TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (February 4)

It's time once again to discuss the bestest and worstest TV happenings of the last seven days, and this week's collection is a hodgepodge of weirdos and wackiness. Seriously—one actress cried over a sloth, one aging pop star said "okay" to the first video concept thrown her way, and Don Draper met a whale.


SWELL


Tim & Eric's Super Bowl promos on Jimmy Kimmel Live


Suddenly Volkswagen + Star Wars and Honda + Ferris Buller seem so... cliche.



Sharpie graffiti transforms a minimalist Mad Men subway ad into a whimsical ocean playground


You have to admit, the ad was just asking for it.



Pee-wee Herman on Top Chef


While it's slightly disconcerting to see Pee-wee looking middle-aged and serving as a reality show judge, it's still a delight to see Paul Reubens in any form. We'll take it.



Kristen Bell's sloth-induced weep attack


The House of Lies star got the birthday present of a lifetime—hanging out with a sloth—and adorably couldn't even pretend to keep it together. The sloth seemed pretty happy, too.



Face Off's slasher-villain competition


A terrific second season outdid itself when guest-judge and horror-makeup legend Tom Savini oversaw the contestants' slasher-movie villain creations. In an episode geared toward everyone's strengths, the creations were as impressive as they were genuinely unsettling!



There's a new episode of Good Eats on next week


Set your DVR: According to our ever-optimistic, still-active-even-the-show's-no-longer-in-production season pass, Alton Brown's beloved cooking show will return with a rare new episode next Friday, February 10. It's cheekily titled "Turn on the Dark," and the subject is chocolate (because Valentine's Day).



Nova's edu-tainment


Nerd alert! Yes, Nova's been around for a million years and its audience is probably mostly comprised of AARP members, but this week's "Ice Age Death Trap," about an archeological site full of woolly mammoth fossils in the Rockies, completely hooked us with its Mythbusters-style experiment that showed how the mammoths could've been trapped when an earthquake turned their watering hole into quicksand beneath their feet. And here we complain about traffic.



Lizzy Caplan on New Girl


Lizzy is great as Nick's now-girlfriend Julia, and seeing her no-nonsense, lady lawyer character clash with Jess the Cute One was highly entertaining (sample line: "I'm about to go pay this pay this $800 fine, and my checks have baby farm animals on them, bitch!). Shout-out to Schmidt, too, for his pronunciation of "sculpting chut-en-y."



The Return of Tosh.0


The show gets grosser with every episode, but we'd rather witness the popping of a giant back zit then live without Daniel Tosh on our TV screens.



Person of Interest's fashion sense


The stylist on Person of Interest deserves a shout-out. Finch and Reese are always dressed like they mean business, or just left the set of a '60s spy thriller. Finch was looking especially sharp in his three-piece suit in Thursday's "Root Cause."



The cinematography of Luck's pilot


The horse-racing jargon may have been hard to follow, but everything looked stunning—from the horse races to the stalls to Dustin Hoffman meeting an old business partner. Great job from director Michael Mann and director of photography Stuart Dryburgh.


HELL


Madonna's new video


She's the Super Bowl halftime entertainment, so her new video—which debuted during Idol on Thursday—features football players and... this makes no sense.



The X Factor's firing frenzy


Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones were axed in one swoop from The X Factor, in a desperate bid to transform the show into the buzz-machine it failed to be. But in an overcrowded field, Simon Cowell had one chance to make his mark, and he blew it. Now he's just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.



Bravo's Andy Cohen


Sometimes we're really truly interested in what the guests on Watch What Happens Live have to say. But we just can't get past Cohen's grinning smarm; the Bravo exec should stay behind the camera.



The CW prematurely spoils The Vampire Diaries


When The CW accidentally leaked the promo for a FUTURE episode, it gave away a mystery that had been building over several weeks, thus ruining what should've been a shocking payoff. Thanks a lot, guys!



Joe Manganiello guest-stars on White Collar... fully clothed


WHY?



Adam Lambert is now the lead singer of Queen


We know Freddie Mercury, and former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert is no Freddie Mercury.


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

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Ah ha, I wasn't the only one screaming at my TV for Joe to remove his shirt on White Collar! What was up with that?????
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Umm...Adam Lambert is not the new Freddy Mercury. You should have checked news feeds about 2 hours later.
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I so agree about Joe Manganiello. All I could think of while watching this episode was TAKE THAT DAMN SHIRT OFF!!



And I so agree about Queen... Damn, this is such a fail I cannot find words to comment it ;/
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kristen bell was adorable... what photo was leaked from TVD?
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The promo for episode 14, and it told you who was in the coffin. Massive spoiler :/
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Ok Gotcha .thanks. There was a new episode still that came out for 14 that had Ms Lockwood in it i thought maybe she was the 1 commiting the murders? I was way off.....lol
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Swell, Dwight being a daddy, and the line, "And unless someone taught Mose how to have sex, that baby is mine." However, can you imagine Angela giving birth to a 9 pound baby? And then saying that it was a month premature? My daughter was a month early and was 4 pounds. She didn't look sick, she just looked little.
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I love Finch's near-retro mode of dress. He often looks like a 70s social studies teacher to me.
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Swell: Astrid and her alternate meeting on Fringe!
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Lizzy Caplan on New Girl was Awesome!



Welcome back Tosh.0
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That Kristen Bell Video is super fantastic. Wow. Its a sloth..
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Swell: Person Of Interest - Finch got Finched by someone else!

Justified - The first face-to-face between Raylan & Quarles.

Hell: The long string of lame ass pilots the networks plan to inflict on the unsuspecting public.
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Swell: Fringe - Jasika Nicole did awesome and the bickering between Walter and Fauxlivia was priceless.

