FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (June 23)

By TV.com Staff

Jun 23, 2013

Intro! Intro! Intro. Intro! Intro. Intro. Intro. Intro. Intro! Intro. Intro. Intro. Intro-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o! 

Now let's everybody please give a round of applause to our guest intro writer, Hodor from Game of Thrones (that last bit was shouted into a well), and get right to talking about was supermoon-hot and supermoon-not on TV this week. 

IFC's "slightly off" Father's Day programming

Ah, The Shining—that beloved classic about a father and his son spending some quality time in a remote mountain hotel. Well played, IFC. Well played.

Mad Men's "The Quality of Mercy"

Don acted like a dick, Sally acted like a grown-up, and Pete was forced to work with an increasingly unnerving Bob Benson. Glenn returned, and Kenny almost died. "The Quality of Mercy" was an excellent penultimate episode to a generally awesome season. Can't wait for tonight's finale! 

Buff-ass Adrian Pasdar on Burn Notice

Whether you remember him as the baby-faced vampire in Near Dark or the airborne Nathan Petrelli from Heroes, Pasdar as soldier-turned-terrorist Randall Burke is shaping up to be one of the more sinister antagonists Westen and company have dealt with. But even more surprising is how stacked the guy has become. He's like twice the size of his old self. Dude is swole!

Hannibal's salty, gut-wrenching Season 1 finale

There was no way things would end well for Will Graham this season, but that knowledge didn't make the season finale any less suspenseful—or horrifying—to watch. Between Will's realization about Hannibal, Hannibal's effortless lowering of the boom on Will, and then Hannibal serving up Abigail as "veal" to a perhaps more-in-on-it-than-she's-been-letting-on Dr. Du Maurier, it was one of the season's best finales. The only WTF is that we have to wait until 2014 for Season 2. 

Wilfred gets Stinky

Orphan Black isn't the only clone show on television. The Season 3 premiere of FX's weird comedy revealed that Wilfred was cloned, giving us twice as much of the pooch we love and providing Jason Gann with an opportunity to show off what Wilfred would be like as a spoiled mutt. 

True Blood's premiere leaves us hopeful for the rest of Season 6

Yes, the show is ridiculous and it's certainly got a lot of work to do this season, but "Who Are You, Really" was fun overall and earned a lot of goodwill by mostly letting us rest our eyeroll-happy peepers. Between killing Luna, bringing back the old Bill (if only for a bit), and giving us a great scene with Lafayette—not to mention a good look at Alcide's bare ass—we're excited to see what the rest of this season has in store. 

Stephen Colbert's touching tribute to his mom

“If you watch this show, and you like this show, that’s because of everybody that works here, and I’m lucky to be one of them. But when you watch the show, if you also like me, that’s because of my mom.” The late-night host opened his first new episode after his mother's recent passing with a eulogy so moving that we couldn't help but tear up while watching it.

Holsten's Confectionary's touching tribute to James Gandolfini

The New Jersey sweet shop reserved the booth where The Sopranos filmed its famous last scene, in memory of the late actor and one of his most iconic roles.

Futurama is back, one last time

Sure, technically anything could happen—maybe the beloved animated series will be saved from cancellation once again. But that won't stop us from cherishing this final-until-we-hear-otherwise season like it's the last. Because it probably is. And while Wednesday's two-episode premiere was a little rocky at times, there was still lots to like: Flatland! Simian 7! The return of Guenter! Our Wednesdays just got a bit brighter, at least for the next couple months. (WTF to Comedy Central for spoiling the zoo twist of "Fry and Leela's Big Fling" in its promos, though.)

The Borgias' season-turned-series finale still satisfies

Showtime's decision to end the show with Season 3 certainly wasn't ideal, but "The Prince" did a pretty respectable job of closing out the series on a high note. As a season finale it was solid, as an on-purpose series finale it was just so-so, but given the circumstances, it was a decent farewell. 

R.I.P. James Gandolfini

There's little we can say that hasn't already been said: The Sopranos actor died too young, and he will be missed. 

The Bachelorette's awkward Hurricane Sandy outreach

We're fully aware that we've entered broken record territory with our Bachelorette WTFs (Can't. Stop. Watching...), but one of this week's dates involved a helicopter tour of the Jersey Shore to see the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. Don't get us wrong, the older couple who Des and her hunky hunk met and gave their date to was adorable and completely deserving of some good luck—but no matter how you slice it, surveying the site of a natural disaster isn't exactly romantic, and phony philanthropy from an ABC dating show isn't going to be what tips the scales toward getting the area back on track. 

The first trailer for Beware the Batman doesn't wow

Since Cartoon Network canceled the good-to-decent shows of its DC Nation programming block, we've been awaiting the upcoming premiere Beware the Batman with cautious optimism. The sizzle reel offers only a few action sequences, but the decision to use lesser-known DC villains—the ones seen in the trailer include Magpie, Anarky, Professor Pyg, and Mister Toad—could make the show stand out even if the animation has the same plastic-feeling 3-D CGI that took Green Lantern: The Animated Series a while to grow into (or maybe we just got used to it). Guess will find out when the series debuts on July 13, but we were hoping for a little more excitement, you know?

FX's comedy trajectory

The green light for a Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer multi-camera sitcom about odd-couple lawyers is the latest project to come out of "see how 10 episodes do and then order 90 more" model made famous by Ice Cube and Tyler Perry, and the third for FX (Anger Management and George Lopez's upcoming sitcom being the other two). Guess what? Those kinds of comedies tend to be pretty crappy! So please don't confuse them with FX's other, better work, like It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaLouie, and The League. Those shows will anchor the yet-to-launch FXX, where comedy will still be awesome.

