Now is the time of year when you should get really nervous about your favorite bubble shows. As we speak, networks are deciding what to keep and what to cancel (congratulations to, uh, Hart of Dixie?), and anything from the weather to how much whiskey they have in their chai latte can steer them toward one way to the other. Here at TV.com we're in the middle of a similar process, with many TV.com franchises on the line. We can tell you right now that we're probably going to cancel Tim Surette for all his spelling errors. He had a decent run. Bye, Tim! But what should we do about FTW vs. WTF? Let's crowdsource this decision! Vote in the poll below, and then read on for what we though was bitchin' and what needs stitchin' as we recall the week in television.
Note: The results of this poll will have no impact whatsoever on whether we keep FTW vs. WTF in the rotation. But feel free to send money and/or cookies with your vote to Tim Surette, TV.com, USA.
Ellen meets Ellen on Ellen
SNL's Kate McKinnon took her Ellen DeGeneres impersonation to daytime TV, and took some very funny notes straight from her source material.
Boardwalk Empire's Van Alden reads that crazy sorority girl email
Definitely the best one of the obligatory "response" videos we've seen yet. This is certainly another side of Michael Shannon that we'd like to see more of.
The Americans doesn't pull any punches
This week's penultimate episode raised the stakes by playing nearly
every card the show had in its hand, we can't wait to see where things
go as we head into both the finale and also Season 2. Also, WIGS!
Donald Glover and Danny Pudi get Freaky with Abed and Troy
Thursday's body-swapping hijinks gave the actors a chance to show
off their interpretations of one another's characters, and both of them
were excellent. Shout-out to Jim Rash for his spot-on
performance of the Dean as Jeff Winger, too.
Dany's version of the Emancipation Proclamation includes lots of fire
Game of Thrones' Ms. Stormborn brought fire to Astapor as she lit the place up like a Fourth of July BBQ and fireworks spectacular. The good: She freed the slaves! The bad: She looked awfully mean doing it. We didn't know Dany had it in her.
Charlie's thrifty montage on Supernatural
Because Jensen Ackles makes the best facial expressions. And obviously, everything Felicia Day.
Top of the Lake is a way better version of The Killing
Sundance Channel's mini-series was on TV, we swear. But if you
missed it, every episode is now on Netflix and you should really check
it out. Elisabeth Moss stars as Robin, a detective
investigating the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in New Zealand, and she's every bit a modern Peggy Olson. On top of that are some
absolutely amazing performances by Peter Mullan and an unrecognizable
Holly Hunter as residents of one of the strangest towns to ever appear on
television. Unlike The Killing, Top of the Lake never had any designs on
multiple seasons, so you can enjoy watching knowing you'll have some
closure after seven tense episodes.
Psych puts on its big-boy pants
After notching more than 100 episodes, USA's comedy detective series is older, wiser, and funnier than ever. This possibly penultimate seventh season has seen doomed bachelor Gus finally landing a girlfriend, stern Detective Lassiter's tying the knot, and Shawn and Juliet moving in together—only to break up. The OTP's inevitable split was executed with surprising gravitas, yet without breaking Psych's comedic backbone. And while it's probably only a matter of time until Shules reunites, we love that Juliet isn't making it easy.
Orphan Black: Awesome times six (and growing)
Canadian unknown Tatiana Maslany so convincingly plays an ever-growing cast of clones that it's easy to forget she's the same actress; Maslany's fellow Canuck Jordan Gavaris is equally compelling as her main character's foster brother, Felix, offering comic relief with a legit Cockney accent. Halfway through Orphan Black's freshman season, we still have no idea where BBC America's new thriller will take us next, but one thing is certain: We won't be disappointed.
The official bell-ringer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a Game of Thrones fan
Please learn "The Rains of Castamere" next, good sir.
FTWTF! (pretend there's a cool .GIF here, too)
The Mikaelsons conquer the French Quarter
As backdoor pilots go, “The Originals” was tidy and intriguing. In story and tone it distinguished itself enough from parent series The Vampire Diaries to suggest that the premise has legs, and it created a vibrant and seedy version of New Orleans to inhabit. It also got plenty of mileage out of the relationship between Joseph Morgan’s volatile Klaus and Daniel Gillies’ suave Elijah, while introducing an immediately magnetic antagonist in Charles Michael Davis’s Marcel. But then there’s also the little (read: batshit crazy) matter of Klaus’s bun in Hayley’s oven. Love it or hate it, it's clear why The CW had no choice but to order this thing to series.
Hemlock Grove's everything
We finally finished all 13 episodes of Netflix's new horror series. We think. Nothing made any sense, the episodes may have been out of order, and the series definitely featured more puking than we could handle. If anyone cares to explain what the heck Shelly was in the comments, go for it. Start with the magic blue mood streaks, please.
Person of Interest's Carter doesn't wipe her shoes off after grave robbing
First lesson of stealing corpses from graves and tampering with evidence: Clean the soles of your shoes when you're done. Nice to see she's working with Bear, though!
Glee's "Lights Out"
We don't even know where to begin, but kudos for managing to turn awful into an art form, Glee. (As usual?)
The Office is selling manipulation now, too
Greg Daniels & Co. are now using years-old flashbacks to ignite emotional response from the audience and to elucidate character motivations; Jim and Pam's still-interesting marriage squabbles are over because Pam had a flashback to their wedding? Obviously we were touched by this week's closing scene; how could you not be? But somehow, some way, The Office turned into Lost on its way to a conclusion. Are we sure there's not a golden river in the warehouse basement?
What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?