FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (April 14)

Not going to lie: Television has been way good recently. Maybe it's because shows are amping up for finales or networks' midseason entries have been stronger than usual, but whatever the reason, we're overloaded on FTWs and seriously light on WTFs this week. Not that we're complaining...


FTW



This recording of Arya, Bran, and Sansa singing the Game of Thrones theme


We didn't think the theme music to HBO's hit could get better, but this clip from the Season 1 DVD commentary proves us wrong. Too adorable.



Craig Robinson on Eastbound & Down


Playing the one-eyed leader of an all-black biker gang called the Grim Creepers, Robinson was both hilarious and surprisingly menacing. Plus, the gang's entrance onto the streets of Myrtle Beach was truly great—and Robinson's opening line was drop-dead hilarious. We're really gonna miss this show.



Larry David explaining his parking garage meltdown on Conan


Remember that TMZ video of Larry David freaking out when he couldn't get out of a parking garage? The Curb Your Enthusiasm star relived the moment on Conan this week, and recalled, in true David style, how the whole thing went down.



SNL's "Almost Pizza" sketch


We're STILL laughing at this ad parody, which is easily one of the funniest things SNL has aired in a while.



Stephen Colbert employs a veteran


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In honor of Michelle Obama's visit to promote her group Joining Forces, Colbert hired a Marine to replace him as a pundit. In their face-to-face training session, the Marine nailed exactly what every political hack sounds like on TV.



Ashley Judd's open letter to everyone who's been talking about her face


The Missing star responded to media speculation over her "puffy face" by submitting an op-ed to The Daily Beast. You tell 'em, Ashley!



Jimmy Fallon's Downton Abbey parody


Dubbed “Downton Sixbey,” the eight-minute spoof chronicles everything that goes on within the halls of NBC’s studio 6B (a.k.a. Sixbey) and features a dapper Fallon as lord of the "estate," some surprise guests as his wife and daughters, and Late Night's announcer, Steve Higgins, as his loyal butler. Plus a whole lot of uneven accents.



New Girl's True American drinking game


This week's episode featured an interlude where Jess's older boyfriend took part in a rousing game of True American, a drinking game so complicated AND simple that it was actually really fun. (FYI, in case you missed the intentionally incomprehensible rules, someone has laid them out here).



The Daily Show tackles "personhood"


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Al Madrigal, a.k.a. the Hispanic David Cross, is really stepping it up as one of the fake-news show's new correspondents. In the video above, he talks about one congresswoman's aim to outlaw masturbation.



WTF


Whoever "Sarah" is on The Real Housewives of Orange County


Gretchen's friend Sarah got a little too wastey-faced at Heather's champagne bowling party and took it upon herself to confront Vicki for some camera time no good reason. Even Gretchen, Vicki's sworn nemesis, was all like, "Giiiirl, you be acting whack!" when Sarah attempted to explain her side of the story... by incoherently repeating herself over and over and over again.



The long, dramatic pauses on Missing


Though the plot is finally starting to thicken, the show's sheer number of long, dramatic pauses and sullen looks is enough to inspire a drinking game, which we're guessing isn't the show's intention.



Touch has lost its touch


We're starting to feel like the series was only meant to be a pilot with a happy ending. There's so little to go on; it's just a show where things happen to people and everything works out by the end of each episode.



The Office... seriously, what happened to this show?


The once-mighty sitcom has two feet in the grave, and Friday's news that NBC might reboot the series entirely speak more to how desperate the network is than anything else. The Office's ratings have slumped, the cast wants to leave, and the show simply isn't that funny any more. We've continually said it's time for the show to call it, and this week's bland episode only confirmed this feeling. Put it out of its misery, NBC.


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

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The Office stopped being funny when the writers ran out of original series jokes to copy around season 2/3.
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No. The way NBC is these days they'll replace The Office with a multi-camera laugh-track-filled takes-place-entirely-in-a-kitchen comedy tailor made for IQs under 73. I'd even take the Competely Rebooted Office over another Whitney.
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So Eastbound and Down really is done? I watched it last night and I was a little bit surprised at the finality of it -- I had no idea the show was ending, and BOOM! It was a good episode, though. I'll miss the show. Admittedly it was pretty over the top sometimes, like the episodes with Will Farrell, but Kenny Powers was such an awesome character!
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FTW: Fox cancels the abomination that Breaking In had become.

