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