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FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (December 8)

That 130" plasmatic bifocal 4D Ultimate-High-Def viewing pleasure screen that you picked up on Black Friday has been your baby for over a week now. So what if you trampled an old lady to get it? Her grandkids hated her anyway. So what if you butchered that dirt-poor family who needed to buy a new communal fork? Cry me a river, you said. So what if you curb-stomped that doe-eyed orphan with the dimples and that delightful lollipop smile? Just five minutes with your new television and you know it was worth it to be the first one into the Best Buy. And now that you can see every follicle on Judge Judy's head, you can also see what we see: the true good and bad things about television. You understand. You're one of us now. Here's the best and worst of the week that was the week that just ended. In television. It's FTW vs. WTF.




The Good Wife celebrated its 100th episode in a fine fashion

Apart from the Damian and Kalinda silliness, one of TV's best shows continued its great fifth season with its 100th episode. It included warring mothers at a holiday party, an Eli spittake, the show potentially trolling us with Marilyn's assertion that she's naming her baby Peter, John Noble, and an emotionally gripping look inside Will's head. The grief that Will's been coping with has been driving all of his actions for the past five episodes, but we got to see that grief dramatized in a way that took some of the show's best visual elements and upped their emotional ante to new levels. And the episode's winky opening shot of the "100" on Kalinda's speedometer was great, too. 



"Root Beer Guy" was bingo-bango on Adventure Time

In another episode highlighting a Candy Kingdom subject, "Root Beer Guy" blended a kid-friendly film noir homage with adult-targeted middle-aged ennui as Root Beer Guy attempted to unravel the mystery of why Finn and Jake kidnapped Princess Bubblegum. The entire mix, from RBG assuming his own Milkshake Joe persona to his wife Cherry Cream Soda's demand to have her needs met—"I'm a cherry cream soda and I have the same needs as any other cherry cream soda. Or even diet cream soda!"—to Finn and Jake having a ball playing the bad guys, it was a good time in a stellar season.



Barry Allen and superpowers arrive on Arrow

The gradual introduction of superpowers on Arrow has helped to make the Lian Yu flashbacks more relevant while continuing Season 2's expansion of the show's narrative universe—and all without breaking it, an impressive feat for a show that eschewed powers in Season 1. Equally well done was Barry Allen's introduction to the series. Grant Gustin did a fine job of establishing Barry as a fun and lighthearted counter to Oliver's more somber approach to crime-solving and -fighting, and again without feeling out of place with the show's tone.



Elementary's Sherlock questioned his methods and his attitude

Despite "Tremors" being a little clunky due to its flashback structure, the result proved significant for Elementary's progress. Sherlock's arrogance in dealing with suspects and his less-than-legal ways of gathering evidence have resulted in some serious consequences in Bell's potentially career-ending injury, and now Bell doesn't seem inclined to cut Sherlock any breaks, even with gestures of free medical expertise. The breaking of this partnership represents another step in rattling Sherlock's world as he grapples with his burgeoning empathy for those around him, including a detective who he considers "several standard deviations above the norm."



Castaways lose their minds, draw rocks on Survivor

For the last few weeks, it's looked as if the Tyson-Gervase-Monica alliance had the final three spots on lockdown in Blood vs. Water. But as these things go on Survivor, Hayden worked unbelievably hard to put a chink in the previously impenetrable armor. Seemingly out of options, the former Big Brother winner chirped all through this week's Tribal Council, eventually convincing Ciera that she was number four in a three-person alliance, and it worked... at first. Two tie votes in a row led to one of the first rock draws in a long time (and one of the few ever), ultimately leading to Katie's departure. It was an unlucky ending to Hayden's big move, but now he's got Ciera thinking and the previously strong trio reeling a bit. He probably won't win, but after this week—and considering his previous resume—it's time to start talking about Hayden as one of the better reality competition show contestants ever.



Father "meets" son on Nikita

Thank goodness Birkhoff isn't a double. Even better, "Set-Up" revealed that his previously shifty behavior was a response to Amanda doubling up his father. It was the kind of last-ditch quasi-big reveal that entertaining spy shows like Nikita can pull off with aplomb, and this new wrinkle gives Aaron Stanford, long one of the show's best performers, great material to work with as the series comes to a close.



