FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (December 22)

By TV.com Staff

Dec 22, 2013

Ho ho ha! Good tidings to all and to all a great evening! Not a creature was stirring, not even a goose! If these empty bottles of brandy are any indication, the holidays are officially upon us, and from here on out it's yuletide cheer for all and hanging out beneath the mistletoe with our pants around our ankles! If you didn't get us a present, don't worry. Your presence is enough. As for you, well you've been a good little boy/girl/confused person, so we've put together one last edition of FTW vs. WTF before we embark on a little holiday hiatus of our own. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and this year, they're all labeled FTW—maybe we're just full of comfort and joy, or maybe we were visited by the ghost of FTW vs. WTF Yet to Come and we know better than to be too Scrooge-y, but you won't find any WTFs in this week's round-up. So God bless the final FTWs of 2013, every one. We'll see you in January!

Person of Interest keeps moving

After finishing a momentous three-episode arc, taking a three-week break, and then returning for one more random episode before hiatus-ing for the holidays, we expected that Person of Interest would take it easy with some holiday filler. Instead, the show moved onto the next compelling chapter of its story, identifying the mysterious new villain Control and raising the possibility that there's a second supercomputer out there somewhere.

Once Upon a Time's mid-season finale was Nucking Futs

When the purple cloud dissipated from Storybrooke, it left fans with a series reboot and almost three months to meditate on the possible fate of Rumplestiltskin and the return of 99 percent of the cast to the Enchanted Forest. Will this mean another season convincing Emma that fairy-tales are real? How many curses can be cast, how many fake memories can be installed in a person before their brain turns into a Frito pie? Is it more or less appropriate to suck your dad's neck if he abandoned you as a child? Such are the questions we have three months to consider.

Nikita says goodbye to an important character in surprisingly brutal fashion

It was very unlikely that everyone important would make it out of Nikita's final season alive and unfortunately, Ryan drew the short straw. Thankfully, though, the analytical conspiracy nut went out like a true champion, discovering Amanda's survival, breaking free of her shackles, taking out a bunch of henchmen, and then jumping out a window to avoid succumbing to her nefarious plans. That's really the best way for any supporting character to go, don't you think?

Masters of Sex puts a button on one of the year's best seasons of TV

With Dexter gone, Homeland floundering, and Ray Donovan making us shake our heads in embarrassment, Showtime should probably thank all of existence's deities for Masters of Sex. The freshman period drama turned in a damn fine first season, and the finale was no different. Masters and Johnson's research findings hit the hospital public—to typically OH MY GOD LADY PARTS EWWW reactions—and the poor response pushed Masters to admit his feelings for Johnson, resulting in quite the cliffhanger. Who would've thought that the series about a grumpy sex researcher would finish its first run of episodes with the guy standing in the rain professing his love to a younger woman? Bill Masters is just a boy, standing in front of a girl, and all that.

The Anchorman 2 cast visits The Daily Show

Did you know that there's a movie out there called Anchorman 2? You'd think there would've been some sort of promotional campaign. Well,  four of the show's cast members—Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell—stopped by Comedy Central to shill for their new flick, but all they did was cause chaos in one of the most entertaining pointless "interviews" ever.

John Oliver departs The Daily Show in tears

It's a Daily Show double! Before starting preparations for his new series on HBO, John Oliver was all ready to file one last report as a Daily Show correspondent—but Jon Stewart had other ideas. Stewart scuttled a rehearsed bit in favor of playing a tribute reel of Oliver's finer moments from his seven-year run, and the sequence culminated in John and Jon dancing to Mystika's "Danger"—a sample of which came to define Oliver's coverage of Anthony Weiner's online sex scandal this past summer. Cheers to you, John Oliver!

