Two Tivos To Paradise 12.14.12: Homeland, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, New Girl, Jersey Shore, and more!
Posted by Al Norton on 12.14.2012
News and thoughts on how Homeland, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, and all your favorites did with the Golden Globes. Plus the end of Jersey Shore, New Girl on a huge role, and Dexter sets a ratings record.
Hello friends. Welcome to the last news column of 2012; next week will be our Best of 2012 edition, followed the next week by our 2012 TTTP TV Entertainers of the Year. That means the column on January 4th is likely to be chock full of news and notes, covering everything that happened from today through then! I've been hard at work on those yearend pieces for some time now and, to be honest, I am likely to be tweaking the rankings on next week's right up until we go to press.
Let's have the last giveaway of 2012 be for a show I know many of you love…season one of New Girl on DVD!!! Go to Al Norton's Two Tivos To Paradise on Facebook, click "Like" if you have not, and then post "Schmidt should have a TTTP jar" on our wall and you'll be entered to win, with our standard contest rules in effect (one entry per person, one win every six months, must have a US or Canadian mailing address).
Here's a look at TNT's new medical drama Monday Mornings, from David E Kelley and Dr. Sanjay Gupta…
The first trailer for NBC's upcoming Do No Harm…¬¬¬¬
Coming up early in the new year we'll have interviews with Bunheads' star Sutton Foster and all-time TTTP fave Charisma Carpenter.
Last Christmas I gave you my news but the very next day you gave it away.
There's Nothing Left To Make Me Feel Small, Luck Has Left Me Standing So Tall
¬¬The nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced yesterday, with the TV categories found below. The winners will be revealed on Sunday, January 13th on NBC in a ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY/DRAMA/MINI-SERIES
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville; Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife; Sarah Paulson, Game Change; Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY/DRAMA/MINI-SERIES
Max Greenfield, New Girl; Ed Harris, Game Change; Danny Houston, Magic City; Mandy Patinkin, Homeland; Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY
Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Zoey Deschanel, New Girl; Lena Dunham, Girls; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Don Cheadle, House of Lies; Louis C.K., Louie; Matt LeBlanc, Episodes; Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Connie Britton, Nashville; Glenn Close, Damages; Claire Danes, Homeland; Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom; Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Damian Lewis, Homeland
BEST TV MOVIE/MINI-SERIES Game Change, The Girl, Hatfields & McCoys, The Hour, Political Animals
BEST TV SERIES, COMEDY/MUSICAL The Big Bang Theory, Episodes, Girls, Modern Family, Smash
BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Homeland, The Newsroom
Quick Analysis: Smash? Really?!?! I mean, I enjoyed the show, but come on! At this point I can't really be surprised by the lack of recognition for Sons of Anarchy but that still doesn't make it right. What was surprising was The Newsroom grabbing a Best Drama nomination, leaving Mad Men out of that category for the first time in the series history. Nice to see Nashville get some love, although I thought that Connie Britton's slot might go to Kyra Sedgwick for her final season on The Closer.
The SAG Award nominations were announced this week as well (winners will be revealed Sunday, January 27th)…
Best Male Actor, Comedy
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Louis C.K. (Louie), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Best Female Actor, Comedy
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland)
Best Male Actor, Drama
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Damian Lewis (Homeland)
Best Female Actor, Drama
Claire Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Best Ensemble Cast, Comedy 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie
Best Ensemble Cast, Drama Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Homeland
Quick Analysis: The list of shows that should have been recognized in the Best Ensemble Cast, Comedy category instead of The Office includes Community, New Girls, Parks and Recreation, Raising Hope, Girls, House of Lies, Glee – and that's just off the top of my head. The Office and Betty White being nominated is proof that many voters are casting their ballots based on reputation instead of what's actually on the screen. Don't get me wrong – I love Betty White more than the average person, but I am supposed to think she did better work that Zoey Deschanel, Lena Dunham, and Martha Plimpton this year? Sorry, not even close. And while I can't really argue with any of the folks/shows nominated in the drama categories, the constant ignoring of Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead blows me away.
