TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (January 22)

We hope the United States Holiday Committee opts to add a few more national holidays to our schedule, because it's Friday already, and that's sweet. How about Lost Day, where we all take the day off after the season premiere to discuss theories, eat boar-gers, and put on fake beards? Or Snooki Day, where we all sleep in until three in the afternoon and do Jell-O shots? Or Jeff Zucker Week, where we don't do any real work at all for six years? Just a thought.

One-day Work Week


Conan's million-dollar sketches
Sure, they're fake, but they still get Conan O'Brien's message across. And that message is "I don't particularly care for you, NBC."

Reliving the classic rock days of Supernatural on TNT
Supernatural has the best soundtrack of any show on television, but increasing licensing fees and lower budgets have dried up the producers' use of guitar-y jams. Thankfully, TNT is airing the show from the beginning (set your Tivos!), and once again hearing "Don't Fear the Reaper" during the excellent episode "Faith" is 10 kinds of kick-ass.

Chuck's new guests
Brandon Routh and Angie Harmon have slipped into the spy comedy admirably. Especially big props go to Routh.

Sheldon SMASH! (hopes of hookup)
A woman threw herself at a Hulk-hands-wearing Sheldon on Monday's episode of The Big Bang Theory, but TV's best nerd simply fist-bumped himself and said, "Good night, puny human!"

Impending blood, guts, and sex on Spartacus
Starz's new series makes Rome look like a kid's program. The heart of the show may not be that great, but it sure will be pumping out a lot of blood. Says one critic, "One warrior rips off the face of another and wears it as a mask to his next fight." Pass the popcorn.

Unpaid Overtime


Julianne Moore on 30 Rock. Again.
We chuckled at first, but now we want to rip her tongue out of her mouth so we don't have to listen to that wickedly unawesome Boston accent.

The Office's retrospective clips episode
Just plain lazy. (For the record, at least one staffer here thought it was great.)

Kristin Chenoweth on American Idol
We love her to death, but what was the point of having her on the show if she was just going to sit there and giggle?

MTV's unseen footage on the Jersey Shore reunion show
The network only aired this trash-from-the-past to get Ronnie and Sammi to fight. And Julissa, or whatever the hostess' name was, was licking the bathroom floor trying to provoke some response. You happy now, MTV? Now they may not find true love!

ABC's The Deep End
Barrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrf.

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compared to Rome there is only one word for Spartacus: cheap!
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Saprtacus is pure fun... But it's far from the quality of Rome... I agree about Julianne Moore on 30 Rock... I love her but she has no place on that show... Not with that fake accent...
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I so enjoy watching SUPERNATURAL on TNT! Jensen and Jared both look much younger, the rock music is sublime, and watching the mytharc germinate from the very beginning is just fabulous. It's also a treat seeing Jeff Morgan playing Papa Winchester alongside his sons! SUPERNATURAL has only become a higher-quality show with time, and Jensen and Jared's acting has improved exponentially! Love, Robin, Editor, SUPERNATURAL, www.moogi.com
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I am soooo happy TNT is showing the beginning of Supernatural!!!
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Three words followed by five more: Spartacus is crap. I'll still watch it, tough.
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Kristin Kreuk is on Chuck now. I will now watch Chuck. She is so hot my eyes water. Thank you to whomever made her. Please make more.
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Im pretty sure Routh is set to be in more episodes. The way he looked at that ring at the end of the last episode clearly showed hes got a past and that there is more to him. I think i read somewhere hes going to be in 5 episodes, but that could be wrong.
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uggggh. Routh isn't Superman for everyone. He's only on Chuck for that one episode right?

Excited for Supernatural reairings!
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clark kent and chuck in one show? we won geeks! we won...! awesome time...!
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What I'm wondering is why you guys said that "The Deep End" was something good to watch on Thrusday, only to turn around and say it was terrible. Why highlight it then bash it?
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Supernatural did really rock...miss the awesome music.
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clip shows are a norm for a lot of series. get over it. it's not a shows job to cater to everyone's whim.
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The Office's clip show after a long break was a horrible choice. And I have to agree Julianne Moore needs to quit with the Boston accent on 30 Rock.
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last night for his last show conan's fake million dollar sketch included a ground sloth fossil from the smithsonian spraying baluga caviar on an original picaso painting which he said costed 65 million dollars, man i wish they were rule.
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Great to see Routh again.
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The Office was just a disappointment this week.
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I love Kristin Chenoweth. I forgot she was there, she giggled for a second or two and for many of the auditions she was just gone. I recorded it to watch her and ended up fast forwarding through the whole show. At least a guy left in handcuffs. Joel on the soup showed it and it was a reminder to me to just watch the Soup because if something good happens on Idol it will show up there anyway. Why waste the DVR space.
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rome was preety groseome in it's first season so im not sure about this new show and whats the point if the show has no heart.
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I was definitely wondering if i was the only one who thought Routh's performance was incredibly stale. Everything he said was more suited for the blooper reel.
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Brandan Routh gave a sad, wooden performance on Chuck. If you think he deserves props, you really weren't paying attention.
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Some kid got conan to autograph a jay leno headshot and now hes selling it on ebay, read about it on mslinx.com/conan-index/
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