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

After a week of poop cruises, manhunts and cabin infernos, and exploding meteors, it's time for everyone to recognize the truly important things that happened over the past seven days, like what happened on The Bachelor and the rest of the television! We've got everything from awesome casting to terrible scheduling below, so join us in recounting the best and worst from the week that was.


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The Bachelor's wicked witch was sent packing


Sean Lowe became everyone's most respected Bachelor when he gave the old heave-ho to Tierra based on her general air of drama and his big sister's advice. Whereas previous Bachelors (paging Ben Flapjacks) made a big deal about how their judgement of who to keep around was not to be questioned, Sean made life easier on himself and the three other women he presumably cares about. Good for you, Sean!



#FREEBATES was finally achieved on Downton Abbey


After being in jail for ALL OF THE YEARS, Bates was finally released. This in turned freed us from the ridiculous and boring prison plot (Prison narratives in the 1920s: They're just like prison narratives in the 2010s!). Once he returned to Downton (and hung some curtains in the little house Slumlord Grantham gave to him and Anna), he unraveled the nasty business that O'Brien had been developing between Thomas and Jimmy lickety-split, and even managed to somehow get Thomas a promotion as a result.



Shameless lets Carl spread his wings


Through two seasons, Shameless has given only a glimpse at the potentially terrifying future of young Carl Gallagher. In "The Helpful Gallaghers," it was a wise decision to give Carl a field trip on his own. The storyline came as a result of a failed Make-A-Wish scam by Frank that saw TV's worst parent convincing his son that he'd "caught cancer" from his grandmother, but it allowed Carl a trip to summer camp for his trouble. Watching the newly bald Carl lead a pack of actually terminally ill children in pursuit of a final, scandalous wish may have been the funniest Shameless payoff to date.



Ron Swanson is now taking your calls


"Grapes of Wrath, chocolate-chip ice cream, and Johnny Cash." "The next thing you wanna do is ditch the terrier and get yourself a real dog." The cranky, mustachioed Parks Dept. employee did a bang-up job while filling in for Leslie on Pawnee Today with a self-titled segment called You're On With Ron, and now we're thinking he should do his own thing on Public Access. Maybe a recurring bit, Troy and Abed in the Morning-style?



The One Black Guy in Every Commercial responds to SNL


Remember last week when SNL's Weekend Updated welcomed Corey, the one black guy in every commercial? The REAL one black guy, Craig Frank, responded with the YouTube video above, and it makes us think maybe he should do some sketches for SNL. Regardless, we think you're pretty funny, Mr. Frank. Hopefully you'll land something better than this terrible McDonald's ad soon.



FX builds The Bridge


Basic cable's best network has another winner in the makings, with an order for 13 episodes of the new drama from Homeland writer Meredith Stiehm. The Bridge follows detectives working on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to stop a serial killer who's hacking and slashing in both countries. Early word on this is great, and we're excited.



AMC gets terrorized by The Terror


AMC has announced that it's developing the historical fiction/arctic expedition horror novel The Terror as a potential TV series. So now that story of a doomed shipwreck in subzero temperatures plus ice ghosts, scurvy, and madness will finally be told. Awesome!



Jason Isaacs and Kyle Chandler might return to TV


The Awake star is headed to the CBS pilot Surgeon General, where he'll play America's doc. Given CBS's luck with dramas, this could mean Isaacs will be on TV for a long time, and that's a good thing. And the Friday Night Lights coach is joining Showtime's pilot The Vatican, a thriller about the politics of the Catholic Church.



Game of Thrones plushies


The HBO show has a collection of stuffed Direwolf and dragon egg toys in the works! (The image above, via The Daily Blam, was taken at a toy fair.) We're still waiting for the Bran backpack.



The Walking Dead's ever-rising ratings


Over 12 million people watched The Walking Dead mid-season premiere last Sunday. And that was when the show was up against the Grammys, not a ratings slouch in its own right. If you were to add up the total viewership ratings for NBC's Thursday-night comedy block, it'd be about two million viewers shy of The Walking Dead's number, and the zombie drama is currently topping all non-CBS and non-American Idol broadcasts. AMC executives still don't know how to run a successful television network, but they'll be so busy counting money that it doesn't even matter.



