TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (August 26)

Is someone upstairs trying to tell us something? An earthquake on Tuesday, a category-2 hurricane coming this weekend, and Bachelor Pad on Monday. It's not quite 2012 yet, guys, but it's starting to feel like it. Hopefully you're not underwater and hoarded enough laptop batteries to join us for this week's Hell/Swell. Here's what we thought was out of sight and just not right on television this week...

Swell:

... Josh McKinley morphed into a tweezed, anti-ruching Adolf Hitler on Project Runway.
What a pretty man! All for our entertainment.



... Louie's hour-long episode
Yes, Louie traveled to Afghanistan and told jokes about duck butts. But the episode spoke truthfully about the human experience and war, and was touchingly dedicated to Tim Hetherington, the director of Restrepo and photographer who died in Libya earlier this year.



... Gwen and Jack have a heart-to-heart in Torchwood: Miracle Day
A fantastic honest chat between our two favorites went something like this: Gwen – "I will see you killed like a dog." Jack – "I will rip the skin from your skull." Awwwww... they like each other!

... The finale of The Glee Project
Turns out reality tv programming can be happy and joyous. Yes, you heard us, happy and joyous.

... Hoarders still knows how to gross us out.
We watch this show specifically with the intent of freaking out over these people's lives. But when someone said to make dinner out of "stuff around the house," we don't think they meant ANYTHING that's around the house.

Hell:

... Banana Republic's Mad Men Line
In the finicky world of fashion, trends get thrown back in the closet by the hour. By our count, the Mad Men style guide expired about 20,000 hours ago. Way to be on top of things, Banana Republic. What's next, the stylish scrubs of M*A*S*H?

Mad Men's Banana Republic Line

... Bravo Will Still Make a Dollar From Russell Armstrong's Death
Now Andy Cohen wants to devote a full hour to the tragic suicide of Real Housewives husband, according to reports, with a sit-down interview with Taylor. Soul suckers.

... CNN's Man-on-the-street Hurricane Irene interviews
Early Friday, reporters hounded passersby in the northeast (where the hurricane wasn't due to hit until Saturday afternoon) why they weren't busy boarding up their houses, hotel rooms, or trailer parks. Umm, because it only takes 20 minutes to get home?

... MTV Renews Jersey Shore's raunchier cousin Geordie Shore
Of course it did.

... Lafayette is possessed by Mavis on True Blood
...and the show jumps the shark for the 47th time.

What made your list this week?

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The most recent "Louie" was as excruciatingly dull, depressing and simple-minded as most of the other episodes. In the show Louis C.K. plays himself, a vulgar comic of limited success and a human being totally lacking in social skills or even common sense. Earlier in the season Louis decided to buy a 14 million dollar home even though he knew he only had 15-hundred-dollars in the bank! (This was not played for laughs; he was sincere.) In another episode he inexplicably attempts to make out with 78-year-old Joan Rivers when she's kind enough to give him some career advise. In yet another he visits his long lost Aunt, who, of course, turns out to be a racist, so naturally she walks into the kitchen and drops dead on the floor. ("Serves you right," says Louie the world's worst TV writer.) Last week Louie went to Afghanistan (actually, it looked like the hills of Southern California) on the world's crappiest U.S.O. tour--ONE awful potty-mouthed comic, ONE country singer and three, count 'em THREE cheerleaders! So he does his "act" for the troops. It's filthy. And unfunny. And one of the cheerleaders scolds him saying "Why don't you do some Christian jokes?" as if it's an either/or proposition. Hey Louie, I have a thought, why don't you just do some ACTUAL COMEDY? No, says Louie, the world's worst TV writer and cloying TV director, Christians are narrow-minded. They just don't get me. I'm breaking new ground here..with butt jokes. (BTW I've recently seen some of Louie C. K.'s standup on YouTube and it's pretty funny; but apparently Louie and the brain trust at FX prefer a non-stop parade of butt and penis jokes.) Meanwhile back in "Afghanistan" disaster is averted in the end when Louie saves the day with typical clumsiness a little duckling that his daughter left in his overnight bag. In a title at the end of the credits, Louie C.K. tells us that the story was inspired from an idea from his real life little girl. Funny, I could've sworn she actually wrote the whole episode.

Sorry to be so wordy but this has been gnawing at me for quite a while now; and after much thought I've come to the conclusion that the only way to explain Louie's sad depressing world and simple-minded, irrational behavior is to embrace the premise that this poor man is actually mildly retarded. And while I know this theory is insulting to real retarded people, it's the only way any of it makes any sense at all.
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There is no such thing as jumping the shark with a show like True Blood
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Just awful.
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Mavis was bad. Really, very,,, very bad...
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If butter squirrel isn't a meme within the week, I'll be very disappointed in the Internet. That bit was legitimately hilarious, and I don't usually condone reality TV crap as proper entertainment in the "so bad it's good" way.
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That lady scared the crap out of me, that interpretation of a dead squirrel will give me nightmares for sure =(
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That bit in Torchwood was literally the only good point of this season so far.



What does "Jump the Shark" mean? I know it's a reference to the Fonz but I never watched the show so I don't get the relevence to True Blood. Is it something to do with pointless and particularly ridiculous plot lines?
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People all agree that Happy Days should have been canceled before Fonzie and the gang went to the beach and in a very fake way he waterski's over a shark tank.. SOOOO now when a shows seems to have been on long enough that the writers are resorting to stupid stunts to get ratings it is called " jumping the shark" Hope this makes sence
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Um what are you smoking? Miracle Day is great.
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Swell: Finally first glimpses of Season 4 for Fringe!
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Dear lord, if vampires did exist, they would work for Bravo.
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Now Andy Cohen wants to devote a full hour to the tragic suicide of Real Housewives husband

to the 9th circle with him NOW!!!!!
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Hoarders.. now that was scary.
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