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Published at: Jan. 19, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!!

Today should prove a good day for Mitt Romney. Newt Gingrich's second wife reportedly seeks to derail the bloated blowhard of a former Speaker's already hopeless presidential bid on tonight's "Nightline."

After Robert decides to sell his mansion following his divorce, Kevin suggests that he have a office pool party. Erin tries to make Andy jealous by flirting with Dwight. Meanwhile, Robert gives everyone a tour of his massive home.

Faced with a tough new opponent, Leslie and Ben disagree on the content of her first campaign ad. Ron is very uncomfortable when Chris (Rob Lowe) tries to befriend him, while Andy and April make a trip to the doctor.

Drama erupts at TGS when a cell phone video leaks onto the web with Tracy Jordan on an offensive rant. Liz tries to do damage control. Meanwhile, Jack's refusal to approve of Liz's new boyfriend causes her to question the validity of her relationship. Kenneth and Jenna Maroney call on Kelsey Grammer when a problem arises that only the Best Friends Gang can handle.

Reagan (Christina Applegate) and Ava (Maya Rudolph) are thrown into a spiral when rival talk-show host and former friend of the show, Shayna (guest star Megan Mullally, "Will and Grace"), is suspected of stealing their show ideas. At home, Reagan develops some jealous feelings towards Chris's (Will Arnett) new female friend.

When Carter finally comes face-to-face with Reese, he urges her to join forces to help with their latest POI, a scrappy young woman from the wrong side of the tracks who turned her life around and became a lawyer.

Familial contestants play as duos on a brand new family version of Winter Wipeout. After facing a potentially hard fall, hitting all the limbs of the Frosty Family Tree, contestants must get one of the best combined times on the Qualifier to move on to Pain in the Ice. From there it's a slippery slope on the Cold-Hearted Snake, where only two family teams will compete in the Wipeout Zone.

Returning tonight:
Archer (FX)

Premiering tonight:

Symon’s Suppers (9:30pm Cooking) finds Michael Symon preparing “simple, seasonal dishes the help of family members and friends who join him in the kitchen to share stories and recipe secrets.”

Unsupervised (10:30pm FX) is the brainchild of David Hornsby, who was also the star and creator of CBS’ horrible, quickly cancelled Thursday sitcom “How To Be A Gentleman.” This one’s about a pair of teens making do without parental guidance.

"Rob" launched well last week; "The Firm" not so much::

Thursdays, Nov. 24, 2011-Jan. 12, 2012
(18-49 finals; repeats in grey; last week in parentheses)
5.3 (3.5) (2.8) (2.6) (2.9) (4.6) (3.0) (3.3) Big Bang Theory
4.1 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Rob
3.8 (4.5) (0.9) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) Grey’s Anatomy
3.8 (4.0) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Jersey Shore
3.2 (1.8) (1.7) (1.7) (2.8) (2.8) (1.6) (1.7) Person of Interest
2.9 (1.1) (0.9) (0.9) (1.1) (2.9) (2.9) (---) The Office
2.7 (1.9) (1.7) (1.5) (2.7) (2.7) (1.6) (1.6) The Mentalist
2.4 (1.1) (1.1) (---) (1.5) (2.4) (2.8) (---) Bones
2.3 (2.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Private Practice
2.2 (2.7) (---) (---) (---) (1.9) (---) (---) Wipeout
2.0 (0.7) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Up All Night
1.9 (0.9) (0.7) (---) (0.7) (1.8) (1.8) (---) Parks and Recreation
1.8 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) 30 Rock
1.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) The Finder

1.2 (1.5) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) Vampire Diaries
1.0 (---) (1.0) (0.8) (---) (---) (0.5) (---) After The First 48
1.0 (1.1) (1.0) (1.1) (1.1) (0.9) (---) (---) Beyond Scared Straight
1.0 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) The Firm
0.8 (0.8) (0.3) (0.2) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.2) Secret Circle
0.7 (0.5) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Alaska: Last Frontier
0.7 (0.6) (---) (---) (0.7) (0.5) (0.8) (---) Daily Show
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Delocated
0.7 (0.7) (0.6) (0.7) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) Impractical Jokers
0.7 (1.3) (1.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) NBA Basketball
0.7 (0.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Project Runway
0.6 (0.5) (0.5) (---) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (---) Braxton Values
0.6 (0.5) (---) (---) (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (---) Colbert Report
0.6 (0.8) (0.6) (0.4) (0.8) (0.7) (0.5) (---) The First 48
0.6 (0.6) (0.5) (0.4) (0.6) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) Impact Wrestling
0.6 (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Man Woman Wild
0.6 (0.5) (0.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) NY Ink
0.5 (0.5) (0.7) (0.5) (---) (0.4) (0.4) (---) Chopped
0.5 (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.5) (---) College Basketball
0.5 (0.8) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) (0.5) (0.5) (0.3) Conan
0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) World’s Dumbest
0.4 (0.5) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) (---) Chelsea Lately

 

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  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:37 a.m. CST

    ARCHER RETURNS!!!

    by Norman Colson

    FTW!!! IM SO AMPED!

