TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (September 10)

Here's what we thought was out of sight and just not right on TV this week.

Swell


...Terriers Michael Raymon-James
We last saw Raymond-James as a bad, bad guy in True Blood, but now he's a lovable P.I. on a show we really dig. And his head is still on his shoulders!


...The Amazing Race's shameless promo
We already have a frontrunner for TV-related video of the year, and it's at the expense of someone else's misery. Just the way we like it. Sure you get a concussion, but think of that delicious 15 minutes of fame! So! Worth! It!


...Ashley Tisdale on Hellcats
We never thought we’d say that, but she’s just so damn cute! And she’s spicing it up by playing the nice head cheerleader!


...Mad Men gives us its best
Just when you think this fantastic program can't give you anymore, along comes an episode that may just be its best ever. Absolutely riveting.


...Nina Dobrev playing double duty on The Vampire Diaries
We love Nina sweet (Elena) and we love Nina mean (Katherine), but mostly we just love the up-and-coming Nina.


...Animal Planet's Cat Ladies
These ladies with Feline Fever are purrfectly crazy. And we finally have a crazy cat lady who is hot.


...The last five minutes of Sons of Anarchy.
The show's season premieres knocked us on our asses again. Just when we thought all was calm, they give us that!?

Hell


...Shane West on Nikita
He could not BE a more attractive piece of stiff cardboard. BORING.


...Bachelor Pad's cool kids vs. outsiders charade
What did we even watch the first few episode for? The outsiders never stood a chance against the coupled-up frat and sorority siblings.


...Meghan McCain on The Daily Show
What the what? Ugh. Is it already time to bring out the giggling blond daughter to win votes?


...Plain Jane is over!
What are we supposed to do without Louise Roe and her cute little outfits?


...American Idol existing even though the original judges are gone.
You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. Who knew we would be clamoring for Simon so much!?

What did you like and dislike in TV this week?

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I have to disagree with RuthDickson. That episode was so good I didn't want it to end. It is on my Tivo and I will watch it again.
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As a completely devoted Maddict, I must disagree with your assessment of this week's episode. The change of pace and direction, the lazy device of a voice/over narrative, (in a literary tone that could NEVER have been accessed by a high-school dropout), Don's seeming ease of cutting back on both alcohol and sex...all made for a travesty of the formerly exquisite exposition. IMO, as both an avid viewer and a writer, I found the episode to be the worst, rather than the best, of the series thus far.
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Nina is excellent as both of her characters, the evil Kat and the sweet Elena, but the best part is Ian Somerhalder's Damon, that always makes me feel his pain and hurt, just like James Marsters did with Spike.
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I don't watch ANY of these shows except MAD MEN and AI, and I left AI when Simon did. Looking forward to his new show. And MAD MEN deserved that award, Whedonrules.
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Re: "Sons of Anarchy" Kurt Sutter should have won the award that was foolishly given to "Mad Men" last Sunday. Always finding horrible things to spice up the premiere episode. You are a genius bastard Mr. Sutter. "Deputy Hale", RIP. Good luck to Taylor Sheriden and his acting future.
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haha he amazing race thing is still funny!!!!
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I don't know when the American X Factor starts but when it does, it will blow American Idol out of the water in the ratings. Even if it isn't as good as the British X Factor, it'll still kick American Idol's ass. American Idol has become really pathetic. Plus that theme tune really grates on my nerves. GRRR. Sorry Ryan Seacrest
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That amazing race thing was so funny. I still think Hellcats will be awful but ashley Tisdale isn't be so bad
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I can see Nikita getting a lot more serious and losing a load of viewers. Nikita will keep its audience if it remains fun and light-hearted. It needs to avoid trying to be the next 24. Jack Bauer is dead. For the love of god don't resurrect him in the form of a supermodel with a very big gun
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Who'd have thought CW would have 2 Swells in a week and neither of them from Supernatural?
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I thought Maggie Q had by far the most cardboard acting on Nikita. Other than her performance I found the show decent. I will give it one of two more episodes to see if she can improve.
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is it opposite day? Nikita is excellent and Terriers is average to lame so far...but i'll give it one more chance...or will i?
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