's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (November 19)

By Staff

Nov 19, 2011

You know what you have to be thankful for as we head into America's biggest day of thanks? That this week was a really great week of television! How good was it? Just look at all the people holding guns in the "Swell" section! As you begin your stomach-stretching exercises to prepare for that sixth helping of mashed potatoes you'll be cramming on Thursday, take a look at what we thought was akin to Grandma's homemade stuffing (yum!) and what was your crazy Aunt Caroline's lima bean and liverwurst casserole (ugh!) this week.


... Marcy the Realtor on American Horror Story
This vaguely racist, homophobic, and definitely off-kilter real estate agent is the first character to pose a threat to Jessica Lange's reign of campiness, and we love campiness.

... Opie finding Piney on Sons of Anarchy

[Slight spoiler if you aren't caught up on Sons of Anarchy] Is it possible to hand out an Emmy for 60 seconds of work? Though he's been great all series long, Ryan Hurst's spectrum of grief, confusion, and blood-boiling anger upon finding his on-sceen father dead was perfect. Just another example of how this macho show can also be one of the most emotional dramas on television.

... The League's spot-on guest-casting for its Thanksgiving episode

Sarah Silverman dropped by as Andre's slutty sister and reminisced with Andre's friends about how she taught them everything they know about sex. Then they reminded Andre that they taught him everything THEY know about sex, meaning Andre learned everything he knows about sex from his sister. Gross. Jeff Goldblum also appeared, as Ruxin's dad, and we're pretty sure he and Nick Kroll are actually father and son. Or at least clone and mini-clone.

... Homeland's amazing, "gamechanger" episode

People throw that term around, but Episode 7 gave us a huge twist that would make a tornado dizzy and really did turn the series on its head. Brody and Carrie had amazing scenes throughout, but the final scene where she grilled him at the cabin was one of the best we've seen in a long time. This series has gotten better each week.

... Jeff Winger as Dean Pelton on Community

Joel McHale got a chance to show off his skills as an impersonator when he put on a bald cap, donned some some glasses, and pranced around like a weirdo in this week's episode. And he did good. Really good.

... Schmidt and CeCe on New Girl
Over the past two episodes, two of the show's least-developed characters have suddenly become two of the best. Their burgeoning mutual infatuation is as ridiculous as it is endearing. We're on board for Cemidht or SchmiCe. Okay, maybe they're not perfect for each other, but they're Swell nonetheless.

... Work of Art's Lola and Michelle twirling their villain mustaches

In Wednesday's episode, the aforementioned bee-yotches were actually encouraging people to "tag" (that's street-talk for graffiti) their competition's work! That's straight-up gangsta, yo!


... Demi and Ashton, no mas!
We were so shocked it lasted this long that we thought it might actually be forever, and we'll miss one of Hollywood's weirdest couples ever. Plus, breakups suck, no matter who are. The question now is: Who rebounds first, and will it be contentious? Our money is on Demi in a very public hook-up spree that's brimming with spite. We hear Justin Bieber might be available soon, Demi!

... Community gets pulled from NBC's schedule, freak-outs ensue

It's hard to swallow Whitney staying on the schedule and Community going bye-bye for now, but the internet firestorm it created may have been a bit overboard. Tim admits he got pretty heated over NBC's decision to keep our favorite community college comedy off the air in early 2012, but he's since calmed down. It's okay to be mad that it's not going to be on in January, but all of Season 3 will be produced and will air. If it gets to the point where NBC backtracks and Annie never returns, then we'll burn down Peacock HQ and Tim will bring the gasoline. But until then, we have to accept the business decision even if we don't like it.

... TWO more seasons of Dexter?
Showtime didn't just renew the serial-killer drama for one season, it renewed it for TWO. Could they please be six episodes each? Skip the midseason filler, please, Dexter writers.

... The Annoying Orange is coming to TV

We love oranges. They prevent scurvy and are a key ingredient in mimosas. But there's one orange we can't stand: THE ANNOYING ORANGE! The incredibly annoying and somehow popular web series is going to become a cartoon on Cartoon Network. God save us all.

... Regis is officially gone
He got us going in the morning with his infectious energy. He talked to Snooki about smushing. He repeatedly asked us if we wanted to be millionaires. Should we be sad? Yeah, we should. Good luck, Reeeeeeeg!

What made your list of TV loves and hates this week?

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  • chas031 Nov 23, 2011

    "Showtime didn't just renew the serial-killer drama for one season, it renewed it for TWO. Could they please be six episodes each? Skip the midseason filler, please, Dexter writers. "

    A critique shows an understanding of the show, characters, and writing. This simply shows how little you care about doing your JOB!!!

  • withoutcanseco Nov 21, 2011

    Sarah Silverman on The League just makes me want to skip this episode. Nasty, and not funny in the least.

  • dragonslayer168 Nov 21, 2011

    I say we should all keep complaining and freaking out about Community, maybe something'll happen, who knows?

  • saxyroro Nov 21, 2011

    Omg... The League was soo much better than I thought after reading above. The League surpassing Its Always Sunny on Thursday night on FX.

  • headclub Nov 21, 2011

    Yes, thank you!

  • Saiyans91 Nov 21, 2011

    Homeland and AHS were definitely Swell. I am not sure about the decision to put the Dexter renewal news in Hell. A lot of shows, especially the ones with the potential/calibre of Dexter can bounce back in subsequent seasons.

  • EmmettNorth Nov 21, 2011

    I would like to wish Ashton and Demi good luck in their new lives apart,Emmett North Jr.

  • staind47 Nov 21, 2011

    Forgot to mention, that particular scene in SOA was really amazing. Opie (Ryan Hurst) acted the crap outta that shortish part. Like you said, dunno if an emmy can be given for that short piece but he sure deserves it. Everyone on that cast does.

  • ursinism Nov 21, 2011

    And like i always said, this site has people or "critics" who hate TV, basically. Isn't it weird?

  • ursinism Nov 21, 2011

    If you don't like Dexter you just don't qualify as a TV critic.

  • lalaforever1989 Nov 21, 2011

    Yeah I didn't get why anything Dexter related was in the Hell section, but sometimes when people are on their periods they get moody or something.

  • MercegraceJea Nov 20, 2011

    Swell: It's always sunny in Philadelphia! This season is a great season! I really loved watching Charlie's dancing blow Dennis' mind, it blew my mind. And Dee doing the balloon dance, classic.

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