Also getting in on the award season act was the American Film Institute, announcing their picks on the best on TV in 2012. Making the list were American Horror Story, Breaking Bad, Game Change, Game of Thrones, Girls, Homeland, Louie, Mad Men, Modern Family, and The Walking Dead.
All I can say about the AFI list is that limiting your choices for the best of TV to 10 without creating different categories (10 Best Comedies, 10 Best Dramas, etc.) means you are going to ignore a TON of GREAT shows.
Down The Shore Everything's All Right, You And Your Baby On A Saturday Night
MTV's pop culture phenomenon Jersey Shore brings its six season run to a close this Thursday night. The show owns every record for original series ratings for the network and at its height of popularity was regularly beating broadcast network competition in the demos.
Our long national nightmare is over. Some of you are likely too young to get that reference but it really is how I feel; of all the TV trends I have seen come and go in my time, the one I simply can't wrap my ahead around is people watching shows where the main entertainment value is derived from the stupidity and absurdity of real people. Don't get me wrong, I fully understand that it is a trend, I just don't get why it is a trend, because I don't consider watching other people get falling down drunk and/or arguing loudly with each other to be a good time. This goes for Jersey Shore, Bad Girls Club, any of the Real Housewives shows, The Real World…Sadly – at least to me – it's a very long list.
But Al, you say, don't you LOVE Flipping Out? Why yes, I do, and while Jeff Lewis is indeed over the top, he is also incredibly talented and great at what he does, and that gives the show a much different context than if it were just about his personal life; I wouldn't want to watch a show about Jeff that was after-hours only.
I am fond of saying that part of what makes television such an amazing medium is that there is something for everyone, and I know plenty of people who don't understand why I find some of the darker shows that I watch such an escape – they wonder why I would want to lose myself in the world of a crystal meth dealer or a motorcycle gang of criminals – so rather than get frustrated with Jersey Shore fans I was always more likely to shrug my shoulders and say, "hey, not for me." I can't condemn a show like Jersey Shore, nor do I fault MTV for realizing the 18 wheeler of a runaway hit it had on its hands and running wild with it.
For those of you who are going to miss the show and its crazy cast of characters, don't worry; MTV already has one show on the air featuring folks from the Shore, with at least one more on the air. And if you are worried about how you will get your wild-and-drunk-people-on-TV fix going forward, well allow me to introduce you to Buck Wild…
It's Time To Play The Music, It's Time To Light The Lights The Muppet Show video of the week…
But You Were Up To Your Old Tricks In Chapters Four Five And Six
All you need to know about the Nielsen's for the past 8 days…
THURSDAY Scandal is becoming a full fledged hit, hitting series highs in total viewers and demos last night and a week after tying Elementary for the 10pm demo crown, it actually topped it this week to win the hour outright...Last Resort was up 20% in the demos...The Big Bang Theory won the night in totals and demos...30 Rock matched a season low while The Office and Parks and Recreation were each up roughly 10%...
FRIDAY Dateline won the night in demos while Blue Bloods won in total viewers...Undercover Boss won 8pm in total and demos...Nikita matched last week's season high...Last Man Standing dropped double digits...Fox's Kitchen Nightmares – Fringe lineup was even with their last new episodes...
