FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (April 12)

Since it's spring, it's time to do some spring-cleaning. And for television fanatics like you that means wiping the two-inch layer of dust off the top of the television, washing your eyeballs out with soap, and sifting through your DVR to drop some dead weight (go ahead and erase all 14 seasons of CSI; if you haven't watched 'em by now, you're never going to watch 'em). And while you do that, we'll clean up the week that was in television by separating the good stuff worth keeping from the bad stuff worth trashing in another edition of FTW vs. WTF!



FTW:

Another new version of the Game of Thrones theme, this time sung by goats


Is it possible to get a goat version of "The Rains of Castamere," too? Help us out, internet!


FTW:

Shameless shocks us with its Season 4 finale 


Season 4 was a rough one for the Gallagher family: Liam got into Fiona's coke stash and Fiona went to jail, Frank faced his mortality, and Ian was looking decidedly bipolar in the worst way. However, like a bunch of lovable cockroaches weathering apocalyptic destruction, the Gallagher's weren't without their victories: Frank received a new liver, Fiona got out of a jail, and Mickey burst out of the closet and resolved to take care of Ian instead of institutionalizing him. Oh, and Jimmy isn't dead. JIMMY ISN'T DEAD! Best cockroaches ever. Also, hello Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Fiona's new boss, hello.


FTW:

Cosmos offers an illuminating look at light and scientific advancement


In its strongest episode since the premiere, Cosmos showed us how light works, showcasing such luminaries as Mozi, Ibn al-Haytham, and Joseph von Fraunhofer. Neil deGrasse Tyson got a bit choked up over Fraunhofer's story, as the scientist's discovery of the gaps in the spectrum of visible light would eventually lead to the development of the process we use to measure the distance between Earth and faraway galaxies and stars, along with their composition. "Hiding the the Light" also made a point to wrap these scientific breakthroughs in a look at how science does (or does not) flourish in a free and open society, with examples of Mozi's texts being burned, al-Haytham's emphasis on knowledge-collecting and -sharing, and Fraunhofer's work at the Benediktbeuern Abbey and its state secrets.


FTW:

Being Human finds its door


When news of Being Human’s cancellation broke in February, it was a shock and a surprise to everyone but the cast and crew, prompting worries about the show’s ability to wrap up all of its loose ends before shuffling off its mortal(ish) coil. Fortunately, our fears turned out to be unfounded as the Syfy drama's series finale burned the house down (literally) and delivered well-deserved happy endings for everyone. Eventually.


FTW:

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is finally fun!


Despite its low ratings, "Turn, Turn, Turn"—the first episode to air after the theatrical release of Captain America: The Winter Soldierwas a fun and exciting hour full of shocking revelations and double-crosses, with a little Blue Oyster Cult mixed in for good measure. Now that S.H.I.E.L.D. no longer exists and Hydra is out in the open, it's going to be interesting to see where the series goes from here.


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Bruce Timm revisits the Dark Knight with this "Batman: Strange Days" short


This year marks the 75th anniversary of Batman's appearance in popular culture, and DC Comics has a range of special events planned to celebrate the Cape Crusader. Sadly, they don't include the return of Beware the Batman to television—but almost as good is this Bruce Timm-directed, black-and-white short of Batman fighting the evil Hugo Strange and Solomon Grundy in a decidedly 1940s comic-book style.


FTW:

Game of Thrones is back! It's finally back!


Oh how we missed the happenings of Westeros. After nine months in the dark, HBO's fantasy epic returned with all the incredible production values, backroom treachery, and dysfunctional family antics that make it one of TV's best series. Though the Season 4 premiere didn't knock our faces off, it did introduce us to some scary dudes who eat people. Now please excuse us while we go shopping for a wedding present for Joffrey. We hope to find a fatal case of genital warts listed on his registry!


FTW:

Conan does some clueless gaming on the granddaddy of flat screens


The redheaded late-night host may not have won the Late Show job, but he received the next best thing when he took his show to Dallas for a week: the chance to play PlayStation 4 on one of the world's largest video screens. As part of his semi-regular "Clueless Gamer" segment, Conan played Madden, Street Fighter II, and Need for Speed on the Dallas Cowboys' mammoth stadium screen.


FTW:

Silicon Valley + Veep = TV's best comedy block


Mike Judge's new takedown of the tech industry is exactly the comedy HBO has been looking to match wits with Veep, and together, the two shows comprise the smartest hour of silliness you'll find in your entire cable guide. Get your fill of business satire with Silicon Valley, then watch a master course in cursing and exposing the ridiculousness of politics as Selina hits the campaign trail in Veep's third season.


