TV Guide Top Moments: Real Housewives, Real Problems - Featured


Television is usually our escape from the problems of the world, but not this week. Serious stories ruled the screen, from the drama in North Korea to the uprisings in Iran. Somehow reality TV stars also snaked in some airtime. And somewhere between reality and reality TV was a continuing fight pitting governor against comedian. Enjoy our Top Moments, real-life edition.


10. Best Reveal: After teasing us with a familiar-looking dead body in a car, the season premiere of True Blood gives us the good news that Lafayette, ever the survivor, is still alive! The bad news: He's chained up in a dungeon of some sort, and Eric, his vampire captor, has a nasty temper.


9. Why Yes, I Will Do Anything Award: "Hi, T-Pain? This is the Country Music Association. We saw that boat thing you did on Saturday Night Live and were wondering...would you open our awards show by performing a song called Thug Story with Taylor Swift? Yeah, I guess it's kiiiiind of making fun of the genre that made you famous, but in an endearing way. You will? Yeee-haw!"


8. Best Slice of Life: In the closing scenes of Pushing Daisies' series finale, Ned the Piemaker realizes that keeping his secret has hurt his beloved Chuck. So he reunites her with Lily and Vivian. The show's ending is the Charles family's new beginning.


7. It's-Not-Over-'til-It's-Over Award: As time expires, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury fends off a shot from 10-time All-Star Nicklas Lidstrom to hold onto a 2-1 win over the Red Wings and win the Stanley Cup. Adding to the drama, the Pens lost to the Wings in last year's finals, and were down twice in this series. Want more stats? Cool. Pittsburgh also became the first team not just in the NHL but the MLB or NBA to win a finals game seven on the road since the Pittsburgh Pirates did it 30 years ago. We raise our Iron City to you, Pittsburgh.


6. Best Shot: During the piling-on stage of the Los Angeles Lakers' 99-86 win over the Orlando Magic, for the NBA championship, Kobe Bryant does something that really does seem magical. Leaping into mid-air under the net, he hovers past two defenders and switches the ball from his right hand to his left before banking it in for the Lakers 66th point. He lands hard and glides backwards across the floor on his backside, but somehow looks graceful doing it. All in about two seconds. Watch it here, starting at 1:41.


5. Most Tact: Lisa Ling goes on Anderson Cooper 360 to plead with North Korea for the release of her sister and another journalist sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp for the crime of crossing the country's borders with some secret, nefarious intent: releasing information, perhaps. "All we can say is that they are journalists and they were doing their job," Ling explains.


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