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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 10/23/11 - Once Upon a Time, Grimm, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, October 31 2011 and posted in Features

Nightfly lists his preferred picks from primetime TV and the world of entertainment.

TV Week in Review (week of 10/23/11)

In this installment my hour-long Scripted List breaks new ground with not two, or three, but four individual episodes tying to claim the top spot. The four shows in question (Boardwalk Empire, Nikita, Grimm & Once Upon a Time) are all wholly equal in their awesomeness, imo, and their respective placements on the list in no way suggest their order of excellence. CBS & NBC both score double slots on my Outstanding Sitcoms list, this week featuring the long-awaited return of Beavis & Butt-Head! Due to its ten o'clock timeslot B&B won't be competing in my Favorite Teen Shows category as one might expect, but rather will square off in competition in my Outstanding Sitcoms section only. Speaking of the Teen Shows section, Disney benefitted this week by the lack of new Nickelodeon shows snagging three of that categories five spots. Interestingly, the one new episode Nick did air was a double-lengthed Supah Ninjas which displaced the Teen category's top spot mainstay Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Because of Project Runway and its franchise, Lifetime also claims three of five slots on this column's Reality Shows list. I was honestly surprised at how much I liked the series opener of Project Accessory (hosted by Molly Sims) - I suspect it'll make my reality lists more often than not.
Based on last week's incredible Supernatural (my first sampling of the series) I decided to watch this week's episode too. I got pulled away midway through and it disappointingly hasn't gone online in time for this column, but I saw enough to know I want to start watching regularly from now on. I've known for some time that its casting was top-notch yet I never realized before how entertainingly violent the show is - very much on par with Joss Whedon and/or True Blood. Don't be surprised if this series starts appearing in my column in the near future. On the subject of well-choreographed fights, this WiR features great fight scene clips for Hawaii Five-O and Boardwalk Empire.
Tomorrow (Tues 11/1) don't miss the mid-season premiere of Covert Affairs on USA. Top Chef: Texas fires up its new season Wednesday (11/2) and Bones unveils its new season premiere Thursday (11/3). Thursday also brings the mid-season premiere of Burn Notice, while, Sunday (11/6) David Beckham hosts Teen Nick's (community service oriented) Halo Awards show. Watch 'coming soon' trailers at GetGlue for Top Chef & the Halo Awards stickers here & here. AMC premieres their new period drama Hell on Wheels this Sunday (11/6) as well; I can't wait.
Before moving on to my preferred picks of from last week, I should mention that the sudden lack of music video links is due to my starting a separate column to highlight new music video releases. I hope you'll look for my new music column in the 'Special Features, Podcasts, and Webcomics' section of the Outhouse's front page going forward.
Now to my favorite picks from last week's primetime TV...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

7. Grey's Anatomy - "Put Me In, Coach" (ABC)

6. NCIS: L.A. - "Lone Wolf" (CBS)
Field Agents of NCIS: Los Angeles

5. Hawaii Five-O - "Ka Hakaka Maika'i (The Good Fight)" (CBS)

1. Boardwalk Empire - "Gimcrack & Bunkum" (HBO)
Ep. 17 - Inside the Episode

1. Grimm - "Pilot" (NBC)

* learn more about Grimm by exploring Aunt Marie's trailer.

1. Once Upon a Time - "Pilot" (ABC)

1. Nikita - "343 Walnut Lane" (CW)
Shane West, Maggie Q & David Keith in "343 Walnut Lane"
Guest Star of the Week: David Keith on Nikita (CW)

Runners Up:
Kristy Swanson on Psych (USA)
Kate del Castillo on CSI: Miami (CBS)
Mark Dacascos on Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
* Favorite Teen Shows *

5. Good Luck Charlie - "Return to Super Adventure Land" (Disney)
Good Luck Charlie
Micah Williams & Bridgit Mendler

4. A.N.T. Farm - "cANTonese style cuisine" (Disney)

3. Shake It Up - "Doctor It Up" (Disney)

2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Darkness on Umbara" (TOON)
Pong Krell
Jedi General Pong Krell tries unsuccessfully to intimidate Captain Rex.

1. Supah Ninjas - "Ishina" (nick)
Supah Ninjas
Carlos Knight, Ryan Potter & Gracie Dzienny in "Ishina"
Webisode of the Week: Dragon Age: Redemption - (Ep.3) "Josmael"

Fave *New* Music Video(s) of the Week: [tie]
"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri  {released 10/26} from the Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Pt.1 soundtrack

read more about the video and artist here.

"Party" by Beyoncé (feat. J. Cole)  {released 10/26 via VEVO}

This Halloween week is a true treat for live music fans in and around the L.A. area. Thursday (11/3) Platinum Hit finalist Jes Hudak performs live at The Hotel Cafe @ 10pm. Special guests Jen Hirsh, DJ Quikie Mart, and super-talented fellow Platinum Hit contestant Amber Ojeda will also perform!
Saturday, (the fifth of November) Joy Valencia will play a rare acoustic set at a 'meet the designer' trunk show from 3-7p for ALPINESTARS by Denise Focil & ASTARS' new Fall & Holiday lines @ Code C. If I were in L.A. this week both events would be on my must-do list.

