FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (April 6)

How many April's Fools jokes did you fall for this year? In unrelated news, this is the last edition of FTW vs. WTF that we'll ever write due to budgetary constraints. We know, we know, it's a sad day here at TV.com, but that's the reality of the dot-com business model. Also, Tim has been fired. Not just like out-of-a-job fired, but fired out of a cannon into Saturn. He should hit the surface of the planet in 2018, just in time to participate in the opening ceremonies of the next Winter Olympics. In fact, everyone here at TV.com has been fired and our jobs have been outsourced to hyper-intelligent squirrels. So look forward to weekly reviews of Where's My Nuts? starring Skippy the Squirrel and George Lopez. In the meantime, and for the last time, here's what we though was good and bad about the last seven days in television.*

*April Fool's and not even a good one, obviously.


FTW:

Josh Charles stops by Olbermann... as Dan Rydell


We don't really know why this happened (other than because Charles has extra free time these days), but does it matter? BRB gonna go watch all of Sports Night again. 


FTW:

Louie's literal "Louie's Back" promos




We've missed this guy.


FTW:

Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey's April Fool's Day switcheroo


The hosts of CBS's The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Price Is Right swapped jobs in celebration of the prank-filled holiday: Carey hosted Ferguson's free-wheeling late-night talk show with his Price Is Right announcer George Gray serving as his sidekick, and Ferguson, Geoff, and Secretariat gave out fabulous prizes to the contestant who bid the closest to the actual retail value. 


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Everyone's trying to cope with Will's death on The Good Wife

In what was probably its most affecting hour of Season 5 since "Hitting the Fan," The Good Wife addressed Will's death in this week's "The Last Call." Diane maintained control of herself by maintaining control of LG, Kalinda sought out answers and then a dark revenge plot that left Will's killer begging for a suicidal option, and Alicia tried to determine what Will called her about as she imagined various scenarios and finally settled on the one that gave her perhaps the most comfort. It was a sad, draining, and excellent episode of a stellar season.


FTW:

The Mindy Project is back and better than ever

After a couple months away, The Mindy Project returned to Fox's schedule this week with two very strong episodes. The show smartly picked up right where it left off with Mindy and Danny post-kiss on the airplane, then spent the rest of the hour showing us that these two crazy kids might just be able to make it work, though not without plenty of pratfalls and sextape reveals along the way. 


FTW:

The Peabody Awards recognize Orphan Black, Scandal, Key & Peele, and House of Cards

The Peabody Awards are almost certainly our culture's best and most diverse honor, and the latest round of winners proves it. Congratulations to Breaking BadOrphan BlackOrange Is the New BlackBroadchurchThe ReturnedKey & PeeleScandal, and House of Cards—or, as you may know them, all the great stuff we've been talking about for the last year. That's quite the range of good-to-great TV shows. 


FTW:

Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule finishes strong

When Season 3 began with the titular doctor witnessing the fiery death of his brand-new co-anchor, it was difficult to imagine where the show could go next. The following five installments happily trotted through drug-fueled excursions to seedy strip clubs, the consumption of canned horse meat, visits to nightmare man-child daycares, and the doctor's own mother giving birth on a tarp to a ball of hair while her dead husband hung from a noose a few feet away. Comedy! If you like what the Abso Lutely team delivers elsewhere (Portlandia, Kroll Show, Review with Forrest MacNeil, Nathan For You), then chances are you loved "Skateboards," which found Brule in a coma, struggling to regain his identity, with hilarious results.


FTW:

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. nicely sets up Captain America

It's no secret Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't been the breakout hit Marvel and ABC were hoping for, but this week's episode finally got the ball rolling on the main storyline as Coulson discovered the Clairvoyant wasn't a psychic, but a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with security clearance. And although the series' odd scheduling hasn't really helped the show's ratings, it suddenly makes sense, now that we know the series had to find a way to work in the reveals from Captain America: The Winter Soldier


FTW:

Inside Amy Schumer's Season 2 Premiere has herpes

After an uneven first season, Inside Amy Schumer's returned for Season 2 premiere with an outbreak of hilariously crude proportions. While all the sketches deserve praise, God (Paul Giamatti) helping Amy through a herpes scare was the highlight of what looks to be a strong sophomore effort.


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Reese gets slapped at a high-school reunion

In one of Person of Interest's most tongue-in-cheek missions to date, Reese and Shaw assumed identities of alumni attending a 20-year high school reunion. And apparently Reese's cover had been quite the philanderer, because he was slapped three different times by three different ladies who all held grudges over being used and abused two decades prior. Reese probably should've slot the slappers in the leg, but instead he took the blows like a champ.


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Thanks for the memories, Raising Hope


The lovable Fox sitcom closed out a four-season run on Friday with one last round of its signature wacky-yet-heartwarming hijinx. The series finale involved no less than a return visit from Jeffrey Tambor as Virginia's father Arnold, an exact replica of Princess Diana's wedding dress, and Kenny Loggins crooning "Danny's Song," a nice callback to the pilot. We'll miss you, Chance family!


FTW:

Community comes through in the end with a perfect G.I. Joe PSA


Dan Harmon's weirdo comedy couldn't've done a G.I. Joe episode without one of the cartoon's famous "And knowing is half the battle!" bits, and the show delivered it just in time, with an end tag that saw Britta's Buzzkill preaching and Abed's Fourth Wall calling her on it with a quick, direct message: "Graffiti is bad, go play sports!" 


FTW:

Continuum returns to U.S. TV 


Yay! But you know what would make it even MORE of a FTW? If Syfy and Showcase could work out a deal to air the show simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada. Just sayin’.


