TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (February 18)

Hopefully the sugar high from all the chocolates we got you has worn off and the bleeding holes in your hands from all those roses we bought for you are no longer infected, because our Hell/Swell for Valentine's week requires your complete attention! Let's see what was champagne and oysters and what was eating straight out of a can of chili on TV this week:


SWELL


Dave Navarro on Talking Dead



Not only was the ROCK GOD super thoughtful and eloquent in his opinions, but he didn't pull punches and expertly explained the complaints of many of the show's passionate, albeit critical fans—wanting the survivors to get off the farm and encounter more zombies—right to showrunner Glenn Mazzara.



A.J.'s Curse-a-thon on The River


We'd be [bleep]ing swearing our [bleep]ing faces off too if we had to [bleep]ing burrow into a bunch of [bleep]ing dirt like a [bleep]ing badger while pasty jungle [bleep] folk were trying to [bleep]ing gouge our [bleep]ing eyes out. [BLEEP]!



Ricky Gervais Promotes His New Series By Talking About Panda Sex


This may go down as one of the most important interviews in the history of The Daily Show.



New Girl's Schmidt's Desert-Island Reading List


Includes "any script from Season 1 of The Vampire Diaries." We applaud his good taste, but we truly hope he meant from the latter half of the season.



Face Off's Old-Age Makeup Competition


Not only was the old-age makeup competition legitimately difficult, the twist involving making up triplets as the same person at different stages of life was especially clever. It's no wonder Syfy has a genuine hit on its hands.



Madeleine Stowe Continues to Amaze on Revenge


One of the things that separates Revenge from other primetime soap drudgery is Stowe, who continues to act like she's on HBO or something. Her reaction when she thought Daniel was dead is just another scene to add to her Give Me An Emmy portfolio.



Louis CK Talking on Parks and Recreation


That accent! That stammering! That way he said, "Fro-zenn Boo-ree-toe!"



This Kayak Ad


Kayak ads are hit and miss, but this gem would have been the best Super Bowl ad. Someone give the patient an Emmy or whatever awards go to acting in commercials.


HELL


Media Outlets Referring to Giancarlo Esposito as a Guy From Once Upon a Time


While the news that Giancarlo will make a guest appearance on Community is as Swell as can be, HELLO!?!? Giancarlo was is and always will be Gus Fring from Breaking Bad! Not some chump in a mirror in a fairy-tale show.



Why Do Reality Shows Always Take the Good Ones!?!?!?


Ben sent adorable rapper Emily packing on The Bachelor, and sweet and talented Heather rolled away her make-up bag on Face Off. It was a bad week for people who deserve victories in the reality realm.



Lori's Thought Process in The Walking Dead


Your constant stream of stupidity is shocking, and this week's drive (and crash) into town to get Hershel when you already sent Rick to do the exact same thing and made a big deal about him going because it was dangerous yet you go BY YOURSELF was idiotic even by your standards. Girl, how are you still alive!? Wait... if zombies eat brains... oh now I get it.



This Jenny McCarthy Comeback


Getting her own VH1 talk show? Hosting NBC's Love in the Wild? How many goats were harmed as a result of this black magic? Come to think of it, we'd rather watch a goat get its own talk show.


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

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Feb 21, 2012
Swell: No Community, 30 Rock episode doing Batman, funniest this season.

Hell: Lori is stupid.
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Feb 21, 2012
While her tv acting may be questionable (I think the Jenny McCarthy show was actually cancelled and pull off the halfway through the first episode), she's just so pretty. How can you not want to see more of her?
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Feb 21, 2012
Don't forget to add for next week's: Hell - The Simpsons squandering their 500th episode with the worst of the season.
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Feb 20, 2012
Swell: The dinner party on Archer.
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Feb 20, 2012
That Kayak ad was grotesque.



Swell: Carol Burnett on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, being awesome; telling a story about making out with Julie Andrews in front of the First Lady; asking if Craig was referring to her anus.
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Feb 20, 2012
Swell: 30 Rock's Batman episode?
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Feb 20, 2012
I'm just waiting for the zombies to start talking about their feelings....
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Feb 20, 2012
Swell: Ricky Gervais on The Daily Show; the Andrew Breitbart/classic movie clip mash-ups on Countdown (bonus points to Obermann and his staff for using Quatermass and the Pit (using the original title no less) and for knowing who Andrew Keir was); Reese sending Fosco into HR (very dramatic for network TV). Hell: The Samantha Bee segment on Tuesday's Daily Show (significantly weaker than the rest of that episode); the last 10 minutes of Rob (the kid's missing and Rob's biggest concern is his wife not finding out?); the well-done but disturbingly graphic murder of two pharmaceutical executives in the teaser to NCIS: Los Angeles (the flailing arms were a bit much).
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Feb 20, 2012
Swell: The season (dear god not series) finale of "The Life and Times of Tim". Such a cliffhanger! And I know I am a week late, but where is the story about the finale of "Angry Boys," and how Chris Lilley should win every award for his portrayal of 6 different characters?

Hell: No "Community"
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Feb 20, 2012
SWELL:

Michael Cudlitz as cop John Cooper in SouthLAnd to a crazy lady who's son JC is taken by Judas: " Jesus Christ is your son? You must be very proud."

