FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (February 23)

As the Winter Olympics nears its conclusion, all eyes are on the medal count: Which country will lay claim to being the best at winter sports? Well, we decided to go back through the FTW vs. WTF archives to find out which shows lead the FTW count. And they are:

1. Breaking Bad

2. Game of Thrones

3. Dog With a Blog

Hmmm, that doesn't seem right. Dog With a Blog should be first! Well, while we get started on a recount, let's add add a few more FTWs and WTFs to the pile with a rundown of what was worthy of a gold medal and what crashed its quadruple toeloop during the last seven days on television. 



FTW:

Shoshanna tells the Girls how she REALLY feels


Dance sequences, the return of Andrew Rannells' Elijah, and Shoshanna's inner "cruel drunk" made "Beach House" this season's most entertaining and real episode yet. Marnie's rigorously planned "healing weekend" was basically a disaster, but it was oh-so-satisfying to watch everything dissolve. "I wanted to fall asleep in my own vomit all day listening to you talk about how you bruise more easily than other people," Shosh said. "That duck tasted like a used condom and I want to forget about it," Shosh said. "You guys treat me like I'm a fucking cab driver ... and sometimes I wonder if my social anxiety is holding me back from meeting the people who would actually be right for me instead of a bunch of fucking whiny nothings as friends," Shosh said. Oof, the truth hurts so good. 


FTW:

Speaking of Shosh... Shoshi Games 2014!


Yeah, we want our regularly scheduled programming back too, but we're going to miss this Tumblr nonetheless.


FTW:

Jimmy Fallon toot toots, beep beeps his way into our hearts


The comedian's first week at the helm of The Tonight Show had its highs and its low-hanging fruit, but it's hard to argue with the appeal of his barbershop quartet from Late Night swinging by to do their own rendition of R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)."


FTW:

Carol is back!

Well that didn't last long! The Walking Dead brought back one of its best characters in only the second episode of its spring half-season. What was she doing in her downtime? Driving around in her new car? Looking longingly at the prison? Raising a child army? Who knows, but now she's back to keep her mini murder spree secret from Tyreese and prevent Lizzie from killing adorable things like babies. And thank goodness, because now we can continue writing Daryl-Carol fanfic.


FTW:

Badger and Rafi go for the Broad City orgy


Matt Jones (better known as Breaking Bad's Badger) and Jason Mantzoukas (better known as The League's Rafi) guest-starred on Comedy Central's excellent new comedy, doing everything they could do to arrange a four-way orgy with Abby and Ilana, including repeating the same lines after cunnilingus, "accidentally" taking their individual hookups into the shower at the same time, and straight-up begging. 


FTW:

Old Spice's "Hair That Gets Results" commercial

After creeping people out with the moms of the "Old Spice made a man of my son" campaign, this recent commercial for shampoo has put the fresh-smelling company back on the right track.


FTW:

True Detective jumps through time, gets metaphysical

Move over, six-minute tracking shot, because this week's episode of True Detective was the best yet. It handled no less than four different time periods, two different investigative panels, and a whole lot of lying by Rust and Marty. The search for the mysterious Yellow King has heated up, driving both Rust and us mad. We need all three of the final episodes right now, please.


FTW:

The #TrueDetectiveSeason2 hashtag

Thursday provided one of the more notable hashtag games in recent memory, as True Detective fans (and internet trolls) took to Twitter to suggest pairings for the show's second season. There were so many that somebody is probably going to end up being right once HBO finally announces/casts Season 2.


FTW:

Looking truly deserves to be seen

Patrick's (Jonathan Groff) budding relationship with Richie (Raul Castillo) continues to be the wind beneath our wings; this week's episode saw the two of them playing hooky from work to set out on a day-long date as tourists in their own town, and it was a joy to watch. It's time to forget everything you've heard about Looking being a gay version of Girls and give it a shot, because right now, its characters' relationships are some of the most honest ones on TV.


FTW:

Teen Wolf just keeps getting better

Dylan O'Brien's ability to switch between fun, lovable Stiles and the evil nogitsune that's currently possessing him has continued to impress—we're kinda blown away by all the nuances he's brought to the character, from the spastic moves of Stiles to the controlled, more subtle body movements of the trickster. But we'd be remiss if we didn't also mention the badass woman that Kira became this week. Can we keep her forever?


FTW:

Frontline examines Generation Like and Ian Somerhalder

PBS's documentary news program (watch it here) spent an enlightening hour looking at young whippersnappers' obsession with Facebook likes, Twitter favorites, and Instagram posts without feeling like an old man telling kids to stay off the lawn. Generation Like revealed how advertisers are keying in on the social media craze by featuring interviews with YouTube celebs and firms that specialize in making sure Ian Somerhalder has a new post on Tumblr every day, and illuminated the way kids are now doing the marketing for mega-corporations. And just to put a timeline on the shift in trends, it was created by the same folks who produced the now-10-years-old Frontline special Merchants of Cool, which looked at how kids were lured in by brands. But now the brands are chasing the kids, so who's working for who?


