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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 12/18/11 - Homeland, The Mortified Sessions, and more!

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






TV Week in Review  (week of 12/18/11)

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! Unsurprisingly this column isn't as robust as most, frankly, I suspect next week's column will even be sparer. Even so, I managed to put together a reasonably respectable effort (if I say so, myself). TNT and Showtime both earned double placement on my hour-long scripted list, with FOX and TV Land replicating the feat in my Outstanding Sitcoms category. Predictably, the Bravo network was the only net to land twice on my (temporarily) expanded Reality Shows list, though, Sundance's The Mortified Sessions makes WiR history by taking the top spot on my Reality Shows list for the first time ever. I honestly don't know if the dearth of competition is most responsible or not, nevertheless, Showtime's Homeland finale claims my Top of the List scripted list spot for the first time ever as well. FOX's animated sitcom Allen Gregory also makes a first-ever appearance in my column for my sitcoms list.
Tonight, I'm looking forward to the (annual) Doctor Who Christmas special (this time titled, "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe") and Leverage will also be airing a new episode tonight too. The Science Channel is airing a Firefly marathon today, for which you can score a sweet GetGlue sticker by checking-in here. You can also earn Christmas stickers today from BET, crooner Michael Bublé and from Disney for watching the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. There's plenty more GG links in this column's closing paragraghs, so now I'll move straight away to my favorite recommendations from last week's primetime TV...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

5. Rizzoli & Isles - "Don't Stop Dancing, Girl" (TNT)
Rizzoli & Isles
Lee Thompson Young and Angie Harmon in "Don't Stop Dancing, Girl"

4. Terra Nova - "Occupation; Resistance" (FOX)
Terra Nova
The Shannon Family in Terra Nova

3. The Closer - "Road Block" (TNT)
The Closer
Elizabeth Perkins and Mark Moses for The Closer

2. Dexter - "This Is the Way the World Ends" (SHO)


1. Homeland - "Marine One" (SHO)

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Guest Stars of the Week: [tie]
Elizabeth Perkins on The Closer (TNT)
Colin Hanks on Dexter (SHO)

Honorable Mention: Jeff Goldblum on Allen Gregory (FOX)
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Webisode of the Week:
Breakin' It Down! with Catherine Reitman (Ep.46) - "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; War Horse; Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"


Bonus Video:
Naomi Kyle hosts IGN's last Daily Fix of 2011
More IGN Daily Fix Videos
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* Favorite Teen Shows *

None of the teen shows I watch aired new epis last week, however, two videos were released which fit nicely here as placeholders.
First up, The Disney Channel released this "JanNEWary" promo early last week for their hit sitcom, Shake It Up. Check it out!


Late Friday Nickelodeon starlets Ariana Grande and Elizabeth Gillies, from Victorious, released this cover of Mel Tormé & Bob Wells' classic "The Christmas Song" which they've charmingly renamed, simply, "Chestnuts." Enjoy.
"Chestnuts" by Ariana Grande & Elizabeth Gillies  {released 12/23 via YouTube}


Joseph Campbell Foundation

Fave *New* Music Video of the Week:
"Not Your Fault" by AWOLNATION  {released 12/22 via VEVO}


Fave New *Christmas* Video of the Week:
"Santa Baby" by Naya Rivera (for Glee)  {released 12/21 via VEVO}
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Trivia Question of the Week: Thesps Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman appear this week at the top of my Reality Shows list being profiled on The Mortified Sessions. On which current sitcom do they play a formerly married (highly dysfunctional) couple?

Current Medal Standing:
avengingtitan:
Dragavon:
Psivage:
misac:
BlueStreak:
GOSD:
GLX:
ThirtyFiveMinutesAgo:
AMS
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Fintan:
nietoperz:
Punchy:


~ Previous week's answer: The Last of the Mohicans (Winner: GOSD)
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* Outstanding Sitcoms *

5. Allen Gregory - "Van Moon Rising" (FOX)
Allen Gregory
Jonah Hill is Allen Gregory on FOX

4. The Exes - "Lutz and the Real Girl" (TVLD)
The Exes
Cast of The Exes

3. I Hate My Teenage Daughter - "Teenage Dating" (FOX)
IHMTD
Jaime Pressly and Kristi Lauren in "Teenage Dating"

2. Beavis & Butt-Head - "School Test; Snitchers" (MTV)

1. Hot in Cleveland - "Happy Fat" (TVLD)
Hot in Cleveland
Wendie Malick, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Jane Leeves & Valerie Bertinelli in "Happy Fat"

edutopia

* Reality Shows *

7. Brad Meltzer's Decoded - "Mafia: Alive?" (History)
Brad Meltzer
Follow Brad Meltzer on twitter.

6. Top Chef: Texas - "Tribute Dinner" (Bravo)
Top Chef: Texas
Patti LaBelle and Padma Lakshmi in "Tribute Dinner"

5. What Not to Wear - "Jennifer" (TLC)


4. Project Accessory - "Finale" (Lifetime)

Follow inaugural winner Brian Burkhardt on twitter.

3. Work of Art: The Next Great Artist - "The Big Show" (Bravo)

Follow Season 2 winner Kymia on twitter.

2. Meteorite Men - "Dronino" (Sci)
Meteorite Men
Like the Meteorite Men on Facebook.

1. The Mortified Sessions - "Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally" (Sundance)


Just seventeen hours of primetime TV for me last week, I spent unusually free hours rewatching Season Seven of BtVS on dvd (just finished "Sleeper"). The only show I failed to catch, that I'd intended to watch, was the "Holiday Bizarre" episode of Oddities - I'm sure I'll be able to catch it on a replay or OnDemand soon, though. My Reality Shows section is the only one with any honorable mention honorees to name, those being Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan, All on the Line and Glam Fairy.

The super-cool readers of my column have almost certainly watched the latest trailers for The Hobbit and The Dark Knight Rises multiple times, so, I thought I'd embed a couple clips you might not've screened quite as much (yet). First up, scheduled for a January 20th release date, Kate Beckinsale returns for a third time as Death Dealer Selene in Underworld: Awakening... check out its titillating full trailer below. In case you didn't know, it's a 'new war' now.


Ridley Scott's enlisted Charlize Theron to set up the origin of the classic Alien franchise he launched back in 1979 in the upcoming prequel, Prometheus. Behold its somewhat cryptic trailer clip (below) and make of it what you will.


Regarding the subject of GetGlue, one of my recent obsessions, I've unlocked a treasure trove of sticker links to share with you in this column. I'd generally include more info along with each listing but today, because there's so many I'm going to just list their titles (in the order of their upcoming premieres). Click on these titles then check-in where they lead you for free stickers from the following; Shameless (1/8), Californication (1/8), Shipping Wars (1/10), The Finder (1/12), Napoleon Dynamite (1/15) and Switched at Birth (1/15).
Blu-ray and DVD release stickers can be unlocked for films Chop, Friends with Benefits, and, the live musical tour captured in Glee: The Concert. Movies offering Coming Soon stickers include, Pariah (12/28), Beauty & the Beast 3D (1/13), Coriolanus (1/20), One for the Money (1/27) and The Grey (1/27).
Lastly, for comic book fans, don't miss out on these newly offered Marvel stickers for Invincible Iron Man and Uncanny X-Force.

Merry Christmas, 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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