TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (October 7)

By TV.com Staff

Oct 08, 2011

Just as you have whittled down the commands you give your DVR (Suburgatory, New Girl in, Whitney, Terra Nova out) in the first few weeks of the fall season, so too have we whittled down what was good and bad this week on television. Take a look, won't you?


Swell:

... Starting TONIGHT, TeenNick will air Hey Dude in its The '90s Are All That programming block
Plus, the nostalgia trip will begin at 10pm instead of midnight. Nickelodeon-weaned twenty-somethings, meet your new excuse not to go out on Friday nights!


... Andy Rooney's 60 Minutes sign-off
A very sweet farewell for the 92-year-old newscaster. "I believe if all the truths were known about everything in the world, it would be a better place to live." Thank you for saying the things we were thinking! We'll miss you, you ol' coot! Now go put some pants on!


... Project Runway's baffling one-liners
Nuclear drama queen Joshua McKinley will go down as one of the most classic characters to ever grace the PR halls, but Viktor has been killing us lately. "Fashion is my food." New campaign slogan for the Anorexic Models Union? Discuss.


... The return of FX's The League
The boys came back with a bang—both literally and figuratively, thanks to a storyline that involved filming porn in Andre's apartment and Ruxin's new spin on the Super Bowl shuffle.


... Making Monsters on Travel Channel
Who knew a reality show about the making of animatronic haunted house attractions could be so riveting? Anyone? Why isn't this a ratings juggernaut??


... The Secret Circle went full-horror this week
In the first supernatural crossover of the fledgling CW show, dark magic and DEMONS made an appearance alongside witchcraft. Good start! Is it already time to start the werewolf/vampire appearance countdown?


Hell:

... That insane woman on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
No, not that one. Or that one. Nope. Next. Yep, THERE she is! That one! The one with the $25,000 sunglasses who keeps cackling for no good reason, and who claims her infant son speaks Thai and can do complex math equations.


... The X Factor's Stacy Francis
Yes, L.A. Reid. That's definitely "real pain." Unfortunately, it's occurring in my head, after hearing this woman sing. Nothing encapsulates the sham that X Factor really is better than this unworthy contestant.


... The teenagers of American Horror Story
Never thought we'd actually APPRECIATE the teenagers of Glee so much. Send 'em to the basement, Adelaide!


... Dexter's phoned-in Season 6 premiere
At this point, Michael C. Hall's voiceover work in those car commercials is more captivating than Dexter. Have a cup of coffee or something, Mike!


... The post-Breaking Bad emptiness on the horizon
No matter how hard we try, we can't stop thinking about how television is about to get worse after AMC's incredible series signs off for the season on Sunday. However, once we get used to it being gone, the rest of television will start to look a lot better.


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

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  • aragorio Oct 15, 2011

    man i miss community being on this list. i hope the timeline episodes troy timeline will be there it seems like it deserves it

  • hockeyrick Oct 10, 2011

    AHS was ok, but nothing yet to wring my underwear out on! dexter was a bit of a letdown.

    Im becoming more of a fan of A Gifted man, yes it can be contrived but it does have meaning!

  • MatthewDinnin Oct 10, 2011

    Wtf is "Hey Dude"

  • ursinism Oct 10, 2011

    Reviews on this site are just so ridiculous that it's disrespectful.

  • sibowittz Oct 10, 2011

    Stop ragging on American Horror Story!

  • staind47 Oct 10, 2011

    Also don't get why Dexter is in the Hell list and no Homeland in the Swell list.

  • Big_Pecks Oct 10, 2011

    I'll truly miss listening to Andy Rooney's rants while I wait for The Amazing Race to come on.

  • JaCkKbAuEr2424 Oct 09, 2011

    I don't think Dexter's premiere was phoned in at all... I felt better about this premiere than I did about much of last season.

  • Geek_Queen Oct 09, 2011

    Making Monsters sounds interesting, I'll make a point to check it out.

  • vicbjones Oct 09, 2011

    Swell: Howard's being wing man for Raj's date with a deaf woman on The Big Bang Theory; Patrick Jane showing a conscience in dealing with a woman who he'd conned years before on The Mentalist; Luther on BBC America (finally managed to watch it and was amazed), particularly the scene where the madam extorts him. Hell: How to Be a Gentleman (even with Pam Fryman directing, it felt like it could be interchangeable with Rules of Engagement; a little late now, but maybe if they took out the establishing shots and the laugh track, it would be slightly improved?); every time some talking head (e.g., Bill Marr and David Letterman) complained about the Wall Street protesters' not having a clear message or needing an identifiable leader (maybe if the news media actually did its job and observed and reported rather than told me what their bosses thought, that wouldn't be an issue, or rather, even less of one).

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