One fan's alternate ending to the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead


Now THIS would have made a lot more sense. (GIF via reddit)




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Happy Endings is moving to Fridays


This poor show. ABC execs can say all they want about how they love the comedy and want to see it succeed, but bumping it to Fridays in order to schedule Celebrity Wife Swap on Tuesdays suggests otherwise. We're so bummed we don't even feel like trying to make a bad joke about sad endings/not-so-happily-ever-afters/etc.



More silly Jared ads


The airline stewardess in the Jared (the Galleria of Jewelry!) commercial getting on the plane's intercom and announcing to a flight full of people that "He went to JARED!"—which, yes, we know it's the tagline they're trying to push but it sounds like she was calling him out for nickel-and-diming her engagement ring. "This guy up here is trying to propose with a Cracker Jack prize, LOL!!!"



The premiere of Zero Hour


What in the what in the WHAT? All that crazy and it still debuted as ABC's lowest-rated debut ever? You disappoint frozen Nazis everywhere, America.



Community's ratings in week two


This is the first time our once beloved Community has appeared in the WTF department in back-to-back weeks. Last week it was for the questionable quality of the Season 4 premiere, this week it's for the dismal ratings for Episode 2. After much clamoring for Greendale's big return, the show hit a series low with its Valloween episode. Poor scheduling on NBC's part, or poor everything on Community's part? Either way THIS SUCKS, GUYS.



Peter Sarsgaard joins The Killing


It's silly enough that The Killing is even still a thing, but somehow, AMC keeps making our national nightmare worse by adding... legitimately good performers to the cast? Peter Sarsgaard, last seen being sort of creepy but also just maybe a guy in lots of middling films, will play a lifelong convict on the show's upcoming third season. Elias "Hey, It's That Guy!" Koteas is also signing up for miserable Vancouver weather and likely more miserable writing. We assume they'll both be involved in the Rosie Larsen case, even though it's closed. Veena Sud doesn't care about your need for resolution.



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

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WTF: Science Channel messing with the Fringies and taking it off the air on Friday. It took 2 days for them to explain what is going on and that even is still leaving us in the dark. Not cool!
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Haha that's Fitz Williams as the random black guy! #LBD
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FTW: Roscoe's total crush on Jeannie on an episode that most will praise or vilify (HoL is if nothing else a polarising show...) because of Matt Damon's presence and his egomaniac character...
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FTW: MeTv's Hamilton Burger Perry Mason ad; the return of Root to Person of Interest: the proposal scene on Justified; the shower scene on The Following: "We're not giving up on you." It might almost be touching if you forgot they were a cult of serial killers. WTF: Ryan running off into a trap (Who's going to save Claire's son if you get yourself killed, Ryan, you selfish SOB?)
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Parks and Rec hit it out of the ballpark once again. Great episode! I have to give another shout out to my current fave, Law & Order: SVU. Marcia Gay Harden gave a great performance as a recurring FBI agent. The ending had me holding my breath.
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Community has these problems since it punishes people who aren't regular viewers; you can't keep up with all the inside jokes and quirks of everyone as a once-in-a-while viewer, so you just give up watching. (Arrested Development had the same problem).
But unlike Arrested Development, Community also suffers from simply not being consistently funny. Having all-new series low viewership isn't that big a deal since it never had decent ratings to begin with.
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Arrow and TVD should have been in this weeks FTW as they both had their best episode of this season.
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WTF on ABC's treatment of Happy Endings.
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FTW: Dean wearing glasses on Supernatural
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FTW =" Joust me " on suits
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For me Zero Hour is a bit too fast paced.
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The Bridge is of course nothing more than a remake of a swedish-danish co-production, as is The Killing. The latter was mostly in danish though. Another sign of a country too lazy or too dumb to read subtitles, let alone come up with original ideas.
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WTF: TVD killing off Jeremy at a rather mundane point in his character development. I like my characters to actually have a meaningful presence before they're torn from my screen! Why'd you drop the ball Vampire Diaries?
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I'm so pissed about Happy Endings. How can people think Big Bang Theory is funny but not watch this show??? Oh that's right, this show is too smart for dumb people...
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i'm hoping it does the same ratings as the comedies its replacing on fridays - so there is no excuse to cancel it. but judging by the shitty way happy endings has been treated, i think they are moving it to fridays to justify getting rid of it, making sure it does poorly in the ratings.
i still think more comedies would survive if the networks tried some 7pm comedy blocks
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FTW: Supernatural this week was especially good
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FTW: David Letterman calling off the two morons on Week-end Late Show.. that was so funny..! So Dave!!!
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FTW: SUITS ALL THE WAY!
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!!!!!!!!!!!so true!!!!!!!!!!!
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WTF: ABC basically killing Happy Endings?! suckkkkkkkkkkssss
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Why aren't you covering Banshee? It's one of the best shows on TV right now.
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I love most of Tim's reviews but he did the "should I watch" on Banshee and totally slammed it and the slams weren't valid imo. I want it reviewed but not by Tim--sorry Tim
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I never saw that article, but he made some negative comments about it in another one. They didn't make much sense in my opinion. In particular, he said that it's inferior to Hunted. Now, I've only seen the pilot of Hunted, but it was pretty bad. It was badly directed, the action scenes used a super annoying shaky cam style, and the plot was lame and unimaginative. So based on what I've seen, to say that Banshee is inferior to Hunted is like saying that Game of Thrones is inferior to Legend of the Seeker, The walking dead is inferior to Dead Set, NYPD Blue is inferior to Pacific Blue, etc.
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Yea, it was a weird comment~I read the article you are referring to. He compared Banshee to Strikeback and hunted just because they are all on Cinemax. That would be like comparing all abc shows to each other or all cbs shows to each other or all showtime shows to each other....