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Agreed on Luck's cinematography - I do not understand or care for the plot/s but the camerawork & editing are amazing
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I LOVE IT WHEN KRISTEN BELL IS ON ANY TALK SHOW!!! I'd even watch Rosie O'Donnell for Kristen.. that is all! (her Chelsea Lately interview was also funny)



also love Lizzy Caplan on New Girl, but I didn't like how she didn't like Jess at first. come on!



honestly, I don't get the appeal of Daniel Tosh. He can be funny sometimes but mostly he's just... overrated. and the web redemption thing and his skits take up too much time, which means less web videos.



The X Factor should've kept Paula and Steve and got rid of LA Reid instead.



Seriously, Adam Lambert is the lead singer for Queen now? wtf. Adam Lambert can't sing at all. fail. epic fail.
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May I introduce you to the mathematical symbol "<<". It's like <, only more so.
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Sadly, we've known for a while now that Feb 10th's 1-hour Good Eats episode on dark chocolate will be the series' final episode. Shouldn't that be in NEXT week's S v. H tho?



Good call on that awful Madonna video, the song is thin and sounds entirely phoned in, but the video is 10 times worse.



Still not seeing it with T&E, I've been trying since Tom Convinces His Celebrity Friends to Waste Time with the Mayor, but no matter what I see of them, it just feels like one of those kids who was never told he might not be the best at everything, so he just throws whatever childish junk at the screen he can.
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Thanks for warning me about TVD promo. I normally don't watch promos, but it happens sometimes, so I know not to check it out. Also why would a promo reveal an important secret, shouldn't we be watching that in the episode?
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Swell: Kristen Schaal on 30 Rock; The Office (SPOILER ALERT) Dwight may very likely be a father!



Superb: The Good Wife. It is one show that doesn't get mentioned much on this weekly article (maybe because this article comes out on Saturdays and TGW's episodes come out the previous Sunday) but I have watched it from the beginning and can not think of one bad episode and this week's past episode was incredible. Thank you to Louis Peitzman's article here on TV.com for recognizing this.
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I just thought the same thing about The Good Wife. It's totally underrated around here
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MIA feels so weird in that video, sell out! What's the big deal with Madonna and Superbowl? over rated, can't wait for tem to book someone good andd not big shows no talents like BEP's!

My DVR cut off preview for TVD, what did they show!!???
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Swell: Countdown and The Young Turk's coverage of the Susan G. Komen Foundation withdrawal and subsequent reinstatement of grant money to Planned Parenthood (somehow, David Shuster did a better job of explaining the situation with the co-creator of The Daily Show than Lawrence O'Donnell did with the director of Planned Parenthood, and Anna Kasparian of the Young Turks gave a spirited rebuttal to an antiabortionist who tried to throw the blame for the incident on Planned Parenthood;) the new Person of Interest episode; the last few minutes of this week's Mentalist; The Colbert Report's coverage of PACs' having to file documents with the FEC after four primaries had already taken place.
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Also like Adam Lambert but can't picture him leading Queen.
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omg the sloth thing just made me love Kristen even more xD That was so cute. Tosh.0 is always great, and I didn't know about the leaked VD promo D: Not gonna ask tho if the spoiler was that huge.
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Anything Madonna sucks! But POI is the coolest and getting better! Ree Wee still rocks!
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Swell: Justified, Veronica Mars, I mean Kristen Bell, Fringe

Hell: No Community
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Swell: Tosh.0, Grey's Anatomy, and The Office
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I love K-Bell so much, and Schmidt is beyond words funny, POI was great too.

Lol Joe made me so sad with all of his clothes off, and I didn't see that VD promo so a genuine thanks for not ruining it for me!

Hell No Community again!
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"we just can't get past Cohen's grinning smarm"

Isn't that Bravo's Chris Harrison Clone?? I heard ALL the networks are getting one.
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If Kristen Bell is any indication as to the average woman, I should really get a job working with sloths.
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Trust me, she is not the indication of the average woman. If you want to be around the average woman, get a job working with shoes.
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I think I'd be excited too if I got to see a sloth.
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What does Lambert becoming the lead singer have to do with TV? Is it because he was on American Idol? Far-fetched, if you ask me. (Which I know you don't.)



But I do agree with Lizzy Caplan and Kristen Bell being absolutely swell. And not just on TV, but in general.
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Although I recognize the irreplaceable awesome that is Freddie Murphy, can anyone think of a male singer other than Adam Lambert who has the vocal range to come even close to pulling of the Queen melodies? I can't.
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Freddie Mercury************************ Are u freaking serious?? How can u eff up his name!
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Nope, but George Michael was awesome when he sang Somebody to love at Freddie's tribute concert.



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Yeah I agree there will never be another Freddie he was a legend, a genius and totally original but there are very few singers who can even come close to the range he had so why not let Adam have a try
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Because it isn't happening. It was in the news like 2 hours after that announcement that it was mis-interpreted. They were talking about a performance they had done on the European Music Awards.
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Why do people like Tosh.0 so much? It's just Ray William Johnson with money.
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Haha to me he is just a poor mans Joel McHale even though I do enjoy Tosh his show is sometimes super disgusting rather than funny
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totally agree!!! I love joel! Got to see his stand up show a couple of years ago, and he was super cool and stayed after for signing and pictures with everyone!!
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I don't know about you guys, but I really like I Just Want My Pants Back on MTV. Add that to the "swell-o-vision."
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Hadn't seen the Kristen Bell meltdown. Cutest thing ever. Also, POI's style. Worthy.
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Queen is just borrowing Adam for a concert or something, Freddie is still the one and only lead singer of Queen.
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Kristen Bell's meltdown was SO cute!! She's adorable
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Kristen Bell is such a cutie!

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Ha! No, Adam Lambert is not the lead singer for Queen any more than George Michael was or any of the many others.
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