FTW:

The Americans' Nina Sergeevna is a triple threat


Way back in Season 1, when lowly administrator Nina Sergeevna got nabbed for illegally shipping American goods back to the Motherland, no one ever suspected she'd mature into the Cold War's most nimble triple agent. Yet,that's exactly what seems to be happening, what with her defeat of the dreaded polygraph machine in this week's "ARPANET" and subsequent bedroom antics with rich-kid supervisor Oleg. It was the first time in the history of The Americans that Nina had such a meaty story, and she more than proved she can carry her own plots. Is she Team Stan? Is she Team Oleg? She is Team Nina. And Annet Mahendru is doing some of the bravest work on television.


FTW:

Parks and Recreation drops a big bombshell like it's nothing


Womb, there it is! There was lots to like about "Flu Season 2," from Ben's blue teeth and drunken adventures (and attempt to climb that fence) to April making a mockery of the sommelier competition, but obviously the biggest highlight was the news that Leslie's pregnant! Honestly, can you imagine two better parents than Ben and Leslie? Also, now that there's a mini Wyatt-Knope on the way, maybe Ann's kid and Leslie's soon-to-be kid can grow up and be best friends! Wait, did we just create a future spin-off?


FTW:

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series approaches must-see TV territory


The characters of Robert Rodriguez's El Ray drama have faced their share of challenges—including demons, psychopaths with itchy trigger fingers, and man-eating serpents—but none of them have been as potentially lethal as living in the shadow of their big-screen source material. After four episodes of solid world-building, gun fights, and religion talk, it was Episode 5, "Self-Contained," that finally brought the goods. The tense stand-off between the Cartel, the Gecko Bros, the Ranger, Border Patrol, and the Fuller family at the Mexican-American border—all whilst in a smelly RV—was masterfully done. We need more now!


FTW:

Suits hits the reset button... sort of


The USA drama's Season 3 finale forced Mike Ross to spend some quality time in jail, and the taste of incarceration must not've appealed to Pearson-Specter's brilliant pretend-lawyer, because rather than roll over on Harvey to keep his own law career afloat (you know, until the next crisis), Mike opted to leave the firm for an investment banking job... with a Pearson-Specter client. This means that the Mike and Harvey dream team is far from disbanded, but it's certainly going to take on a different appearance when Suits returns in June, and we're interested to see where it goes next.


FTW:

Blood Eagle!!!


Vikings has never glamorized the life of its barbaric protagonists, and this week's episode showcased one of the most gruesome rituals they participate in as Ragnar eliminated a problematic threat—the dreaded Blood Eagle. It's even worse than it sounds: A man's back is cut down the middle, his ribs are broken wide open, and his are lungs pulled out and rested on his shoulders until he dies. And we saw it! Also, congrats to Floki on his marriage!


FTW:

Hannibal veers away from its sources, in a very surprising manner


Bryan Fuller's impressive drama reminded us that while it is very much inspired by all the versions of the Hannibal Lecter franchise that've come before it, it's totally willing to go big and bold when it wants to deviate from its predecessors. So color us surprised that Miriam Lass shot Chilton. Yes, Frederick Chilton. That officious and slimy jerk from the books and the movies is dead, never to escort Clarice Starling down to see Hannibal Lecter in this iteration of Hannibal's tale. We figured he was safe because of that. We figured oh-so-very wrongly. R.I.P., Dr. Frederick Chilton.




FTWTF:

CBS's new Late Night man is Stephen Colbert!

We love Colbert and we think CBS made a gutsy call to give the former Daily Show correspondent a crack at the big big-time. He's a smart guy who isn't afraid of anything, and he's proven he can handle the daily grind of a nightly show with The Colbert Report. But Colbert has played "Stephen Colbert" for so long that we're not sure how the real Stephen Colbert will do in the chair. Will Late Show with Stephen Colbert be worth the loss of The Colbert Report? Okay, he'll probably be great, but right now the uncertainty of the situation is all we can see. 




WTF:

Pardon the Interruption loses Stat Boy

Tony Reali, the ESPN personality who tells Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon what they got wrong on ESPN's always-great talking-heads sports show, has earned a promotion within the ABC family and is taking a correspondent gig at Good Morning America. Unfortunately, the job requires him to move to New York, which means he'll no longer be part of Pardon the Interruption. Drats. Who's going to keep Kornheiser in line now? Thankfully, Reali will still host Around the Horn from a new set in the Big Apple, so at least we'll still get our fill of his sharp and knowledgable wit.


WTF:

Bravo's new programming slate


We're living in a Golden Age of Television, but the gutters of the medium aren't doing too bad either. And their putrid stink intensified this week when Bravo ordered approximately one gazillion awful-sounding new shows. Among them, a "social experiment" that turns friends into lovers, a reality show that follows Eurotrash as they try to take over America, several Real Housewives spin-offs, and a series about divorce. You are not worth the acclaim that your name suggests, Bravo.


