FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (April 28)

Not much happened on television this week except for...a bunch of radicality! 30 Rock went live! Community went Law & Order! Fox renewed a little show we love! And that's just the tip of it. If every week was like this one, we'd ask TV to marry us, regardless of what our grandmothers think.


FTW



Dalia sweeping Yakult out of the house on Suburgatory


We love Dalia's angsty resentment toward her mother's dog, Yakult (last week's therapy session was another FTW moment), so naturally we dug it when Dallas caught Dalia on camera literally sweeping the pooch out the back door with a broom. Also, Alicia Silverstone is still around—another perk!



Glee's rendition of "How Will I Know?"


The Whitney Houston episode was not only less icky-feeling that we expected, it was surprisingly solid. And the opening number was awesome.



This Lego Game of Thrones Tumblr


Kids' toys should always be used to depict scenes of medieval incest, beheadings, and girl-on-girl action. It even covers the birth of the shadow baby! Which reminds us...



The Game of Thrones shadow baby


SO. AWESOME.



President Obama “slow jams the news” Late Night With Jimmy Fallon


The commander-in-chief joined Fallon and The Roots for a smooth tune about the rising interest on student loans.



30 Rock's live episodes


The NBC comedy is on this week's FTW list for so many reasons: 1) The novelty of doing a half-hour sitcom live, and once for each coast, hasn't worn off since the first time 30 Rock pulled off a pair of live episodes in 2010. It was a really fun departure from what we're used to. 2) Donald Glover as a young Tracy Morgan was amazing. 3) The differences between the East Coast and West Coast episodes were both subtle and delightfully glaring: The guest-star switch from Paul McCartney on the East Coast to Kim Kardashian on the West Coast surprised us with the realization that we can feel something other than loathing for Ms. K. And the list goes on, but you get the point.



One of Lost's head honchos criticizes Season 3


And the traffic in SoCal is as fun as Sawyer and Kate locked in a cage. Good to know he feels the same way we do.



Jennifer Lopez's farewell-performance face during this week's American Idol elimination


Yep, that's the one.



Fringe's Season 5 renewal


This not only made our week, it made our YEAR. Thank you Fox, thank you Warner Bros TV, and thank you cast and crew for making one of the best sci-fi series around.



Community's Law & Order spoof


This must-see episode of the cult favorite deserves all the praise we can give it. From top to bottom, they really made it work.



WTF



The L.A. Complex's augmented reality


For the record, this show depicts exactly what it's like to be a struggling actor in Los Angeles: It's a constant pool party and everybody you know lives at the same motel as you—you know, the one that's always throwing the pool parties.



That stupid Google break-up ad


Stop trying to make us have feelings with old photos and chick tunes, Google! How about facing her in person instead of creating an online PowerPoint presentation about the ouch in your boxers to get her back?



Lindsay Lohan is still Lindsay Lohan


Her comeback involves an upcoming guest stint on Glee, so of course she was three hours late to the set (allegedly) and had millions of demands.



The Buffy the Vampire Slayer porn parody


Adds new meaning to "Once More With Feeling."



Fox trying to force-trend Twitter #hashtags


We first noticed it during American Idol, when #TheSave splayed across the screen during Jessica Sanchez' last-minute save. But then it spread to New Girl in an even more insidious form: Actual jokes appeared on-screen as hashtags as though to encourage viewers to re-tweet them. Sorry, but whether #McMouse was a funny joke or not, don't tell us what to do, Fox!



SYTYCD's Cat Deeley ALMOST hosted this week's American Idol


While we're glad Ryan Seacrest didn't succumb to his terrible flu, when word spread that producer Nigel Lythgoe had tapped Cat Deeley as a possible stand-in for this week's live broadcast, we couldn't help but wish the substitution had happened. If only for one night! And then MAYBE she would somehow get the job permanently in an All About Eve-style takedown? We can always dream! Cat Deeley is the best.


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

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Cat Deeley FTW
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The Lego Game of Thrones Tumblr was awesome! I want those!

The Game of Thrones shadow baby

Jennifer Lopez's farewell-performance face during this week's American Idol elimination was hilarious! Still love her though!

Fringe is renewed!

That stupid Google break-up ad was cool until I realized it was an ad and not something that some guy actually did.

Lindsay Lohan, I feel so bad for her, but hope she finds what she needs in life.



