TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (January 7)
Here's what was out of sight and just not right on TV in the first week of 2011.
... The press kit for SyFy's Being Human remake
The "tips, tricks, and tools" manual for living a normal human life came with a phases of the moon calendar, a bag of blood, and pop-out human teeth. Oh, and the first few episodes of the series.
... Archer Season 1 on DVD
Released just in time to re-watch every episode before this month's Season 2 premiere. Plus, the set includes the original, unaired version of the pilot—with a shrieking, snarling dinosaur in place of Sterling Archer, apparently because producers had initially cast a different voice actor in the role.
... Pat Sajak's Twitter feed
The Wheel of Fortune host solves the puzzle of Twitter with zingers that make us feel like we're kids again and our dad is cracking corny jokes in front of the friends we're trying to impress and now we'll never get invited to Andrea Thompson's birthday party! Sample Tweet: "Tried to get on Dancing With the Stars. They said to call back when I was out of work." We'll take a G, an R, an O, an A, and an N.
... IFC's Larry Sanders Show marathon
The series features an incredible cast (including Rip Torn, Scott Thompson, and Sarah Silverman) and still holds up—Jeffrey Tambor's Hank is one of the funniest unlikable characters ever.
... This preview for the season finale of Hoarders
Really, Glenn? There's such a thing as "waaaaaay too many rats"?
... The CNBC special The Facebook Obsession, with Lester Holt
It was so dated and sad and doomsday-ish and all together late-to-jump-on-the-bandwagon. Where's the Dislike button?
...The premiere of the wholly unoriginal Live to Dance
It's like they mushed every other talent competition show into one show and slapped Paula Abdul's name on it. It inspires us neither to live nor dance.
$#*! My Dad Says winning best new comedy at the People's Choice Awards proves that the people chose... unwisely.
...Katie's forced nerd dialogue on No Ordinary Family
Yes, we get that she's into geek culture. But not every line of hers has to include a reference to Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, or another other obvious franchise. And no, we don't buy that she's a virgin.
What made your list of loves and hates this week?
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