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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 2/5/12 - Fringe, Modern Family, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Tuesday, February 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 2/5/12)

Continuing the trend of the new year, this week was again more densely programmed than the last. That being said, my teen category still fell short one slot this entry and my reality section's victor is actually from 2010. In my hour-long category only FOX earned more than a single spot, while, among sitcoms ABC and NBC shared dominance. As usual, Nickelodeon and The Cartoon Network split the spoils of my Favorite Teen Shows section, though, this entry's Clone Wars epi was one of my all-time favorites. Nick's musical series Victorious overcame Big Four competition to earn placement on both (my) junior and senior sitcom lists. One item especially interesting to note is that I've decided to allow Jamie Oliver's American Road Trip to join in my competitive pool after having initially deciding to exclude it. My mind changed because a) it is the first time it's aired in America, despite it being two years old, and b) its subject matter is just too damned important not to spotlight. The episode that appears on this list is one I wish every American would see.
TV debuts dropping between now and next Sunday include Cougar Town on Valentine's Day, a special encore premiere The Hour (on BBC-America this Wednesday) and, Sunday (2/19) ushers in HBO's new Ricky Gervais series starring Warwick Davis titled, Life's Too Short (click on the show titles to GetGlue for the various series). You can also score a new Valentine's Day sticker for watching Beyoncé's "Love on Top" video from her Live at Roseland performance.
Now without further ado, 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 *

7. Hawaii Five-0 - "Out of the Past" (CBS)

6. Switched at Birth - "Las Dos Fridas" (ABC-FAM)
Switched at Birth
Meredith Baxter joins the cast of Switched at Birth

5. Smash - "Pilot" (NBC)

4. Glee - "The Spanish Teacher" (FOX)
Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin guest stars as "The Spanish Teacher"

3. Supernatural - "Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie" (CW)

2. Spartacus: Vengeance - "The Greater Good" (Starz)

1. Fringe - "Welcome to Westfield" (FOX)
John Noble as Dr. Walter Bishop in "Welcome to Westfield"
* Read about it here.
Guest Star of the Week: Amy Acker on Grimm (NBC)
Amy Acker
Amy Acker in "Tarantella"

Runners Up:
Robin Weigert on A Gifted Man (CBS)
Mary Steenburgen on 30 Rock (NBC)
* Favorite Teen Shows *

4. How to Rock - "How to Rock a Guest List" (nick)

How to Rock: "A Guest List: Nelson's Smelly Secret"
Get More: How to Rock Episodes,How to Rock,How to Rock Games

3. The Looney Tunes Show - "Point, Laser Point" (TOON)

Get More: MTV Shows

2. Victorious - "The Worst Couple" (nick)

Victorious: "The Worst Couple: Poker Night"
Get More: Victorious Episodes,Victorious,Victorious Games

1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Crisis on Naboo" (TOON)
SW: The Clone Wars
Anakin and Count Dooku in "Crisis on Naboo"
* Download and print Star Wars themed Valentines here.
Webisode of the Week: Breakin' It Down! with Catherine Reitman (Ep.51) - "Safe House; A Separation"

Runners Up: [tie]
Weekly 'Wood with Naomi Kyle
More IGN Weekly Wood Videos

DVDiva with Brigitte Dale

Bonus Webisode:
Last week CBS launched a new weekly web series, Anatomy of a TV Hit: Crime Scene Investigation. Its first (10min long) episode features interviews with production staff and cast from the series' first season in a webisode titled, "Birth of C.S.I., Pt.1."

* Read about it here.

Action Flick Chick

Fave *New* Music Video of the Week: "Needing/Getting" by OK Go  {released 2/5 via MTV}
* Read about it here and even more about it here.

Runners Up:
"Black White & Blue" by Ladyhawke  {released 2/6 via VEVO}
"Anna Sun" by Walk The Moon  {released 2/7 via VEVO}

Fans of Adam Lambert can pick up a new GetGlue sticker for his "Better Than I Know Myself" video by checking-in here.
Trivia Question of the Week: Last week Sam Huntington appeard on Syfy's Face Off as one of two celebrity guest judges. Can you name the celebrity guest that co-adjudicated the Spotlight Challenge?

