TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (December 3)

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

Swell


... The Terriers season finale
"Hail Mary" was a near-perfect episode that managed to tie up most of the show's loose ends while leaving open the possibility that FX will take a chance on the series and renew. A satisfying and fantastic end to the ratings-challenged show's first (and hopefully not last) season.

... A mini The Wire reunion on Lie to Me
Larry Gilliard Jr. (D'Angelo), Frankie Faison (Burrell), and Michael B. Jordan (Wallace), all on one episode! We never get tired of seeing these folks pop up elsewhere on TV, and it was implied that Jordan's character might even return to the show.

... Agent Stahl getting hers on Sons of Anarchy
You had it coming, you two-faced, self-serving bitch. But yes, we will miss this season's best villain.

... Game of Thrones' new trailer
Winter is totally coming... and we can't wait.


... Fringe was so, so fantastic
Between the Olivias returning to their respective universes, Alt-Broyles betting butchered down to Olivia's mass, and the Lost-style storytelling, Fringe delivered another incredible segment.

... IFC going all mid-90s comedy on us
Mr. Show, The Larry Sanders Show, The Ben Stiller Show, and the decision to make Scott Auckerman, the creator of Comedy Death Ray (a huge weekly comedy show in L.A.), the host of a chat show?!? Reruns never sounded so good!

...Gawky, awkward Ann Ward winning America's Next Top Model
She's not exactly the poster child for eloquence and poise, but that's why we love her. And damn, she takes some surprisingly good photos.

Hell


... These ridiculous images from the (scratch-and-sniff!) The Hasselhoffs calendar that was sent to our office
Though you have to give the guy credit for being able to laugh at himself.

... Running Wilde casting 30 Rock's Maulik Pancholy as himself
The show earns another point in the "making funny people do unfunny things" category.

... NaOnka quitting Survivor
She said she left out of concern for her health, but really we think it's a publicity ploy to extend her 15 minutes of B-list fame.

... Joel McHale coming off like a jerk on Conan
We get that comedians are a notoriously cranky, controversial bunch—but dude! Why you gotta be a dick to that kid in the audience?



... A world without Leslie Nielsen
Shirley, he will be missed.

What made your list of loves and hates this week?

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R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen, I always loved his movies and that kind of comedy. Also I find it hard not to like Joel McHale, he's just great at insults haha. I think it just comes automatically. He even said he felt awful.
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I'm really late adding my comments. I've been too crushed over the cancellation of "Terriers." To Chas031: What advertisers should we appeal to? I'll flood 'em with e-mails. And, even though it'll fall on deaf ears, I'm putting in a protest to FX. What a travesty. "Terriers" was terrific! I hope the cast doesn't disperse too far -- I'm hoping that FX reconsiders. It was the lousy ads and other promotion that kept viewers away. Those who took a chance were not disappointed. And, yes, Michael Raymond-James is to die for ...
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That should be Terriers SERIES finale. :(

IFC cancels Z Rock and Food Party, only to replace it with re-runs of comedies that have been in reruns for decades? Not Swell at all!

Joel McHale is a jerk, duh! Haven't you ever seen the Soup??
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Another major swell:

Psych's Twin Peaks episode. Brilliant
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Geez, Joel was not a jerk. I doubt the guy in the audience minded. Joel was just being Joel and ragging on him a bit.
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How can there be talk of cancelling 'Terriers' when ratings challenged garbage like 30rock gets renewed for yet another undeserved season!
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RIP Leslie Nielsen, one of the finest actors ever to grace our screens :(
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Don't call him Shirley. :-)
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I, too, would like to see Terriers re-newed. So, I'm contacting those that REALLY matter and have muscle......THE ADVERTISERS!! Networks don't care if you're breathing as long as you tune in. Chit chat websites only carry your voice to like minds with no pull. So each advertiser gets my call to renew or I boycott them. I might even call SUBWAY to let them know there's another "CHUCK" out there for them to save. Wake up people, whine and get coal in your stocking!! Spend a few minutes giving your voice some REAL meaning. What have you got to lose........more GOOD television!!
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Leslie Nielsen *sob sob*
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RIP Lesilie Nielsen
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He will be missed. And don't call me Shirley.
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@Shikady. 100% agree with you about the "Twin Peaks" parody, "Dual Spires," on "Psych." It should have been on the Swell list.
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I hope "Terriers" gets a second season. ... My condolences to Mr. Nielsen's family, friends, and fans. He will be missed.
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I think Joel Mchale has become Jeff Winger-- Or is Jeff Winger based on Joel Mchale? It's a regular chicken and egg scenario.
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Please God let there be a season 2 for Terriers! Love that show and Michael Raymond-James is just to die for!
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RIP Leslie Nielsen.

Twin Peaks episode on psych!!!!!! Where's it? Swellllllllllllllll!
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RIP Leslie Nielsen.
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I loved that Game of Thrones trailer. The series can't get here soon enough.
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Here's hoping IFC treats "Mr. Show" repeats better than Comedy Central did. It doesn't work with commercial breaks.

Joel and Conan are buddies, so his jerky, smug attitude was somewhat justified. Plus, I heard they (and their wives) had dinner after the show.

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This week's most awesome thing - FRINGE!!!!
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And I have to agree with FranVanster, I gave Terriers a chance but I could not get into it.
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Awesomeness of the week: FRINGE!
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Fringe is awesome! I really tried liking Terriers but I can't.
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Fringe WAS fantastic. It has not let us down at all this season. "The Hoff" should not even be a topic of conversation. And last, "Shirley Mr. Nielsen, you Will be missed. Safe landing. Oveur."
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Oh, and the Hoff is just so freaking sexy!
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Game of Thrones looks real good!
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Joel's appearance on "Conan" should be a Swell, not a Hell. And he didn't rag on a "kid". He ragged on a grown man on Conan's production staff.
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Swell: Dexter - that show gets better and better. I am so pumped for the last two episodes of the season!!! Hell- So it wasn't just me that noticed Joel McHale was being super douchey to that Jesse kid. Conan actually had to tell him to stop. Wow...
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