The WGA nominations are kind of amazing

There's so much good TV out there that it's hard to get too worked up about which show or performer gets snubbed by a given awards body, but this year's Writer's Guild nominations are really strong: A drama series nomination for The Good Wife, comedy series nods for Parks and Recreation, Veep, and Orange Is the New Black, and a lot of love for Breaking Bad and Masters of Sex? Well done.



The Blacklist had quite the great week

Television's most popular new show ended 2013 on a three-tiered high. The fall finale finished off a surprisingly entertaining run of episodes and raised the proper number of questions to keep us coming back in 2014 (and, having learned its lesson with from Revolution, NBC will bring the Spader-starring drama back in January instead of giving it a long break for winter). Even better for NBC, the episode's ratings were the show's highest since its series premiere levels, resulting in a quick Season 2 renewal for 2014-2015. That probably means we won't learn the identity of Lizzy's father until like two years from now, but at least NBC has one less reason to cry into its eggnog this holiday.



Sons of Anarchy revs up for the Season 6 finale

The season's most accelerated episode was AWESOME, as several big stories broke their repetitive orbits and careened off into OMG territory. Tara's gone rogue with the kids, the Irish finally relaxed their racism and made a deal with August Marks, and Nero knows. NERO KNOWS. We can't wait to see what happens next in next week's eight-hour finale.



Scandal gets super-crazy in its... wait, that wasn't the mid-season finale?


Where to start with this week's Scandal? Huck got really excited at the prospect of torturing Quinn—who was nude except for tastefully applied duct tape—for potentially betraying Olivia, and he even licked her face before he proceeded to remove two of her teeth. James toyed with Cyrus about sleeping with Sally's husband, and then just laid into Cyrus for pimping him out and gay-shaming Daniel. Now James wants a divorce, and Cyrus cried in the Oval Office. Olivia had flashbacks to her childhood while trying to get Mama Pope out of the country, only to have it all click that Rowan, despite being a murderer who doesn't actually like killing people, was protecting Olivia and the republic because Mama Pope is super evil. Oh, and Sally killed her husband after Cyrus showed her pictures of Daniel and James having sex, and Quinn's about to kill Rowan the same way she killed the security guard. Dang.



The Vampire Diaries' Stefan and Katherine finally made with the sexytimes


It only took 77 episodes, Elena choosing Damon, a case of PTSD, and a safe weighing several tons, but Stefan and Katherine finally enjoyed some shirtless fun! Who cares about silly things like Damon being a lab rat and leaving his bestie to die in a fire when Stefan and Katherine are maybe a thing? Whether or not it's just a one-time occurence, we're just glad it finally happened. .



Archer continues to be the best at promos

Ninjas are dangerous, guys.



Nice to see you again, Dooneese!


SNL kicked off its Paul Rudd-hosted evening with a sendup of NBC's live Sound of Music extravaganza, and it was one of the show's funnier cold opens in a while, with Kristen Wiig reprising her role as the large-foreheaded, tiny-doll-handed—and apparently long-lost Von Trapp child—Dooneese. And Fred Armisen swung by for a cameo too! (That the show followed up this opener with the Anchorman cast singing "Afternoon Delight" with One Direction was the icing on the cake.)






NBC comes alive with The Sound of Music Live!

The good: Hey, it's something different, the ratings were insane, and that Carrie Underwood can sing! The bad: Inconsistent and broken accents, a multi-camera comedy feel instead of a grand stage show atmosphere, no one tripped and fell down, and Underwood's terrible acting. Twitter had a field day with the production (and it was mostly deserved), but NBC pulled off its best Thursday in almost a decade once the ratings came in (18.5 million viewers!!!). Was this a one-time flash in the pan or a sign of trends to come?



While Dean was lying to Sam, Supernatural was lying to us

TK.

To be fair, we knew something was up with Ezekial. Dude was wayyyy too shifty and weird about not wanting Castiel around. To have it confirmed that Ezekial died in the fall to Earth and this angel was actually Gadriel, the angel responsible for some nonsense involving the Garden of Eden and a serpent, made us feel validated. But then Gadriel went and teamed up with Metatron to reclaim heaven, and his first order of business was to kill poor Kevin Tran. Oh, and thanks to Dean's insistence on lying to literally everyone, Sam is currently lost while Gadriel is wearing him as a meat suit. Nice one, Dean!





