FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (January 13)

By TV.com Staff

Jan 13, 2013

It's almost like TV never took any time off for the holidays—all of a sudden our DVRs are packed again. So let's talk about some of it, shall we? Here's what we thought was awesome and less so on the boob tube this week...


Jimmy Kimmel goes all-out for his move to 11:35pm but forgets to book his own studio

We'll buy knives from Will Ferrell and Ryan Gosling any day.

"Edith with Googly Eyes"

In honor of Downton Abbey's return to the States, a simple yet effective way of bringing the lulz to the Crawley estate.

A good week for soap opera fans

Soaps on American daytime TV are a dying breed, but a few rays of sunlight peeked through the dark clouds this week: NBC renewed Days Of Our Lives through 2014, and the series aired its 12,000th (!) episode on Jan. 11. Elsewhere, the studio Prospect Park managed to reach an agreement with various unions to revive canceled sudsers All My Children and One Live to Live. They'll air on the forthcoming web-only Online Network, and production on both shows will begin in February.

Fusco's side trip with a model

In this week's excellent episode of Person of Interest, Detective Fusco made the most out of a few minutes of screen time scattered throughout the busy hour as he became a hero to real-life supermodel Karolina Kurkova. We only checked in on Fusco when Finch called him because he needed something, but every time that phone rang, Fusco was either getting maced, shot at, or kissed on the lips by the damsel he'd just saved. Person of Interest may be known as an action procedural, but it can be damn funny too.

This year's Puppy Bowl is going to have hedgehog cheerleaders


B.J.'s fake news broadcast on Ben and Kate

The running gag of B.J. lying to her mother (Jane Seymour) about all her career accomplishments was funny enough, but then we got to SEE a fake news broadcast she'd made in her garage to pull off a particularly egregious lie... and it was pretty amazing. From B.J's bad anchorwoman hair to Ben's terrible weatherman routine, we would DEFINITELY watch an entire episode of just that.

Game of Thrones' stylish new Season 3 teaser

For a promo includes nary a second of new footage, this "their world comes to ours" clip is admirable for at least doing something original—you know, instead of just recycling old scenes and adding "just wait 'til you see what happens next!" in the voiceover. Plus we're always happy to hear The National's rendition "The Rains of Castamere." Now go eat some pigeons, three-eyed raven!

Speaking of Game of Thrones, check out the Stark kids' latest take on the show's intro

Last year they sang the theme song to the HBO hit on the Season 1 DVD set; this year they're freestyling and beat-boxing over it. Frickin' adorable. Someone please invent a pill that keeps these kids the same age forever.

The camera work of American Horror Story: Asylum's "Spilt Milk"

The series has always been stylish and polished, but in particular this week's stellar episode was streets ahead artistically. Swooping camera movements, outrageous angles, gorgeous compositions—it was almost enough to distract us from how satisfyingly (and surprisingly) the storylines have started to wrap up.

The Vampire Diaries' first official spin-off, The Originals

This announcement just seemed like a no-brainer to us: TVD has too many characters, and many of them are too excellent to kill off. And now boom! Klaus, his siblings, and Phoebe Tonkin get their own show! We couldn't be more excited about this, but we'll admit to a bit of anxiety... will TVD be hurt by a lack of Joseph Morgan? Either way, this is good news for fans of insanely entertaining television.


The Office's return from hiatus makes us itch

There's nothing like a weak return after a hiatus to make you realize how good a show used to be. "Lice" certainly had its moments, but a whole cold open about Jim biting his lip? Darryl wanting to break up with Val after fighting so hard for her? Seeing the bug bomb joke TWICE—and after NBC gave it away in episode promos, no less? It's the last season; we just want the show to go out on a high decent note, you know? Oh well, at least Meredith looks kinda good as a bald lady...

The Big Bang Theory just doesn't get it

The Penny-and-the-girls-discover-comic-books storyline wasn't as bad as it initially sounded, but really? Really? They're women, not space aliens. Just one extra with ladyparts hanging around the back stacks of Stu's shop would have been nice. Just one.

Nashville's Ranya and Juliet are just now going on that tour

In the wonderful pilot of ABC's country music drama, the primary tension was the probability of a tour that would bring together the show's two main characters, the fading star Rayna James (Connie Britton) and the up-and-comer Juliet Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). The women certainly didn't want to spend time together in the same small dressing room, let alone the same big arenas. And yet, even though the pilot suggested this big conflict, and ABC marketed the hell out of said conflict, it was only this week, at the end of Episode 9, that the show got around to putting the ladies on those tour buses. While the writers have managed to get solid material out of delaying the inevitable, they've still been delaying the inevitable; here's hoping the back-half of Season 1 can consistently reach the quality the pilot promised.

