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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 12/4/11 - Warehouse 13, Beavis & Butt-Head, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Sunday, December 11 2011 and posted in Features

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

TV Week in Review  (week of 12/4/11)

Though many shows are taking time off this month, last week still provided a remarkably competitive pool of nominees. Syfy's Christmas specials all garnered placement on my hour-long scripted list; September was the last time a network earned three of that list's seven slots. The last time the Top of the List honoree's network earned three slots was in February - back when I only featured six hour-long shows per column. Also worthy of note, is the fact that no 'Big-Three' series made my top seven scripted list last week at all.
A lack of fresh teen shows created a rare opening for that section's top spot that an especially amusing A.N.T. Farm handily filled. That win represents The Disney Channel's first time atop that particular list since its recent Fall reinstatement. Owing to the lack of teen honorees this week, I decided to expand my Reality Shows category by one (to a total of six). Beavis & Butt-Head take my top sitcom slot for the first time since late October, while, that same last week of October was the last time (before now) any net slotted twice in my Reality Shows section. For this column, ABC and CBS each claimed two spots on my Outstanding Sitcoms list as well.
In the upcoming week (starting today) look for the season premieres of Fear Factor (Mon 12/12) and Oddities (debuting Sat 12/17), as well as X-Play's Best of 2011 Awards on Wednesday (12/14). GetGlue for checking-in early to the X-Play Awards here. Tonight (12/11), make sure not to miss the first part of A&E's two-part mini-series, Stephen King's Bag of Bones @ 9/8c.
Now without further ado, my recommended faves from primetime TV last week...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

7. Haven - "Silent Night" (Syfy)
Emily Rose in "Silent Night"
* Read my coverage of Emily Rose's Q&A about this outstanding episode here.

6. Leverage - "The Office Job" (TNT)
The Leverage Team in "The Office Job"
* Watch a recap of the humorous episode here.

5. Glee - "Hold On to Sixteen" (FOX)

4. Primeval - "S5,E5" (BBC-America)

3. Boardwalk Empire - "Under God's Power She Flourishes" (HBO)
Ep. 23: Inside the Episode

2. Eureka - "Do You See What I See" (Syfy)
Claymated Sheriff Jack Carter
* Read my coverage of Colin Ferguson's Q&A about this charming episode here.

1. Warehouse 13 - "The Greatest Gift" (Syfy)
Warehouse 13
Allison Scagliotti & Eddie McClintock in "The Greatest Gift"
* Read my coverage of Eddie McClintock's Q&A about this episode here.
Guest Star of the Week: Jaime Ray Newman on Grimm (NBC)

Runners Up:
Gregg Henry on Burn Notice (USA)
Peter Stormare on Leverage (TNT)
* Favorite Teen Shows *

3. Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness - "Po Fans Out" (nick)
Kung Fu Panda

2. The Simpsons - "The Ten-Per-Cent Solution" (FOX)
Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers in "The Ten-Per-Cent Solution"

1. A.N.T. Farm - "sANTa's little helpers" (Disney)

* Read about the hilarious series' renewal for a second season here.
Webisode of the Week:
Breakin' It Down! with Catherine Reitman (Ep.44) - "Young Adult; The Sitter"

Runners Up:
Weekly Wood with Jessica Chobot
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DVDiva with Brigitte Dale

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* No Spellfury again this week. Find out when their December webisode drops (at the same time I do) by following them on twitter.

Joseph Campbell Foundation

Fave *New* Music Video of the Week:
"Ours" by Taylor Swift  {released 12/4 via CMT}

Runners Up:
"International Love" by Pitbull (ft. Chris Brown)  {released 12/9 via VEVO}
"World's Got A Handle" by Sun Wizard  {released 12/6 via VEVO}
Trivia Question of the Week: In Eureka's Christmas episode, we learned that Sheriff Carter's trusty Jeep is named Carl. Earn this week's medal by naming the Emmy-winning actor that guest starred as (the voice of) Carl?  [answered]

Current Medal Standing:

~ Previous week's answer: New Girl & Good Luck Charlie (Winner: avengingtitan)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *

7. Happy Endings - "Grinches Be Crazy" (ABC)

6. 2 Broke Girls - "And the Reality Check" (CBS)

5. Two and a Half Men - "What A Lovely Landing Strip" (CBS)
Judy Greer
Judy Greer & Ashton Kutcher in "What A Lovely Landing Strip"

4. Parks and Recreation - "Citizen Knope" (NBC)

3. Modern Family - "Express Christmas" (ABC)
Julie Bowen
Julie Bowen in "Express Christmas"

2. New Girl - "Bad in Bed" (FOX)
Eva Amurri
Eva Amurri Martino guests in "Bad in Bed"

1. Beavis & Butt-Head - "Copy Machine; Holding" (MTV)
Beavis & Butt-Head


* Reality Shows *

6. What Not to Wear - "Becca" (TLC)

5. Work of Art: The Next Great Artist - "Sell Out" (Bravo)
Work of Art
Simon de Pury & China Chow in "Sell Out"

4. American Chopper: The Build-Off - "Pt.2" (DSC)

* Follow show host Michael Catherwood on twitter.

3. American Chopper: The Build-Off - "Pt.1" (DSC)

* Follow Paul Teutul Jr. on twitter

2. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team 6 - "Finale" (CMT)
The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders 2011-2012 Team

1. Brad Meltzer's Decoded - "Da Vinci" (History)
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci

There were still several shows off the schedule last week, though, like the week before I actually managed to up my total hours viewed. This time out I screened forty-seven and a half hours of TV to compile this column, twenty-six of which were hour-long programs. Unfortunately, I missed a few shows I'd intended to watch including both episodes of Reed Between the Lines, both opening episodes of The Mortified Sessions, and the Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan episode titled, "Thanksgiving."
Among the dramas I watched, Burn Notice, Dexter, Homeland, Hart of Dixie and Pan Am all came closest to making my main scripted list. Too few teen shows aired to fill-out this column's teen section, however, among Outstanding Sitcoms, The Office, A.N.T. Farm, The Exes, Raising Hope and The Big Bang Theory just missed placement on my main comedy list. All on the Line, Project Accessory, Top Chef: Texas, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Meteorite Men all earned honorable mentions for my Reality Shows section.
A fuller list of last week's stellar guest stars includes Roger Rees (on Warehouse 13), both Fred Willard & Christine Woods (on The Closer), Lisa Kudrow (on Allen Gregory), Lindsay Pearce (on Glee), and though appearing only briefly, I was delighted to see Ashley Greene (on Pan Am).

Psych was very entertaining last week but faced extraordinarily tough competition resulting in its ranking twentieth out of (my list of) twenty-six. Despite not making my scripted list, this was a sweet episode I happily and wholeheartedly recommend. A particularly good one for Gus.

The Dark Knight Rises released new press materials last week including a viral campaign centered around a classified CIA memo, as well as a new teaser poster pictured below.
The Dark Knight Rises

Also debuting last week was the first full-length trailer for Joss Whedon's horror genre mashup, The Cabin in the Woods. Directed by Drew Goddard, produced by Whedon, and co-written by the both of them, this trailer truthfully creeped me out. Read more about it here then check out the engrossing trailer below.

In conjunction with last night's Video Game Awards on Spike, Game Trailers has assembled a number of upcoming video games' trailers here and you can check out and also read about the latest Amazing Spider-Man VGA trailer here.

Before closing out this column I'd like to share the many GetGlue stickers I found last week that you might want to get in on while they last. On the film front, you can score Coming Soon glue for watching the trailers from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (opening 12/16), We Need to Talk About Kevin, In the Land of Blood and Honey, and We Bought a Zoo (all opening 12/23) - as well as a new one for Snow White and the Huntsman (coming in 2012). For television, you can GetGlue for the December 12th season premiere of Fear Factor and you can also snag a sticker for watching part one of Stephen King's Bag of Bones airing tonight on A&E.
Lastly, regarding comic books, make sure to check-in to get the cool stickers currently being offered for the X-Club, Defenders, and Villains for Hire.

Thanks so much for continuing to support and follow my TV WiR column and I'd love it if you'd also groove to my music column too. 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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