WTF: Fox execs turning the excellent Breaking In into an abomination that should never have aired.
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The Office this week was a little funny, "Scram Wizard" was awesome. Loved how Community reminded me to watch Blade again. (I don't really like Community, but I mind be changing my mind)
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Kiefer Sutherland, i love/like him and i will continue to watch Touch, but am losing the battle on What the show is about. I have osrt of find a way to enjoy the show, much like like guessing who is the killer in CSI,NCIS,Southland,Castle etc, all i do is guess how everybody is connected. I am not sure if that was Tim Kring's purpose for the show, but i have failed to grasp it so i go with what gives. Oh yeah, am waiting for the day the cute kid will "Touch" his father. That kid needs a hug.
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in regards to touch the one line danny glover's character says when he is asking the nurse to scan jake's brain. "It's different this time, THEY don't know I have this one" seems promising. I have to trust Keifer on this one. He seems to pick good scripts.. keep the faith!
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lol I guess I called it on touch....I said the show was probably better off being a two hour movie rather than a series...cause really where the hell do you go with it?
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I feel bad for Catherine Tate. She's clearly very funny in her own sketch show in the UK, but she's joined The Office during a low period as a mostly unlikable character. This week's ep gave us a reason to care about her, but it's too little too late. If Catherine chooses to never work in America again because of her experience with The Office it will be America's loss.
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WTF: How many times this week on TMZ did Harvey Levin say, "That's funny" as he laughed? As if the show isn't phony enough. When else does Levin laugh that he so often feels the need to clarify that he's laughing because something is funny?
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FTW: Jon Stewart's mocking of CNN's news branding: "Why?"; James Cameron on The Colbert Report; Bill Marr's spot-on commentary on Ozzie Gian's suspension.



You must be desperate for WTF's if you're criticizing one show for resolving a story within an episode and another for having dramatic pauses. What, are you ADD that you need dialogue or sound every nanosecond?
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I'm surprised there is no mention of Justified in the FTW section. The episode itself was excellent, but there were also several scenes that could have made the list such as: Quarles' piggy bank line, Quarles being "disarmed", and the revelation that Arlo shot "a cop in a hat" to protect Boyd.



The Psych finale and cliffhanger ending were great as well. I'm very interested to see where they go with this next season. Game of Thrones was excellent as usual and that theme song clip was the best thing I've seen all week.
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Awake and South Park were FTW, Community sadly was abit WTF this week :o
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The season finales of both Justified and Psych were both FTW for me.
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I'd put the taxi-scene from Fringe on FTW, loved how they jumped between the universes to build the climax until the woman flew through the store!
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Touch is one of those shows that has enough potential for 13 episodes but doesn't really have what it takes for a long-running series. It makes for good summer watching when there's not much else on to watch.
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FTW:

- FRINGE! I know this may come as a shock to many of you, but I love this show. I'm not a religious man per se, but I would kindly ask that all of you say a heartfelt prayer to whichever deity you worship that Fringe may get a 5th season. Fringe needs all the help it can get.

- Community. Not a concept episode but still hilarious. Honorable mentions to Annie's sweater.

- A weekly dose of GoT. It's going to get very interesting very soon.



WTF:

- Hulu. Would it really hurt to let the world see your videos?

- Touch. For actually making me sick of happy endings.

- TVD & TSC Hiatuses. Thank *insert deity* they're coming back this week.
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Oh, another Win I just remembered that it seems nobody else in the world gives a crap about this week: Craig Ferguson picking up 2 more years and a larger studio.



And another What the FUUUUU (queen mother of dirty words): CSI Miami goes out with a whimper. Again, I know nobody else cares, that's ok.
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Legend of Korra FTW 'nuff said
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flameo! Havent found a catchphrase from the new series yet so yeah...
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"I'M THE AVATAR! YOU GOTTA DEAL WITH IT!"



There it is. I've been repeating that for days.
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Really, not going to give Swell credit to Justified's awesome season finale, or The Bitch in Apartment 23 being a funny surprise? And no Hell to Fox for cruelly renewing a show only to cancel it early twice in the span of a year despite everybody knowing it was destined for failure the first time?