Hollywood loudmouth Nikki Finke's ridiculous tweet about Nelson Mandela's death

How do you get to be one of the most informed and despised industry bloggers? By maintaining a dedication to your beat so relentless and ruthless that your humanity is replaced with a thirst for scoops and stats. Minutes after the influential humanitarian passed away, Finke farted out this stinker of a tweet:



Almost Human needs an upgrade

Fox's new sci-fi series has completed its four-episode test, and it'd be tough to give it anything more than a C. What we thought would explore the intersection of technology and humanity has become a police procedural with shiny gadgets. An easy fix-it suggestion: Give us a couple two- or three-episode story arcs so that a single case doesn't overcrowd the more interesting parts of the series.



TNT's Mob City is Blah City

The wiseguys behind this new gangster drama, including The Walking Dead's Frank Darabont, thought it would be enough to reproduce the look and feel of film noir classics. Not so! Though the first episode had its moments, its follow-up was hollow, with a predictable A-HA! moment and a lack of any truly engaging elements. This thing needs to be shaken AND stirred—anything to wake it from its haze of lingering cigarette smoke and noir clichés.


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


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Loved arrow most epecially barry and agree with you about blacklist. The last thing I want right now is a techy-techy police procedural.
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Sorry, I meant almost human not blacklist
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Definitely, The Blacklist FTW! James Spader makes this THE show to watch!
(One thing, I just hope NBC has learned from CBS and Red John is not Lizzie's father...)
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Wow, Nikki Finke's doucebagggery is unquantifiable.
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WTF - Kevin's death on Supernatural was abrupt and kinda stupid. They could have done a lot more with it. I know he didn't deserve a Bobby-esc emotional death but he has been around for 3 seasons, and there was at least a small attachment.

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I think you're being a little hard on Almost Human. It's not blow you away entertaining but it's an enjoyable watch, and small bits of humour in there really help. In the last episode where Rudy went in undercover and immediately said his actual name, followed by a moment of awkward silence and then a squeaker of a fart.. haha that was awesome!

I like the simple things in life.. Like a well timed fart.
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FTW - Supernatural....Cas got "somebody" grace; I really like Cas with powers
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FTW: - Dracula walking into the sun !
WTF: - Damon's revenge is awsome ! And Enzo is alive ! And I'm sorry to differe but I can't care less about Stefan and Katherine.
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Almost Human is awesome!!

I think sci-fi shows are always unfairly targeted for not being unique enough. Sci-fi as a genre itself is a dying breed, and it's hasty for everyone to jump down the the writer's throat for not knocking it out of the park as soon as the show starts airing!

Leave it alone. J.H. Wyman will deliver! I guarantee it!.
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I disagree almost 100% about Almost Human. I love it! Sure it's got some kinks, but it's nice to see a shiny sci-fi show on the air that I can watch with my poor-person antenna. Plus, Crystal Method does the music for it, so that's awesome.
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i agree 100% about almost human
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Actually Elementary should be WTF/FTW in that someone disgruntled goes after a cop (or consultant) in this case & it's the consultant's fault?!! And that Bell did his job & jumped in front of Sherlock is Sherlock's fault? Come on. But the episode was great, Sherlock on the stand was amazing.

An absolutely great FTW you missed was The Tommorow People, with the reveal of the total betrayal of John Young, man I can't wait to see where that will take us
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YES to the Tomorrow People FTW. That was such a great twist.
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WTF: Breaking Bad gets nominated for 3 episodes at the WGA, but "Ozymandias" wasn't one of them. I know one shouldn't complain over an embarrassment of riches, but I'm curious as to how that was decided.
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FTW: Fox cutting the backorder for 'Dads' to just 6 episodes. Now if Fox would just cut it back to '0'; I may start believing in Santa Clause.
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Kristen Wiig is one of the funniest actresses.
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I give the Blacklist a FTW/WTF. On one hand, Spader NAILED his character and his relationship to the people who were close to him. I truly thought his best friend was going to bite it at the beginning like Red's other less fortunate female associate (though really, she didn't do much so killing her off was no loss.) HOWEVER, I am VERY disappointed in Anslo, the villain of the last two episodes, being revealed as a grunt. Anslo was ruthless and smart. He had a big vendetta against Red for getting half his face blown off. He is the first person to make Red completely lose his cool. Anslo was a PERFECT stand alone adversary, heck, he could've even be the Big Bad for season 1. But nope, midway through this episode we find out Anslo's working for the MASH guy, who himself is working for the classic "shadow bosses who must not be named." It made Anslo's credibility as a baddie go flying right out the window.

