FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (February 24)

By TV.com Staff

Feb 24, 2013

Do you think TVs get paranoid about being watched all the time? Are they embarrassed that they get turned on so easily? Do they do everything they can to change the channel when someone starts watching Honey Boo Boo? Do old CRT-tube sets have body-image problems? Do TVs outfitted with cable feel like they're on a leash? Do TVs mounted on walls feel like they're being crucified? Do TVs like being hugged? We don't know the answer to most of those questions, but we're betting they do like being hugged. So go give your TV a hug, it works for you.

Anyway, here's what made us proud of our TVs for this week. And what didn't.


FTW



Funny or Die's "I can't believe these are all TV Shows" song


[Blank] Wives, [Blank] Stars, [Blank] Wars... all known permutations of basic-cable reality shows are giving the finger here, and they deserve it. If Wife Star Wars ever gets made, the genre will officially be sucked into a black hole from which it can never return.



Another wacky, lovely Parks and Rec wedding


One thing this show excels at above all else is loving love. Leslie and Ben's nuptials were a perfect match for the pair, and the episode overall was a fine specimen of Parks and Rec's trademark balance of kooky and sweet. It's almost too bad the series will soon be out of couples to marry off. We love you and we like you, show!



Person of Interest changes up the program


The CBS sorta-procedural continued to defy humdrum expectations with a new creative twist in this week's episode, which was written by creator Jonathan Nolan. The hour changed perspective by focusing things on the POI's point of view, and she just so happened to be the extra-hot Sarah Shahi playing a very badass covert op.



Mike Royce's vanity cards, all in one place


The Men of a Certain Age creator and 1600 Penn showrunner has collected all his vanity cards (which are family photos) in one handy-dandy place, complete with revealing captions about their meanings. Take a look and be entertained. Or take the opportunity to steal his identity, your call.



Downton Abbey as explained by Facebook


This speaks for itself.



Game of Thrones' Season 2 Blu-ray set


It looks gorgeous, put it on your book shelf and it will blend right in. But it's also full of great commentaries, including Lena Headey's continued assessment that she's a horse-faced terrible person who can't act in the episode "Blackwater." All Peter Dinklage could do was laugh at her while she tore herself a new one. Great, funny, candid chatter by the woman who plays ice queen Cersei.



inCWption


The network's new drama Cult may be totally insane (and we don't know if that's a good or bad thing yet), but we do know that The CW's logo is all over the place in both the show and the show-within-the-show. And sometimes, when everything aligns just right, we get INCWPTION with the network's logos in the lower righthand corner, one on the real broadcast and one in the broadcast-within-the-broadcast!



Portlandia's three hipster mice


Friday's episode, "No-Fo-O-Fo-Bridge" spent some quality time with the show's recurring trio of stop-motion-animated rodents as they dealt with the stress of moving because gentrification—and the ensuing lack of litter/garbage for them to eat—was pushing them out of their downtown digs. So good! And we'd totally watch a rat-centric Portlandia spinoff, IFC.




WTF



Suits' rumpled Season 2 finale


After an impressive start, the final six episodes of Suits sophomore season felt tacked-on, and the the finale itself was a muddled mess of too many storylines and too many shocking turns that weren't actually all that shocking. Sadface.



A Bachelor bro ruins his sister's chance at love


Desiree's skeptical jerk of a sibling refused to play nice during this week's hometown dates, so Sean sent her packing because would you want that guy as a brother-in-law? THIS WAS GOING TO BE TRUE LOVE, GUYS!



Even Univision beat NBC in February Sweeps


Remember all those "NBC is back!" stories last fall? Yeah... those were a little premature. Turns out people like two things: NFL football and unresolved romantic tension between Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. As for everything else on the network? No thanks, says America. On the bright side, this almost guarantees that we'll get more Parks and Recreation and Parenthood.