UFC 5 on FOX was up 65% from UFC 4 on Fox…ESPN enjoyed their second most watched Heisman Trophy Presentation ever…
SUNDAY Dexter was watched by 2.6 million people (up 25% from last week), not just a new high for the series but also the most watched original series episode in the network's history. Combined with the replay it pulled in 3.08 million, also a network record. Homeland hit a new series high for the second week in a row, with the 2.36 million viewers representing a gain of 8%...Amazing Race hit a series low for a season finale…
A lot of good news to go around on Monday night, with the shows enjoying gains include HIMYM (+10% in total viewers, +20% in demos), Hawaii 5-0 (+11% in total viewers, +17% in the demos), 90210 (+20% in the demos), Gossip Girl (+30% in total viewers and 67% in demos), and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (+24% in totals, 40% in demos)…Michael Buble's holiday special was down almost 50% from Blake Shelton's special last week in the same time slot…The American Country Awards on Fox were down 30% from last year…2 Broke Girls topped The Voice to win the night in demos, although the latter did win the night in total viewers…
TUESDAY Parenthood hit a season high in the demos last night, winning 10pm in that measure with relative ease… Raising Hope was up 10% in total viewers and 21% in the demos…The Voice won the night in demos…NCIS posted its lowest demos since February 2005 but was still far and away the most watched show of the night (and the week)…The Mindy Project enjoyed gains in totals and demos…Take It All was up from Monday's premiere…Hart of Dixie had the odd combination of dropping in total viewers but improving in the demos…
WEDNESDAY Whitney hit a season high in the demos…Chicago Fire and Arrow both tied demo season/series lows…Criminal Minds won the night in total viewers while Modern Family won the demos despite hitting a season low…The Neighbors hit a new season/series low…Take It All dropped 50% without The Voice as a lead-in…CSI won 10pm in totals and demos…
All The Young Dudes, Carry The News
Industry News, Notes, and Hot Rumors…FX has ordered a pilot for Tyrant, from Homeland executive producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff as well as Craig Wright (Six Feet Under). Raff created Prisoners of War, the Israeli series Homeland is based on, and he and Wright developed this story together, about an American family living in the Middle East and finding themselves involved in the government trying to hold the country together. If ordered to series Wright would be the showrunner…Revolution is virtually a 100% lock for a second season but the long term life of the show took a big step forward yesterday when Sky bought the UK rights to the first season plus seasons two AND three if they were to be made. Any show with guaranteed cash flow is likely to stick around, meaning fans shouldn't panic if/when there are ratings dips...TNT has confirmed that J.R. Ewing's funeral will take place on the March 11, 2013 episode 8 of Dallas' upcoming second season. There is nothing confirmed but there are rumors that many faces familiar to fans of the original series will return for the episode…The latest Firefly reunion to take place on Castle will happen in episode 14, when Gina Torres will guest as a fashion tycoon who also appears on a Real Housewives-type show. Torres is currently seen starring on USA's Suits…The NY Post is reporting that new CNN President Jeff Zucker is interested in hiring Ann Curry and giving her the weeknights at 8pm timeslot, with Anderson Cooper becoming a global correspondent who contributes to all the network's programming…USA is developing Horizon, a sci-fi drama from Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. The show takes place during World War II and follows the wife of a missing soldier who, through her work as a secretary at FBI headquarters, finds out her husband may have died in a firefight with a UFO. Her quest for the truth puts her in position to possibly stop an alien invasion. The pilot script is written by Bridget Tyler (Burn Notice)… Brenda Song, best known for her starring role on Disney's The Suite Life with Zach and Cody and its spinoff, The Suite Life on Deck, has signed for multiple episodes of New Girl as a potential love interest for Winston. Song was last seen doing a r run on ABC's Scandal...In other New Girl news, Nate Corddry and Brooklyn Decker will each do an episode later this season…Guest stars lined up for season three of IFC's Portlandia include Rosanne Barr, Jim Gaffigan, Bill Hader, Juliette Lewis, George Wendt, Bobby Moynihan, and Martina Navratilova. Chloe Sevigny has signed for multiple episodes, and those returning for more include Jeff Goldblum and Kyle MacLachlan. Season three premieres