My big FTW is simply this: Dracula. In sunlight. NOT BURNING! Dracula finally manages to (temporarily) succeed in his dream of walking into the sun while at the same time (temporarily) dashing away suspicions by the vampire hunters that he is the Master Vamp that they're looking for. I am also very much intrigued at Drac's relationship with the blond vampire hunter and her apparent jealousy over Mina... though for the life of me I don't see how Drac could be in love with Mina when she, IMO, isn't remotely sexy. The scene where she strips her clothes off and looks seductively at Johnathon Harker? I've seen an Amish woman do it better in "The Witness." Hot Vampire Hunter > the female vampires we see > Lucy, Mina's lesbian best friend > Mina.

Big WTF- Dean not telling Kevin that there was an angel inside of Sam, especially when Dean gets word that it isn't Ezekiel. Dean's been dumb before (like leaving Abaddon alone after cutting off her hands and revving her or having sex with an Amazon) but this is probably the STUPIDEST thing he's done in the post-season 5 era of Supernatural. I wanted to throttle Dean after Gadriel!Sam killed Kevin. There are times where people make decisions based on Dean's actions that get them killed, but Kevin's death was ENTIRELY Dean's fault.
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FTW - The Walking Dead mid-season finale! Seriously loved it, especially all of the heavily influenced and/or adapted scenes from the comic. Like the tank, the overall assault on the prison, the use of Michonne's sword by the Governor. Also, really enjoyed seeing Michonne murder the Governor...okay so technically that other woman (no clue on her name) put a bullet in his head, but it's not like he was walking away (alive) from the sword thrust through his chest anyway. So, Michonne, FTW!

WTF - Why Almost Human is on the WTF list. I think people really need to give it more time to develop. There's been some amazing shows that have had subpar first seasons. A couple that spring to mind for example, Fringe and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Anyway, I think Almost Human has a pretty intriguing universe and some great characters. Give it some time, not every show can be perfect right out of the gate.
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Agree on Almost Human, the chemistry between Kennex & Dorian is amazing
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Loved Hayden's move in Survivo, and it asn't as succesfull but they still have a third person alliance in whoever comes back from red. island, so I would say there's still hope to dethrone Tyson. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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Totally agree with FTW on Arrow and Survivor's Tribal Council.
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FTW: The relatively minor role of the police commissioner on Elementary being presented as a thoughtful official with reasonable concerns. WTF: The security around the police precinct in Elementary (a crazy man walks into the office with a shotgun; a parolee manages to pull a gun outside the building and get off a shot); Martin Bashir's resignation from MSNBC; Rachel Maddow's rambling, self-righteous "sermon" on the responsibility of the press with regard to the Sandy Hook 911 tapes.
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FTW- The blacklist. This episode was fantastic through and through. From when Red gets Ressler to give him the code("Anslo! What are you doing here?" was my FAVORITE line!) to the last phone call, claiming not to be the father, which i hope is truth but will accept him as the father if they find a way to make it interesting. The acting from everyone was flawless and i am looking forward to seeing Red off of his leash as he hunts down the mole. Also, for some reason, i found the scene of them digging around in his neck WHILE HE WAS AWAKE far more gross than anything last week...lol

FTW/WTF- Elementary. I'm torn about this. I have thought from the start that Sherlock's attitude and method's would have to get him in trouble in order for the show to be believable, so in a way i was glad to see him brought up before a review board(which is how i took it, even if it was a'judge') But now i find myself nervous he'll change, because his method's and attitude is half the appeal. If he changes, he'll become just another cop. Maybe he could just come up with better excuses...
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What about lady gaga and the mupets and showing a little too much?!
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So the entertainment reporter mentioned a movie, Bring out the tar and the feathers! I really don't see anything wrong with Finke's tweet, especially not one worthy of the build up it got. I was expecting it to mention the fact that he was a communist, a terrorist, and a murderer, not hey there is going to be a glowing movie made about him.
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I'm seriously beginning to wonder if the staff here uses wishful thinking as a substitute for actual observation. The criticism aimed towards Almost Human is hardly any different from the people claiming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a massive disappointment for not featuring actual superheroes - even though the advertisements made it clear that the series it wouldn't focus on superheroes.

