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

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Here's what was hot and what was not about television this week.


... The series finale of Rescue Me
Like most episodes from the past few seasons, "Ashes" offered moments of greatness sandwiched between soap opera storylines and hilariously inappropriate comedy. It was a fitting sign-off for Tommy, Lou, and the guys of 62 Truck.

... The Season 2 finale of Louie
Not so much hilarious as it was heartbreaking, but excellent nonetheless. Pamela doesn't know what she's missing.

... Just one more finale, we promise: The Season 3 finale of Childrens Hospital
We're a week late on this one, having finally caught up with our DVR backlog last this week, but it was so good we had to mention it anyway. And hey, now the whole thing's online (you might have to click the video and watch it at

... Turner Classic Movies
Every few months, we'll remember that TCM exists, and set the DVR to record everything on it. In the past two weeks, we've seen uninterrupted, HD versions of Sunset Boulevard, 8 1/2, The Heiress, and It Happened One Night. Love it!

... Project Runway's Battle Royale
This season just keeps getting better. Joshua M. (We think the M stands for Ming the Merciless) vs. Bert is like the ultimate intergalactic gay battle. It just needs a Queen soundtrack.

... Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito gets his due
With his mostly frightening and occasionally heartbreaking turn on Breaking Bad this season, perpetually underrated character actor Giancarlo Esposito is poised to become one of the most celebrated actors alive. Better clear some space on your mantel, guy!

... Rocket launchers in Bon Temps
How did it take FOUR seasons for Pam to attempt to blow up a Wiccan supply store using a military grade weapon? Oh well, better late than never!


... Big Brothers meddlesome producers
After a generally boring season, there was brief shining moment when it appeared the underdog newcomers would overthrow the returning veterans, but alas, a super obvious producer stunt (the Pandora's Box duo twist) ensured that the dastardly Rachel or frontrunner Jordan would win this thing anyway. Great job, you guys! J/K Zzzzzzzzzz.

... Michael and Holly's agonizingly average relationship on Bachelor Pad
It's a great opportunity for 12-year-olds to learn about relationships, and for everyone else to re-live the kind of teenage memories that make you want to carve out a house in the side of a cliff and live there with your sorrow.

... Enough with the Two and a Half Men reruns, FX!
Ever since the network got rights to the show, it's been airing it in four-hour blocks. Our brains hurt—both from Charlie Sheen overload and the disappointment of knowing one of our favorite networks is responsible.

... Fox's failure to re-shoot the New Girl pilot
For as much effort as Fox is putting into getting you to watch the show (there's still plenty of time left to download it on iTunes, guys!), you'd think the network would quit pretending that it's not going to switch out the show's black guy in Episode 2. It's awkward for Damon Wayans, Jr., it's offensive to the actor who's replacing him (Lamorne Morris), and it's confusing to the viewers. Plus it's 2011—how hard could it be re-do a few new scenes with the right cast?

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

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