FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (August 11)

Happy Breaking Bad Day! Please celebrate responsibly by not doing so much crystal meth that you pass out or feel compelled to steal an ATM before tonight's big return. Might we suggest that while you're waiting, you join us for a spirited discussion of what was awesome and what was stupid about television this week? Here we go:







The Killing exits a freshmen AND sophomore slump with a solid third season


Like a phoenix rising from some soggy ashes full of red herrings and cliffhanger plotting, the AMC drama rebooted itself nicely in Season 3. While the tighter procedural plot stumbled early on, it allowed for explorations of death row, homelessness, past sins, trust, and—of course—grief. Series stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman continued to mine Linden and Holder for new depths, and new cast members Peters Sarsgaard and Bex Taylor-Klaus delivered two of the year's best performances as Ray Seward and Bullet, respectively. We're honestly looking forward to a very strong Season 4.



SAMCRO heads to Sesame Street

AND the kids' show used shaggy-haired Jax's look. Amazing.



Puberty on Adventure Time leads to sexy and not-so-sexy dreams and a kaiju-inspired battle between Flame Princess and Ice King


Flame Princess and Ice King's brawl would've been plenty to make "Frost & Fire" a fun episode of AT, but Finn getting turned on by those battles, and having awesome dreams as a result, elevated the episode quite a bit. Interpret things as you will, but we think Finn's final nighttime vision—which involved seeing himself as a baby-man—signaled that staying with FP is going to prevent him from realizing how physical intimacy can matter in a relationship, and thus growing up as a mature human. Profound stuff, bro.



Siberia finally gets creepy and crazy


After several episodes sort of muddled about and focused solely on setting things up via reality competition cliches, "What She Said" gave the show a much-needed kick in the rear. Irene was caught in a trap that put a nasty hole in her leg. The other contestants all decided she needed to go. Showing there's no end to her conniving, Esther tricked Irene, Sam, Johnny, Daniel, and Carolina/Joyce (who'd been outed as a producer ringer) into crossing the self-elimination line by saying a helicopter was waiting. Except there was no helicopter, and the red button to summon one turned out to be just a prop. Also, the producers' base camp was completely destroyed. Also also, Sabina—who has a secret cave full of supplies and ammunition—stumbled upon a creepy forest girl and the skeletal remains of someone with a locket just like hers. What the whuck?! None of it makes much sense, but who cares?



Teen Wolf is starting to make sense again


The writers have messing with us a bit as of late, doling out random pieces of information that didn't seem to make any sense. But after the last two episodes, everything is clear and we're finally starting to get a feel for what's going on. Not only do we now know what Lydia is (banshee), we also know the identity of the Darach (Jennifer Blake) and why it's straight-up murdering people (she was Kali's emissary and Kali was forced to kill her along with the rest of her pack, but Kali didn't kill her 100 percent and Derek accidentally sacrificed a virgin in that root cellar, which then gave Jennifer a tiny spark of life and now she wants revenge and has to kill a bunch of people to get it). Okay, it's still plenty confusing, but at least we've got some answers. And sassy Peter Hale is back, too.



The U.S. debut of Broadchurch


While we're just as burned out on all the murder TV as you are, Broadchurch promises to do something that most shows of a similar ilk only claim to accomplish: really explore grief. The eight-part series' first episode kicked things off with conversely haunting and beautiful imagery, great performances, and that important focus on how death impacts not just a family, but an entire little town.



Strike Back is back


Commenters around these parts sure love themselves some Banshee, but Cinemax's *other* thrilling, action-packed drama deserves plenty of attention as well. Now in its third season (in the U.S.), Strike Back mostly just kicks lots of ass, but does that one thing very, very well. If you've been bummed out by all the lame summer blockbusters at the cineplex, this is the kind of action you're looking for.



And so is Hell on Wheels


This weekend's two-hour premiere was a bit uneven at times, but that opening sequence—with a completely insane Cullen living in a train car, hallucinating ghosts, and yelling at wolves in the snow through a mess of facial hair—really set the stage for what we expect to be a pretty great third season. 



Stephen Colbert throws himself a celebrified Daft Punk dance party


Had Colbert simply done a justified takedown of MTV and its president, Van Toffler, after the network poached Daft Punk from the Report so the duo could do a now not-so-surprising surprise appearance at the MTV Video Awards, we'd all be just chuckling along with the insanity of media conglomerates and bureaucracy. Except he went and upped the ante with a star-studded dance party to the tune of "Get Lucky." It was probably far more fun than anything the producers of the MTV Video Awards will be able to plan. OR MAYBE THEY DID PLAN IT? (They didn't.)



