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Monday, September 23, 2013

The Groove Tube #76: Camp's Tim Pocock was TV's Hottest Hunk of the Summer

Before I begin reviewing the fall television season, I thought I would take a moment to look back at the Best and the Worst of the shows I watched this summer:

Best TV Series of the Summer: Under the Dome

Cutest Psycho of the Summer: Junior (Alexander Koch), who trapped his ex-girlfriend Angie in a fallout shelter.

Best Villain of the Summer: Big Jim, who killed a few folks.

Best Bitch of the Summer Runner-Up: Maxine (Natalie Zea), who shot Julia after Barbie rejected her.

Best Couple of the Summer: Barbie and Julia

Most Surprising Death of the Summer: After Dodee learned that he murdered Reverend Coggins, Big Jim shot and killed her and then set fire to the radio station.

Most Surprising Death of the Summer Runner-Up: Poor Rose, who was killed by crazy looters in her diner.

Most Surprising Death of the Summer Honorable Mention: Big Jim shot and killed Maxine and then framed Barbie for her murder.

Saddest Death of the Summer: Alice died from a diabetes-induced heart attack.

Grooviest Guest Star of the Summer: Mare Winningham (whom I will always fondly remember from 1985's St. Elmo's Fire) as Agatha, Maxine's mother who drowned after falling out of Big Jim's boat.

Best Cliffhanger of the Summer: Julia tossed the egg in the lake, which caused pink stars to rise in the sky and interrupted Barbie's public hanging.

Grade: A (my favorite show of the summer kept us on the edge of my seat each week as we never knew who was going to be killed off next. The performances of the entire cast were great, but I was especially impressed by Mike Vogel [Barbie], Alexander Koch [Junior], Britt Robertson [Angie] and Dean Norris [Big Jim]. As for the intriguing revelation that aliens sent the dome to protect the residents of Chester's Mill, I'm not sure how I feel about that just yet - I'll let you know next summer when the series returns for a second season)

2) The Haves and the Have Nots

Hottest Hunk Runner-Up and Best Biceps of the Summer: Wyatt (Aaron O'Connell), who would've been the Hottest if he hadn't been so unlikable.

Best Bitch of the Summer: Candace (Tika Sumpter), who used sex and blackmail to get whatever and whomever she wanted.

Best Bitch Slap of the Summer: Hanna slapped Candace after Benny was arrested while driving the latter's car.

Most Annoying Bitch of the Summer: Celine, who was nasty to her former friend Hanna and continued to throw herself at her boss and former lover Jim.

Hottest Daddy of the Summer Runner-Up: Jim (played by John Schneider, who's still lookin' good at age 53).

Worst Mother of the Summer: Veronica, who told her gay son to snap out of it and find himself a girlfriend.

Worst Unrequited Love of the Summer: Jeffery, who spent the summer sniffing Wyatt's T-shirts and drooling over him.

Most Humiliating Scene of the Summer: Wyatt pretended to be in love with Jeffery in order to get him to finally admit that he was gay. After calling Jeffery pathetic, Wyatt received a golf club to the head for being such a dick.

Best Friendship of the Summer: I really liked the way Katheryn and Hanna's employer/employee relationship evolved into a close friendship as the latter helped the former deal with her breast cancer.

Best Confrontation of the Summer: When Candace informed Katheryn about her and Jim's affair.

Best Nickname of the Summer: "9" (Katheryn's nickname for Candace, who was her husband's ninth affair).

Best Cliffhanger of the Summer Runner-Up: Jeffery finally came out to his parents, while Wyatt hit Benny with his car while on drugs. And then a cop showed up at Hanna's door with some bad news (I hope Benny isn't dead).

Grade: B+ (this sordid soap opera was my favorite guilty pleasure of the summer. I especially enjoyed Jeffery's gay storyline, and I look forward to January when the series returns for a second season)

3) Devious Maids

Hottest Hunk of the Summer Honorable Mention: Peri's secret lover Cody (played by Damon Sementilli).