A sad farewell to a California legend

This one's actually a WTFRIP: Huell Howser, host of the PBS show California's Gold who in the past has been "honored" by standup comics and The Simpsons, passed away this week. Howser was a totally unaffected television personality whose enthusiasm for learning everything about the California landmarks he visited, no matter how trivial, made for enriching television. His programs were full of accidental comedy and information, and whether viewers made fun of him or took him seriously, everyone respected his sincerity. We'll miss you, Huell.

ABC's out-of-order airing of its two best comedies

On one hand, we're all for getting to see two episodes of Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 each week. On the other, we're super annoyed that ABC is not only probably burning them off, but airing them out of order. Don't Trust the B----'s sequence was especially bad this week, what with June's job switch and Mark seemingly time-traveling to the past.

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

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  • Suncatcher1 Jan 18, 2013

    CBS you are spoiling us! Amazing new episodes from the 2 best shows on TV:
    Person of Interest (16 million viewers last week!) and NCIS (new record for viewers at 21+ million). They both earned these figures turning in stunning new episodes beautifully written & acted week after week.
    These 2 shows pull the top 5 largest audiences every week for network TV. You'd think awards shows (People's Choice, Golden Globes, Emmy's, etc) would give them ANY acknowledgement - but they continue to be 100% snubbed So. Our family & friends are snubbing these awards programs 100%.

  • MissRight Jan 15, 2013

    Could B.J.'s news anchor lady be a sort of nod to Holly Ellenbogen (probably spelling that wrong) of CBS's (criminally) short-lived sitcom The Class? That was definitely the first time I became aware of Lucy and that bit definitely made me think of that show.

  • Glimmy Jan 15, 2013

    I genuinely laughed out loud every time Fusco appeared on screen with that supermodel. Brilliant episode of Person Of Interest and a brilliant comic turn by the actor, Kevin Chapman.

  • JohnCouto Jan 14, 2013

    I'm a Carolina and Klaus "SHIPPER"... But I'm totally in for this spin off!

  • KateSullivan Jan 14, 2013

    I am really annoyed with the the ABC comedy thing, it can't even be justified by saying well you watch reruns. But that is just it, we are still getting to know all these characters (Apt. 23 especially since that show is really about how Chloe is not really a bitch but a self obsessed party girl who will stand up for her friends, how June likes to play the wide eyed mid western but she actually has a fun dark edge to her, etc.)

    I am also worried about this spin off idea, both for the missing element on TVD (though streamlined that show would be good) and that, well, I like Klaus and Rebekkah, but unless you can promise be Elijiah, I am not too excited. I had really liked the idea, back when he was still alive, of Alaric taking Jeremy away and they resume vampire hunting and protecting Mystic Falls from outsiders, they would both have connections to the characters on TVD but they wouldn't be so important to them that you have to remember that you have a storyline going to impact the other show. I always thought it was one of the weaknesses of Angel, that they had to address or deal with things on Buffy (like sort of nothing when she died, but when she returned Angel disappears for awhile and we don't see it).

    I liked the BBT and, well, you can see my opinion on that recap.

  • Robd75 Jan 14, 2013

    FTW: Elementary - The show has risen above it's snarky procedural roots over the past few weeks and has done an excellent job of tying the, up until this point, fairly disjoint pieces together. The introduction of Irene Adler and Moriarty were well done and provided a context for Holmes addiction and move to New York.

  • IndianaMom Jan 14, 2013

    FTW - an excellent episode of NCIS with a gripping ending.

  • Atlantida Jan 14, 2013

    I'm still not sure how to treat this Klaus spin-off news but it seems not very good to me. TVD w/o Klaus will def. turn into Gone with the Wind - all love triangle drama and no funny originals distractions.
    And - with all due respect to the Originals - I'm not sure I want to delve into their storylines so much? Flashbacks are quite enough for me. I just don't see how they're going to wrap it up.

  • KevinG87 Jan 14, 2013

    the way networks like to air comedies out of order has always annoyed me, but Apt 23 was even worse.. they had 13 episodes for season 1 but only aired a handful and held the rest off and are mixing them in season 2 and totally screwing up any story telling that is going on.. atleast Happy Endings' episode tonight was pretty standalone so it didn't seem too out of place, considering it was actually supposed to be episode 21 of season 2...

    I can live without Apt 23, but ABC cancelling Happy Endings will be the biggest WTF when that happens.

  • sleepy-sonic Jan 14, 2013

    FTW: The whole episode of POI and Klaus spin-off

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