Mumford & Sons' new music video is basically an SNL skit


Technically, this one's only tangentially TV-related. But we'll watch Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms, Will Forte, and Jason Batemen send up earnest troubadours any day.






Falling Skies' Season 3 finale was an amazing mess


Where do we even start? With the massive time jump that conveniently skipped the part where the pathetic rag-tag humans theoretically dug the space cannon out of its tomb with their bare hands? Or the part where they then somehow lifted the GIANT ALIEN SUPER CANNON onto a barge? Or how about the question of where they got said barge? To say nothing of that train? Are the Espheni that incompetent that they left vital infrastructure including railways and waterways totally clear for their human captives to use? Are they that distracted that they couldn't just bomb the big ol' doom cannon WHILE IT WAS SITTING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FREAKING OCEAN? 

But on the plus side: LASERS.






Discovery is just flat-out making shit up now


What the hell, Discovery? You start off Shark Week with a "documentary" about the existence of a prehistoric shark that's over 13 Peter Dinklages long, except it went extinct a jazillion years ago. You put the disclaimer in extremely fine print that sped by so fast that it required CSI-style computer enhancements to see, proving that you were aware of your little grift. You used to be a trustworthy source of educational programming and literal discovery that we hoped our children would watch one day, but now you've stained your reputation like tighty-whiteys at a prune festival. And don't think we'll forgot about that terrible and irresponsible mermaids-are-real special you set up, too. Whoever is in charge over there should be fired and made to wear a shame sign that reads "Megalodons do not exist and I chose ratings over the sanctity of knowledge and also I smell."



Under the Dome makes it rain... sorta


In this week's episode of CBS's summer smash, the Dome pushed a woman into pregnancy prematurely. Which we could tell because the woman slouched over in pain and told us she thought she was having a baby. But that wasn't enough for Under the Dome, which gave us a high-definition close-up of the lady's water breaking via some splish-splash on her shoes. Do you realize the effort it took to get that shot? A water-releasing contraption had to be rigged. The camera had to be repositioned. A stunt lady was probably hired. Some poor PA had to keep refilling water bottles. Tim the sick fetishist made a .GIF, of course.



The Bachelor finally picks a minority lead... but he looks really white


While we appreciate the half effort, the green-eyed, light-haired Juan Pablo is whiter than most white people. Que lastima! (Also: Des, you totally settled.) 



Doctor Who fans lose their shit over the casting of the twelfth Doctor

After Peter Capaldi was announced as the Twelfth Doctor, we expected the usual, "He'll never be my Doctor!" complaints, but weren't prepared for this kind of reaction. Instead of celebrating that the wait was over or discussing Capaldi's acting chops, the Who fandom split into two very vocal, very obnoxious factions: One that insisted the producers should've cast someone of a different race and/or gender in the name of equality, and one that argued that since the Doctor has always been a white male, he should stay a white male. All we know is, the Doctor wouldn't want us fighting each other when there are plenty of other alien races to deal with, so let's all chill out a bit, yeah?



Syfy's choice of a title for the sequel to Sharknado 

Perhaps you've already forgotten about Sharknado, but after receiving thousands of title submissions for the sequel, Syfy has announced a winner, and it's... Sharknado 2: The Second One. Sure, we see the attempt to be simultaneously winky and totally on-the-nose, but there were probably at least 1,500 better ideas in the queue.


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?

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Spent all my time re-watching the Breaking Bad series and am just catching up on my regular shows like True Blood, Dexter, etc.
FTW: STRIKE BACK!! awesome show that I have followed since season 1 when it was on the BBC.
I have other FTW but it would take to long to see if they apply to this list or next weeks list...
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I was thinking of dropping Strike Back this season. I haven't watched the season premiere. I acknowledge, there's action, so I shouldn't be bored, but I think maybe I don't really care about any of the characters.
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I watch it for the action--so few shows have high paced action and I like the military backdrop. I think the characters/stories where best season 1 and aren't as compelling anymore but the military angle and action keep me hooked. I have to laugh at the American guy having sex every episode (often during combat--while waiting for the "bad guys" to attack) but it's Cinemax. Maybe the brit will get some since his *****SPOILER********* wife died last season.

What's sad is there are so many shows where I no longer care about the characters. I guess that is an argument for ending a series before it starts to go down hill. On the other hand, there aren't any action oriented fictional military shows to replace this Strike Back. I still really enjoy the show but I get what you are saying about not really caring about any of the characters (anymore). Stonebridge (I think that is the Brit's name is still a likable character).
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WTF: how Project Runway handled a contestant attacking a crew member.

