FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (August 25)

It's here! Our regular weekend round-up! And even though we write one every week, it never ceases to feel like a little bit of TV Christmas, wouldn'tcha say? QUICK, OPEN YOUR PRESENTS:


FTW


Glee's Season 4 posters revealed


We're already pretty excited about Glee's upcoming September 13th premiere, so these posters, with their clever nods toward the new directions that various, uh, New Directions members were headed at the end of Season 3, are just fuel on the fire. BUT WHERE IS QUINN?!?



The Inbetweeners was actually pretty great


We had so little faith in MTV's ability to adapt another British TV show, but were pleasantly surprised to discover that this one ain't so bad! In what can easily be described as a Workaholics for teens, The Inbetweeners has a great cast chemistry and it pretty much nailed the juvenile humor this week—we're talking about Simon's drunken (and gratuitous) projectile vomiting spell.



Jon Snow and Ygritte are dating


Sneaky photographers snapped pics of Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie, the Stark bastard and the wildling woman in HBO's Game of Thrones, getting smoochy at a London restaurant. This warms our hearts so much that we could melt The Wall! Awwwww!



Post-Big Love Chloe Sevigny


The actress we first met almost two decades ago in Kids has recently landed a bunch of cool roles, playing a transsexual hit(wo)man in Hit & Miss, a psycho masturbater in this week's Louie (pictured), and Fred and Carrie's new roommate in Portlandia. Indie as f*ck, heck yeah!



Suits summer finale features high times


While the good guys won and the nefarious Daniel Hardman was enthusiastically kicked to the curb by his peers, for those of us who missed some quality Harvey/Mike bromance during all the Team Pearson vs. Team Hardman brouhaha, the summer finale let the guys kick back and share some light-hearted, pot-and-beer-fueled antics. Apparently, Harvey Specter is that guy who eats all the pretzels while Mike Ross explores vast conspiracies and they both think taking a leak in their boss' office is a great idea. It was some welcome fun after a pretty intense first half of the season.



Children's Hospital reveals the cause of Chief's medical condition.


"Parkinson's Juice." PS. That's Megan Mullally.



The Whites have Pinkman over for dinner


This week's Breaking Bad gave us the scene we've been waiting for (no, not someone punching Skyler in the face, @SmoochyDaisy52) when Walter White invited Jesse Pinkman over for dinner while an unsuspecting Skyler unpackaged some Albertson's deli food. Not only was it hilarious and awkward on its own, but it spawned spoofs like this Seinfeld parody. Also great: the morbid opening scene of the gang ripping apart a bicycle to dissolve it down, knowing full well that we knew what was coming next.



So You Think You Can Dance brings back its All-Stars


We love the current crop of competitors, but nothing ups their games like getting paired with the out-of-competition experts of seasons past. And now that more and more alumni from the Fox dance competition have begun to get jobs in the mainstream, the term "All-Stars" actually means something.



American Horror Story's teaser onslaught


They may not tell us MUCH about what to expect of "Asylum," the second chapter in the AHS saga, but FX's near daily release of new teasers has us positively feverish with nun-ticipation! (Sorry.) Watch all seven teasers here.



WTF


Morgan Spurlock develops new series for CNN


The documentary series, called Inside Man, will feature Spurlock going undercover in various American subcultures, including card carrying gun fanatics, pot growers, and migrant workers. Remember when this show aired on FX and went by the title 30 Days?



Epic embarassing moment in True Blood


We cringed as the fairies' elder sashayed barefoot and backlit across a stage and into the pages of infamy in this week's episode. Is there anything more uncomfortable than failed camp?



The CW's Oh Sit, again


We said it last week but we'll say it again: What the sit is this sit?



No more Work of Art


It was a horrible Bravo reality show that had no basis for competition (art is art, man!), but it did give us the weirdest reality show contestants EVER, like that guy who painted with his jizz. Ew.


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

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An additional WTF: the mysterious glitches in webpage rendering that tv.com is experiencing. The pick-a-most-exciting-fall-show bracket is COMPLETELY screwed up, and I just saw a page with 3 separate twitter and facebook buttons apiece. Somewhere behind the scenes, one of your developers has brainfarted. But oh!, at least the "In Other News" popup still works *eyeroll*
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I take "Oh Sit" existence as The CW's way of saying "You think this sit is bad? You should see what the rest of them were pitching".
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Suits finally gets a little "FTW" recognition. This whole season has been fantastic.
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Considering almost nobody has commented on Glee, I don't think it's an FTW for most.



Top FTW should be Suits. I'll get the can opener!



WTF: All the good summer shows are over, and most fall shows haven't started yet. There's a bad calendar gap there, people!
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I'm sorry but saying The Inbetweeners is FTW is definitely the most WTF moment of the week. the fact that I won't watch it is probably making my statement less credible but from everything I've seen they're just using the British storylines and Americanizing it, that didn't work for Coupling all those years ago, why do it now? Get new storylines or don't bother. I'd rewatch the British version if I wanted to see those again.



as for Glee, Dianna Agron probably just hasn't had to sign on yet, since the graduated characters aren't going to be on every episode. Quinn probably just hasn't been written in yet. seems like she's the only one actually going to actual COLLEGE college (and maybe Santana and Mike?) so she's got schooling to deal with.
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I think all of Law & Order: UK's storylines are recycled from the original Law & Order. Do you feel as strongly about that?
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"These pretzels are making me thirsty" - Great season finale!
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FTW!!! YES! Finally you guys acknowledge SUITS again. "High Noon" "Litt Up" man that was an awesome finale.

