A quick look back at some of what got this critic talking about TV this week:
THE MAIN EVENT: Now that's how you do a TV debate, as the veep candidates squared off Thursday night in a lively encounter that made for great TV, unlike last week's unfocused and lost-in-the-weeds presidential face-off. Rousing, contentious, scrappy, with an actively engaged moderator...
Thursday's vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan generated more than 4 million tweets, according to official statistics from Twitter. And, needless to say, several of those comments came from celebrities weighing in on the election.
Here's a roundup of some of the best reactions:
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan came out swinging in Thursday's one and only debate between the V.P. candidates, trading political and personal barbs in a 90-minute conversation that became heated at several points.
Immediately notable about the debate format was that the candidates did not stand behind podiums, but rather were seated behind a desk in office chairs, facing moderator Martha Raddatz at Centre College in Danville, Ky. The combative tone of the debate was markedly different from last week's meeting between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, with Ryan and Biden frequently interrupting and speaking over each other to clarify their positions on domestic and foreign issues including taxes, health care, and the removal of troops from Afghanistan.
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican V.P. candidate Paul Ryan will debate tonight, the first and only time the two will go head-to-head before next month's election.
For the first time since 1992, a woman will be moderating one of the debates leading up to the presidential election.
Candy Crowley, CNN's chief political correspondent, will moderate the second of three October debates between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday. The format of that debate, which will be held at New York's Hofstra University on Oct. 16, will be a town hall meeting.
Jim Lehrer from PBS' NewsHour will moderate the first debate, at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, and CBS News' Bob Schieffer will moderate the third, on Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.