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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 11/6/11 - Pan Am, 2 Broke Girls, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, November 14 2011 and posted in Features

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

TV Week in Review (week of 11/6/11)

I know I probably say this too often and I try not to sound like a broken record, but last week made my job extra difficult. There was lots of great TV on and it's reflected in another shuffled deck of my listed shows. Compared to last fall (and both summers I've been doing this) my lists have been surprisingly up for grabs. This time ABC & CW are the only two nets to land double spots on my main scripted list, with ABC garnering Top of the List placement on the strength of Kellie Garner's recent storyline on Pan Am. I first noticed Kellie in Joss Whedon's highly acclaimed Buffy episode, "The Body"... I next noticed her in the cheerleader comedy, Man of the House (2005), and became a loyal fan.
The Disney Channel's teen sitcoms delivered strong last week, earning double placement on my Favorite Teen Shows list and edging out major competition to also place twice on my Outstanding Sitcoms list. CBS dominates this entry's super-competitive sitcom section, scoring three slots including the top one, while, G4 makes WiR history with its first ever win on my Reality Shows list (thanks to an especially compelling epi of Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan). AMC's Talking Dead again makes my reality list even though TWD didn't make my scripted list; extra noteworthy since I very rarely include chat shows in my column, but, I compare it to Lifetime's half hour chat show After the Runway which also earned placement on past lists. Speaking of After the Runway, I'm very disappointed it's not still around for Project Accessory.
This column's comedic nominee pools were made all the more competitive by the addition of not one, but five all-new episodes of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness boldly premiering all week. Before moving onto my weekly lists I wanted to share a bit of WiR history as well as a minor list of regrets. On the historical side, this entry features a first for my hour-long scripted category by way of a two-way tie for second place. I haven't checked all my records yet but the main scripted list category has (by my research) never seen two number twos before. Though I luckily caught the debut of the Science Channel's new show Prophets of Science Fiction, I regretfully failed to mention it in last week's column because I unfortunately didn't know about it then. If you get a chance to check out its premiere online or OnDemand I definitely recommend doing so. Lastly, I missed three shows I wanted to catch - hopefully I'll be able to catch all three eventually but for this column I just didn't get it done. The three missed programs were Law & Order: SVU (which I wanted to watch to see guest actress Izabella Miko), Supah Ninjas on nick, and the Black Girls Rock concert event on BET (hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross & Regina King). Luckily, I know the full Black Girls Rock show is free online at BET's website and the L&O:SVU epi I missed is presently available free via hulu.

Don't miss tonight's broadcast premiere of Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 on the Disney Channel (co-starring George Lopez, Bridgit Mendler, French Stewart, Elaine Hendrix, Odette Annable & Morgan Fairchild).
Now onto my preferred picks from last week's TV and more...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

6. Ringer - "Maybe We Can Get a Dog Instead?" (CW)

5. Once Upon a Time - "Snow Falls" (ABC)

4. Boardwalk Empire - "Peg of Old" (HBO)
Ep. 19 - Inside the Episode

3. Dexter - "Just Let Go" (SHO)

2. Nikita - "London Calling" (CW)
Helena Mattsson, Maggie Q & Shane West in "London Calling"

2. Primeval - "S5,E1" (BBC-America)

1. Pan Am - "Truth or Dare" (ABC)

* Learn more about the unique heritage of Pan Am @
Guest Star(s) of the Week: [tie]
Helena Mattsson on Nikita (CW)
Goran Visnjic on Pan Am (ABC)
Goran Visnjic [left] & Helena Mattsson [right]
* Favorite Teen Shows *

5. Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness - "Fluttering Finger Mindslip" (nick)

4. The Simpsons - "Replaceable You" (FOX)
The Simpsons
Jane Lynch guest stars in "Replaceable You"

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

2. Good Luck Charlie - "Can You Keep a Secret?" (Disney)

1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Plan of Dissent" (TOON)
SW: The Clone Wars
Clone troopers attack the reactor core in "Plan of Dissent"
Webisode of the Week: Dragon Age: Redemption - (Ep.5) "Mercenaries"

Disney Institute

Fave *New* Music Video(s) of the Week: [tie]
"Country Lane" by Telekinesis {released 11/7 via VEVO}
"The One That Got Away" by Katy Perry {released 11/11 via VEVO}

Runners Up: [tie]
"Girl Panic!" by Duran Duran {released 11/8 via VEVO}
"Hurting" by Friendly Fires {released 11/10 via VEVO}
Trivia Question of the Week: In last week's hilarious episode of Parks and Recreation Andy Dwyer spends all his time and resources acquiring a special army he offers towards the protection of Europe. Can you name the astonishing asset he pledges to aid Knope's war?

