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Time for a special Summer TV wrap-up edition of...
Now that we are heading into the final weeks before the fall TV season begins, I felt that it would be time to recap some of the best and worst TV moments of this past summer.
So, consider this a pre-season premiere of The TV Weekly before it starts up next week with a full preview of the shows I'm looking forward to in the fall.
But for now, let's look at this summer's TV winners and losers and let's start off with the winners, in no particular order:
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) -- One of my all-time favorite shows returned this summer just as strong as it was when it ended. Still funny, still great, and still enjoyable. Only downside, Aisha Tyler's not as good of a host as Drew Carey was.
Deon Cole's Black Box (TBS) -- Deon Cole, a writer on Conan, is one of the funniest writers on the show and his TBS show was one of the bright spots of the summer TV season. Combining The Soup and Tosh.O, Deon Cole's Black Box is very reminiscent of Chappelle's Show, funny, over the top, and a smart take on the TV world that was taking place that summer.
Sullivan & Son (TBS) -- One of many second year shows that found its' way following its' first year. Sullivan & Son started off its' second season with mixed thoughts but as the season continued, the series found its' footing and has become one of the really good summer staples.
The Bridge (FX) -- FX continues its' great drama streak with The Bridge, a show that I think is a far superior drama series than AMC's The Killing, which share similar storylines. A good cast, led by Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger, and a good story keep us invested in the series. Here's hoping it returns for another season next summer.
Hollywood Game Night (NBC) -- One of the summer's best surprises. Jane Lynch hosts a game show with several of Hollywood's big TV stars including Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Martin Short, Kristen Bell, Maya Rudolph, Jason Sudekis, Aubrey Plaza, Minnie Driver and so many more. They get more prominent stars that I was hoping they would and the show has a lot of good comedy between the stars and the games are pretty fun. If you haven't checked this show out, check it out tonight because it's one of the best surprises that came out on TV this summer.
Axe Cop (FOX) -- One half of Animation Domination HD, Axe Cop is one of the dumbest, over the top animated shows I have ever seen...AND IT'S SO FUCKING AWESOME!!!! It really is one of the funniest animated shows I've seen in a long, long time because it's over the top and doesn't make any sense at all.
Here's an example of one episode, it starts off with Hitler forcing a scientist to create an evil army of zombies on Zombie Island in space but then it turns out that the real evil is a literal piece of shit who wants to make everybody shit themselves to death and it's up to Axe Cop to save the day by using dinosaurs and turning the evil zombies into good while Axe Cop, who by the way is a robot, fights the shit and saves the day.
I'm not making that up, that's the second episode of the show. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever...AND YET IT WAS STILL AWESOME!!!
Who would've guessed that a show that was co-created by a 5 year old would be so much fun, even if a lot of it makes no sense at all.
Futurama (Comedy Central) -- The final episodes of Futurama have been just as great as the series has been once it made the jump over to Comedy Central. Such a shame that the series is coming to an end but hey, better to leave us with something memorable before we get tired of it.
The Newsroom (HBO) -- Another show that found its' way in its' second season, The Newsroom benefits from its' good writing from Aaron Sorkin and its' cast led by Jeff Daniels, who I think should win the Emmy this year for his performance on the show. A series that got better this season following a mixed first season.
Game Of Thrones (HBO) -- What a way to end a season for one of the best shows on TV, the last three episodes of Game Of Thrones were some of the best episodes the series has ever put out. The infamous Red Wedding episode being the highlight of the season. One of the best shows on TV right now and for good reason.
Breaking Bad (AMC) -- That's all I have to say, it's fucking Breaking Bad, it's awesome, it's brilliantly written, the cast is great. There's nothing more I need to say that hasn't been said already except here's hoping the last episode doesn't suck.
Dexter (Showtime) -- After almost losing its' credibility with its' horrendous sixth season climax, Dexter came back strong in season seven and it continues that as it heads into its' final run. The series is as strong as it was last season and it really has me wondering how this series will end its' run.
Those are the winners, now let's look at the biggest TV losers of the summer:
Beware The Batman (Cartoon Network) -- Batman's latest animated outing has not been selling for me mostly because I really don't like the animation style or the voice actors that they have involved with the project.
The show doesn't have a good voice cast, the animation is very clumsy, the stock villains, almost none of the main villains like the Joker show up, are forgettable, and there's just nothing there. It's pointless.
Also, it just doesn't feel like what we would expect to see in a Batman series. This series may be the worst Batman animated series that's been made so far and I don't know if it's going to get better but I'm not a fan.
High School USA (FOX) -- I don't know what the purpose of this show is. There is absolutely nothing in this series that's worthwhile.
It wastes a surprisingly recognizable cast which includes Vincent Kartheiser (Pete from Mad Men), T.J. Miller, Zosia Mamet (Shoshanna from Girls), and Mandy Moore on a series that is trying to be an adult satire on the Archie comics, which sounds awesome, but the way it's presented, it's about as funny as an Archie comic, and by that, I mean, it's not funny.
There's nothing worthwhile in this show, it lacks the wit and creativity that Axe Cop has and I really don't understand why this show was made because there's nothing funny in it.
Sharknado (SyFy) -- I will never understand this world, we can't make good shows like Community, Happy Endings, or Parks & Recreation big hits but we'll make Sharknado the big hit of the summer.
I finally sat down to watch this movie last week and everyone has been praising this as a movie that's so bad it's good...Well, I think it's a movie that's so bad...it's bad.
I'm sorry but this really is a terrible movie and I can't believe it's getting the uber-praise because of how terrible it is. I'm sorry, but this is just a bad movie with nothing redeemable about it all.
But hey, it's a movie with sharks in tornadoes so we have to give it praise for its' awfulness, right? Yeah, you guys can keep doing that but I'm sorry, The Asylum gets no love from me, this was a piece of shit.