TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (September 24)

Premieres sure kept us busy, but hey—television is finally back is session! Here's what we dug and didn't dig on the small screen this week.

Swell


... Top Chef Season 8 will be Top Chef: All Stars
Fabio, Carla, Jamie Lauren, *and* Jennifer C. will be back!


... Bob Allen's suitcase on Lone Star.
A beautiful metaphor and an even more beautiful bag. Where can I get one of those?!?!? (P.S. There are spoilers in the video below.)




... The new Walking Dead poster
Looks like one hell of a getaway-weekend traffic jam for Atlanta.


... The opening to Community's season premiere
That pan of all the characters' bedrooms is awesome.




... Joaquin Phoenix's first return to the Late Show since last year's stunt
And Mr. Letterman asking for cool million in exchange for his appearance in Joaquin's film.


... Glee's new voices
Chord Overstreet and Charice have some PIPES.



Hell


... The pilot comparison problem
Let's break it down: The Event will never be Lost, and Running Wilde isn't as good as Arrested Development.


... Rough first-week ratings for some of our favorites
Fringe, Lone Star, and others got wrecked. Why aren't you people watching!?


... DVR overload
This week was brutal on our personal video recording boxes. Will someone please invent a 5-terabyte hard drive DVR that can record 10 things at once?


... Ms. Blankenship's death on Mad Men
Poor Ida, gone too soon. R.I.P.


... Jeff Zucker is out at NBC
Don't get us wrong, this is swell—but it's hell that it took this long!

What did you love and hate on TV this week?

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Most Swell: The sight of Alex O'Loughlin back on TV, especially with his glorious tattoos in plain sight! My Moonlight DVDs need a rest...
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I adore Fringe, and Lone Star deserves to be watched!
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FRINGE was awesome this week...
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Is anyone besides me watching THE GOOD GUYS? It is hilarious. Tom Hanks' son is a dead ringer for his daddy, and very good as mustachioed, gum-chewing Bradley Whitford's straight man. Give it a couple of episodes....and I know it's annoying to most of you, but you have to actually pay attention to know what's going on.
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I hated that MAD MEN killed off poor Ms. Blankenship. She was the perfect secretary for Draper, always just a beat behind what was going on around her. I looked forward to her every week.

As for HAWAII FIVE-O and THE EVENT, they can retire them already. Couldn't even finish one full episode. And if not for Linda Hunt, I couldn't sit through NCIS: LA. Already miss PSYCH, THE CLOSER and BURN NOTICE.
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Maybe you just need to get a second dual tuner DVR, I had both of mine going this week. Thank you Dish Network.
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Grace Park--hottest woman on TV!
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When will the antique Nielsen system be put to rest? There's no reality to those numbers and yet shows are killed based on a system that was out of date 10 years ago or more!
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Look, Lost was probably my favorite show, but I wish people would stop using the phrase 'the next Lost'. Why not give a show a chance on its own merits? Jeez people, if Lost taught us anything its to 'LET GO' ;)
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.. DVR overload

"This week was brutal on our personal video recording boxes. Will someone please invent a 5-terabyte hard drive DVR that can record 10 things at once?"



I 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th this!
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I wait new series
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Jeff Zucker, i have this to say to you. Shame! Muahahaha.
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Total Utter Downright CRAP = Broadwalk Empire. Really, does nobody do any historical research for a show like this? I stopped trying to count the use of the F word after the first five mins, and turned off less than half way through. People of that era didn't swear nearly as much as the do today - their mothers would have washed their mouths out with soap.
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One, thursday night is jam packed so I can't watch every single show then. Two, I watch a lot of shows online when I miss them over scheduling conflicts. Three, none of this matters because I don't have a Nielsen box anyway. I can't believe ppl still go on Nielsen numbers when most younger ppl watch shows via iTunes, online sites, etc.
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WATCH & SAVE: Boardwalk Empire, Defenders, Event, Nikita; ENJOY & DELETE: Blue Blood, Chase, Detroit 187, Hawaii 5.0, Lone Star, No Ordinary Family; GIGGLE & DELETE: Mike & Molly, Outsourced, Raising Hope; VIRUS ALERT (your brain is infected): Better with You, Hellcats, My Generation, Outlaw, Running Wild, Undercovers, Whole Truth, Sht My Dad Says
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Great, got myself spoiled for Mad Men, ugh guess it was to be expected. The Walking Dead poster looks cool though it gives you no idea what the show is about and premiere week in general should be on the Swell list
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Yeah I'm wishing I had a DVR for Thursdays now.
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Unlike Lost, Event actually seems like it was offering an pre-conceived story arc. Meaning they aren't making it up as they go, willy nilly, like Lost did. To those of us with at least a minimal IQ, that's a good thing.
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All my premieres are on my swell list since they were all good.
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I wish networks wouldn't stack thursday... maybe shows would have a better chance.
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I thought the season premiere of Grey's was just amazing. So powerful in its own way and a great way to follow up from last season's finale and to kick off season 7
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Community FTW!
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also hell was justin bieber on CSI. worst performance ive ever seen. so now we know he cant sing and cant act. he fails at everything.
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alas, poor fringe
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swell was the season premiere of the office. it was really funny again.
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hell was the event premiere
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COMMUNITY!!!!
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I think Letterman belongs in Hell...in this column of course ;o}. Fringe was awesome despite ratings and Lonestar actually got what it deserved...IMHO...
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So sorry you didn't care for The Event. No, it's not Lost, but nothing ever will be. I found the Event entertaining, intriguing, and among the few shows that allow the viewer to activate brain cells; i.e., to think. But then, I often disagree with your evaluations, but I do agree on the DVR overload.
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