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 5:43 a.m. CST

    You're in the.....

    by spyro

    DANGEEEERRRRZOOOOOONNNNEEEE !!!

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 5:49 a.m. CST

    hopefully Rob will plummet this week

    by Xiphos_2

    but probably not. I'm sure I_Love_Lana_Lang creams her man panties over Rob.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Poor Kevin Dillon

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    How to Be a Gentleman, aside from the fact that it sucked, had a decent supporting cast. The only thing Hornsby has going for him is the fact that he's banging a Deschanel every night while everyone else isn't. Rob's ratings success may rely on the fact that no one had anything else better to do or watch in that time last week.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Only the tip, only the tip!

    by KoolerThanJesus

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 7:03 a.m. CST

    That better be the only thing you stick my son with!

    by KoolerThanJesus

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Archer is not for everyone, but...

    by Michael Lunney

    If you are into it, the show is really nasty fun. i welcome it's return.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST

    When troll i_love_lanalang shows up, remember this

    by Michael Lunney

    He never tires of being a bore. WE all believe it is because his mother never loved him. He hates this site, and all talkbackers. Unless you like Nova or Supernatural- you know an insane person pretending to have discerning taste. Every day, this guy baits you into telling him about a show you like- he then lectures you and insults you, no matter what you say, accusing you of having no taste - he is a BAITING TROLL and you are a sucker if you respond to him - he lives to insult you- not to converse with you. BEWARE - LET HIM JUST DISAPPEAR. Let him be the black guy at a Klan rally.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Lana...Lana...LANA...LANNNAAAA!!!!

    by Alientoast

    WHAT???? Danger zoneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.....

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Question: _ Do you think Erin from The Office is an attractive woman?

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    Also, do you think she's a true redhead? She seems like a true redhead, but some dye jobs can be very convincing. I'm happy to see that they're employing more Robert California-centric plots on the show. If handled correctly, they could be very entertaining.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Oh hey, I almost forgot about my boys - Xiphos2 & Mcgootoo. Hi, guys!

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    Are you guys staying out of trouble? The little rascals get themselves into some sticky situations when they're on their own. They need rules and discipline to keep them on the straight and narrow. You street urchins behave yourselves! Luv ya guys! Have a great day!

  • Such scintillating sameness bait, insult, bait insult- witness: Grimm, Gold Rush, & Chuck - simply awful and uwatchable dreck. by i_love_lanalang Honestly, you'd have to be a drooling brain damaged moron to derive even a hint of entertainment from those shows. How can anyone with a modicum of brain function and common sense bear watching such shlock? I am appalled by the viewing habits of some people. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Fear Factor is a god awful show. Reality tv is a plague. by i_love_lanalang There has never been even one single reality show that was worth scoping out for more than 5 minutes. In fact, I can confidently say that people who enjoy reality tv are likely to possess low IQs. Anyone who likes that kind of pablum is not destined for intellectual greatness. I understand why reality tv is popular with the networks - it's cheap to produce, it draws an overwhelmingly female audience, and that audience can be large enough to attract advertisers. My suggestion? Don't watch reality tv. Don't DVR it. Don't watch it online. Don't allow the networks to use you in their sales pitch to advertisers while they air that rubbish. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Mr_X, your condescending attitude won't soon be forgotten or forgiven. by i_love_lanalang I don't find your antics to be funny, clever, or the least bit intellectually stimulating. I suggest that you find somethiing better to do with your time than make wholely undeserved and infantile remarks at the expense of the amazing Ms. Kreuk. I don't want to have to censure you again. Do you understand? ______________________________________________________________________________________ Ugh! Sunday television is simply dreadful! Not a single quality show. by i_love_lanalang I guess playoff football can be exciting, but other than that, there is absolutely nothing worth watching. Don't even try to tell me that 60 Minutes is quality television. It's 60 Minutes of horrible journalism. I don't know ANYONE with even a hint of class or judgement who thinks Sunday tv has any redeeming qualities. None. __________________________________________________________________________________ Oh dear. Tuesdays may actually be worse than Mondays in terms of lacking quality programming. by i_love_lanalang Let's see: There's an abundance of 'Storage Wars' shows. There's a 'Shipping Wars' show. There's 'Dance Mom' and 'Teen Mom' and 'Celebrity Wife Swap'. There's the monotonous 'NCIS' shows. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Let's face it, there is nothing even remotely worth watching on Tuesdays. In fact, anyone who isn't a tv-watching zombie couldn't be paid to watch Tuesday television. What happened? How is it possible that an entire primetime lineup is devoid of any interesting and entertaining shows? Who the heck watches this tommyrot in sufficient numbers to keep it on the air? I am stunned. __________________________________________________________________________________ If you watch anything other than Nova on Wednesdays, well, let's just say that... by i_love_lanalang ...you're either easily entertained or your IQ is hovering precariously close to single digits. Seriously, there is NOTHING on Wednesdays that's worth watching other than Nova, and even Nova sometimes offers up a stinker of a show. I challenge anyone to point out just 1 show on Wednesdays not named Nova that's worthy of being labeled "quality entertainment." But, you can't do it, can you? That leads to another question: Why has the overall quality of television programming sunk so low? _________________________________________________________________________________ Believe it or not, I'm not impressed with these new shows on Monday. by i_love_lanalang To be fair, you can't make a fully informed judgement about new shows if you haven't seen them yet. However, the description of those shows reads like a lot of "been there, done that" programming. Where are the truly fresh ideas for tv shows? Why can't someone come up with a show that's wildly original and very entertaining? It's obvious which demographic is being targeted with these 'new' shows - the unthinking consumers of mindless drivel. How I wish people voted with their remotes and punished the networks for foisting an unending stream of lame programming on them. Think, people, think.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Holy Shitsnacks!