FTW:

Disney Princesses as Game of Thrones characters


Deviant Art user DjeDjehuti re-imagined Disney's most popular princesses as the ladies of Game of Thrones, and it made for a pretty fun mash-up. But we were surprised by just how perfectly they were paired: Belle as Margaery Tyrell? Brilliant. 




WTF:

The quality gap between NBC's primetime and live figure skating coverage


Due to Russia being halfway around the world, the cut-up and edited footage of the Olympics' princesses on ice was the one that most Americans watched, and it was a total shame. Commentators Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic, and Tom Hammond were a bore to listen to, and their whispering was better suited to the Masters. But the live coverage belonged to former  skating darlings Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, who were so good, knowledgeable, and fun that they deserved their own show. #TrueDetectiveSeason2 anyone? At the very least, it was worth tuning in just to see what spangly and sparkly outfit Weir had on.


WTF:

ABC's Super Fun Night is finally over

FTW that this travesty is off the air, but WTF because it ever aired in the first place. Note to networks: Before you give a famous person their own TV show, make sure they actually have an idea for it.


WTF:

McDonald's chicken nuggets are basically the same as Olympic gold medals, right?


This was the worst commercial of the Games, hands-down. 


WTF:

Pretty Little Liars' Ezra is the creepiest creep whoever creeped


Ew ew ew ew ew ew ew. 

Ew. 

Ewwwwwww. 


WTF:

Star-Crossed's clichéd teen love story


Sure, pilots are pilots, and maybe there'll end up being more to the new drama than meets the eye. But the series premiere sure was a snooze, with poorly wrought themes and not enough of a focus on the most-compelling part of the show: the aliens! C'mon, CW, even YOU can do better than that!


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


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Here's a WTF for next week: SyFy's new programming chief, Bill McGoldrick, just cancelled the best show on the network, Being Human. Bad start, nimrod. M.A.J.O.R. W.T.F.!!!
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THANK YOU for the chicken nugget/gold medal nod. Drove me nuts. So me stuffing my face with fried chicken is now similar to winning a gold medal? Low point, America.
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CW is pretty bad
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Go Shoshanna! Thank god for her in that show.
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Seriously about the whole Johnny and Tara show like wtf didn't NBC show their coverage of the events was not happy about that
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NBC did show it...it was just on NBC SN instead and earlier in the day.
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Ohhh man I wish I would've known I was stuck with Scott, Sandra and that other guy
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the only reason i saw some of it, was because of the DVR. i recorded pretty much all of the Olympics & the wife & i watched when we got home from work. she usually fell asleep like at 9 and i was up til midnight watching/ffwd through everything. T&J were pretty funny.
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FTW: Teen Wolf! Though not entirely because of Stiles (which isn't to take anything away from Stiles, who is like always FTW).
I thought it was amazing because of the writer's continued commitment to showcasing some great relationships. Whether it be the no big deal kiss between Danny and Ethan or the budding romances of Scott and Kira or Allison and Isaac. All of these relationships feel true to me and not forced. And I think that's because pretty much all of the characters on the show are well rounded individuals. Most other shows write in love interests like it's some kind of quota they have to meet (this character broke up, time to find a replacement). And then they insist on talking about these failed or new relationships endlessly (I'm looking at you Vampire Diaries and your incessant love triangle talk). Whereas Teen Wolf seems content just to develop awesome characters and if these characters get together it's not the focal point of the show. Making these relationships even more interesting.
Anyway, keep up the good work Teen Wolf, is all I'm saying :)
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weeeell if you are really really hungry and u want Chicken Nuggets und u finally get them then they are like a gold medal ;) - its a commerical - most of them are silly
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So you mean this Old Spice commercial was NOT creepy?
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Now so many people here are craving McDonald's McNuggets. I sure hope you all got paid for this product placement;-) I don't even like McNuggets (well not much) and I want some! I guess the commercial isn't really a WTF considering a lot of us of craving nasty junk food. I'll go look at the irrelevant disney advertisement so I can lose my appetite. Unless you are getting $ for this, I suggest leaving stuff like this out of the article~~why advertise for free (if that is the case).
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Umm....I kind of doubt they were being paid anything for "advertising" Disney or McDonald's. Especially considering they were complaining about the McDonald's commercial. And the Disney/Game of Thrones mash-up wasn't officially sanctioned by either party.