This got some press before the season started (Chicago Sun Times, TV Guide, etc.). But the actual episode is edited so it's unclear if the attack was on the person or just the camera. They make it sound like his worst crime is arguing with people and leaving. Meanwhile, Lifetime has kept quiet.

It's such an ugly double standard. I guarantee that if he had laid a hand on a cast member, they would have pressed charges.
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FTW:

-The Fosters. C'mon guys! That was such a win!! Great new series. It surprised me how great. It ended on a strong note. Plus, first same-sex wedding on television after DOMA. woot! Woot! Jude gave his sister a reality check. Callie did something stupid. The moms worked through their wedding and family issues and just did the thing. Marianna actually gave great advice and didn't get on my nerves. Jesus still managed to have more swagger, game, and confidence than any 16 year old should ever have (that kid is too cool. Just too cool). Plus I squealed a little over Annie Potts and Lorraine Touissant reuniting and the appearance of Stephen Collins who channeled Rev. Camden again and officiated the ceremony.

-True Blood. season has been really strong. I've been enjoying it. Eric was incredible as per usual. He's out for blood and his girls. Like seriously, I could watch an entire show of Eric and his harem of sassy vampire women. Nora is gone (thank goodness) but how awesome would a side show of been with Eric with Pam, Nora, Tara, and Willow? Wicked. Awesome. Anyhoo, with his not giving a shizz about Billith's controlling him with his mind, his wiping away the memory of one of the brothers getting to second base with Andy's fairy princess, and his leaving a trail of bodies and/or destruction. Eric is just the best. Sookie went off on Bill. Bill showed that he didn't give not a single damn. Alcide kicked those broads asses and left that wretched pack. Sam the sliver fox sniffed out that his darling Nikki was ten seconds pregnant. I didn't even hate that story line. I kinda liked it. Plus he had the balls to send Sookie and her fae ball out the door when she had the audacity to make him her third? (fourth? fifth?) best. WTF was that?! I hated Sookie with a burning passion during that scene.

-Teen Wolf. It was incredible. Can we give Dylan O'Brien the utmost praise for an emotionally taxing performance? He was amazing. He's been amazing this entire season. They finally revealed to all that Jennifer was the Darach. We finally know how it happened. The Argents were badass. Scott attempted to be noble. Mama McCall continued to prove why she's the best parent on a supernatural TV show. Uncle Peter was freaking awesome! And witty, always witty, snarky, and hilarious. And Isaac stepped in as comic relief.

- Anytime Benny and Edgar share the screen together on King & Maxwell. I mean really. Ryan Hurst kills it as Edgar.

-Twisted. Danny and Chief Masterson actually had to work together and it was kinda awesome. Temporary truce, I'm gathering, but fingers crossed that this will actually lead to the Chief doing his job. Lacey and Jo finally bonded, and maybe, just maybe, they've cut Danny off, which is what they should have did. Just a little bit. They both jumped too soon into crushes and sexytimes with this guy, when really they all should have just been working on their friendship and trying to solve the mystery.

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ANTM- The stupidest and worst photo-shoot and challenge I've seen yet (and there have been a great deal). Plus, everyone is trying to hook up. Everyone is wearing out their individual sob stories, and the wrong people went home.

Under the Dome- WTF. I mean, WTF?! I don't even... where do I begin? Junior's reward for being crazy as hell is to get a badge, uniform, and car. Really?! This kid is loony tunes! Why do we keep giving crazy people guns?! Britt Robertson is still being wasted. In fact, they just need to the Angie and Junior thing out. Also, she STILL isn't home with her brother. WTF is that about?! The entire pregnant lady thing...ugh. The blond lesbian mom dying...ugh. Barbie and Julia's awkward morning after...ugh. Also, was that a dinosaur egg?! I just can't...

Big Brother- Continues to be one of the foulest things on this summer. It's despicable, the people are horrible humans, and they all suck. No one is playing a game. It almost makes me phsycially ill to watch it. Why do I watch it you ask? I ask myself that every week. Incessant need to see things through. Pain in the ass.

Covert Affairs- *sigh* Annie continues to be the most naive and annoying character ever. The annie and auggie romantic relationship is ruining things. I about lost it when these two insisted on no secrets between them. You two are spies! You're in the business of secrets!! They glossed over Annie's Chinese diplomat assignment, and the only highlight of the episode was the ending.

Suits- It was the best episode of Suits so far this season. Why is that a WTF? Because, this was the BEST episode of Suits so far this season. You're better than this Suits. So much better. High school wasn't this bad.
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Huge fan of Strikeback, so glad it's back Scott and Stonebridge are my boys!!

