Sure, “Two and a Half Men” on CBS reigns — for now — as TV’s top-rated sitcom. But for critical acclaim plus an armful of Emmys, ABC’s “Modern Family” is the sitcom we love to watch most so far in the new fall season.
1) That seems as good a reason as any to top this week’s Top Five with this week’s episode of “Modern Family,” which happened to be Wednesday night’s highest-rated show and figures to continue to be the Wednesday winner for a long time to come.
2) Did she or didn’t she? What is it about “wardrobe malfunctions” that drive everyone so crazy these days? Ever since Janet Jackson had the most infamous malfunction of them all at Super Bowl halftime in 2004, the world is on the look-out for them, resulting in the kind of mania that broke out this week when it was thought that Nancy Grace had a snafu on “Dancing With the Stars.” She denied it over and over again, but the story persisted all week, landing Monday’s “DWTS” on our Top Five for the week.
3) Open season on Chris Christie: In some circles, it’s been like the 800-pound gorilla in the room — the topic of New Jersey Gov. Christie’s weight, and whether it indicates health issues that will be relevant if he decides to run for president. This week, with Christie once again in the news, David Letterman poked fun at the governor’s condition — pointedly and without mercy. As we watched Letterman’s “Late Show,” we have to admit we were a little turned off, feeling that the jibes were unnecessarily cruel. That’s why we’re inviting you to see and judge for yourself with just one example from the Letterman show.
4) Chris Christie was also a topic for discussion when Bill O’Reilly returned to “The View” on Wednesday. It was O’Reilly’s first time back on the all-female chat show since that dust-up last summer in which he argued so vehemently with Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg about the nature of Islamist terrorism. The big news this week: O’Reilly appeared on “The View” and World War III didn’t break out.
5) Truth be told, for us, this was TV’s shining moment this week: Just in case you missed it, the baseball season ended this week with several dozen great moments, but this one topped them all — the clutch, text-book triple play the Tampa Bay Rays executed against the Yankees on Tuesday. It was a thing of beauty.