TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (July 15)

The 2011 Emmy nominations dominated this week in TV, but we still managed to find more than just snubs to talk about. Here's what we thought was out of sight and simply not alright over the last seven days...

Swell:

... Kurt Sutter's anti-Emmys tweets
The Sons of Anarchy creator used the c-word a lot, threatened to cut up members of the Academy with chainsaws and wood chippers, and shamed media outlets who wrote a story about his rant. Go SAMCRO! Do yourself a favor and follow him now. He's brutally honest and brutally correct.


... Who says there won't be any Mad Men on this summer?
Starting this Sunday, you can get reacquainted with Don Draper three episodes at a time. (Though you may wanna DVR this one—each set of episodes begins at 6am.)


... Larry David and tampons
This week's Curb Your Enthusiasm season premiere saw Mr. Neurotic helping a girl scout in the ways of female hygiene. Bonus points for the girl scout being Justified's Kaitlyn Dever (Loretta), one of TV's best young actresses.


... Community's Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs spanking each other in lingerie
When fan fiction becomes reality...


... Friday Night Lights' wonderful five-season run
Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose—even given the fact that most of the time, our eyes were soaked in tears because of this touching small-town drama. Coach Taylor, we'll miss YOU most of all!


Hell:


... ABC forcing Tim Allen on captive audiences
In seven different markets, the network is screening Allen's pilot, Last Man Standing, to audiences who show up at other events, such as an outdoor screening of A League of Their Own in Kansas City. "There's no crying in baseball," says the flick, but considering what we've seen of Last Man Standing, there will be plenty of crying at that screening.


... This bizarre Emmys factoid:
Nominations for Community + Fringe + Sons of Anarchy = 0. Nominations for The Cape, NBC's superhero show about a man with a magic cape = 1. [Note: Fringe received one Emmy nomination for Interactive Media, but not for the show itself, so we're not counting it here.]


... Roseanne's reality show
Hey, who wants to see Roseanne Barr driving a tractor in a jungle and yelling about nothing at the various castrated men in her life? Not us! This was hands down the worst half-hour of TV we've seen this year, and we saw Love in the Wild!


... Sam Malone as the new CSI boss
Congratulations to Ted Danson's bank account, but we'd rather he just continue his comeback with more shows that we watch.


... A fond—and too-early—farewell to Men of a Certain Age
Fans of quality TV are in mourning today, as TNT has canceled the low-rated but oh-so-great show.


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


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I'm so sad about "Men of a Certain Age." I feel like writing Ray Romano to thank him for bringing such a wonderful show to TV and to apologize for the idiots at TNT.

What is wrong with TV execs?? First "Terriers," now this. It sucks.
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Unbelievable!!! I was certain that someone in the benighted academy recognized, if belatedly, that John Noble's BRILLIANT portrayal of Walter(and -nate) on Fringe is just that and the oversight would have been corrected this time around. Obviously, somebody or -bodies has taken Stupid Pills, yet again. I am, to understate it wildly, disgusted.
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yeah there is brain dead probs at the emmy's,something is not right. men of certain age was writen well but good tv never lasts. you would think that there would be more mid aged peo watching tv. always surprised how younger crowd finds the time. i did not have time for tv until i developed a clotting disorder in my leg and am at home more...now i watch alot...sometimes sadly...i am just happy justified got some attention. it is one of the best for sure!
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You lost me with CSI
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Mmmm MMMm MMMMMMM!!! Allison & Gillian!!! Whip me, beat me, make me write bad checks!!!!
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Though I'm happy for Justified, I'm still raging over the John Noble snub.
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Swell: Return of Torchwood and Captain Jack.
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Swell: ADWD hit bookstores this past week!!!!!//--Whatever Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie are doing up there--//Torchwood; and the return of Curb and White Collar, and other fun summer shows.// Hell:The 5 hour energy commercial with the guy who wakes up early, but his wife is mean to him cuz she doesn't want to share the treadmill..... Yeah ya know, the one where the wife has a smushed in face, and botox lips and is trying to look 20 years younger than she is, but is fooling no one.....Ya know, the one where she throws the shirt in his face at the end of the commercial for no apparent reason; the husband says, "my wife's talking to me now, which is more than I could say for---BAM---shirt in the face!! So what's up with husbands and fathers being represented as doofy morons in the media nowadays?
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That crap show The Cape got a Emmy nod?!! What Planet am I on?? We have shows on like Sons of Anarchy, Justified, Fringe to name a few and they give a nod to The Cape?!!?..... The world is ending!!!!!!!!
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eh sad to see men of a certain age end
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Alison and Gillian = magic. I can't find words to describe how much I love these two actresses, both together and apart. A woman with a sense of humour is extremely attractive.
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Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs......jaw on floor.
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I agree with Kurt completely
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Sons of Anarchy didn't deserve to get nominated this year. Sagal did, but the show didn't. It wasn't even the best or second-best FX drama this year, let alone one of the six best dramas on television. Still, Kurt Sutter's comments were hilarious.
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I agree, Ted Danson is too good for a procedural. His turns in Bored to Death and Damages were fantastic, he can do better than CSI.
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I really love the Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs photoshoot. :()
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Ted Danson, CSI. No. Just no.
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I sincerely hope another network picks up MoaCA. I really enjoyed that show!
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Hell(s) - both universes! John Noble getting snubbed again and Anna Torv as well.
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You haven't seen Ted Danson in an episode of CSI yet, by your own admission, you don't watch CSI, and somehow Danson's being signed on as the new lead qualifies as "TV hell"? It's not like Danson hasn't done drama before, and at least his character, unlike Ray Langston, is an experienced CSI. If you're judging shows without even seeing them, then why should anyone take your opinions of anything seriously?
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Bizarre Emmy factoid. If that can occur, then the system needs a good overhaul.
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i agree completely with the roseanne show. i watch lifetime alot and seeing the constant commericals of didnt-age-at-all-gracefully roseanne sweating and screaming from a tractor, its like seriously?
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