While I am glad for Syfy's Sharknado success (and really I am), how about they bring back some solid series programming back instead of more reality shows. We've lost Eureka, we're about to lose Warehouse 13, I have no idea what's going on with Haven (but I'm worried). And then Syfy gives us 2 summer series that were cancelled a while ago. I need them to focus on longevity not a 2 hour film.

And before anyone ask, I did not forget Being Human, I liked the BBC version better.
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So now someone expressing an opinion constitutes a WTF? Nobody writing for this site has any standing to be complaining about someone being obnoxious.

WTF: The discussion on All In about Michael Bloomberg comparing New York to Detroit. It wasn't really clear what the point of the story was, and until New York State has a Republican legislature and a Republican governor that pass a law saying the state can throw out locally elected officials and do what they want with municipal assets without the people's permission and steal public employees' pensions regardless what the state constitution says, comparing New York to Detroit is a poor analogy. And shame on any "news" outlet that doesn't mention the Emergency Manager law when discussing "Detroit" overcoming hurtles or its bankruptcy filing; This site and other media outlets pretending Sharknado is a thing at least two weeks after this site asked if we're still pretending this is a thing.
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Why is everyone expecting a better title to the sequel to a freaking movie called SHARKNADO! Calling it The Second One... is just Syfy's way of laughing at the fact that its become a hit. Even though its awesomely bad lol
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FTW- The "Shitfest" between Mike and Katrina in "Suits." "Shhhhhhiiiieeeeeeet."
WTF- Katrina apparently being set up to be yet ANOTHER romantic interest for Mike and rival of Rachel. Please, no more love triangles!
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DISCOVERY is turning into TLC.

that is a horrible title for Sharknado 2. i had at least 2 better ideas...and i'm sure there were a ton of others.
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SNL Mumford made me laugh so hard. Thank you!
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Discovery and many other supposedly science channels have been deviating away from actual science shows for a while now. There's tons of supernatural and reality shows that have been showing up lately that have nothing to do with science.

I get the impression that those who wanted the Doctor to be a different race or gender aren't those who actually watch the show aside from occasional views, and definitely aren't those who were into the original episodes. The Doctor has always chosen to be a white male so after 12 incarnations a change would be going against character. It would also show that the writers are trying to cater more to political pressure rather than staying true to the character. Russel T. Davis was about as liberal as it gets and even he kept the Doctor a white male. There's a reason we've yet to see a transgender Wonder Woman.
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Transgender Wonder Woman! Brilliant!
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DISCOVERY is turning into TLC.
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I think for a movie a terrible as sharknado that calling the sequel "the second one" is pretty fitting. It shows just how little these people care about this project and are just there to collect a pay check.
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That Mumford & Sons clip was odd but awesome, the song was pretty good also!!!
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completely agree about the Doctor Who fandom embarassing-verging-on-shameful debate. Reserve the race (or gender, or sexuality) debate where it really matters!.
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This may come as a shock to you, but the rest of us don't need your as to what and when we debate. And how could you be embarassed by something you presumably had no part in?
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I see you didn't really understand much of my comment. First of all, I didn't say I was embarrassed by the debate, I said the debate was embarrassing (in its stupidity). That's different. Then, you can debate on what you want and whenever you want, but by the very same freedom you have to debate, I can comment on the usefulness or the validity of the very same debate.

Mind you, I do think we must always be alert to spot and point out cases of racism (for race, gender, sexuality, etc.) on TV. And there have been cases. But in this specific case this is an absolute moot point. Which does not indicate in any way the racist inclinations of the creators of the people who make the casting of Doctor Who.
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I like to think that there are a lot of real DW fans, who are like me, in that they simply don't know much about the new actor,and are just waiting here silently to see how he does before giving any sort of judgement. I see both sides of the arguments as valid, and all I care about is that who ever plays him will be absolutly fantastic. The actor has been chosen, no need to fight any more(not that there was to begin with). I think this debate has been exagrated by people from outside the fandom(at least I hope), and I hope it would end soon
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Broadchurch is awesome, I won't spoil anything... but it was a great series. hope they do well with series 2, and I might even check out the Fox version unless they just use the exact same plotline like a lot of US versions tend to be.

