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Apr 2 '11

TV Power Rankings – Week of 3/27/11

By Joel

Two new shows are premiering this week that I suggest you watch. The first being “The Killing” on AMC. AMC already has three successful TV shows in “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.” All of which are phenomenal. They also ran one season of “Rubicon,” which I really enjoyed, but it didn’t draw high enough ratings for them to justify a second season. At this point, AMC is 3 for 4 with new shows and “The Killing” looks to make it 4 for 5. It’s a crime drama that tracks one murder investigation through the whole season. Alan Sepinwall puts it best by saying “It’s more televised crime novel than traditional TV cop show.” Watch the first two episodes on AMC Sunday night at 9pm and then jump over to HitFix for Sepinwall’s review.

The second show I’m starting this week is “The Borgias.” From what I’ve read, it looks like it is “The Tudors” 2.0. I never watched “The Tudors” but “The Borgias” seems promising as it is about the 15th century Spanish family of Rodrigo Borgias. The show follows Rodrigo becoming one of the most controversial popes ever. My knowledge of the history of Catholicism is very limited, but the show isn’t going to follow history exactly as it played out. While I am more excited about “The Killing,” I’ll give this one a shot for a couple weeks.

Anyway, here are this week’s rankings:

1. Archer – El Secuestro (PW: 3)

FX – Thursday @ 10pm

Archer just keeps getting better. This week, we find out that Cheryl CarolCheryl is actually from the Tunt family and is worth millions. In typical Archer fashion, Pam gets kidnapped instead of Cheryl. It’s up to Archer and Gillette to rescue Pam while Malory has Cyril and Lana protect her new investment, Cheryl. We got more of the same Archer humor that we all love: Archer playing with an ocelot, Archer thinking the kidnappers are cyborgs, and Archer arguing about turtlenecks. Keep up the great work Archer.

“Does Internet porn know you were cheating on it?”

2. Justified – The Spoil (PW: 4)

FX – Wednesday @ 10pm

I want to go up to Mags’ place for the whoop-de-doo! On second thought, I don’t. I don’t even know what a whoop-de-doo is and she scares me a little. All of the Bennetts scare me a little. Scratch that… they scare me a lot. Mags and Dickie have the brains while Coover has the brawn. I finally got the episode I’ve been waiting for. We got a lot of time with the Bennetts and it was as glorious as I had hoped. This is the point in the season where it starts to get serious. You can tell we are on the verge of some major stuff going down. I can’t wait.

“Y’all go poking the bear and it’s his fault when you get bit.”

3. Californication – And Justice for All (PW: 7)

Showtime – Sunday @ 9pm

Probation. Am I the only one who thought Hank got off super easy? Three years probation, $25,000 fine and 12 days of community service doesn’t seem too harsh considering the fact that we were told the judge wanted to make an example out of him. But it makes sense. The show can’t continue with Hank in jail for an extended period of time so they had to come up with a way for him to face a stiff penalty without having to go to jail. We’ve probably seen the end of the Rob Lowe cameos but I’ve loved them. He was awesome playing the role of movie version Hank Moody. Next season should be interesting as Hank sees this as being the first day of the rest of his life. He needs a change.

“I think it’s all going to be okay. Chapters end. Sometimes you gotta shake things up.”

4. United States of Tara – …youwillnotwin… (PW: NR)

Showtime – Monday @ 10:30pm

I’ve spent the last two weeks blowing through Tara episodes so that I could get caught up in time for the premier. I did it, but I wasn’t overly impressed with the start to this season. However, this episode did do a lot to set up the rest of the season by establishing where Kate is living and what Tara’s next project is. While I never expect a TV show to be completely realistic, I was disappointed with their depiction of Tara registering for classes. First of all, if a class is beyond full and you’re trying to register for it after classes have already started, you can’t just go to talk to the professor and get in. It just isn’t that easy. Second, since when do professors have huge offices like that? His office was bigger than some of the classrooms I’ve been in. Aside from that, it was a decent episode. Towards the end, we may have had our first glimpse at another of Tara’s alters while she was struggling with writing her paper. Should be an interesting season. Tara always is.

“I’m just sick of disappearing, and being the least interesting person inside me.”

5. The Amazing Race – I Feel Like a Monkey in a Circus Parade (PW: 8 )

CBS – Sunday @ 8pm

Apparently, this was the Snapple episode as Snapple made no attempt to hide their presence. Everything in the episode seemed to revolve around Snapple and it got a little annoying. But outside of that, I never get tired of watching the crazy driving in other countries. I would give myself fifteen seconds on the road in India before I was in an accident. Although, anyone who knows me knows that I would probably get into an accident backing out of the parking spot. It was a good episode for the Globetrotters again and it was hilarious watching them trick Malory into thinking they needed to find the clue box. For some reason, I don’t think it’s too difficult to trick Malory. I have to say that I was impressed with Flight Time for hugging Luke after seeing how much he was struggling. Those Globetrotters seem like nice guys.

“I feel a little claustrophobic, but it’s for a good cause: delivering books to children.”