Best Mother of the Summer: College professor Marisol, who went undercover as a maid to help prove her son's innocence after he was sent to jail for Flora's murder.

Worst Mother of the Summer Runner-Up: I got tired of Zoila always interfering in her daughter's life.

Hottest Daddy of the Summer: 46-year-old Spence (played by 51-year-old Grant Show).

Worst Girlfriend of the Summer: Carmen dumped her devoted boyfriend Sam in order to marry her gay boss and become his beard for two years.

Creepiest Pimp of the Summer: Adrian, who enjoyed setting up his rich friends with prostitutes and then watching them have sex.

Worst Couple of the Summer: Spence and Peri

Saddest Couple of the Summer: Adrian and Evelyn, who still celebrated their dead son's birthday 15 years after he was killed.

Best Surprise of the Summer: Alejandro introduced a surprised Carmen to his handsome boyfriend Scott (played by Peter Porte, whom I featured on The Groove Tube last season).

Best Comeuppance of the Summer: Flora's killer Phillipe was fatally poisoned by Adrian Powell and ended up dead in the same swimming pool as Flora.

Best Cliffhanger of the Summer Honorable Mention: After overhearing Spence and Rosie confess their love for each other, Peri reported Rosie to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who then arrested her.

Grade: B (this series improved as its season progressed and we got to know all the characters better. I especially enjoyed the performances of Ana Ortiz as Marisol, Susan Lucci as Genevieve, and Tom Irwin and Rebecca Wisocky as Adrian and Evelyn, who reminded me of George and Martha from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - and the Maids will be returning for a second season in 2014)

4) Camp

Hottest Hunk of the Summer: 27-year-old Australian actor Tim Pocock as camp counselor Robbie, who was shirtless in every episode.

Best Bisexual Threesome of the Summer: Robbie spent an intimate night with a French backpacking couple.

Best Couple of the Summer Runner-Up: Kip and Marina.

Best Couple of the Summer Honorable Mention: Grace's two fathers, Todd and Raffi.

Worst Couple of the Summer Runner-Up: Robbie and Sarah (she cheated on him with Miguel before he had his threesome).

Grade: B (Camp reminded me of a modern-day Meatballs - the 1979 Bill Murray comedy - with its summer romances and the rivalry with the wealthier camp across the lake. I've adored actress Rachel Griffiths ever since Muriel's Wedding, but the entire ensemble cast was very good. Although Camp's ratings weren't that spectacular, I'm hoping NBC will renew it for a second season - and any show that meets the disapproval of the nasty anti-gay group, One Million Moms, is worth watching/supporting in my opinion)

5) Mistresses
I only watched the first episode of this bland soap, and I just didn't care about any of the characters. However, ABC did renew it for a second season.

Best Daytime Soap of the Summer: I never watched General Hospital before this year, but now I'm addicted to this delicious drama, which has been featuring some fabulous performances by Chad Duell, Bryan Craig and Kristen Alderson as brothers Michael and Morgan and the girl they both love, Kiki; Kelly Thiebaud as the devious Britt; Kelly Sullivan as the ill-fated Connie; Robin Mattson as the amusingly delusional Heather Webber; Kirsten Storms as the baby-drama mama Maxie; and my two favorite GH actors - the always entertaining Maura West and the handsome and hunky William deVry as siblings Ava and Julian Jerome, who have been stirring up trouble since they arrived in Port Charles. I also want to thank head writer Ron Carlivati for making this soap must-watch TV with his addictive storytelling.

Best Game Show of the Summer: Hollywood Game Night
Host Jane Lynch seemed to be on speed during the entire run of this series, but it was fun watching drunk celebrities compete in silly games. And the show will be returning for a second season in 2014.

Cheesiest TV of the Summer: Sharknado
Although it was Cheesy with a capital "C", this made-for-TV disaster movie about the lethal combination of a waterspout and sharks had a few fun moments and many ridiculous ones. And a sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, will debut on the Syfy channel in July 2014.

Worst Show of the Summer: Whodunnit?
I love a good murder mystery, but I could only stomach the first 20 minutes of this lame series.

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