Agree with SYTYCD. Love them all stars. TWITCH!



WTF: Rookie Blue. Again. I love Dov. So watching him get pummeled was not my idea of fun. But the thing with the sister of the dude he killed? What was that?! I must have been the only one that took their frowned upon yet strangely unorthodox healing method of spending time with one another as this pseudo sibling thing. Then kissing sprung upon us and I was perturbed. I hate when I see sibling vibes and it turns into something sexual instead. Freaks me out.



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The world must be pretty darned kinky in your eyes.
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The kinkiest...it's a wonder I'm not in therapy.
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No...How about we take the inbetweeners away from FTW and put it with the WTF? It was horrible, nowhere near the quality of the original
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I thought I was missing something. Why are critics insisting that this is a good remake when it has NOTHING that the original had except that it is supposed to be the same show. I thought it was actually worse than the "Skins" attempt which was labeled a failure from the get go.
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This! I don't understand how someone could describe it as 'pretty great' it was goddam appalling.
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FTW: BBC America rerunning Luther from the beginning. Another opportunity to see Season 1 with presumably less bleeping than the broadcasts on BET or Centric; Rachel Maddow's recounting of the Republican position on rape and why Tod Akin's views aren't really on the Republican fringe.

WTF: The Republican National Chairman trying to claim the Republican National Platform doesn't really mean anything.
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Where is Quinn indeed!!!!!!!!
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So Jon Snow finally got laid
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Why do the Glee posters have LA and St. Louis/Louisville in opposite directions from Lima? They are all west of Ohio?
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maybe puck got a job placing them or something
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I don't think its geography based, but its pointing to the characters who are living in each of the places
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Yes I do remember 30 Days and it was an interesting show. It really gave you insight into real people lives. Im glad he'll be back on the air
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The Inbetweeners was quite good, still miss the UK original though. As an artist I loved Work of Art but some of the art was questionable and all the artists seem to be odd.
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Great FTW's. I was extremely disappointed with how True Blood is handling the whole Fairy story line and the Fairies in general. I mean shouldn't the Elder have been able to hold Russell off a little longer or put up more of a fight? I like what they were trying to do with her vibrating on different frequencies but she should have been more like the Goddess of the Lost from Angel or one of BSG's Cylon Hybrids that control their ships.
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How can one of the most epic scenes between Rose Byrne and Glenn Close in the history of "Damages" not be FTW? Patty and Ellen stranded at the airport - with the great bar break-in interlude all cumlinating with Patty asking Ellen the worst thing she could tell the world about her in her custody battle with Daniel and Ellen's "WTF do you mean?" response - and then Patty - straight as an arrow - backing off her previous admission that she was the one who tried to have Ellen killed back in the first season. "Damages" is having a fantastic send off this season and Close and Byrne have been brilliant.
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Because for years Damages is ignored by the TV.com staff. Fantastic shows like Damages or Boss are considered irrelevant while we get full coverage of teenie crap like TVD or of pathetic remakes like The Killing or of trainwrecks like Ringer.

And I think considering Damages as one of the best series ever made is not a matter of taste.

But maybe there is an easy explanation like " we can't afford to watch this show, so we would have to DL it illegally and then we get thrown into jail" or something else crappy.
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She laid the blame on dearly departed "Phil" like it was nothing. So f'in epic. They put a advertisement for a show no one watches anymore so clearly they had nothing to put in the FTW list this week? - Patty and Ellen deserved a spot. DirecTV has taken a hands off approach to "Damages" and the result has been two just wonderful seasons.
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Agreed. I didn't like season three a lot but the first two and the last two seasons are TV - HoF material.
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I totally agree! This has been a great season of Damages and it hardly gets any coverage on this site!
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Where is the WTF banner?
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What about Emma?!?!?!?!
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Burn Notice finale deserves to be under FTW.
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After seeing Chloe Sevigny slapping her penis and repeating "you're a real boy" on Hit & Miss only a short while ago, that masturbation scene didn't faze me at all. In fact, it felt like a pretty natural next step for her. She has been cast in American Horror Story for the upcoming season, so I'm expecting to see even more of her sexual antics soon.
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I agree with Suits and Pinkman... not sure about the rest. I guess Snow + Ygrette is cute... but I don't much care.



Not sure what else I'd put in the FTW this week, though. Maybe something about Hell on Wheels.
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Starting to wonder if some of the senior writers shouldn't have a feature like this for themselves. Some of the FTW's are dubious at best...
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By far the best moment of this week was the Whites having Jesse Pinkman over for dinner!



Genius scene, I was laughing while I had a knot in my stomach at the same time, PRICELESS.
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The Inbetweeners does NOT deserve the FTW spot. Jersey Shore is better than that s***!!! The acting was horrid, the characters (ALL) were annoying, the plot was stupid, and the chemistry was unispired. It's a definete WTF for me.
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