The Buffy the Vampire Slayer porn parody was interesting, and had some surprising details, but I'm still like wtf? Don't touch my baby, that's my Buffy!





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30 Rock did a pretty amazing job with this live episode, with the excpetion of show-runner and star Tina Fey, who to me felt like she was in total "lazy SNL" mode. You guys really should give Alec Baldwin doing such great work with so many different parts. Also, props to whomever dolled up Kristen Schaal, she was not only surprisingly adept at the live format, but in one bit she was attractive to the point of being unrecognizable. While I dug Donald Glover playing young Tracy, I felt like it took a while for him to actually get into character - I wonder if the East Cost version was like that. I'll hit up Hulu in a minute to check out the East Cost version, Paul McCartney is an awesome live guest, but I also applaud them for picking very coast-specific guests.



Glad to see more props for Comm & Unity, that was the best thing I saw all week.



So, um...



Hell: No Craig Ferguson this week.



Swell: Craig Ferguson returns for the last 2 days of the week!



I dunno, some other stuff, didn't seem like a big week for TV.
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WTF: Tim Surette being a sexist jerk and comparing Delta Burke to a horse. http://www.tv.com/news/news-briefs-the-cws-l-a-complex-has-the-worst-drama-debut-ever-28477/
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Okay, you don't agree with Tim's review of Counter Culture, but what about it makes Tim sexist?
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No, Tim said there's no difference to what the network does in response to a horse dying and Delta being injured. So perhaps the network bigwigs equate the two.
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Tim said there's no difference between a horse dying and Delta Burke hurting herself. You know, because Delta Burke is a big fat horse, anyway! Oh, that Tim!
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A big WTF to the TV.com staff for including a political-related event in their FTW/WTF. I know TV.com is owned by CBS, which has definite political leanings, but unless you want this site to devolve into another right-vs.-left flames forum, leave the political-related stuff out.
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Thumbs down. What the hell? It was a cool thing that happened on TV this week, it doesn't matter what side of the political aisle you're on. They're not holding a telethon raising money for the President. Too sensitive. Guess what? If Ron Paul or Mitt Romney do something entertaining like that, maybe it'd be a "win" too.
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FTW - Everything pales next to Fringe's unexpected renewal but this week Community was pretty cool... I can't believe how many hilarious lines they managed to pack up in a half hour ep... ('You always need an exist strategy')



WTF - Touch delivers at least one of these each week
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A lot of the 30 Rock episodes didn't work, it wasn't as funny as the first one or as well performed, and Donald Glover wasn't very good I didn't think, and it also spoofed a lot of American TV that I just didn't get. And Community, having never seen an episode of Law and Order I did not appreciate that episode really. the satire just didn't translate unless you've watched the show it was taking off. But then you could have put the Fringe revival on it's own as FTW and I'd be happy.
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The russian model Nadia on new girl was hilarious.. Definitely FTW
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"Yay! We have fun. I make him put on black shawl. Pretend he's grandma."
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What The Fuck is up with your For The Win. First of all, Suburgatory didn't air a new episode this week, "Entering Eden" aired last week. Also, for people who didn't read the book, the Shadow Baby seemed like the most corny, hokiest thing I have seen in GoT. It might turn out to be awesome, I a reserving judgement, for but for any real fantasy fan, that looked totally retarded. But I agree that Lost sucks and Obama kicked ass on Jimmy Fallon.
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Wow, I think Lohan truly embodies the WTF. Yikes.
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What about Felicia Day on Supernatural!! That should be in FTW!
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That reminds me. What happened to Felicia Day's character in Eureka was WTF. :(
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I don't understand the attraction of Felicia Day but I did really enjoy the episode and her character.
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You don't understand the attraction of Felicia Day? What are you even doing on this site?
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FTW: FRINGE RENEWAL !!!!

AND ANOTHER EPIC EPISODE!!!!!

JOHN NOBLE FOR EMMY!!!!

WTF: I have to wait a week for the next episode. As I say this I want it now, but I also don't want it because it will be the one before last this season and I'm afraid of what's going to happen in this episode.