WTF:

S.H.I.E.L.D.'s best episode to date brought its biggest flaw into focus


No, you're not crazy: S.H.I.E.L.D. appears on both our FTW and WTF lists this week, because we were so at-odds with one another that we couldn't even compromise on adding "Turn, Turn, Turn" to the ol' FTWTF combo pack. So even though the episode earned a FTW shout-out for making big moves and opening up all kinds of story potential, it also underscored a very serious problem: The reason that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been treading water for much of its freshmen season is that it was forced to impatiently tap its foot while it waited for Captain America: The Winter Soldier to blow up its titular agency. The show tried to make some hay out of Skye's origins, but could never fully commit to that arc because there was so much film tie-in business on the horizon to deal with instead. Yes, "Turn, Turn, Turn" was a fun and legitimately good episode, but the fact that we had to wait for a movie release before it could air is a little ridiculous. Such are the pitfalls when a media conglomerate (understandably) prioritizes the film narratives over their TV extensions. Now that S.H.I.E.L.D. is dismantled in the movies, we can only hope that the series will be allowed to start walking on its own accord.


WTF:

Justified's fifth season goes out with a whimper


Justified's next season will be its last, and we're praying it's a fantastic one, because a good portion of Season 5 was devoted to boring filler. The Crowe clan from Florida turned out to be more of a nuisance than the big bad guys who were suppose to raise the stakes and turn Raylan into a whimpering fool. The show did too little all season, then too much in the season finale while sloppily tying up dead ends and hoping you wouldn't notice. But at least Season 6 is pegged to be Boyd Crowder vs Raylan, so there's that.


WTF:

What the hell, Castellano???


We don't believe for one second that Danny and Mindy's love story is actually over, but that doesn't mean we were any less frustrated with Danny's behavior this week, up to and including the part where he put an end to their coupledom so soon after instigating it. Mindy said it best: Why'd you even kiss her in the first place, dude?


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? Pablo Schreiber's return to SVU? The Goldberg's laser-tag hijinx? Rachel's decision to drop out of school/Kurt's brutal beating on Glee? Share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!


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Apr 17, 2014
Thanks for posting the "Batman: Strange Days" link. Short as it was, it was a lot more entertaining than what little I saw of Beware the Batman, since it was actual animation. One problem I had with it though was that Solomon Grundy reminded me of Injun Joe from Hanna & Barbera's Huckleberry Finn series.
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Apr 15, 2014
WTF: Mike Judge hasn't been able to bring his brilliant revival of Beavis & Butthead back for a second season yet.

Also WTF: tv.com doesn't review the latest episodes of one of the best shows on television: Bates Motel.

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Apr 15, 2014
Who isn't getting added to GMA these days?

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Apr 15, 2014
Don't get me wrong I love Parks and Rec. But the supposedly mushy Ben/Leslie romance isn't the reason to tune in. And if there's one romance I want to follow it's Andy/April.

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Apr 15, 2014
WTF: Stephen Colbert getting rid of "Dr. Stephen Colbert" the character is a punch in the gut for fans of satire. I have no doubt Stephen will have the comedic talents to pull off hosting the Late Show straightforward. But there's no doubt it won't be as creative or effective without the character he's played all these years.

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Apr 15, 2014
I'm still shocked that Stat Boy is still on PTI in 2014! He was promoted from that to ATH what a decade ago? A host of one show makes a cameo on the other?
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Apr 15, 2014
SCANDAL'S BOMB THREAT NEEDS TO BE ON TE FTW! Cyrus walking around like nothing is going to happen or smiles and waves even though he knows the bomb is ticking away setting up what will be a stellar, has-you-by-the-seat-of-your-pants season finale. And lets not forget Papa Pope is lying there almost dead, after his emotionally void, psycho ex-wife allowed him to kill her apparent "lover" without a moments hesitation and then put a knife to him. Oh and we got a taste of some huckelberry-quinn action too!
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Apr 15, 2014
oh, that Conan bit had me in tears! That's how I play video games! (not on the AT&T screen, but poorly!)
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Apr 15, 2014
GET OUT OF MY BRAIN: Will Late Show with Stephen Colbert be worth the loss of The Colbert Report?

Yes, Steven is smart, funny and a brilliant showman but The Daily Show/Colbert Report hour is probably the best hour of News and Interviews on television (this is both sad and true). These guys together are like a Superman/Batman team-up (No! I will not tell you who is who, you should know by now) .

The duo have brought social satire and real news coverage to a market in deep need of commentary that holds no punches as it reports on actual news worth events (I don't want to get into the whole 24hr News Cycle in the American market that doesn't even report on news from around the world like a PBS and BBC actually do so as the viewer spend more time watching a real life version of Anchorman 2 than actually learning about the serious issues in the world around them... but I digress)

In short The Colber Repor will be missed and I dare say we shall not see the likes of which again any time soon =\
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Apr 15, 2014
The Game of Thrones theme, this time sung by goats is really meh. I much prefer the version sung by the Siamese cat... sorry.

