FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (August 10–16)

By TV.com Staff

Aug 17, 2014

It's been a pretty tough week for Hollywood, hasn't it? Like, how could ABC Family cancel Twisted, with its crazy-stupid storylines about non-murdering children? That stuff was TV gold! Anyway, you know what always cheers us up at the end of a bad day? Booze. Lots and lots of booze. But also TV! Lots and lots of TV (especially if you're under 21—please remember to watch TV responsibly). It doesn't matter whether it's good TV or bad TV (lookin' at you, Under the Dome!), because TV brings us all the joy in the world, except for when it doesn't. So instead of letting life get you down, why not check out all the things we loved and hated on TV this week and then share your own in the comment?

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't finished watching this week's new episodes (of Suits, Wilfred, Chasing Life, etc.), we suggest that you hold off on reading this story until you do. 


Wilfred poignantly calls it a series 

We finally learned the truth about Ryan's best friend—and as expected, it turned out he was just a dog, and Ryan was, indeed, crazy. Some fans will take umbrage with the too-obvious/non-supernatural ending, but it was satisfying in so many ways that we can't help but call it a success. Wilfred as Ryan knew him was a very special, err, "being," let's say—and in Ryan's mind, their relationship was real—so it was comforting to see him make progress while also getting some answers. Also, if that scene in the vet's office didn't make your heart hurt, you are are monster; no ambiguity about that.


Chasing Life's mid-season finale leaves us wanting more

Say what you will about TV's overuse of cliffhangers, but they can be a powerful tool when it comes to retaining viewership. And when they leave Scott Michael Foster's life in the balance (what did the voicemail say?!?!)—as was the case in "Finding Chemo" (that title deserves it's own FTW entry)—well, you'd better believe we're already clamoring for the show to return. 


So many Robin Williams tributes <3

Although we're tremendously sad about the legendary comedian's death, the outpouring of love and gratitude for what he accomplished while he was alive has reminded us of all the light he brought not just to our lives, but those of people around the world. Whether it was Josh Charles' touching tweet, or Jimmy Fallon sharing Williams' appearance on the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (above), or the story of how he once bought Conan O'Brien a bike, the many tributes, clips, and anecdotes all offer glimpses of the man who taught us that laughter is the best medicine, and we'll never forget that.


Suits says goodbye to Louis Litt

In a move that we sincerely hope is only temporary, Louis felt the full weight of his sketchy deal with Forstman in "Gone." Facing certain termination and disgrace despite the valiant efforts of Harvey, Donna, and Mike to save him from Jessica's wrath, Louis instead resigned from his position with Pearson Specter in one of the most emotionally compromising scenes in the series and the strongest episode in the season. 


House of Cue Cards is perfection

Jimmy Fallon continues to pwn the internet, and knocked it out of the park this week with his parody of Netflix's House of Cards. You'll never guess who shows up on the subway platform to recreate that key scene from the Season 2 premiere


OMG is the Benefactor a banshee?

Teen Wolf has promised to reveal who the Benefactor is next week (!!!!!!!!), and in "Time of Death," we learned that it might be a banshee. Say what? We're a bit confused since Meredith used the masculine "he" in reference to, uh, him... and aren't banshees female? It's not that we don't 100 percent believe Jeff Davis would pull a trick like that, but with the reveal that Lydia's grandma was (is?) a banshee, we're a bit worried that Lydia's family might somehow be involved.


The Liars on Pretty Little Liars have a good idea, will certainly be punished for it

The entire premise of the show is that some shadowy organization of disgruntled teens and grudge-holding ex-teens knows all the dirt about the Liars' secret secrets and is using said dirt to extort, torture, and exact vigilante justice on these privileged girls who get away with murder (sometimes literally). So Spencer came up with a brilliant idea: Just tell the truth. Tell the truth, take your lumps, and try to demonstrate that, at the heart of things, you were all upstanding citizens drawn astray by the lure of a master manipulator. It was a breath of fresh air to hear the girls talk some sense, even if the result will almost surely be thwarted either by A coming for blood or Alison just being Alison. Or Vivian Darkbloom... whoever it is that's scheming behind the Liars' backs right now. The one who's not needy and cry-y. But still—it was nice to see them practice some actual logic.


Masters of Sex's version of the late 1950s digs into racial politics

While we hope that Showtime's great period drama keeps the focus on Bill Masters, Virginia Johnson, and their complicated personal and professional relationship, it was sure great to see the series engage with some of the more relevant issues of its time period. Bill and Virginia's work at the black hospital and Libby's ongoing mistreatment of the hired help have converged into some fascinating stories about segregation and racial politics, adding another layer of intrigue to an already awesome story.


On the series premiere of Legends, Sean Bean survives

TNT's new spy drama isn't especially great in its own right, but anytime we can get through an episode without the grisly death of a character played by Sean Bean, it's a win.