I liked all 3 shows (Banshee > Strikeback > hunted) but they have nothing in common imo. The first season of strikeback may go to the top of the list but it was a pure BBC production and not a combined bbc/cinemax production. Hunted was ok to less then average (a C or C- show)~~ to slow and the plot needed a lot of work. Slow can be ok if intelligent but it wasn't brilliant imo.

Kind of long winded post to say "yes, I agree"

Both of his articles on Banshee set off a hot button for me and brought out the feminist in me~so much so that I forgot the other inaccurate (imo) comments he made about Banshee and focused on his sexist comments which were probably meant as humor and I probably misinterpreted them as his views of women. I doubt Tim is a sexist and I think he's recently married so his wife should cure him of that (if he was sexist) unless she is a stepford wife--sorry Tim & Tim's wife--I couldn't help myself--meant to be funny but probably not funny--seriously, no hard feelings;-)
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Yeah, that show has a chance as long as they keep Alan Ball the fuck away from showrunning it.
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FTW: Castle's Holiday Episode and Congrats on Castle earning a drawer at Becketts place.
FTW: POI awesome and amazing Hotel episode.
FTW: Sherlock and Watson on Elementary way too cute and sweet for words.
WTF: No sign of Bear on POI
WTF: Drake getting his heart broken on Ripper Street. He's too sweet to get his heart broken.
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Hey! Where is Supernatural?!
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That's exactly what I was thinking!
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FTW:
-Gina Torres on Castle. Great Valentine's Day episode.
-Scandal. A time jump. The Prez is an alcholic. David Rosen is an honorary Gladiator. Mellie flipped on Cyrus. Olitz had some raunchy hate sex . There is a mole in the White House. Hucklberry Quinn have realized that Quinn is a natural at stabbing folks. And Scott Foley is both sexy and creepy, more so creepy with the dozens of cameras he has in Olivia's apartment. Why that woman hands out keys like she hands out candy is beyond me, but I for one can't wait until Huck finds out.
- Elmentary. I'm in platonic love heaven with the Watson and Sherlock companionship. So cute. So awesome.
-Nashville.
-Arrow! FELICITY IS FINALLY IN!!! Yes!
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-Jer maybe being dead on TVD. I was kinda hoping it was tyler. NO offense to wolfboy.
-Suits. It can't be almost over. It just can't be. Harvey is dangerously close to being irrational with some of his partnership angst. Jessica is dangerously close to being out of the control in her effort to save the firm and them all. Rachel is...nah, no dangerously close, Rachel just is the most annoying of them all to watch. And Katrina kinda sucks. I just want my fave dynamics to stay in tact, dammit.
-Glee.
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Totes agree with you about Arrow and TVD. They finally gave Jeremy a purpose what with the hunter storyline and now they kill him off? Also, I've become a fully-fledged Oliver/Felicity shipper because I just love their chemistry.
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Felicity is the only girl on that show that I actually like. :)
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Same here! :)
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Hey! Craig Frank is Fitz from the Lizzie Bennet Diaries! He's definitely doing better than fishy...
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FTW: Parks & Rec!! I laughed so much. And not just at Ron's bits... Ben, Chris, Leslie... even the Jerry joke was right on point!