So for those who are not familiar with that masterpiece... here it is again:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEg4SEch27w
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Apr 14, 2014
I just saw Captain America, and I must say I ejoyed this last episode of SHIELD than the movie. It was amazing ! I can't even imagine what can happend now !
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Apr 14, 2014
Thanks for including Mindy again! I was so frustrated too. It was obvious they would break up, at least temporarily, sooner or later but this was too soon and came out of nowhere. Way to ruin a promising beginning and go down the boring track.
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Apr 14, 2014
Agree with Game of Thrones being back, Hannibal, and definitely Vikings being WTF goodness, but I found the GOT goat singing segment annoying (stopped it after about 10 seconds), and disagree that the season five end of Justified wasn't that good. True, the latter didn't solve things very cleanly, but it was good to see an end to the Crows (well, most of them).

As for GOT, I thought the best line was Bronn said to Tyrion: "Go and drink until it feels like you did the right thing".
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Apr 14, 2014
The Parks & Rec episode was called "Flu Season 2" not "One in 8,000" that episode is next week!
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Apr 14, 2014
Fixed.
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Apr 14, 2014
WTF: I watched Parks and Red, I don't remember THAT happening. I must have gone to the bathroom
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Apr 13, 2014
Vikings had one of the most tough scene to watch on TV. If it was trying to be historically truthful, I kept wondering if so much woman then was fighting and had so much power?

I wanted to give up from Dusk Till Dawn since episode two. I thought it was terrible and moved to slowly. I was surprised and I agree episode four and five were much better especially five. I do hope they keep up the pace and excitement since now it has been renewed for season two.
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Apr 13, 2014
Well, for once I really don't have a solid WTF, but I have LOTS of FTW/WTFs this week.

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Agents of SHIELD - Strongest episode of the series, though there is one teeny flaw in it... WHY THE HELL DID DEATHLOK ATTACK GARRET LAST EPISODE IF GARRET IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE GUY DEATHLOK'S WORKING FOR? I highly suspect Garret isn't the real Clairvoyant.

Bones- Wendell's medical marijuana story arc was superbly written and would make any viewer question whether the benefits of the drug could outweigh the negative effects (though all my buddies say pot's only negative effect is the munchies) and if the federal ban on it should supersede the state laws.


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Law & Order: SVU- Lewis the Beast, Olivia's psychotic rapist nemesis, escapes, goes on a murder rampage, forces Liv to confess that she beat him up when he was helpless (though everyone on the precinct agreed she should've flat out killed the guy) lures Liv to an abandoned factory, corners her and handcuffs her, is JUST about to rape her... and then decides to instead play Russian Roulette with her, eventually taking the bullet meant for Liv on himself so everyone would think Liv shot him and ruin her career forever, as well as a possible jail sentence. This was a great episode UNTIL Lewis decided not to rape Olivia for three reasons: One, from a storytelling perspective, I thought it would've been better if Olivia HAD been raped and became pregnant with Lewis's child. The season so far has been telling us that Liv's getting older and she's wanting to settle down a raise a family (in one episode a LITERAL biological clock could be heard ticking at the end) so I say the writers should give her what she wants... in the most horrible way possible. It would make for good drama since Liv was a product of rape herself and to see if she would end up like her mom or not. But nope, raping Olivia is still taboo. TWO: from a trial perspective Louis's actions were stupid because THERE WAS A WITNESS TO THE ENTIRE THING! I've seen criminals try to frame the detectives before by killing themselves, but they ALWAYS do it when the two of them are alone. No witnesses + a cop wanting to do whatever it takes to bring him down = one giant headache for the good guys. And three- forensically speaking, Olivia's prints may be on the gun but the gunshot residue is on Lewis's hands. Olivia didn't fire her weapon at all, so unless the CSU team are a bunch of morons, one gsr swab could clear her. Lewis turned out to be one of the stupidest villains on the show, a waste since he was just as clever of a nemesis as Nicole Wallace from Criminal Intent.

Suits- I loved how badass the Harvey/Louis duo turned out to be, but I just feel that with Mike taking the investment banking job the show will turn into the last season of Necessary Roughness, where two seasons of development was wiped away in the first two minutes of the third season and it ended up feeling like a totally different show. Then again, Harvey swore he was done with Mike in the season 3 opener and took him back the very next episode, so...

Stephen Colbert taking Letterman's place- Colbert is a genius at comedy (and the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode with him showed that he could do drama pretty well, too.) but his appeal is due to Colbert the CHARACTER, not the person behind the character. Stephen once said he almost never breaks character in any public appearance, but since he can't bring the "dumb super-conservative) guy along to the Late Show, it might REALLY turn off viewers when they actually see what he's really like instead of the character he's been portraying for over 10 years.