6. Jersey Shore (PW: 9)

MTV – Thursday @ 10pm

Okay so I realize that the season finale was last week so I should be done with this show for now, right? Wrong. This week, MTV gave us the reunion episode. Where the cast members sit around together and reflect on the past season while being interviewed by a completely incompetent host. Sounds like fun, right? Wrong. It was terrible. I promised myself I wouldn’t watch it but I have a weakness for terrible drama. Nothing interesting happened, yet I still watched the whole thing. At least I can say we are done with the Jersey Shore for this season. For real this time. Finally.

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Mar 5 '11

TV Power Rankings – Week of 2/27/11

Written by Joel

Since the four NBC shows that I usually include are not airing new episodes for a few weeks, I’ve added a couple different shows. They may or may not stick around when our regulars come back. At least it hasn’t been a boring week with the Charlie Sheen meltdown in full force. If you don’t follow him on Twitter, you’re missing out. The best part of the Sheen meltdown is that there is something in it for everyone. For me, it’s the fact that Two and a Half Men won’t be around for much longer. But unlike Two and a Half Men, the power rankings will continue. Why? Because like Charlie Sheen, I like #winning.

1. Justified – For Blood or Money (PW: 3)

FX – Wednesday @ 10pm

In For Blood or Money we got a great opening scene with Raylan and the Bennett gang. Unfortunately, it was just a taste and that storyline is moving forward very slowly. The anticipation is killing me. I know that we’ll get there eventually, but this episode was really about Rachel. She’s someone we haven’t spent much time with yet. Until now, she has always been just one of the other marshals that helps Raylan out. We learned more about her and her family as she and Raylan tracked down her convict brother-in-law. At the end of the episode, we got a little deeper into what’s going on with Boyd, but we still don’t know which side he’s leaning to. With the previews for next weeks episode, it’s looking like he may not have completely changed.

"We may never be able to prove otherwise. But I want you to know that I know what’s going on… out of respect."

2. Archer – Tragical History (PW: 4)

FX – Thursday @ 10pm

This weeks episode of Archer spent a lot of time focusing on Cyril and Chris Parnell (voice of Cyril) carried this strong episode. There was no wee baby Seamus as we got a standalone episode where Cyril tried to save the day. New villain George Spelvin lured Cyril with money and the opportunity to prove himself to his coworkers. Cyril took the bait and in the end, Archer had to save him once again. Who knew that Cyril was such a terrible shot? Lucky for him, he wasted all of the bullets, otherwise he’d be missing a foot. One of the best things about Archer is the repletion of jokes. I love it. Do you not?

"Shoot him Cyril! But just him. I think the twins are warming up to me. Right? Am I getting some signals?"

3. Californication – Lights. Camera. Asshole. (PW: 6)

Showtime – Sunday @ 9pm

Looking back at the third season finale of Californication, I still think that it was one of the most depressing half hours of television that I have ever seen. It was a fantastic episode but it was heartbreaking. I know that this season’s finale is still a few episodes away, but it seems like we are closing in on another sad ending to this chapter of Hank’s life. In this week’s episode, Hank sleeps with Sasha’s mom (hey, he didn’t know at the time) and it looks like that will tie up the Sasha storyline. What is really troubling is what’s happening with Becca.  It looks like she’s becoming Hank Moody Jr. But how can you blame her? It looks like next week’s episode is going to be a rough one.

"Girl makes it sound so pleasant. I have one big pain in the ass teenage daughter."

4. Jersey Shore – A Cheesy Situation (PW: NR)

MTV – Thursday @ 10pm

Okay, so I realize I’m about to lose any credibility I had, if I even had any to begin with, but I actually enjoy Jersey Shore. This show is so ridiculous that it’s funny. However, this season is getting a little over the top. Ronnie and Sammi’s relationship issues are getting really old. One, or both, of them just need to leave. How about we get rid of both of them and then replace Ronnie with Dean. Would anyone notice a difference? Anyway, this week’s episode was entertaining but not Jersey Shore at it’s best. The prank Snooki and Sam pulled on the Situation was surprisingly funny but the whole plumbing issue went on way too long. Why did it take three episodes for them to call a plumber? Really? For those of you who don’t watch Jersey Shore and have made it this far down the review… yes, this show is about relationship issues, pranks and not being able to live on your own. Oh and drinking. Lots of drinking.

"Hestatic is when you’re super happy and like really happy."

5. The Amazing Race – I Never Looked So Foolish In My Whole Entire Life (PW: NR)

CBS – Sunday @ 8pm

What did you expect? I needed something to write about. Other than Jersey Shore, The Amazing Race is the only reality show that I watch on a regular basis. I haven’t been following it as long as some, which actually leaves me a bit out of the loop for this season. All the teams on this season have been contestants before but didn’t win. While I do recognize some of them, there are plenty I’ve never seen. I’m just glad that Zev and Justin are back though. I thought that they were a strong team that made a small (okay, huge) mistake by losing their passports. This episode continued the first leg of the race that began in the season premiere. Has there ever been a longer leg? It was fun watching the teams race through Australia and Jet and Cord made a Jet and Cord type comeback going from last to third place. I’ll be more excited with this show when it gets deeper into the season. I just want to know if Mallory is crazy.

"Ow! I just slammed my tail in the door!"

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