    by Rhinosaur

    Archer is one of the few shows left on TV that I get excited about.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    xiphos_2

    by Michael Lunney

    Do you find ILLL more entertaining, or annoying? Something it repeats over and over -- I don't know ANYONE with even a hint of class or judgement ---- says it all, eh? Ob, by the way, like Medusa, never address it directly, but it does love to be insulted because it has such low self esteem and no friends. A true sociopath.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    xiphos_2 - You know what I am talking about - makes me ILLL

    by Michael Lunney

    That idiot is really a consummate douche, eh? Hates shows, but doesn''t want them to fail. Not a troll, demands an apology - same shit every day. Baiting bullshit - lives to be insulted. Weird, to say the least. I am fascinated from a psychological point of view- about such sociopathic behavior with no purpose. Kinda like a much dumber Sarah Palin with zero wit, wisdom or self-awareness. Brain damage, or just pure oblivious hatred of all talkbackers in a see-through veneer of politeness? You decide. Maybe be a staff member here. Herc- are you role playing for responses?

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    rhinosaur

    by Michael Lunney

    You have good taste- I love anything voiced by H. Jon Benjamin. Loved his Coach McGurk character the most.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    i_love_lanalang

    by Bop N Rumble

    You are a breath of fresh air in AICN's cesspool of the uneducated masses. It's always a pleasure to see you post the truth and then watch people foam at their mouths. Pure entertainment. AICN has never been better.

  • Life is so full of unanswerable mysteries. Is there a god, how was the universe created, what is the origin of man, and does ILLL prefer a good anal fistfuck or more traditional clitlicking? I only know one answer, and yes, there is a god, but man created him. I saw it on my TV machine. It was on a show called Supernatural. Or was it Nova? Another mystery...

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    bopnrumble

    by Michael Lunney

    woof woof, my name is rags Bitch, your walk needs a dog - throw him a boner already.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    something to look forward to tomorrow

    by Michael Lunney

    He doesn't come back as Castiel per say. When he and the boys see each other, it's not like, 'Oh, Sam and Dean!' 'Oh, Castiel!' It's amnesia of sorts. He's still got great powers and we seek him out because we have an inkling that something's going on. I think Castiel, like Bobby (Jim Beaver), they can't come back as the good ol' Castiel and the good ol' Bobby because the audience starts to not take seriously what's going on. Also, Fristfrock and Jerklcirc bestow a string of pearls on Castiel's balloonknot of wisdom as a show of support for Anklegrab.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    mcgootoo

    by Bop N Rumble

    I_love_lanalang proves a theory. The theory is the following: If you tell an intelligent person the truth or something he doesn't know he will appreciate it. If you tell an unintelligent person the truth or something he doesn't know he will get angry. You definitely fall in the latter category. And to prove that even more just look at your last reply. You should cherish the fact that a woman of extraordinary intelligence like I_love_lanalang wants to educate you. You will become a better person because of it. It will make you enjoy life more. And that's what it's all about. Get out of the house and enjoy life. Life has so much more to offer if you are willing to see.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    bopnrumble

    by Michael Lunney

    You are full of shit and as hollow as your new imaginary lover, presuming to know how a sociopath thinks. Ignorance is vey blissful in your corner of the world. So you figured out how to post under different names. Good little bitch. Walkies?