Elementary- Sherlock's friend Alistair died and he took it REALLY hard. It was great seeing how much the guy meant to Holmes, but the nitpick I have i that they were never seen together until AFTER he died. Alistair had only one other appearance, posing as Sherlock's father to play a prank on Watson, but other than that he's had no other appearances whatsoever ubtil this episode. This guy was one of Sherlock's closest friends? Then have an episode SHOWING us. Even a quick scene of them having tea together at a restaurant in a previous episode would've worked.
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Apr 13, 2014
Sheild is more Bipolar than Ian in Shameless. Busy week. I haven't watch PRI for a while, but who doesn't love Tony Reali? And yes, the hour of Veep and Silicon Valley is a great one. Sundays are HBO.
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Apr 13, 2014
Oh and I forgot. From Dusk til Dawn is pretty damn good and the Seth character is so awesome. Great show.
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Apr 13, 2014
FTW to Rick & Morty visiting the council of Ricks.

FTWTF to SVU for putting Donal Logue on temporary lead assignment, he's awesome even if his character didn't really have reason to be there, but serious WTF to yet another pass at ridiculous soap opera-level bad guy story and Benson being 100% wrong again on how to deal with it.

FTW to The Crazy Ones for bringing back Pam Dawber to date Robin Williams, if only for a single episode. The rest of the episode was good too, not as uneven as I'm used to.

FTWTF to Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special 2 - a lot of the bits were less funny than usual, but Lex Luthor's hair band and the Grease gag worked really well.

FTW to Sirens for having a fun gay wedding reception and taking the high road on Jeff the Chef finding a Hank who was ready to settle down.

FTW to Craig Ferguson for being classy towards Stephen Colbert for taking over Letterman's job instead of himself.
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Apr 14, 2014
That's Rickdiculous!
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Apr 14, 2014
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Apr 13, 2014
FTW to SVU for a tense conclusion (hopefully) to the Benson/William Lewis story line. And FTW for bringing back Donal Logue's Murphy as acting commander of the squad. I'm glad to know he'll be around for the rest of the season. I hope he and the show will both return for season 16. #RenewSVU
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Apr 13, 2014
Liked the crossover on About a Boy this past week as Dax Shepard played his Crosby character from Parenthood (with the new Braverman baby in tow! FTW 2X) to join Will and his friends for a guys' poker night. And for another FTW David Walton from About a Boy played his Will character joining Crosby for a guys' poker night on Parenthood in an episode this past January.
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Apr 13, 2014
I totally agree with that Cosmos FTW, that was the first time a whole episode start to finish kept my attention, it was a compelling way to explain itself and man's role in discovering how these things work.

Thanks for the link on that Bruce Timm Batman short, hadn't seen that, very cool stuff! I did an eyeroll when Grundy came on screen, but only because he totally sucks as a Batman villain. ;-) Still, love the classic touches in that short, the tall ears and the short gloves.

I'll reserve my FTW for Suits until the changes stick.

Oh my god, really, you're going to FTWTF to Colbert? Come on, the guy was genius before he started doing this character full-time - when he was a regular contributor/correspondant on The Daily Show, when he was on Strangers with Candy and TV Funhouse and Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law. He can act, do voice work, and write, he'll be fine so long as he doesn't get bored with the bigger venue limitations.

Bravo's programming slate isn't even a WTF, it's so bad it's a Fuck Off - the channel has lost its mind with the awfulness.

I have to call bullshit on SHIELD, it could have padded its first season enhancing SHIELD for Captain America 2 instead of dawdling. We could have had more procedurals and looked at life in SHIELD before it was torn down, instead it just fucked about unsure how to tell a single story, much less weave in an arc. I feel like the showrunners really dropped the ball, they never understood what to do with these characters and the world they inhabit and what to do with all that, not well enough.

Yeah, Justified deserves that WTF. And honestly, Ava's whole fucking plotline weaved throughout the season amounting to JACK SHIT deserves its own WTF shout-out.
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Apr 13, 2014
That wasn't Grundy. That was one of Strange's classic monsters.
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Apr 14, 2014
Yeah, I saw your post below, you are correct on that.
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Apr 13, 2014
WTF: Community thinks that putting Jeff/Britta together again is a good idea.
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Apr 13, 2014
No, they don't think putting them together is a good idea. The point of the scene is that neither character knows what to do with their lives now that Greendale is ending so they decide to grasp at straws.
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Apr 14, 2014
They aren't going to end up together (hopefully Jeff/Annie will) but this is still the third time that Jeff and Britta have decided to get married due to competitiveness/personal crisis. The bad idea is not Jeff and Britta's decision, but that the show is going down the same route yet again.
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Apr 13, 2014
FTW this season of Justified is over and we can pretend that it never happened.
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Apr 13, 2014
FTW - Stephen Colbert's bank balance.

