FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (Jan. 19)
The TV world likes to make a big deal out of award shows. The Golden Globes made a splash last weekend, the SAG awards this weekend, and so on. But here at TV.com, we go way beyond the antiquated annual format and have an awards show every seven days! It's called FTW vs. WTF and we hold it every weekend at Jen's apartment. It's amazing, even though the red carpet is a dish towel dyed with Kool-Aid and the hosts are Jen's cats. Someone should give us an Awardy for all our hard work! We'll be waiting. In the meantime, here's our latest list of what we thought was good and bad about television.
Community sets up Troy's departure with an emotionally satisfying (albeit familiar) episode
"Cooperative Polygraphy" hit a lot of the same beats as some past Community greats, but it also successfully balanced the familiar truth-telling in the study room with a heartwarming goodbye to the now departed Pierce. Also, Walton Goggins was out of his mind awesome. Also also, SPERM.
Harry Connick Jr. gives American Idol a nice jolt in the arm
After a few dour seasons (especially 2013's output, with Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj), Idol finally parsed its judges panel back down to the original number of three, and
the chemistry between Keith Urban, the returning Jennifer Lopez, and
brand-new Harry Connick Jr. made for a
solidly entertaining show, at least in the first four hours. Connick in particular seems very willing to
provide tangible feedback to the prospective contestants. J. Lo appears
rejuvenated after a year off, and Keith Urban, bless his heart, looks
happy to be free from last year's DIVA-OFF. Idol is still Idol, but it's nice to know the judges won't overtly hurt the series this year.
True Detective chews up, spits out the serial-killer genre
The premiere of HBO's gripping drama was as good as advertised, putting the men hunting the murderer ahead of all else. We'll get to the case eventually, but for right now we're happy to sit back and watch Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey act their movie-star asses off.
JLD, the real winner of Golden Globes
Congrats to Breaking Bad and Amy Poehler and everyone else who went home with shiny new trinkets, but the best performance at the awards went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She smoked an e-cig and rejected Reese Witherspoon's photo op when her name was called, adding the kind of surprise gag that makes awards ceremonies worth watching.
Archer finds a new source of income
With ISIS revealed to be a private firm instead of a government-run op, the agency got shut down and Archer, Lana, and everyone else were out of a job. The solution? Sell that massive pile of cocaine in the closet! A great reboot for a show that was in need of a reboot.
There were several reasons why Tuesday's "Seeds" worked so well, but in the end it came down to the fact that we finally had some movement on Skye's backstory in a real way. Discovering that she was an 0-8-4 that S.H.I.E.L.D. was sent to retrieve and protect 24 years ago opened the door to any number of possibilities for her character's future. And FitzSimmons were awesome, so that helped.
Aren't you thankful that we live in an age where an Eagleheart: Paradise Rising season finale
involves Chris Elliot in a surreal, Ken Russell-esque song number?
And Badge-Seeking Bullets and Brett Mobley as a gregarious Satan himself
and a wild prophecy centered on animated constellations engaging in '90s- era sitcom quips? The ultimate entry in what's been a welcome departure
for the series made good on its epic, existential journey to solidify its legacy as one of television's most original shows. Bravo!
Parker Young totally burned his Enlisted co-star
When Young's on-screen older brother Geoff Stults, of the one-and-done The Finder, gave him guff, he gave it right back.
Samantha Bee's gifted us with some insane performance art
The Daily Show correspondent killed it when she went interpretive on Fox New's The Five.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine drops some truth bombs
Despite its title and Jake/Amy hijinks, "The Bet" was all about Boyle, and Joe Lo Truglio had a great week as the precinct's most hapless detective capped off his recovery by cornering Rosa in the coat closet to set a few things straight.
HBO puts News Night with Will McAvoy (and The Newsroom) out to pasture
Seemingly confident of its upcoming programming slate, HBO announced that The Newsroom will join Boardwalk Empire (and True Blood) on the proverbial scrap heap by the end of 2014. There had been questions about the viability of third season, so it's not much of surprise that Aaron Sorkin's inconsistent, oftentimes miserable cable news soap is close to the end. But even though it never lived up to the hype, there are parts of The Newsroom we'll definitely miss. Mostly Olivia Munn's Sloan Sabbath, but hey, that's something.
Victoria, The Bachelor's town drunk
If you're still watching The Bachelor for romance, then you're more idealistic than us. We watch for the shitshow, and this season's first parade of turds came from Victoria, a 25-year-old legal assistant from Boca Raton. She was the "I've barely had anything to drink!" drunk tank queen, taking her boozy swagger all the way to the bathroom for an embarrassing meltdown. The good news: That was exactly what we wanted to see! The bad news: That was exactly what Juan Pablo didn't want to see, and she got the boot early, before he could not give her a rose. Way to ruin our fun, Juan Pablo! Now all our eggs are in the hands of Lucy the "free spirit."
And the Golden Globe goes to... Brooklyn Nine-Nine?
Yeah, this week's episode was good, but not only did Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine win the Golden Globe for best comedy just 12 episodes into its life, Andy Samberg won best comedy actor even though he's the weakest part of the series. What gives, Golden Globes?
Another news cycle full of anti-gay remarks and apologies
First it was Duck Dynasty, now it's The Bachelor. Setting aside the fact that there are lots of people out there who hold views we don't agree with, we're sick and tired of these reality TV scandals where a star says something terrible and/or stupid, and then the scrambling and backpedaling to save the show and its money train ensues.
Kate plus two of her daughters get real weird on the Today show
Those poor girls. Lots of teens hate it when their parents make them do stuff they don't wanna do, but this horribly awkward interview where Kate Gosselin scolded her 13-year-old twins into saying they loved being part of (Jon &) Kate Plus 8 was just sad.
What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?
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