I rather enjoyed the Disney princesses as GoT characters posting, it was cute and I wouldn't have known about it otherwise, so thanks TV.com :)

Also, why all the hate about the WTF/FTW article? If you don't want to read about something, just skip it or skip the entire post. There's plenty of shows/topics covered in this and past WTF/FTW articles that I couldn't care less about. But I don't complain about those shows being covered. Or about my shows being ignored. That's why they end every post with "What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?"

Sorry, rant over. And I didn't mean this as a personal attack against you or anything (no hard feelings, I hope). There's just been alot of complaining about what should and shouldn't be allowed into this article. And I just feel like it comes off as a little disrespectful to the writers who do put effort into posting this consistently every week.
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"What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?"

you are 100% correct! I was wrong to give my opinion since only positive and pro-tv.com opinions can be expressed. My bad for voicing concern of the quality of the article when I should of stopped reading it when I figured out I disagreed. Definitely never disagree with anything and I'll pin a sticky note to my top to remind me to only "agree with something" and never ever say how the site/article could be better and/or what I disagree with. WTF was I thinking? Thank you for pointing out the error of my ways! I can't believe I thought they actually wanted my hates this week. I was so stupid to think that tweets and commercials were ok to be on the list of tv.com and that I could say I disagreed.

No hard feelings;-P

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You can disagree with whatever. I never said you couldn't. I've disagreed with TV.com staff before and have posted comments about it.

My problem with your comment was in regards to how offended you seemed with this article. You acted like it was some kind of outrage that they would even consider writing about a (completely relevant) Olympics McDonald's ad during the week that the Olympics aired. And God forbid they mention a cool GoT fanart which was both timely (posted online Feb 18th) and had to do with a show that is quite popular on this site.

So yeah, go ahead and hate whatever you want. I really don't care. I was just suggesting that instead of complaining about this article (and insinuating derogatory things about the writers). You could just say what you thought was WTF/FTW worthy from this week in television ;)
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I'm into nuggets, y'all...
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Disney: The Wonderful World of Westeros is one of the biggest WTFs ever. It makes me want to vomit to get rid of that awful sick feeling in my gut. If that was the intention, then BRILLIANT indeed.
Also WTF: Old Spice Commercial, Twitter hashtag fuck rubbish.
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I've pretty much only watched the Olympics this week. I don't know who that is in the Olympics tumblr. Is she famous? Also stayed up late to watch jimmy Fallon. He's doing great. I'm glad he's keeping a lot of elements from Late Night. And about your pic selection: Thank goodness for pixilation. Geez!
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If Looking, Girls, Broad City, and Late Night deserve to be on the FTW list, then why don't the members of staff who suggested them, write reviews for them
And the argument that "we can only review so many shows" is meaningless, if they are truly FTW worthy, then write an article and submit it in the communities, and do it for free.

If not, then I guess these shows aren't really FTW worthy after all.

I'm sure there are fans of these shows would be encouraged by a staff member showing an interest, as a fan of the show and not just as part of their job.
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So much to think about, so let's start! (This will be a long comment.)

Since a lot of this is about labor and compensation let me add my personal context to it, and we'll go from there.

I'm a freelancer here, so I get paid for nearly everything I write. Any time you see an episode review I wrote, I got paid for it, even if I think I didn't deserve to (i.e., I almost didn't invoice my most recent Arrow review because I didn't think it was very good, but given the number of comments it received, I'm taking my slice of it). Any time you see a "Hey, TV.com, Should I Watch..." I wrote, I got paid for it.

Here's what I don't get paid for:
+ FTW/WTF contributions
+ End of the year list paragraph
+ The occasional news item (I've only written...two or three, I think, but I didn't charge for any of them)
+ Episode catch-up guides
+ Replying to comments on my own reviews and leaving comments on others' reviews
+ Attempts to do capsules reviews in the communities (I'll circle back to this one)

And I'm fine with not being paid for these things. The lists and the guides don't take a lot of time from me, and frankly I consider them an extension of my review writing in a lot of cases since I'm often asked to provide episode guides to shows I've covered, or at least shows Jen knows that I watch.

I like replying to comments, and, frankly, while it's not a part of my fee, I consider it part of my responsibility as a critic to engage. I often do this at my desk job that, thankfully, is flexible enough that I can very often reply to comments in between tasks and my productivity doesn't suffer. The only times I won't get involved in the comments is if 1) I'm just too busy/sick/tired (which has happened, to my mind, about four times in nearly my two years writing here); 2a) none of the comments stir up a reply to me; 2b) they stirred up a reply, but it was an bitter, annoyed one and I'm trying to avoid getting into unnecessary conflict on the Internet.