Almost Human was always going to be a procedural, folks. And it's a damn good one, if you ask me.
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And what about the "I knew it was gonna happen" attitude when a show has a big reveal when it's obvious from their reviews, they not only did not know, but have no idea what has happened on previous episodes. I read this things for the comments by the true TV fans, it doesn't matter if I agree with them or not, the really watch the shows.
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Say it Derpanos, I am also tired of complaining just to complain. Like the accent on Dracula thing that has gotten so tiresome
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I loved the first four episodes. Almost Human is my favorite new show. I really don't understand why it's getting so much criticism around here.
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How can that be hard to understand? It is boring and generic and is obviously procedural to bring in the stupid crowd interested in stories, instead of an audience who expects an exploration of the themes of the show.
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When you can't do, criticize
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people expect something different from what is promised OR they go in with really high expectations and are set up for a let down when a show doesn't meet their high expectations right off the bat.
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Just like them complaining Mob City is Noir~~just what it promoted itself to be (regardless if one likes or dislikes a show, faulting it for being what it says it is going to be is just weird imo)
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The complaint wasn't that the show is noir, it's that more focus was put on making it noir than actually making it interesting.
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Precisely.
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FTW: Regina on OUAT for pulling out all of the stops and for showing us how awesome of an actor she is.
FTW: The Blacklist amazing episode that still has us asking questions.
FTW: Arrow did a nice intro on the Flash and turned in a great episode
FTW: Elementary for causing Holmes to question his work ethics.
FTW: Grimm for bringing us an amazing episode on combining the Old world with the New/Modern World.
WTF: The Mentalist for copying every episode of Season one of White Collar. Really writers you guys can do way better then that.
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FTW/WTF: Glee "Previously Unaired Christmas"; half the episode was "what the hell is going on?" and the other half were some truly funny moments and one actually good Christmas musical number.
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FTW: If you haven't seen Chris Messina dancing to Aaliyah's "Try Again" this week, you're missing out.
FTW: Will's decision tree on The Good Wife.
FTW: Aram gets more than a few lines on The Blacklist.

WTF: The Blacklist - Ressler's leg bandage (lol) after essentially having the ickiest bleeding out scene from a gun shot for the best part of two episodes.
WTF: The disappearance of tv during the winter hiatus. Ugh. I miss my tv already. What are the tv.com staff going to do?
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I'm having myself a merry merry Breaking Bad marathon...
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I don't watch The Mindy Project but that dance was awkward and awesome. Lol - Thanks.
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Where's The Walking Dead?
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WTF: To me being in total disbelief that tv.com hasn't managed to get me to hate Almost Human yet. I get that the idea here is to talk crap on everything to make sure we are all smarter than everyone else, but every once in awhile I don't mind just watching something I like.
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I don't think it's hate as much as it is disappointment.

It has the right ingredients to produce a great show but it just hasn't delivered yet.

I know looking at the start of Fringe I could have said the same thing so I'm personally still going to give it time. It may even take the whole season to get there

But they do need to pull a bit more of a serial nature in otherwise it's just another cop show. Which is fine for some sure, but it's lost potential and just not interesting enough for me and apparently not for the tv.com staff either.
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Well the fourth episode of Fringe changed a lot and so did the following episodes up until the tenth.
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Sorry, this is more of a rant on the site as a whole as of late. It seems like most of the time everyone is having everything. I can't say that Almost Human is blowing me away or anything, but I have found it to be consistently entertaining during a period of its lifespan that I actually expected to be a lot worse. I know that this is all opinion, but having come into a sci-fi series on a Fox I wasn't expecting it to be epic right off the bat and none of the shine on the show has really worn off for me. Sure this is damning with faint praise, but I have thought that this has been lightyears better than SHIELD, and that is still getting some patience from me, so I would consider Almost Human to be in good standing in my camp so far.
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I am so glad about Hayden being on Survivor. He is one of the few competitors I have seen in recent seasons that really fought hard for his life. In some season, some of the competitors just gave up after knowing they are going home.

I do hope he wins and becomes the first ever BIG BROTHER and SURVIVOR dual winner !

Hey, I liked the WGA nominations better than the Emmys.

The Good Wife and House of Cards are nominated for BEST drama !

