FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (August 17)

You've spent all week talking about the things you saw on television that were "okay," "mediocre," "lukewarm," "uh-meh-zing," and "whatever," but now it's the weekend! Which means it's the time to talk about what was "super dope sick" and what was "hella sucky"! Let us help you decide what was what in this super dope sick edition of FTW vs. WTF!




The bot that automatically makes .GIFs from HBO's The Wire

This Tumblr featuring an automated program that makes a new .GIF of the classic series every hour on its own is the pinnacle of our technological civilization... and the beginning of Skynet. We can't wait for Terminators to mutter "Sheeeeeeit" while they crush humanity.



Jason Biggs on Orange Is the New Black (Don't worry, no spoilers!)

The man famous for sticking his pecker in an American institution is doing some really amazing work on Netflix's prison dramadey as the fiancee left out in the cold on the outside. His scenes at the end of "Tall Men With Feelings" were fantastic.



The Legend of Korra FINALLY has a premiere date for Book 2

Seriously, it was about damn time. Is it September 13 yet? Is it? IS IT?!



Bex Taylor-Klaus has booked a guest stint on Arrow

Taylor-Klaus delivered one of The Killing's best performances this season in a truly breakout role as the homeless and scrappy Bullet, so the news that the young performer will be appearing on Arrow for two episodes as the comic book character Sin has us very excited. We just hope she'll eventually be back for more, and that she'll have more to do than other guests—like David Anders—sometimes have.



John Oliver wraps up temp gig as host of The Daily Show

Despite a slightly rocky start where he relied a bit too much on Jon Stewart's tics, the correspondent-turned-guest-host eventually hit a groove, and while we'll be happy to welcome Stewart back, we're almost sad to see Oliver go. Certainly a surprising bounty of summer news stories—including same-sex marriage, Paula Deen, the royal baby, and most importantly, Anthony Weiner a.k.a. Carlos Danger—helped him out quite a bit, but the comedian found his own style, swapping Stewart's frustrated cynicism for an almost-pleasant dumbfounded version. Maybe Stewart can go direct a film every summer now?



Low Winter Sun joins AMC's team of male anti-heroics

While not everyone's cup of tea, the dour goings-on of a Detroit internal affairs investigation mussing up the revenge killing of a cop has the workings of a gritty noir/suspense-thriller featuring top-notch actors, and we're excited to see where it's headed.



Another Futurama family reunion

In a generally middling final season, "Game of Tones" proved that Futurama can still walk the line between silly and sweet. Seth MacFarlane's much-touted cameo as beloved pup Seymour was, thankfully, only a decent throwaway gag. But it was Fry's reconnecting with his long-lost family, however briefly, that put the episode over the top. What? Shut up, we're not crying, you're crying.



A pair of stuntwomen recreated Family Guy's Peter vs. Chicken fight

The word "epic" often gets thrown around willy-nilly. This is not one of those times. It's just too bad they couldn't sync one of the fights scene-for-scene.



Hank!!!

Breaking Bad returned like the house was on fire, and the show wasted no time getting down to business. Dean Norris carried the weight of the fantastic (mid-)season premiere and acted his pants off for the entire hour; while Aaron Paul and Giancarlo Esposito have both been nominated for Emmys for the work they've done sharing scenes with Bryan Cranston, it looks like it might be Norris's turn. 






The CBS / Time-Warner feud continues

One of the country's biggest cable carriers still isn't carrying the country's biggest network? It's been two weeks, guys. Work it out. Dome withdrawal is no laughing matter. If this thing doesn't get resolved by the time the NFL seasons starts, Time-Warner is gonna get destroyed.



TNT's Frank Darabont gangster drama has a new, lamer name

First it was L.A. Noir, then it was Lost Angels, and now it's Mob City. Someone call a Mob Doctor to fix this title!



Tickle, Discovery Channel's newest fake television series

After yanking our chains with Megalodons and mermaids, Discovery's spin-off of Moonshiners claims to be a docu-drama following one of its breakout stars, Stevie Ray Tickle, as he goes about his business FOR REAL. Except it starts with a flashforward. Then goes back in time. And all the shots are set up with the same precision of a single-camera comedy or primetime drama.



Next Food Network Star's stretched-out finale

Food Network's flagship reality show was stupid fun all the way up to the final episode, when the live finale to tell us who won was 55 minutes' worth of boring nonsense (with fans asking awkward, Skyped-in questions, painful highlight reels, and unnecessary praise for the judges) and 30 seconds' worth of announcing the winner. (Congrats to the deserving Damarus, by the way!)


