's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (September 24)

By Staff

Sep 25, 2010

Premieres sure kept us busy, but hey—television is finally back is session! Here's what we dug and didn't dig on the small screen this week.


... Top Chef Season 8 will be Top Chef: All Stars
Fabio, Carla, Jamie Lauren, *and* Jennifer C. will be back!

... Bob Allen's suitcase on Lone Star.
A beautiful metaphor and an even more beautiful bag. Where can I get one of those?!?!? (P.S. There are spoilers in the video below.)

... The new Walking Dead poster
Looks like one hell of a getaway-weekend traffic jam for Atlanta.

... The opening to Community's season premiere
That pan of all the characters' bedrooms is awesome.

... Joaquin Phoenix's first return to the Late Show since last year's stunt
And Mr. Letterman asking for cool million in exchange for his appearance in Joaquin's film.

... Glee's new voices
Chord Overstreet and Charice have some PIPES.


... The pilot comparison problem
Let's break it down: The Event will never be Lost, and Running Wilde isn't as good as Arrested Development.

... Rough first-week ratings for some of our favorites
Fringe, Lone Star, and others got wrecked. Why aren't you people watching!?

... DVR overload
This week was brutal on our personal video recording boxes. Will someone please invent a 5-terabyte hard drive DVR that can record 10 things at once?

... Ms. Blankenship's death on Mad Men
Poor Ida, gone too soon. R.I.P.

... Jeff Zucker is out at NBC
Don't get us wrong, this is swell—but it's hell that it took this long!

What did you love and hate on TV this week?

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  • deblb Sep 29, 2010

    Most Swell: The sight of Alex O'Loughlin back on TV, especially with his glorious tattoos in plain sight! My Moonlight DVDs need a rest...

  • vicky122 Sep 29, 2010

    I adore Fringe, and Lone Star deserves to be watched!

  • bikeboy3 Sep 29, 2010

    FRINGE was awesome this week...

  • BILOXIPAT Sep 29, 2010

    Is anyone besides me watching THE GOOD GUYS? It is hilarious. Tom Hanks' son is a dead ringer for his daddy, and very good as mustachioed, gum-chewing Bradley Whitford's straight man. Give it a couple of episodes....and I know it's annoying to most of you, but you have to actually pay attention to know what's going on.

  • BILOXIPAT Sep 29, 2010

    I hated that MAD MEN killed off poor Ms. Blankenship. She was the perfect secretary for Draper, always just a beat behind what was going on around her. I looked forward to her every week.

    As for HAWAII FIVE-O and THE EVENT, they can retire them already. Couldn't even finish one full episode. And if not for Linda Hunt, I couldn't sit through NCIS: LA. Already miss PSYCH, THE CLOSER and BURN NOTICE.

  • elainecleo Sep 29, 2010

    Maybe you just need to get a second dual tuner DVR, I had both of mine going this week. Thank you Dish Network.

  • hockeyrick Sep 29, 2010

    Grace Park--hottest woman on TV!

  • ShawnMulligan Sep 27, 2010

    When will the antique Nielsen system be put to rest? There's no reality to those numbers and yet shows are killed based on a system that was out of date 10 years ago or more!

  • staind47 Sep 27, 2010

    Look, Lost was probably my favorite show, but I wish people would stop using the phrase 'the next Lost'. Why not give a show a chance on its own merits? Jeez people, if Lost taught us anything its to 'LET GO' ;)

  • jjab73 Sep 26, 2010

    .. DVR overload

    "This week was brutal on our personal video recording boxes. Will someone please invent a 5-terabyte hard drive DVR that can record 10 things at once?"

    I 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th this!

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