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    with all due respect of course

    by Michael Lunney

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Hulu autoplay on the Archer ad

    by thelordofhell

    Hours and hours of Archer goodness

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Anyone watch The Mentalist?

    by Michael Lunney

    May not be as intellectually stimulating as Supernatural, but it is relaxing fun to wind the day down to.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    I'm Still With McGoo.

    by Crow3711

    ILLL and bopnrumble are the ones who are the idiots. What's going on Mcgoo? Is ILLL recruiting?

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo

    by Bop N Rumble

    You reek of self-importance and that is soooooo funny. Combine that with your Donald Duck rage rants and you can't imagine how funny you are. Now, what boggles my mind is the fact that there is finally a woman on the talkbacks and you treat her like crap. Why, man? It's clear you like her, so don't blow your only chance at happiness, man. Life is worth living. Don't be afraid to live. Be a man.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Umm...

    by chad kuhns

    I hardly doubt that ILLL is the first female to ever grace the TV Talkbacks In all fairness, mcgootoo has every right to say whatever he wants. That's the whole point of hosting open forums. Just saying

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Male or Female, ILLL is a Big Fat Retard

    by Crow3711

    That has nothing to do with gender. How did we even establish its a female? I'm content to it what it is. An it.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    I'm A Retard Too Sometimes

    by Crow3711

    I'm content to CALL it what it is. An it, of course. I'm not big and fat though. Just saying

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    When I watched the first episode of Archer in the 1st season

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I thought, here's a show trying a little too hard, but then by about episode three, it grew on me. Will I miss the 3rd season? Noope!

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    @mcgootoo

    by jake rodgers

    Why don't you try and tell us again how LOST is gonna end?? That we won't get it because we can't?? Post some more theories and act like they will explain every question away. You know bop does have a point; Why be angry when someone else shares their opinion that is different from yours?? I love you, but you are a douche sometimes

  • As good a rating number as that is, there's another way to look at it: roughly 20% of The Big Bang Theory's audience changed the channel or turned the TV off when Rob came on. As hard as NBC tried to court tv viewers, it looks like The Firm simply didn't appeal to them. They have judged it not worth their time. And, while the jury is still out on the ultimate fate of the show, it seems to me a 1.0 rating makes a decision in its favour seem unlikely.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Archer, baby!

    by BrannigansLaw

    Jus sayin'...

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal, only true fans get the "Noope!"

    by BrannigansLaw

    I dig me some Lana Kane. Pam cracks me up, too.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    If you watch "Unsupervised" and don't watch "Archer"...

    by BrannigansLaw

    ... maybe they should do a an animated show about you and how dumb you are.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    bopnrumble

    by Michael Lunney

    Only a tiny mind like yours would perceive someone whose goal is to be condescending as a person who wants to educate people. I talk like a human being, not a batining troll robot. Guys, a couple times, ILLL.it has claimed to be a woman. Of course, it is just a piece of shit. And of course, bopnrumble/ILLL have no idea how to talk to people. Any innteligent person sees ILLL for what it is - a pathetic, robotic, piece of shit headfucker. Have fun being a troll's dingleberry. And your attempts at analytic profundity make you sound like a 3rd grader trying to impress a sixth grader with the knowledge of a kindergartner. In other words, eat shit and die, motherfucker. What you perceive as anger, I just explain as passionate clarity. I come here to share and gain knowledge, with like-minded people, some of who responded in my favor over this ongoing pile of shit known as ILLL, not to be schooled on human behavior by malicious sociopaths who's goals are to frustrate and belittle with no style, cleverness, wit or substance. Thank you for acknowledging my words have had an effect on you. And grow the fuck up,you juvenile twat. The internet breeds bacteria such as you and your master. Now,-- walkies???

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    crow3711

    by Michael Lunney

    Thank you, my friend. Of course, being human beings, we ALL act out at times. I go over the top often, but I respect insight and intelligence when I see it, and compliment it when I do. I don't have to agree with everything a person has to say to respect their individual thoughts. I think ILLL and Bonerrumble are British twits who have nothing going for them, so they invented characters to annoy people. Bravo. How they ended up here is beyond me.