FTW:

"Boy Meets World," a slam poem by Samuel L. Jackson, courtesy of The Tonight Show


That Jimmy Fallon gets celebrities to say the darnedest things...


FTW:

You thought the Psych series finale would disappoint? C'mon son!


Editor's note: We wrote this entry last week and then apparently forgot to include it in the story, as @smorbie has pointed out in the comments. The slight wasn't at all intentional; Psych was an important show to many of us, so we've included its series finale in this week's FTW vs. WTF list as a last-minute addition to make sure it gets its due. 

After a penultimate episode that was so heavy, weird, and un-Psych-like, there may have been a nagging fear that the series finale would try to be too splashy or self-serving. Instead, it was perfect, with a decent case, a few tearful farewells, and a healthy dose of Billy Zane. "The Break-Up" was never smug or treacly, never over-indulgent. Just the story of a man who loves another man in a way that they can both have wives and kids and pools. And maybe Gus will find his own Juliet. And her name will be pronounced hoo-lee-ay. And she'll be Jamaican. Oh, no. We're getting misty about the Shules proposal all over again. Psych called it a series with as much humor as we've come to expect from the show, and in really the only way it could've ended, for all intensive purposes. Or all intents and purposes. We've heard it both ways.




FTWTF:

David Letterman announces his retirement

While it's probably time for Letterman to say goodbye to the Late Show, his influence on late-night television and comedy in general cannot be underestimated. He's likely indirectly responsible for the majority of the funny stuff you've seen over the last two decades. 


FTWTF:

Amazon enters the set-top box race

The company that made its name selling books on the internet has been a busy bee as of late, unveiling its own pilots and buying up the exclusive streaming rights for a bunch of your favorite shows (including HannibalJustifiedOrphan Black, and as of this week, 24). And now the company has developed a set-top box for us to watch it all on. The Amazon Fire TV will compete with Apple TV, Roku, game systems, and the Chromecast in the battle to be the one true black box in your heart. And even though it doesn't seem all that different than anything else, competition is good right? Well, except for the part that all the hardware and streaming-service subscription costs are really starting to add up...


FTWTF:

The Walking Dead walked to its destination, but we have to wait 'til next season to see what happens

Season 4B was one long trek to Terminus with mixed results, but Rick's group finally finished its journey in the season finale. And once they arrived, they were herded into a train car with Rick vowing to exact revenge... about six months from now. The finale would have made a great penultimate episode, but as a season-ender it was a bit of a letdown. 




WTF:

HIMYM's series finale erased several years' worth of storylines

We've already spent a lot of time dissecting the How I Met Your Mother finale, but we obviously couldn't leave it out of FTW vs. WTF... which is why it pains us to say that "Last Forever," while it certainly had its moments, was ultimately a disappointment. After spending the entirety of Season 9 at Barney and Robin's wedding, it was a slap in the face to find out in the span of a few minutes that Barney and Robin had divorced, the Mother had indeed died, and Ted was still carrying a blue French horn for Robin. While we can accept the Mother's death, if the writers really wanted Robin and Ted to end up together, they should've focused more on what happened between 2013 and 2030. Instead, they tacked on one final "twist" that reneged on pretty much everything they'd spent nine years building toward.


WTF:

Sheesh, Donna!


Suits’ Donna may be the eyes and ears of Pearson-Specter, dishing the gossip as well as the indispensible wisdom of a magical fairy god-secretary, but her antics in this week’s “Know When to Fold 'Em” crossed the line into WTF territory when she guilt-tripped Mike into staying in a dead-end job out of loyalty to Harvey even though his continued presence compromises everything the firm has accomplished and even Harvey encouraged Mike to take the freaking investment job. She also encouraged Harvey to lie to Scottie about Mike, while urging Harvey to do everything he possibly can to keep his relationship with Scottie healthy, which is hard to do when Scottie just wants Harvey to be honest with her. We never thought we’d see the day when the amazing all-knowing Donna really just needs to STFU.


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? Elizabeth making big moves on The Blacklist? Nick's mom's return to Grimm? Once Upon a Time's big death? Share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!


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FTW: How I Met Yor Mother gave me everything I ever wanted and not even in the way that I wanted to. Luke & Penny are not a fluke, Barney found the love of his life, Lily & Marshal found their happy ending and the Mother got to live happily ever after for as long as she lived. Good job on that on Ted. Now, we need Robin back on S.H.I.E.L.D. where she belongs!

FTW/WTF: Grimes trying to scare my hate for him away on the season finale of The Walking Dead (on one hand, it was awesome, on the other hand, I'm still mad at him because of Carol).

WTF: Will is dead?! What did he ever do to The Good Wife? Where IS the reset button??? WHERE is I?!
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I'm still upset about How I Met Your Mother. They could have done so much better...
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"HIMYM's series finale erased several years' worth of storylines"

That pretty much covers all the WTF ever.

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Do you guys forget to put Arrow in FTW? Did no-one see Deathstroke being just the right amount of awesome and totally making a fool out of Oliver Queen simply waltzing in and telling Laurel his secret or kidnapping of Thea and her subsequent threat video-without-demand at the Mayoral debate??
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FTW: (Next week.) I will not spoil it but the last scene (mid-credits scene) of the last episode of the powerhouse season 4 of 'Shameless' (Its finest season to date.) is definitely for the win and not just because it had the beautiful Dichen Lachmen in it (Although that made it awesome as well). The other person in it is what made it completely FTW. Also, now I can thank Starz for canceling 'Magic City' because it has apparently brought Jeffrey Dean Morgan to 'Shameless'. Best show on television this year goes out in style against the much hyped premiere of 'Game of Thrones'. The last scene with Carl and Frank - after everything Frank's been through this season in one moment Frank returns completely to form - set against the Chicago skyline was one of the best shots of the season. Can't wait 'til next season. Forget the Lannisters, I'm gonna miss the Gallaghers.