As for the FTW/WTF -- which is what started this whole discussion -- I don't always contribute in a significant fashion to the FTW/WTF (I didn't submit anything this week, for instance, because I didn't watch anything but curling, some ABC Family stuff, and Kill La Kill, which has been on fire lately, but I was behind and last week's episode wasn't as just awesome as the two that preceded it) but sometimes I'll contribute five or six items, and you can often tell they're mine because they're stupidly long for this feature...or they're about cartoons.

Now, I'm not speaking for any of the other freelancers here. This is just me, and I want that to be clear. My criteria for FTW/WTF is basically this: If I didn't review show, and something neat or horrible happened on that show, I want to use this feature as an opportunity to highlight it. Unless an episode I covered was cause for celebration or an intervention, I don't mention it in the FTW/WTF because I just wrote between 600 and 800 words on the episode, and I don't want to rehash/synthesize it. You want to know if I thought it was FTW/WTF? It's right there. You probably already read it.

So, in a way, I consider these FTW/WTF items, if they're not connected to news-y things or funny videos related to TV, my way of doing free review labor, which is all that I'm actually paid for on this site.

Which brings me to the capsule reviews I mentioned. I've tried, rather unsuccessfully and also rather half-heartedly, to do small reviews in the communities, as you've alluded to wanting the paid writers to do. I tried with Bones this season and it never got any traction and I gave up. I tried with Space Dandy recently but I gave up again in part due to lack of engagement and also because, well, Dandy has proven not to be my cup of tea on a consistent basis so I've let it slide to the point of sometimes putting off watching it for a few days. If any episode really knocks me out in one way or another, I'll circle back. I'm going to try and do them for Elementary as we hit the home stretch of the season and see if they stick. I feel like I tried this for a while but I had a stretch of Thursday nights that were just killer and I was going to bed at 10 and watching Elementary on Fridays and then just not getting to the Web on the weekend (I try and unplug as much as I can on the weekends since my week is spent in front of a computer).

And here's where the sense of time/value comes in, which has been major focal point of the thread. I decided that my time was more valuable doing other things than doing those capsule reviews, though, as I've alluded to, I'm trying to figure it out in a way that works best for me but also makes sense for that community. It wasn't because I wasn't being paid, it was because I didn't get much out of it. It felt like work instead of fan labor, and I'm happy do fan labor (I've written about TV, unpaid, for a number of years; admittedly no one else benefited from that writing but the Web host in our yearly fees, but, again, fan labor isn't for the reward).

"Why not do longer reviews, anyway?" you might ask, and have been asking. Because I don't want to. I work 40 hours a week and on top of that, depending on the week, I add on another 2 to 6 hours of writing for TV.com. And it's sort of exhausting, really. Unless I have a screener, I start writing as quickly as I can after a show airs because I don't have the luxury of being able to draft something and pick it up the next day or watch it again later since I'm up at 6 am and by the time I get home, it's nearly 5pm. If I started writing it then, it'd be at least 24 hours from when the show started until the review appears on the site, and that isn't a viable time frame for this site.

Arrow pushes me sometimes to 11, 11:30. The Good Wife often to midnight. (Hannibal, thankfully, is on Fridays so the fact that it airs at 10 means I can be up until 1 and not feel like crap the next day, as was sometimes the case with Elementary (my lack of sleep was not the reason we stopped those reviews, by the way; it was just an issue of numbers, as it almost always is)) I don't get the chance to watch the episode twice, like I would like, especially in cases where I feel it's warranted (see: Arrow review, my most recent). So the idea of doing those community/capsule reviews, unless there's something serious reader engagement, doesn't grab me, especially when I'm doing the same sort of thing with the FTW/WTF posts.

I don't consider those users who contribute to the communities to be wasting their time, but it is their time, and they get to decide what to do with it just as I get to decide how I spend mine when it doesn't belong to the people who issue my W2 and 1099 tax forms. Consider it hypocritical if you like that I feel this way and approach my side job this way, but this is the perspective I tackle it from.

Oh, and regarding the CBS shows...Go sift through the comments in S.H.I.E.L.D. and you'll find me saying plenty of nice things about NCIS in comparison to the Marvel show (though I haven't seen a new episode of NCIS in a number of years). I can't say nice things about CSI: because I don't watch CSI:. What I can say about Blue Bloods, based on the smattering I've watched, is that it's a show that knows exactly what it is, is staffed by a cast and crew of TV pros, and it shows. It's nothing I find engaging or all that interesting, but that doesn't detract from the fact that it's been a successful for CBS and, I think, has convinced the other networks to treat Fridays with a little bit more respect. Not much more, mind you, but a little bit more. And until it was scuttled, we covered Elementary pretty routinely, and did not have bad things to say about it or its audience.

