The spring-to-summer television transition is officially upon us, meaning there's going to be a lot less to love and a lot more to hate each and every week until September. But luckily this week we had the last dregs of real television to carry us, plus some early summer stuff that is actually pretty decent! Here's what we liked and didn't like...
Funny or Die's The Wire: The Musical
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of HBO's The Wire, you can read long essays about how it's like the work of Charles Dickens and an examination of the urban environment that can apply to any large city. Or you can experience all five seasons of one of television's densest shows in 90 minutes of musical magic!
Eagleheart, a real work of art
This week's episode of the most funny, violentest, showiest show on TV took on the art world when Chris's blood spatters become the hot new thing in the world of street art. Girly vegetable lasagna, killer dollar-sign eyes, and face-ripping! Oh man this show is perfect.
Another Game of Thrones theme cover, this time with dog squeaky toys
Because sure, why not?
Game of Thrones saved its special effects budget for another awesome, season-ending scene
This epic moment, witnessed by adorable Samwell Tarly, raised the bar AGAIN for television's grandest of shows. We're already counting the days until Season 3 begins.
So You Think You Can Dance's Dragon House dancers
While "Dragon House" might seem like some kind of badass location from Game of Thrones, in Atlanta it's actually just a three-bedroom apartment where about eight members of a dance crew crash. Three of those members auditioned during this week's episode of SYTYCD and their distinctive, herky-jerky style was the highlight of the show. The guy in the video clip above was particularly great.
Teen Wolf returned bigger and better than ever
Season 1 was careful to establish Teen Wolf as an acceptable, solid TV show and it certainly succeeded. But it's already clear that Season 2 is headed off the rails in the best way: new action, new characters, and a supernatural creature that is not a werewolf (and not a vampire)! Seriously, in just two episodes Teen Wolf went from watchable summer diversion to must-watch. THIS is how supernatural teen dramas are done.
America's Got Talent goth-opera singer Andrew De Leon was pure ahh-mazing
Who knew the Marilyn Manson look-alike had the vocal chops of a Susan Boyle? After his unexpected, jaw-dropping, and emotional audition, he told the judges he’s never performed in front of anyone before.
The Childrens Hospital and Party Down kids spoof The Bachelor
Dubbed “the most romantic web series that will ever be,” Burning Love is a solid spoof starring Ken Marino as Mark Orlando, a bachelor looking for “someone who can make him laugh, isn’t afraid of robots, and is possibly ethnic.” In short, this is utterly hilarious.
The Catalina exists
Is it just us or are teens being encouraged to envy debauchery rather than avoid it these days? Was MTV's Spring Break ever this in-your-face with the sex and booze? If the answer is "yes" (and it probably is), then we suddenly feel too old and cranky for our own good.
The CW's new Beauty and the Beast trailer
This show is looking even more horrible than we originally thought it would be. We like Kristin Kreuk, but are we really supposed to buy her as a tough police detective? What's next? Rachel Bilson as a doctor?
A New Girl producer called the comedy "the first post-post-9/11 show"
Producer Brett Baer said: "I was thinking long and hard about it, and I said to Dave [Finkel, fellow executive producer], 'What we've done here is created maybe the first post-post-9/11 show ... what our show came along at the right time for—this weird alchemy that happened—is that we were willing for the first time to go, It's okay to feel again."
Um... OR... maybe you just created a show about a weird girl and her roommates. Get over yourself, please, and let us know when you're done.
CNN's exuberant coverage of the Queen's Jubilee, the most boring bore that ever bored
We're going to let Jon Stewart and The Daily Show handle this one.
What made your list of TV loves and hates this week?