FTW: OK of all weeks, a certain superhero show that isn't that waste of time because it isn't 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' (overhype an episode much that was nothing more than a commercial for a movie? A garbage show that the network CAN'T cancel because of all they've tied into it with the movie franchise. When is ABC going to man up and just admit it failed profusely with this lame excuse for a show? Oh that's right -they can't which is why they are still telling everyone its 'getting better' despite no evidence to support that ridiculous assertion.) put out one hell of an episode as Slade Wilson 'Deathstroke' as portrayed by Manu Bennett continues harassing Oliver Queen by revealing 'Arrow's identity to still in process of being turned into character we like, Laurel and by revealing Thea's parentage to Thea after kidnapping her. A lot of shows with heroes give that hero an arch rival and this show has been setting up Oliver Queen and Slade Wilson very nicely for 2 seasons watching them go from friends to enemies over a forced choice made by Oliver. Its going to be a wild ride to the end this year and the set up has been great. Why waste time with a bland and unexceptional Marvel tale when the D.C. one is so much better?

WTF: No new episode of 'Reign'. I got on board this train a few weeks late and now I'm mad when there is no new episode - especially after the completely out of the blue (LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN ISN'T SPOILED) wedding of Kenna and 'Bash'. I think I'm addicted. LONG MAY SHE 'REIGN'!
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Shameless was brilliant last week and if 'this weeks' finale does not make Sundays FTW list (if not a writeup on the front page), I swear to the tv-gods I will quit this site and hope it goes the way of TV Without Pity. I dont think anything this year has been as consistently good with such spectacular performances from all the cast. Including Banshee. Yeah, I said it.
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So much brilliant work this season and that they were able to keep the secret a secret from EVERYONE - did you see the cast tweets after the finale aired; they were as genuinely pleasantly surprised as all of us watching. So awesome. I'll be calling 911 if Emmy Rossum and the rest of this cast are again absent from all the parties next Fall and Winter. So many exceptional performances from this cast growing up in front of us. This show changes every year and isn't telling the same stories over and over using different characters like most shows do and it never gets nominated. (Still think Antony Starr did nomination worthy work as did Ivana Milicevic again on 'Banshee' - I'm confident that 'The Truth About Unicorns' (S2E5) will stay one of the 10 best episodes of television of the year for the entirety of it and its mainly because of those two.)
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Yes, thank you for putting HIMYM on the right side of the line. That series finale was c-r-a-p. Spelled out one letter at a time because it needed to be emphasized. Thanks for that, Carter and Bays.
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Thanks for mentioning Brule. Even [adult swim] kind of seemed to be sweeping it under the rug this season, giving it a somewhat late-night slot (12:30AM) and with not only NO same-week repeat but not even a same-night repeat, which is pretty much standard practice with everything they air, especially something new. That's poor treatment of a new show, [as].

FTW: CC's Triptank, which was unexpectedly profane yet with several laugh-out-loud segments. It was one of those things that made you feel high just by watching it (and I wasn't). As fully bizarre as anything on [as], and that's okay by me.

WTF: Suburgatory. Despite some good comedic moments from Alan Tudyk and Chris Parnell (two favorites of mine), the producers undermined it all with the other plot, with its ridiculously biased portrayals of Southerners. From talk of constant lynchings, the absurd hairdos, inedible food and everything in between, it really bordered on being offensively denigrating and insulting.

This show has really run off the rails this season, and that's saying something since it was never that coherent to begin with. From no longer having any idea of what to do with its cast members such as Dallas and Dalia (sp?) and even George, to the silly high-school marriage proposal and its embarrassing song and dance number from last week, it's becoming almost unwatchable. I now find myself hoping it gets cancelled after this season. Let its talented cast go on to do much, much better things.

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The HIMYM finale is on the wrong side of the list.
Happy to see Dr. Steve Brule represented, this season has been funnier than ever.
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Agreed on Brule. I think the season premiere, "Planes," was its best episode ever.

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Oh, and FTW: Parenthood. The house! Julia! Only two episodes left, I REALLY hope that NBC does the right thing and renews this amazing series for at least a 13 episode Final Season.

and Community's G.I. Joe episode was alright. Is it bad that I liked 'Into to Felt Surrogacy" from the gas leak year better? Uh oh..
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FTW:
-The Walking Dead, Rick going insane and biting into that dude's neck, calling Daryl his brother, literally destroying Carl's almost-rapist, 90% of our group reuniting (even if under shitty circumstances) and Rick's final words, "They don't know who they're screwing with." Although for all the teasing of "many will fall.." the producers claiming someone would die, no one did. Not that I'm complaining. Maggie survived, check. Daryl survived, check. Michonne survived, check. See you next season.
- HIMYM Finale. I loved it. I watched it again today with my cousin who is a casual viewer, and she also really liked it. But she hasn't seen any of the final season. My sister in law though didn't enjoy and she was a hardcore fan like myself, she couldn't get passed the Barney/Robin divorce, so I've just come to the conclusion that people took different things away from the show, and the finale couldn't properly please everyone, just as any other finale.
- Being Human's penultimate episode was pretty good, can't wait for the finale tomorrow.
- Justified's penultimate episode (for Season 5) was also pretty crazy, and set up the finale well.
- The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon's inability to choose between XBOX One and PS4. The scenes with him and Amy in the store were too hilarious. If you knew me personally you would've really been laughing when he yelled "I Don't Know!" at the end trying to choose between his food. The funniest episode all season to me.
- Continuum, (I'm on episode 3 with Canada, as a choose to use "alternative means" to keep up) is "continuing" on an amazing route for season 3 so far. Such a great series.
- Shameless penultimate episode (for season 4) was awesome, as every other episode in this underrated gem of a story. Can't wait to watch tonight's finale.
- Once Upon A Time- I caught up over the weekend, and I'm loving the Wicked Witch storyline. Rebecca Mader is awesome anywhere she goes. Lost-&Fringe-;&Once.; She's great. Really breathing some fresh air into a show that lost me earlier on.