Friday, January 4th, with a special holiday episode airing tonight!!!... With ABC cancelling Last Resort, Robert Patrick has now signed to be a series regular on the upcoming season of True Blood after guesting on multiple episodes of the previous season…Brad Krevoy's MPCA production company is working on a two hour TV movie reboot of The Saint, with the idea that it would be the pilot for a new series. No network is attached yet but Adam Rayner (HawthoRNe) will play Simon Templar with Eliza Dushku as his love interest. Original series star Roger Moore is on board as an executive producer…Gillian Anderson has signed for multiple episodes of NBC's new Hannibal, playing the potentially juicy role of the title character's therapist. The network hasn't given the show a premiere date but I'd expect it to have a summer run, with them using the season finale of The Voice to launch it (at least that's what they would do if they were smart)… Emmy (and Norty) winner Margo Martindale has joined the cast of FX's upcoming period spy drama The Americans, which stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters) as KGB agents living as a typical suburban couple just outside of Washington D.C. in the early 1980's…CBS has ordered a pilot for Mom, a comedy about a newly sober Napa Valley single Mom trying to put her life and family back together from Chuck Lorre and Gemma Baker and Eddie Gorodetsky, both of whom work as producers on Lorre's Two and a Half Men…The CW has given first season orders to two new reality competition series; The Hunt finds 12 teams of two spending a month in the wild with no food, water, or shelter, competition in challenges to ultimately win a huge cash prize and Perfect Score is a dating show where two friends choose dates from a group of 12 people and if their choice matches the results of a comparability test, they win a date AND some $$$...Remember the new ABC series Weird Desk - about a government agency that investigates cases too freaky for the CIA or NSA - that got a 13 episode summer season order last week? Well Deadline.com tells us its getting the Emily Litella treatment (Google it, bitches), with the network deciding it was going to be too expensive for a quick summer launch and that in some ways it may have been a wee bit too close to S.H.I.E.L.D., which is likely to be the centerpiece of their fall lineup…Comedy Central released their early 2013 season/series premiere plans (new series marked with a *); The Burn with Jeff Ross - Tue 1/8, Workaholics & Kroll Show* - Wednesday 1/16, Tosh.0 - Tue 2/5, The Jeselnik Offensive* - Tue 2/19, The Ben Show* & Nathan For You* - Thu 2/28, Inside Amy Schumer* - Tue 4/30...The network also has stand up specials set with Anthony Jeselnik, Katt Williams, and Kristen Schaal…Hell on Wheels fans can breathe a sigh of relief; AMC had picked up a third season of the show a few months back but then both executive producers left (they knew one was going but not both) so the official renewal was put on hold until they found a new showrunner, and now that position has been filled by John Wirth, whose resume includes writing and/or producing stints on Falling Skies, V, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Cape, Nash Bridges, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., and Remington Steele. The 10 episode third season will premiere in late 2013…
Turns Out Not Where But Who You're With That Really Matters
(The Best of What's Around aka The Best Thing I've Watched In The Last 7 Days…)
The run New Girl has been on the last six episodes is unmatched this season, making the decision on the order of my Best Comedies of 2012 list that much harder to determine. Starting with the Halloween episode and continuing through this week's Christmas outing, each week has been laugh out loud funny, mixing physical comedy, witty banter, and character driven situation comedy to brilliant affect, to the point where I am constantly rewinding to make sure I didn't miss a throwaway line that on another show would be the high point of the week.
There were way too many lines to provide a list from Tuesday's half hour, plus the scene where Jess says, "I feel like a bird" really has to be seen to be fully appreciated. What I will say is that Black Santa was at once incredibly predictable, funny, and moving, a hat trick almost impossible to pull off. And any episode that likely leads to more David Walton is by definition great.
We've had some very strong comedies in 2012 – Louie, Community, Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, Raising Hope, Happy Endings, 30 Rock, The Mindy Project, Girls, The League, The Middle, Don't Trust the B-, Suburgatory, Archer - but if you asked me right now what show makes me laugh the most, there is really no question that the answer is New Girl.
