This Week’s TVpocalypse Poll (10/10/11)
1. Modern Family (Last Week: 1)
2. Boardwalk Empire (Last Week: 4)
Finally. After a couple of weeks of watching Nucky stagger around the ring waiting for someone to just knock him out, he finally seems to have found his footing. Bolstered by Margaret coming to his side as a more legitimately recognized partner (in crime), Nucky finally seems willing to stave off his empire from collapsing around him.
It started with the “thanks for nothing” conversation he had with Harry Daughtery (aka Shooter McGavin) as he was unable to collect on his favor of burying the news of President Harding’s love child. But his return to the old Nucky was made official when he made his way over to the Commodore’s table to put him and Jimmy in their respective places. The only thing better than the “I will ruin you….ALL of you!” declaration (yes, Jimmy, that means you too), was the “He never even asked her name… he just pointed to the one he wanted” line he dished as he left the table.
So, Jimmy, here’s what Nucky would like you to take away from that little exchange. A.) He’s going to ruin you, B.) Your mom’s a whore, C.) Your dad (who’s sitting right there) knew she was a whore, and D.) He actually chose to be with her BECAUSE she was a whore. I almost got up and cheered. Almost. I mean to actually get up would have required a physical effort of some sort and that pretty much defeats the purpose of watching 25 TV shows at once.
3. Sons of Anarchy (Last Week: 3)
4. Homeland (Last Week: 5)
Still my pick for best new show this year. I do not regret the top 5 debut at all.
5. Dexter (Last Week: 2)
6. Jersey Shore (Last Week: 6)
7. The X Factor (Last Week: 11)
I am now officially looking forward to seeing what happens next on this show.
8. Blue Bloods (Last Week: 8 )
9. How I Met Your Mother (Last Week: 9)
10. Parenthood (Last Week: 10)
There are some actresses who drive me nuts by doing the same thing over and over again in every role they take (see the Maya Rudolph rant a couple of lines below). Yet for some reason I always seem to like Lauren Graham. She continues to play that 30-something who is equal parts mom and friend to her children all the while partaking in run-on banter that somehow seems very real and very contrived all at once (says the guy who just rattled off a 5-line sentence). She did it for years in Gilmore Girls and it seems like she’s found that very same groove again, especially when she shares scenes with Mae Whitman (her daughter Amber). And for whatever reason, I’m good with that. For me, the way she has portrayed her character’s relationships with the rest of the family is largely responsible for the genuine likability of the Braverman clan.
11. Top Chef: Just Desserts (Last Week: 12)
12. Up All Night (Last Week: 14)
I have come to the conclusion that it is literally impossible to have too much Will Arnett in a show. This show lags a bit when he is not on the screen, and it actively suffers when they focus too much on Maya Rudolph playing the exact same character we’ve seen her play in every SNL skit she’s ever been as well as that train wreck of a movie some of you call Bridesmaids. So, for those of you scoring at home, I don’t like Maya Rudolph all too much.
13. Pan Am (Last Week: 13)
14. The League (Last Week: 15)
15. Blue Mountain State (Last Week: 16)
16. The Office (Last Week: 18)
17. Happy Endings (Last Week: 21)
18. Fringe (Last Week: 22)
19. Gossip Girl (Last Week: 19)
20. House (Last Week: 20)
21. Hung (Last Week: 23)
22. Whitney (Last Week: NR)
And cue the angry posts in the comments section. All I can say is that I watched the third episode. It wasn’t as good as the first, and it wasn’t as bad as the second. The inclusion of this show into the Top 25 is all in the numbers. This is the TVpocalypse Top 25. Not the Top 24, and certainly not the Top 23. With the Housewives departing and Jersey Shore not too far behind, I need inventory people.
23. The Walking Dead (Last Week: 25)
Big The Walking Dead rally coming this weekend. I’ll be knocking out the entire first season before the season 2 premiere on Sunday night.
24. American Horror Story (Last Week: NR)
I had relatively high hopes for this show…and then it aired. I have theories (shocking, I know), but I’m going to hold back on the full-on 1000 diatribe until I get a second viewing.
25. American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior (Last Week: 24)
Buh-bye: The Playboy Club (sniffle, sniffle), The Real Housewives of NJ
Other’s to Watch: Person of Interest (Jersey Shore ends soon, and beggars can’t be choosers. Plus, the entire season is still sitting piled up on my DVR)
Posted on October 11, 2011, in This Week's TVpocalypse Poll and tagged American Chopper, American Horror Story, Blue Bloods, Blue Mountain State, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Fringe, Gossip Girl, Happy Endings, Homeland, House, How I Met Your Mother, Hung, Jersey Shore, Mad Men, Modern Family, Pan Am, Parenthood, Person of Interest, Playboy Club, Real Housewives of New Jersey, Sons of Anarchy, The League, The Office, Top Chef, TV, TV Blog, TVpocalypse 25, Up All Night, Whitney, X Factor. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.