FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (August 19)

Another week come and gone, another seven days' worth of television in our review mirrors. Here's what was awesome and not-awesome about it!


FTW



Olympian Gabby Douglas as a co-host of America's Got Talent


The gold medal gymnast who gained more attention for her ponytail than her awesome displays of athleticism joined host Nick Cannon on the stage for Wednesday's elimination episode during AGT's infamous YouTube rounds. She made small talk with musical group Karmin and inspired an enthusiastic U-S-A chant among the audience. Oh, and by the way, her hair looked LOVELY.



Alphas saves a character


The surprisingly good Syfy show was in danger of losing our interest in free-will-crushing Nina, but Monday's episode threw her a lifeline and really helped explain her standoffish-ness with a touching arc. It's good to have you back, Nina!



American Horror Story's first Season 2 teasers


We're still not totally sure what's going on, but WE CAN'T WAIT for Season 2. (Go to the show's Facebook page to view.)



Ladies and gentleman, let’s celebrate sharks, shall we?


Wanna see a shark attack a plane? How about a shark with tentacles? Maybe some Guidos shooting at sharks? Perhaps a shark taking a bite out of the Golden Gate bridge? Just in time for Shark Week, The Huffington Post unleashed a best-of supercut featuring the most memorable and ridiculous shark scenes ever seen on-screen.



Justin Kirk's comedic timing might save his show


NBC's sneak peek at Animal Practice may not have had audiences roaring just yet, but Justin Kirk as a cranky veterinarian is the perfect casting call. His dry delivery when explaining to a woman that her cat attempted suicide is just one of the reasons we hope this series lands on its feet.



Teen Wolf caps off an awesome Season 2


Season 1's addictiveness was hard to top, but Season 2 totally blew it out of the water. While there weren't any (too) shocking twists or devastating carnage, the Season 2 finale did contain some excellent, emotional storytelling and some tantalizing teases for Season 3. Plus, you know, THIS happened!



Joe Schmo will return to Spike after a ten-year hiatus


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You probably don't remember the 2003 debut of The Joe Schmo Show, but it helped put the brand-new Spike network on the map. It was basically a staged Bachelor-esque reality show starring a cast of paid actors and one "Joe Schmo" who thought the whole thing was real. The cast of actors included Kristin Wiig pre-SNL, the competitive events were impressively over-the-top, and the finale earned more than 3 million viewers for the final reveal to the one contestant who had no idea the whole thing was staged. Spike has decided now is the perfect time to bring it back—this time spoofing the reality sub-genre of bounty-hunter shows, with one guy who thinks he's really competing for $100,000. Ralph Garman, famous for a number of Family Guy voices, returns as host in a new, sleeveless disguise, eviction ceremonies appear to involve a flamethrower, and Lorenzo Lamas will add minor celebrity credibility (a first for the series). Can't wait!



Walter White escapes meth charges!


No, not on Breaking Bad! In that other place that is full of strange characters: Tuscaloosa, Alabama! A 55-year-old man who shares the name of Bryan Cranston's character broke probation from a 2008 charge of making and selling meth and is now on the loose and at the top of Tuscaloosa County's most-wanted list. Look for the Vamanos Pest trucks!



TV and the movies sing Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back"


This video went viral immediately, and rightfully so.



WTF



Summer Olympics withdrawal


WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO NOW? Wait patiently until 2016?! Get real!



Gallery Girls makes us hate art


Just what we need: A TV show that makes us depreciate art culture. When Angela went on a first date with her Australian photographer friend David, she refused to call it a date because she'd like to think they're "above that." Um, would you prefer to call it a courting? How about a hang-sesh-that-might-get-physical? Or a "he should still pay and I want to sleep with him but we're just friends so we're having dinner first" outing? Please just know there are real artists out there, okay?



The CW's Oh Sit!


This new reality series is a total sitshow. Complete piece of sit. Totally sitty. The best part about the premiere was seeing Jamie Kennedy as "host" clearly looking mortified and embarrassed—that's also the worst thing about this series, though. So there's that.


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

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Thanks for the awesome embed on the Baby Got Back video, that guy used 295 clips to get there.



Ha ha, I watched a few mintues of Oh Sit and holy crap was it bad. Jamie Kennedy really wasn't cut out for that job either. But man, that was SUCH a painful ripoff of Wipeout - aired at the same time, no less - but with extra rules to make it annoying and a corny set that was too small and too boring to watchi a second round of.
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Dexter season 7 trailer

Homeland season 2 trailer (!)
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That Baby's Got Back video was hilarious.
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I haven't been watching Teen Wolf, but based on that gif I gotta say it's really bad ass that they decided to incorporate the terminator into their show. I would not have seen that coming.
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Oh come on. It's not the Terminator. He is obviously channelling Jeniffer Beals from Flashdance.
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FTW: The Alphas episode. SO GOOD!!!
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FTW:

1. Teen Wolf nuff' said

2. Seriously excited for American Horror Story

3. Another week where Alphas is on the FTW list!

WTF:

1. No more Teen Wolf until next year. :(

2. The CW pushing it with the reality shows.
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The Closer ending was perfect! Brenda for once wasn't interested in a confession! Kudos
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What about Boss it's definitely a highlight in this week.
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Loved Bullet in the Face. Hope they make more episodes since we were left with a cliffhanger. The train robbery in Breaking Bad was awesome. You gotta watch Black Dynamite and Childrens Hospital.
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The Closer finale was a highlight. And I totally agree about Olympics withdrawal.
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This weekend I caught up with Bullet in the Face. I'm still a little confused by what I just saw, but I like short shows that push through with a fervent pace, so I'll put that show in my FTW column. The only thing I didn't like was the ending, unless there is a second season on its way, which I doubt. I understand that the show was a parody of the film noir genre, and bizzare conclusions are sometimes part of that, but the ending was still quite unsatisfying. But as I said, the show is still a FTW.
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The Olympics rock. Severe withdrawal already...
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Oh, were they on again?
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and here i thought it might be the first week without breaking bad making the FTW list...



and actually your ftw post in that regard is exactly why i hate the idea of the show and that it's popular. you people must not be familiar with the effects meth has on people and a community.
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So we should hate a great show becase meth is bad? maybe the godfather sucks because the mafia kill people.
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Good point. I haven't watched BB because I don't like the concept either and its probably as good as they say. Being a typical hypocrit I do watch Sons of Anarchy because it's good, and other things I don't agree with in real life. My philosophy is "A good story well told is a good story well told."

So I agree with both of you...
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give it a try and see if it is for you. I think there is no denying on the shows quality but like everything it depends on your taste
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FTW: Hicks' rescue of Nina on Alphas (possibly the most heroic scene in the series); Brian Williams on The Daily Show; "Cockblock the Vote"; Soladed O'Brien not allowing John Sunnunu and Tim Pawlenty to lie unchallenged on CNN; Maryim Bialik on The Soup (one of the better-written and funnier cameos on that show recently).

WTF: The Burn (not only crude for its own sake, but bragging about it; at least Tosh.0 works off video clips); MSNBC(?) talking about Black people preferring in-person voting without mentioning that states are free to not count absentee ballots at their discretion, so it's not like the preference is based on some superstitious fear.
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c'mon: bunheads renewal!!!
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Done - at least for more episodes. I can't imagine this show not making it but I've told many friends to just WATCH IT and they don't. It's amazing that any show ever makes it with the lifestyles in our country. How 'bout that Fifty Shades of Grey - crap makes it big for some inexplicable reason - go figure...
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FTW:

-Anything Gabby Douglas

-Teen Wolf finale.

-Again...how SUITS doesn't make this list every single week is beyond me! At least for the Donna and Louis strut through the office to disco music. C'mon people!

-SYTYCD doing a whole episode where the contestants got to re do Mia Michaels routines done by previous contestants in previous seasons. That meant no fast forwarding for a change.

WTF:

- Rookie Blue.

-Lifetime's "The Week the Women Went" making men look even more incompetent than usual...and continuing the trend of hapless, oblivious men who don't know which end to put the diaper on a child.

-How predictable Political Animals has become.
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Suits does rock it every week...
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"Suits" is definitely rocking it, character development-style.
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Hey Blue, Could you pls explain what was so wrong with Rookie Blue this week? I mean, not your personal opinion (which I'm sure is great), but do you have some better insight into the minds of the people than I do? Cause I legit don't understand why the whole Internets is so upset. Sure, death, but other shows have had character deaths of reoccurring or ensemble characters (was I VASTLY underestimating Jerry's popularity?), and as far as the whole break-up thing, that's not entirely new to the tv landscape either. Thanks girl!
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It's a WTF to me because...grant it this show isn't Emmy worthy but I've found it kind of sucky this season. I was always indifferent to Jerry's character, but I was kinda bummed when he died. I didn't know any of the spoilers...but I've been rooting for Gail's ultimate demise since the pilot. That's neither here nor there. And I don't even care about Sandy breaking up because I found them nauseating after awhile. I keep watching because I must be a masochist, but this season more than ever I've found myself one step away from pulling my hair out in pure boredom watching some of the storylines, and how they choose to distribute them. The most interesting characters take a backseat for silly crap etc etc. It's been a long time coming as far as it being on my WTF list...and the season is almost over and it feels like the only important thing that happen this season was Jerry's death. The rest felt like filler. If they wanted a bang...kill off a rookie...and given the fact that I only like maybe two of the Rookies on the show...have at it.Those were my reasons chica!



As far as everyone else. A lot of Sandy fans being disappointed perhaps? Jerry wasn't really that popular but you know how a character becomes everyone's favorite the moment they realize that character is dying...plus the whole thing with Tracy never being able to be happy? I don't know. Maybe that's why
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Didn't he die two weeks ago? Wasn't there a breakup? Could've been that.
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Yea, but seems like folks are more angry than you might think. Also seen several people ranting about how this was "sudden" and "out of the blue" and I don't understand what's wrong with people since we've know that death was was coming for since early June and that it was going to be Jerry for more than three wks before it happened??? Please explain that, oh smart one.
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Didn't know anything about the death stuff either. Even with this being a cop show it's always been fairly light hearted compared to other cop shows so even though it's ridiculous to feel that way to some degree...death isn't as expected? I don't know.
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I didn't know any of those things, either. I'm glad I didn't. I was just about ready to stop watching until that happened and was pleasantly surprised by it. Best thing to happen all season. To me, that was a big FTW. :)
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I didn't know any of those things, but I don't get why anyone cares. Not like he was one of the titular rookies.
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Babies leak out of both ends, so I say there is no wrong end to put a diaper on a child.
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