Holy crap, Revenge is attempting a comeback

Even though the "Who shot Emily Thorne?" mystery wasn't overly exciting, we applaud the show's writers for having Daniel be the one to the pull the trigger. Oh sure, his reasoning was beyond ridiculous and the setup was a rushed, sloppy mess, but this new development in Emily and Daniel's relationship will hopefully shake things up and put the series on a new path. It was also nice to see Victoria get some of her biting groove back after having discovering proof that Emily isn't all that she appears to be. We hope this means the Hamptons' evil queen will be back on top when the show returns in the spring.

How I Met Your Mother ends 2013 on a happy note

By now, it should go without saying that any episode featuring the Mother is bound to be a good one, but that's not the only reason this week's episode stood out. Marshall finally arrived at the wedding after the world's longest road trip from Minnesota to New York, Andrew Rannells was a great guest-star, AND the episode ended with Marshall winding up to slap Barney! The Slap Bet Countdown Clock is back up and running, and its readout indicates that the next slap will occur on Monday, January 13. We can't wait.

Tessanne Chin wins Season 5 of The Voice

It was a long, hard road to victory, but Tessanne Chin made it and brought Team Adam out of its recent dry spell. So fierce. So awesome. So jealous of that awesome hair.

The Sing-Off has crooned its way into our hearts

Even though we're generally pretty harsh on singing shows, we have to admit that NBC's The Sing-Off is pretty fun. Good judges, entertaining performers, and perhaps most importantly, a nice, short seven-episode run (Season 4 premiered on December 9, and the finale will air Monday, December 23). As far as musical, family-friendly holiday fare is concerned, this is the way to do it. #TeamHomeFree

Zach Galifianakis is Santa Claus

This Comedy Bang! Bang! bit explains why Santa not only ate all the milk and cookies, but raided our stash of pot, drank our scotch, and polished off a whole Costco-sized tub of Goldfish crackers.

Homeland closed out its rocky season with a moving, table-clearing finale

Okay technically this one's not a full-on FTW, as there's a lot to complain about with regard to Homeland's third season, and even the season finale itself. But "The Star" was a nice way to clean up the mess and move forward into the unknown future. It was time for Brody to go, and the "four months later" coda seemed to bring Carrie back to some semblance of normalcy (the return of writer Meredith Stiehm certainly didn't hurt). We can't deny that we're interested to see where the show goes next. 

SNL with Fallon and Timberlake

We've come to expect the sketch show's annual Christmas episode to have a little extra oomph, and thankfully—or maybe we should say "predictably"?—the Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake pairing delivered. There were plenty of highlights, from the "Wrappinville" opening and Timberlake doing his best Fallon impression in "Family Feud: Celebrity Edition" to the "Let's Do It in My Twin Bed" music video and the excellent take on "Baby It's Cold Outside." All in all, a good way to end the year.

What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?

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  • Mar-Q Dec 24, 2013

    wudntulik2know: I DID watch Dexter, I WAS a huge fan, and yes, I WAS highly disappointed by the final season. However, there is a distinction to be made. It is over, and thus easy to forget about. At least they didn't KILL DEXTER AND THINK THEY COULD CONTINUE THE SERIES! Lol. I really believe Homeland could have had many more great seasons to come, COULD HAVE...Note to showtime, don't cancel Ray Donovan or you are done for sure....and certainly DO NOT KILL OFF RAY DONOVAN!

  • Ashleyjames389 Dec 23, 2013

    2013 was the year of the feminist roles. We saw some of the best feminist moment on screen this year. Here it is


  • Whedonrules Dec 23, 2013

    FTW: Ryan Fletcher (Noah Bean) going out in a blaze of glory on 'Nikita'. Much better exit than the one Bean took in 'Damages' first season.

    FTW: The two shows going off into their respective sunsets during the season of holidays and both doing it excellently - these final few weeks of 'Nikita' and 'Treme' have been excellent. 'Nikita' seems to be working an about 10k per episode but they are making the most out of the sitution the company put them in. Its going to be sad to see both gone.