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

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Aug 19, 2013
FTW to NTSF:SD:SUV:: for casting Karen Gillan as Daisy, the seemingly sweet and cute technical member of the team that turns out to be an utter psychopath every episode, I was dying.

FTWTF to Royal Pains for playing out some good advancing storylines in different ways, but WTF to Paige growing jealous of Evan and Divya, c'mon... NOW???

FTW to The Jeselnik Offensive with guests Eric Andre and TJ Miller, finally getting Anthony to crack and lose control of the episode, and even having to reassure a PA after Eric set off firecrackers under the desk.

FTW to Suits for getting its shit back together finally this season.
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Aug 19, 2013
Yeah, CBS has lost the battle right now, they need to step up their game for the next skirmish because I am not hurting for their content so far. So WTF indeed, I would like to watch CBS shows this fall, but at this point I've been shown the light, CBS isn't necessary to my life, I'm certainly not going to pay $2 more a month to watch, sorry. I'm annoyed that Time Warner is being so incredibly bullheaded about digital rights stuff and exclusivity that is way outside reasonable, but they are still supplying me a lot of services in this situation, so my annoyances in this situation aren't as balanced as they were a few weeks ago. Hell, I even like some of the replacement content.
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Aug 19, 2013
FTW; Strike Back
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Aug 19, 2013
Oh and yay for the Chicken fight!!!
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Aug 19, 2013
Personally, I put John Oliver as a FTW/WTF entry. FTW because once he got comfortable he did an awesome job. It's a WTF because I can't believe his 8 weeks are over already. I love Jon Stewart but I would not be pissed to keep seeing Oliver behind the desk.
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Aug 19, 2013
FTW: The discovery of the money and cocaine during the search on Broadchurch. I enjoyed the second episode even more than the premiere. WTF: The day Current TV ended its programming, it still ran ads for Full Court Press after the show had run final telecast on the network; Paula Dean being out of a job even though she won her court case, lending credence to the idea that Dean was punished for being truthful in a deposition. Why bother with juries and trials if the "court of public opinion" counts so much?
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Aug 19, 2013
Huge FTW shout out for John Oliver. I thought he was great from first day to last. From what I hear, he's the main writer anyway, so the only challenge in the air was basically if he could deliver the lines. Good stuff. I could seriously see him doing this every Summer/Winter. Daaaaaanger~!!!

WTF: Jason Biggs and TV.com. That guy is lame. He's the same. lame. guy. in every single thing he does. He's Samuel L. Jackson with none of the conciliating coolness.
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Aug 18, 2013
Despite the sad title "Mob City" will still check it out. Hey I was surprised how much I enjoyed Banshee.
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Aug 18, 2013
Oh and I also forgot, FTW for Teen Wolf. Seriously, if it's not on here this week, it better be here next week since it's the midseason finale. This show's deserved credit is way overdue. Stlydia! Triple suicides! Badass parents who hopefully won't be killed off! "How do you feel about triple suicides?" LOL Also, give Price an FTW entry since his photo-recap really made me LMAO last week.
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Aug 18, 2013
John Oliver needs his own show.
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Aug 18, 2013
Jason Biggs is a win? Are you kidding? Every time OITNB cut away from the prison and back to that drip Larry, I literally wanted to reach in to my television and strangle him. He is the absolute worst.
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Aug 18, 2013
WTF...Not commenting on one of the best shows on TV, The Newsroom. Smart, funny, informative, love when Will calls my party, (Republicans), on the carpet for their idiocy, especially the Tea Party. Great show.
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Aug 18, 2013
Who the F cares? WFC...quit watching Food Network when they showed themselves to be bigoted racists, and just plain stupid cowards.
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Aug 18, 2013
Way to go, Bex Taylor-Klaus! FTW!
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Aug 18, 2013
FTW - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It's a shame that our politicians are idiots but it makes for great comedy. Kudos John Oliver, kudos...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx9eH3qOJXw
P.S. Wish he was back as Professor Duncan on Community.
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Aug 18, 2013
Yay Damarus! At the beginning I was sure Stacy was going to win and I think the Judges complaining that she was "too perfect" was just something to complain about. I liked Damarus better though. I can't believe Russel (YOU CANT JUST ADD WHISKEY AND SUGAR TO EVERYTHING ASSHOLE) and Pie Guy (who was actually cute and funny/kind of annoying, but there's no way that could have been a real show) were the other final two though...
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Aug 18, 2013
FTW, Lionsgate is finally releasing a Boy Meets World complete series DVD set. Each of the 7 seasons has been released individually, but only 1-3 had extras (and the s3 extras were lame). Here's hoping the new set has lots of commentaries, etc. I can only contribute the renewed interest in the imminent arrival of Girl Meets World on Disney. Whatever the reason, I'm glad this underrated show is getting some attention.
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Aug 18, 2013
Shouldn't there be a FTWTF entry for Under The Dome? The FTW part being you can still make fun of it a lot, the WTF part being maybe you won't be able to anymore soon because it may ascend to mediocrity.
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Aug 18, 2013
Giancarlo Esposito hasn't won an Emmy for Breaking Bad (or anything else), he was robbed.
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Aug 20, 2013
Whoops, sorry about that. Will fix.
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Aug 18, 2013
I'm so happy Jason Biggs is getting positive recognition for his work in OITNB. I'm really pleasantly surprised that he signed on to such a controversial show and that he took his character to such a powerful place.
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Aug 18, 2013
WTF Food Network Star - Congrats to a deserving winner?