Now, after all this, I can only hope that Vicky doesn't tear down her shrine to me.
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I just added another shrine to you and it even has an altar built into it! Just clarify one thing**, do you really think commercials and tweets are FTW when there was some great stuff on some shows? If it's just filler then there can be a shorter list. If you think tweets commercials are FTW then I may remove the altar but I'm keeping both shrines in perfect condition. I do understand if you can't answer the question.

**sorry but I wasn't sure on that after reading your much appreciated response, but blame it on my sleep deprivation~ I typically sleep about 4 hours a night except on friday and saturday nights because I work horrendous hours (depending if I am on call I can work 40-60 hours a week which is a lot less then it was during my "training" which was long before the 80 hour work week restrictions they now have) and have an insane tv addiction and a family
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I'd remove the altar then. I'm perfectly fine with commercials. They're still a part of the TV flow even if you're not watching them/go out of your way to avoid them, same way you may go out of your way not to watch a show you don't like.

Tweets... *shrugs* If they're part of a larger TV-related story, sure, why not?

And it sounds like you should probably ditch the family so you have more time for the job and TV addiction.
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By the way also: I should note that if I have a screener, I may actually work longer on something since I have the time. Between watching, re-watching, and writing, I think I've worked on a review for 6 hours before.
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By the way: This comment took me nearly 90 minutes to write. I was not compensated for it.
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you will be compensated by having a loyal fan base and RESPECT! We only have a few shows in common and you're my favorite (lol, like that means anything but I represent a % of the viewers of the site and so that % is yours)
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feeling like I need to make a sacrifice in worship of you at the altar;-)

Fanboys and fangirls of reviewers always seemed like sheep imo. I may be a fangirl but I will debate with you if I disagree. Oh wait, I can't say anything that isn't positive. Never mind, no debating since that may be perceived as negative. LOL!
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Pssh. I would hope by now you know I'm fine with people disagreeing with me. It's just the tone in which they do that matters.
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Eugh. This was petty. I apologize. I need food. Worst Snickers commercial stereotype ever.
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What a stupid comment. "If they're FTW-worthy, the staff should review them for free."

I guess it's easy to be generous with someone else's time. And how much of a pathetic sheep would you have to be to need "encouragement" from someone on this site to show interest in a show you're supposedly a fan of?
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Simply put, if these shows are so good, why isn't TV.com reviewing.

If they are fans of the show, why shouldn't they use some of their free time to write an article for free - lots of users do.

And I never said I was a fan of any of the shows mentioned.
In fact I haven't watched any of them.

But I'm annoyed at the fact that shows this site can't be bothered covering make the FTW side of this list with headings like "Looking truly deserves to be seen", "Jimmy Fallon toot toots, beep beeps his way into our hearts" and sentences like "this season's most entertaining and real episode yet", "its characters' relationships are some of the most honest ones on TV." and "Comedy Central's excellent new comedy".

While at the same time none of the other TV shows that aired this week get any acknowledgment for the good stuff they did this week.

When was the last time this site bothered to cover shows from CBS with anything other than veiled contempt, basically belittling viewers of shows like NCIS, CSI, Blue Bloods etc.

Its hypocritical of staff from this site to try and lecture its users into watching certain shows while not covering them unless they get paid.

So yes, it is easy for me "to be generous with someone else's time", especially if they are lecturing me on what to watch, while not talking about it unless they get paid.
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And since I'm the one who submitted Looking this week, I can answer your main question. It simply boils down to the fact that there truly isn't enough time to cover every single show that deserves love. TV.com has a very small staff, and I don't know how everyone else spends their free time, but I personally really enjoy sleeping, eating, and venturing outside to see the sun every few days. Jen actually explained how TV.com chooses which shows to cover right here.

I can't speak for our awesome freelance writers, but they have lives and day jobs thatdon't involve writing for TV.com and I'm just throwing this out there, but they probably don't want to spend their free time writing weekly reviews they won't be paid for. They're all really awesome people, but writing weekly reviews does in fact take time and effort.
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@ You make our point. "Shared love and devotion doesn't pay for the groceries or keep the lights on." And still a lot of people do find the time to contribute. When my words sound like the words of a fanatic - that's fine with me because it's playfully intended. Although I DO sacrifice goats in my backyard. That's common courtesy.
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I hope klotensen isn't sacrificing goats to a TV set in his backyard. "Their payment is our shared love and devotion"? Those sound like the words of a fanatic. Shared love and devotion doesn't pay for the groceries or keep the lights on.

And if Grumpytown doesn't appreciate being "lectured to" or people not meekly taking his guff, maybe he should start his own website--for free of course.
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I can't speak for our awesome freelance writers, but they have lives and day jobs thatdon't involve writing for TV.com and I'm just throwing this out there, but they probably don't want to spend their free time writing weekly reviews they won't be paid for. They're all really awesome people, but writing weekly reviews does in fact take time and effort.