* Just a couple musical GetGlue stickers from me this week, one (while supplies last) for watching the official "Toes" video by Lights, and, here's one for watching Christina Perri's video for "A Thousand Years."
Trivia Question of the Week: NCIS:L.A. beauty Daniela Ruah guest starred in a crossover appearance on which other (listed) show last week?

Current Medal Standing:


~ Previous week's answer: Stargate Universe  (Winner: avengingtitan)


* Outstanding Sitcoms *

7. The Office - "Spooked" (NBC)

6. How I Met Your Mother - "Noretta" (CBS)
Chris Elliott & Alyson Hannigan in "Noretta"

5. Beavis & Butt-Head - "Werewolves of Highland; Crying" (MTV)
Beavis & Butt-Head
Beavis & Butt-Head Return!

4. 2 Broke Girls - "And the Disappearing Bed" (CBS)
2 Broke Girls
Kat Dennings & Beth Behrs in "And the Disappearing Bed"

3. Bored to Death - "The Black Clock of Time" (HBO)
Ep. 19 - Inside the Mind of Jonathan Ames

2. Happy Endings - "Spooky Endings" (ABC)

1. Parks and Recreation - "Meet N Greet" (NBC)

Logical Lizard

* Reality Shows *

5. After the Runway - "Episode 4" (Lifetime)

4. Project Accessory - "Accessorize This?!" (Lifetime)

Episode 1: Bonus Judging

3. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team 6 - "On the Field" (CMT)
Courtney Cook
Courtney Cook back "On the Field" in DCC: Making the Team 6
* free DCC 6 iPhone app here

2. Project Runway - "Finale Part Two" (Lifetime)

Judges' Take Bonus footage

1. True Hollywood Story: Kara DioGuardi (E!)
Kara DioGuardi
Kara DioGuardi opens up to E!

Last week I caught forty-six hours of primetime TV (up from forty-one the week before last) but there were a couple shows I still missed. Sadly, since Mike & Molly isn't ever available online or OnDemand I'm going to have to say goodbye to that show for now, though, on the plus side I'll be adding Supernatural to my viewing schedule come hell or highwater henceforth. Supernatural's last episode isn't available online or OnDemand yet but from now on I totally plan to record it if not viewing it live. If Mike & Molly ever makes itself easier to catch I'll happily start watching it again. I also unfortunately missed the season premiere of Stan Lee's Superhumans; I'll catch it when it repeats or goes online, OnDemand, etc.

Of the twenty-four hour-long dramas screened last week Dexter, Homeland, Psych, CSI: Miami and The Good Wife all just missed my scripted list. Comedies The Big Bang Theory, Rules of Engagement, Shake It Up, Good Luck Charlie and A.N.T. Farm came closest to making my Outstanding Sitcoms list. The only teen category series I watched that didn't make this week's Teen list was The Looney Tunes Show on the Cartoon Network.
Top Shot's third season finale and season recap aftershow, Top Shot: Behind the Bullet, both earned solid Honorable Mentions, as did the series premiere of Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan and fellow reality contenders American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. & Ancient Aliens.

Several series featured remarkable guest stars last week. A few more I can't fail to mention are Phil Morris (on Shake It Up), Bill Fagerbakke (on How I Met Your Mother), Cheryl Ladd (on NCIS), and Paige Turco (on Person of Interest).

Psych's Halloween episode didn't make my scripted list this week but it is a beloved series by both me and one of this column's most highly respected VIPs, so, if Psych doesn't make my column (proper) any given week from now on I'll always keep this space reserved for it in honor of Trivia Master avengingtitan boldly championing its cause. Series co-star Tim Omundson tweeted about this episode, "Thanks again to Todd Harthan and James Roday for giving me one of the best scripts I have ever gotten [to] play!"
Timothy Omundson & Kristy Swanson in "This Episode Sucks"
* watch hilarious outtakes from the episode here.

GetGlue members who enjoy comics can score stickers for checking-in to The Incredible Hulk, Red Skull, Wolverine and The X-Men, and the Blu-ray release of Captain America: The First Avenger.
Movie fans can GetGlue for viewing trailers for AFI's Indie Film Fest (kicking off Nov. 3rd), and, George Clooney's upcoming release, Descendants (opening 11/18).

Catherine Reitman's Breakin' it Down web series delivered one of my favorite webisodes so far last week (for obvious Star Wars related reasons). In this entry she reviews the films Like Crazy & Anonymous. Enjoy.

Cruise's Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol released a new trailer and poster last week. Screen the trailer (below) and read more about it here.
<a href="http://video.uk.msn.com/?mkt=en-gb&from=null&vid=498480d1-6f80-434f-a0d2-c11b51df95bb&src=FLPl:embed::uuids" target='_new' title='MSN Exclusive: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - Theatrical Trailer' >Video: MSN Exclusive: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - Theatrical Trailer</a>

Ghost Protocol
Ethan Hunt & team in latest Ghost Protocol poster.
* read more about the poster here.

Several movie trailers came out last week, check out a handy list of 'em (embedded) here. It's a list after my own heart.

Thanks as always for checking out my picks and please take a peek at my new music video column as well if you get the chance. Have a safe Halloween, Be Well & Happy Viewing!

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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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