FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (January 27)

By TV.com Staff

Jan 27, 2013

Unless you live in Australia or on Mercury, IT'S COLD OUT! Our advice: Print ten copies of this page, set nine of them on fire, and read the last one while you curl up by the flames. It may not be environmentally friendly, but it's the environment's fault for not being warm in the first place. Your move, environment! Can you tell that the intros to these weekly wrap-ups are getting weirder and weirder? Do you even read these intros or do you just skip to the list below? Let us know in the comments otherwise we'll just start putting random words and letters in here to save us all some trouble. Anyway, here's some good things and bad things we noticed this week in the world of television!


30 Rock's penultimate episode

"A Goon's Deed in a Weary World" set Liz free to have a personal life as the cast and crew of TGS finally did something selfless for once, and then she ended up adopting 8-year-old versions of Tracy and Jenna—which, as Liz noted, "seemed about right." And with only one episode left to go, Kenneth is now running NBC, just as Jack predicted he would waaaay back in Season 1 (it was either that, or they'd all be dead by Kenneth's hand); Kenneth's full-body hug and Jack's staring-out-the-window-while-drinking-Scotch was pretty amazing. Also: "I mean, the monkey was funny, dammit!"

Let's Go LARPing With the Winchesters!

Felicia Day returned to Supernatural when a very real threat began terrorizing the subjects of her pretend kingdom, Moondoor. Fairies, gore, and Dean Winchester quoting Braveheart armed with a foam sword and a wig—what more could you want on a Wednesday night?

Burning Love burns again

Yahoo's Burning Love web series has a Season 2 trailer, this time trading bachelor Ken Marino for bachelorette June Diane Raphael and an impressive collection of suitors. We'll be looking forward to another Party Down reunion with Adam Scott, Ryan Hansen, and Martin Starr. Plus Michael Cera, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Jerry O'Connell, Colin Hanks, and potentially various Nick Kroll characters to remind you he has a show now. And speaking of that show...

The intertwining reality of Kroll Show

Comedy Central's new sketch show is doing a thing. And that thing involves spinning off reality show parodies from other reality show parodies that will whirl in a mobius strip of insanity for the entire season. In week one, a pair of bimbo publicists were featured in PubLIZity as they held a fundraiser for dogs with cancer and hired an animal plastic surgeon named Dr. Ormond. In week two, Dr. Ormond got his own family docu-drama Ormond of the House, which also introduced us to his hilariously hellraising son Roman. Will week three feature the weed-smoking basketball tutor from Craigslist?

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Like Hard Knocks, but with baby dogs.

Julius Pepperwood

While we usually favor Drunk Nick episodes of New Girl, Julius Pepperwood from Chicago come back whenever he wants. "Thin crust pizza? No, thanks. I'm from Chicago." We'd also drop everything to read his zombie detective series in a heartbeat! Or a brainssss-beat. What?

Americans' taste in television offers a literal translation of what they like IRL

On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert did a nice little segment about the meaning of a recent "the popularity of Downton Abbey means America loves rich people" argument, as other buzzworthy TV series are concerned. Simple but funny.

Last Resort decommissions the USS Colorado

While the fact that ABC sank the nuclear submarine drama is most certainly a WTF, the show went out with as strong a finale as possible given its circumstances, and we're thankful it made it to the air.


American Horror Story's adequately tame Season 2 finale

On the one hand it answered most of our questions and was beautifully filmed, so yay. But on the other, a season's worth of depraved crazy culminated with Lana chatting on a sofa for an hour. Okay, fine, and she blew her son's face off, but there could have been so much more. Was it a FTW or an FTW for you?


Cult sitcoms dropping like flies

Though it comes as no surprise given the shows' paltry ratings, fans of quirky sitcoms lost ABC's Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 and Fox's Ben and Kate this week when their respective networks axed them on consecutive days. An already too-small roster of network series helmed by female showrunners is now down by two, though hopefully we haven't seen the last of Nahnatchka Khan or Dana Fox. At least this frees up Dakota Johnson and Krysten Ritter to perhaps star in a sitcom revamp of America's favorite frenemies, Betty & Veronica.

The film crew from The Office shows up

After years of giving the Halperts preferential treatment, the doc crew turned off the cameras to console Pam after Jim was mean to her. It was a little silly based on the content of the argument, but that was to be expected since the guy holding the boom was Moe from The Three Stooges movie. Also: Still no Werner Herzog sighting.