House of Cards, The Americans,Master of Sex and Ray Donavan are all nominated for BEST new drama !
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FTW: Lauren was in absentia on Arrow, and we were all better off for it!
FTW: The Walking Dead mid-season finale and the finale adieu to the Governor!!!!!!
WTF: TWD - We'll miss you Hershel!!!!!
FTW: Haven's penultimate episode
WTF: Haven hasn't been renewed for season 5 yet…. come on SyFy!!!!!
FTW: South Park's wrap-up of its three-part arc on Black Friday. At least one of the past three episodes will be Emmy-nominated, for sure.
WTF: Dads and Brooklyn 9 9 were both new, yet New Girl not so much.
FTW: Grimm - it was a good episode but I especially liked the linkage back to the council recognizing that Nick isn't your average run-of-the-muck Grimm, and I'm hoping that the whole resistance thing comes up next week for the 2 hour season finale.
FTW: Promos released for some January premieres have me excited.
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Haven is a show that never appears in any of these sections, no WTF or FTW, like it doesn't exist - I assume nobody in the TV.com staff is watching it...
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Probably not. I just came back to it myself a few months ago after quitting it sometime in Season 2. Not really sure how I feel about it, but as long as they have Colin Ferguson, I'm in.
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FTW Lost Girl: getting a grown up Rachel Skarsten back - even if she does come from Canada but sound like she's a Gossip Girl alum.
WTF Elementary: Last week was bad enough with Sherlock being told he's not nice enough and now he goes to court over it? Seriously. WTF! If some ex-con shoots someone on any other show (or in reality), they don't end up in court on some all of a sudden trumped up procedural beef. It's like the writers never heard of Sherlock's character and rewrote it as some softly, softly daytime bollox. It's ok for other officers to break procedural method, practice and/or the law but, hey, you weren't polite enough? YOU BASTARD!! And to have Bell turn into some little bitch? Oh Fuck Off. Worst and most annoying episode to date.
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I didn't love the episode either, but I don't think it was too unrealistic. At the end of the day Sherlock and Holmes are not cops, and their actions have both pissed off other Police in their precinct and now caused the shooting of a detective.

Aside from diving deeper into Sherlock's character and his maniacal drive to prove he is smarter than any criminal, this episode needed to happen. The Police union would be calling for Sherlock's head, not to mention the press would have a field day reporting about the cops can't get the job done without relying on a consultant who breaks the law in order to close cases.

Also to comment on your last two points.
1. If a police officer breaks the law to close a case, there are procedures to deal with that. If a civilian does in the pursuit of a police matter there are not. It's not about Sherlock's politeness, it's his complete arrogance in thinking he does not have to be held to the rules of both society and police procedure.

2. Bell wasn't a bitch, he told the commissioner to let Sherlock have his job back. I for one can understand why may be a little upset considering Sherlock's humongous ego is the reason he may no longer be able to be a detective.
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Your point one falls apart in that as you state, strictly speaking he isn't under the rules of the police. Moreover if his crime is arrogance then there's going to be a lot more prison cramping. As I said, and brookgarden, we see detectives act outside of the law all the time and be as arrogant, if not more so at times, than Sherlock and nothing happens beyond a wink and a pat on the back. The story is far too convoluted and an obvious attempt at taming either Sherlock or his naysayers. I'm sure the UK version at New Years won't suffer this tripe pc style indignation - just as previous versions are far from perfect or apologetic but are needed..
And Bell's character has been much more resilient throughout the show until now and that was his 'bitch moment' along with his acting toward Sherlock in the hospital. He was like a nose spiting teen.All he really did was his job in saving Sherlock and lest we forget, he's been just as aggro with suspects/witnesses himself but hasn't been in some waste of air time trial.
We don't know whether he supported keeping Sherlock on, it's assumed. As for the commissioner et al. worrying about press etc. in cases; well, the record stands that they've relied on Sherlock to pull their collective's out of the fire on more than one occasion. That guy would walk over glass, hot coals and back again before losing his golden goose of police saves and statistics.
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I think you're being a little naive about how the police system and unions work. There are rules to being a cop, and if they break them, they are subject to punishment. This is NOT a statement on whether or not police ARE punished for acting outside of the law, just the fact that the rules exist. In a police station there is a fraternity of cops (especially NYPD), they watch each others backs even the union will try to protect them when they colour outside the lines in order to close a case.

