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

Whaddaya know, it's our favorite weekly column about the week's greatest and worst TV moments, back from the dead! Did you miss us? We thought so—the feeling's mutual. Here are all of the televised moments we've oooh'd and eeew'd about over the past seven days:


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Olympic parents


Watching the athletes' parents react to their kids' performances is often equally as entertaining, if not more so, than the events themselves.



Bryan Singer's H+ web series


What happens when we're advanced enough to have the internet hardwired into our brains? Well, after we watch porn 24/7, we DIE. This great-looking web series promises dozens of short episodes that reveal the apocalyptic dangers of playing Scramble With Friends all the time.



Breaking Bad gets artsy


Sunday's episode was full of cinematographic gems! Walter and Jr. got new cars, Skyler went for a swim, and time kept tick-tick-ticking away for Walter. Gorgeous stuff and a reminder of why the AMC hit will be film class fodder forever.



Hard Knocks is back!


We were weary of HBO's inside look at the NFL this season (the Dolphins? Really?), but once again, the excellent sports documentary series showed us how well it's able to mine stories in the premiere. Too bad the Dolphins will still finish 2-14.



Gary moves into the Alphas offices


Monday's episode of the great Syfy series was packed with all sorts of great side stories, but the best was autistic Gary's move out of his house and away from his legitimately concerned mother as he slowly gains independence. For a show about people with superpowers, this was refreshingly grounded in a reality we can understand and further proved that Alphas is a show deserving of more attention.



Comedy Bang Bang... LIVE!


Tim caught the live tour of the hilarious IFC comedy and won't shut up about how funny it was and how much of a comedic genius Paul F. Tompkins is. We get it, Tim, stop bothering us!



The love-fest between American gymnast Gabby Douglas and The Vampire Diaries' cast


Gold-winning Olympians: They're just like us! Except THEY occasionally get personal invitations to visit the set of The Vampire Diaries.




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Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is just as heinous as expected


We know people are going to watch it, and we know they won't be watching because it's good, but TLC's blatant exploitation (and, let's face it: celebration) of a young girl's uneducated lifestyle is poor form even if the ratings hold up.



Sorkingate!


Did he or didn't he fire his Newsroom writers? The showrunner said he didn't after a report said he did, and further investigation proves that he may have buttered up the truth and that the original report wasn't entirely accurate. There are scoops of irony all over this mess given that the HBO show is all about truth in journalism, but honestly, it just feels like a mudslinging contest between the cantankerous and wordy scribe and the bloodthirsty media that wants to tear him down.



So many reruns


We love the Olympics just as much as anyone else, but that doesn't mean we can't also fit White Collar or So You Think You Can Dance into our viewing schedules!



Author Bret Easton Ellis's STILL-ONGOING Twitter rants about gay TV actors


As a once-respected author and pop-culture distiller, Ellis has a pretty large following of readers. It's too bad his opinions have become so terrible lately.


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

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I'm a bit appalled about your remarks regarding Honey Boo Boo as you so obviously caused me to look at this. My first and last reactions were the same - WHY IS THIS ON MY TV, MAKE IT STOP. It was hardly worth a mention on your part so to you a big WTF...
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I couldn't care less about The Big Bang Theory but Mr Ellis needs to keep phobic opinions to himself. And don't you ever talk about Matt Bomer, dude. He has enough talent to play any character, gay, bi, het and my boyfriend.
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Honey boo boo child doesn't even deserve a mention
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WTF: This.
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who is Bret Easton Ellis? what a weird ***phobe. Big Bang a gay show? weird!

After one event, they showed Ally's parents celebrating and the guy behind them made a "really?? again? so annoying!" face when they stood up and cheered. haha even the announcer noticed it.
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He is right about it being an awful show, but I don't understand the gay thing.
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Bret Easton Ellis in an author of novels and short stories, and quite well known. Probably his most famous novel is "American Psycho", but he also wrote "Less Than Zero" and a few others works that have been translated into several languages and the former adapted as a movie. Agree, though, that his comment is not very politically correct, to say the least.
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sometimes it feels like the cinematography in breaking is abit too taken out of film class too :D like stereotypical metaphors and stuff. still good however



the guy has a point about big bang theory being another horrible cbs sitcom. isn't he just using gay like the kids in south park, or is he actually homo bashing ?
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Guys, don't discuss him any further. "Don't feed the troll."
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FTW:

1. Gary and Kat from Alphas

2. Teen Wolf

3. Phoebe Tonkin being cast on The Vampire Diaries (aka TSC awesomeness being infused with TVD)

4. I meant to comment on this on last week's FTW vs. WTF but there wasn't one so I'll say it on this one, the My Lists button added to this site.



