TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (October 7)

Just as you have whittled down the commands you give your DVR (Suburgatory, New Girl in, Whitney, Terra Nova out) in the first few weeks of the fall season, so too have we whittled down what was good and bad this week on television. Take a look, won't you?


Swell:

... Starting TONIGHT, TeenNick will air Hey Dude in its The '90s Are All That programming block
Plus, the nostalgia trip will begin at 10pm instead of midnight. Nickelodeon-weaned twenty-somethings, meet your new excuse not to go out on Friday nights!


... Andy Rooney's 60 Minutes sign-off
A very sweet farewell for the 92-year-old newscaster. "I believe if all the truths were known about everything in the world, it would be a better place to live." Thank you for saying the things we were thinking! We'll miss you, you ol' coot! Now go put some pants on!


... Project Runway's baffling one-liners
Nuclear drama queen Joshua McKinley will go down as one of the most classic characters to ever grace the PR halls, but Viktor has been killing us lately. "Fashion is my food." New campaign slogan for the Anorexic Models Union? Discuss.


... The return of FX's The League
The boys came back with a bang—both literally and figuratively, thanks to a storyline that involved filming porn in Andre's apartment and Ruxin's new spin on the Super Bowl shuffle.


... Making Monsters on Travel Channel
Who knew a reality show about the making of animatronic haunted house attractions could be so riveting? Anyone? Why isn't this a ratings juggernaut??


... The Secret Circle went full-horror this week
In the first supernatural crossover of the fledgling CW show, dark magic and DEMONS made an appearance alongside witchcraft. Good start! Is it already time to start the werewolf/vampire appearance countdown?


Hell:

... That insane woman on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
No, not that one. Or that one. Nope. Next. Yep, THERE she is! That one! The one with the $25,000 sunglasses who keeps cackling for no good reason, and who claims her infant son speaks Thai and can do complex math equations.


... The X Factor's Stacy Francis
Yes, L.A. Reid. That's definitely "real pain." Unfortunately, it's occurring in my head, after hearing this woman sing. Nothing encapsulates the sham that X Factor really is better than this unworthy contestant.


... The teenagers of American Horror Story
Never thought we'd actually APPRECIATE the teenagers of Glee so much. Send 'em to the basement, Adelaide!


... Dexter's phoned-in Season 6 premiere
At this point, Michael C. Hall's voiceover work in those car commercials is more captivating than Dexter. Have a cup of coffee or something, Mike!


... The post-Breaking Bad emptiness on the horizon
No matter how hard we try, we can't stop thinking about how television is about to get worse after AMC's incredible series signs off for the season on Sunday. However, once we get used to it being gone, the rest of television will start to look a lot better.


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

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man i miss community being on this list. i hope the timeline episodes troy timeline will be there it seems like it deserves it
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AHS was ok, but nothing yet to wring my underwear out on! dexter was a bit of a letdown.

Im becoming more of a fan of A Gifted man, yes it can be contrived but it does have meaning!
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Wtf is "Hey Dude"
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Reviews on this site are just so ridiculous that it's disrespectful.
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Stop ragging on American Horror Story!
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Also don't get why Dexter is in the Hell list and no Homeland in the Swell list.
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I'll truly miss listening to Andy Rooney's rants while I wait for The Amazing Race to come on.
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I don't think Dexter's premiere was phoned in at all... I felt better about this premiere than I did about much of last season.
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Making Monsters sounds interesting, I'll make a point to check it out.
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Swell: Howard's being wing man for Raj's date with a deaf woman on The Big Bang Theory; Patrick Jane showing a conscience in dealing with a woman who he'd conned years before on The Mentalist; Luther on BBC America (finally managed to watch it and was amazed), particularly the scene where the madam extorts him. Hell: How to Be a Gentleman (even with Pam Fryman directing, it felt like it could be interchangeable with Rules of Engagement; a little late now, but maybe if they took out the establishing shots and the laugh track, it would be slightly improved?); every time some talking head (e.g., Bill Marr and David Letterman) complained about the Wall Street protesters' not having a clear message or needing an identifiable leader (maybe if the news media actually did its job and observed and reported rather than told me what their bosses thought, that wouldn't be an issue, or rather, even less of one).
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Breaking Bad will be leaving but , The Walking Dead right around the corner..... Yeah Buuudddy Wicked Awesome
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Yeah, but the problem isn't that we're losing an AMC show, it's that we're losing a good, AMC show.
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Why isn't Two and a half men on the hell list ?? In fact,, is no one reviewing these new episodes en seeing how crappy it's gotten?



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I've never really watched the show, so I can't judge it. But as I understand it "Two and a half men" pretty much sucked to begin with. No use putting it on the "Hell"-list now, nothing new here.
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You put the secret circle on swell and forget about homeland, and then you put dexter on hell?! Lol
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Why is Fringe never on swell!? Since it came back for its 4th season it has knocked three freakin' awesome episodes out and next week looks even better!
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Swell: FRINGE!!
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Swell: Boardwalk Empire season 2 start. There's a good amount of paranoia & tension lingering in the air (something BB does so well).// Homeland pilot. <3 Mrs. Danes...// Both the Yankees and Phillies are gone from the playoffs--enough said!



Hell: Terra Nova- more like Trya Neva (ok that was so lame I know).// Supernatural's budget. Seriously, where did it go? Every time someone dies, a ketchup packet or 2 is splattered against a wall. Ahem, we want the money shot!!



**Save the post-Breaking Bad horizon for when the show is actually off the air, or at least after this finale airs... jumped the gun a bit did we, TV.com staff?
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I'm with you about Boardwalk Empire and Homeland.

I would add Terra Nova- more like Teena Lovas (not better hum ?)
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I thought Dexter's season premiere was alright, certainly not bad enough to be on the Hell list. But whatever.
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I know. What do they expect from this show? It's certainly nowhere close to the quality of Breaking Bad, but nothing is.
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When does Breaking Bad return for season 5? I only started watching the show a couple of weeks ago. I started from the beginning and now I'm on season four and completly hooked! I LOVE this show!
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Agree: Hey Dude! Is awesome and I am more excited than I probably should be about it coming back to tv.



Disagree: I thought Dexter's premiere was great.
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"Hey Dude" is also a sentence stoners say after inhaling so much weed
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wtf is wrong with the people at tv.com...... dexter was awesome.......... anyways better than oh i am so misunderstood shit that secret circle is shoving down everybody's throats
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the problem with The '90s Are All That is that most of the shows they're doing are available on DVD anyway, if not widely release then as an Amazon.com exclusive.



I think it's funny how everybody's comparing The X Factor to American Idol, which it's a lot like it.. and The Voice is basically ripping off The X Factor, but most Americans will assume The Voice was doing that first just because it was here first.. but one thing that's different about The X Factor is that their contestants are actually good. American Idol wasn't this year. at all.
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It's always tough when cable shows are off the air for 8-9 months. Luckily, if one has a healthy TV appetite, there's always more to come. Sure, Breaking Bad is now dormant, but Dexter just began. And The Walking Dead starts soon. And then comes Game of Thrones, and then comes True Blood. And not soon after, we're breaking bad again.
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If horror's what you want, I guess Secret Circle pleased last week. But you can also get that from Supernatural or TVD all the time. Is it too much to ask for a show about magic to actually have magic in there? I'm out until someone turns into a dragon.
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Swell: Breaking Bad, and American Horror Story:creepy much?

Hell: Grey's Anatomy all male story line. Boo. This show has gotten so bad.
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I loved the Greys Anatomy all male story. It was interesting and different. I thought it was great :)
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