TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (November 4)

Swell: The candy mountain we built after Halloween! Hell: The candy hangover we've been dealing with since we turned that mountain into a molehill. There's only one thing that will cure these blues... MORE CANDY! And our top choices for what we thought was great and low-rate this week!


Swell:

... Stephen Colbert's chat with two Occupy Wall Street protesters
Even though we eat instant mac n' cheese five times a week while banking fat cats spit on us, we now don't know which side to support. (Watch Part 2 right here.)


... Mindy Kaling's book promos
She recruited some Office buddies to help promote her first foray into the literary world, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. We totally want to have lunch with her.


... Top Chef Texas
YES. 29 chefs vying for 16 spots. Eliminations every few seconds. Based on who they've already let in, I'm totally hooked. These kids can COOK.


... New Girl's Jess seeing Nick without his knickers
As if Jess wasn't adorably annoying enough, imagine how you'd feel if she saw your "peen and bubbles" and then tried to talk out the awkward situation in the open.


... The makeup scene on American Horror Story
At some point cable's most ridiculous drama became just as much a showcase for raw emotion as it is a horror homage. Just give Jessica Lange all the awards this year.


... Shane going REALLY dark on The Walking Dead
This wasn't in the comics! THIS WASN'T IN THE COMICS! And we LOVE the show for it. No more complaining about not having complex characters. Now we just need Rick to get interesting.


Hell:

... Giancarlo Esposito on Once Upon a Time
The show is cracktastic, yes, but we just can't deal with Gus Fring in such a silly role. Or maybe we just really, really miss Breaking Bad.


... Glee's leprechaun-ization of Damian McGinty
Really? Was it his lucky charms that gave it away?


... Parenthood stretching for stories
The "Julia is worried because the woman carrying her soon-to-be-adopted child is eating sushi" plotline? No amount of wasabi could make it worth our time.


... Clyde Frog is dead!!
And Cartman is... maturing?!?! South Park's second attempt to rid the 4th-graders of their lost boys syndrome was a depressing development for anyone who's ever had to grow up, ever.


... 2 Broke Girls is apparently trying to break some sort of record for the use of the word "vagina"
It just seems like anytime the writers can't come up with a joke, they're like, "I know, let's have Max say 'vagina'!" There's lot stuff on the show that could be funny, but it's trying so hard to be crass that it forgets to still try to be clever.


... The cast of Work of Art
Too many of the artists were outshone by kids this week. We were willing to give them a chance, but Bravo picked a lousy bunch this season.


... Allen Gregory's unlikable main characters
Putting aside the fact that the rare-for-TV gay parents are presented as an abusive nightmare scenario, what on earth made anyone think the public would be interested in following such a douchey, hateful kid? At least Stewie and Cartman have charming aspects to their personalities.


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

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Swell: Peter Bishop is back; Bones pregnant (even though the writer's did waste 6 seasons of built up emotional tension of the "will they or won't they)



Hell: Anyone else feel that community was boring this week?
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Hell: Everything about MTV's Good Vibes. That is the laziest example of television writing I've probably ever seen and it's painfully unfunny.
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where is the love for Bones. We have been ALL been waiting all summer and half of fall to see what happens and it didnt disappoint at all. I mean brennan said i love you!!!!

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Additional swell: Joe Dante directing Hawaii Five-O. I'm not sure if it was his directing or a script that didn't get bogged down in ongoing subplots, but this episode seemed a little more briskly paced than usual to the point where I was wide awake through the whole thing.
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New Girl....uuugh.

Jess is "adorably annoying", nope just plain annoying. Probably the most annoying out of the lead characters that came out this fall.

Why does everyone love this hipster so much?
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Swell: David Paymer's performance on The Mentalist, as well as the climax in the television studio; Joel McHale's closing line on The Soup: "I don't know what they're doing, but it ain't news. Hell: The sturm and damarung over the Greek prime minister calling for a referendum (in a democracy) on the loan deal his government negotiated with the EU (Do the banks and markets serve the people or do we serve the banks and markets?); Colbert's segment with the occupiers (only sat through part one); and the electronic lynching of Herman Cain. If you didn't think someone's behavior was worth reporting 12 years ago, I could care less about it now. Or maybe the bar for harassment is set too low.
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HELL: A week without power!!
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HYMIM was seriously bad this week .. surprised it didn't make the sh*t list
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I agree. The original Slutty Pumpkin episode was IMO one of the best episodes of season 1, maybe even the entire series. But that was ruined by this awful episode. Katie Holmes was terrible.
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Gus Fring is too good for this....
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Surprised Chuck didn't make the sh*t list. After Friday's incredibly stupid and annoying episode, I am officially done. Who ever decided to give Morgan the Intersect should be fired immediately.
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I so agree. I hate how they gave Morgan the intersect and now they made him so cocky and arrogant, which was just really annoying. Now I am not surprised how bad the show is doing in terms of ratings. I used to like Chuck but this new season just doesn't do it. The only part that I liked about this week's episode was Carrie-anne Moss
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They should've killed him off in last Friday's episode. That would have saved the series.
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It's the final season and they know it. All bets are off.
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Or feed them to the shark this show jumped over.
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I have to agree with the 2 Broke Girls hell. It's probably the most overused one-liner/punchline/word in the show. I think it was funny once.
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Swell: Dark Shane on Walking Dead and Conan in New York.



