FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (July 15)

By TV.com Staff

Jul 15, 2012

What a week: Between the post-July 4th influx of new episodes and the insanity of Comic-Con, there was a lot to love... and a little to hate. Here's what made our list for the week of July 8–14.


Sesame Street / Cookie Monster's version of "Call Me Maybe"

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The Legend of Korra gets a 22-episode Season 2

Not that we're surprised. The Nickelodeon show that probably garners equal parts child and adult audiences is officially back, and by the looks of things it will be sticking around for quite some time. (P.S. Keep an eye out for a recap of the show's Comic-Con panel, which should be up on the site soon!)

The good parts of Comic-Con

New trailers! Cool costumes! Alison Brie rapping! The 'Con is totally exhausting but also it's so much fun.

Louie's man date

The FX comedy is on fire in Season 3, and this week's episode was all about the touchy topic of taking a friendship too far. Louie will be a FTW each week until it stops being awesome, which at this rate should be never.

Frontline educates us with Endgame: AIDS in Black America

School isn't the only place you can learn new things, there's also TV! And this week Frontline educated us on the plight of AIDS in the African American community and opened our eyes to a world pretty much overlooked by the media. Heartfelt and heartbreaking interviews tracing HIV's penetration and devastation of an entire group of people.

The Onion's new reality parody, Sex House

Whether you loathe-watch reality TV shows like The Real World or can't even stomach it because holy-crap-these-people-are-all-just-so-freakin-terrible, you'll likely enjoy Sex House, the new faux reality show from the biggest news satire organization, The Onion.

A Supercut of Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman saying "Yo, Yo"

Gawker released yet another video that cuts togethers a shiz-ton of Jesse's "yo"s—and it's hilarity! The best is when Skylar and Walter start their "yo" rebuttals.

Covert Affairs season premiere was surprisingly awesome

After two seasons of good girl super spy Annie Walker, USA shook things up with a death in the first five minutes of the premiere and a new assignment for Annie. Sarah Clarke joined the cast as Lena Smith, an agent who likes to bend the rules and encourages Annie to do so as well. Also, Piper Perabo spends a lot more time semi naked.

Omarasa—yes, that Omarasa—is a hero!

The former reality terror saved the life of her boyfriend, actor Michael Clarke Duncan, after giving the big guy CPR when he suffered a heart attack. He's now in the hospital in stable condition.


David Letterman might have spoiled The Dark Knight Rises

During an interview with Anne Hathaway on Thursday, David Letterman showered the upcoming conclusion to the Christopher Nolan trilogy with praise, saying, "What I liked about it is—people say, 'Well, I haven't seen the first [two].' I said it's not necessary, it's not essential to see all previous installments of Batman. And in the end, Batman is [insert spoiler]" He quickly backtracked by saying that Christian Bale isn't [spoiler], while Hathaway warned him that he'd just incurred some serious wrath from hardcore Bat-fans. Here's the video, if you dare.

Cable provider vs. TV network runarounds

After months of negotiations over whether or not DirecTV should be allowed to purchase channels individually from Viacom, with Viacom insisting that DirecTV must pay for ALL Viacom channels, DirecTV dropped Viacom channels altogether. DirecTV subscribers are the ones who are really suffering, currently without such staples as Comedy Central and Nickelodeon while the two companies continue to have it out. And this is the second such happening in as many weeks, as Dish recently dropped AMC after a similar contract dispute. What will the cable providers take away next... our remote controls?

The Newsroom's News Night has the best booking agent in the business

The show's dramatic dialogue is easier to endure than some of the set-ups it employs—like expecting us to believe that Will McAvoy gets one Tea Party candidate after another to appear and be ridiculed on his program.

The TIMING of Comic-Con

For some shows, it works. For others it's the worst possible time to do press. Reporter: "What can you tell us about the upcoming season?" Actor: "Nothing really. We don't know anything yet because we haven't even had a table read." Reporter: "Oh. Well then how has your experience at Comic-Con been?" Audience: "NOT THIS QUESTION AGAIN!"