I'm glad Strike Back is back, I just wish Starz didn't act like they created the series all together and it didn't actually have a first season in the UK that we didn't get here.. I like waiting until it's done then binge watching it, I like some sort of answers moving along, but it seems most if not all of Strike Back's happen in the finale.. too many cliffhangers get on my nerves.

thanks for calling me obnoxious I guess?
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This is the first and last thing I will say about the casting of Doctor Who. As someone who grew up watching Doctor Who on PBS, all I care about is that The Doctor is male and British. I could care less about the color of his skin. As far as a female "Doctor" goes....I say let us hope for a spin-off starring Georgia Moffett. The story is there. It just needs to be written.
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"...crystal meth that you pass out." and someone knows zero about crystal meth. precisely why I have a problem with breaking bad. I've watched peoples lives fall apart or die thanks to it while you all think it's a novel plot device.

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I take it you don't like Boardwalk Empire
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FTW: Peter Capaldi! Yay!, people need to get over that it's not a female or anything, would we ever see a female peter pan, or superman? He's supposed to be a white male, that's just the role of the character
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That analogy is not entirely accurate. Peter Pan and Superman do not have the ability to regenerate into different forms. We don't expect them to change, it's not part of their character. If they could do that, then we might expect to see them in different forms. And despite not having this ability, I can totally see that someone re-imagines Peter Pan as a girl. Robin Williams even played an adult Peter Pan in Hook (1991). And while Superman himself might not transform into a new form, his abilities have been used for a woman, boy, girl, dog (Krypto), and a horse (Comet), which are pretty much other versions of him, just with different personalities, in the same way as the different versions of the Doctor have different personalities.

I don't follow Dr. Who, so I don't have stake in this battle. But personally I feel that it is weird that people are so hung up on how a certain character should look like, especially when its appearance has no effect on its relationship with its environment. If a specific, white character in a story set in 1950 (for example Danny Zuko) was changed into a black person, that would affect the interaction between it and its surroundings. But why should a change in the Doctor's skin colour or private parts matter in modern series? Especially since Time Lords are not human, and it's a sci-fi series. Usually sci-fi series stretch the limitations of what is possible.

Why accept that a character completely changes its looks and personality, but the line is drawn in changing its skin colour and gender? If skin colour an gender matter so much, wouldn't it then be a welcome change to see how e.g. a female Doctor would be developed as a character? A big change in looks might lead to bigger, more exiting opportunities for character development. I find it weird that when an extraterrestrial decides to look like a human, and can choose any shape and form, he always excludes the other sex, and settles for a minority ethnicity on this planet.
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Should've been Sharknado 2: The Re-Sharkening.
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Now this is a winner.
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Since it's going to be on the East Coast, I wanted it to be called "Pirahnacane" and have a cameo of Chris Christie telling everyone to get the hell off the beach.
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I think they should go with the greatest sequel name of all time. Sharknado 2: Electric Bugaloo.
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FTW:The Killing and The Bridge.Both Scandinavian drama are doing great in their American version. The Killing this season was splendorous in acting and directing, but the plot was incredibly solid and really a near masterpiece of the genre. Entirely original from the Scandinavian series, it offered a very optimistic light on an autonomous take and Vera Suud, you redeemed yourself completly in my eyes.
FTW: Law and Order UK, which consistently have presented solid scenarii based on strong texts which are suplemented by great acting.Some very interesting points of Law are well examined and analyzed.
FTW: Stephen Colbert Rocks!!!! his passage in that asshole Kessinger's office was hilarious as most of his number. John Oliver is doing such a great job, maybe a show of his own soon?

WTF:I am sorry and I couldn't give a rat's ass if that old guy is a great actor or is old or is whatever. I am with the camp that wanted a Doctor of different race or gender and I am sticking to my guns.Dr WHO is maybe from the future but his producers are well into the 1950s and are not budging anytime soon, it seems.I am very very disappointed.

BEYOND WTF: who in hell gives a shit about the Bachelor, Gigolos,Kardashians.I am of a mind to start a petition to the netwoks for them to stop pouring money into that ###$ ^*^& drivel and revive Terranova, V or something worthwhile. Okay, I am going to stop before I get really angry.
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Matt Smith was too young... Peter Capaldi is too old... I mean come on people, really, if your a fan of doctor who, let us see what this new guys does, and if you do not like it, stop watching. This should not be a big deal about who it is, or age, sex, race... seriously... this is entertainment, not politics. Enjoy it or don't watch.
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People are entitled to express an opinion. Hence, the lightening of Doctor Who after the Phillip Hinchcliffe era. If people don't like the the direction of a show, they can lobby for change. If you don't like what they to have say, don't read.
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I just wonder how the 12th Doctor's relationship with Clara, his current companion, will be. Victorian Clara was in love with the 11th Doctor and gave him a smooch that rocked his world, and because of this 11 seems to have a REALLY big crush on Modern Clara, her look-alike. Modern Clara may or may not feel the same way, and I point out the Cybermen episode where she fights a Mr. Clever-possessed Doctor and the finale based on the reaction she has when she realizes he had a wife ("Your WIFE?!?") With Matt Smith and Jenna Louise Coleman are roughly the same age, so a romantic angle DOES work. Peter Capaldi is almost as old as William Hartnell when he played the First Doctor, so romance between the two would just be creepy. The general consensus by the fans (at Wizard World Comic-Con, at least) is that the 12th Doctor should either treat Clara like 1 did with his granddaughter, Susan, or be like 6 and Peri and treat her like an annoyed parent with a bratty child. (though 6 and Peri's relationship did get better as time progressed)
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>This should not be a big deal about who it is, or age, sex, race...