I still argue that Almost Pizza ad ran too long and was just a rip-off of SNL's "that's not yogurt".



Whoa whoa whoa, Al Madrigal is not the hispanic David Cross, Al colors within the lines and generally seems to know when to get out of a bit, while David will often milk a dead bit way too long just to amuse himself. I did love that piece on TDS of Al's, "if so, I'm sperm Hitler" had me dying, and capturing perfectly the hypocrisy of these laws from these politicians put a smile on my face for days.



Eh, I'm calling you guys out as being unfair to this week's The Office, there were plenty of laughs and half the episode was office-centric storyline (even if it was an outlandish office storyline). I can give you "bland", but not "WTF".
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My Top 5 FTW:

5) Modern Family: Everyone "helping" Claire's election drive.

4) New Girl: True American drinking game.

3) Community: Loved the Pierce and Chang friendship.

2) Young Justice: Revelation of who the mole was that betrayed the Justice League.

1) Game of Thrones: No explanation necessary.



My Top 5 WTF:

5) No new The Big Bang Theory episode this week.

4) No new The Big Bang Theory episode this week.

3) No new The Big Bang Theory episode this week.

2) No new The Big Bang Theory episode this week.

1) No new The Big Bang Theory episode this week.
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+1 for the Young Justice call-out, that was an excellent episode all around with lots of twists and turns.
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The New Girl's True American drinking game was hilarious! I immediately felt like both playing it and inventing a crazy game of my own.
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I love that Isaac just doesn't give up on the bu bu bu bum, bu bu bum's. That was probably one of the best things I've seen in awhile.
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FTW: I'm running out of words for FRINGE: epic beyond. Loved Faxulivia being drunk and Walter fixing scrambled eggs for her.

WTF: having to wait a week for the next episode and still no news about the fate of the show.

"Fate is a tricky thing" :)

"In the end I have to believe in HOPE"
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I feel like we have this connection. It's unexplainable and inexplicable but it's there. We share a common bond. A common hope. A common dream.



You get me, dude. You really get me.
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You bet ya!

FRINGE FOREVER!!!
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Okay, that "Game of Thrones" clip was way too cute. These kids must have a blast filming this show. Good for them. And further proof that we need stuff like this on our TVs.
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The Office has stretched things out way too long now but I'm amped that Erin and Andy are together. No one will take that away from me, haha. Love that match so much.



It's insane, anyone would criticize Ashley Judd's face. She'll be 44 and just find me an everyday woman at that age looking that smoking hot!!!
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In an episode that straddled both FTW and WTF. Psych wrapped up its season with 6 incredibly good episodes, that not only showed the show can stilly bring the funny. But can also give homages to several genres, it wrapped it up with a nod to old time cop movies like Hollywood Confidential and like the rest did it well. And gave us a huge cliffhanger with whether or not Henry is still alive. After last season I was questioning whether or not Psych had lost a step. But this season certainly dispelled that thought.
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The problem Psych had been having , imo, was how to address the romance between Shawn and Juliet. After all the show is supposed to be about a man who never grew up and his life-long best friend, who vacillates between being a responsible adult and a playmate. When Shawn and Juliet got together, it seemed anything they did to advance that relationship diminished the show's premise. But, again imo, they have managed to figure out how to remain true to the show's core while allowing the romance to slowly advance. They are doing a good job. I love this show and hope it rums for a thousand years!
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They are doing a great job with their relationship. The thing that is going to be big when it is addressed is what happens when Juliet finds out Shawn isn't really psychic.



One of the things I think needs to be addressed for next season is that they need to do something with Gus. He is going to be the only one without a significant other. Shawn and Jules, Lassiter and Marlowe. And granted his absurd quotes, and desire for candy are a great source of funny. At the end of the episodes I just feel bad for him.



And when you think about it there are still so many things that they can do with the story and with shawn. Personally I would love and episode or an episode arc where shawn somehow actually becomes psychic and see how he reacts to that. Or an alternate universe style episode where Shawn is what Henry was designing him to be. I think those two ideas would be awesome.



Either way, still one of the most underrated shows on tv.
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I conferred with Captain Jack Sparrow, and we are also hoping it rums for a thousand years!
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LOL! I have GOT to get some new glasses. It looked right to me when I typed it.
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I wouldn't mind rum-ing for a thousand years.
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