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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 1/22/12 - Touch, Parks and Recreation, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, January 30 2012 and posted in Features

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

TV Week in Review  (week of 1/22/12)

Last week fewer new episodes aired compared to the week before but there were plenty enough to fill my usual lists. Again this week I'm glad to report that the majority of shows featured on my lists are available to screen free via hulu and/or their individual home sites. At different points in a given season, I notice the volume of free shows online varies and it appears the start of the new year has turned into a high point (enjoy it while it lasts).
Drawing from my picks this time around NBC, FOX and TV Land are the big winners - with NBC earning a noteworthy five of my seven sitcom slots. Given the series in contention, it should surprise no one that the Cartoon Network and the Science Channel snagged the top spots in their respective sections. No network earned double placement on my Reality Shows list this entry.
Some interesting stuff's happening next week but this week (starting 1/29) the only premiere I'm aware of is Nickelodeon's new series, How to Rock, debuting Saturday (2/4). Meet the star of HtR, Cymphonique Miller, in a fun 'n informative BTS video here.
Now onto my favorite picks from primetime TV last week....
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

7. The Finder - "A Cinderella Story" (FOX)
The Finder
Geoff Stults in "A Cinderella Story"

6. Hart of Dixie - "Hell's Belles" (CW)

5. Desperate Housewives - "What's the Good of Being Good" (ABC)
Desperate Housewives
Justina Machado and Eva Longoria in "What's the Good of Being Good"

4. C.S.I. - "Willows in the Wind" (CBS)
Marg Helgenberger
Marg Helgenberger BTS of "Willows in the Wind"

3. Lost Girl - "Where There's a Will, There's a Fae" (Syfy)
Lost Girl
Kris Holden-Ried & Anna Silk in "Where There's a Will, There's a Fae"

2. Spartacus: Vengeance - "Fugitivus" (Starz)

1. Touch - "Pilot" (FOX)
* Like Touch on Facebook.
Guest Star of the Week: Jodi Lyn O'Keefe on The Finder (FOX)

Runners Up:
Richard McMillan on Lost Girl (Syfy)
Jennifer Love Hewitt on Hot in Cleveland (TVLD)
* Favorite Teen Shows *

5. Supah Ninjas - "Cousin Connor" (nick)
Brandon Soo Hoo
Brandon Soo Hoo is "Cousin Connor" in Supah Ninjas

4. A.N.T. Farm - "performANTs" (Disney)
ANT Farm
Sierra McCormick & Aedin Mincks in "performANTs"

3. Shake It Up - "Split It Up" (Disney)
Shake It Up
Bella Thorne and Kenton Duty in "Split It Up"

2. Victorious - "The Breakfast Bunch" (nick)

Victorious: "The Breakfast Bunch: Detention Dictator"
Get More: Victorious Episodes,Victorious,Victorious Games

1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Friends and Enemies" (TOON)
SW: The Clone Wars
Webisode of the Week: Breakin' It Down! with Catherine Reitman (Ep.49) - "The Grey; Man on a Ledge"  [TV-14]

Runner Up:
DVDiva with Brigitte Dale (Ep.50)


Fave *New* Music Video(s) of the Week: [tie]
"Everything To Me" by Jessie Farrell  {released 1/24 via VEVO}

"My Heart Is Broken" by Evanescence  {released 1/24 via VEVO}

* In my last column I featured this video's BTS clip, revisit it here.
** Watch the video at GetGlue here and get a cool sticker.

Runner Up:
"Open Your Eyes" by Maylene and the Sons of Disaster  {released 1/24 via FEARnet} [TV-MA]

* Follow Lia Maria Johnson and Danny Trejo on twitter.

Bonus Video:
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" by Darren Criss & Glee Cast  {released 1/26 via YouTube}

~ Seal is currently offering a sticker at GetGlue promoting his new album, Soul 2. Grab it here.
Trivia Question of the Week: NBC's 30 Rock featured a trailer last week for the (fake) film, Martin Luther King Day. The trailer promoted a cameo appearance of which beloved Star Wars character in the (fictional) film?  [answered]

Current Medal Standing:


~ Previous week's answer: Frank Oz (Winner: ThirtyFiveMinutesAgo)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *

7. The Exes - "When Holly Broke Kevin" (TVLD)

6. Hot in Cleveland - "Love Is Blind" (TVLD)

5. 30 Rock - "Idiots Are People Three!" (NBC)

