of the mark were Jaime Murray & Kate Mulgrew (on W13), Amy Sedaris (on Raising Hope), Brian McNamara (on CSI: Miami) and Sean Bridgers in an especially hairy bonus episode of Raising Hope.

Interested in previewing some upcoming TV shows? Last week FOX released a first look at Touch (coming Spring 2012) starring Kiefer Sutherland - check it out (below).

GetGlue members can earn a sticker for simply watching a trailer for A&E's upcoming reality show, American Hoggers. If you hurry there's probably still time to get glue for the previews of Enlightened, Bored to Death, and Last Man Standing too.

Fans of Don Cheadle and/or Kristen Bell will likely enjoy the full trailer (debuting online only yesterday) for Showtime's eagerly anticipated series House of Lies. Read more about it here, and follow House of Lies on twitter.

GetGlue for watching the Coming Soon trailers for films In Time (starring Justin Timberlake & Amanda Seyfried), and, for the moment you can still get the preview sticker for Real Steel as well.

The first trailer for The Raven (starring John Cuasack) hit the web a couple days ago, see it and read a bit about it (via's Inside Movies) here.

In new web series news, there's two you probably won't want to miss. Firstly, Greg Nicotero and the producers of AMC's The Walking Dead teamed to create a riveting 6-part series based on a particularly memorable zombie from the series' pilot. The webisodes are, imho, [every bit] as thought-provoking and emotional as any TWD episode to date. Read more about it here and go here to watch it all courtesy of AMC. BTW, The Walking Dead returns to primetime for its second season premiere next Sunday (10/16).
The Walking Dead
Also, don't miss the Tuesday (10/11) premiere of fantasy web series Dragon Age: Redemption, a six-part story starring Felicia Day (Eureka, The Guild) as an adventurous Elven assassin. The webisode's debut coincides with the Tuesday release of Dragon Age's new "Mark of the Assassin" DLC. Read more about the web series here and behold the newly released trailer (below).

Hopefully this WiR column linked to something that to some degree entertained you. It's certainly one of the more jam-packed installments I can remember. I gotta figure if you're not entertained by TV, music videos, web series, a weekly trivia question and/or movie trailers you're probably not reading this column in the first place. There're more TV premieres coming in the next couple weeks so if nothing currently floats your boat maybe something coming 'round the corner will. Till next time Be Well & Happy Viewing!

Written or Contributed by: Nightfly

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About the Author - Nightfly

A proud member of NBCUniversal's and A+E Television Networks’ Digital Media Teams, Nightfly routinely interviews producers, creators and stars of various network programs and films with a concentrated emphasis on the Syfy channel. Formally educated in Communications, Computer Science and Music, his résumé reflects more than a decade broadcasting in the fields of television and radio. With pieces routinely published at ScreenFad and Press Pass L.A., his primary areas of interest include TV, film, music, web series, comic books, fashion, pen 'n paper RPG gaming as well as various other pop-culture topics. An avid Twitter user, Nightfly supports the arts, the entertainment community, numerous charities and crowdfunding projects through his journalistic netizenship and non-partisan, multicultural-centric activism.

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