That's what the majority always says when things go their way. And it's not about politics; it's about reflecting reality.
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"And it's not about politics; it's about reflecting reality. "

LMAO

Did you just say "reality"? It's Doctor Who, not a documentary.
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I agree completely. I remember when Tom Baker - my first doctor - left and Peter Davidson became the doctor I hated him but he grew on me. Now I realize each actor must be given the chance to show what he can do as the doctor. I for one can't wait until series 8.
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Shhh! As an American I still believe Tom Baker is Dr. Who and offering people gummy bears and fighting tin cans via his telephone booth on British TV.
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It would have been nice if Paul McGann got more than just the movie when it was his turn. At least a few episodes maybe.
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FTW: The Killing!
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FTW: New Doctor. Hell on Wheels is back and on Saturday. Ray Donovan pulls a gun(this show doesn't get enough love). The Killing ends with a BANG.
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"Commenters around these parts sure love themselves some Banshee"
Yes, yes we do.
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Heeeeeeeeeey I love the casting of the new Doctor!!
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Colbert was FTW all week. So was John Oliver.


As for Dr. Who. I don't think his age as any bearing on Doctor Who's quality. Steven Moffat is the genius behind the show. He brought us Ecclestone, Tennant and Smith and hasn't really been wrong yet. This was who Moffat wanted, supposedly from the start of him looking. So I trust that he has a plan for an older looking Doctor and that it is going to be great.

WTF. How about the whole episode of Under the Dome?
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Eccleston and Tennant was Russell T. Davies. Moffat took charge of Doctor Who from season 5, with Matt Smith.
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Ah that's right. My mistake. I have only recently started watching Dr. Who. And am finally almost all done with Tennants Doctor.
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Colbert's Daft Punk dance party is on my all-time FTW list.
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Oh, and GREAT FTW for the third season of The Killing!
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Gee, well, for what I see... keep the WTF about doctor who for next week too, cause this won't stop any time soon.
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HELL ON WHEELS!!!! woohoo!
Strike Back! woohoo!

Colbert FTW. And Ferguson as usual.

FTW to Longmire. While the season started slowwwwww it started to grow on me more and more. With the election as a main theme of the season they did seem to just throw the results out there and move on. maybe there is more to come on this?

WTF: Whose Line Is It Anyways trotting the 'celebrity guest' out to the stage at every return from commercial. it really gets old

FTW: The return of Underbelly! One of the best foreign shows that hardly anyone has ever watched. Get to it people!

FTW: X Factor Australia for having pretty spectacular singers and making talent the highlight of the show, not failed auditions or pity stories. Plus RedFoo is one of the best judges Ive ever seen on a singing competition. Why is he not in America? its worth the time on youtube to view some of the auditions.

FTWL Major Crimes for a great episode.The transition from The Closer to Major Crimes is one of the best in television history. Great cast.
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Oh and FTW to Ray Donovan. Excellent episode.
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FTW: True Blood, The Newsroom and Ray Donovan....
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The weird thing about Doctor Who is trying to get my head around the logic of Matt Smith's incarnation living for over a hundred years but still looking 30 (is the idea that the Doctor's appearance doesn't change with age?) and now he will we regenerate (presumably not from natural causes) into someone who looks over 20 years older than him (in "Earth years" of course). It's the first time the regeneration will have replaced a young looking Doctor with an old one, it's difficult to understand from a physiological point of view. Capaldi should do well enough.