Late just watched something I saved WTF - Will dying on The Good Wife.

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Apr 13, 2014
FTW: OUAT great witch fight
FTW: SHIELD's great episode Turn, Turn, Turn was the best episode ever.
FTW: Oh Conan how we love you
FTW: Grimm great episode that left us asking for more.
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Apr 13, 2014
A kid for Parks and Rec?!? Cuz that was the FUNNIEST part of the Office, when the main characters had kids and settled down (sarcasm output overloaded!). Great story ideas in the future. Imaginary births for boring imaginary characters. Groundbreaking TV every week.
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Apr 14, 2014
The Office and Parks and Rec are two very different shows. Parks has always had a more sentimental storytelling approach, and pulled it off, too. Ben and Leslie getting together hasn't hurt the show or the characters. And Ben and Leslie are far funnier than Jim and Pam.
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Apr 14, 2014
I gave the show another shot this season. Watched up to ep 12 (i think). I just dont buy it anymore. My heart is black admittedly, but the sentimentality of the show is what gets to me and seems trite. Also, is babies the best plot device for a comedy? For the leverage they'll get from those stories, they could adopt a lil Sebastian clone to live in the back yard, with almost the EXACT same narrative output. I'll just say It. "I think M. Schur gets lazy and just writes about boring domestic crap, cause its easy and simple. Like jokes about airplane food. Or "Oh no! How are we gonna get sleep with this BABY in the house!?!" harharhar
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Apr 13, 2014
It's so annoying seeing people whine and moan that Agents of SHIELD was slow to get started. Yes, "Turn,Turn,Turn" was an awesome episode with a ton of twists and surprises - how the hell do you think we got there?! Because it was built up while learning about these characters while they chased around 'case of the week' types. Everyone who thought it was going to be Iron Man / Capt. America / Thor every week should blame only their own perceptions, not the show. Joss Whedon does what he always does - build a foundation from which episodes like the most recent one can stand on. The show's going to keep getting better, but we had to take the journey to get to this point first. Ugh.
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Apr 13, 2014
I can only agree. It is kind of stupid they had to take these breaks every few weeks (they lost a lot of viewers because of that I think, though I really hope the people that are really interested in the show and the Marvel universe had the kind of patience to stay with the show!), but they built up to this point. They built the characters with what you think are 'case of the week' episodes (that I really liked from the start!), until they had enough storyline to intertwine all of their stories (Mike Peterson, girl with the flower dress, the eye-camera, the clairvoyent, and - most important of all - the search of Skye's real identity) and make it one. Now it turns out the clairvoyent might be involved with Hydra, the clairvoyent still wants Skye (and Coulson), and it all comes together again. This show is getting more and more brilliant :) It's had potential from the beginning, but now it ábsolutely deserves its second season!
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Apr 13, 2014
I don't really watch American late night shows apart from Craig Ferguson, so can someone please explain this "Colbert has been playing Colbert for too long" thing to me? I keep hearing that his TV persona is fake but I can't really grasp how that would work, besides, from what I've seen on Tumblr he's a pretty honest and funny dude. Is THAT the act? Enlighten me please :(
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Apr 13, 2014
Colbert kind of Lampoons Fox News, specifically Bill O'Reilly. He satirically plays an ultra conservative know nothing that is set in their ways and everyone that disagrees with his narrow point of view is wrong. He does a fantastic job at it but it really isn't him. So when he takes the helm of the Late Show, he is going to do it as himself without the act. Which is new, because he doesn't show that side that much on his show.
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Apr 13, 2014
Batman: Strange Days was the highlight of the week for me. I miss Bruce Timm/Kevin Conroys Batman.

Parks & Rec, Game of Thrones (Woo!) and Silicon Valley were the best shows of the week (can't wait for episode 2 of Silicon Valley).

I wouldn't put Justified in WTF. It was all over the place this season, I said the Crowe family were a carbon copy of the Bennett and not compelling enough. Still I will give Justified the benefit of the doubt because the set up for Season 6 is what all of us were waiting for since the beginning (and really should have been this season).
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Apr 13, 2014
"Fun" eh? Adjectives used to describe Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D on other sites have been ranging from "mediocre" to "lacklustre" with "boring" thrown in for good measure. I was listening to a French TV series podcast the other day, and S.H.I.E.L.D went from being their most anticipated fall show of 2013 to being labelled "a chier" (to poop for i.e a steaming turd) a few months later. TV Com you must be the last one still trying to pretend this show isn't overall a big disapointment.
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Apr 17, 2014
I think most people here too were saying that it was a huge disappointment during the first 12 episodes. It got better. Not great, but significantly better.
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Apr 21, 2014
I think I gave up around episode 8. It's both good and bad that it's getting better. Good because hey, nobody likes to see a show with so muhc potential drives itself into a wall like that, and bad because no matter how hard you try, you'll never build a worthy castle on a sandpit. For this show to become great they would have to burn everything to the ground, create new characters, recast everybody, hire better writers and have Whedon stop faffing around and direct the damn thing himself.
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Apr 13, 2014
I'm so happy a show like Parks and Recreation exists, you know, no drama, no speculation, just a funny show that make you happy. Where all the characters are amazing. Again, I'm so glad P&R is still on the air.
And can't wait to see Ben and Leslie as parents.

