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TV Week in Review 4/15/12 - Touch, iCarly, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, April 23 2012 and posted in Features

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

TV Week in Review  (week of 4/15/12)

FOX, The CW and HBO all performed strongly last week earning wins and multiple places on my Top 7 lists. FOX's Touch tops my one-hour list for a third consecutive week, ratings darling iCarly unseated How to Rock after its three week Favorite Teen Show reign, and, my no.1 half-hour slot got snagged by the season finale of Raising Hope and the [probable] series finale of Eastbound & Down. No net slotted more than once on my Top 7 Reality Shows list; a different network tops that particular list for a fifth week in a row.

Premiering this week is The L.A. Complex (Starring Jewel Staite) tomorrow (Tues 4/24) on CW, Total Blackout (hosted by Jaleel White) debuting Wednesday (4/25), Whale Wars: Viking Shores on Animal Planet Friday (4/27), and The Graham Norton Show returns with another series on BBC-America this upcoming Saturday (4/28). Next Sunday (4/29) don't miss the season finale of The Good Wife. Earn a GetGlue sticker for The L.A. Complex by checking-in here.

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

12. In Plain Sight - "The Medal of Mary" (USA)
11. True Justice - "Dark Vengeance, Pt.1" (Reelz)
10. Fairly Legal - "What They Seem" (USA)
(9). Smash - "The Movie Star" (NBC)
(8). GCB - "Pride Comes Before a Fall" (ABC)

7. Lost Girl - "Something Wicked This Fae Comes" (Syfy)

(6). Grey's Anatomy - "The Girl With No Name" (ABC)
Vanessa Marano
Vanessa Marano portrays "The Girl With No Name."

5. Game of Thrones - "What is Dead May Never Die" (HBO)
Episode 13 - Inside the Episode

4. Glee - "Saturday Night Glee-ver" (FOX)

(3). Ringer - "I'm the Good Twin" (CW)

(2). Supernatural - "Of Grave Importance" (CW)

. Touch - "Lost and Found" (FOX)

Guest Stars of the Week: [tie]
Jim Beaver on Supernatural (CW)
Vanessa Marano on Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

Runners Up: [tie]
Barry Corbin on Modern Family (ABC)
Bijou Phillips on Raising Hope (FOX)

Remainder of my Top 12 Favorite guest stars from last week:
Uma Thurman on Smash (NBC)
Jamie Luner on Supernatural (CW)
Stephen Lang on In Plain Sight (USA)
Adam Baldwin on Castle (ABC)
Matthew Perry on The Good Wife (CBS)
Kathryn Hahn on Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Annalise Basso on New Girl (FOX)
Mark Margolis on Fairly Legal (USA)
Fave *New* Music Video of the Week: "The Rifle's Spiral" by The Shins  {posted 4/18 via Nowness}

Runners Up: [3-way tie]
"Back In Time" by Pitbull  {posted 4/20 via VEVO}
"Disconnected" by Keane  {posted 4/16 via VEVO Premieres}
"I Will Never Change" by Benga  {posted 4/16 via VEVO Premieres}

* Last week I found three new GetGlue stickers specifically about music. Check-in soon to unlock one for Collective Soul's upcoming tour here, one for Neon Trees' LP Picture Show and one for Kris Allen's latest single, "The Vision of Love," here.


Favorite *New* Webisodes of the Week: [tie]
The Guild - (S5, Ep.2) "Crash Pad"  [Runtime 6.06]  {posted 4/17 via G&S}
PBS Offbook: The Art of Film & TV Title Design  [Runtime 6.30]  {posted 4/18 via PBS}

Runners Up: [tie]
The Spirit of 4/20  [Runtime 3.11]  {posted 4/19 via FOD}
Stoner Countdown  {posted 4/19 via CH}  [TV-14]
* Favorite Teen Shows *

4. How to Rock - "How to Rock a Part-Time Job" (nick)

How to Rock: "A Part Time Job: Food Fight"
Get More: How to Rock Episodes,How to Rock,How to Rock Games

3. Austin & Ally - "Burglaries & Boobytraps" (Disney)

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

1. iCarly - "iOpen a Restaurant" (nick)

iCarly: "iOpen a Restaurant: Red Pepper Recipes"
Get More: iCarly Episodes,iCarly,iCarly Games


Trivia Question of the Week: Last week's hilarious iCarly paid comedic tribute to which classic Martin Scorsese film?

