TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (January 28)

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:


SWELL


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.


HELL


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?

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Swell: Ben punching redneck antagonist Derek on Parks and Rec, and his subsequent adrenaline rush.



Also, Leslie's 'Bowling Comment' binder, and the look on Ben's face when she pulled it out.
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Oh hipsters, when will they ever learn to stop being hipsters...
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What are you referring to?
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Swell: No Community! (should be permanent place on here until it comes back, yes, I'm sassy)

Once Upon a Time: Snow and Charming, I mean Mary and David kissing at last!
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Interesting picks!
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Hell- so much good stuff not on!
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Archer was hilarious, Should of been on here bit i'm so excited to watch Touch again.
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CHUCK FTW!!!!
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Swell: Archer - why is Archer never included on your list? The Big Bang Theory: Kripke and his phone, "Fun With Flags" and Raj and Howard's 'double date'. The return of Spartacus.



Swell or Hell??? Good bye Chuck, you will be missed (Sarah Walker certainly will be anyway).



Hell: NO COMMUNITY (should be a permanent place for this on the list until it's back), the CW apparently taking a week off, WTF? Seeing anything to do with Toddlers and Tiaras and imidiately being disgusted - I want to phone social services and I don't even live in the U.S. Not knowing when Yvonne Strahovski will be regularly back on our screens (I think she'll now be heading off to the big screen).
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Swell: Kripke's iPhone not understanding his request and Leonard shooting himself in the foot on the Big Bang Theory; the composition of the shots on The Finder, in particular the shot of Michael Clarke Duncan standing in the doorway of his office (the show has a distinct look from Burn Notice or CSI: Miami); Maurice Sendak on The Colbert Report; Shevaugn on TMZ gagging Twinkies; the "my favorite restaurant" cutaway on Parks and Recreation; the Mannix marathon on Cloo (nice to see something other than USA sloppy seconds for once) . Hell: A sizable portion of the Big Bang Theory feeling like a cleverly disguised ad for the iPhone; TMZ's cheap shots at Seal; Kelly's ample cleavage on TMZ (is it sweeps already or she menopausal?).
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Swell: Dr Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and Dr Amy Farrah Fowler (Dr Mayim Bialik) recording their podcast "Sheldon Cooper presents Fun with Flags" on this weeks The Big Bang Theory.
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swell= archer
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Swell: This week's Southland. It's the one show on right now that I believe truly deserves the term "underrated." The writing in this episode was excellent. The character development is subtle but realistic and the moral issues are fascinating to watch. "We're doing the right thing for the wrong people" was the quote that defined the episode and would have made a great intro quote a la The Wire.
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Couldn't agree more. I absolutely love this show.
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Chuck, adios! should have been after season 2.

Colbert/Stewart are classic week in and out!
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Maggie Q, Grace Park, and now Dichen, hottest women on Tv!
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Hell: No Community or pretty much anything good on tv this week
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Swell: Touch (Finally! A pilot that didn't suck)

Hell: Isn't anyone else miffed that shows like Supernatural, Person Of Interest & Revenge are back on hiatus after the agonizingly long wait because of the holidays?
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How in the name of God do American execs run their programming schedules? It wouldn't be tolerated in any other country.
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Yes yes and more yes. I made the same comment in another story - how much time off do they need at this point FFS?? At least Supernatural is back this week.
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Yes, very much so. Also missing were The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle - which also meant that there were no photo-recaps from Price, and where the hell was Nikita?
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Dichen Lachman was amazing on Being Human, and I think the dark hair definitely suits her better. She is gorgeous!



I can't believe The Simpson's and The Office made it on the swell side I feel like I'm reading a list from the past.
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Swell: Fringe, awesome episode

Hell: you left it off again :)
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Chuck was definitely a highlight of the week. Great goodbye.
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Ew. Brokelandia?
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The colbert interview is just gold
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As always....

Hell: no Community
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I will miss Chuck so much and Toddlers and Tiaras is evil. I'm untouchable, Bitch. That was on The Soup.. hilarious!
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Agree with the Toddlers and Tiaras lawsuit and Dance Moms. The Parents Television Council is a total failure for letting TLC and Lifetime get away with this.
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Swell: NBC showing the last two unaired episodes of Prime Suspect AND containing a mini-reunion of The Wire actors Peter Gerety (Judge Daniel Phelan), Chris Bauer (Frank Sobotka) and Andre Royo (Bubbles).



Hell: Something I mentioned last week - Steve Tyler singing the Star Spangled Banner.
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