From network apologies to the return of shows we've been waiting on for what feels like an eternity, there was plenty to cheer and jeer about this week... so let's get right to it!
The excellent pilot of the ABC Family show caught us off guard, and the best moment came when the former Vegas showgirl Michelle gave her future students an impromptu lesson in feelin' it. Someone give Sutton Foster all the awards for being fantastic at this entertaining thing, because she's awesome.
NBATV's documentary on the 1992 U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball team, The Dream Team, was a slam dunk. In terms of its ability to recapture the magic of the best team ever assembled, it was nothing but net! And the way it portrayed the diversity of the personalities was a well-executed chest pass. Great stuff.
Seriously, they're a sight to be seen. It's like getting two characters for the price of one!
According to the artist's blog, he just started watching the series and loves it so much that he's decided to create a minimalist poster for each episode. Francesco, get these things on Etsy, stat!
In one of the more honest moments ever featured on a cable news talk show, Shep Smith abruptly changed the subject from some boring story about Lance Armstrong to how much he loves True Blood. The best part was the three silver-haired men in suits who had no idea how to respond.
What began as a series of annoyances culminated in a long, slightly brutal argument between best friends. We've all had arguments like the one between Hannah and Marnie: Seemingly low-stakes disagreements suddenly escalating into all-out war. It was funny, well-observed, and—here's that word again—REAL.
We've been conditioned to expect nothing less than a game changer in a season finale, but Veep did the opposite. It raised stakes and left our anti-heroine in a much worse place, but the biggest twist was the revelation that Selina's non-stop political nightmare is going to continue for, possibly, the next 16 years. Good times!
Don't get us wrong, it's nice to meet dancers from around the country, but quite frankly we don't have the time to be getting invested in contestants who won't proceed to Vegas week. Four weeks of auditions was enough! Let's get this party started!
Shep Smith isn't alone in loving the show. Let's enjoy Alan Ball's last season because it looks like he's pulling out all the stops. The Authority rears its ugly head—finally! More characters than ever are taking their clothes off to shapeshift. Hooray! Bill and Eric are a team, and they've got their hands full with The Authority and possibly Russell Edgington. Good luck!
Yes, we just said we're happy this show is back. However: Tara as a vampire? Maybe it'll liven up her storyline and character, but if it doesn't happen quick, give that girl the True Death! And Eric and his (previously unknown) sister are sexually involved? Gross. Oh, and one more thing: Sookie refused Alcide's overtures again? No one is that blind! Sure she killed his girlfriend, but... he'll get over it.
We expected it to be soapy, but we didn't expect it to include such over-the-top scenes as the one where John Ross held a secret meeting with land conservationist Margaret... in the middle of the Dallas Cowboys' football stadium. And that's "middle" as in on the field, in the center of the star. Because that's where all oil tycoons hold secret business meanings. Duh.
The latest update is apparently that the Season 1 finale—which includes a split-second scene where a prop George W. Bush head can be seen, if you're looking for it, beheaded on a stake—has been pulled from HBO Go, iTunes, and the like. Oh, and future DVD shipments are being halted until the shot can be cut from the episode. What a bummer that a colorful piece of DVD commentary has caused such a stink. And obviously we just went out and bought Season 1—is that exactly what HBO wanted us to do?
If that's the way it's gonna be, why didn't our own Lily Sparks get asked to join the cast?
What made your list of TV loves and hates this week?