You did great this week, TV! You sure kept busy with hellos (hi, Touch!) and goodbyes (see ya, Chuck!), crazy news, and even the president taking up hours of your primetime, that we barely noticed half the shows you gave us were repeats. Here's what we loved and unloved:
Dichen Lachman as Being Human's who-knows-how-old vampire prune Suren
We made her chuckle while pondering her striking exotic looks, but there's no doubt that the Dollhouse vet is a perfect fit for the role of Aidan's handful of trouble.
Touch's touching visuals
A preview of Fox's new drama starring Kiefer Sutherland featured color filters for different stories a la Steven Soderbergh's Traffic and cosmic images a la Terrence Malick's Tree of Life. We're all, like, totally connected, man!
Jason O'Mara's ideas for fixing Terra Nova
Even the star knows his show is busted, so he's requesting that Season 2 (if it happens) feature less "half-hearted dinosaurs," more time in 2149, and a real villain. Conspicuously absent from that list: killing off Josh.
This way-too-good mashup of The Office and Counter-Strike
Boom! Dwight Schrute headshot!
Chuck's long run against the odds
Even when we thought the show wouldn't make it, it did! And while we're sad to bid adieu, we're still giving props to the accidental spy and his merry band of accomplices.
Maurice Sendak on The Colbert Report
Such a fitting interview and a fantastically odd exchange with the author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are.
This list of references to famous paintings on The Simpsons
The Simpsons Park provides lots of evidence that the long-running 'toon mixes high and low better than most.
Rob Lowe's comedy resumé gets a new highlight
Wanna see 18 more? Check out Price's 19 Highlights (and Lowlights) from Lifetime's Drew Peterson: Untouchable.
Naming a show Widow Detective
This CBS pilot about a cop who keeps losing partners sounds more like it's about an old lady who investigates missing homemade pies and misplaced keys. "I detect that you could use a hard candy." —Widow Detective
Really, Family Feud?
Brooklyn's poor attempt to co-opt Portlandia
This is just plain embarrassing for New York's hipster epicenter. And we thought Portlandia sometimes let its sketches drag on for too long.
A Toddlers and Tiaras mom is suing media outlets for "sexualizing" her daughter
TMZ, Huffington Post, and The Daily Mail all ran video of the dolled-up toddlette in a DJ booth singing LMFAO's "I'm Sexy and I Know It" and implied that she was "gyrating" and "singing about her sex appeal." The $30 million lawsuit claims the little girl is now perceived in a pornographic light; we think the media was just predicting her future.
TWO Dance Moms spin-offs
It's one thing to find guilty entertainment value in Abby Lee Miller's occasionally evil diatribes directed at young girls and their mothers, but setting up a franchise of this kind of villainy just leaves us with an icky feeling. Think of the children!
What made your list of TV loves and hates this week?