Sherlock is NOT a part of this fraternity. And it doesn't matter if you think he should be, if you think his arrogance doesn't matter or if you think a man facing the prospect of losing his career is being a "nose spiting teen" by being pissed off about it. He's on the outside, and quite frankly that's where he wants to be.

This means that when shit happens, which is frequent on this show, there is no one but the captain sticking his neck out for him. This needed to be addressed, and while I can agree it was a little clumsy, I'm glad it happened.

Unlike the British version, "Elementary" is a weekly procedure, it has the feeling that every week there is some case that Sherlock needs to solve. There is no feeling of the passage of time. If he is in the precinct that often it makes sense that they are going to have to deal with his personality "quirks" and their consequences.

On "Sherlock" it feels like he only works on the tougher cases, it's not a day to day 9-5. Plus the police in England certainly seem less of a boys club that are going to be calling their union reps because an outsider is pointing out their incompetence.

I don't think this is necessarily a sign they are going to reign Sherlock in, in fact I think he's been more obnoxious and grating (not a bad thing for his character) than he was for a lot of last season. I'm hoping this is a sign that Sherlock needs to get out of the police station, and work his own cases. Some can over lap with the PD but it's getting to the point where they need to get him a desk.


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Some interesting points but I'm not being naive about police lines etc., more that it wasn't the union or the disgruntled cop the week before for example that landed Sherlock in court but some mystey convolution. And the good old Capt' looked as annoyed to be there for Sherlock, not just the latter's arrogance - along with the Commissioner et al., who was strange to be be seen. It's thus not naivety but my displeasure at one set of ruules/norms being played out by the cops and another for Sherlock. The law is the law regardless. And British police (that made me chuckle, being English - not laughing at you here) have had a notorious blue wall since day dot.
This version of Sherlock is more of a procedural no doubt owing to the high number of episodes. The UK version and this both see Sherlock scanning for cases of interest, only.
Sherlock is an arrogant and pissy character with grandiose character and it's a shame, for example, the Mycroft in this version isn't more like the books insofar as knocking Shelock down a peg or three.Holmes is Holmes and trying to change him in a quite ham fisted manner is poor writing and a wasted enterprise imo. He's no worse this series than last and, importantly, still shows a sense of empathy and grace to victims overall when necessary to reveal his kinder quarter.
In a nutshell, they present one rule for one and then break it for the other. Either it's laws for all to obey or not. The problem for Holmes, nice or not, is that he's always going to show the police up as being lessor and that's always going to rub the wrong way. Period.
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I did not like almost human's last episode (although I LOVED 'Skin') but I really have a problem with all this talk of "instead of Almost human being what i expected.....it's just a procedural set in the future"
That's like saying, instead of True blood being a show about vampires taking care of their gardens and baking pies, it's about murderous vampires and blood and sex (bad example I know).
The show was always promoted as a procedural. The creators explicitly said it several times that it was a procedural show with few overarching storylines. That it wasn't really like fringe (the later seasons) in terms of mythology.
So I don't get it. I personally have a strong dislike of procedurals, but I find this to be more entertaining than most of the monotonous CBS fare pumped out weekly.
My point is; you wouldn't complain that the recent true blood episodes were lacking in vampire hosted dinner parties, you'd complain about the terrible werewolf storylines. If you want to critique the show, critique the questionable villains of the week, critique some boring stretches of an episode, freely critique the writing of Minka Kelly's character, but please critique the show without referencing the fact that it's not something it ever set out to be.
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FTW: The Walking Dead rights last season's biggest folly with the seriously intense showdown between factions. Amazingly, it was almost as grisly as the comics.

FTW: Homeland provides a couple very solid episodes, but...
WTF took so long?
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Arrow and the blacklist have had some fine episodes developing story's and characters they have done a great job and made itching and a bit crazy waiting for the next episodes. Can't wait. Both brilliant shows. + Oliver Queen is yummy.
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It was great to see live theater on TV. Yes, Carrie's acting wasn't great, but I could put up with that. She was only there to bring in the numbers, anyway. FTW for the great Laura Benanti as Baroness Schrader. Her wonderful performance made up for any flaws in the rest of the cast.
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I suppose they did need some big name to make the live attempt sound somewhat interesting. Maybe they should have required her to attend some acting lessons first though.
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Whether you loved or hated it, I can't believe there is no mention of The Walking Dead finale.
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Can't believe anyone could have the atrocious bad taste to send that tweet. I am truly stunned.
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out of all those FTW, the only thing I watch is Elementary... and SNL when the host is somebody I like lol
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I'm sorry, this weeks episode of Elementary really shored up the notion that the NYPD has no business employing this Sherlock Holmes as he cheats to win every week. If the cops were allowed this same freedom, they'd be more successful and we'd be firmly ensconced back in the '20's, '30's and '40's. He's Batman without all the good parts. Watson can stay, Sherlock, not so much.
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Almost Human has great potentail! It reminds me of the rocky start Fringe had and look what happened there.