The big C on Warehouse 13

Myka Bering found out she has ovarian cancer because Warehouse 13 is totally the sort of mature and thoughtful series that excels at nuanced stories like a life-shattering cancer diagnosis. It definitely won't be the most WTF RU THINKING? storyline of the season. Nope. Never.

The Paula Deen "situation"

After a week full of allegations and admissions over using the N-word and wanting to stage a "plantation-style" wedding with black waiters dressed as slaves, the pro-butter celebrity chef filmed a flimsy apology and then got fired anyway. We're not saying that Bill Maher doesn't have a point with regard to our "outrage economy," but being born 60 years ago isn't an excuse; we're pretty confident that the only thing Deen is truly sorry about is that she got caught. 

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

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  • Whedonrules Jun 27, 2013

    FTW: Where do two of the most famous corpses from 'The Godfather' go after they die? Apparently they end up in "Magic City". Adding James Cann to a show that already had Alex Rocco was awesome.

  • jekyll Jun 25, 2013

    This whole Paula Deen thing is such overblown nonsense. There's a big segment of the population that tells black jokes; they're called "white people". Really she's a senior citizen from Georgia, didn't everyone just assume she uses the n-word behind closed doors?

  • funnyl3unni Jun 25, 2013

    I could list a lot of FTWs and WTFs for numerous different shows, but most of it has been said already in the comments. I will give a huge FTW to an amazing week/month/etc of hockey in a season that almost never was. I almost forget the huge lockout that let up to, and shortened/almost killed, this hockey season - the finals have been some of the best hockey games I've seen in quite some time. Okay, enough sports talk, Warehouse 13 is on.

  • lalaforever1989 Jun 24, 2013

    WTF: No edit button.

  • ted2332 Jun 24, 2013

    The Big C on Warehouse 13. LOL

  • JT_Kirk Jun 24, 2013

    Really, that's what you focus on for Adrian Pasdar, his build? He had a good build 17 years ago on Fox's "Profit" too, but it's his talent that really mattered, I thought. And he's bringing it here on Burn Notice as well, at first the part seemed a tad basic but he really got into things in the second episode.

    Thanks for the love on Futurama, while not the strongest episodes to start the final season, they were entertaining. For me, the top moment was my avatar-sake converting the Planet Express Ship into a sweet-ass street rod. And since I didn't watch the CC promo that ruined the "Big Fling" episode, that worked pretty well.

    WTF indeed to Beware the Batman's trailer. As design, it looked really bad, so I wasn't expecting much, but geez does it look even worse in animated form, everybody's hollow and rubbery and weightless, the faces look terrible, and the action looks cliche and sad. This looks like butt.

    Ha! Eat it FX for aiming low with sitcoms. Flush goes the network.

    Yeah, WTF to a cancer moment on W13 last week? The main ending was already a downer, there's no time to deal with a long drawn out situation at this point, and this isn't a "serious" show like that, so to drop that in our laps was cheap.

  • fmpic Jun 24, 2013

    On Paula Deen, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdrvNeuc7jY

  • DrSpongejr Jun 24, 2013

    FTW: Jimmy Fallon's video game week. It was fun seeing Fallon try out all the games, and the theme song was pretty awesome. Probably the WTF for me is why they rated Thursday's episode TV-MA LV when Jimmy Fallon doesn't get close to that kind of edginess and the footage of Call of Duty wasn't very violent at all, especially considering Hannibal gets a TV-14 rating.

  • funnyl3unni Jun 25, 2013

    Also loved his "DO NOT GAME" segment. definitely a FTW week for Fallon

  • AndreaMcCooey Jun 24, 2013

    FTW: I'm watching Les Revenants on Channel 4, and it is brilliant. Definitely my favourite new series. Really recommend it! And it'd be great if someone here could review it maybe? I'd love to talk to other commenters on here about whats going on!!
    I think the new True Blood might be a FTWTF for me, as I know its a million times better than last seasons drivel, but its still lacking some of its old magic. Haven't seen the second episode yet so I cant comment on that. Time will tell if it deserves to be still on the air.

  • ScorpioneRosso Jun 24, 2013

    I have already watched Les Revenants in their original French release and it is indeed brilliant! Enjoy them as much as you can because it has been announced that filming Season 2 will start on April 2014 so we won't see before autumn/winter 2014.

  • Isobel Jun 24, 2013

    I just have to vow to hate Batman Beware and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. They took the spot of my beloved and canceled 'Young Justice' how many show are all those other heroes on? Plenty. But the YJ heroes THEY HAD ONE SHOW TO SURVIVE. Plus the animation was hecka better than this stupid CGI shit.

    Outlines. Cartoon. Have. Outlines. COME ON.

  • JT_Kirk Jun 24, 2013

    GLTAS didn't take any spots of YJ, Teen Titans Go replaced YJ (what a waste! rehashing a series that already had its run). GLTAS ran with YJ. Beware the Batman replaces GLTAS, and indeed looks really bad.

  • Isobel Jun 25, 2013

    Ah Teen Titans, my bad. But still, a ridiculous substitute, I just can't get over the annoying tiny versions and their dialogue, seriously, Cartoon Network didn't used to cater for preschoolers.

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