We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including House of Cards, Downton Abbey, Girls and Criminal Minds!
But first, some Olympics-related musings:
1 | If we never ever again hear about Bob Costas’ infecty eyes, will it still be too soon?
2 | Don’t you kinda hope Lifetime is developing a movie-of-the-week inspired by the rivalry between Canadian ice dance team Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and their American nemeses Meryl Davis and Charlie White?
3 | Could NBC’s Christin Cooper — the reporter who broke down Olympian Bode Miller with incessant talk of his dead brother — learn something from watching Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton invite Amy Adams to discuss, and then step away from the topic of, Phillip Seymour Hoffman?
Back to our regularly scheduled programming…
4 | SPOILER ALERT: In House of Cards‘ second episode, wasn’t it odd that no one — Lucas especially — thought to rewind the surveillance video to see what Zoe was doing before tragedy struck? The footage clearly would’ve shown her not only having a conversation with (an albeit hidden) someone, but then chasing after that person seconds before you-know-what!
5 | Even though we kinda knew it was coming, wasn’t it still thrilling as s— to see The Walking Dead’s Carol show up just in time to
stop Lizzie from smothering Judith? save Lizzie and Mika from a walker? But when will TV writers/directors learn that nobody wants to hear a baby crying for minutes on end, no matter the dramatic purpose? Just give us an on-screen caption: “Baby cries.”
6 | Given Shosh’s tenuous connection to the group on Girls — she’s the only college student in the bunch, after all — should we expect her to stop hanging with Hannah & Co. altogether after dropping brutally drunken truths during “Beach House”? Or should Lena Dunham actually utilize Zosia Mamet’s character as a “Greek chorus” of sorts, popping up to serve intermittent meta take-downs like, “Seriously, I have never met anyone else who thinks their own life is so f–king fascinating. I wanted to fall asleep in my own vomit all day listening to you talk about how you bruise more easily than other people.”? And finally, was Dunhma’s teeny green bikini wickedly bold or just aggressively distracting?
7 | How awesome was it that Downton Abbey blueblood Mary’s primary objection to Rose’s engagement wasn’t that Jack is black but that she only wanted to marry him to scandalize her mother?
8 | Who wins the prison battle: Orange Is the New Black or Shameless?
9 | TVLine reader M.E. asks of this week’s Castle: “I know the song was used in ‘Always’ and has significance for fans, but would you want to see Rick and Kate dancing at the wedding to these ‘In My Veins’ lyrics?”
10 | On Almost Human, did Kennex and Stahl’s goth-esque undercover costumes make you long for the time Alias‘ Syd and Vaughn went incognito at the German S&M club?
11 | How on Earth did The Following‘s Ryan make it from Manhattan to Stratford, Conn., by car on a weeknight — on the highly congested I-95, we must assume — almost as quickly as Gisele’s MetroNorth train did?
12 | Doesn’t The Bachelor‘s Juan Pablo look and sound just slightly serial killer-y whenever he’s repeatedly whispering “look at me” and wiping away one of his harem members’ tears (which kinda seems to happen a lot this season)?
13 | Anyone else feeling Jimmy Kimmel/Matt Damon “rivalry” fatigue? Has Kimmel heard of the phrase, “Going to the well too often”?
14 | Once again, we “get” corporate synergy (ugh!), but could Jimmy Fallon’s first couple of Tonight Shows have maybe dialed down the Olympics hullabaloo by about, oh, 75 percent? It was hard to tell where the games ended and the talk show began. And who appreciated the moment where Fallon invited Jerry Seinfeld “to the couch” after his stand-up bit — akin to how Johnny Carson famously first did with Seinfeld more than 30 years ago?
16 | For The Fosters fans, did you think just for a second that it was Jude’s friend Connor who was leaving the birthday treats for him?
17 | Did anything on TV this week telegraph “doing your own thing” more than Elaine Stritch’s unabashed F-bomb drop on Tuesday’s Today show — which East Coast viewers saw without a bleep?
18 | Were you relieved to learn that Ezra isn’t “A” on Pretty Little Liars, or do you feel cheated for having been misled all season?
19 | How does Criminal Minds manage to creep us out for 52 minutes with a severely twisted pair of horndogs-of-a-certain age, and then cap the episode with an adorable double-date for Morgan and Garcia? And Derek and Savannah are pretty damn flawless, aren’t they?
21 | If Nigel Lythgoe were still exec-producing American Idol, what odds would you place on both Spencer Lloyd and Marrialle Sellars scoring Season 13 Wild Cards? Speaking of which, did it take you a few seconds to process that J.Lo was bequeathing hers to C.J. Harris and not the teen heartthrob who elicited screams of delight from all the sorority girls in the audience?
22 | Whether or not you dug Cee Lo’s wacky outfits and commentary, won’t The Voice be a more competitive place if NBC hires a replacement who has a better grasp on how to get the best out of his/her contestants? And while we’re on the subject, shouldn’t that replacement be the one and only Cher?
23 | No, really — ABC is developing an alien-invasion drama pilot with the title The Visitors? As in V, which stood for Visitors? (And barely lasted
one two seasons?) Has our history with TV extraterrestrials taught us nothing?
24 | Anybody else exhibiting symptoms of The Good Wife withdrawal?
Hit the comments with your answers — and any other questions you care to throw out there!