  • Here is a great writeup on it, from I09: Black Mirror is television science fiction at its best Aired late last year in the UK, the short anthology series Black Mirror is one of the best works of science fiction I've seen on television in a long time. All three episodes, set in near and distant futures, are about how we integrate new technologies into the most intimate parts of our lives, often with hideous results. What makes this series so powerful is its incredible psychological realism. The future worlds we see in Black Mirror may be fantastical, but the pettiness, self-absorption, and misdirected righteousness of its inhabitants are as familiar as home. Spoilers ahead. Black Mirror was created by irascible BBC TV critic Charlie Brooker, who previously blew us away with his dark, satirical zombies-vs.-reality TV series Dead Set. Brooker is at his best when dissecting the ways people interact with media, and here he gives us three takes on how social media will continue to degrade us in new ways as the future unfolds. The series begins with "The National Anthem," a story that could take place literally tomorrow. England is abuzz with tales of the impending nuptials of the "Facebook princess." As every TV monitor helpfully informs us, she's the first royal ever to accept a marriage proposal via Facebook. But now she's been kidnapped by a half-crazy performance artist who swears he'll murder her unless the Prime Minister has sex with a pig on live television. What follows is in part a snarky revenge fantasy that we've all had about every annoying politician. But it's also an incredibly savvy, unflinching look at exactly how the PM's media team would try to spin this mind-bogglingly bizarre event. They can't do a media blackout because the artist has released a YouTube video of the battered, weeping princess begging for her life. The whole scenario is, as the PM's gang spins it, a form of media terrorism. What's remarkable is that Brooker manages to turn this dirty joke into something that feels both realistic and weirdly humane. In one scene, we watch audiences as they watch the live pigfucking feed. As the sarcastic mirth drains from everybody's faces we're suddenly struck by what it means to live in a world where internet trolls are akin to political terrorists. And we also realize, with the audience, that calling the PM a pigfucker is not the same thing as turning him into one for everybody to see. There are things that simply should not be broadcast, and this is one of them. This idea animates the other entries in the series, too. The second episode, "15 Million Merits," is definitely the highlight of Black Mirror. We're introduced to a far-future world that is in some ways quite Utopian. All energy is green, and all work is "gamified," that is designed to motivate people by making them feel like they're playing a game. Unfortunately, the green energy comes from vast warehouses full of people riding on exercise bikes to generate kilowatts. And the "merits" they earn all go back into their MMO-like social entertainment system, which feeds them diversion all day while they sit on those bikes. There are a ton of great details here, like the way it costs a handful of merits to dismiss the ubiquitous porn ads that pop up everywhere from the bathroom mirror, to the work screens everybody stares at all day. We're also treated to a long look at the hideously believable entertainment in this future. Our protagonist prefers the most simple interface he can get – he just watches his avatar biking on a road all day long, until one day a new worker captures his attention. She wants to be a singer, and in a fit of romantic hopefulness he gives her all his merits so she can pay to be a contestant on a talent show. What happens next is tragic in a way you won't expect, underscoring one of Brooker's favorite notions, which is that there is nothing worse for people who want be on TV than actually getting to do it. Like "The National Anthem," this episode pays careful attention to audiences. It's fascinating to see who chooses to watch what, both in the opening segment we've got a clip from above, and in the final moments of the episode. Again, Brooker's sympathies lie with this audience, lured into watching other people's degradation – or, perhaps worse, lulled into forgetting their own degradation for a while by watching "intelligent commentary." Black Mirror's final episode, "The Entire History of You," could be set in the same world as "15 Million Merits," but among the upper classes who don't have to bike for a living. Everyone's been implanted with a technology called "the grain," a tiny computer behind your ear that stores all your memories. Using iPod-like controllers, everybody can riffle through their own personal history, projecting it onto enormous monitors, zooming in on details they may have missed and amplifying conversations so that they can eavesdrop using their own memories. Basically, the conceit is that Facebook now lives in your head, and everybody spends their time projecting their own memories to their friends, discussing what they saw that day or replaying "the good times." The genius here is the way we're shown how such a technology would get seamlessly integrated into the oldest kind of conflict, between a jealous husband and his wife. I especially love the scene where we see what would happen if you could actually prove to your spouse that something they said long ago contradicts what they are saying in the middle of your fight that instant. Using his grain, the husband proves to his wife that she told him long ago she'd had a weeklong affair – even though now she says it was a month long. As they squabble, he tells her that sometimes she's a bitch, and she fights back simply by projecting his statement back on the screen, forcing him to watch himself calling her a bitch over and over. Their fight over the affair escalates into exactly the kind of brutal horribleness that you'd guess, except our characters live in a world where they can share and delete memories. As a result, their psychological conflict becomes disturbingly literal – just imagine how people would torture each other if they could access each other's personal histories on giant TV screens. Here, at last, is the ultimate relationship of degradation between media and audience. When your whole life can be consumed as media, then nothing is ever safe or private again. If you're looking for intelligent, disturbing science fiction, I highly recommend Black Mirror. It will smack you in the face and leave you smarting for weeks afterward as you ponder what kind of world we're creating for ourselves.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    happy_jake

    by Michael Lunney

    Lost already ended. So you didn't like the way it ended? I didn't at first either. But I loved it too much to dismiss it because of an initial misgiving. So, I discussed it with other fans, and came to see how the end fit the whole. Sorry you perceive my passion as anger. Perhaps that anger stems from you. I typically reserve any over the top anger for regious and political differences, and for obvious trolls who undermine AICN's exchange of ideas. Thanks for the love, and of course, yes, like all of us, I can be a douche at times. I'm not a juvenile idiot who thinks they can do no wrong, and I have often admitted to being over the top. Such is the nature of passion for that which one loves. But, my love for Lost is not one of those times.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Anyone watching The Fades on BBC America on Saturdays?