Don't throw things around, you could hurt somebody. Your views on your colleges and your own work ethics is your thing but what you say about all the readers who contribute for free here on the communities is alarming to say the least. Why should they contribute in the first place if, like you inclined, they don't want to? And so far I know they do it for free. Their payment is our shared love and devotion. So for them it's alright but they shall never dare to ask the same here and then from the pros? What is your point in your "throw outs"? That you can't handle negative feedback? Because your efforts of justification are basically pointless. I like you Kaitlin. Sure this was just a hick-up.
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It has been made very clear that TV.com has a small staff and it covers whatever shows it can.

However, the tone of your response is exactly the problem I am talking about.

I don't appreciate being lectured about a show that "truly deserves to be seen" that you can't be bothered to write about unless you get paid.
You did get paid for contributing to this weeks FTW/WTF, didn't you?

This site launched the communities section and users contribute to them free of charge, and seeing as there are ads on all those pages, they are making money for this site.

The users who contribute do "in fact take time and effort." in their free time, and the fact that you seem to think that the TV.com staff's free time is more valuable than its users free time is extremely insulting.

According to the listings on this site, Looking aired tonight and if you were so invested in that show you probably could have spent some time contributing to its community and writing a review, but instead you decided to respond to me - time well spent.

Its good to have a life away from work, I'm glad you manage to eat, sleep and venture outside. But your free time is not more valuable than the users of this site.
And if they can manage to contribute for free in theirs, why can't you do the same.

All this and I don't even watch Looking
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When was the last time this site bothered to cover shows from CBS with anything other than veiled contempt, basically belittling viewers of shows like NCIS, CSI, Blue Bloods etc.

How I Met Your Mother every week.
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POI and The Good Wife too.
But when was the last time this site mentioned NCIS without a mocking tone. Or had anything positive to say about Blue Bloods or CSI.
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If these things are truly FTW then why aren't these fans who are suggesting they be on the FTW list posting about them in the communities? I don't watch Girls or Looking (tried Girls but for me it seemed pretentious). I think some of the site employees like Looking and have posted pro-Looking article (I assume they were paid). Good for them (really, I mean it). However is it truly more FTW than a show like Banshee (totally different type of show but come on and throw the fans a bone) then were are the fans?

Why are stupid commercials and tweets and so much non-tv show stuff (or tv-related but not actual shows) always in these article whereas a show like Banshee consistently gets ignored? It gets reviewed (thank you very much) and the vast majority of the comments are extremely favorable about the show (very close and pleasant community). This reminds me of when all that promotion stuff was FTW (seemed like advertisements~~I can't remember when it was but sometime in the last year or two). I've reduced my comments on these FTW articles because of annoyance with the lack of direct tv show FTW & WTF stuff and too much inclusion of stuff related to the shows but not the actual shows. Seriously, there are TWO commercials on here. That is totally WTF for me and I don't care if the commercials were FTW or WTF. There are a lot of us here who don't watch stuff live so we don't have to suffer the commercials.

If someone feels strongly about something then they will write about it. Noel did an excellent free defense of Hannibal on the end of the year list. One of the many reasons why Noel is my favorite reviewer (haven't torn down my shrine yet….lol). He totally deserves a raise and/or bonus imo and he one of the few I have never thought or said a bad thing about.
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Somebody just give fallon a burlesque or cabaret contract. This bozo is not good for the Tonght Show. Johnny Carson and jack Parr are rolling in their graves.
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WTF: Yes it's a terrible commercial.
FTW/WTF: Now I want chicken nuggets.
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Are you talking chicken nuggets, or "chicken" mcnuggets?
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FTW: The reveal of the corpse at the beginning of CSI, from the zoom in to the headlamp through the zoom out from the fly's eye to the fly crawling through the victim's head wound and over her open eye; Chris Hayes' interview with Kirsten Gillabrand being available online. This was the first time I'd heard of a real news show doing that, and it's a long overdue adoption of something The Daily Show has been doing for years.

WTF: Al Sharpton's over-reaction to Ted Nugent's appearance at Greg Abbott's campaign event. Was that really worth two days of coverage? And this "leaders are elected to lead" line is rich coming from people who (so far as I know) haven't been elected to anything; Chris Matthews' snowboarders vs. skiers analogy with regard to Marco Rubio making a comment on Twitter rather than going through a press secretary or news conference; the reveal of the killer on CSI. Pure evil, and if she felt that way, why was she married to the guy?
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This was the worst commercial of the Games, hands-down.

