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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 3/11/12 - TWD, Spartacus and more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, March 19 2012 and posted in Features

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

TV Week in Review  (week of 3/11/12)

In a world with so few remaining running-gunfight type TV shows it seems The Season of the Actor has arrived. As such, I feel no iota of "man-card" embarrassment for highlighting stellar work from shows like The Good Wife, Army Wives, and of course Desperate Housewives. ABC, FOX, and HBO earned the most mulitple slots on my varied lists for last week though, of those three, only HBO claimed a Top of the List honor (for Outstanding Sitcom, again).

Premieres to look for this upcoming week include Dancing with the Stars tonight (3/19), NBC's Bent and BET's Rip the Runway both on Wednesday (3/21), the post-pilot debut of Touch this Thursday (3/22), and, the eagerly awaited fifth season premiere of Mad Men touching down next Sunday (3/25). Watch preview clips for Rip the Runway, Bent, Mad Men and Dancing with the Stars at GetGlue to earn Coming Soon stickers for checking-in.

Look for some really cool film and TV trailers in the bottom half of this column along with more links to stickers, articles 'n such.
Now onto my preferred primetime picks from last week's programming...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

(7). The River - "The Experiment" (ABC)

(6). The Good Wife - "Long Way Home" (CBS)
Morena Baccarin
Morena Baccarin guests in "Long Way Home"

(5). Once Upon a Time - "Red-Handed" (ABC)

(4). Desperate Housewives - "You Take For Granted" (ABC)

(3). Army Wives - "The Best of Friends" (Lifetime)
Kelli Williams
Kelli Williams joins the cast of Army Wives

1. The Walking Dead - "Better Angels" (AMC)

1. Spartacus: Vengeance - "Balance" (Starz)
Katrina Law
Katrina Law as Mira in "Balance"
Guest Star of the Week: Anika Noni Rose on Private Practice (ABC)

Runners Up:
James Avery on Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
A.J. Langer on Private Practice (ABC)
Sam Witwer on Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TOON)
Fave *New* Music Video(s) of the Week: [another 3-way tie]
"Greyhound" by Swedish House Mafia  {posted 3/13 via VEVO Premieres}
"Time To Dance" by The Shoes  (Starring Jake Gyllenhaal)  [Runtime 8.35]  {posted 3/12 via YouTube}  [TV-14]
"The Woman You Love" by Ashanti (feat. Busta Rhymes)  {posted 3/14 via VEVO Premieres}

Runner Up:
"Changing The Rain" by The Horrors  {posted 3/15 via VEVO Premieres}

Musical GetGlue stickers can be found at the following pages: Common: Ghetto Dreams (ft. Nas), Staind: The Mass Chaos Tour, "You Oughta Know" Graffiti6: Free, Hunter Hayes: Storm Warning, Daughtry Live as well two new ones now available for Gavin DeGraw.

Lea Michele

Fave *New* Webisode of the Week:
Happy Endings: Happy Rides - (Ep.3 of 6) "Clear as Day!"
* Catch up from the beginning with webisodes 1 ("I'm going to miss Truck Norris!") and 2 ("Is that truck outside?") here.

Runners Up: [tie]
Shadow Free - (Ep.1) "Science and Magic"  {posted 3/14 via YouTube}
Sync - (Ep.1)  {posted 3/16 via YouTube}
* Favorite Teen Shows *

3. How to Rock - "How to Rock a Newscast" (nick)

How to Rock: "A Newscast: Monster Weathermen!"
Get More: How to Rock Episodes,How to Rock,How to Rock Games

2. Shake It Up - "Judge It Up" (Disney)

1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Revenge" (TOON)
Cyborg Maul
Maul in "Revenge"

Her Universe

Trivia Question of the Week: This week saw the much anticipated return of Darth Maul fully realized onscreen, though this time in cyborg form. Maul's cyborg form was "first defined" in illustrations by ILM concept artist Aaron McBride for which 2005 graphic novel?

Current Medal Standing:


~ Previous week's answer: Will & Grace (Winner: avengingtitan)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *

(7). Happy Endings - "Party of Six" (ABC)

* Last week ABC (finally) notified email subscribers about the series' six-part webseries titled, Happy Rides. Watch episodes 1-3 here.

(6). Modern Family - "Send Out the Clowns" (ABC)

5. Breaking In - "Who's the Boss" (FOX)

4. New Girl - "Control" (FOX)

3. Life's Too Short - "Episode 4" (HBO)
Episode 4 -  Preview

(2). 30 Rock - "St. Patrick's Day" (NBC)

1. Eastbound & Down - "Chapter 17" (HBO)
Episode 17- Recap


* Reality Shows *

7. American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. - "The Call" (DSC)

(6). Fashion Star - "Pilot" (NBC)

5. UnSung - "Whodiini" (TVONE)

(4). Behind the Music - Pitbull (VH1)

3. Face Off - "The Ultimate Spotlight Challenge" (Syfy)

1. Alien Encounters - "The Message" (Sci)

* Read about it here.

