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

Damn, television! You musta been working out because you were looking good this week! Seriously, it's been a while since you had a week this great. Is it because you finally dumped Alcatraz? Maybe it's just the Game of Thrones effect? We don't know your secret, but keep it up!


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Game of Thrones! Game of Thrones!


As if we'd dare leave this one out. Sunday's premiere reached series high ratings, proving we aren't alone in thinking the entire Season 2 premiere deserves a nod FTW. We particularly enjoyed meeting Melisandre, the red-headed, red dress-donning priestess who prays to red fire and has no trouble chugging poisonous red wine. You say, "The night is dark and full of terrors," but Sunday nights are awesome and full of win.



South Park’s Passover holiday special (featuring the Jewpacabra)


As the town of South Park prepared for its Easter-egg hunt, Cartman—like the big jerk he is—ruined everything by convincing people that "a horrific four-legged creature from Mexico that sucks the blood of goats” was on the loose. He even went as far as saying the monster preys on children during Passover. No one believed him...until he captured a video of the beast.



Jessica Sanchez's performance of "How Will I Know" on American Idol


From her outfit to to her song choice, none of the contestants celebrated the '80s theme as well as Jessica Sanchez, but her huge vocals absolutely nailed the Whitney Houston classic. Probably the most fun two minutes of the entire night.



This explosive Secret Circle scene


We know it happened in last week's episode, but it's been haunting our daydreams ever since.



Being Human calls to the heavens for help


An eclipse further messed up our supernatural roommates' messed-up lives and gave this sagging series the pick-me-up it needed going into the finale. Dead girlfriends? Undead dead boyfriends? All directly caused by the moon shimmying in front of the sun.



Quarles turns a bad situation into a party on Justified


He was naked, chained up, and held captive by junkie whores. But by the next scene, he was wearing a kimono and handing out free-base hits of Oxycontin via an unloaded shotgun to half-naked sluts. That's what we call turning a negative into a positive! Way to go, dude!



iTunes' sneak peek of Nickelodeon's The Legend of Korra


The iTunes HD sneak peek of the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender took a little while to download, but it was worth it. The animation and designs look great and the first two episodes suggest that Korra will be a fun continuation of Avatar's mythology.



Community's fictional civil war


Now no one can say Ken Burns' Civil War has never been spoofed with a giant pillow fight. Another instant classic for one of TV's most ambitious sitcoms.


WTF?!


Community's real civil war


Yeah, we know Chevy Chase can be difficult to work with and didn't want to shoot a particular scene. We also know that creator Dan Harmon is insane and led a "F*** Chevy" chant in front of Chase's family at the wrap party. This is a case of gasoline playing with fire, and nothing was going to stop them from clashing. Settle this like men, boys, and get back to making comedy.



Networks rudely say goodbye to comedies


ABC let Happy Endings finish its run with several weeks of lead-ins that were repeats. NBC's Bent was ushered out of the building in three weeks. Way to go, networks! We happen to like those two shows and would appreciate a little effort on your part.



Networks' insistence that "sneak previews" aren't also "series premieres"


This week Starz tried to tell us that Magic City was premiering even though it was actually a rerun from last week's "sneak preview." Also Fox recently attempted to claim that Touch's second episode was actually its season premiere, as though the first episode somehow didn't count. We know marketing is important, but do networks have to tell blatant lies about their programming in order to build an audience?



Bryan Greenberg needs a new home


It's a bummer that How to Make It in America's Bryan Greenberg dropped out of CBS’s Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti pilot so fast, but with any luck he'll find another gig soon!


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

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Move along, people. Nothing to nickpick here.
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the word is "nitpick"
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FTW: Dan Harmon and Chevy Chase working it out and looking forward to the possibility of a fourth season.
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FTW: Person of Interest in general and the scene where Reese takes a shot to the chest and keeps going in particular; the president of the Baldaves on the Daily Show; Monday's Daily Show segment on Arizona's banning Hispanic-centric courses; Stephen Colbert's interview with Anne Rice. WTF: Mark Margolis' ridiculous-looking wig in the 1991 flashback on Person of Interest (especially since I remember him being bald with white hair as Jimmy on The Equalizer in the '80s); The Stephanie Miller Show cutting off the caller who thought there was a link between Autism and vaccinations; Larry Wilmore's racism time-out segment on The Daily Show in connection with the Trayvon Martin shooting (Two words, Wilmore: Too soon).



I'd also like to say that you WTF on networks' "lying" about series premiere is petty and unwarranted. If a movie has an advance screening a weekend or two before the actual opening, the advance screening doesn't change the date of the opening.
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If the advance screening is in all markets, yes, in fact, it does change the date of the opening.
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WTF: Fringe ignominiously killing the other Lincoln Lee offscreen.
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FTW: FRINGE

another awesome episode. FOX thanks for supporting it so far. Please continue!
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Game of Thrones was awesome, a Great Return, Have to check out the South Park episode, Being Human was epic, and The Legend of Korra looks great I can't wait!
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LEGEND OF KORRA!!!!!!
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I disagree with you on Alcatraz because it was quite an enjoyable series =(
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Everything pales next to Game of Thrones being back - Joffrey you are such a-hole!
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very excited for korra next week. and very very sad about Bent being cancelled. NBC had something special there.

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FTW: The new True Blood trailer for season 5!
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FTW: Blackwell's explosive power in TSC.



WTF: 400 comments on the review that have nothing to do with the show.
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HEY! That's not fair ..... I'd say it's closer to 500.
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that is so very well stated..
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So that's why those shows have so many damn comments.
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I'll miss Happy Endings until next fall (right?!) but atleast they didn't burn it off like NBC did with Bent.. the show only had 6 episodes, so they air two a night? why not just leave it unaired if they didn't want it so bad lol
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I'd totally add a FTW: Joel McHale not ignoring what's going on at Community on his other show, The Soup. He's used The Soup to call attention to Community during those sad weeks when we did know which way was up, and now that they had a problem he called attention to it also and in a nice way. "We dealt with it!"
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Game of Thrones, Community, Justified, Person of Interest.
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Community!



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- Hey, were you in The Cape?

- (long pause) No.
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FTW: Person of Interest!!! It was soo awesome!!
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FTW! - Bob's Burgers. Anyone who is in their 30s or older remembers how great it was to get the high score on an actual arcade machice and how creative people could be with only 3 initials. Bob's freakout when his wife got rid of the game was the funniest thing I have seen in a while.
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i will happily give bryan greenberg a home, as long as he can cope with english weather
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Also nice to see some Korra love. I didn't think TV.com was the kinda place to hand out praise to shows like that. Cannot wait. It's gonna be sooooo goood :D
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WTF: No Secret Circle or Vampire Diaries this week :( I hate hiatuses. I'd even be willing for TV shows to not premiere their newest season til late October if it meant we could bring an end to these wretched hiatuses.



Putting that Secret Circle scene on FTW is totally an ode to the comment ****fest going on on Price's recap right now. A week later, 900 comments and possibly still going. This latest hiatus has mixed with last week's amazing ep to leave us all cracked.



Game of Thrones' beatdowns should have had their own space on the FTW. Huge kudos to Melisandre downing the poison(we've seen her on screen for 5 mins and I already hate her. That's how good the acting is), Tyrrion smacking Cersei around the Small Council, Cersei literally slapping Joffrey, not the mention making Littlefinger s*** his pants. "Power is Power" *spine-tingling*
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Blackwell making Samuel literally explode on The Secret Circle is a moment I will never forget.



Is it April 19th yet!?
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