WTF:

1. Is The Big Bang Theory THAT terrible?! I'm not a huge fan of the show but I do enjoy watching it and it's not that bad.

2. DO NOT KILL STILES!!!
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Didn't Bret Easton Ellis admit to being a bisexual -- or at least have some gay experiences? Not sure what his anti-gay tweets are all about. Maybe he's struggling with his sexuality and is taking it out on TV shows. As for TBBT, it's okay... I keep watching it, but I wouldn't say it's good.



Also, Alphas was good, but I don't see that moment as being very FTW. Then again, Breaking Bad is the only serious FTW I had this week, so if I had to have "filler" FTWs, I'd go with Alphas, Teen Wolf, and Suits. But I could say that every week then.
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Really!? Bret Easton Ellis of all people is criticizing gay people? He once said he didn't think of himself as gay or straight and like being gay, bi and straight to various people over the years...
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How can Chloe Sevigny's superb performance in "Hit and Miss" continue to go unnoticed on this site? She's playing the most difficult role imaginable as a pre-op who is working as an assassin to make money for the surgery who finds a family she wasn't looking for. Oh and she's doing it with a prosthetic and a nearly flawless Irish accent. Gabrielle Anwar would be in tears after watching Sevigny. If she isn't nominated for Best Lead Actress somewhere next year it will be a crime.
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Is it available on US television to anyone but DirectTV subscribers? They didn't start covering Misfits or Lost Girl or LA Complex until they found an American cable network as a home, either.
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Everyone's accents bother me, I can't watch anymore, it's somehow distracting to me.oh dear, I sound terribly American :( Sevigny is a terrific actress though.
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Soooo... nothing good happened with TV this week, is what you're saying with this article.



Really, the author of Less than Zero and American Psycho isn't nicey-nice on his twitter account? Gee, there's a shocker.
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Why is that child doing the "2 in the pink, 1 in the stink" sign??? Thats just nasty.
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She probably didn't know what it meant; just thought it was cool. (I certainly didn't know that it stood for anything.)
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Suits didn't even get a mention?
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Thumbs up for that callout. Not the best episode, but still better than the stuff on this list.
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FTW: Teen Wolf. From the way it opened to all the twist and turns along the way.



The Closer-finding out who was the mole and the spin they put on it was cool. Gonna miss Brenda Leigh Johnson.



Oscar Pistorius...watching that man run got to me in that place where I don't cry but wish I did.



Suits Rewind. Louis in braces and Donna being awesome. Can't beat it.



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Really great list!
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By the way, am I the only one having this issue here? I can no longer click on the "tv.com" title header on the top left of the page to go back to tv.com's home page. It hasn't been working for me for a little while now and I'm wondering if I'm the only one having this issue. I don't know where else to ask this, so I'm just leaving it here.
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I can't access the "Forums" page.
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Working for me. Code says it should work for anybody on any device. Maybe you have a damaged code in your cache for the header, try doing a hard refresh, ctrl+shift+R on most browsers.
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How could you guys miss these three:



