TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (December 17)

Here's what was out of sight and just not right on TV this week.

Swell


... IBM's trivia-solving robot Watson is ready to beat Ken Jennings!
A robot is being groomed to take on Jeopardy!, but what will it do with the million dollar prize?


...These Archer promos for season 2
Until our favorite secret agent returns on January 27, we'll have to be satiated by these awesome clips.


...PBS' new series Paris The Luminous Years; Toward the Making of the Modern
Learn how the salon days shaped your MOMA visiting experience. Aww come on, get a little culture for once!


...This awesome marching band from Hawaii
They're giving the Chinese Olympics opening ceremony choreographers a run for their money!


...Family Guy's hour-long Christmas episode "Road to the North Pole"
A good opening song and some funny stuff when Stewie and Brian meet a burned out Santa Claus and his inbred mutated elves.


Hell


...Syfy axing Stargate Universe.
It's official. Syfy is no longer a place for us nerds. Sigh.


...Desperate Housewives' "cliffhanger."
We know they can't off Teri Hatcher, so that final scene of her lying in the street unconscious was pretty anti-climactic.


...Bridalplasty's Contestants
They're every bit as messed up in the head as you think a participant in a show where the rewards are plastic surgery would be. Alexandra why you gotta be such a diva, girl? Bonus hell: Why can't we stop watching?


...CBS' in-development series Two Broke Girls
From Sex and the City creator Michael Patrick King, the show features women in New York who have no cash. So it's Sex and the City with Converse and Olde English instead of designer shoes and Cosmopolitans. Ugh.

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SyFy has consistently shown is doesn't really understand Science Fiction - it was weirdly appropriate they changed their name!! Now they have more hours for wrasslin' and ghosts and whatever other crap they can produce cheap and fast to fill time between commercials...
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Archer?!? YESS!!!!!!
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Never understood Bridalplasty. C'mon, girls, you've already got someone willing to marry you for who you are. Why mess with what works?
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what about american dad that was a funny chrismas episode
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I think that what happened with Universe is that it broke very far from the Stargate formula of exploration and fighting a central enemy. SG1 had the Goa'uld and Atlantis had the Wraith from the beginning. For a majority of Universe, there was no central enemy. The formula in Universe was more psychologica and character basedl than the others. Placing the crew on a stranded ship fighting for survival with the civilians coming into conflict with the military. It brought far more personal conflict and betrayal than the other parts of the franchise and I think that some of the fans did not like the new direction. In many ways, Universe was similar to Star Trek Voyager if the ship was alien and the stargate was present. Maybe the series needed to establish the central threat earlier in order to catch the audience who were fans of the previous two entries into the franchise. If the series was going to be a darker character based series, maybe it was better suited for a network like Showtime which is where Stargate SG1 was originally shown.
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I'd add American Dad christmas episode to swell....it was last week right? Because the Smith family wiping out christmas elves was pretty awesome.
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Stargate Universe Was just Starting To Begin! It Starts With Some Drama And We Get To Know The Characters ... THEN The Fun Part Begins!
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SGU was definitely harder to get into, but the moments where it shined made up for the rest. I am sad to hear that the show will not come back as the potential for the series was limitless. It had a lot going for it and I think SyFy made a bad decision to cut this show. It was very different from other shows, but the characters were more real in how they dealt with loss and desperation. I guess they want something more campy and less drama.
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You guys in the press and critics constantly **** about SGU didn\'t help, and you know it. Now you\'re feeling the repercussions of being whiny little tools.
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can't wait to watch the family guy episode, and I wish Stargate Universe would have been a little better, and maybe it would still be around. I enjoyed some of the episodes, but it seemed to slow, heavy, and dragging to really get anywhere good. Not enough Alien Encounters.
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cancellation of Stargate Universe really sucks...i have to admit it hadn't found it's groove yet, and its story lines were getting a little too repetitive, but it still had a lot of potential and deserved to continue.
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f&ck Syfy and all the people associated with them. They should leave the science fiction thing to another channel.
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What is the point of a Science Fiction channel with NO SCI-FI SHOWS?

Launch FireFly for a new series. Say sorry to the viewers. Oh, and grovel. A lot.
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Stargate Universe was TERRIBLE!! What were they trying to prove??
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is that sg41 movie actually ever going to be made?
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I'm glad Stargate Universe is gone. It was nothing like the others and I was thoroughly disappointed from the moment I saw the pilot episode. Why did they make such a drastic change and think they could keep their fanbase? It was a waste of sci-fi budget. I'm still waiting for something as good as Buffy,Angel, Firefly, SG-1 or Atlantis to show up on TV again. I'm crossing my fingers.
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The Family Guy Christmas episode was really good. I loved the David Boreanaz cameo.
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