FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (Jan. 19)

By TV.com Staff

Jan 19, 2014

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.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs its best episode in months

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.

Is this the end of Chris Monsanto?

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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  • chartah Jan 22, 2014

    Jeez, that Gosselin interview was a train wreck! Felt awful for the girls. Poor girls!

    On another note: Harry Connick Jr rocks! Who dat? :)

  • 2wksnotice Jan 20, 2014

    I think the networks are playing a dangerous game with reality show stars and the press.

    The networks seek out crazy personalities and crazy press. Most of the time it works out for them. When one real housewife insults another's vagina in the tabloids it's great for ratings (side note: people suck.) BUT the networks only want a certain kind of bad press. And unfortunately that's hard to predict or control, especially when they specificly cast people who lack self control and decorum.

  • Nikell Jan 20, 2014

    FTW: Harry Connick Jr.! <-----> WTF: Brooklyn Nine-Nine and all their awards.. and also.. Parker Young bit**ing!.. seriously... what's suburgatory?.. ahh w8... googled.. now i know.

  • Gully_Foyle Jan 20, 2014

    FTW : Trophy Wife, where Malin Ackerman was ripping the kids a new one. It was the bleeping and pixelation that elevated it to comedy gold

  • AngelColn Jan 20, 2014

    Why the Brooklyn Nine-Nine hate tv.com? If Jim Parson , The Big Bang Theory or Modern Family had won, you'll probably say; 'every year, the same thing. This is ridiculous!" But something unexpected happens, like a show that you don't like or get get's an award, you're bashing those shows all over the place. Yes, I find Andy and Brooklyn Nine-Nine funny, and their awards are well deserved, but that's just my opinion (also still like TBBT asides all the hate as well). We don't need to watch a show more that 10 seasons to see if good or not! Most of the shows are the best in their first seasons (BTW, remember a show called "THE OFFICE"!?) I NEVER GOT THE SEINFELD SHOW. It was good, but not my thing. And I can't use that reason to say that the show sucks. Besides that everybody hates New York except newyorkers (hehe!), I don't see why are you so biased against it. I still like tv.com but sometimes, I don't get YOU...

  • pebermynthe Jan 22, 2014

    I think people's issue with Brooklyn Nine-Nine winning, is that it's fine. Just that. It's fine. It's not like there's impressive comedy gold to be found there (okay, Chelsea Peretti dancing was, admittedly, awesome). They could've given the award to Parks and Recreation, a legitimately great show. And giving Andy Samberg the award is just weird. I will give you that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is funny and sort of good at times, but every show has issues it struggles with - and at the moment Samberg's character is one of those things for B99. Plus - nah. You know what? I can't say anything else about Samberg winning, because it just reminds me that Tatiana Maslany didn't win her category. How did that even happen!?! How??? (I will stop now - Shut it down. Shut it down.)

  • AngelColn Jan 23, 2014

    OK, I got your point there. Specially about Parks and Recreation. I love Brooklyn Nine Nine, but got to admit Parks and Recreation was waiting in line way before B99, and is another awesome comedy (But Amy Poehler FINALLY got justice this time with a well deserved GG ;) ). AND ABOUT TATIANA MASLANY!, you can't be more right. That woman is awesome. I wish this year she get the recognition she deserves.

  • lynna12000 Jan 20, 2014

    Brooklyn 99 is O.K. at best, but the sitcom field is pretty sparse this year. Not much to choose rom. Samburg is somewhat amusing; but Andre Braugher should have received the award. If only because his acting skills leave the rest of the cast in the dust.

  • stanking Jan 20, 2014

    FTW: Looks like moderators did some surgical removal of a very mean-spirited troll's comments. Nicely done.

  • ZeroCals Jan 20, 2014

    While Enlisted isn't the best comedy out there, this week's episode was hilarious.

    Parker Young was just straight up awesome as Randy, and his transformation into a "stone-cold killing machine" by his brother had me laughing non-stop.

  • Homer1338 Jan 20, 2014

    I watch Brooklyn 99. Its a great comedy but its no where near the best. GG was in Crazy Town this year.

  • Derpanos Jan 20, 2014

    FTW: Person of Interest, The Blacklist, True Detective, SVU, Sleepy Hollow, and - I'm not ashamed to say it - Enlisted. Best comedy of the year in my opinion? Enlisted. It's actually heartwarming in addition to funny and the chemistry between the cast is fantastic. I still have some programs on the DVR, so that's all I'll say, for now.

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