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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 11/27/11 - Supernatural, Bored to Death, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, December 05 2011 and posted in Features

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

TV Week in Review  (week of 11/27/11)

This past week turned out to be a surprisingly competitive one, unexpected, as a number of series are on break or airing repeats for the holidays. The CW network dominates this entry, not just by taking my Top of the List drama spot, but also by being the only network to earn more than a single slot on my hour-long list. CBS, as it's done a time or two before, again stands as the sole hour-long honoree from the so-called Big Three. Star Wars: The Clone Wars was almost unseated in my Favorite Teen Shows section by an extra-entertaining episode of Victorious. That same, Secret Santa themed, Victorious episode is the only teen show honoree to simultaneously place on my Outstanding Sitcoms list this week as well. Though not taking either of the top two slots, the Disney Channel deserves congrats for owning the remaining three of my five teen show spots for last week. HBO's Bored to Death season finale lands on the top of my sitcoms list this time but only NBC and MTV garner multiple spots on that super-amusing list. History Channel's UFO oriented programming dominates my reality category again, though this time for Brad Meltzer's Decoded, making a bold claim on my Reality Shows' Top of the List slot with its debut appearance in my WIR column.
I expected to post episode three of Spellfury's second season as my honored Webisode of the Week, but it appears that it won't be released until next week at the soonest. In the meantime, I hope you'll find this edition's webseries otherwise entertaining.
Tomorrow (Tues 12/6) make sure not to miss three special Christmas episodes from Syfy's Eureka, Warehouse 13, and airing its first holiday special ever, Haven. I'll be publishing interviews with the stars of all three shows tomorrow (if I can finish 'em in time) at TVOM.
Now onto my favorite picks from last week...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

7. The Walking Dead - "Pretty Much Dead Already" (AMC)

6. Boardwalk Empire - "Georgia Peaches" (HBO)
Ep. 22: Inside the Episode
* William Forsythe comments on his characters' murderous brutality here.

5. Glee - "I Kissed a Girl" (FOX)

* Follow Naya Rivera on twitter.

4. A Gifted Man - "In Case of Abnormal Rhythm" (CBS)

3. Primeval - "S5,E4" (BBC-America)

2. Nikita - "Guardians" (CW)
Maggie Q as Nikita in "Guardians"

1. Supernatural - "Death's Door" (CW)

Guest Star of the Week: Jim Beaver on Supernatural (CW)
Jim Beaver
Jim Beaver in "Death's Door"

Runners Up:
William Forsythe on Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
William Shatner on Psych (USA)
Edward James Olmos on Dexter (SHO)
* Favorite Teen Shows *

5. So Random! - "Pia Toscano" (Disney)

* Visit Pia's official site and follow her on twitter.

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

3. Good Luck Charlie - "Teddy on Ice" (Disney)
Teddy on Ice
Raven Goodwin, Ellia English and Bridgit Mendler in "Teddy on Ice"

2. Victorious - "A Christmas Tori" (nick)
* Listen to "It's Not Christmas Without You" at

1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Slaves of the Republic" (TOON)
The Clone Wars
Ahsoka, Anakin, and Atai Molec in "Slaves of the Republic"

* Use the Force for Good by standing up to Cancer along with your favorite characters from Star Wars. Read more about how you can join the fight here, and enjoy these newly released BTS outtakes from Star Wars' comedic SU2C ambassadors.

Webisode of the Week:
Breakin' It Down! with Catherine Reitman (Ep.43) - "A Dangerous Method; Arthur Christmas"

Runner Up:
Weekly Wood with Jessica Chobot
More IGN Weekly Wood Videos

* Since my readers grew used to Felicia Day appearing in this section routinely until recently, I thought you'd enjoy this video (released last week) of Felicia downloading and playing her Dragon Age: Redemption webseries character in the game's latest DLC. Flirting with and playing with herself on camera for the first time proves to be a tickling, somewhat ecstatic experience. See for yourself. (below)

Hart of Dixie

Fave *New* Music Video(s) of the Week: [tie]
"Marry the Night" by Lady Gaga  {released 12/1 via E!}

"Say You Like Me" by We The Kings  {released 11/29 via VEVO}

Play the videogame yourself at their official site here.

