Undoubtedly the biggest or most buzzed television outing in the US this past week was the season two finale of HBO’s huge hit Game of Thrones. The show has managed to consistently be must watch television for two seasons now, and will continue to do so going into its third season. Fans will now have to wait until April 2013 for new episodes of the show, which will be an adaptation of the first half of the A Storm of Swords novel (the third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series).
TBS has a new original sitcom series called Men at Work created by actor Breckin Meyer (Road Trip, Rat Race…The Garfield movies) that premiered last week. Much in the same vein of the last television seasons attempts at launching a ‘manly’ comedy (Man Up!, Last Man Standing, Work it, all with variating degrees of terribleness) the series has a very familiar and unoriginal premise of a recently dumped guy trying to get back into the swing of dating with the help of his three best friends. The multi-camera show – complete with a laugh track stars Danny Masterson (That 70’s Show), Michael Cassidy (from various shows on The CW), Adam Busch (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and James Lesure (Las Vegas). The pilot episode was directed by Mark Cendrowski (a veteran at The Big Bang Theory) and also featured a cameo by Amy Smart (Shameless). The first season of Men At Work comprises of ten episodes and airs in the US on Thursdays.
For a wrap of this weeks series returns on cable: for the teens theres MTV’s Teen Wolf back for it’s second season on Mondays and ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars which is back for a third season on Tuesdays. Elsewhere, the TNT series starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander Rizzoli & Isles returned for a third season on Tuesdays, as well as the dramedy Franklin & Bash starring the aforementioned Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar for its second season.
Also, not airing in the US but premiering as an original web series on Yahoo! this past week is Burning Love, a hilarious parody of The Bachelor reality series. The show stars and is directed by Ken Marino (Party Down, Veronica Mars) and follows fireman Mark Orlando (Marino) on his quest to find love. The scripted series is produced by Ben Stiller, and boasts a pretty impressive supporting cast in Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, June Raphael, Adam Scott, Ken Jeong and even a cameo appearance by Jennifer Aniston. As far as spoofs go, this one is pretty spot on. The episodes run at approximately ten minutes each, with new episodes available every Monday and Thursday on the series’ website.