    by Michael Lunney

    I wasn't expecting much, but found it to be mysterious and very well done. A thought provoking fantasy, highly rated with a 7.9 on IMDB. Check it out if you want to see something that is supposed to get better and better, according to those who have already seen it. One viewer comments: Er... Wow!, 15 October 2011 If I'd reviewed Fades after episode 1, I'd have given it a very impressed 7. After episode 3, I'd definitely have upgraded that to an 8. Now, however, I'm reviewing this refreshing, brilliantly suspenseful BBC Three thriller after episode 4 and I'm caught between a 9 and a 10. This series has captivated me since the first trailer ran on BBC One a couple of months ago. It's dark, deep, clever and truly captivating and is a perfect example of the quality we should be expecting from the BBC. This series is just brilliant. The plot is complex, twisting and turning with surprises galore, and the acting is superb with a few faces you've seen before, and some younger actors who have bright futures ahead of them. I wonder how this series will rank once we get further into the series. With the way it's improving, I think we may need to ask IMDb to add a couple of numbers to their ranking system! The only annoyance? Having to wait a week to see what happens in episode 5!

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    @ mcgootoo

    by chad kuhns

    Fades is a pretty good show. I wasn't blown away with the first episodes, but once they got the plot and characters established, it really started to pick up steam. It's got a Supernatural vibe to it, but I like that it really is different that anything else I've seen in a while. I'd definitely rank it right up there with Misfits as some of the best British genre entertainment going at the moment.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    THE MENTALIST

    by F-18

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    re: "Let him be the black guy at a Klan rally. "

    by jim

    So, LanaLang is the poor dude who wandered into the wrong place at the wrong time only to come face to face with a room full of ignorant hate mongers whose very existence is to oppress and vilify him? Who does that make you in this scenario? I get what you were going for with your analogy but it seems you failed to fully think it through.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    evildeeds- The Fades - you hit the nail on the head

    by Michael Lunney

    when you say: I like that it really is different that anything else I've seen in a while. I concur, and I've seen a lot. Much less typical than Supernatural, fueled by a what the fuck is really happening here? engine. I have not seen Misfits, but have heard good things about it. You have great taste, even though we may not always see eye to eye on everything! Be well, my friend.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    SOOOOOO geeked for Archer

    by lowman

    Best comedy on TV right now. They should have played the swamp episode from last year to get us ready for Burt tonight! Archer [to airboat owner]: I've waited my entire life to say this exact phrase, "I'm commandeering this airboat!" Lana: Sorry, it really is an emergency. Archer: Of an awesome and ass-kicking nature!

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Been looking forward to Archer for MONTHS

    by happybunni

    This show should be year-round

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    big jim

    by Michael Lunney

    Agreed.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo

    by chad kuhns

    Indeed sir. However I do think we share one thing in common. We both wish to see the days of talkback trolling come to a swift end

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo

    by Bop N Rumble

    You are definitely an example of the proverb "The emptier the brain is of facts the easier it is to fill with nonsense." And boy are you filled with filth. Language, dude, language. You aren't impressing anyone with your foul language. So you don't agree with me? No problem. We all have our opinions, but when you start raging like a 5 year old child you are really making a fool out of yourself. Grow up, man. Life is so much fun when you have grown up. It will be a long hard way for you, but you will see it will pay off. Now go to bed. It's past bedtime for you.