Derrick is starting to get his due on Big Brother

Typically, the best players on reality competition shows are those who don't make the most noise or create the most drama. Instead, they're the ones working in relative secret, plotting out the course of the game without anyone really realizing what they're up to. Derrick has been that player on Big Brother this summer, and CBS is finally picking up on it and editing episodes accordingly. Nobody has ever controlled the BB house like Derrick is doing without causing a stink, and we hope he survives long enough to be handsomely rewarded for his work.


Ethan continues to be the only interesting thing about Extant

We're now almost halfway through Extant's run, and the mystery surrounding Molly and her (now-missing) alien baby continues to be the equivalent of downing an entire bottle of Ambien and chasing it with whiskey. Ethan, however, is still proving to be super cool. This week he had a bad dream, even though he's not programmed to dream. AHHH WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?


Erich Blunt turned out to be behind everything on Murder in the First... and a monologuing sociopath, to boot

TNT's mystery drama ended on a disappointing note, especially with the decision to wrap things up with Tom Felton delivering a long-winded speech to a naked Steven Weber. It was like he was some sort of Bond villain—going on and on about how he orchestrated everything—and it was a remarkably boring way to conclude what was ultimately a boring show. If only Mulligan and English had given the Nyers case the same attention they gave to the Strauss case; the case would've been solved in Episode 4 and saved us all some time.


We'll never have another friend like Robin Williams

The world lost a legendary comedian and actor on Monday. He was a true entertainer in every sense of the word, and we're crushed by his death (please: if you need help, seek it out!). Robin Williams' legacy will live on in his incredible resume, his stand-up specials, his Oscar-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, and most importantly, our hearts. We'll stand on our desks for you forever, Robin.


Bill refuses the cure on True Blood

When Sookie brought Bill to Sarah Newlin to drink of her antidote-laden blood, Bill flat-out refused. What’s up with that? On one hand, we get it—he's tired of walking of this "living forever" bullsh*t. But on the other hand, this is Vampire Bill we're talking about! There are two more episodes left in the series, dude. Stop playing. (FTW for pushing the envelope with that super hot dildo, though.)


Cable news drops the ball

While things were getting particularly hairy in Ferguson, MO in the aftermath of the shooting of Mike Brown, America's cable news networks—MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News—took far too long to cover the story with any real zeal. There's something great/scary about following a major a news event in real time on social media, but for once, it'd be nice for TV outlets to be more ready and willing with their coverage. 


Bachelor in Paradise's ridiculous reenactment

Only on Bachelor in Paradise would a contestant getting it on with a crew member end with that crew member jumping off a balcony and breaking both of his ankles... and then the show recreating the moment, Unsolved Mysteries-style, in order to air it on national television. That the dude's last name is "Putz" is just icing on the (probably herpes-laden) cake.  

What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? Rectify? The start of The Strain's outbreak? Defiance? TV Land's Candid Camera reboot? Share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!

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  • mrjimmyjames Aug 19, 2014

    Well alright then.

    WTF: the fact that TV Land's Candid Camera reboot exists

    also WTF: Blossom signed on for some reason

  • MarlboroMagpi Aug 18, 2014

    Derrick should not given be allowed to play Big Brother. He is that good. He must be a very successful undercover cop. I do wonder how he can come on TV to say he is an undercover cop. He probably work on cases that are not very dangerous or surely he must fear for the danger of his family now that he is "exposed".

    Masters of sex is awesome !

  • JasonMelvil Aug 18, 2014

    Why is the whole Banshee thing news this week?
    They already knew *several* episodes ago that the names on the list included someone who *would* die, ergo, a Banshee has to be involved one way or the other.

    I found it odd that characters in the show didn't get it after they already did... but viewers too?

  • ludoTV Aug 18, 2014

    FTW: Definitely The Strain and even more Teen Wolf which has been a little wobbly but the potential involvement of a Banshee, and Lydia's gran too boot, with the Benefactor plot (I do not think at all that she is the benefactor but hey, I can easily be wrong) is promising...
    WTF: Why oh why did I have to start watching TB again... Geez the amount of filler and side stories about uninteresting side characters is as bad as ever... Plus an awful amount of old bore Compton and a more annoying than ever Sookie... Ugh...

  • dxnlkiguert9o743t098 Aug 18, 2014

    WTF!!!! Last Ship
    How ever many episodes in and we're no where near even to a last ship!!! Plus I haven't seen a god damm zombie yet either.
    Last ship, you suck.