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- (although I liked the episode)Raylan pulling that dick move to Kendall on Justified. I'm keeping it out of WTF because it's a special type of Boyd-diabolical action that I'm surprised and not suprised that Raylan would actually take. I hope he has a backup plan, though.
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No Supernatural, The Originals, or TVD this week, again.
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So with you - every word - on your HIMYM finale post. I get it - it's a series finale - you want it to surprise or shock. But could we just have gotten something that made sense? It's like the writers just threw out the last 9 years of character development. And now they're trying to lure people to shell out money for the crapfest by selling the season with an alt ending. Please.
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Solid. I was hoping you guys would put Continuum on the list. It was a pretty damn awesome premere. Garza and Kiera make an awesome team. That has definitely gotta happen again.
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That Donna moment shouldn't be in there! You didnt mention that at the end of her talk with Mike she also told him to be 'the best goddam bank investor' essentially acquiseing to his decision. But not only that, her talk to Mike and later to Harvey about Scottie, is Donna at her core. She tells Harvey what he needs to hear - what is the most important step for Havey just as when she was originally trying to convince mike to stay. That is who Donna is, she is Harvey's inner voice essentially. It shouldn't be a WTF moment.

Having sad that what should have been a WTF moment was Neal on OUAT and Nick's mum on Grimm!
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Amen on Donna! Harvey shouldn't tell Scottie about Mike. We don't really know if Scottie would even keep the secret. Donna's concern is that the next time Scottie is mad at Harvey she might spill. I thought that Donna did a great job.
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Yes! Thank you! I am glad you agree! Imagine Scottie just lost it and let it slip or worse did it on purpose! Donna is an awesome character and she sees it for how it is!
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HIMYM's series finale erased several years' worth of storylines.

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT MADE THE FINALE PERFECT. THE LAST FEW YEARS DESERVED TO BE ERASED, BECAUSE THESE LAST FEW YEARS ERASED THE BRILLIANT FIRST FEW YEARS. AND THE FIRST YEARS WERE WAY BETTER THAN THE LAST YEARS, I THINK EVERYONE CAN AGREE WITH THAT. THAT'S WHY I NEVER UNDERSTOOD THE COMPLAINTS. SORRY IF ANYONE IS UPSET BY THE CAPS HAHA
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WTF: The tomorrow people. It's so bad it hurts.

WTF: The 100. Maybe even more stupid than TTP, but it still has the advantage of being about two groups of people in interesting situations, so I don't think it's quite as bad as TTP. But it's really bad.

WTF: All the whining about HIMYM's finale. Who cares? It's just a comedy that went on for too long. And even I have seen enough of the show to know that they've made such a big a deal of how much Ted and Robin like each other that this ending makes sense.

FTW: A very long wait is almost over.
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FTW - Community, POI, Justified, and the Ferguson/Carey switchup.

I'd probably put Continuum here because I love it, but I've been laying off on starting this season so that I can watch about 6 episodes together. Not sure why I chose to do that with Continuum, but I did.
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FTW: Samuel L. Jackson's Boy meets World slam poem.
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FTW: The Walking Dead- Rick Ripping Out Joe's Throat
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I never really thought Shield was interesting enough to have a show of its own. It's really much better suited as a supporting role in Marvel movies
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Dave Letterman was great on NBC; a true trailblazer that pushed forth edgy comedy and set the standard for most of today's host. But in the last decade he's really fallen off. Don't know what the problem was: too old to care or trying to hard to talk down to the audience like Jay did?
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FTW: The beautiful HIMYM finale that managed to bring everything full circle, touch the right heart strings, be funny, and also successfully surprise the audience.

WTF: The negative reaction that the finale got. The show was called "How I Met Your Mother", not how i ended up with your mother forever. It never promised that. Not to mention all of the confusion over whether the Robin/Ted ending had been set up (it had been) and confusion over the concepts of soulmates and who was Ted's. Or the confusion over character development.
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FTW - Teen Wolf. Yes. I know. It's not on. But still.
WTF - Teen Wolf being off the air until summer.
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FTW: I have to give credit to Once Upon a Time in Wonderland for giving a satisfying finish to the story, without any questions being left unanswered. Even though the show was intended to be only a 13 episode season, with an option for a possible renewal, which meant they were prepared for ending it now, many other shows would have left some annoying loose threads at the end that could only be answered during a possible second season. I'm happy that OUaTiW gave us a proper story with a beginning, middle and an end.

I wish that spin-offs would more often last only one season. That would give the opportunity to expand the original tale in an unexplored direction, delve deeper into a few characters' lives, but without the risk of being cancelled mid-story.
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FTW - Survivor having what some fans are describing as the BEST tribal council ever in all 28 seasons. Even for those who do not call it the best, we agree it is up there with the TOP 5 ever. Too bad TV.com did not do a short review about it.

FTW - Walking Dead finale, The Good Wife, Shameless, Justified. Arrow.

FTW - To Canadians Big brother fans or ALL those who voted. You guys make the best HOH and put up the most hated two person on the block ! I got a very bad feeling that the US version this summer is going to have the same "twist". I am not sure if US fans would be able to vote the same way though.