FTW (Highlights of this week TBH): Phoebe Tonkin cas on TVD. The AMAZING opening on Teen Wolf. And Awkward's intense revelation at the end.
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Breaking Bad was gutclenching this week (and arty indeed...). I am betting on Skyler's demise coming soon, she's really losing it....
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I've been wanting Skyler to die for a while now.
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If I'm NBC, why would I run new episodes of basic cable shows that generate maybe 5 million viewers in a good week against the Olympics when they're likely to get even fewer viewers, and on an affiliated network, no less? Besides, there may have been someone who missed them the first time. Kind of a weak WTF.
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Back in the day, ALL summer programming were reruns. I don't see what all the complaining is.
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How about if you're NOT NBC? You should just lay down and die for two weeks plus?
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If I'm NOT NBC, there's still no incentive for me to waste new material on a meagre marketshare.when I'm likely to get a bigger audience when the Olympics aren't running. And as someone who can remember CBS giving variety shows flash-in-the-pan acts like the Keane Brothers for four weeks at a time, I don't see the big deal about lack of new programming either. "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you."
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I have seen it; it's not new to me. If there's a show you want to watch, there's no excuse not to have seen every new episode when it was new now that you can DVR or stream it. If it's not a show you want to watch new, you don't want to see repeats of it either.



There's still a pretty huge percentage of the population that doesn't watch the olympics (like a third, at least) and a huge percentage of the population that has the Internet. If you want a significant percentage of that combined audience, all you have to do is show up and be the one network with new programming.



This is a self fulfiling prophecy. People don't watch anything but the olympics because there is nothing to watch but the olympics. Most people won't do what I do, and choose not to watch anything at all on those days.
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My "excuse" (not that I need one) is that I have a life, Sometimes things come up unexpectedly or someone interrupts at a crucial period in the show, or sometimes the signal goes out. Also, I don't like to record shows because I often never get around to watching the recording. DVR's have limited space.
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Agreed, doc. If you're part of the majority that kept up with the Olympics via something other than time-delayed coverage, you still wanna watch something fresh in the evenings. And vic, with the exception of the Olympics and the Super Bowl, NBC hardly counts as a network anymore.
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The Big Bang Theory is great. You have now been told.
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If you don't like the Big Bang Theory You have no soul - or brains - or sense of humor. I spent the weekend in the mountains with people who watch Pickers 24-7 and don't blink when it's a rerun - like that...
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Why does it the opinions of authors matter? Can you still not enjoy their work if you aren't pro gay? I'm not homophobic or anything, in fact I have a gay uncle who I love dearly, but I don't see why actors, singers, and other people in the entertainment industry (in this case an author) have to have modern opinions on everything. If the rest of his tweets are like the one they showed it's not like he was ranting or saying a bunch of mean stuff, we don't need to overreact so much when we find out someone isn't okay with people being gay. You might not agree but if he's not going out and killing gay people or holding up signs I don't see the harm in them having their opinions. Apparently you have to agree with everyone or else you'll be crucified these days, I thought people having different opinions and view points was what the whole revolutionary war was about, but whenever someone openly dislikes something everyone who disagrees freaks out. Just chill, this is a world of many people with many different opinions, if you get worked up over everyone who doesn't agree with you your head will explode.
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Wow I'm so disgusted by Ellis.
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Finally watched Honey Boo Boo, and I laughed SOOOOO much! Yes, it is bad and sad, but it makes me feel happy and better about myself. Those characters are just that, characters. But I questions this with every "reality" show... why is a writer credited??
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I like Alphas, but the show has always been grounded in reality, even these "superpowers" aren't very super. good aim and using a real condition as a superpower and then not even getting the symptoms 100% correct? nah.



H+ looked interesting, but I'm going to wait until it's all done to watch it.... in 47 weeks lol



Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a sign of the apocalypse. it just is.



I agree about The Big Bang Theory being a terrible CBS sitcom, but not about the whole gay thing.. and I still don't see the hype with that ridiculous book either.
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I agree with Ellis that The Big Bang is terrible but it is in no part because of Parsons, and I doubt Bomer even would want the role after all of this, and there have been several great gay actors playing straight on television, Matt Bomer is one of them, along with NPH, on HIMYM, I was shocked when he came out. FTW Aly Raisman's parents, they were hilarious, and if Wiig hadn't left SNL, I could totally see Wiig playing Raisman's mom.
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Ugh, just realized there was a Comedy Bang Bang tour, and of course they were playing a block away from my house last night....
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That H+ webseries is fantastic so far! I didn't even hear about it until I read this article, but I'm already hooked.
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Breaking Bad FTW no doubt. Everything else in this article is kind of meh.
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