FTW: Wilfred is kinda on a role at the moment, 3 head-tripping episodes in a row. This is unprecedented.
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It's the first time the regeneration will have replaced a young looking Doctor with an old one - These are the actors ages when they took the role William Hartnell - 55, Patrick Troughton - 46, John Pertwee - 50, Tom Baker - 40, Peter Davison - 29, Colin Baker - 40, Sylvester McCoy - 44, Paul McGann - 36, Chris Eccleston - 41, David Tennant - 34, Matt Smith - 27, so it's been done before. The produces of the show and The Doctor himself have said that The Doctor can be anything, so why not older. But I do agree Capaldi should do well.
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You misunderstood. I didn't mean the replacement's actor was several years older, I meant that the new Doctor looked substantially older, like a generation older. Davison to Baker was nothing like this, the actors looked fairly similar in age, despite being about 9 years apart. Since the beginning each of the Doctor's regenerations has either made him noticeably younger or kept him at approximately the same age. Obviously this trajectory isn't sustainable but this new incarnation raises a lot of questions for me.
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Absolutely right. And American audiences, who were won over by David and Matt, probably will not stand for the new grandfather Doctor very long. I won't. It's ridiculous, and I'm 68. Nobody wants to watch an older man with his granddaughter companion any more! I wonder if Moffat is trying to kill off the series. Sherlock went younger, Downton Abbey went mostly younger. What's wrong with Moffat? If it turns into another rehash of the first Doctors then Britain can keep it's stuffy old British show. I'll give it a chance, but not for long. I've been spoiled with young vibrant Doctors (and the wonderful Amy+Rory companions).
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"the Who fandom split into two very vocal, very obnoxious factions: One that insisted the producers should've cast someone of a different race and/or gender in the name of equality, and one that argued that since the Doctor has always been a white male, he should stay a white male."

More like one who thought the Doctor should be a different character, and one who thought he shouldn't. And there were non-obnoxious people on both sides.
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You're leaving out the age problem. That has split them again. Truly British fans have told me they don't care if anyone in America watches it, it's a BBC Holy Grail and we can't touch it. The problem of course is that American money has kept them in good order on the series and losing the audience in America will have serious ramifications. The new Doctor is too old compared to David and Matt, who basically won Americans over to the series. I believe that to be what we in America call a fact. The Doctor has always been white - why the big blowup now? There have been people of all colors involved (even what apparently in Britain is another race, the Gingers)(why?) so there shouldn't be any rock throwing over racial issues. The central character in any movie or TV show has to stay the same, because it is characters who make the plot worthwhile. I've seen great presentations of Shakespeare plays, for instance, and ones that absolutely stunk. The plot is secondary, altogether. The plot is secondary. (!) Racing backwards to pick someone who looks and is 30 years older than the last Doctor is a death wish on Moffat's part, in my opinion. One or the other will not last past the next season.
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Well, the staff member left it out: I didn't. :)

I don't think the age thing is going to lose the American audience anyway. Are there a lot of Americans saying they're not going to watch it now?
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What about those of us who are happy about the casting because we trust the casting folks to pick the right person? Where do we stand? Because we don't care if he's a white male, a woman, or a person of color - we just want someone who will BE the Doctor and BE the Doctor well.
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Many shows have become trainwrecks in their next season due to blind trust.
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What other choice is there, though? Complaining about their choice won't change it - it'll just set a tone of dissatisfaction that'll carry over into the next season. In my opinion, it's this tone that causes the show to seem like a trainwreck - viewers nitpick and tear apart small things that they wouldn't have paid much attention to had they not already been unhappy with the show.
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I think that Peter Capaldi is a great actor and will be great as The Doctor. He is a bit older than expected but that may fit in with taking the series in a new and different direction, same goes for his acting style. My only concern is really that he has already had an inconic role in The Thick of It. I have alway's felt that The Doctor should be played by someone without a previous role they are known for.

Yes, they could have changed the gender or race of The Doctor but maybe that did not fit in with the vision that Moffat has for the next Doctor's run which could not only hinge on his creative direction but also chemistry with Clara and the previous Doctors' runs.
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A bit older? a BIT? Try 30 years. THIRTY. It was a different world 30 years ago. It was a full Generation ago.
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OK, a lot older. But maybe that is what they were looking for. Matt Smith was the youngest actor to play the role so maybe they wanted to go in a totally different direction and go with someone far older, the oldest even next to Hartnell

At times the 11th Doctor, despite his young looks, acted far older than a 26 year old. Maybe the 12th Doctor will act youthful despite looking 55 or maybe they will make the Doctor actually show his age and be more tired and weathered.