Not only is Damaris a train wreck - only voted in because the other two were so awful - but why would the "Judges" (I use the term very loosely with Susie and Bob) think viewers need a 99-cent-store version of Paula Deen? The original is bad enough. The true depth of Bob and Susie's idiocy is that they eliminated at least one other deserving finalist in Stacey and probably a couple of others.
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Aug 19, 2013
I think Damaris was cute and that her show idea was adorable! I agree that Russel and Pie Guy shouldn't have been the other two finalists and that Stacy being "too perfect" was a dumb reason to vote her off, but if they had kept Stacy and she had won her show would've been exactly like every other show they already have...Yeah Damaris was goofy and kind of dumb sometimes but she was like a real person and I really liked her!
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Aug 19, 2013
Eh, you're probably right. My era of the Food Network celebrated real chefs for whom food preparation was the point. This new era explains Food Network Star, but it also explains why after each season's winner is announced I yearn for competent winners who have real vision in their dishes and not the equivalent of home cooks with delusions of grandeur.
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Aug 19, 2013
Last seasons winner hasn't even gotten a show...I think it might be more like American Idol or America's Next Top Model now like you go on the show but nothing really happens after. Ugh I hated Russel. You can't just add whiskey and sugar to everything and call it great cooking. I wish they had more of the shows they play in the mornings where it's people cooking so we can learn or informational shows (good eats was amazing) instead of the shows they play at night where it's just people cooking quickly and we don't see the whole thing most of the time!
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Aug 18, 2013
Huge WTF for me. Like the biggest one ever:
NFL Sunday Ticket by DirectTV isn't going to be available for PS3 this year.
I'm not a DTV subscriber and now I have no way to watch football. DirectTV is a bunch of *bleeeeeeeeeep*. I am so sad right now.
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Aug 18, 2013
WTF: No one told me that Copper is pretty good. These past few months, I only had seven Sunday shows to watch (True Blood, Dexter, Continuum, The Newsroom, The Killing, Falling Skies, Ray Donovan), when I could have had eight.

Seriously, why the F is everything on Sundays? There's maybe 6 watchable episodes spread out over the other six days of the week.

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Aug 19, 2013
Watercooler effect, they want to maximize the most recent memory you have so you can share it the next day at work. Also, Sunday doesn't have a lot of regular evening activity so there's more room and less pressure.
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Aug 19, 2013
If you don't already know the first season of Copper is on Netflix, I got hooked like a week ago and am almost totally caught up now! I actually hope with the rise of DVR/people watching more stuff online after it airs that maybe in the next couple of years networks (or probably cable will do it first if it happens at all) will start putting shows on Friday or Saturday nights. Or maybe if network TV's wish to be able to say the things you can on cable TV actually happens they'll put more racey stuff on at 11 PM.
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Aug 19, 2013
FTW: Hmm, I've never heard of it before, and it does actually look good, now that you mention it. Cool.
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Aug 18, 2013
Copper is very well done. If you enjoy it you may like Ripper Street as well.
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Aug 19, 2013
If you like Ripper Street watch every Sherlock Holmes thing too.
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Aug 18, 2013
Some days of the week are packed to the gills and others are complete wastelands. For me, the interesting thing is how frequently particular days of the week shift around in those "roles." Seems like every few months a formerly busy day suddenly becomes nothing and vice versa. Next season will have me in the very strange land of Busy Fridays, something I haven't experienced in a very long time.
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Aug 18, 2013
I'm happy for "Bullet". She was great on The Killing.
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Aug 18, 2013
WTF: teen wolf midseason finale leaked
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Aug 18, 2013
TRUE BLOOD! Ripping off gonads, stomping on faces, Steve Newlin, Lafayette cooking fries......
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Aug 18, 2013
FTW -