(Michael Cudlitz on SouthLAnd in general: SWELL)
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Feb 20, 2012
I hate Lori sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo damn much.
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Feb 20, 2012
go down as one of the most important interviews in the history Another Swell to Raising Hope. Sabrina's boyfriend Wyatt saying the following when watching a hockey game at a restaurant: "Oh come on! I haven't seen someone handle the puck that bad since Pedro on
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Feb 19, 2012
It's so weird that the version I watched didn't have Lori's accident (I watched it again and checked). Maybe I blanked out both times to avoid the stupidity?
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Feb 19, 2012
Swell: Jon Stewart and Ricky Gervais, Fringe, Archer

Hell: no Community
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Feb 19, 2012
Lori's stupidity on the show is beyond ridiculous. I'm not sure, but I don't think anyone is that stupid. Apparently I'm wrong.
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Feb 19, 2012
Dave Navarro looks like one of the characters in The Walking Dead Comic
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Feb 19, 2012
I've been a devil's advocate for Lori on TWD for a good long while but that drive/crash scene just made me see the light. What a moron!! If she loses the baby I'll bet she's super happy about it. What a bitch.
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Feb 19, 2012
Swell: breathless, heart attack again episode of FRINGE, epicness continues! so cannot wait for Friday.

Hell: it's not on this list!
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Feb 19, 2012
Great list and I totally agree with points about Talking Dead, New Girl, and then Giancarlo as Gus vs Once Upon A Time Character, and what was Lori thinking, seriously!?!?!?!?
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Feb 19, 2012
Swell: James Spader NOT appearing on The Office. I was never really excited about him being on the show, and the more I saw him, the more I was annoyed of the show.
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Feb 19, 2012
SWELL:

Another vote for Raising Hope's V-Day ep, Wyatt's Puck/Pedro one-liner, the apology play and especially Ashley Tisdale dressed as a shirtless Maw-Maw eating a pickle (priceless!).

Fusco realizing he'll never escape being a dirty cop on Person of Interest.

Sue's high-speed Bieber freak out (pure awesomeness) and Frankie finally realizing her daughter was taking someone else to the concert on The Middle.

Dave Navarro on Talking Dead.

Katharine McPhee on SMASH.

Kidney-less Dewey (or so he thought) spinning out of control on Justified.

"Normalling" on 30 Rock.



HELL:

EVERY bad flashback on Being Human.

Lori on The Walking Dead (it's not often that I actually YELL at the television - please let her die).
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Feb 19, 2012
WD had so much potential, now I want to hit them all in the head!!!!!!!!!!
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Feb 19, 2012
I also very much wonder why Lori was reading a map on a straight road with no exits in sight...
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Feb 19, 2012
Swell: The return of Nellie Bertram (Catherine Tate) to The Office: "...stop looking at my breasts and start looking at my p-n-s." I now wish she was a regular character on The Office rather than James Spader's character.
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Feb 19, 2012
Yes, Archer was (is) flawless!
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Feb 19, 2012
The Kayak ad is really great!

...Is Ru Paul's Drag Race too much of a guilty pleasure to be mentioned?...

Well, I watch it and it's always a SWELL for me.

There. I said it.
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Feb 19, 2012
I thought Lori being more of an idiot and driving off the road was swell. It would be rightfully swell if she actually dies and stops wasting the air other people with a brain could be using. I mean seriously even the Walkers need to eat. I actually think she would have to be reminded.



Navarro was spot on with a lot of people's complaints about the show. Mazzara kind of shrugged things off saying stuff is coming. Stuff, stuff is coming bring on good plots now. Arse



Hell, still no community. Just community news. Damn I hate NBC.
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Feb 19, 2012
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wow! Thats wonderful
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Feb 19, 2012
Three things:

1. I actually LIKE eating chili out of a can.

2. No mention of the mind blowing excellence of Fringe. WTF?

3. That is an absolute disgrace, referring to Giancarlo Esposito as "the guy from Once Upon A Time". Hopefully, in his Emmy acceptance speech (for Breaking Bad), he'll set them straight.
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Feb 19, 2012
Swell: "Why does this chair have no seat? And what is in his ass?!"

Hell: Glee's weak attempt at Love Shack
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Feb 19, 2012
So, is Krieger hard at work?

He literally might be, yes.
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Feb 19, 2012
I have nothing against Louis CK, mostly because I don't really know who the heck he is.. but word of advice to Parks & Recreation, you kind of sucked before the season 2 finale when Adam Scott and Rob Lowe joined.. don't remind people of how bad you were before that by bringing back people who were on the show before that



The River clip was funny, but what was funniest of all was that it says "the following clip is brought to you by Disney Parks." irony



it's probably a bad thing, but Lori's car crash made me laugh..
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Feb 19, 2012
Interspecial consensual sex! Hahahaha
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Feb 19, 2012
Another Swell to Raising Hope. Sabrina's boyfriend Wyatt saying the following when watching a hockey game at a restaurant: "Oh come on! I haven't seen someone handle the puck that bad since Pedro on the Real World: San Francisco." I don't know how many people would get that joke but I did and had to rewind the scene following after because I didn't hear it while I was laughing.
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Feb 19, 2012
The River's AJ cussing a [bleep] storm was the biggest swell for me this week.



Also, yes, Lori from The Walking Dead deserves to be in hell. Uh, I mean, for the purposes of this article, not actual -- well, fine, Lori should be in actual hell too.
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Feb 19, 2012
Yeah I don't agree with the Talking Dead at all...the guy goes on to the show claiming to be a "huge fan" later to only go on not knowing which character "Dale" was...and then says he's on Team Shane but doesn't agree with his actions it's nothing but one big contradiction!
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Feb 19, 2012
Swell: Raising Hope's Valentine episode, it was without a doubt the best episode of the sitcom Valentine's Day episodes, as well as the best episode of this season of Raising Hope.
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