Maybe they will go darker with this Doctor than ever before. While I am not saying that would be a good direction to go in, Capaldi's has a look that would lend itself well to a darker Doctor.
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I count myself very lucky that the Doctor Who community I'm part of on Tumblr is very possitive about the casting of Peter Capaldi. And that isn't because of his gender or age or the colour of his skin, those aren't important; we like him because he's a big fan of the show and he has a great personality. And, most importantly, because he's a great actor.
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OK I just created a TV.com account to comment on the Dr. Who kerfuffle. I agree with you about Peter Capaldi, and I will wait and see. My point, which no one has addressed yet as far as I have read, is that the Doctor has to be both ageless and OLD. Not just any actor (male/female/any race) can pull that off. It took me a whole season of Matt Smith to see him portray the Doctor's weariness. Maybe part of it was his youth, maybe that was my bias. But it is a role unlike many others out there. Kudos to anyone who wants to step into those shoes...
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Positive comments are always the best. Just understand that the new Doctor is a Grandfather and his companions will be like his grandchildren. Great personality. Said to be a great actor. A grandfather.
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"Strike Back" is back! Best news I've heard all day.
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why would people think just because the doctor has always been white he should always be white? river was white then black then white an she was a sort of time lord , but i do think it should always be a male, gender-bender is too much for the story i think
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FTW: Speaking of Adventure Time, it was great to see Finn and Jake have a brief cameo in this week's Futurama. (John DiMaggio is the voice of both Bender and Jake.)

FTW: Another great outing of Comedy Bang! Bang!. Reggie's bits in the Cop Swap segment were hilarious.
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-Loving Teen Wolf but still not sold on the extra long season. It just seems like this is going to lead to filler episodes.

-Colbert owned the situation and made MTV look bad all in one swoop. Good for him.

-I like the new Doctor. We haven't really had a handsome silver fox since the new series began.
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Teen wolf - longer seasons equal filler shows???? OMG. Shows used to regularly be 25 great episodes. It is ridiculous that 8-10 and 13 episodes is called a season, especially when they break for the holidays and come back 4 months later for the last 4 or 5 episodes!! Too long? Writers, I take it, cannot write anything long. Stephen King cannot write over a thousand pages for "Under the Dome" and make it worthwhile to read? Come on. You're falling into the short and spread out season syndrome. Don't do that. Demand better and longer!
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I share your filler-episode concerns.
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peter capalidi as the doctor is an ace choice.
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FTW: Breaking Bad Theme - played with meth lab equipment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h06Iu0qauTc
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I guess it may not have been included because it's still airing a few episodes behind in the U.S., but Continuum's season finale was a FTW for me.

I guess Siberia and The Killing would be here too.

Hehe, that Colbert video continues to make me smile.
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Thanks for the Mumford & Sons video - I hadn't seen it and it was really funny!
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It seems obvious to me that Falling Skies Pope, who was talented enough to give birth to a plane, similarly produced the barge and the train.
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I think Peter Capaldi will make a great Doctor, since he's a great actor. Producers weren't casting the roll to fill a minority quota, they were looking for the best actor/actress to play the part, and let's face it, someone who will bring in the ratings. Capaldi is quite popular in the UK, I think, and the rest of us will come to love him.
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According to Moffat there was no "looking" - he had decided when he hired Matt that it wasn't this guy's time. Now it was. He auditioned no one but this guy because he already had his mind up. Imagine the younger talent wasted. This guy may be quite popular in Britain (and I've been screamed at enough to think so) but Americans may or may not come around, since it was David Tennant who broke America's chill for the show and won us over. 30 years older is a large jump in faith. I'm a grandfather and don't think I'm ready to watch another with his grandchildren as companions. We'll see.I will give it a try.
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A few people said it would be nice if the Doctor would be black or female not half the Whovians (do you have any idea how many people that is) Actually their is more controversy about his age, older Whovians like that he's older, younger or newer fans wanted someone younger. Haters exist in all fandoms, doesn't mean it's not a celebration for most of us Whovians, should of been a FTW
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I don't know about you, but I won't let this stuff prevent me from enjoying doctor who - I'm sooo looking forward to the new episodes! I hope this will be a more normal "season" since this is not a year of celebration anymore ladida. Want the doctor back!
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It at least should be a FTWTF, I agree. FTW for "we have a new Doctor!" and WTF for "unleash the trolls, as usual -_-"
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I had not seen any problems. Me and my friends don't know Capaldi (well, some of them had seen Torchwood 3) but we think it's an all right choice and we are waiting to the actual show to make conclusions. I didn't thought the scandal was so massive.
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Haha... Doctor Who fandom losing their marbles was seriously the weirdest thing I've encountered in a while.
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If you guys think that the scene of some lady's water breaking is the biggest WTF moment in Under the Dome, I will judge you, hard.

Colbert deserved all the FTWs. I don't remember the last time I laughed this much. A part of the Doctor Who fandom really earned their WTF moment.
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Strike Back is one incredible awesome show. Totally surprised it was back when it showed up to watch. And it's still as good as it ever was.
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