1. Strike Back continues to be awesome!
2. Longmire delivers another solid episode. Why isn't there any love for this show?
3. Hell On Wheels - Another badass episode!
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Aug 18, 2013
Longmire picked up steam after a very very slow start to the season. The last few episodes have been pretty great. I do feel the election results were kind of rushed however. I would like to see the show actually go somewhere it sometimes seems like the people behind it are afraid to commit to a particular direction of storyline and keep resetting back to 'case of the week' stuff.
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Aug 18, 2013
FTW:

Breaking Bad - Strong start, especially the Walt/Hank scene.

True Blood - Vamp Camp attack, specifically the Eric scenes.

WTF:

Dexter - There is very little about this season I find intriguing.

True Blood - The funeral, though not unnecessary, took up too much time.
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Aug 18, 2013
That chicken fight proves crowd funding changed the world for the better.
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Aug 18, 2013
Ummm, this was a tough week.

FTW:

Teen Wolf- It was a stunning first part to a two part mid-season finale. I loved every second of it. This show is fantastic, as far as supernatural teen dramas go, it doesn't quite get any better right now. Dylan O'Brien's performance all season long has been nothing short of mesmerizing, and it kills me that he'll never quite get the accolades that he deserves because of the nature of the show that he is on. Lydia and Stiles moments were the best. Scott's father appearing was a nice surprise. I could just go on and on. It was great and I was glued to the screen.

True Blood- I was happy to see the vampires free. Jason killing whatsherface would have been out of character for him. I was surprised that Bill ended up being the hero rather than Eric.The funeral was interesting to see, though I agree with the consensus that Terry suddenly became this major character only after he died, which in some ways is puzzling but I didn't dislike him, so I didn't care as much. My only WTF is Eric. Where is Eric? He's taken all the awesome with him!!! The speculation of his departing due to Alexander's wanting to do more has bummed me out some.

Suits. It finally felt like the Suits I love, again. That deserves a FTW from me,because up until this point I loathed the season and most of it's characters, including my beloved ones.

Twisted. Tess and Karen speaking up for Danny at the hearing, great stuff. The tape getting out and possibly ruining everything for the core three. Great stuff. Lacey deciding to be a good friend to her original friends, even though it was too little too late. Awesome.
WTF:

King & Maxwell. It was a very low-key, underwhelming, season finale for a show that very well may never get picked up again. Personally, I'd love to see it stick around, but I'm not naive. Also, there was a unconscionable lack of Edgar, and everyone who watches knows that Edgar is the best thing on that show.

Rookie Blue. The bitchiest character on the show may possibly switch teams to play for, now that she'd rather spend all of her time with her new lesbian bestie than go out on dates anymore. I love her new friend, don't get me wrong, but I always hate this type of story line for so many reasons. The entire Officer Diaz and his "son" thing felt contrived. They used that revelation as if it was some shocking thing, when most of the viewers pretty much knew the kid wasn't his a season ago. And after Andy and Nick discussed all the reasons why they really shouldn't pursue anything with one another, they pursued something with one another. I don't even know if I necessarily hate the idea of them together, but it still is frustrating to watch given all the circumstances.
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Aug 18, 2013
Unmentioned FTW: Chris Hardwick appearing as himself during Comedy Bang! Bang!'s first commercial break. (CB!B! and Portlandia always insert a sixty-second gag, often a fake ad, one minute into the first break.)