Current Medal Standing:


~ Previous week's answer: Allen Gregory (Winner: avengingtitan)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *

6. The Big Bang Theory - "The Ornithophobia Diffusion" (CBS)

5. Bored to Death - "I Keep Taking Baths Like Lady Macbeth" (HBO)
Ep. 21: Inside the Mind of Jonathan Ames

4. Shake It Up - "Review It Up" (Disney)

3. Good Luck Charlie - "Can You Keep a Secret?" (Disney)

2. Rules of Engagement - "Nature Calls" (CBS)

1. Parks and Recreation - "The Treaty" (NBC)

1. 2 Broke Girls - "And Hoarder Culture" (CBS)

Logical Lizard

* Reality Shows *

5. Prophets of Science Fiction - "Mary Shelley" (Sci)

4. Project Accessory - "Bling It On" (Lifetime)
Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne guest judges on "Bling It On"

3. Talking Dead - "Cherokee Rose" (AMC)

2. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team 6 - "The Famous Uniform" (CMT)
DCC Uniform Fitting
a DCC candidate is fitted in "The Famous Uniform"

1. Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan - "The Triggerman" (G4)
Game Trailers - E3 2012 - Show Clip

For this column I watched a whopping fifty-two hours of primetime TV, thirty-three of which were hour-long scripted shows. Needless to say, I couldn't possibly catch so many programs each week if it weren't for OnDemand and online viewing. It's thanks to OnDemand that I was finally able to fit Supernatural into my schedule for this WiR! I know it's strange to join a show so very late into its run; especially one with such a deep mythos, all I can say is that I've discovered I like it enough to pick up what I can as needed.
Desperate Housewives, Homeland, Private Practice, Supernatural and A Gifted Man were the dramas that just missed making this week's main hour-long scripted list. The Office, New Girl, HIMYM, Beavis & Butt-Head, and The Simpsons all earned honorable mentions relating to my Outstanding Sitcoms list.
My Favorite Teen Shows section was shaken up a little this edition by Nickelodeon's five day premiere launch of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (airing new episodes on Fridays from now on).
The only two reality shows I screened that didn't place on my list were Top Chef & Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.
Carrie Preston (on The Good Wife), Sarah Silverman (on Bored to Death), Mary Steenburgen (on Bored to Death), Mark Sheppard (on Supernatural) and DJ Qualls (on Supernatural) all deserve praise for shining in a competitive week featuring several outstanding guest stars. Each thesp listed helped their respective show(s) list this week or gain honorable mention above.

Though I liked last week's Fringe very much, it ranked 18th on my scripted list of thirty-three. Nevertheless, here is the glyph code message for "And Those We've Left Behind."

D23's Disney Geek finally returned from his extended (months long) vacation last week with a new video installment. Check it out (below).

Get insider Disney updates by following D23 on twitter.

Universal released an impressive full length Snow White and the Huntsman trailer last week. Reference has been made to the lack of dwarves in it - I'm not sure the dwarves are a part of this particular retelling. Personally, I found Snow White, the evil Queen and the Huntsman more than sufficient to completely captivate my attention. Behold its action-packed trailer below.

* GetGlue members should check-in here to get a cool sticker featuring all three primary characters.

GG users can also score glue for checking-in to Water For Elephants to promote its Blu-Ray and DVD release. And Muppets fans can snag Kermit and Animal stickers by watching Coming Soon trailers for The Muppets. More Muppet character stickers will be available in coming days as the film's release date nears.
Comics stickers popping up last week (all Marvel) included ones for The Avenging Spider-Man, The Jean Grey School for High Learning, and, the massive must-read event "setting the stage for the biggest stories coming in 2012," Point One.

Before I sign-off this week I thought I'd share a link to this brief story of how comics legend Frank Miller sees the Occupy Wall Street movement. Folks aware of his politics can predict which side he's on, though, as the story points out, Batman (when written by Miller) comprehends the central issue quite clearly. Frank's Batman warns the criminal power-elite, "You've eaten Gotham's wealth ... your feast is nearly over." In the spirit of Miller's style, and since I support OWS, I can't help but wonder aloud if the so-called "police forces" (too often augmented by private security agents versus OWS) would demolish protestors' encampments so readily if the self-described occupiers exercised their second amendment rights like the Tea Party protestors did not so long ago? If the troopers of the 1% faced armed protestors instead of unarmed "spoiled brats" watching Project Runway on their iPads, I'm sure it'd produce a scene even Miller could get excited about. Frankly, I'm starting to wonder where the inter-dimensional portals are because today's America looks more like John Carpenter's They Live than I ever thought I'd see in my lifetime. On that pleasant socioeconomic note, I thank you for your interest in the links and brief commentary I collect & provide here weekly. I hope you enjoy the final product as much as I enjoy compiling & assembling it.
Many new music videos hit the web last week, including a couple holiday tunes and a sneak preview of Glee's Troubletones performing an "epic" Adele mashup. Please visit my music video column to see my favorite picks from last week as well as multiple bonus links and videos.
And, as always, please accept your VIP invitation to return here next week to occupy various avenues of the mind via my subjective entertainment column(s). Thanks again. Be Well & Happy Viewing!

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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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