FTW - To producers of BB Canada, it is only season two in Canada but it is proving to be a very exciting show. For shows like Big brother and Survivor, the selection of the cast is very important and I must say BB Canada got it right. You got it right with the twist too. It is better than the US version last summer (MVP voting) !

FTW - Hannibal for having the best episode since season one started and finally breaking into my top 10 favorite episode for the week.



WTF - Believe (Episode four was just as disappointing), Continuum episode two (shall not post why because of spoilers). No more Walking Dead.

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FTW- Game of Thrones returning (even if it's a week early for this list)
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Pretty good week, what with The Good Wife--WTF - no episode this weak (the last word not necessarily misspelled). It was nice seeing Dan Rydell again, with Keith. My wife and I are currently rewatching Sports Night, when we don't have time for another 43 minute drama to fill out the evening--WTF - worst example of an ill-advised laugh track ever, btw. As for Dave Letterman, you all might not think so, but Dave is a really classy guy. When his dirty laundry went public he didn't back away, or deny any of it, just admitted that in life, shit happens to everyone, including him. And I'm okay with how HIMYM ended, now let's get on with our lives...
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What??? Will is Dead?!

Sorry, I can't do this until I'm caught up with The Good Wife.
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FTW: Legit - Jim landing on Billy and the massage parlor scene
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The best part was that was 'James Bond' playing Jim's dad in the episode. They got George Lazenby!
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yeah... I went all WTF on Donna for that too, I admit...

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FTW: The HIMYM finale! It made the entire nine year journey make complete sense. Well done.

WTF: Suits not having Mike leave Pearson-Spectre. I know it would have been difficult for the show moving forward, but it just makes no sense whatsoever for him to stay there.
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FTW to Comedy Central's new animated freak-out, Triptank. I don't know what a Triptank is, but I know that it's inspired and has a lot of talent behind it, it's nice to see this kind of weird stuff without waiting for the Spike & Mike Festivals to come around. This is the surprise must-watch of the midseason.

FTWTF to Cougar Town for ending its season (series?) with Laurie getting pregnant, holy crap, more wine!

WTF to The Simpsons for going BACK to Brazil. Really? You've been on so long that you're now going back to countries that were gimmick trips in the first place? Dumb. Also a toothless episode, aside from carding a guy for flopping even when he died and was buried.

WTF to NCIS for being such a boring pimp for the upcoming New Orleans spinoff.

FTW to SVU for not having the victim of the week use her money to kill herself or some gross twist ending. That was a really sad story, one of the better turns in recent memory.

FTW to @Midnight for holding up, being solidly funny this week.

FTW to Community's whole GI Joe-inspired cartoon episode. Sorry, I couldn't help but restate these.

WTF to How I Met Your Mother and Ruined Everything, a nasty, shallow, emotionally-manipulative turn that ended up making Ted a dishonest self-liar who cannot move forward from his past and still refuses to see the differences that separated him from Robin in the first place.

FTW to Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey's job-switch April Fools gag, just a fun idea.

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Triptank: As the k1dz say, MOAR!

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"April's Fools"? I fell for one, RedLetterMedia put up a new episode of one of their shows and it was a lame gag followed by 25 minutes of silence to pad the time.

Honestly, how all of GI Jeff episode of Community isn't on the top of the FTW list is beyond me, that was such a blast. The knowing is half the battle PSA deconstruction was quite solid though.

Yeah, got to move How I Met Your Mother's disastrous finale up to the top, it was the biggest WTF of the week. That was narratively unsupported and grotesque and pathetic of the characters.

Big props to the fan edit of HIMYM's ending though, some of Ted's narration leaves the mother's fate vague, but it just avoids so many of the pitfalls that the real one stepped in.

Oh man, The Big Show was great, that line about Peter Krause was my favorite.

Yeah, big props to Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey switching it up, very fun. Seriously though, Geoff Peterson for TPIR model of the year!

The Good Wife definitely hit a lot of fine notes this last week, well said.

SHIELD was ok, not sure I could agree that it deserves a FTW though, it was good, not great.

Inside Amy Schumer was solid, but that God sketch was the highlight.

Why is it time for Letterman to say goodbye, aside from his own disinterest?

The Amazon box plays video games, that's the chief difference. Personally, I don't care, they're all focusing on their own self-interests first except for Roku.

I still don't think Donna's advice was bad enough to warrant WTF territory, it was mutable with the changing situation.
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WTF: All the whining about how HIMYM ended.
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Great to see Continuum in the FTW section! Great show.
I'm not giving away anything but all I can say: Get ready for more serialised storytelling and a mind-blowing Season 3 premiere!
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FTW: From Dusk Till Dawn, The Walking Dead, Hannibal, Vikings ... all with very good episodes.
WTF: Bringing The Mindy Project to my attention and Real Madrid
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Totally agree with the FTW for Josh Charles bringing back Dan Rydell and for Samuel L. Jackson's slam poem about Boy Meets World. There is at least one big BMW fan among Jimmy Fallon's writers. A lot of episode details were touched on.
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So, this week we had a listing for two shows ending their runs, HIMYM and Raising Hope. Makes last week's slight of Psych more egregius
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OMG, I was about to get all mad and be like "What are you talking about???" because we totally wrote a blurb for Psych... but then we apparently omitted it from the story by accident. :/
Sorry about that. Here's what was supposed to be in last week's story:

You thought the Psych series finale would disappoint? C'mon, son!