4. Whitney - "Codependence Day" (NBC)

3. 30 Rock - "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell" (NBC)

2. Are You There, Chelsea? - "Believe" (NBC)

1. Parks and Recreation - "Bowling for Votes" (NBC)

Disney Institute

* Reality Shows *

5. Ink Master - "Botched Head Tattoo" (Spike)
Ink Master
Tribal tattoo by Bili Vegas from "Botched Head Tattoo"

4. Swanderosa - "I'll Do It My Way" (CMT)
The Swan Family of CMT's Swanderosa

3. Face Off - "Rock Your Body" (Syfy)

* Follow guest judge Asher Roth on twitter.

2. The Mortified Sessions - "Alanis Morissette; Blake Mycoskie" (Sundance)

1. An Idiot Abroad - "Trans-Siberian Express" (Sci)

As mentioned earlier, there was an unexpected drop-off of new shows compared to my previous column resulting in only thirty-two total hours watched - sixteen of those being hour-long dramas [plus House of Lies]. My total was lessened by missing The Game (again) and Monster Bug Wars - both of which I'll undoubtedly catch soon.
Dramas nearly making my main list included Jane by Design, Pan Am, Switched at Birth, White Collar and Justified.
My teen and Outstanding Sitcoms sections each only spawned one Honorable Mention to name, The Big Bang Theory and Level Up, respectively.
Just missing my Reality Shows list (in order) were Swanderosa, UnSung, Top Chef: Texas, 24 Hour Catwalk and Project Runway: All-Stars.
In a week with many strong guest performances Hilarie Burton (on Castle), Elizabeth Gillies (on White Collar), Annabeth Gish (on C.S.I.), Ashley Greene (on Pan Am) and Melanie Lynskey (on House) all came closest to attaining Runner Up status.

Before moving onto this column's ample amount of movie news, I wanted to alert you to these TV related stickers I unlocked last week from GetGlue. First, on Tuesday (1/31) Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Next Level comes out on Blu-ray offering three episodes in high definition. Get a ST:TNG sticker for watching the disc's comparative trailer here. Regarding February, get glue for watching trailers for the following (in order of premiere dates): The River (2/7), The 54th Annual Grammy Awards (2/12), Eastbound & Down (2/19) and The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2/26). G4's Ninja Warrior (returning 3/4) is the only sticker I've unlocked pertaining to March.
On the movie front, I found two Coming Soon stickers and one for the Blu-ray release of Drive (1/31). The CS glue found was for Chronicle (2/3) and Gone (2/24).

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance released a sensational Behind the Scenes featurette last week focusing on its direction and unconventional camera operating. Behold the spectacle (below) and read about it here.

Also on the subject of Marvel properties, sneak peeks at many upcoming The Avengers products appeared on the web last week, including first looks at its 3D motion poster, various toys, its line of colognes and more. Check out some The Avengers merchandise here (action figures), here (colognes) and here (quinjet and helicarrier).

If you haven't seen 'em yet, pics of detailed statuettes for Warner Bros.' The Dark Knight Rises came out last week. The statuettes reveal fascinating looks at the costumes of Batman, Catwoman and Bane. Take a closer look here.

With the 3D release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace around the corner, different theater companies are offering promotional tie-ins to attract audiences to opening weekend. Read about the various toys and gifts for early ticket purchasers here and here; below are pics of two different ltd. edition 3D glasses (reportedly) available.
Darth Maul glasses
Podracer glasses

Of all new posters debuting last week - besides The Avengers 3D motion poster -  the two below most interested me. Ridley Scott's Prometheus and James McTeigue's adaptation of The Raven.
movie posters
* Read more about the poster releases here and here.

Also making waves last week was the unveiling of a Full Capitol Couture viral site in support of The Hunger Games. Read about Capitol-born style icon and District 12 Escort, Effie Trinket, here.
Thanks to MovieWeb for bringing this story (as well as most featured in this week's column) to my attention.

The Hunger Games

Lastly, Marvel fans will probably want to grab these new GetGlue stickers for Secret Avengers #21.1 and Deadpool #49.1.

Thanks for joining me again for another Week in Review and, as always, I invite you to check out my music video column as well. I hope you found something worthwhile in this installment. Until next time, Have a Great Week & 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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