More disappointment at the 'Con

For every awesome thing that happens at Comic-Con, it seems like there are two heartbreaking ones. The Firefly reunion panel sounded great, but the heartbreak suffered by superfans who couldn't get into it was a bummer to see. And there were kids who couldn't see the preceding The Legend of Korra panel because of the Firefly fans in line for Ballroom 20. Won't anyone think of the children?

Shaun's The Bachelorette departure

It wasn't particularly "WTF"-filled, but watching a grown man get dumped on national television mere (TV-edited) minutes after he finally drops the "L" bomb is cringeworthy enough to include.

What made your list of TV loves and hates this week?

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  • stanking Jul 18, 2012

    WTF: That tv.com IT staff continues to fail to weed out these stupid spam posts. C'mon, dudes, quit watching porn and playing online games and do your deleted job!

  • Anonymous_A Jul 18, 2012

    FTW: FINALLY getting a premiere date for Season 3 of The Walking Dead. October 14 can't come here fast enough!

  • PriyankaSharm1 Jul 17, 2012

    wtf: emily maynard's boyfriend dumping outfit consisting of a ridiculously awkward skirt and that horrid low ponytail ft: obvious extensions...

  • thorswitch Jul 17, 2012

    FTW: Teen Wolf gets a 24-episode Season 3 - how could you leave THAT one off?!?!

  • Anonymous_A Jul 17, 2012

    The 24 episodes bit can also be considered a bad thing.

  • kryptonkalel27 Jul 21, 2012

    Agreed, the intricate and tightly nit mystery of the season will be forced to endure filler episodes which can only be bad. IMO i don't think a single show functions flawlessly with a 24-episode season. That method of storytelling on TV is DEAD.

  • vicbjones Jul 17, 2012

    Does Comic-Con really belong on a list of TV likes and dislikes, especially the logistics of the event?

    FTW: Mitch Pileggi on Dallas; the way the two plots were tied together on Perception; BET's Luther marathon.

  • shocker713 Jul 16, 2012

    I've never even heard the original "Call Me Maybe," and it's supposed to be, like, THE song of the summer.

  • Taccado Jul 16, 2012

    It looks like Covert Affairs is building up for a season long story line, which is a good thing. While I enjoyed the last season, it felt a little disjointed. The only story line that lasted the whole season was the question about who was leaking CIA information to the press. And that didn't involve Annie. Now they have files that Jai left behind which might lead to the uncovering of a conspiracy within the CIA.

    It also seems that Annie is toughening up this season and is willing to move more in the grey zone. That'll put some strain on her relationships with Danielle and Auggie. And there might be, finger crossed, some action between Annie and Auggie. I think the show has been teasing us with that long enough. Just bring it on already.

  • cecylia248 Jul 16, 2012

    Haa! Annie and Augie <3!..

    Also, i will be super pissed if Jai IS NOT actually dead!!

    I kept repeating his meeting with Annie at the diner..he looked clearly shaken (enough to fake his own death), but that guy that bumped with Annie as she was leaving (looked like he was a spy, he went out after Jai, so he must have detonated the bomb outside the diner..which is weird considering the position of the diner and the bomb blast).

    Had too much time on my hands and i used it to re-watch the same scene..so if he is not actually dead..am gonna be mad!!

  • drummer4916 Jul 16, 2012

    If only the first season of Legend of Korra was 22 episodes, then we could've had some real character development and a better ending for Amon *sigh* ....

  • kryptonkalel27 Jul 21, 2012

    Agreed. Or perhaps a better show all together! Korra was a disgrace to Avatar last Airbender. This nicely written article by a fan needs to be read by all Avatar/Korra lovers.


  • misslee022884 Jul 16, 2012

    FTW for me is Suits, I absolutely ADORE this show.

    WTF is looking for AMC and realizing that my cable provider dropped it. I mean really, WTF!!?

  • Knightshade03 Jul 16, 2012

    Glad to see Korra getting 22 episodes; hope that means a lot more character development and maybe her going into the Avatar State a few times. Hopefully, DTV and Viacom will settle their dispute before Korra's next season starts up.

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