TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (March 5)

The Ides of March are near, which means spring is just around the corner. Sure, half of the country is still under 20 feet of snow, but on the West Coast the sting in our eyes means that plants are blooming and warm weather will be here any day now. TV is in a transition period too, as networks thaw out new programs after the chilly Winter Olympics. Here's what we liked and didn't like about TV this week:

Swell:

... Jason Segal as pimply Marshall
This week's episode of How I Met Your Mother cut to teenage Marshall talking to his teenage girlfriend. The kicker is that it was still Jason Segal playing the acne-ridden teen. The double kicker is that the girlfriend was played by a real teenager, making for extra awkward awkwardness.

... Jim Halpert becomes a dad
John Krasinski nailed the new dad thing, and we got to see the guy who once lived off looking goofily into the camera develop into a real actor.

... Abed rocking Annie's world via Mad Men
Meta worlds collided on Community as the lovely Allison Brie gave a wink and a nod to her Mad Men job.

...Game of Thrones is coming soon!
Epic story, epic cable network (HBO), epic cast. This should be good. Like realllllly good.

... Lost fight!
Dogen versus Sayid was epic. But I still believe Kate vs. Juliet vs. Handcuffs was the best scrap on the show.

Hell:

... Scott Porter's next job
The man who played Jason Street on Friday Night Lights should be a star by now, but instead he's headed to The CW's hare-brained pilot about backpackers who work for the CIA. Whaaaa?

... Ellen Degeneres shying away on American Idol
She should be front and center, but instead she's slinking away into nothingness. Ellen, you are a funny person. Step it up!

... Molly Shannon winning a Mr. Skin award
The celebrity porn site awarded Shannon's upskirt shot in an episode of Kath and Kim. No... just... no. (Feel free to Google it yourself, but we warned you.)

... Still having to wait for some of our favorite shows to return
The Olympics are over, but some programs are still dragging their feet. Come on Castle, come on Supernatural, come on Fringe!

... The Marriage Ref
The premiere gave way to rampant sycophantic behavior as the celebs laughed a little too hard at one another's "jokes." If we're not laughing, they shouldn't either. We'll let the over-caffeinated guy below explain it.



What's on your list of loves and hates this week?

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I agree. Come on Supernatural!
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Where is "Rescue Me"??!! Is it done?
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My friends and I who ordinarily love The Office actaully were very annoyed by it last week! Especially Pam's behavior.
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Castle, Supernatural and Fringe can stay in the lost and forgotten file. Who watches crap like that? Give me Burn Notice, Medium, The Good Wife and Madmen any day and night.
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I am trying to be patient while waiting for some of my favorite shows to return. It will be another two or three weeks for some of them, though! I am looking forward to Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, and Fringe. Thankfully, Lost is running with new episodes to keep me occupied.
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Loved seeing a new ep of Criminal Minds on Wednesday. Hated that it was not a great one.
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Overrated my ass.
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ok i'll be the only one but that fight scene was overrated
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It was a good week for Television I think, The Office was awesome, as was Lost (you are correct, the fight was epic!), and Abed acting like Don Draper was hilarious!
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i 100% agree with absolutley everything on the swell list =) abed is by far one of my most favorite people everr!!!!!
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Gotta love Kate (lost)
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Yes, the Olympic-generated-new-episode fast should be long over...
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come oooon Supernatural!
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His name is Jason Segel, not Jason Segal.
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Loved the fight scene Sayid vs Dogen, butt have to disagree with the Juliet vs Kate scene...
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The fight scene was good but the episode not so much
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Agreed with the Sayid vs Dogen fight being epic, best fight scene in the series so far
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Ha! The closing ceremony of Jerry Seinfeld's career!
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Danny Pudi doing Abed doing Don Draper was FANTASTIC! I didn't know Alison Brie had been on Mad Men. That makes it even better.
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Still waiting on Castle and Bones to return. Loved community and lost this week. Hated desperate houswives
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I thought the OFFICE was great! AND CHUCK was awesome as well
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i loved the office baby episode, and hated the desperate housewives episode.
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Katherine's dream sequence on Housewives.
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Yeah, I got some of favourite shows back already but not all. Castle will be back on Monday which is good but we don't get Bones until April 1st!!!!! I can't wait that long.
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