After a penultimate episode that was so heavy, weird, and un-Psych-like, there may have been a nagging fear that the series finale would try to be too splashy or self-serving. Instead, it was perfect, with a decent case, a few tearful farewells, and a healthy dose of Billy Zane. "The Break-Up" was never smug or treacly, never over-indulgent. Just the story of a man who loves another man in a way that they can both have wives and kids and pools. And maybe Gus will find his own Juliet. And her name will be pronounced hoo-lee-ay. And she'll be Jamaican. Oh, no. We're getting misty about the Shules proposal all over again. Psych called it a series with as much humor as we've come to expect from the show, and in really the only way it could've ended, for all intensive purposes. Or all intents and purposes. We've heard it both ways.


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You know that saying 'Its better late than never'? Well in this case.... no.
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What is it like to never make a mistake ever?
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It's great. lol
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"We" omitted it? Suuuuure.
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My thoughts exactly
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Geez. In the end, sure, one person forgot to physically paste the copy into the story. But why the cynicism?
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I hope to do a tribute here to honor David Letterman for his contribution to how America does comedy and his great influence on me, personally (though not in person). Dave and I go way back to his morning show.

HIMYM belongs in the FTW/WTF category since commenters' reactions were both positive and negative. Kaitlin's opinion isn't the only one.
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Uh, there are ALWAYS differing opinions on the things in these FTW/WTF articles. The article is by tv.com writers; it's their opinions. They don't poll commenters to decide if a show should go in FTW or WTF. That's why they end each article by asking what your FTW/WTF list for the week is.


(Frankly, even if they had polled people, I've seen way more negative comments than positive ones.)
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I think IndianaMom knows how this article works and I've never seen her be negative or try to antagonize anyone so I'm not sure why you are singling her out for stating her opinion (she isn't even being mean and is just being objective).
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And actually, after rereading my own comment, I wasn't antagonistic at all, so I don't know why you felt I was singling her out. Her comment about HIMYM suggests she in fact doesn't know how the article works; I explained it. That's all.
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I'm sorry if I came off antagonistic, but I'm tired of seeing people complain about Kaitlin's opinion about the HIMYM finale. IndianaMom is absolutely allowed to have an opinion, and so is Kaitlin. I'm tired of seeing people attacking the TV.com writers for stating their opinions when that is the purpose of this site and this article.
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...Wow, look, I'm sorry. I just think you're way over-analyzing and overreacting to my initial comment. I post here mainly at work when I can, and don't always have a lot of time to do so. I don't "research" the users on this site before replying to them. I don't read every comment on every article. I'm not familiar with this particular user at all; I can't recall other comments I've seen from her - not saying she hasn't made them, just saying I've never personally noticed her. Maybe there were other people who responded like she did, but hers was the comment I noticed. That's all. I wasn't trying to be condescending at all, and I'm sorry you thought I was.

And that's the last I'm going to say, because this has gotten silly.
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where did she "attack" and "complain about" Kaitlin and where did she say Kaitlin isn't allowed an opinion?
She expressed her opinion and I didn't see any "attacking" or "complaining".
Also I think tv.com reviewers and employees of the site can stand up for themselves. IndianaMom is much more nice then some of the comments made here by some employees who are paid to be professional.

It's nice that you want to "protect" the reviewers and/or just Kaitlin. However Kaitlin wasn't attacked in this case.
Saying Kaitlin's opinion isn't the only one is an objective fact and does not seem like an attack.

Disclaimer: I do not know IndianaMom and don't chat with her online. I have read her comments, those of other members and those of reviewers & official tv.com editorial. Most are nice but she is always nice. The first comment in this string I responded to was slightly condescending since you explained how the article worked when she has been posting here longer then you and never seems condescending or mean.

Yay for freedom of speech. If someone doesn't like it they don't have to read it. I am so anti-censorship and anti-whitewashing everything as positive (but I respect those who are different---positive people like Indianamom--not that she is pro-censorship or whitewashes stuff).

Anyway if Kaitlin (or any person) is right or wrong (objectively or subjectively) it is perfectly acceptable to say "yay, Kaitlin about xyx" or "boo, Kaitlin about xyz because of abc". I've witness Kaitlin "battling" in the comments and she is a strong woman who can stand up for herself when she feels the need.

Feel free to express your opinions (yay) but to assume someone doesn't know how the article works suggests you may want to research the person first (but don't feel obligated).

Also plenty of people have comments about a lot of shows that are similar to the phrasing of IndianaMom's comments but I don't see you "explaining it" to them.
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Kaitlin's right though, and she made a stellar case for how it was a misfire because it didn't follow the character development set up over the years after they filmed the ending.
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In other words, for eight years the writers wrote the characters knowing how the story ends, but they did it all wrong. R-i-i-i-i-g-h-t.
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It was the ending the wrote when they didn't expect to be picked up, they had this as their contingency plan in the first 2 seasons, then they kept developing the story and characters well beyond that, but their original ending idea wasn't adapted to those changes.
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The series was supposed to last for 8 seasons with the series finale being a wedding 2 parter, with the Mother being really nothing more than a footnote at the end, but midway through season 8 it was revealed that the show got unexpectedly renewed for a 9th season. What resulted was the Mother getting a LOT of character development, which made the original ending obsolete because we were too invested in the character.
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FTW: Hannibal
WTF: Hannibal
Everything is Hannibal. Hannibal is everything.
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The whole of reality is the Hannibal series experiencing itself, through itself. We only perceive ourselves as viewers ;)
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Every week another FTW vs WTF, and every week Review with Forrest Macneil gets snubbed. This time, going to outer space definitely should have earned some attention.
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I started out liking Review... and certainly wanted to like it a lot but it's rapidly begun pissing me off faaaaar more than entertaining me. The ongoing stuff with his wife is really ruining it for me and I don't see them righting that ship anytime soon, if ever.

And now we won't even get any more Fred Willard appearances? WTF indeed.