People Say I'm Crazy Doing What I'm Doing. Well, They Give Me All Kinds Of Warnings To Save Me From Ruin
What's flashed before my eyes the last seven days…
Now THAT's a talk show appearance…While the whole Belsnickle thing really felt like a leftover idea from seasons past, this week's episode of The Office was more than worth watching if only for Darryl's fantastic Ric Flair/Chris Farley-esque dive into the refreshment table at the end…I love the ongoing battle between Mark Cuban and the other Sharks (on Shark Tank, duh!) on how to properly value a new company, or rather Cuban's point is that a traditional business valuation doesn't make any sense with a start up. I understand that Mr. Wonderful et al don't want to waste money but with new companies there is more to the formula than just sales, at least for adventurous investors…Gaius Charles is really starting to make the most of his post-Friday Night Lights career; the former Smash Williams had some decent guest spots on his resume before a solid run on Necessary Roughness (his character on the show, while a football player, bore no resemblance to his Dillon Panther's identity) and now he is starting to shine on Grey's Anatomy, with last night's episode being his best outing to date…There were moments of amusement (Ted's "Mom?" when Robin called him) but overall I felt like this week's HIMYM was another in a string of filler episodes. Even if Barney's dalliance with Patrice is part of a plan to get Robin to admit she loves him, it will still be something that should have lasted one episode, tops, and otherwise it's just silly (and not in a good way). In some ways they have created the same problem with Barney (And Robin) that they have with Ted; why should the audience care about any relationship they have when we know it's not the ONE? On the plus side, we did get the return of the intervention!...Tom Arnold was HIGHLY entertaining on Hawaii 5-0; I'm not sure if he could carry a series on his shoulders but there is no reason why he is not a regular on a show right now. I actually think he could handle some dramatic work as well - he would have been perfect for one of those eye opening guest arcs that Damages used to specialize in...The list of folks who watched Parenthood this week and didn't cry is likely MUCH smaller than the list of people who did. Also, this was Ray Romano saying, "hey Jimmy Smits and William Daniels, I am a big time contender for the Best Guest Actor, Drama Emmy next fall!!!"…Megan Mullaly has yet to disappoint in her Parks and Recreation appearances, and the show continues to make sure its incredibly talented cast gets quality screen time with a balance that is without peer…A very strong episode of The Mindy Project this week, one that demonstrated very quite clearly that between this and his Newsroom role, Chris Messina is one of the breakout stars of 2012…
Jamie Foxx had a strong outing on SNL this week, with the above Weekend Update piece making me laugh every time I have watched it. This sketch was pretty damn funny, too…
TV Pick Of The Week
I am not sure I've ever seen a season quite like the current run of Homeland when it comes to confounding expectations, both of the show itself and of the way traditional plot lines are constructed -as an example, Brody being taken away by the CIA is a season finale moment, not the end of episode four – but the writers and producers of the show have seemingly never been concerned with standard storytelling formats, much to the delight of viewers like myself.
I know some have felt there have been plot points that stretch the show's credibility, and I don't disagree, but I don't think the show was ever trying to be The Wire or any other show that excels with gritty realism. For the most part I think Homeland is a show about two people in their search for complete and total acceptance. Carrie and Brody were each damaged and lost when we met them and there are times in their scenes together when both of them come to life in ways I was not sure we'd ever see. I've read some fans complaining about the focus on the love story between Carrie and Brody instead of the terrorist aspects of the series and I think to myself, "what show are you watching?!?! " Homeland is way more about relationships than it is secret plots and viewers who think otherwise are frankly missing out.
One of the other interesting things about Homeland is that because it almost actively seeks to play with the expectations of its viewers, it's always in our heads that just about any of the characters that populate the series, including Brody, may die at any point, so despite the seemingly happy moment we got at the end of last Sunday, that's likely a long ways away from what we'll be looking at at the end of this Sunday's season finale.
Don't miss the season finale of Homeland, Sunday at 10pm on Showtime.
Hope You Need My Love, Babe, Just Like I Need You
Other noteworthy viewing options from the next seven days…
*Great musical history double bill on PBS tonight; first at 9pm we've got the premiere of a new episode of Great Performances that documents the making of The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour movie, followed at 10pm by a fully remastered version of the movie itself.
*Chicago Fire has been doing better in the ratings as of late, so if you're thinking you want to get on the bandwagon while there is still room, NBC is running three reruns of the show on Saturday starting at 8pm.