    WTF: People still trying to convince themselves that 'Homeland' isn't just silly garbage. It takes a twelve episode season and gives maybe 2 decent episodes that you can make it start to finish without just deleting from your DVR. That isn't great- that's 'Dexter' (a show that got merilessly pummeled for doing just that around these parts). That final episode was one of the most boring in the entire run- slow parts just dragging on and on and it makes the list here a FTW? That makes me laugh. Just go away 'Homeland'. 'Shameless' has one year on 'Homeland' and is as superior a drama to 'Homeland' as you can imagine yet it never gets any awards love or recognition. Time to drop Damian Lewis and overrated Danes from your ballots and replace them with William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. The difference between the shows is staggering - one is top 10 the other barely the hint of an echo of its great first season.

    WTF: Someone here trying to convince themselves that 'Revenge' is getting better when it so clearly isn't. Big events when not well planned out or executed in a drama just bring more attention to crap. Eagerly anticipating the return of the best prime to soap on tv. -> 'Dallas' is returning in February sans J.R.

    FTW: Joe Esteves impersonating his brother Martin Sheen on 'Eagleheart'. 'Eagleheart' has continued being one of the most odd ball hilarious comedies on television as it continues to win its time slot (Midnight EST) in the coveted demos.

  • othsmallsuplost Dec 23, 2013

    WTF?? Revenge comes back in may???! You're right, they sure did a hell of a comeback this season and i can't wait to see the rest!

  • Dan815 Dec 23, 2013


    it's back in January for 3 episodes and then back in March

  • othsmallsuplost Dec 24, 2013

    damn it you're right i just read the date too fast. I'm french so here 1/5/2014 means may 1st and not jan 5th! Fiouh!!!

  • othsmallsuplost Dec 24, 2013

    it's weird they said it would be back in spring in the article and i checked the show's page on tv.com it said may. I sure as hell hope you're right!

  • Dan815 Dec 24, 2013

    check Revenge Episodes on Wikipedia, that's always the best source for upcoming tv episode dates ; )

  • Bloodangel Dec 23, 2013

    FTW- Holiday specials that make us warm inside and laugh when we need to

  • mdoz34 Dec 23, 2013

    what the hell... i only see a FTW category, is something messed up on this page?
    POI - FTW though, for sure, cannot wait to see what happens next.

  • mdoz34 Dec 23, 2013

    yes, i went back up and saw the first oparagraph, my bad, i usually skip that. Still, this is not a FTW vs WTF if there is no WTF

  • J_Pip Dec 23, 2013

    WTF: Nothing on Tv this week
    FTW: More time for books! Reading is fuuunnn!!!!

  • crazedtvhead91 Dec 24, 2013

    i heart this. books FTW!!!

  • wudntulik2know Dec 23, 2013

    I watch Duck Dynasty, can someone tell me what that banner says?

  • JackSaat Dec 23, 2013

    Can't beat the Reading Rainbow! :)

  • LittleRedding Dec 23, 2013

    I love you TV.com, but you need to start catering to us Canadians. We can't see video content from Comedy Central and NBC.

  • wudntulik2know Dec 23, 2013

    Neither can we anymore. It's been deleted.

  • MelodyByard Dec 23, 2013

    FTW: Where we learned that POI loves to keep their fans sitting on the edge of their seats by introducing their next story line.
    FTW: Goes to Psych the Musical where we all are still singing the song Santa Barbara Sky.
    FTW: Neil comes clean on White Collar but is it enough to keep him out of Jail?
    FTW/WTF: Goes to OUAT where the purple cloud sent everyone but Henry and Emma back to Fairytale Land. However, they killed off Rumple causing the Rumbelle Fan Base to go into mourning.
    WTF: Goes to my poor lonely DVR that only has two shows listed in next weeks recordings. What are we going to do during the next two weeks?

  • RobertRath Dec 23, 2013

    It's called Doctor Who & Big Bang Marathons.

  • smithinjapan Dec 23, 2013

    The Anchorman 2 bit was pretty funny (although, yes, ultimately pointless save to entertain). I think Homeland should cease to exist as a series. They wrapped it up quite nicely after a dismal season, so I say let it go.

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