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Nightfly’s TV Week in Review #1 (week of 7/11/10)

Written by Nightfly on Wednesday, July 21 2010 and posted in Features

Outhouse tvphile Nightfly discusses some of his favorite shows from the previous week of television in this debut column!

Nightfly’s TV Week in Review #1 (week of 7/11/10)
written by Nightfly

Welcome to my very first installment of what I hope can be a weekly column in which I highlight my favorite original tv programs of the prior week. My screening period runs from Sun-Sat. Each week I’ll list my Top 6 scripted hour long programs, a Guilty Pleasure Award for the most terrible show I just can’t quit, and a Top 3 list of my favorite reality shows. When the sitcoms come back in the fall they’ll get a list in this column too.
Multiple summer staples premiered this week, two made it into my Top 6 list.
* Potential Spoilers Below *

6. Psych (USA)
The 5th season opener brought fun Triad-fueled Wushu action. One of my favorite season premieres of this series so far. Maggie Lawson’s storyline was engaging and the martial arts scenes were humorously appreciated! I was a Nintendo Shaq-Fu master myself. :)

5. The Good Guys (FOX)
One of my favorite epis of the series so far. Fun and action packed as usual. I’m hopeful this episode will signal the beginning of a change in the relationship between Hanks & Wade’s characters. The Good Guys and Human Target are a couple of my favorite action shows on television and kudos to FOX for bringing them to air.

4. Lie To Me (FOX)
Going after Cal’s daughter is a mistake. I’m happy Melissa George’s character is buying Cal’s firm. The intense story & excellent guest cast helped make this epi one of my favorites of the series so far.

3. Eureka (SyFy)
Wow, I’m glad I finally got wise to this series. It would appear this season is an ideal jumping on point for new fans. Strict31 has tried to steer me towards this show for a long time and I regret I took so long. The cast is full of actors I’ve liked for a long time.

2. Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)
Strong cast, tense writing, and violence on a level I didn’t expect. Angie Harmon fits her character like a glove & shined from her first scene to her last. Bruce McGill brought the pain to a degree that surprised even me. I’ll be keeping an eye on this series and if it continues to the standard of its debut it could just be Harmon’s signature role.

1. Covert Affairs (USA)
I expected to like this show but it turns out I love it. I’m pleased to name its pilot as my first Top of the List pick. USA apparently went all out for this one. Perabo was pitch perfect and the casting overall is outstanding. Tim Matheson directed the shit out of the pilot and now I just can’t wait to see what Annie Walker does next. Watch out Bristow, there’s a new spy-babe in town.

Guilty Pleasure Award - Warehouse 13 (SyFy)
I don’t know how this show manages to stay so consistently bad with the cast and showrunner it has. The acting is okay, but the writing is borderline terrible. I’m quite convinced I’d have bailed on this show already if it weren’t for the Claudia character (pictured below). For the rest of its season I’m fairly sure this will be W13’s regular home.

FTR, this slot would’ve been Lost’s permament home too.

Allison Scagliotti

Reality Shows

3. Top Shot (History)
Fun show. It manages to keep me guessing and I like not knowing what to expect. The personal dynamics within the teams has been entertaining.

2. Next Great Artist (Bravo)
Quite the collection of freaks here. I’d like to see the masturbating guy go away - his OCD act is awfully contrived and annoying. The dude that got sent home this week totally didn’t deserve it in my opinion.

1. Top Chef: Washington D.C. (Bravo)
Just the same ol’ same ol’ but I dig it. Food snobs entertain my (Homer Simpson) fast food eating ass. I will be happy if neither Kenny or Angelo win.

Well, there it is... my first attempt at writing a column. If one of your favorite shows didn’t make my list it may be because I don’t watch it (there are many award winning series I don’t follow). Big Brother, for example, is one I don’t follow. If you’re a primetime tv fan perhaps you should take a crack at writing a column too. :-) Column #2 next week.


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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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