1. Ancient Aliens - "The Mystery of Puma Punku" (H2)
Puma Punku
Stone ruins of Puma Punku.

Up from last week's total of forty-four and a half, this column represents a five hour increase up to forty-nine and a half total hours viewed despite my having missed two (of last week's three) new Meteorite Men adventures. Virtually half the hours accounted for were spent watching dramas (counting SW: TCW), half-hour sitcoms (including another exceptional episode of Showtime's edgy House of Lies) added up to nearly 20% of the total at nine hours, and lastly, reality shows comprised sixteen of those forty-nine and a half hours amounting to about 30% of the total hours viewed pie.

Hour-long dramas rounding out my top dozen picks included (in order), Justified, Switched at Birth, Supernatural, Psych and Grey's Anatomy. Raising Hope, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, The Simpsons, (teen laugher) Shake It Up and Are You There, Chelsea? earned Honorable Mentions for my Outstanding Sitcoms section. I only watched three teen shows last week and all three appear on my Fave Teen Shows list. Reality programs completing my favorite twelve list were Talking Dead, 24 Hour Catwalk, Comic Book Men, Project Runway All-Stars and Top Shot.

My longest list of favorite guest stars last week numbered eighteen. The back half of my top twelve Guest Stars of the Week featured Dylan Baker (on The Good Wife), Mahershala Ali (on Alcatraz), Greg Grunberg (on Psych), Jason Sudeikis (on Eastbound & Down), Raquel Welch (on CSI: Miami), Lindsay Sloane (on Psych), Dean Winters (on 30 Rock) and Loretta Devine (on Disney's Shake It Up).

Last week's especially competitive programming knocked Psych from my top seven hour-long list but it was still one of my Top 12 faves so I'm happy to honor my ongoing commitment to spotlight Psych (via clip) whether it places on my main list or not. This one was made extra fun and funny thanks to guest performances by Wayne Brady, Lindsay Sloane, 'The Miz' and Greg Grunberg.

Two cool TV trailers grabbed my attention last week. First out was a new romance themed preview for Game of Thrones' second season, followed by a sneak peek for season nine of Punk'd. Read more about changes coming to Punk'd here and Game of Thrones here.

Get More: Punk'd, Full Episodes

One of my favorite film previews released last week was the international trailer for Ridley Scott's Prometheus.

This viral clip, also for Prometheus, came out late last month but escaped my notice till last week. In it Peter Weyland (played by Guy Pearce) gives a TED Talk in the year 2023. Check it out (below) then read about it here.

The third official Battleship trailer, by far the most action-packed, hit the web last week and confirmed my opinion that this flick will be incredibly awesome. Screen it (below) and read about it here.

Unquestionably my favorite preview from last week was the Japanese trailer for Marvel's The Avengers. Rather than embed an inferior dub of the clip here I'd suggest you screen the best version I've found, at the site I learned about it from, blastr. It's 100% my favorite The Avengers preview so far.
Speaking of Marvel movies, follow this link to see the cool new motion poster for upcoming blockbuster, The Amazing Spider-Man. The Avengers additionally released a set of new posters last week which, when assembled, form a (more) panoramic view of the action you can behold here.
Black Widow
Scarlett Johansson is Black Widow in The Avengers.

Another visually arresting one-sheet from last week celebrates The Hunger Games (now concluded) Mall Tour, feast your eyes upon it here.

The last awesome trailer to spotlight is also the funniest and most full of actors I love. Finally, Tim Burton's Dark Shadows served up an official trailer and, to this fan, was entirely worth the wait.

* Grab an attractive Coming Soon sticker for screening this trailer at GetGlue here and read more about it here.

GetGlue stickers I unlocked last week included Coming Soon glue for TV premieres Make It Or Break It (3/26), Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan (3/27), Steven Seagal's new series True Justice (3/30), The 47th Annual ACM Awards (4/1) and a stark Lannister House sticker for Game of Thrones (4/1).
Stickers for the following films also got added to my stash since my last column: Playback (now in theaters), Goon (3/30), The Hunter (4/6), Beyond the Black Rainbow (premiering this Spring), the first in a set celebrating Happy Feet Two's Blu-ray Combo Pack and my favorite new movie sticker of the bunch - a handsome cast photo for Dark Shadows (opening in theaters May 11th).
New Marvel Comics glue popped up for tpbs, Avengers: The Heroic Age, Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1, X-Men: Season One and Avengers: The Children's Crusade as well as for single books, Avengers Assemble #1 and Avengers #24.

Please explore my other two columns here and don't hesitate to share cool clips or posters I might've missed in the comments section. 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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