  • vicbjones Aug 18, 2014

    WTF: Richard Lui and James Lipton stretching the time talking about Robin Williams the evening of his death, teasing that they would be returning to Hardball (but never doing it), often repeating themselves, and making nonsensical statements (such as Lipton admitting he didn't really know Williams or "In order to be a great comedian, you have to be a great actor. Now, by that, I don't mean you can do Hamlet."). If MSNBC was going to stick with the "breaking news" that Williams was still dead, it seems like someone could have dug up some biographical information instead of having an anchor and an octagenarian on the phone killing time until 8:00. Or better yet, thank Lipton for his time and move on to something else going on in the world; The NBC Nightly News having three separate segments on Robin Williams in one night; Any newscast that treated celebrity tweets as news (although I guess that's every week now). If I wanted to know what some celebrity had to say on Twitter, I'd buy a smartphone, become that celebrity's "follower," and stare at my cellphone in public, ignoring everyone around me; That slow, angst-ridden version of the Smallville theme on the ads for Stalker (as well as realizing CBS is using the theme song from a show that hasn't been gone that long to promote a new show).

    FTW/WTF: Did whoever program CBS' Saturday night intentionally decide to do a theme of abusive husbands? Two 48 Hours episodes where a woman is murdered by her abusive husband, with a CSI rerun in between featuring an abusive husband storyline; Rachel Maddows' segment on the Ferguson, Missouri whistle-blower who was harassed after reporting his commanding officer.

  • MirelaPilipo Aug 18, 2014

    Something tells me that this weeks FTW vs WTF was written by Lily &3 Because the article contained quite a few Lily-isms, which I always enjoy.
    I hope I'm right.

  • JoshuaFraim Aug 18, 2014

    wilfred's ending was obvious almost from the beginning (heck the first two cliffhangers suggested that it was all in his head). the whole god and other possibilities were brilliant red herrings.

  • ionee24 Aug 17, 2014

    FTW: Robin William, I just can't help but thinking he battle with depression all the while he taught us laugh was the best medicine. Makes him all the more braver for it.

    FTW: Wilfred for Ryan's madness, for he embraced what it was wrong with him and made the most of it, all the while hanging on to the real Wilfred just like he did to the hallucination in his mind.

    FTw: Hoyt's heroic moment on True Blood. Bubba: you're awesome! Nobody could've made Violet's demise more poignant than you did.

    No matter what your mamma said: you did right by her, you stood up for friends you don't even remember and you definitely saved the day.

  • tnetennba Aug 17, 2014

    Why has no one mentioned Tyrant? Am I the only one watching it? Already? There were two big WTFs this week:

    WTF: Bassem is organizing a coup to remove Jamal from power. That doesn't make much sense to me. And he's so incredibly stupid that he thinks that if he gets his co-conspirators to say that they won't hurt Jamal, none of them will try to hurt Jamal.

    WTF: Jamal's son's wife (who was sexually assaulted by Jamal at her own wedding, and who has been denying her husband any fun since then) showed herself naked to Jamal (and not to us, dammit) and encouraged him to take her.

    A smaller WTF: How is Bassem's wife (I don't remember her name either) upset about how he forced the family to move there? (Twice in the same episode). I haven't been getting that impression from previous episodes. Didn't he want to leave as quickly as possible, and she wanted to stay?

    Also WTF: No one replied to, or even thumbed, my comment about the WTF moments in last week's episode (which were pretty big...two murders that made very little sense). I guess I am the only person watching it.

  • WavSlave Aug 17, 2014

    You're not the only one watching it but if you're really, really enjoying it then you might be in the minority. I had fairly high hopes for this when it began but have been consistently disappointed in its oh-so-soap-opera-y feel. I will say that the introduction of the coup element has made it pick up a bit in the last couple of weeks but it still has a long, long way to go to become one of FX's greats.

    Bassam's wife is Molly. Sigh, Jennifer Finnigan has been criminally underused in this show so far, but at least they're finally let her speak some lines out of bed. Ditto for Alice Krige being really underused. She barely qualifies as a guest star, to say nothing of being a main cast member.

    Get it together soon, folks, or else I won't miss you if and when you fail to get renewed.

  • tnetennba Aug 17, 2014

    "...if you're really, really enjoying it..."

    I'm not. But then I'm not "really, really" enjoying anything at the moment. I thought it was one of the best shows of the summer, but I agree that it's not close to as good as it could have been.

    I thought it was going to be about life near a dictator with absolute power. "Power corrupts", and all that. I would have expected elections to be a theme for season 3, not for a 3-episode arc in the middle of season 1.

    I think the last 2-4 episodes (especially the last 2) have made the show significantly worse, because Bassem's and Jamal's actions don't make much sense to me. Bassem murdered a guy to keep Jamal in power, and then immediately decided that he must stage a coup to remove Jamal from power. Jamal was going to run away to The Maldives with his girlfriend, and when he found out that he didn't have to, he murdered her!? Why? That murder makes absolutely no sense to me.

  • WavSlave Aug 18, 2014

    Yeah, the murder of Katerina (?) came out of left field and was a true WTF moment, at least to me. But the whole show's a bit of a mess so I no longer particularly care that some bits are messier than others.

    Side note: How bad of a pediatrician must Barry have been back in the States? Regardless of how good his medical skills might be, his dour, smile-free expression certainly isn't the bedside manner I'd want for my kids. I know that's a bit of a non sequitur but it was an opportunity to get it off my chest.

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