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That was my WTF moment actually, that was too much.
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Hey, I said it should have earned some attention. I didn't say what kind.
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FTW: Sorry but, the HIMYM finale. If not for the twist, this would have been a boring finale, and I thought the twist was well-orchestrated. If people want to complain about the finale, complain about the rest of the series, not this well-done finale.

FTW: Adult Swim's April Fools worth of Space Ghost Coast to Coast and a stealth premiere of PHF.

WTF: Bates Motel revealing the brother born out of incest.
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The finale would have been boring if Ted had actually grown into a man who was open to recognizing that the future can work without defining it by the past, if the marriage we saw built up for a season hadn't crumbled due to the flattest reason, if Barney didn't devolve horribly back to his shallowest state, if Robin hadn't been ostracized for not staying in the same place and not having kids the way the rest of them did, if Ted hadn't taken all that life experience and character building only to flush it down the crapper at the end with a woman who never worked with him ever, if the character we got to know for a solid season didn't end up a vestigial part of Ted's life only to have her life cut short with nary a response and her own husband and kids reacting as if she barely mattered, if the whole pretense for the show was that Ted's story was subterfuge to get permission to date Robin again despite the repeated failures and character backslides that would come with?
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"The finale would have been boring if Ted had actually grown into a man who was open to recognizing that the future can work without defining it by the past"

That's 180 degrees backward from what was in the finale I saw.
Ted's past (as of when he started telling the story) is dominated by Tracy, but now he's moving on to someone else.
Ted and Robin didn't work in the past, but Ted's willing to try to make it work in the future.
That sounds EXACTLY like a dude who's open to the future without being defined by the past.
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Ted's past is apparently dominated by Robin, as he's telling the story that's really about her more than anything.

You have a really backwards way of looking at the past. He could date anybody, but instead he goes back to the person he knows didn't work.
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I still think Barney and Robin should have broken up, though. Barney and Robin were a toxic relationship from the get-go; their happiness always seemed to come with an asterisk throughout the series, and it seemed bound to fall apart as it was not built on a solid foundation, and Barney really only covered up his flaws but didn't really put in the effort to fix them, and his efforts earlier this season were a bit hackneyed IMO like opening up the skating ring, something Robin was never really on-board with, even if she was slightly wooed by them.

Robin admitted in the finale that she should have ended up with Ted when he was with the mother, so in a small way she still had feelings for him, and Ted was pretty much obsessed with her pretty much the entire series in a different way than say Stella from seasons past; plus, they each got to experience what the other couldn't give them, so they can probably now settle down together finally.
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I absolutely agree that Barney + Robin was a terrible idea, that they weren't terribly compatible and he was dishonest and shallow, but the show tried to give him growth that would make him work for her, and it ended up being not his fault that their relationship fell apart.

Robin's panic outburst about marrying Ted really felt like her fears driving her, not her love for Ted but her appreciating his love for her. That's not healthy, and even Ted saw that - it wasn't a true thing, it wasn't reciprocation.
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I would agree with you about HIMYM and twists, if it weren't a series finales. Season finales need twists and cliffhangers; series finales need answers and closures.
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Twists ARE answers... just not the one(s) you were expecting.
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FTW:
Realizing that CBS had already released Boomer Asiasin from its football coverage after hearing his comments on a baseball player who missed opening day to be with his wife as she gave birth. Good riddance to Boomer.

WTF:
All the bitching and moaning about the How I Met Your Mother finale at least online. Dude, CBS got its ratings. Show's over. Maybe you can get back to your life. In case you hadn't noticed, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that our governments could be bought without restriction. I'm beginning to think catering to a show's fans in the finale is a waste of time because some contingent of the base will be bemoaning it as akin to a crime against for years to come apparently.

Alex Wagner referring to Captain Jack Jacobs as "Captain Jack" while discussing the Fort Hood shootings on All In. If she had called him Jack or Captain Jacobs, I wouldn't have minded, but I didn't need the image of the sailor from the Cracker Jack boxes in my head at that moment.

CBS apparently no pre-empting the scheduled CSI episode involving a siege of a police station and D.B. being held hostage by a gunman the night of the Fort Hood incident. I wasn't even in the mood for something like that Wedsnesday, and that was my choice, but it strikes me as somewhat insensitive on CBS's part to run such an episode the day something at least analogous happened in real life.

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"Boomer Asiasin"? Rly?
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I don't know how to spell his last name, and I didn't bother looking it up. You couldn't spare enough characters to spell out "really"?
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"Rly" is an accepted shortcut for "really" on the internet, which you probably know. What you did with Boomer Esiason's name would make John Travolta proud.
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For those keeping score at home, vicbjones got 5 out of 7 characters right in "Esiason", and you got 3 out of 6 right on "really".

More meaningfully, you knew who he was talking about, so we score that one as "close enough", just like we knew what you meant, so also close enough. But still irony +1 for mis-spelling a word while complaining about someone else's mis-spelling.
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FTW-

-NCIS successfully gets us invested in the New Orleans branch, much like they did with LA. It's now up to the writers to see if NCIS: New Orleans will be just as good as NCIS: LA or if it will fail miserably. They don't have a badass little old lady running the unit.

- The Blacklist and Red Reddington actually getting more involved in Lizzie's life, helping her take down Tom's "brother." Also, the end for the case of the week (a dying man called the Undertaker finds dying people and uses them to blow up his enemies, giving their families huge life insurance policies. Undertaker attempts to blow away the final man that wronged him, but Ressler intervenes and arrests the man, stating that the man's crimes were heavily documented and he's going to jail. The Undertaker then blows himself up.)