The uneasy feeling that this may be Enlightened's last season


Campaigns to save HBO's quiet show are starting to mount on social-media sites, scaring the sh*t out of us. Despite getting better ratings in Season 2, the dramedy is unfortunately on the block. "This is my favorite show on TV right now," said Tim, who usually hates everything. We're hoping HBO does the right thing and orders a third season of this brilliant series, and we're ready to go to war for it. #theghostisseen



The Good Wife leans a little too heavily on quirk to resolve a muddled plot


The Good Wife has had issues with its smaller stories this season, and the DoJ investigation into Eli's campaign finance shenanigans has been no exception. It's been messy from the start, and while a glimmer of hope arrived in the form of Elsbeth defending Eli from Wendy Scott-Carr, "Red Team/Blue Team" turned the DoJ investigation—something you'd think would be serious—into a sitcom, with a quirkily malicious Kyle MacLachlan replacing Anika Noni Rose's Scott-Carr and a double-twist wiretapping to resolve the story. If we had to guess, we'd bet that only the Nick plot got less time from the writers room. Ugh. Nick.



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

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  • Momi Feb 26, 2013

    FTW: Person of Interest fantastic episode.
    FTW: Nathan Fillion's performance on Castle.
    FTW: Lip's phone call scene on Shameless.
    FTW: Inspector SpaceTime Convention.
    FTW: Ron Swanson punching some douchebag on Parks and Rec.
    FTW: Leslie and Ben Wedding.
    FTW: Everything on Arrow.
    FTW: Game of Thrones Trailer.

    WTF: Everything on The Walking Dead except the last 10 minutes.

  • KateSullivan Feb 25, 2013

    I sometimes feel like a total out of touch loser when I don't even know what is being talked about from week to week....

  • Cassandra_Elise Feb 25, 2013

    FTW: Nathan Fillion's dramatic performance on Castle
    FTW: The entire episode of TVD, especially Nina Dobrev's powerhouse performance
    FTW: Elementary continuing to get better and better each week and Sherlock/Watson's growing friendship
    FTW: Penny and Raj actually having plot/character development on TBBT. The Sheldon/Penny scenes continuing to be comedy gold.

    WTF: Jeremy is for realz dead on TVD :(
    WTF: My shows are all on hiatus!

  • IndianaMom Feb 26, 2013

    Oh, yes! Fillion FTW!

  • misslarousse Feb 25, 2013

    FTW: last episode of TVD

  • Lostindharma Feb 25, 2013

    Dear NBC
    Please Renew Parks and Rec for another season right now

    Thanks

  • MissMunchkin Feb 25, 2013

    FTW: Parks & Rec. Oh, Adam Scott. You make my Thursday nights (or Friday morning, depending on when I watch).

    WTF: Anthony nearly being booted off of Face Off. Like, seriously, do these judges even pay attention or do they just want to shock everybody?

  • MissMunchkin Feb 25, 2013

    Also, the Funny or Die thing was funny... except for the fact that they named an actual scripted show. Army Wives is an ACTUAL show, not a "reality" tv show, so it should not have been listed just because of its name.

  • WayneTunks Feb 25, 2013

    I personally loved the episodes of both The Good Wife and Suits. I certainly don't feel these eps of Suits have been tacked on, they have been riveting as the rest of the season. And as for The Good Wife, it is my favourite show, but I loved the ep. The mock trail was great and the Eli storyline was a great B storyline. Usually agree with you guys, but not this week.
    P.S I hope they continue Enlightened, what a wonderful show!

  • youngnan Feb 25, 2013

    Come on,this is the best list you guys can come up with? Lazy.

  • TVcom_editorial Feb 25, 2013

    What's on YOUR list? Let's hear it!

  • IndianaMom Feb 25, 2013

    The two best things I saw on TV this week were Parks & Rec's Leslie & Ben and Law & Order: SVU's Deadly Ambition. Both on NBC. Take that, Nielsens!

  • Anonymous_A Feb 25, 2013

    FTW - The awesomeness of Cult

    FTW - Zach Roerig and Nina Dobrev's crazy good acting on this week's TVD.

    FTW - Felicity officially a part of Ollie's team.

    WTF - SPN's ep. Seriously, what the hell was that?!

    WTF - Matt crying on TVD. It made me bawl my eyes out and it's been a while since I've cried because of something on TVD.

    WTF - Jeremy's death. :(

  • Anonymous_A Feb 25, 2013

    Another WTF - Cult's low ratings. I really want this show to be given a chance.

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