Current Medal Standing:


~ Previous week's answer: Spike Lee (Winner: avengingtitan)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *

7. Hot in Cleveland - "I'm With the Band" (TVLD)

6. Victorious - "The Worst Couple" (nick)
Elizabeth Gillies and Avan Jogia

5. Are You There, Chelsea? - "The Gynecologist" (NBC)

4. New Girl - "The Landlord" (FOX)
New Girl
L. Morris, J.M. Johnson and Jeff Kober in "The Landlord"

3. Happy Endings - "The St. Valentine's Day Maxssacre" (ABC)

2. 30 Rock - "Hey, Baby, What's Wrong? (Part 1)" (NBC)

1. Modern Family - "Me? Jealous?" (ABC)

Joseph Campbell Foundation

* Reality Shows *

5. Project Runway: All-Stars - "Fashion Face Off" (Lifetime)

4. An Idiot Abroad - "Whale Watching" (Sci)

3. Face Off - "Dangerous Beauty" (Syfy)

2. Who Do You Think You Are? - "Marisa Tomei" (NBC)

1. Jamie's American Road Trip - "Arizona" (BBC-America)

Despite having missed Person of Interest and Inside the Actor's Studio (which I'm hoping to catch soon) my total hours screened last week jumped to fifty and a half; up from last column's thirty-eight. I had a particularly busy week as well which is why my two columns are being publishing a little tardy. Counting House of Lies as a drama puts me at twenty-five and a half "hour-long" dramas watched -- I still don't really know how to classify HoL. I've heard it called a comedy but it sure ain't slingin' jokes like any standard sitcom and, personally, I don't find the show "funny." But I do find it compelling, quality television.

House, Hart of Dixie, Jane by Design, Grimm and White Collar all just missed listing on my (hour-long) drama board in what was undeniably the most competitive week of 2012. Every teen show screened earned a listing this entry, in fact I had to reduce the teen category by one slot this column because I only saw those four shows.
I wached sixteen sitcoms for this WiR, among them 2 Broke Girls, The Looney Tunes Show, Raising Hope, Whitney and Two and a Half Men came closest to making my Outstanding Sitcoms list.
Reality shows nearly ranking in that category included 24 Hour Catwalk, Top Chef: Texas and Ink Master.

Jeff Kober (on New Girl), Jeffrey Wright (on House), Tim Kelleher (on Fringe) and Nate Torrence (on Are You There, Chelsea?) complete my list of impressive guest stars most worthy of Honorable Mentions from last week.

Before moving onto movie news and some GetGlue links I wanted to share my enthusiasm for the new "Hey Girl" interactive video starring Zooey Deschanel and the cast of New Girl. I know I've had fun choosing different paths and I suspect, if you're a fan, you will too. Watch the clip for it (below) then go here to make a version of the video for yourself. Here's another informative BTS video here.

Several exciting trailers hit the web last week including the second official trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man, however, my favorite was this brief clip from Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance titled, "Demolition."

Last week The Avengers and Harley-Davidson joined forces to create a marvelous contest in which you can win a new H-D custom motorcycle that, along with a character of your creation, will be drawn into an upcoming Avengers digital comic! Enter here.

Of all the one-sheets debuting last week these two stood out the most for me. You can read a little about each poster here and here.
new posters
* You'll also want to gaze upon the super-cool Flash ads for fictional products featuring stars from The Hunger Games here (via @MovieWeb).

In addition to the GetGlue links featured in this column's opening, I also found the following stickers last week. Valentine's Day heralds the Blu-ray release of Johnny Depp's critically praised, The Rum Diary, check-in here to unlock its sticker. Watching the trailers for Wanderlust (opening 2/24) and The Amazing Spider-Man (set to premiere 7/3) will earn you cool glue art, as will watching the previews for upcoming TV premieres of Lifeguard!, Ghost Hunters International and BBC's prolific series four premiere of Being Human.

Lastly, Marvel fans got lovingly served with a bunch of stickers to unlock. Click on these links to grab the glue; Venom #13.1, Deadpool #50, Winter Soldier #1, Secret Avengers #22 and (tpb) Fantastic Four: Season One. Loyalists of either the X-Men or Avengers will want the latest expressions of their side here and here.

Thanks so much for visiting my Week in Review column again and sharing in my enjoyment of TV. Please visit my weekly Music Video weekly column as well. Have a Great Week and 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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