Hell: Pretty Much anything on the CW
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Top Chef is always good, but this first ep in Texas was AMAZING.
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You're kidding right? Giancarlo Esposito was amazing in OUAT. He is so funny as a flamboyant Magic Mirror. It totally shows his range as an actor. After showing his comedic side, it just makes more deserving of getting all the acting awards. FYI tv.com, Brian Cranston was originally a comedic actor before Breaking Bad. It seems to me the GE is just following his footsteps albeit oppositely.
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Swell:

FRINGE!!!!!
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I hate 2 broke girls, but OUAT is the best and great acting all around! And Grimm rocks!!!!!!

And "Gus" is cool in any role!!!!!

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Swell: The Queen from OUAT. Fringe back!

Hell: Grimm.
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Walking Dead was a great episode. I feel a bit sorry for Andrew Lincoln who play's Rick, because he's a good actor, but his character is really boring. Having said that Lincoln is better at the comedy/drama combo, he'd probably do well in something written by Aaron Sorkin.
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I agree with the New Girl comment. When Jess saw Nick's peen, the scream-laugh combo she let out was amazing acting on Zooey's part.



I also agree with the comment about 2 Broke Girls. When Whitney Cummings tries to be edgy and especially funny, she always goes for the sex/genitalia jokes. Just saying "vagina" doesn't make it funny. But it's not just Whitney's problem. Many comedians/writers try to do this. I think it's lazy writing, kind of an easy way out. It's just so easy to go on screen or stage and do stuff about sex. There are so many ways to look at the world and create original jokes about it. If you immediately go for the dirty stuff it kind of is a sign that you haven't thought about all the possibilities out there. If you manage to make an obscure joke about some beetle in a rain forest, then I have respect for you. It shows that you have a wide perspective on the world. But if you start a joke by going "hey, isn't it funny when a penis enters a vagina..." or something like that, it only shows you're trying to squeeze some awkward giggles out of an audience, instead of creating some thoughtful comedy. Not trying to be prude here, I just wish comedians would try harder to push the limits.
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I thought the comic book themed Psych episode was a definite swell this week. Also the brilliant episode of Homeland.
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dark shane... mmmmmm... *drools*
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In response to this weeks episode of New Girl if feel this quote from Community really sums up my feelings



Abed: You shifted the balance, like in a sitcom when one character sees another one naked.

Jeff: Is that really a sitcom staple?

Abed: You're right, what do I know. I'm Abed, I neeeever watch TV.



Have the New Girl writers really fallen back on such over used story lines as this already? I really want to like the show, and for the most part I like the cast (although I preferred Damon Wayans Jr as the third housemate, but am super glad Happy Endings got a second season) but I just don't find anything compelling about the characters or their stories. I hope the quality of this show really picks up because out of the new shows this year it definitely shows the most potential.



Speaking of lazy writing, what happened to Community this season? With the exception of the brilliance of 'Remedial Chaos Theory' the rest of the episodes have really fallen flat. Poor form Community, poor form.



Also Allen Gregory and Grimm are both awful.
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I thought Advanced Gay (that's what the ep was called, right?) was really funny, and we're finally getting some character development again. I got kind of sick of all the special episodes, so I think it's nice that they are returning to the season one format. I hope for more information about Jeff and his father soon. Lots of good story potential there.
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Swell: Person of Interest finally having a plot.
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Do you even know what a plot is? "Witness" was good, but it's not like the previous episodes have had Reese trading gunfire with people for 50 minutes for the heck of it.
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Swell: Happy Ending's Alex dating a guy that always goes over the top on his dates and on their stay in date to watch The Princess Bride actually has Fred Savage (playing himself) hanging out with them doing commentary during the movie which includes a joke about Kirk Cameron.
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That was so funny. I noticed Fred Savage directed the Happy Endings episode as well.
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I don't look for Allen Gregory to survive much longer. This show is AWFUL! I applaud the gay parents and wish more shows did this type of thing (storyline) but this kid is annoyning, irrating, pushy, obnoxious, pompous, smug and a few other adjectives I can't think of right now. This type of show belongs on Cartoon Networks Adult Swim block and Fox need sto find a better (MUCH) better animated show to fill this walking dead shows shoes!
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2 broke girls sucks!

That's all I have to say.

Well besides the fact that New Girl was hilarious this week. My favourite episode so far :D
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Loved New Girl this week so amazingly funny, also the Count of Monte Cristo reference on Person of Interest was EPIC!
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Hell: Waiting 3 excruciatingly long weeks for a new episode of Fringe, finally watching said episode, only to receive two exiguously unsatisfying conversations between Peter and Walter. I NEED MORE, DAMMIT! I need more . . .
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I think your being overly hard on the cast of Work of Art.



Even 'great' artists would probably fail under such tight time constraints.



Coming up with a good idea is hard enough, never mind executing it all in one day.
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no community?

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I felt like this week's episode was kind of weak. Don't get me wrong, there were still a lot of funny moments, and Community at it's worst is still better than most other television, but it just wasn't up to snuff with what we've come to expect from the show.
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