Current Medal Standing:


~ Previous week's answer: Issac Washington (Winner: avengingtitan)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *

(12). 30 Rock - "Murphy Brown Lied to Us" (NBC)
(11). Hot in Cleveland - "Cruel Shoes" (TVLD)
(10). Modern Family - "The Last Walt" (ABC)
(9). BFF - "Put a Pin in It" (NBC)
8. 2 Broke Girls - "And the Messy Purse Smackdown" (CBS)

(7). Two and a Half Men - "Mr. Hose Says "Yes"" (CBS)

6. The Ricky Gervais Show - "Bryan's Brain" (HBO)

(5). Don't Trust the B---- in Apt.23 - "Daddy's Girl..." (ABC)

(4). Parks and Recreation - "Live Ammo" (NBC)

3. New Girl - "Kids" (FOX)

1. Raising Hope - "I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back, Baby Back" (FOX)

1. Eastbound & Down - "Chapter 21" (HBO)


* Reality Shows *

(12). Punk'd - "Tyler, the Creator" (MTV)
(11). Betty White's Off Their Rockers - "Episode 4" (NBC)
(10). Top Shot - "SWAT Throwdown" (History)
(9). Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country - "Livestock" (CMT)
* Watch the official video for its theme song, "Home Sweet Home," by The Farm here.

8. Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan - "Best of Bomb Patrol" (G4)

7. American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. - "A Meeting Is Set" (DSC)

6. Shannen Says - "Episode 2" (We)

5. Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis - "All That Glitters" (Bravo)

4. Ice Loves Coco - "Baby Got Sundance" (E!)
Art of Rap
The Art of Rap opens in theaters June 15th.

(3). Top Guns - "SWAT Team Tech" (H2)

2. Dream Machines - "50 Cent's Jet Car Takes Off" (Syfy)

1. Richard Hammond's Crash Course - "Abrams Tank" (BBC-America)

On my quest to screen 'n sample as many different shows as possible, I increased my total hours viewed compared to the week before last by a couple hours, topping off at fifty-two and a half. Twenty-seven hours were spent watching hour-long fare, ten and a half went to half-hour comedies (including the impressive premiere of Girls) and fifteen interesting hours were dedicated to reality TV. The only show I accidentally missed was Stacey David's Gearz on the SPEED Channel.

Two fresh TV clips I found intriguing and entertaining last week were for Parks and Recreation and Syfy's new series Total Blackout. P&R posted this Gag Reel full of hilarious bloopers and pranks to promote its Season Three DVD.

HBO Films has produced yet another award-worthy effort in their latest stunning epic Hemingway & Gellhorn (Starring Clive Owen & Nicole Kidman). Watch the film's most recent trailer (below) and catch its primetime HBO premiere May 28th.

It's occured to me that I mostly feature big-budgeted (would-be) blockbusters in my column's (unofficial) movie section, so this time I'm spotlighting a couple low budget pics' clips instead. The first is from Music Box Films who brought The Artist to America, now presenting an English subtitled version of 2004's Japanese film Quill: The Life Of A Guide Dog. See its engaging trailer (below) and read about it here. Quill premieres in the U.S. this summer.

Last week buyer screenings took place for super-cool indy actioner The Baytown Disco, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria. Take a look-see below and read a bit about it here.

Eight new one-sheets streeted last week for G.I. Joe Retaliation, one for each of its major characters. See all eight here and behold the two posters below featuring Elodie Yung (as Jinx) and Adrianne Palicki (as Lady Jaye).
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
* See the latest international poster here.

New GetGlue stickers found last week included ones for Sherlock's second series (premiering May 6th) and Hallmark's original movie Duke (4/28). Coming Soon movie sticker are also now availabl for Safe (4/27), Sound of My Voice (4/27), Meeting Evil (now on VOD, in theaters 5/4), an Iron Man sticker for The Avengers, as well as new stickers for Take This Waltz and Magic Mike both hitting theaters June 29th. Comics glue from Marvel landed last week for Avengers VS. X-Men #2, Wolverine and the X-Men #9, Punisher #10, Uncanny X-Force #24, Avengers #25 and Amazing Spider-Man #684.

Thanks for checking out my column(s), I hope you found something to your liking. I gotta say I was pleased to finally get Reelz from my cable provider this past week, I no longer have to miss Steven Seagal's ballsy, action-packed True Justice. And for those wondering about my love of Touch... well, I'll confess it's emotionally moved me each and every airing (not that easy to do, especially when I'm expecting it). I'll be publishing an interview with Total Blackout host Jaleel White Wednesday at TV Over Mind, check it out if you're inclined. As always, 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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