FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (August 11)

By TV.com Staff

Aug 12, 2012

Whaddaya know, it's our favorite weekly column about the week's greatest and worst TV moments, back from the dead! Did you miss us? We thought so—the feeling's mutual. Here are all of the televised moments we've oooh'd and eeew'd about over the past seven days:


Olympic parents

Watching the athletes' parents react to their kids' performances is often equally as entertaining, if not more so, than the events themselves.

Bryan Singer's H+ web series

What happens when we're advanced enough to have the internet hardwired into our brains? Well, after we watch porn 24/7, we DIE. This great-looking web series promises dozens of short episodes that reveal the apocalyptic dangers of playing Scramble With Friends all the time.

Breaking Bad gets artsy

Sunday's episode was full of cinematographic gems! Walter and Jr. got new cars, Skyler went for a swim, and time kept tick-tick-ticking away for Walter. Gorgeous stuff and a reminder of why the AMC hit will be film class fodder forever.

Hard Knocks is back!

We were weary of HBO's inside look at the NFL this season (the Dolphins? Really?), but once again, the excellent sports documentary series showed us how well it's able to mine stories in the premiere. Too bad the Dolphins will still finish 2-14.

Gary moves into the Alphas offices

Monday's episode of the great Syfy series was packed with all sorts of great side stories, but the best was autistic Gary's move out of his house and away from his legitimately concerned mother as he slowly gains independence. For a show about people with superpowers, this was refreshingly grounded in a reality we can understand and further proved that Alphas is a show deserving of more attention.

Comedy Bang Bang... LIVE!

Tim caught the live tour of the hilarious IFC comedy and won't shut up about how funny it was and how much of a comedic genius Paul F. Tompkins is. We get it, Tim, stop bothering us!

The love-fest between American gymnast Gabby Douglas and The Vampire Diaries' cast

Gold-winning Olympians: They're just like us! Except THEY occasionally get personal invitations to visit the set of The Vampire Diaries.


Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is just as heinous as expected

We know people are going to watch it, and we know they won't be watching because it's good, but TLC's blatant exploitation (and, let's face it: celebration) of a young girl's uneducated lifestyle is poor form even if the ratings hold up.


Did he or didn't he fire his Newsroom writers? The showrunner said he didn't after a report said he did, and further investigation proves that he may have buttered up the truth and that the original report wasn't entirely accurate. There are scoops of irony all over this mess given that the HBO show is all about truth in journalism, but honestly, it just feels like a mudslinging contest between the cantankerous and wordy scribe and the bloodthirsty media that wants to tear him down.

So many reruns

We love the Olympics just as much as anyone else, but that doesn't mean we can't also fit White Collar or So You Think You Can Dance into our viewing schedules!

Author Bret Easton Ellis's STILL-ONGOING Twitter rants about gay TV actors

As a once-respected author and pop-culture distiller, Ellis has a pretty large following of readers. It's too bad his opinions have become so terrible lately.

What made your list of TV loves and hates this week?

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  • Muderboy Aug 14, 2012

    I'm a bit appalled about your remarks regarding Honey Boo Boo as you so obviously caused me to look at this. My first and last reactions were the same - WHY IS THIS ON MY TV, MAKE IT STOP. It was hardly worth a mention on your part so to you a big WTF...

  • dref22 Aug 14, 2012

    I couldn't care less about The Big Bang Theory but Mr Ellis needs to keep phobic opinions to himself. And don't you ever talk about Matt Bomer, dude. He has enough talent to play any character, gay, bi, het and my boyfriend.

  • Nerdnot Aug 13, 2012

    Honey boo boo child doesn't even deserve a mention

  • stanking Aug 13, 2012

    WTF: This.

  • LeahLefler Aug 13, 2012

    who is Bret Easton Ellis? what a weird ***phobe. Big Bang a gay show? weird!

    After one event, they showed Ally's parents celebrating and the guy behind them made a "really?? again? so annoying!" face when they stood up and cheered. haha even the announcer noticed it.

  • sandorxian Aug 14, 2012

    He is right about it being an awful show, but I don't understand the gay thing.

  • smithinjapan Aug 13, 2012

    Bret Easton Ellis in an author of novels and short stories, and quite well known. Probably his most famous novel is "American Psycho", but he also wrote "Less Than Zero" and a few others works that have been translated into several languages and the former adapted as a movie. Agree, though, that his comment is not very politically correct, to say the least.

  • aknu Aug 13, 2012

    sometimes it feels like the cinematography in breaking is abit too taken out of film class too :D like stereotypical metaphors and stuff. still good however

    the guy has a point about big bang theory being another horrible cbs sitcom. isn't he just using gay like the kids in south park, or is he actually homo bashing ?

  • stanking Aug 13, 2012

    Guys, don't discuss him any further. "Don't feed the troll."

  • Anonymous_A Aug 13, 2012


    1. Gary and Kat from Alphas

    2. Teen Wolf

    3. Phoebe Tonkin being cast on The Vampire Diaries (aka TSC awesomeness being infused with TVD)

    4. I meant to comment on this on last week's FTW vs. WTF but there wasn't one so I'll say it on this one, the My Lists button added to this site.


    1. Is The Big Bang Theory THAT terrible?! I'm not a huge fan of the show but I do enjoy watching it and it's not that bad.


  • DavidJackson8 Aug 13, 2012

    Didn't Bret Easton Ellis admit to being a bisexual -- or at least have some gay experiences? Not sure what his anti-gay tweets are all about. Maybe he's struggling with his sexuality and is taking it out on TV shows. As for TBBT, it's okay... I keep watching it, but I wouldn't say it's good.

    Also, Alphas was good, but I don't see that moment as being very FTW. Then again, Breaking Bad is the only serious FTW I had this week, so if I had to have "filler" FTWs, I'd go with Alphas, Teen Wolf, and Suits. But I could say that every week then.

  • pretty_sure Aug 13, 2012

    Really!? Bret Easton Ellis of all people is criticizing gay people? He once said he didn't think of himself as gay or straight and like being gay, bi and straight to various people over the years...

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