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Monday, April 1, 2013

The Groove Tube #65: I love shopping at Selfridges

Welcome to The Groove Tube, a weekly recap of the highlights (and lowlights) of some of the scripted TV shows I'm watching (in order of preference):

TV Series of the Week: The Walking Dead
"Welcome to the Tombs" (Episode 35/March 31, 2013)

Saddest Death of the Week Honorable Mention: The Governor stabbed Milton for betraying him and then left him to die in the room with a handcuffed Andrea.

Saddest Death of the Week: After Milton died and turned into a walker, he bit Andrea before she could kill him. She then shot herself.

Psycho of the Week: The Governor, who shot most of his Woodbury followers after Rick and his group successfully ambushed them.

Grade: A (I will miss actress Laurie Holden, who gave an amazing performance as Andrea)

Overall Season Grade: A- (Season 3 featured some memorable moments - Lori's tragic death - and the introduction of The Governor, one of the series' most fascinating characters played by the brilliant David Morrissey. Although I miss the love triangle of Rick, Lori and Shane, The Walking Dead still remains one of the most riveting series currently on television. It will return for a fourth season in October)

2) Dallas
"Guilt & Innocence" (Episode 20/March 25, 2013)

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week: Audrey Landers as Afton Cooper, Pamela's mother who even got to sing a little.

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week Honorable Mention #1: Lee Majors as Ken Richards, Sue Ellen's old friend and a commissioner of the state agency looking into Christopher's rig explosion.

Hottest Hunk of the Week: A shirtless Drew, who had sex with Emma.

Worst Exit of the Week: After his mother Judith fell down the stairs and broke her leg, Ryland put her in a rehab facility somewhere.

Saddest Death of the Week Runner-Up: After being injured in the rig explosion, Pamela lost her unborn twins.

Best Line: "She's drama" - Sue Ellen about Afton

Grade: A

3) Mr Selfridge
Episodes 1 & 2/March 31, 2013)

First Impression: I quickly fell in love with this new British drama, which began airing on PBS. It tells the true story of Chicago businessman Harry Selfridge, who set out to make shopping a thrilling experience by opening his own London department store, Selfridges, in 1909. Actor Jeremy Piven is terrific as the charismatic Selfridge, but I'm finding myself more interested in the lovely ladies in the show - Frances O'Connor as Selfridge's wife Rose, Aisling Loftus as his employee Agnes, Zoe Tapper as actress Ellen Love who catches his roving eye, and Katherine Kelly as wealthy socialite Lady Mae. These four talented actresses are all a delight to watch, and it also doesn't hurt to feature a few handsome hunks in addition to Mr. Piven (see below). So I highly recommend this series to anyone who is suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal.

Hottest Hunk of the Week Honorable Mention #1: 26-year-old Oliver Jackson-Cohen as painter Roddy Temple, whom Rose met in an art gallery.

Grade: A

4) Bates Motel
"Nice Town You Picked, Norma..." (Episode 2/March 25, 2013)

Best New Character of the Week: Norman's half-brother Dylan (played by 24-year-old Max Thieriot).

Hottest Hunk of the Week Honorable Mention #2: Mike Vogel as Deputy Zack Shelby.

Most Interesting Occupation of the Week: Emma's father is a taxidermist (which is Norman's hobby in the film, Psycho).

Best Retro Music of the Week: Dylan played a record of Herb Alpert's 1968 hit, "This Guy's in Love with You".

Grade: B+

5) Nashville
"When You're Tired of Breaking Other Hearts" (Episode 15/March 27, 2013)

Hottest Hunk of the Week Runner-Up: A shirtless Deacon, who slept with his female vet.

Cutest Pet of the Week: Deacon's puppy Sue.

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week Honorable Mention #2: Katie Couric, who interviewed Rayna on her talk show.

Cutest Couple of the Week: Scarlett and Gunnar.

Best Cliffhanger of the Week Runner-Up: Scarlett learned that Rayna wants to sign her as a solo artist.

Grade: B+

6) Modern Family
"The Wow Factor" (Episode 90/March 27, 2013)

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week: Reno 911!'s Wendi McLendon-Covey as Cam's lesbian friend Pam.

Funniest Scene of the Week: Cam's backyard water feature mishap.

Grade: B+

7) Revenge
"Masquerade" (Episode 40/March 31, 2013)

Best Exit of the Week Runner-Up: Aiden strangled Trask to death.

Best Exit of the Week: It was revealed that Trask killed Padma, whom I will not miss (although I do feel sorry for a devastated Nolan, I think he needs to walk on the wild gay side again and find himself a man)

Best Cliffhanger of the Week: Emily pretended to be pregnant at a convent in order to learn the whereabouts of Victoria's long-lost son, whom she gave to the nuns in 1973.

Grade: B+

8) Smash
"The Bells and Whistles" (Episode 23/March 26, 2013)

Grooviest Guest Star of the Week Runner-Up: Daphne Rubin-Vega as Eileen's publicist Agnes.

Asshole Diva of the Week: Jimmy continues to be full of himself, which is a shame because he is cute and talented.

Worst Couple of the Week: Jimmy and Karen finally had sex on her kitchen table - but underneath his pretty exterior lurks the heart of an asshole diva.

Best Musical Number: Sam's fabulous performance of "(Let's Start) Tomorrow Tonight", which Tom and Julia wrote for another musical project (this is one of the best songs so far this season).

Best Line: "If you say it one more time, she magically appears!" - Derek in response to Jimmy screeching actress Lea Michele's name twice during a disagreement.

Grade: B

9) The New Normal
"About a Boy Scout" (Episode 20/March 26, 2013)

Hottest Former Eagle Scout of the Week: David looked mighty fine in his old uniform.

"Suspend Your Disbelief" Moment of the Week: David called another man "Scoutmaster Pat", which no one would ever do - you would just say "Hi, Pat!"

Best Line: “As an avowed homosexual - a term I admittedly love. It makes me feel like an old-fashioned gay, like Alexander the Great or Jim Nabors” - David

Grade: B (a sad episode about David's Boy Scout membership being revoked because he's gay)


Anonymous said...

Yes the ladies of Selfridges are fabulous. And the big lust object in my opinion is Roderick (Roddy) Temple who is just gorgeous.

Marc said...

Thanks for your comment, Anonymous! I definitely agree with you about Mr. Temple, whom I chose as one of the Hottest Hunks of the Week.