He was touting his post-show analysis program -- Comedy Talk! Talk! -- in the exact same way that he does promos for Talking Dead and now Talking Bad. It was a perfect parody and the highlight of the episode.
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Aug 18, 2013
FTW -
Teen Wolf - best summer series
Breaking Bad - brilliant return
Hell on Wheels - OMG A GREAT SHOW ON A SATURDAY!
Low Winter Sun - solid and moody
Rob Lowe on Franklin & Bash
True Blood - a bloody rampage on the vampire camp

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Dexter - a dull episode

No love for Teen Wolf or Broadchurch on this weeks list

Maggie on The Newsroom - how she wasnt sent home BEFORE her mistake was another example of lazy plot progression. Someone else could have made the mistake instead because of the time constraints, but using Maggie was a lazier option because they get to quickly show her downward spiral in a conversation with Jim, instead of giving her extra scenes.
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Aug 19, 2013
Haha, didn't know you watched Franklin & Bash. It's AWESOME that Rob Lowe is now a visible presence.
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Aug 19, 2013
Yep, I like it because it doesnt try to be a serious drama or an all out comedy but manages to be a good mix of both
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Aug 18, 2013
And of coarse The legend of Korra
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Aug 18, 2013
Breaking bad Futurama
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Aug 18, 2013
Disagree about this weeks Futurama in the FTWs. It had the same problem as the rest of this season in that it was just retreading what the show has done in the past.
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Aug 18, 2013
I do sort of know what you mean. In a show with infinite plot and story possibilities (Space! Aliens! The FUTURE!), they're curiously hard-pressed to do much that's completely new. Instead, they often make references and callbacks to things that happened in the Fox years. It's as though the writers are dead set on making sure that we know they're also fans. Yeah, we get it, now go write something fresh and new. No more cameos from the useless Hedonism Bot.

In the episode's defense, I enjoyed its sweet ending much more so than I did in the original Jurassic Bark episode. While I felt that JB was more maudlin and manipulative, this ep was just reserved enough to be touching without going overboard. No, JB's finest moment will always be Leela in that wrestling outfit.
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Aug 18, 2013
feel-a-rama was great
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Aug 18, 2013
As several others have said, where's the love for part two of TW's unofficially-three-part mid-season finale (whoa)? It's managed to drive the plot forward in really great ways, establish a conflict of teen romantic interests in a way that transcends stupid love triangles, and had just about everything one could want from a great hour of television.
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Aug 18, 2013
The CBS/TW fight isn't so bad now but in a month when all the new shows and episodes start appearing expect it to become major news. And also expect Person Of Interest downloads to set a record.
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Aug 18, 2013
FTW: KORRA!
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Aug 18, 2013
FTW: Teen Wolf. So many nice scenes. Stiles and Lydia kissing. Lydia seeing Peter (you... me scene) Scott finding out about Allison and Isaac and TW not making their situation into a love triangle - please don't make it into a love triangle. I hate those. They make good shows very bad.
So you think you can dance - wow so many beautiful dances this week. And so many really good dancers.
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Aug 18, 2013
FTW: The kiss between Stiles and Lydia on Teen Wolf and the garage scene on Breaking Bad
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Aug 18, 2013
Oh and I forgot WTF: The whole boring episode of Dexter.
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Aug 18, 2013
Breaking Bad was awesome!! Especially the end scene with Hank and Walt, but what was up with Hank's beard? That was the worst beard ever!
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Aug 18, 2013
I think that the leaked Teen Wolf Season Finale (was it an accident or was it on purpose?) deserves a spot in the WTF list...
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Aug 18, 2013
Futurama :')
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Aug 18, 2013
FTW - Rob Lowe guest starring on Franklin & Bash!
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Aug 18, 2013
WHERE THE F IS TEEN WOLF !!!!!!!
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Aug 18, 2013
FTW - Tucker and Robert Roldan's Contemporary Duo on SYTYCD All-Stars Week. Man it was so heart-breaking and at the same time so inspirational.
WTF - FOX's Teen Choice Awards ruined Revenge Season 2 for the people who hadn't had the time to catch up to the show yet, by revealing one of the Biggest Plot points from the Show's Season Finale, during a (Revenge) Nomination Clip! SPOILER* It's the one where "Someone" tells someone that "Someone" is actually SOMEONE!
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Aug 18, 2013
Yeah, and they also revealed who killed JR, and I totally hadn't watched it yet. WTF?
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Aug 18, 2013
*chuckles* You're so cold stanking, so cold. LOL!
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Aug 18, 2013
I hadn't got round to watching the finale and now you've COMPLETELY ruined it !!!!!11!!!!
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Aug 18, 2013
Well that's the fourth major guest star for Arrow, at the rate they are going gotta wonder if there's gonna be any room left for Ollie.
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