Glee ripped off Jonathan Coulton

Apparently, the Glee powers that be didn't ask permission before possibly (probably) using his arrangement of Sir Mix A Lot's "Baby Got Back" in the show's mid-season premiere and the Lord of Skullcrusher Mountain is understandably unhappy about it. For goodness' sake, Glee, if you're going to steal an arrangement, at least take out the part where the guy says his own name. Do not mess with the guy who wrote the Portal songs. Wired has the scoop.

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

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  • lalaforever1989 Jan 30, 2013

    WTF: Not sure if this week is extra special or what... but I've been hearing alot of stuff about how batshit crazy AMC is going right now. They cut Breaking Bad short long before their time.. (in my opinion) and now writers are going off on them on twitter about this whole Walking Dead getting ANOTHER new showrunner for season 4. And how they treated Glen.

  • vicbjones Jan 29, 2013

    FTW: Charlie Pierce's in-studio extra-long segment on The Stephanie Miller Show, especially when Stephanie and the mooks essentially stepped back and let Pierce do Right Wing World on his own; the hand-crank snuff film motive and the escape from the darkroom by making gunpowder from the chemicals in the room on Ripper Street; the killer on The Following being so different from the character the actor played in John Carter that I wouldn't have known they were the same person if I hadn't looked the actor up.

  • crazedtvhead91 Jan 29, 2013

    Is that Betty and Veronica thing with Dakota Johnson and Krysten Ritter true? Because i would watch that in heartbeat. And James would make a perfect Archie.

  • KiowaWoolley Jan 29, 2013

    another big WTF is this years American idol. from the judges to the production to the 'talent'. X Factor at least had a few people with talent.

  • JohnCouto Jan 28, 2013

    Who cares about the sir mix a lot song? First, it's not even Jonathan's song to begin with and second, this was possibly the worst number on glee, ever. Actually, worst number in a musical, period!

  • JohnCouto Jan 28, 2013

    "Okay, fine, and she blew her son's face off, but there could have been so much more. Was it a FTW or an FTW for you?"

    I guess FTW, I have no other option. Lol ;)

  • Whedonrules Jan 28, 2013

    FTW: Tim Olyphant as Archer's former bestie "Luke", who was now in love with him on "Archer".

    The introduction of Marcus Crassus to the world of "Spartacus".

    (also Saxa bringing back a couple of girls to join her and Gannacus after the opening battle sequence- Best Girfriend Ever)

    The fight scene in "Banshee" between Lucas and the MMA fighter- one of the most satisfying beatdowns (the entire fight scene was quite impressive for a tv show) I've seen on television in a while. This show just keeps getting better week after week and I will be very angry when Ivana Milicevek gets screwed out of her deserved Emmy nomination in the fall.

    and as been stated already: Sheila Shay's belting out "Barracuda" in the garage on "Suburgatory". That show started out great and is now very hit or miss with the misses piling up - but that scene definitely a hit.

    WTF: Two of the only comedies I watch on network television get canceled, RIP "Don't Trust the Bitch" and "Ben and Kate". Poor Ms. Ritter. I haven't been this bummed since Starz dumped your last show "Gravity".

  • flyboy183 Jan 28, 2013

    FTW... The Godfather Phil Dunphy!! Absolutely the best "Modern Family" in ages!!

  • youngnan Jan 28, 2013

    FTW- The YOLO (You Oughta Look Out) short on SNL with Adam. That was one of their best ever.

    WTF - all the episodes of American Horror Story after the "nipple lamp" incident. It's like RM came up with the perfect beginning, perfect middle and thought no one would notice if he ballsed up the ending.

  • brag0031 Jan 29, 2013

    That was the only good part of SNL. I thought Circle Work and the Firehouse sketches were asolute trainwrecks. The rest was forgettable.

  • TVcom_editorial Staff Jan 31, 2013

    Agreed on SNL. We're late on it since we put the story together before Saturday night, but YOLO is in the running for this coming weekend's edition. I - Jen - thought the Sopranos Diaries sketch was pretty good too, but the rest of the episode was meh to yuck.

    Damn YOLO song has been stuck in my head all week, though.

  • Cortexifan Jan 28, 2013

    FTW: Fringe Friday is still happening - re-runs on the Science Channel
    WTF: First weekend without new Fringe - no more :(

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