FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (February 10)

By TV.com Staff

Feb 10, 2013

Readers, we need some cheering up. Maybe it's the cold weather. Maybe it's that we're feeling lonely like Bear was on Person of Interest and we just need a friend. Or maybe it's that we're writing this intro while finishing up last night's Justin Bieber-hosted episode of SNL, which was... not good. But this is one of the more pessimistic rounds of FTWs and WTFs we've compiled in a while—seriously, we haven't had this much trouble thinking of FTWs in weeks. So please, help us out comments, will you? What did we forget? (And if you've got any jokes to tell or cute pictures of kittens to share, we'll take those, too.)


Jeopardy! took some inspiration from The CW for this year's Teen Tournament

What is, "Good one, Trebek"?

Supernatural's "Everybody Hates Hitler"

New mythology. New digs. New allies. NAZI NECROMANCERS. And a catchy title to top it all off. This is the Supernatural we know and love. Plus the episode was penned by Ben Edlund, so you know it’s the good stuff.

David Costabile returns to Suits

You likely know him as poor, mild-mannered Gale on Breaking Bad. But Suits overhauled his personality for the role of slimeball Daniel Hardman, and he’s a total dick and he’s awesome.

But unfortunately, he messed with Donna. No one messes with Donna.

Nick gave us some sweet new dance moves on New Girl

Nick's lifelong goal is to avoid uncomfortable confrontations: Kids on your lawn? Get ready for a riot-act oration. You kissed your roommate and now you have to deal with feelings? That's what the "panic moonwalk" is for! (And for the record, Nick's "trying to cheer Jess up because Dr. Sam dumped her" number wasn't bad either.)

PBS's Pioneers of Television

Season 3 concluded this week and covered TV funny ladies, the cultural impact of Roots, and the foxy ladies who played Catwoman in the Batman programs. This is a must-watch series for anyone who loves the history television. Seriously, educate yourselves!

Raising Hope's TV takedown

"Yo Zappa Do Part 2" wrapped up the Chances' trip to California with some hijinx on a network lot in Hollywood, where Burt learned all about how to make a good pitch and what happens when networks get too involved in the creative process; in the process, he even kicked NBC in the nuts. While we're a little concerned the show is getting too meta/spoofy, we're always down for sendup of how the small-screen sausage gets made.


Finn and Emma sitting in a Glee tree

This is getting ridiculous.

Andy's back on The Office

The bossless days at Dunder-Mifflin's Scranton branch ended Thursday night as Andy returned with a new coif and that same all-over-the-place disposition. Is he sensitive? Is he a jerk? Neither. He's just a selfish douche who no one really missed, on the show or in the audience. Welcome back, Turd-dog... not.

The Americans loses the support of a once-loyal proletariat

The Americans dropped nearly 40 percent in viewership, from 3.22 million to a measly 1.97 million! No fair! Audiences everywhere are already suspecting a top secret government conspiracy to stop good TV. Please don't let this one go the way of Terriers!

Community's back... or is it?

One of TV's best comedies returned without its special sauce, a secret recipe whose main ingredient is series creator Dan Harmon, and the difference was pretty noticeable. The Season 4 premiere pantomimed one of our favorites, but in the end felt hollow. True, it's only one episode, but it wasn't the start we'd hoped would give us confidence in the new regime.

NBC's last few weeks

It's been a terrible fortnight for the Peacock. It set a record worst premiere with Do No Harm, Smash returned to pitiful numbers, Law & Order: SVU hit a series low, Community's return was blasted by critics, and Up All Night is a disaster. How many nights a week will they air The Voice next season?

CBS's embarrassing commentary during the Super Bowl blackout

Seriously, it was like James Brown, Dan Marino, Bill Cowher, and Shannon Sharpe were blacked out, too. Of course it wasn't planned—but remember when TV personalities were able to think on their feet? At least the Puppy Bowl was able to benefit...

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

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  • Aesandil Feb 13, 2013

    Just stay that way, Supernatural, just stay that way.

  • Zelli42 Feb 13, 2013

    Community is a really good show but for me the main "mystique" come from the relationships in the group especially Jeff and Annie.
    It's not gonna be around much longer and the options are limited for big moments, so I will never be able to loose myself in it as I did when I marathoned the first 2 seasons with rooting for different pairs. It is just gonna wither and die. Maybe we get some good episodes out of it, but no matter how good it is, it won't be the same because we know the end is near.
    Ends just don't work with awesome shows like that...

  • ale123 Feb 12, 2013

    Please recap Girls!!!

  • KevinG87 Feb 11, 2013

    I didn't miss Andy AT ALL, I like how Oscar pointed out that they did a lot better while he was gone.. then Andy screwed with Dwight's sale. douchebag. also.. GO THE HELL AWAY BRIAN, NOBODY LIKES YOU!!!

    Tina knows Blaine is gay, so her whole storyline is ridiculous. I want to like Tina, but the writers makes it so hard to do. and I saw the Finn/Emma thing coming from about halfway into the episode, and I hated every second of it. come on Glee! remember when you were interesting in season 1? let's get back to that.

  • sodapopgirl721 Feb 11, 2013

    there;s only one reason people still tune in to glee: darren criss. if they keep with the finn/emma and tina/blaine nonsense, soon, not even darren will be worth it

  • JT_Kirk Feb 11, 2013

    FTWTF to Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson's "live" post-Super Bowl spectaluar. FTW to the majority of it, but WTF to the over-reliance on pre-taped bits.

    FTW to Newsreaders for Dennis Haysbert as a police detective using childhood innocence to solve crimes.

    FTW to Top Gear UK's return!

    Did I give FTW props last week to Clone Wars' The Lawless, having big poppa Palpatine come in and kick ass? Well, if so, here's some more props.

    And a big restatement of WTF to The Office going down the toilet thanks to Andy's return.

  • JT_Kirk Feb 11, 2013

    Thoughts on Yours:
    That was pretty good for a Jeopardy gag. There ya go, filthy teens, we're meeting you half way. NERDS! (full disclosure: I am a nerd.)

    Ok, ok, if you're going to mention Hardman's return, the real FTW is Louis' confrontation with him in the elevator. "If you do anything to me, if you so much as tell me the wrong time, I will kill you."

    WTF to Andy's return to The Office, THANK YOU, that was THE WORST.

    And WTF to Fakommunity indeed.

    I'd say FTW to NBC's last few weeks because it's hilarious to watch them flounder without clue of what to do.

  • jools19 Feb 11, 2013

    Ok, Smash had pitiful numbers, by wasn't Jennifer Houston's performance on the FTW?!?! She was amazing! She is amazing. And Smash is so awesome.

  • bicelis Feb 11, 2013

    I really liked the Community premiere. I don't feel like much was missing, but maybe tht there was too much of something.

    It wasn't one of those perfectly rounded episodes such as Remedial Chaos Theory or others from season 1/2, but Community it still pretty funny and crazy even when it's just "good" and not "perfect".

    Much of season 3 seemed a lot like the season 4 premiere.

  • bendylegsnick Feb 11, 2013

    Random thought: Will there not be any Totally Tubular now that Price is gone? Or is someone else going to take over the responsibility?

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