WTF: Ending the episode of Parks & Rec right as Ben proposes a spontaneous wedding! WUT? I wanted to actually see it!! Great. Thanks for making me wait a week, Parks. Thanks a lot.

FTW: The Walking Dead is back!!

WTF: (TWD) Darryl left the group!?!?

FTW: Castle Valentine's Day episode... and they NAILED it. So funny. My sides were hurting from laughing so much!

WTF: (Castle) Gates somehow still hasn't figure it out? Seems a little odd to me.
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WTF: The continued issues with the notification system. It either shows notes I've already seen, or doesn't tell me about ones I haven't, or suddenly lists the most recent one as a note from November of last year. New intern in the IT department?
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The original Bridge is fantastic, yet another top Danish show I guess the US version is for people who can't be bothered to read, find it I bet it kicks the *** of the remake.
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FTW- Scandal.......Olivia, Olivia, Olivia, just say NO! I don't care if he is the President!

WTF-Watch Zero Hour people, it's really fascinating.


















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Also FTW - the entire SNL but esp. Alabama Shakes which is like the offspring of Macy Gray and Kings of Leon and esp. the Weekend Update.
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What, no love for SPN this week? Anyways:

FTW - Dean with glasses on. He looked sexy as hell! Actually, is it possible for Dean to wear glasses in every SPN ep at some point?

FTW - Sam's speech at the end of this week's ep. In my eyes, that speech almost redeemed his character and Dean deserves being given such praise and compliments.

FTW - The return of KATHARINE on TVD! Oh how I miss her.

FTW - Felicity discovering Ollie's secret on Arrow. Maybe I'm reading into it too much but I swooned a bit when he decided to go to her for help. Oh and also, it was nice seeing his abs for nearly the entire ep.
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4 great FTWs!
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Definitely! :)
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Kinda crazy that everytime i see a Mark Duplass from The League i think of Kyle Chandle (and vice versa) . When i put their pics together i don't see the similarities, but still one always remind me of the other...What am trying to say is, even after Friday night lights ended, i never got a chance to miss Kyle Chandle coz i see him in every episode of The League!.But Nevertheless, Welcome back Kyle Chandle.
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FTW - Everything involving Suits, Scandal and Archer.
FTW - Newsreaders.

WTF - Electromagnetic near death experiences on the Following.
WTF- Me still watching Vampire Diaries.
WTF - No Spartacus?!
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I'm still upset there hasn't been a FTW Spartacus (any scene) but I think there wasn't a new episode this week--let me know if I'm wrong
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No, I had a little panic attack Saturday morning when I realised that they didn't have an ep. What happened Friday night? What was Starz doing? I just take it for granted that there's a new episode every week. Have they ever taken a week off in any of the other seasons? To me, Showtime and HBO I know have there boxing events sometimes, but what does Starz do?! WTF?

Not sure who makes these list but they leave out a lot of stuff, for example Djesus Unchained. Google it if you haven't seen it yet. Definitely FTW or Papal retirement, both courtesy Cristoph Waltz on SNL
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I think they may of shown the 1st 3 episodes back to back~maybe to draw in more viewers??? I'm a binge watcher of shows so waiting a week is way to long~don't get me started on waiting 2 weeks! I hope it gets more viewers to bring great shows to more people's tvs but maybe they did it to stretch out the season. I don't know but I don't like waiting so long. Definitely a Starz WTF moment imo. I don't know if they've taken time off in previous seasons since I binged them online (watched the other seasons back to back over a long weekend--awesome weekend).