And WTF Danny! You don't kiss a girl, make her break up with her boyfriend and then dump her 'because you don't want to lose her'. I insist, WTF.
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Apr 13, 2014
again I find myself on this page only to discover you do nothing but hack on the best shows on TV...I am at a loss as to why you even watch TV. If being a critic is the only way you can make a living then I feel sorry for you and maybe you should find a profession more to your liking. last time I come to this page...
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Apr 13, 2014
Promise?
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Apr 13, 2014
I feel sorry for Reign, I feel sorry for Once Upon a Time or Tomorrow People, but I don't feel like they deserve a WTF to validate them.

WTFs are Tom from The Blacklist or Quinn from Scandal, but they didn't have a WTF moment this week.
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Apr 13, 2014
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Apr 13, 2014
Agree on both FTW and WTF for the Agents of SHIELD - I had that feeling that some of the long term stories being told were suddenly changed into whatever the film needed, including the clairevoyant and Skyes situation...

Bitten is missing. I know, small show, silly show, but this week's finale, FTW.
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Apr 14, 2014
I agree with you about the Bitten finale. The show grew on me.
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Apr 13, 2014
FTW:
- Agree about Shameless. However, I wish showrunners would be honest about the future of characters. They can say that they won't reveal what happens in the future on a show, but it's disappointing to see them say that a character is really finished, and then he does pop up anyway. I had already gotten used to the idea that Jimmy was really gone, albeit mysteriously vanished without a real explanation, and that the showrunners said he was actually finished. As much as I like Jimmy's character, bringing him back feels like a bad fake out. On June the 4th last year the showrunner John Wells confirmed during a panel event held at the Television Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that Jimmy did in fact die and would not return to the show any more. Please, showrunners, if you want to dupe us, do it on your TV shows, not in real life.
- Good to see From Dusk Till Dawn on the list. It's some loopy entertainment, and the story should get really crazy beginning next week.
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Apr 13, 2014
FTW: Portlandia for the 'feminists' consulting for the Trail Blazers players and chearleaders, and for the Can'ts Film Festival, recognising the best films created to generate donations to Kickstarter campaigns (and hosted by Gus Van Sant!!!).

FTW: Silicon Valley looks like winner, really funny and really smart, even though the circumstances of one the show's actors is making me really sad.

FTW: SVU for making Donal Logue acting unit leader, although they didn't give him much to do. Let's hope they promote him to captain and make the appointment permanent. The rest of the episode had mixed success.

FTW: Prolly should mention Game of Thrones too for obvious reasons.

WTF: The Colbert Report contracts a terminal disease.
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Apr 13, 2014
FTW: Agents of Shield for series best episode to date and the return of Game of Thrones
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Apr 13, 2014
ARYA STARK KILLED POLLIVER "LIKE A BOSS"...!!!
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Apr 13, 2014
I felt so bad when Polliver killed poor Lommy that this felt like justice!

...and now I finally get why Jaime felt it that way when he killed the King that burned Arya's uncle and grandfather.
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Apr 13, 2014
Chilton isn't dead.
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Apr 13, 2014
I hope you are right. When I first watched it I thought the deviation from the books was a great idea but now the idea that there is a sophisticated plan, including a fake out of Chilton's demise, to catch Hannibal has me on pins and needles...
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Apr 14, 2014


I'm not saying he is alive (I hope he is) but there is a fair chance that he is alive. It would explain his hostility and "attitude" to Will in the movies. Maybe Chilton can almost die every season…he can be like Kenny on Southpark! He brings the much appreciated comedic flair to the show.
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Apr 14, 2014
Unfortunately, as Grumpyclown pointed out, Hannibal visited him in his plastic suit. So if he does survive he can identify The Ripper.
So for that reason alone, I must change my position and accept that he is probably dead.
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Apr 14, 2014
But since Chilton is now the main suspect surely he would not be believed if he accuses Hannibal? He may be a witness but he has no real proof.... He would probably be mocked since Will did the same thing when he was accused?
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Apr 14, 2014
one could argue that he wore the plastic suit so as to not contaminate the scene and since he did a good frame job on Chilton and survived Will accusing him then I doubt he fears anyone will believe Chilton. Plus Chilton's reputation is tarnished whereas Will's wasn't tarnished. Moreover, Hannibal already knew Chilton knew he was the Chesapeake Ripper so he had nothing to hide from Chilton.