I saw that Finke tweet the other day, I would have love to smack her across the face.
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I like this show and it can and will develop into something strong, I'm hooked already but for others the show just needs time to find its path.
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I am also hooked, I can see some problems with it but that's mainly the episode order.
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I think that's it, you've hit the nail on the head, because they aired 5 as 2 and so on, we missed the relationship build that comes when two peolple/ robot are forced to work together, we didn't get to see the hiccups and how they found there grove.
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Exactly! I already love the chemistry between both but like all buddy cop shows/TV getting there is really why you tune in.
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"Apart from the Damian and Kalinda silliness", you mean the first half of the episode. The Good Wife celebrated its 100th episode with a character that's been on the show twice as a central focus, that was not its finest foot forward. And the "100" on the speedometer was dopey when they clearly weren't going nearly that fast.

FTW to The Blacklist for at least claiming that Red Reddington isn't Lizzy's father! Yeah, they'll probably double-back on that one and reverse themselves, but for now if taken at face value it means there's something more interesting driving the series, and that's good.

Pure WTF to The Sound of Music for Carrie Underwood's wooden acting and reedy singing talent. We watched a few minutes of this soap-opera-looking stage production and while the other actors were a mixed lot, the whole affair was brought down by its lead being just unwatchable. The ratings boon is a sign that "wholesome America" is utterly disgusted with what's on TV and looking to escape into something easier to swallow, and maybe that'll give some direction change to the upcoming pilot season.

Almost Human really is a WTF, it was obvious in the pilot that they were going outside their abilities to deliver on the sci-fi premises, that they were pushing the creative envelopes of most of the folks involved and didn't have a lot of ideas to back it up, but in the 3 episodes that have followed it's flushed itself right down the drain in an attempt to feel approachable, and thus entirely lost its credibility. It needs to have an entire writing staff on board with a consistent vision of the future, of how people and synths live together, of the change in ethics that lead to changes in police procedure, that sort of thing. Without a stronger vision, this is just another cop drama - except with shinier toys and cheaper CGI - and it's not a particularly good one.
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The WGA always does a pretty great job of recognizing deserving series. Moreso than the Emmys often does.
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The Emmy's never does a good job. Modern Family is not the best comedy on TV and pretty much never has been, yet cleans up all awards.
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I think you guys are too hard on Almost Human but yes, an arc would be great.
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I'm one of those who feel that it was a terrible decision to make it a procedural. But I also feel that people aren't giving it enough credit for having very good dialogue and very good actors (especially Michael Ealy).
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This sums up my sentiments. I'd love a multi-episode arc, but giving it a WTF for not having one only four episodes in is a bit harsh. This IS a network show, afterall; I think we should all have anticipated it being proceduraly. At best, it'll be like POI, and POI has a crap load of stand-alones, especially in the early seasons.
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Actually, for a procedural it's doing quite well and hopefully it will find a larger story to rise even higher. And I never watch procedurals.
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FTW: The hills are alive with the sound of music! (Why, because I'm sappy like that)

WTF: Almost Human's robots aren't cylons and that kind of sucks...
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I don't if I'd jump up and down on Finke's head too hard. While it wasn't my first reaction to hearing the news of Nelson Mandela's death, the thought "Well we all know who's going to win the best actor Oscar" wasn't that far behind. Which has nothing to do with Mandela and everything to do with Hollywood
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its good to see so many FTW and lesser and lesser no. of WTF for the past couple of weeks. Tv is turning good again.
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Or the crap is just on winter break.
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well whatever be the reason i m particularly happy about great and deserving shows getting nomination in WGA awards.
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FTW; The Blacklist is renewed for a second season and the introduction of Enzo on TVD
WTF: Dean's treatment of Kevin on Supernatural
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Enzo looks promising and I'm excited about Stephan and Katherine.
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