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TV Week in Review 5/6/12 - The Finder, 30 Rock & more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, May 14 2012 and posted in Features

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

TV Week in Review  (week of 5/6/12)

Although a number of shows have already aired their finales (and more will do so this week) I still managed to clock-in a total of over fifty hours viewed for the week pertaining to this column - see a more detailed breakdown in its closing paragraphs. While no networks earned more than a single slot on my Top 7 Reality Shows list, that feat was accomplished by FOX and CBS on my hour-long scripted list. FOX's The Finder closed out its remarkable season with an episode that captured my hour-long Top Spot and proved once and for all that Hart Hanson can do action, and well. NBC and ABC were the only nets garnering two spots (apiece) on my Outstanding Sitcom's Top 7 list, and, every teen show I caught last week appears in this edition's Favorite Teen Shows list. Disney's Jessie deserves kudos for breaking into my main sitcoms list for the first time ever, simultaneously representing The Disney Channel's first return to that (non-teen) category since November.

Last week final announcements were made about which series would return and which would be getting the axe. Without listing titles specifically, I can report that between CBS, FOX, NBC, ABC, and The CW, The CW disappointed me least by canceling a mere 50% of Fall shows I'd been asked to become a newfan of. NBC and ABC were next kindest by (each) only canceling 57% of their new shows I'd made appointment viewing, while, FOX was harshest with the cancelation axe terminating 75% of its new Fall lineup I'd chosen to follow and (routinely) enjoy. Take a complete look at what's gone and what's comin' back here.

New shows debuting tonight (5/14) include Kurt Sutter's Outlaw Empire, America's Got Talent (sticker link here) and The Bachelorette (GG sticker link). Tonight also kicks off X-Play Summer Preview Week on G4 (grab a GetGlue sticker for it here). Pregnant in Heels premieres tomorrow (Tuesday 5/15) and both Keeping Up with the Kardashians and American Ninja Warrior (grab a sticker for it here) return for new seasons Sunday (5/20). Mrs. Eastwood and Company airs its series premiere Sunday as well.

Now onto my preferred picks from last week's primetime TV...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

(12). GCB - "Revelation" (ABC)
11. Fringe - "Brave New World" (FOX)
(10). Castle - "Always" (ABC)
(9). Grey's Anatomy - "Migration" (ABC)
(8). Hart of Dixie - "Disaster Drills & Departures" (CW)

7. Game of Thrones - "The Old Gods and the New" (HBO)
Episode 16 - Inside the Episode

6. Glee - "Prom-asaurus" (FOX)

(5). Private Practice - "Drifting Back" (ABC)

(4). Unforgettable - "The Man in the Woods" (CBS)

3. Person of Interest - "No Good Deed" (CBS)

(2). Supernatural - "There Will Be Blood" (CW)

1. The Finder - "The Boy With the Bucket" (FOX)

* Go BTS with the Stults Bros. filming the season finale here.
Guest Star of the Week: Leonard Nimoy on Fringe (FOX)

Runner Up:
Elias Koteas on Unforgettable (CBS)

Rest of my Top 12 favorite Guest Stars from last week:
Elizabeth Banks on 30 Rock (NBC)
Uma Thurman on SMASH (NBC)
Carrie Preston on Person of Interest (CBS)
Louis Ferreira on Touch (FOX)
Tahmoh Penikett on Castle (ABC)
Gary Cole on Hart of Dixie (CW)
Rebecca Mader on Fringe (FOX)
Jamie Lee Curtis on NCIS (CBS)
Wil Wheaton on Eureka (Syfy)
Benito Martinez on Supernatural (CW)

Hart of Dixie

* Favorite Teen Shows *

4. Good Luck Charlie - "Make Room For Baby" (Disney)

3. iCarly - "iPear Store" (nick)

iCarly: "iPear Store: Fiery Apology"
Get More: iCarly Episodes,iCarly,iCarly Games

2. Good Luck Charlie - "Bad Luck Teddy" (Disney)
Good Luck Charlie
Leigh-Allyn Baker, Eric Allan Kramer and Bradley Steven Perry in "Bad Luck Teddy"

1. Jessie - "Evil Times Two" (Disney)


* Outstanding Sitcoms *

12. Jessie - "Evil Times Two" (Disney)
(11). Rules of Engagement - "Goodbye Dolly" (CBS)
(10). Hot in Cleveland - "Some Like It Hot" (TVLD)
(9). The Big Bang Theory - "The Countdown Reflection" (CBS)
8. Veep - "Catherine" (HBO)

7. Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis -  "A Fairytale of New York" (COM)
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart and Zach Galifianakis in "A Fairytale of New York"

(6). Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 - "Making Rent" (ABC)
Making Rent
Krysten Ritter and Dreama Walker in "Making Rent"

5. 2 Broke Girls - "And Martha Stewart Have a Ball" (CBS)

(4). Modern Family - "Disneyland" (ABC)

3. New Girl - "See Ya" (FOX)

2. Parks and Recreation - "Win, Lose or Draw" (NBC)

(1). 30 Rock - "The Return of Avery Jessup" (NBC)


* Reality Shows *

12. Whale Wars: Viking Shores - "Into the Fire" (ANIMP)
11. Beverly's Full House - "Rules of Engagement" (OWN)
(10). Betty White's Off Their Rockers - "Episode 8" (NBC)
(9). Betty White's Off Their Rockers - "Episode 9" (NBC)
8. Best Ink - "The King of Ink" (Oxygen)

(7). Punk'd - "Dax Shepard" (MTV)

Get More: Punk'd, Full Episodes

6. Richard Hammond's Crash Course - "Striker" (BBC-America)

(5). Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country - "Love Retreat" (CMT)

4. Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis - "Design Bully" (Bravo)

(3). Fashion Star - "Buyer's Choice" (NBC)

2. Dream Machines - "John Cena's Incenarator" (Syfy)

(1). United Stats of America - "Stayin' Alive" (History)
The Sklar Bros.
Randy and Jason Sklar

My last column's grand total of sixty-two hours viewed was most assuredly an outlier and even this column's fifty-three and a half hour total ranks on the higher end of normal. Thirty-two hours last week went to scripted hour-long programs, ten were spent watching half-hour scripted series, and, eleven and a half were dedicated to screening Reality shows. The only show I accidentally missed last week was one of the two new episodes of Shannen Says (on We).

The TV preview clip that most engaged my interest last week was this full music video from The Glee Project, Season Two. In the clip (below) the new crop of competitors cover Lady Gaga's anthemic, "The Edge of Glory."

* Take a BTS peek of the upcoming season (premiering June 5th) here.

Being a serious Jennifer Garner fan, the film trailer(s) I found unforgettable last week were promoting her latest movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green.

I wasn't able to look for many new one-sheets last week but the trio I thought coolest were for The Amazing Spider-Man. Of the three international posters, all sporting close-ups, of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt (a.k.a. The Lizard) Connors, I chose Emma's close-up to highlight below but you can see all three intense one-sheets here.
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy

Lastly, before getting to new GetGlue stickers released last week, Red Letter Media - the folks that bring us Half in the Bag - shared the news that the well-traveled documentary The People vs. George Lucas has finally hit Netflix. Since I'd never seen their interview with the film's creator I took the opportunity to watch both parts (of it) here. Check out Part One below and, if intrigued, continue on with the second part here. Find The Phantom Menace review-film referenced in the interview here. Folks who know me know I'm definitely not a Lucas hater, however, I do believe the points raised in these videos are worth hearing (and, in more cases than I'd like to admit, woefully valid). All these links lead to TV-MA material using language NSFW.

Last week it seemed like more GG stickers were made available than usual. I already mentioned the X-Play Summer Games Preview (5/14) in this column's opening, I additionally found newly offered glue for Duets (premiering 5/24), Season Two of Teen Wolf (6/3), Jenny McCarthy's Love in the Wild (6/7), Saving Hope (6/7) and a special "Don't Cry" sticker for True Blood (resurfacing 6/10). There's also glue available now for Hallmark Original Movie Kiss at Pine Lake (co-starring Mia Kirshner and Bill Engvall) premiering Saturday 5/19. Movies now offering new Coming Soon glue include What to Expect When You're Expecting (5/18), Snow White And The Huntsman (6/1), Lola Versus (6/8), Argo (10/12), Magic Mike (6/29) and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (now in limited release). Marvel delivered another heaping stash of new stickers, this time promoting Marvel Zombies Destroy #1, Hulk Smash Avengers #2, Avenging Spider-Man #7, Wolverine and the X-Men #10, Uncanny X-Force #25, New Avengers #26 and X-Men Legacy #266. Last week two new stickers also came out for X-Box games Fable III and Forza Motorsport 4.

Thanks for checking-in once again (or for the first time) to my WiR column. Look for another one here next week. Until then, 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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