I'm just keeping an open mind and for all I know is that Chilton could be dead or alive. There is not enough evidence yet to sway me to one side or the other. I think I have said that in almost all my comments~that I'm not sure if he is dead or alive. It's the people who are convinced one way or the other that have me scratching my head. Everyone thought Gideon was dead. I asked about him early this season and NO one responded. Again, I'm not saying he is dead or alive but that it was portrayed in an ambiguous manner.
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Apr 13, 2014
Hell yes about Nina on The Americans! It's been two seasons and I still don't know where her loyalties actually lie. At any given moment I'm not sure whether she's on Stan's side or the KGB's and that makes her so damn intersting.
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Apr 13, 2014
FTW: Leslie Knope is pregnant!!
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Apr 13, 2014
Batman- That wasn't Solomon Grundy, that was one of Hugo Strange's own monsters, which have appeared in the comics before.
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Apr 13, 2014
I also got a Solomon Grundy vibe from the way they were portrayed, but yeah, that's Hugo Strange's Man-Monsters from Batman #1. Batman even pilots the batplane in that story.
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Apr 13, 2014
Oh come on! What does Andy Daly have to do to get your attention? This week's smash-off was a moment of rage-induced brilliance, and once again should have earned Review with Forrest Macneil a seat at the FTW table.
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Apr 13, 2014
Oh, another sadly overlooked gem on this site, Rick and Morty, had maybe one of its best episodes this week. The closing moments to the tune of For the Damaged Coda were absolute FTW-material.
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Apr 13, 2014
Utterly Rickdiculous that it keeps getting overlooked.
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Apr 13, 2014
Great list this week!

FTW: Shameless! I'm not so thrilled about Jimmy/Steve/Jack's return, but everything else was basically flawless. I'm also pumped about the idea of both Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Dichen Lachmann on the show. Bring it on!

FTW: The Americans and Hannibal. Pretty much always.

FTWTF: Justified. It's been an underwhelming season, but it's a teasing set-up for the final season, and I'm no less pumped about it than ever.

And then there was Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I loved "Turn, Turn, Turn" but the show really does need to tighten itself up.
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Apr 13, 2014
Good to finally see From Dusk Till Dawn getting some love! Honestly, I thought last week's episode, with Richie drop kicking his way through the motel rooms while Seth and Rodriquez had a gun fight would have earned it a spot, but the newest episode was JUST as amazing. As for Being Human, after suffering through the HIMYM finale, it was great to see a show go out on a very high, very satisfying note.

And that bit in Cosmos in the abbey, with the sound waves from Carmina Burana... gave me chills. This show is living up to its hype, and then some.
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Apr 13, 2014
FTW: SHAMELESS!!! & Vikings!!!
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Apr 13, 2014
WTF: Community is going out with a creative whimper. Instead of advancing the characters, they're revisiting old terrain by bringing back Subway, and reigniting the fire between Jeff and Britta.
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Apr 13, 2014
I'd rather call it "the ice-bridge" between Jeff and Britta, for all the "sparks" and "hot chemistry" connecting them. ;-)
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Apr 13, 2014
Yeah, it's clear the marriage wasn't meant to be out of love but of desperation with the thought of their lives taking a turn away from Greendale. They were even calling out sexual orders by number. They were scrambling to make sense, not reignite fires.
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Apr 13, 2014
Best FTW/WTF list like EVER.
Yes - both From Dusk Til Dawn and Vikings are must-watchs. And if anyone still misses out on Hannibal - well sorry, can't help anymore.
And yes - Justified sort of sucked in the finale.
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Apr 13, 2014
Justified was OK this season, not at the heights of previous seasons. After a season of filler I quiet enjoyed the set up for the final season.
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Apr 13, 2014
Yeah the setup for next season was cool - the season was alright but the setup was the only thing I enjoyed in the finale...
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Apr 13, 2014
so true! Spectacular FTW/WTF list

FTW: tv.com for showing some love for FDTD (From Dusk till Dawn) and Vikings
FTW: Hannibal (but WTF Alana --just die already; and WTF Chilton--I hope he is not dead)
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Apr 13, 2014
Alana the tomato! I hope she's the next dinner but I fear we will suffer her for some time...
It's absolutely possible that Chilton is still alive, weasels have small brains and can survive easily a big loss of blood.
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Apr 17, 2014
I don't want her to die. I want to see her face when she realizes how wrong she's been.
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Apr 13, 2014
Shameless is one of the most underrated shows on TV and really does deserve more recognition. And this season's finale was simply excellent and mind-blowing. Waiting another year for a new season is torturous.
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Apr 13, 2014
silicon valley was a bit of a let down, not up to par with other, better hbo shows, like hello ladies (rip)
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