And they aired it in EVERY. SINGLE. AD BREAK. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

Halfway through the Games I had to start muting the ads because they would inevitably kick in with the "AAAAA AAOOAAAAA AAOOAAAA" chorus for the billionth time.
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Does that mean True detective only has an 8 episode season? Now I'm sad
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FTW: Olympics are over
FTW: Workaholics & Broad City
FTW: Ripper Street is back!
FTW: Helix
FTW: True Detective
FTW: Bansheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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I gave you a thumbs up just for reminding us that the Olympics are over. :D
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FTW: Carol is BACK! With Little Ass.-kicker!!! And Tyreese! See how you feel about that, Rick Gimes!

WTF: Disney Princess as Game of Thrones'c characters?!

Do they know Shae is a whore when they dressed up Snow White, right??? That Melisandre is the kind of witch the Little Mermaid actually fought or that Cersei sleeps with her brother when they put her outfit to the Sleeping Beauty?

Some things are sacred people and this time...Disney has gone too far!!!
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"not sure if serious"
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"not sure if "not sure if serious" serious"
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WTF:
Almost Human. Massive disappointment that the show keeps wasting our time from week to week. Eleven episodes and so far only a few episodes have even slightly touched the mystery that is Kennex' ex-girlfriend and the InSyndicate. Even the much berated Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spent a lot more time on moving the story forward during its first eleven episodes.

Oh well, Almost Hman will most likely be cancelled, and it can only blame itself. So much potential, so little commitment.
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It is really too bad. Had a great premise, great actors. But failed to execute a great story.
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FTW, True Detective. Thanks to Sam20 for giving me another show to watch and think on.

Banshee was great this episode. A nice balance of everything. And Jasonburgers was kind of awesome.

Ripper Street is back for the last time. Boo

WTF.

All that TWD is turning into. Come on writers write something worthwhile. And stop with the whole Lizzie is going to kill Judith thing. We know you guys don't have the stones to pull that off on the show. And maybe getting Rick killed should be a priority. Lizzie can kill Rick, that would be fun, she would have pulled the trigger where Carl couldn't.

Helix's convenient use and lack or use of Sarah's hand tremors. Be consistent Helix.
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Are you all caught up on True Detective?
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Yea, all caught up.
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FTW: True Detective, because it resolved a big part of the story and still managed to stay great and interesting. Even though the tracking shot from episode 4 has been my favorite thing out of this show, episode 5 was definitely the best overall. Best show on TV.

FTW: Banshee, for another thrilling episode. I have minor complaints, like the Hopewell family drama, but everything else worked good. Any time we get to see Job doing any kind of job, you know it's going to be good. I have a feeling we are in for something wicked.

WTF: The Walking Dead, despite some good moments, the episode was lacking. I'm definitely not a fan of this stretched out storytelling, and it's obviously an experiment by the showrunner. Hopefully it will be more focused this week.
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Teen Wolf was definitely the best thing on TV this week! Dylan o'Brien is awesome.
I'll give Star-Crossed a chance. I remember how much I absolutely hated The Vampire Diaries pilot episode, but it became much much better after that!
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The last show on my dead pool I WAS RIGHT!!! Well like a year late but i'll take it
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I liked Star Crossed..........when it was called Starman.......or Alien Nation.
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...Roswell....Romeo and Juliet...West Side Story...

"A boy like that...whose dad just got killed by your father!!" - It's not as catchy, but it's the same stuff.
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FTW:

Canadian Ladies win gold in both hockey and curling. I'm so proud of you Gals :)

Canadian Guys win gold in hockey.

WTF:

Finland beats USA 5:0 in hockey's bronze medal match. Seriously Guys?! You couldn't score even one goal?! Epic Fail.
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Go Canada!!!!Bring the hockey gold home.
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FTW: Workaholics
WTF: Broad City. You guys must be high, this show SUCKS.
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My WTF moment of the week was on twisted they basically wrapped up the series so where do they go from here
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"Beach House" was hands down the best episode of Girls in a while. Elijah FTW! Also, I got Elijah on the BuzzFeed quiz.

Actually FTW on HBO's entire line-up. Brilliant episodes all around.

Also FTW the Olympics are finally over!
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FTW: The Olympics have ended and TV is getting back to normal.
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FTW: True Detective.
FTW: Heroes is coming back!!!
WTF: The fucking Olympics are still on and fucking around with my television viewing.
WTF: There's only 6 more episodes of HIMYM! I'm not ready!!! (Well, I'm ready for Ted to meet the Mother, I'm just not ready for the end. Or for Barney and Robin to be married. *barf*)
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FTW: My shows come back this week. :)
FTW/WTF: Today is the last day of the Olympics. Man I am so over the Olympics.
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I'm so relieved Girls made it to the FTW, I was worried Tim's disdain for the show would get in the way. The episode was wonderful, the best episode of TV I've seen this year.