I will google Djesus Unchained. I know Django Unchained was a great movie...I suspect you are talking about SNL--will definitely google it:-)

I think, we the fans of Spartacus, should comment on it on all the FTW/WTF lists until it gets its rightful place on FTW:-) Just like when someone mentions Terriers I tend to respond with Terriers!! Awesome show canceled after only 1 season--FX's only major screw up imo so far (they may of had more but that's the only one that comes to mind).

I also don't know who makes this list but they usually miss a ton of good stuff. I wish there was a link to submit FTW/WTF moments during the week and they could use some of them in the lists--maybe they think they know best...lol

I think Andy (reviewer of Spartacus) would suggest basically almost any scene from Spartacus and is overruled--just a guess. I think most would be FTW but Caesar's cutting (slave cutting some unseen area on him) scene could go either way imo (kind of a sick FTW scene and at the same time a WTF scene)
I still can't believe the MMA style fight on Banshee a few weeks ago never made the list.
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Thanks for slamming "Jared" ads; someone had to say it. They're a huge pet peeve of mine. My chief complaint is the fact that someone named a jewelry store after his own first name. Granted, there are jewelry stores with people's names on the banner, but those people have elegant names like "Carl Greve" or "Ben Bridge." BUT IF YOUR NAME IS "JARED" IT DOESN'T WORK. THAT SOUNDS STUPID.
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I get a hankering for a subway sandwich whenever I see one of those commercials.
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WTF indeed, ABC, for moving Happy Endings to a deathslot?

FTW to Bob's Burgers for giving Gary Cole a fantastic police detective's speed dating moment.

FTW to Newsreaders for Gay Camp being an accidental simile for Nazi Germany... on purpose!

Not much really hit home otherwise for me.
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I like Newsreader and I think the Gay Camp episode (aka reporting) was the best so far but the entire series so far has been hysterical
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I probably laughed out loud at least once for each of Newsreaders' eleven minutes. Funny, funny stuff.
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Zero Hour shows promise, but I think the reason the ratings were so low is because it was on iTunes already.. why would you want something on TV when you've already seen it and have other things on at the same time?
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Awww, you're so hard on The Killing.
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Supernatural was great this week, it kind of brought back the protective brothers ive been missing(:
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FTW: This weeks Parks and Rec, it was all kinds of perfect. I have never been more excited for a TV weddings.
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Bye-bye Tierra! Hope you didn't lose your "sparkle" you crazy biatch.. eheheh
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FTW: Newsreaders. That is one hilarious quarter hour. This weeks report on Mine Camp, the concentrations camp for gay kids, was so funny.
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The Childrens Hospital - NTSF:SD:SUV:: - Newsreaders triumvirate rarely disappoints. "Gay Camp" was an absolute riot.
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So sad about happy endings, my 2nd fav comedy behind cougar town though very close though, how awesome would it be if tbs got it and put it with CT, dream combo
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Good idea. But why stop there. Have TBS pick up Community as well, bring back Harmon. And it could be called "The comedy block networks executives would have if their heads weren't up their arses". It is kind of long. But if TNT is where good shows go to become great (Southland) TBS can be where great comedies go to be left the F@#@$K alone. Plus they could add it to The Wedding Band which was actually pretty decent considering it had the guy from 90210 in it.
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southland!! everyone who likes crime/drama should watch it;-)
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That would be a great hour of comedy.
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Might I be the only one enjoying the revival of The Killing? I just loved the chemistry of the actors, in spite of the overdrawn plot of Rosie Larsen's killing solution. Moreover, now two of the greatest ones (Koteas and Sarsgaard) will join the already beautiful cast. I can't wait to see the 3rd season.
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I really like the 1/3 of the show that focuses on Holder and Linden. Now that the mayor and the Larsen family parts are done (oh god please), I hope the show will be 100% interesting instead of only 33.3%! Math.

Also, why is everyone in Seattle Scandinavian?
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Ever been to Ballard? Uff Da!
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Google it.
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Maybe because the series is inspired from a Swedish TV series. My 5 cents. Also, Joel Kinnaman is half Swedish. His good half, I suppose:)
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Actually it's a Danish series, not Swedish.
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Parks and Recreation FTW: Don't forget Leslie Knope's reporting of the weather disasters. I could watch Amy Poehler report on weather disasters all day long.
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