  • It's silly, besides the point, and a false moral high ground. They are just words, like any other, that one day a long time we decided were "naughty". You grow up. They are sounds. You're ability to be offended by them only demonstrates your playground mentality, not ours. You argue semantics when you don't have an argument with the content. It's sad. You aren't better than anyone because you choose not to swear. That's what children say. Oh. And fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    evildeeds

    by Michael Lunney

    Indeed. Cowards. All of them.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    bopnrumble

    by Michael Lunney

    Fuck you, mayor of Simpletown. You have revealed yourself as the glow in the dark skidmark in AICN's drawers. AND ILLL is the lubricated shit. Foul language. Go tell it to George Carlin. I reserve the foulest language for the foulest trollers. Suck it, asshole. We don't have a difference of opinion. You have no opinion. You are just another useless trolling subhuman who has no control of his life. Fuck off shitstain. I mean than with politeness and civility, you tender, frail, fragile nothing. You can always go over to auntmilliesemporium.com and exchange some sewing circle patterns with the other little old ladies, you witless scumsucker. With all due respect.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    crow3711

    by Bop N Rumble

    You are as funny as mcgootoo. I can never be offended by the likes of foulmouthed people like you and mcgootoo. I just point out your talent for dumb and primitive behavior. Check your head. I think it's empty. It can be filled and you will thank me when you see the light. Just don't ask to be spoonfed. I hate that.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    crow3711

    by Michael Lunney

    First spotted you in the Lost talkbacks, and I'm liking you more and more. Thanks for helping to defend AICN from petty annoyances like these current trolls here. Glad to see another intelligent person express himself against the scourge of the trolling monkeys with keyboards who think they have something to say because they can type. There is only one word in the English language that offends me and I will not use. It is a racial epithet. Racists sicken me. Juvenile trollers? Just another symptom of having to take the yin-yang bad with the good. But it is hard to suffer ignorant fools lightly.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo

    by Bop N Rumble

    Thanks for the laugh. You really made my day. Now go wash your mouth with soap.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    bopnrumble

    by Michael Lunney

    You forget. I am the master, you are the doggie. Walkies???? Fuckhead baby. Toilets are for shitting, not washing your hair. Say hi to ILLL for me, ILLL.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    To those ragging on foul language

    by chad kuhns

    You know this is AICN right? The site where even the 'HEADGEEK' himself and most of the staff show no problem with swearing up the joint from time to time. Anyone on this site should realize AICN isnt aspiring to be the hilt of civil decorum. You dislike it that much, Fuck off and have a splendid day.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    'Black Mirror' and 'The Fades' are both quality...

    by Jarek

    Though the second episode of 'Black Mirror' steps a little further, into brilliant territory.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Havent seen Black Mirror

    by chad kuhns

    But im intrigued. The brits have really hit their stride in genre tv

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    evildeeds

    by Michael Lunney

    Like movies, some folks don't know about anything on TV unless its American, so they think there is nothing to watch. I wish we had an international channel, giving us the best TV from around the world. Anyway, glad to see the intelligence level of the talkbacks was raised a bit with your and crow and others participation here. Rather than have it be the ILL/bopnrumble troll show for morons. Happy viewing. To each their own. Whatever makes you happy and happy to be alive. I'm going to try to watch Cowboys and Aliens tonight that I got from the library and Archer if I have time

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    jarek

    by Michael Lunney

    Where did you see Black Mirror? Are you British?

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    @mcgootoo

    by Jarek

    Nope. But they stream all the eps legally for free on the network websites. I've just found a way around region locking with Firefox.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    jarek

    by Michael Lunney

    cool

  • But man do I miss Survivor. Looks like there will be a good bunch of bikini wearers on the upcoming season.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 7 p.m. CST

    TNT Basketball

    by chad kuhns

    TNT Basketball traditionally pulls in good ratings for the network, especially since they offer a lot of high profile games.

  • jesus titty fucking Keeeeyrist you piss drinking fuck wads need to stop rimming shit holes over somebody talking liking a fucking adult you ass fucks. It doesn't give you the "moral" high ground to not swear cocktard it meas you're an unimaginative fuck stick that eats peanuts out of my shit you cunt.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    can someone explain to me what the hell is going on?

    by BadMrWonka

    What the hell is this nonsense feud about? I swear I didn't read any TV talkbacks for like a week, and I come back to this weirdo. What is he even ranting about? And if mcgootoo can't lay off the damn return key, can we show him the door, please?

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Now your just wasting time, Jerry

    by buffywrestling

    Yay Pawnee!

  • Your point is well taken concerning the inability of certain posters to use reasoning and intelligent discourse when arguing for their points of view. Apparently, they feel incapable of expressing themselves without using the tired crutch of filthy language and juvenile personal attacks. You stand out from them because you choose to think before you post. It's doesn't require any effort to lazily tap out a post that's filled with vile epithets. In contrast, your willingness to converse with these people while maintaining a superlative standard of decorum is something I greatly admire. You are leading by example, and we can only hope that certain posters learn from the positive life-lesson that you have so unselfishly provided for them. Bopnrumble, you are a wonderful human being!

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Finder

    by NudeandAroused

    It probably won't last, but this is one helluva quirky funny show! Thank you Herc for pointing it out!

