TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (October 14)

We've done our duty and watched a ton of TV this week. So much to say! So here's us saying it!


Swell:

... Parks and Rec's shout-out to Game of Thrones
Ben is right, you know!


... The Secret Circle's shakeup
[SPOILER ALERT!] The weakest member of the circle was killed off on Thursday as the show embraced a full-horror tone. For a newbie, The Secret Circle has proven it has what it takes to stand side-by-side with the thoroughly deranged Vampire Diaries for the rest of its full-season order.


... Community's time-spinning gem of an episode
Everything about "Remedial Choas Theory" was awesome. Everything.


... Breaking Bad's Season 4 finale
Everything about "Face Off" was awesome. Everything.


... The return of Bravo's Work of Art: The Next Great Artist
One of our favorite reality competitions, because the contestants are bound to be unbalanced. And Season 2 has already promised us a truly inspired collection of weirdos, hotties, and hottie-weirdos. Team Sucklord!


... The South Park: 6 Days to Air documentary
Because it was a Comedy Central production, it was kind of TREY AND MATT ARE GODZ! But it was still a very informative behind-the-scenes look at how they pack so much funny stuff into a single episode of South Park in just six days. They work hard, you guys. (However, was anybody else confused by the seemingly constant presence of a guffawing Bill Hader?)


Hell:


... Terra Nova's failure to kill someone we know
So far no one with a name has been eaten by an Allosaurus, pecked to death by a flying rat, or murdered by someone afflicted with a memory-erasing virus. If this show wants to be taken seriously, it needs to raise the stakes. We suggest (and pray) that Josh get crushed by a Carno.


... The Michael Jackson-themed photo shoot on America's Next Top Model
Come on, ANTM, we're talking Michael Jackson here. This was a guy who had an amusement park in his backyard and partied with a monkey; your photo shoot was nowhere near as absurd as it should have been.


... Hulu's big-boy posturing
When the video site went up for sale, the people behind it puffed up their chests and bragged about how many potential buyers they had. In the end, no one bought the site, and now the owners are spinning the development as "we're not selling it because we're awesome and we're the future and we don't need your money anyway." They're also probably sitting in a corner with their blankets and sucking their thumbs.


... Fred Durst's proposed CBS sitcom
You know, the guy from Limp Bizkit. He's signed a talent deal with CBS to star in a comedy about an aging rock star who must balance his career and his family. The guy from Limp Bizkit. In a network sitcom. As the star. Exactly.


... Last Man Standing's homophobic jokes
Here's a zinger from the LMS pilot, spoken by Tim Allen's character to his daughter: "I just don’t think your kid should go to that hippie-hippie rainbow school. You know how that ends up: Boyd dancing on a float.” The show drew 13 million viewers.



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

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The weakest member of The Circle sure wasn't Nick. It's Melissa. She should have been the one to have been killed off.
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I actually liked LMS. Btw tv.com, the last man standing links us to the Austrailian show, not the one with Tim Allen in America, so you might wanna get that fixed.
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terra nova has to go.
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Swell: That, contrary to the ads, the Person of Interest episode wasn't a take-off on Half Moon Street and may have been the best episode since the pilot.; Dr. Reed getting phone-pranked on Criminal Minds; the opening shot (after the titles) of a surprisingly good CSI: Miami, with Horatio standing in a devastated trailer park and the remaining members of the team flanking him; the Brent Spiner cameo on The Big Bang Theory

Hell: Being totally unsurprised by the solution to the maid case on CSI; Delko jumping to conclusions on CSI: Miami.
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Swell: Community's best episode this season. Hell: No new Doctor Who.
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If you're missing Doctor Who you should check out Inspector Spacetime.

It's pretty much the same thing but the box is red.
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Hell: Sunday nights w/o Breaking Bad!
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Swell: FRINGE!!!!!!
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Why do people always just come to these comments to hate on Parks and Rec and/or Community? These are undoubtedly two of the funniest shows on television.
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I believe the absence of a laugh track confuses them.
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The taste that some of the users have on here is frightening. Parks and Rec is not terrible. It's far from it, one of the best comedies on TV. The episode ratings on here (along with several very good shows) are ridiculous, brought down by trolls who don't even watch it.
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I've tried to watch parks and rec about 10 times. i never laugh and never make it through an episode.
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Well it's a character based show so finishing an episode might be a good idea. Also, how hard is it to finish a 22 minute show? I know it doesn't have a laugh track to inform you a joke was made but you can't tell me this isn't funny:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3cjgEw-ANw
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He can't? Then let me. That wasn't funny.
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You have no soul.
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Swell: Lance Reddick on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
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Shady... nasty?
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Why hasn't Parks And Recreation been cancelled? It's terrible.
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I hate to know what kind of shows you DO like.
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SO WRONG.
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Breaking Bad, so amazing and brilliant nothing else beat it this week.

Hell: 4 people once again were chosen to have a chance to go to fashion week. Look the top 9 already got to show there so just pick 3 send and send 2 home. Ever since season 3 it has been a very bad habit to pick 4.
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It's been said before, but I'll say it again... Community, awsome!

Dixie full season order - More Rachel Bilson almost makes up for no-more Amber Heard!
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How bout Sons of Anarchy for Swell?
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Swell: Community and Vampire diaries.

Hell: I just don't remember, because those two shows demonstrated total perfection.
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Swell: Community = awesome. also: the sort-of return of 3XK in Castle; the full-season order for Hart of Dixie (my guilty pleasure! :D); the final 3 minutes of Person of Interest



Hell: too many people complaining about Tim Allen's return to television; can't think of anything else just now... (to be completed later~)
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Swell: Ben dressed up as Batman on Parks. Also Community and Breaking Bad (both equally awesome!)
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That was hilarious as h*ll.
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i like everything about Parks & Recreation and Community.. but i didn't like the rest, especially killing off the guy on The Secret Circle. now it just seems pointless since they need 6 witches.. i'd rather them kill off Thomas Dekker, i don't like him or his character as much as Nick. also think it's a big cop out when any show randomly kills somebody, so no Terra Nova shouldn't kill anybody
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What I also don't get (I don't watch the show anymore), how come their dead parents were all in a circle, then got killed, but it was done (accidentally?) by their respective other parents who just came in from the blue marrying them and such and yet still form a circle now? I just don't get it.
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Two obvious Swells that you also Swell'd: Community and Breaking Bad,
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Treat Yo Self!
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clothes, fragrances, massages, mimosas, fine leather goods... it's the best day of the year!
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SP 6 days was cool to see how the geniuses work! The guys are amazing!
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Swell: Parks's crying batman, Castle throwing Philip Lee to the wolves, T.R. Knight on SVU.



Hell: Literally everything else about Last Man Standing.
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