's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (July 28)

We could list a million swell things from last weekend's Comic-Con (Game of Thrones cosplay!), but it's time to return to normalcy. Well, as normal as we can get. Here's what we thought was out of sight and just not right on television this week...


... Curb Your Enthusiasm's "Palestinian Chicken"
An instant classic for Larry David. "LOL!"

... The West Wing's debt ceiling primer
Confused about the current shenanigans in Washington D.C.? Let an old episode of The West Wing help explain things.

... Jesse's Breaking Bad party tunes
Flavor Flav got the party jumpin', and Honey Claws' "Digital Animal" did double duty as a floor-stomper that I'll forever associate with emptiness and loneliness. Sorry, Jesse. :(

... This rad Game of Thrones visual effects video

... Big Brother After Dark on SHO2
Has anybody noticed that this thing is WAY more entertaining than the primetime show? Nothing highlights the nightmare aspect of Big Brother better than the way the houseguests discuss banal topics for ten minutes, then suddenly a booming disembodied voice yells at them to stop doing something. "YOU MAY NOT DISCUSS PRODUCTION" or "STOP SINGING." It's seriously riveting.


... The unwatchable amount of faithfulness on Love in the Wild
We don't watch NBC's "Survivor meets The Bachelor" series to watch people fall in love. Where's the scandal? Where's the partner- and bodily fluid-swapping? Plus this week's elimination round featured one person who left because he was injured and two women who tried to leave the show rather than stick around to suffer more embarrassment. Contestants, don't put yourself above our needs for guilty pleasures.

... Ryan Murphy trash-talking the Glee actors on Deadline
In an interview, Murphy said he's mad that they feigned ignorance about something they weren't allowed to talk about (a spin-off for the graduating seniors). Now he's not gonna do it, just to punish them. Yikes! What a jerk!

Gaga's crying. Mary Murphy's crying. Nigel's crying. The dancer's crying. The mom is crying. My dog is crying. Everyone stop crying, already! It's just American Idol with dancers.

... Entourage producers are dead-set on making a movie
The movie's off! The movie's on! What the show's producers and cast have failed to do is ask us if we want to see an Entourage movie. We'll watch it, right after we watch The Smurfs.

... Community getting lemons at the Emmy nominations
We're still bummed the show didn't earn any nods, but used the situation to whip up a batch of part-joke, part-motivational poster-flavored lemonade. This is exactly the kind of work environment we like.


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

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