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who doesn't like BB Theory?

    by sunwukong86

    Ive tried to watch it, the characters are just too damn annoying. The jokes seem forced

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    sunwukong86

    by chad kuhns

    I'll admit, I like BB Theory at first, but the jokes ran their course way to early. A victim of really trying to do too much too soon on, and re-treading the same waters over and over again. Never the less, Kaley Cuoco isn't bad on the eyes, but not enough to keep me watching.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Finder

    by chad kuhns

    Finder is indeed quirky. Kind of hoping the show sticks around...which probably means it is doomed lol

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:41 p.m. CST

    I have to say that

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    while I don't quite agree with the swearing I have been noticing time and time again that Lana Lang has come in pretty much every TV show talkback and bashed nearly every show out there. I have no problem with someone coming in and giving their opinion, but she would continually not only bash shows, but those who enjoyed those shows. I know that AICN is kind of like the wild west, but I'm kind of tired of people coming in and saying that someone is stupid for liking a particular show. I ran into this a lot in the Lost and Fringe talkbacks. If you don't like a show state you opinion and then leave. Theres no need to beat people over the head with it over and over. While I don't like the language I can kind of understand mcgootoo blowing his top.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    FX ftw, best drama, best comedy for the next 12 weeks

    by Saen

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Parks and Rec is blowing away 30 Rock and The Office

    by Uncle Pooky

    It's time to end them both. 30 Rock is just live action Family Guy now, and the Office is trying so hard to recapture what it was, but it just can't.

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 4:15 a.m. CST

    BOBBY NEWPORT!

    by Xenodistortion

    Parks & Recreation has to be the best show on network television at the moment. Even the alright episodes are more entertaining than 90% of the crap on tv. Paul Rudd on that show just sent them over the top, it just keeps getting better. Glad to see Archer is back too. Tonight's episode was awesome, Burt Reynolds and all. One of the best animated shows on cable and totally blowing programs like Simpsons & Family Guy out of the water. Adam Reed & Matt Thompson are two of the most underrated creators in animation these days. From Space Ghost & Sealab 2021 to Archer they have definitely proved themselves as seriously funny guys and should be able to put anything they want on tv at this point.

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Anyone else watching Impractical Jokers?

    by V'Shael

    they updated the whole hidden camera format for the 21st century. It's really worth at least one episode of your time, just to see if it appeals to you. With my fave comedy show currently off the air, this gets pride of place over such fare as P&R and 30 rock...

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 6:40 a.m. CST

    room23storeblogspotcom

    by chad kuhns

    You pretty much touched on the biggest thing going on in the tv talkback's right now. There is now a fine line between ILL and a few others, that love to try and set up anyone they can, to bash them for their tastes in shows, versus those that actually want to discuss and share their thoughts on tv. I haven't been on the talkbacks long, but I've been turned on to some great shows thanks to talking with talkbackers. The trolling, baiting bs has to come to a stop

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST

    'Swingin With Newt?

    by Nerfee

    Eeeuw.

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    v'shael

    by gotilk

    I gave it a shot and actually had a lot of fun watching it, and I'm usually not one to watch any realty-type stuff.

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    @gotilk - Yeah, I wouldn't even call it "reality tv".

    by V'Shael

    I think that would drive away the sort of people who would actually really love the show.

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    evildeeds

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    Yeah its getting old dealing with that.

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    evildeeds/room23storeblogspotcom

    by Michael Lunney

    the douchbag ILLL is starting up again on today's TV talkback- please comment there - already baiting and insulting

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    mcgootoo

    by chad kuhns

    I'm all over it. I'm in trollhunter mode today

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Would love to hear more of Herc's opinions on the shows

    by chad kuhns

    The more AICN talkbacker/moderator interaction, the better imo

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    LMMFAO@ Newt being put on blast by his ex wife.

    by Stalkeye

    Fucking lard ass Hypocrite. Bill (Maher) will have more material to work with tonight. Can't wait!

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Thanks for recommmending Black Mirror

    by David Cloverfield

    Its amazing

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    "30 Rock" is tanking in the ratings.

    by OutsideChance

    "30 Rock hit a series low with a 1.6 among adults 18-49" (http://tinyurl.com/7r8353v). A couple of thoughts: (1) The show has dropped sharply in quality over the past year; (2) The three main cast members have been working over time to alienate various sectors of society (Morgan's despicable anti-gay rant, Fey's brittle attacks on republicans and Baldwin's renewed general assholery); (3) If anyone but Lorne Michaels produced this, it'd be on its way out and NBC would have "Community" back on the air.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    @sunwukong86

    by Ozman X

    I was the other way around. i used to loathe TBBT till I caught some reruns last year and now it's one of my favorite comedies. Seen every ep.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Fuck You creepythinman!

    by phantomcreeps