*The great Martin Short hosts SNL (Saturday, 11:30pm, NBC), with the not-so-bad-himself Paul McCartney as the musical guest.
*A new Survivor winner is chosen Sunday at 8:30pm.
*Royal Pains: Off Seasons Greetings (Sunday, 9pm, USA) is a two hour movie focused on Evan and Paige's wedding that will also feature a winter weather emergency. Because it's a movie with its own title, your regular season pass for RP won't pick it up so don't forget to manually record.
*A full hour of new <>BHow I Met Your Mother this Monday at 8pm, the two part episode has a holiday feel and word is that you may need a handkerchief or two by the end.
*Say goodbye to Gossip Girl with Monday's two hour event, featuring a look back at the show's run at 8pm, followed by the final hour at 9pm.
*NBC gives their new comedy 1600 Penn the prime premiere slot of 9:30pm on Monday following the final performance night of The Voice. The White House-based comedy has a strong cast but a long way to go to figure out what kind of a tone it wants to have.
*Andy Cohen and Giulianna Rancic host The 2012 Miss Universe Competition this Wednesday at 8pm on NBC.
*The Soup: End of the World – We Told You So (Wednesday, 10pm, E!) is a look back at the best clips from the series 8 year history.
*Another season of Burn Notice comes to a close this Thursday at 9pm. With the once very good show staring to show its age, a drastic change for the show may go a long way towards regaining previous energy levels.
*The X Factor chooses a new winner this Thursday at 8pm in a two hour special.
Two Tivos To Paradise 3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, 30 Rock, After the Catch, American Idol, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Antiques Roadshow, Archer, Arrow, Around the World in 80 Plates, Auction Hunters, Baby Daddy, Ben and Kate, The Big C, Boardwalk Empire, Being Human, Betty White's Off Their Rockers, Bones, Breaking Bad, Bunheads, Burn Notice, Cake Boss, Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, Chicago Fire, Chopped, Comic Book Men, Community, Cougar Town, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Deadliest Catch, Destination Truth, Don't Trust the B- in Apt 23, Fact or Faked, Falling Skies, Family Guy, Fast Food Mania, Flipping Out, Food Network Challenge, Food Network Star, The Franchise, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters Academy, Ghost Hunters International, Ghost Lab, Glee, Gossip Girl, Great Food Truck Race, Grey's Anatomy, Happy Endings, Haunted Highways, Haunted Treasure, Hawaii 5-0, Hollywood Treasure, House of Lies, How I Met Your Mother, Inside Comedy with David Steinberg, Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis, Iron Chef America, Justified, Key & Peele, Last Resort, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Law And Order: Special Victims Unit, Longmire, Lost Girl, Louie, Mad Men, Major Crimes, Men at Work, The Middle, Mike and Molly, The Mindy Project, Modern Family, Monster Man, Nashville, Necessary Roughness, New Girl, The New Normal, Next Iron Chef, The Office, Outside the Lines, Parks & Recreation, Private Practice, Project Accessory, Project Runway, PSYCH, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off, Raising Hope, Real Time With Bill Maher, Restaurant Impossible, Revenge, Revolution, Royal Pains, Rules Of Engagement, Saturday Night Live, Shark Wranglers, Shear Genius, So You Think You Can Dance?, Sons of Anarchy, The Soup, Suits, Suburgatory, Supernatural, Texas Multi Mammas, Top Chef, Top Chef Just Desserts, Top Chef: Masters, Top Design, Tosh.0, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, The Voice, The Walking Dead, Warehouse 13, Wilfred, Worst Cooks In America,
People Love You When They Know You're Leaving Soon
Here ends another Two Tivos To Paradise.
We'll be back next week with the first of our two year-in-review columns, our picks for the Best Television of 2012!
Sources for this week's column include Daily Variety, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and Hollywood Reporter (plus the web sites for those publications) as well as Aintit.cool.com, TVline.com & Deadline.com.