Fringe Rocks and and Fringe Fans are awesome.
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There was a worse ad this week -- that terrible cell phone ad where the mother and daughter are crying while slurring out a list of the phone's features. Worst thing I've seen so far this year (but that's because I don't watch Glee anymore).
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There is one that recently came out here in California that is much worse and very, very annoying. It's for California's Great America that has a family at a kitchen table screaming out loud to each other while subtitles at the bottom of the screen interpret what they are saying about the amusement park.
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FTW: Anything related to Revenge, and whichever genius it is who writes the dialogue on The Secret Circle, particularly Faye's xD



WTF: Another 3rd consecutive week of disastrous ratings for The Secret Circle, easily one of the CW's best, most well thought, well acted, well cast, well-everything shows ever :c(
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yeah the secret circle is awesome i dont miss it lol
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FTW: 7:22 PM, Thursday, April 26th, 2012. This moment shall forever be etched into my mind. Special Agent-in-Charge Phillip Broyles might say it left an "indelible mark" on my soul. This was the moment I found out Fringe was renewed for a 13 episode 5th season! Fox, I know we've had our differences (Firefly), but you really came through this time. You have made a lifelong supporter out of me. Thank you!



WTF: The massive hangover I had from celebrating the renewal news.
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I have to agree with WTF on the live 30 Rock



It just felt forced. The parody of the old shows fell short and were not that funny. The idea of of them making fun of themselves getting ready for a live show just didnt work. To me it felt to pretentious I thought this was the worst episode in a while.



Definitely FTW on Fringe.... I dont watch it but Im glad that the loyal fan gets a proper send off. Congrats Fringe Fans



Wasn't Suburgatory a rerun- Not sure if you can really consider it a FTW since it already FTw before. Still the relationship between Dalia and her dog is the funnest aspect of the show so I guess it can slide



lastly- who really cares about Obama (except for Obama fanatics) slow jamming on a Fallon. Shouldnt he be doing something important like trying to fix the economy of lowering gas prices etc. If he put half the effort on fixing the US economy as he does making TV appearances and being in the public eyes maybe we wouldn't STILL be in the mess we are in. For you who going to slam me a a republican who hates Obama , I am a independent .

I dislike Obama because he is doing a bad job , not because of what party he is in
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I thought that President Obama trying to sway public opinion on the next potential bailout by Slow Jamming the issue on the Jimmy Fallon Show, which does appeal to the young adult audience, was inappropriate. This is a classic case of demogoging.
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Yeah, but he makes demagoguing look goooooood!
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longleggedmacdaddy!
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I liked this til I read your Obama comment. Had to take my like away. I am not slamming you because of your party position. I am however slamming you because Obama is not the one who PUT our economy in this position. It takes a SECOND to F*** up. He's fixing this the best he can. May I also point out that the majority of presidents find their footing in the second term. Obama is putting himself out there, and trying to help the middle class, as much as it exists anymore. So I applaud him, and his effort to get re-elected. Obama 2012!
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The point I think that people are making about Obama being on Fallon is that as Commander in Chief shouldn't he be, I don't know...having a meeting with people to FIX the problems rather than slow jamming? I mean, I don't care what side of the isle he is on, it is unprofessional for the leader of our Country to, while in office, appear on a comedy show when there are real problems to solve. I say he needs to stop playing and start working.
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Elly, Fuzzy didn't criticize Obama because of the situation he found himself in, which is what your reply implied. He criticized him because of his way of dealing with it. And if, as you put it, he's "fixing this the best he can", then Fuzzy is still allowed to opine that "he is doing a bad job".



The opinion that Obama could be trying things more effective than showboating on Jimmy Fallon, or, for another example, be explaining his bracket for March Madness, is completely valid.
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Fringe renewal - check

Fringe's awesome episode - check

Community's awesome episode - check



Yep, the week is as good as it can get.
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you forgot:

Game Of Thrones' shadow baby - check



Hell yeah!

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Fringe's renewal easily takes the cake as the best FTW of the week. :D
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I'm surprised that a Buffy porn parody hasn't been made before now, they even made jokes about one on Friends for crying out loud. And judging by that trailer, the majority of the cast manages to look a lot like the real thing, and the dialogue is fairly Buffy-like, making me consider it a positive thing for this week.



Other than that,

FTW: Fringe renewal, duh.

WTF: 30 Rock's live episode. The first one was good, this one was way too sketchy. I did enjoy seeing Fred Arnisen hidden away in a lot of scenes, and Amy Poehler as Liz, but when the only thing making me enjoy an episode of something is the guest casting, something's not right.

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The first one wasn't good either; this was a bit better, but I still don't think the kind of humor on 30 Rock works with a live audience laughing at it.
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