-Agents of SHIELD and Deathlok. After getting his ass handed to him in his first mission, Deathlok got an arm upgrade and became a complete badass. Also the reveal of the Clairvoyant not being a psychic at all but a person with SHIELD clearance was a nice dun dun dunnnnnn moment. But who is he/she... and what will Coulson's team do now that Captain America 2 happened and SHIELD is GONE?

Elementary- Sherlock Holmes in a prom dress singing "Let it Go" from Frozen. Granted, we never SAW the scene, but if there was any reason to buy the DVD set, a special feature showing this scene would definitely be it. Also, Clyde the turtle in adorable sweater cozies and a possible hint to where the season finale will be. (Mycroft invited Sherlock to Australia to look for sunken treasure.)

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-How I Met Your Mother finale on soooo many levels. Let's face it, season 9 was a big clusterf#ck, since the wedding weekend was ORIGINALLY supposed to be a 2 part series finale had the show gone on for 8 seasons, but it got renewed for a 9th season so they had to stretch everything with way too many filler episodes. The only episodes I genuinely liked were the Slapsgiving III episode and "How Your Mother Met Me"... which is the main reason why I LOATHE the last 5 minutes of the finale. Had the Mother been this obscure wise woman that appeared every now and then like she did in the first part of the season, the ending would've just been "bad," but showing how Tracy progressed as a character in "How Your Mother Met Me" made us become emotionally invested in her, ESPECIALLY after she sang "La Vie En Rose" after breaking up with her "safe" boyfriend. Killing Tracy off with one sentence "and then your mother got sick," and not showing how her death affected Ted other than "it's been 6 years" was a MAJOR insult to a character that we fell in love with before Ted did... and then Ted's daughter says that the story was not about Tracy but about Robin, making Ted go after the woman he spent AN ENTIRE FREAKING SEASON GETTING OVER, LITERALLY LETTING GO OF HER IN ONE EPISODE... I'm sorry, I need a moment.

Ending aside, I also hated Barney tossing years of character development out the window after divorcng Robin in all of 10 minutes of marriage (or 3 years in HIMYM time.) to become essentially his season 1 self, which actually doesn't even make any sense because "Symphony of Illumination" implied that Barney was the dad of Robin's ADOPTED kids (since she didn't have kids of her own.) If the kids Old Robin was speaking to were Barney's biological kids from #31, that would've made the conversation REALLY awkward. At least Ted was speaking to his own kids about all the women he banged.

Suits- Donna guilting Mike into staying with the firm for Harvey's sake even though Harvey himself told Mike to take the job because staying at Pearson-Specter would require Mike to commit another felony to dodge the lawyer looking into the Hessington lawsuit. The banking job was a perfect way out for Mike, EVERYONE knew it, but nope, Donna didn't want it, so Mike can't have it. (although we all saw it coming since the show was renewed for season 4, and without Mike the show wouldn't go on.) Also, Jessica completely screwing over Van Wick, one of her former bosses, all because he hired her because she was black. Yeah, I can kind of understand why she'd be upset, but she stated that she preferred DANIEL HARDMAN, one of the most vile characters this show produced, to Van Wick. Hardman stole funds to pay for his mistress, framed Harvey and Donna, manipulated Louis so he'd vote for him in order to wrest control of the firm from Jessica, had Louis fire Harvey, filed a sexual harassment suit against Louis, mocked Jessica for being single and childless... and Jessica STILL prefers him over Van Wick? What the hell did the other partners she ousted do? Call her fat?
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FTW: The Mindy Project indeed. They proved that it's possible (at least for now) to do something great and constructive out of resolving positively a will-they-won't-they pairing.
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Whenever I see an article/news about some random show, like The Mindy Project, always wondering: who, in the world, watches that; lol.
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That's part of the charm of the show how it is not like all the other run-of-the-mill sitcoms, even if it is hurting its ratings.
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I'll have you know that 1.88 million Americans watched it last week! There are dozens of us!
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FTW: Agents of SHIELD
FTW: POI
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FTW: Glee was quite enjoyable this week. The move to NYC worked suprisingly well. Hats off Ryan Murphey.
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FTW: From Dusk Till Dawn
FTW: Vikings
FTW: Hannibal
FTW: POI
FTW: The Good Wife
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From Dusk Till Dawn - the blood is calling!
Abed was wrong, graffiti is good and we need to spray From Dusk Til Dawn everywhere...
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Finally some love for Continuum! I love that show!!
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I know! So happy it's a FTW and absolutely loving Season 3. So far it's the best season yet!
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Used to like it, when they were establishing what direction it'll move in - and what, exactly, will they be showing us.. However, now it's the same as the Person of Interest: don't even know what I'm watching. No idea about the plot, don't even care what the next episode will be about. Good shows, but couldn't care less.. Not sure if it's too many years w/the TV, shows dragging on, filler episodes all over the place; just taking-in the bucks. Kinda lost interest in the whole thing, meh.
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I couldn't disagree more about Continuum. The shows quality has only improved taking on a more serialised approach. You sound like someone who has a short attention span. Person of Interset is also a show that has gotten better and with each season. Maybe you should stick with CSI and NCIS.
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Shameless, Vikings, and From Dusk Til Dawn were all pretty brilliant in their own ways.

WTF That these never make front-page.
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OMG Vikings! Can't believe it's not in the FTW list, THAT's how you do revenge! FDTD gets better and better by the week(and it wasn't bad to start with).
Abed was wrong, graffiti is good and we need to spray From Dusk Til Dawn everywhere...
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Why should you guys get continuum at the same time as us when Justified season 3 is only starting here?
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Now that is equally frustrating! Here's to the simultaneous, worldwide premieres sooner rather than later.
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Season 3, just starting? Lolz, how does your cave even get electricity? =)
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