Another FTW would be the return of House of Cards. It's not perfect but there are only new episodes released one week of the year so it's an event. Plus despite its issues it's very addictive.
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Shoshanna tells the Girls how she REALLY feels was the best episode this season !
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YEAH TEEN WOLF!!!!!!!

And Ezra - Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!
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So finally Teen Wolf gets some love here!
But seriously? That's what you give it too?
Disappointing.

And Badass Kira was terrible. Why do so many idiotic fight scenes get praise around here? Like that stupidity of sending 100 vamps against Klaus. A terrible fight scene and gets FTW?
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Price loves everything about Teen Wolf. No matter what they do, he just thinks the show keeps getting better.

Teen Wolf season 3a had the worst fight scenes on TV since the original Star Trek. But the ones in season 3a were worse than the ones in season 3b.

Yes, that scene with 100 vampires against Klaus was terrible. That was some truly awful writing. I thought I was in the twilight zone or something when I opened the review page for that episode and found only positive comments.
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Price actually wasn't the person who submitted the Teen Wolf blurb. It was me. So if you want to chat about the ups and downs of Teen Wolf, I'm all ears!
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Oh, that's interesting. I guess I'm so used to seeing Price going all crazy about the show that I have started assuming that it's always Price. Well, then maybe you're to blame for some of the other endorsements of the show as well. :)

I actually like the show, most of the time. I even liked yesterday's episode. But it's quite bad at times, and when that happens, the reviews are as positive as ever.

I'm not a fan of season 3a, and in particular the finale. I thought it was irritating and didn't make any sense. This is one of the posts I wrote then.

One of the things I found the most annoying about 3a was the fights. I really meant it when I said that they were the worst since the original Star Trek. (Unfortunately I couldn't find a clip without annoying commentary).

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I'm inclined to agree that the fight scenes in 3A were silly, but more importantly, they were very anticlimactic. But then again, when you have two twins joining to become a mega wolf, I think some of that is just bound to happen and can't be taken too seriously.

I do tend to agree with Price on the quality of the show, however, especially this season, as the series has ventured further away from the action and fighting and more into the psychological warfare. The series is taking risks as its popularity is increasing, and I think that's a very wise and bold move on its part. It's definitely doing genre TV better than most other shows at the moment.
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Ok, I WILL give you the fight scenes in 3a, specifically the final showdown between the Darach and the DEMON WOLF. That was. . . weird and really non-climactic. Big letdown. But love Kira kicking ass.
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We really disagree on fight scenes! Loved Kira, and loved Klaus fighting off a hundred vampires! Weeee!
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Come one, FTW/WFT is only a small feature on the site... Surely Price's weekly photorecaps are the very embodiment of LOOOOOOVE!
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Dude, I am one of Teen Wolf's biggest fans and I always cheer when it gets a mention on FTW/WTF, but "finally ... gets some love"? Rly?
February 8, February 2, and January 12 of this year. So basically, half of the weekly FTW/WTFs of this year, Teen Wolf has made the cut. Pay attention.
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Finally teen wolf gets love? Is this a joke? Apparently weekly reviews and regularly being featured under FTW is not enough. Wtf.
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WTF: I'm tired of everybody talking about the Olympics
FTW: Hart killing Ledoux and Cohle covering him.
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Half of Broad City is named Abbi, not Abby. Just sayin'.

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I really didnt think Star-Crossed was that bad considering the audience its aimed at. Sure it wasnt groundbreaking but then again, half the shows that get reviewed on the front page are worse. O well...

WTF: American Idol top 10. Seriously those judges have no taste. Even less so than previous years.

FTW: Justin Timberlake on The Tonight Show. History of Rap 5!

WTF: Media salivating over destruction porn in regards to the Ukraine, without discussing the deep geopolitical issues and years of US Neo-con meddling to foster violence. Silly media.

FTW: io9.com's rundown of upcoming sci-fi pilots. Its an article worth searching for.

FTW: Almost Human was almost-interesting. The FTW goes to the barber joke at the start of the episode though. I just may have to use it someday.

FTW: BANSHEEEEEEEE!

WTF: I miss Person of Interest

WTF: Justifieds Nick Searcy is apparently a grade-a asshole. Link
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That thing with Nick Searcy is exactly why I don't follow Adam Baldwin on Twitter. Both are great actors to watch but they let there beliefs get the better of them and it's hard to like the actor themselves.
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Oh my god that stuff about Nick Searcy is so upsetting! What a prick!
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The return of Carol on Walking Dead made my week!!
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Teen wolf was amazing the way it going this show will be a regular FTW. As said the change of stiles character was perfect and effettless and the scene between him and Scott at the vet with the sword was fantastically disurbing espesialy the look of joy on stiles face as he swisted that sword.
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