Runners Up: [tie]
"Levels" by Avicii  {released 11/29 via VEVO}
"Where Is My Mind?" by Trampled by Turtles  {released 11/30 via CMT}

Make sure to check out my music video column this week for Lady Gaga interviews, Victoria Justice's new video, Justin Bieber with Mariah Carey, a few make-up catches and more.
GetGlue members can score new "Live at Roseland: Elements of 4" glue by checking-in to Beyoncé's artist page there while supplies last.
Trivia Question of the Week: Teen actress Raven Goodwin appears twice in this column on two lists for acting on two separate shows. Earn this week's medal by naming both shows she appeared on? [Hint: She's a regularly recurring character on one of them.]  [answered]

Current Medal Standing:

~ Previous week's answer: American Chopper (Winner: GOSD)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *

7. New Girl - "Bells" (FOX)

6. Beavis & Butt-Head - "The Rat; Spill" (MTV)

5. Victorious - "A Christmas Tori" (nick)
Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas, Ariana Grande and Liz Gillies sing.
* Listen to "It's Not Christmas Without You" here.

4. Beavis & Butt-Head - "Doomsday; Dumb Design" (MTV)

3. Parks and Recreation - "The Trial of Leslie Knope" (NBC)

2. The Office - "Mrs. California" (NBC)

1. Bored to Death - "Nothing I Can't Handle by Running Away" (HBO)
Ep. 24: Inside the Mind of Jonathan Ames


* Reality Shows *

5. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team 6 - "Field Rehearsal" (CMT)
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
DCC Candidate Mackenzie Lee

4. Human Nature - "Born to Kill" (Sci)
Human Nature
Human Brain

3. Lady Gaga: Marry the Night (E!)
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga in "Marry the Night"

2. Talking Dead - "Pretty Much Dead Already" (AMC)
Chris Hardwick
Host Chris Hardwick

1. Brad Meltzer's Decoded - "UFO" (History)
Aerogel by United Nuclear

Despite several shows remaining off the air last week I still managed to up my total viewing hours to forty-three and a half, twenty of which were for hour-long series alone. Sadly, I missed last week's House, Prophets of Sci-fi (focusing on Arthur C. Clarke) and Disney's 90min holiday special, Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas! I'll be making it a priority to catch replays of all three as soon as possible.
Of the twenty hour-long dramas caught I found Dexter, Once Upon a Time, Psych, Burn Notice, and the mid-season premiere of Leverage to be extremely close contenders for my main list - each turning in excellent episodes that'd surely place in even a slightly less competitive week.
Good Luck Charlie, Shake It Up, Raising Hope, Whitney, and the third season premiere of Hot in Cleveland all deserve honorable mentions in my Outstanding Sitcoms section, with, The Simpsons being the only Teen Shows bench rider this time out.
Regarding reality shows just missing my list, Curiosity, Project Accessory, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan and All on the Line bear that particular distinction.
Rounding out my complete top ten list of favorite guest stars last week are Colin Hanks (on Dexter), Tony Curran (on Covert Affairs), Jere Burns (on Burn Notice), Leigh Allyn Baker (on So Random!), Devon Sawa (on Nikita), and Roselyn Sanchez (on Rizzoli & Isles).

Though Psych didn't make my column's hour-long scripted list this week, guest star William Shatner earned runner-up status and made it a pleasure to honor my ongoing pledge to always feature Psych when new episodes air. It did make my top ten (out of twenty) and, as mentioned already, this was a highly competitive week.

Personally, as a big fan of the original series in my youth, I'm seriously looking forward to TNT's relaunch of the drama series, Dallas. Last week they released a new sneak peek trailer including cast interviews. Watch the clip and read details about it here.

Last Wednesday Disney released a new trailer for the eagerly awaited sci-fi epic, John Carter (in theaters 3/9/2012). Read more about the upcoming film and check out its new trailer here.

I found a bunch of stickers at GetGlue last week for upcoming TV shows, films, and comic books. In the comic book department I found glue for Marvel's First Family, Fear Itself: The Fearless, and Battle Scars. For movies, I noticed new Coming Soon stickers for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (opening 12/9), The Sitter (also opening 12/9), and, The Darkest Hour (opening Christmas day). TV Series premiering tonight (12/5) that you can still probably get Coming Soon glue for include The Mortified Sessions and The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur. There are two stickers available this week for the Hallmark Channel's original movie, Annie Claus Is Coming To Town, starring Maria Thayer (Eagleheart) as Santa's ginger daughter, Annie (premiering 12/10). You can also grab Coming Soon glue for HBO's The Life And Times Of Tim (season premiere 12/16) and Jane By Design, a new series debuting January 3rd on ABC-Family.

Before closing out this WiR installment I invite you to view a decidely engaging clip featuring a pair of lovely ladies. Should you accept my invitation you'll be treated to a kickass scene in which Paula Patton and Lea Seydoux catfight in a sneak peek from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Enjoy the action! (below)
More Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Videos

Thank you very much for checking out my week in review columns here and you can also find my Syfy Christmas interviews, scheduled to be published tomorrow, at TV Over Mind. Enjoy this week of holiday programming and, as always, 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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