FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (January 27)

Unless you live in Australia or on Mercury, IT'S COLD OUT! Our advice: Print ten copies of this page, set nine of them on fire, and read the last one while you curl up by the flames. It may not be environmentally friendly, but it's the environment's fault for not being warm in the first place. Your move, environment! Can you tell that the intros to these weekly wrap-ups are getting weirder and weirder? Do you even read these intros or do you just skip to the list below? Let us know in the comments otherwise we'll just start putting random words and letters in here to save us all some trouble. Anyway, here's some good things and bad things we noticed this week in the world of television!


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30 Rock's penultimate episode


"A Goon's Deed in a Weary World" set Liz free to have a personal life as the cast and crew of TGS finally did something selfless for once, and then she ended up adopting 8-year-old versions of Tracy and Jenna—which, as Liz noted, "seemed about right." And with only one episode left to go, Kenneth is now running NBC, just as Jack predicted he would waaaay back in Season 1 (it was either that, or they'd all be dead by Kenneth's hand); Kenneth's full-body hug and Jack's staring-out-the-window-while-drinking-Scotch was pretty amazing. Also: "I mean, the monkey was funny, dammit!"



Let's Go LARPing With the Winchesters!


Felicia Day returned to Supernatural when a very real threat began terrorizing the subjects of her pretend kingdom, Moondoor. Fairies, gore, and Dean Winchester quoting Braveheart armed with a foam sword and a wig—what more could you want on a Wednesday night?



Burning Love burns again


Yahoo's Burning Love web series has a Season 2 trailer, this time trading bachelor Ken Marino for bachelorette June Diane Raphael and an impressive collection of suitors. We'll be looking forward to another Party Down reunion with Adam Scott, Ryan Hansen, and Martin Starr. Plus Michael Cera, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Jerry O'Connell, Colin Hanks, and potentially various Nick Kroll characters to remind you he has a show now. And speaking of that show...



The intertwining reality of Kroll Show


Comedy Central's new sketch show is doing a thing. And that thing involves spinning off reality show parodies from other reality show parodies that will whirl in a mobius strip of insanity for the entire season. In week one, a pair of bimbo publicists were featured in PubLIZity as they held a fundraiser for dogs with cancer and hired an animal plastic surgeon named Dr. Ormond. In week two, Dr. Ormond got his own family docu-drama Ormond of the House, which also introduced us to his hilariously hellraising son Roman. Will week three feature the weed-smoking basketball tutor from Craigslist?



Puppy Bowl's Puppy Cam



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Like Hard Knocks, but with baby dogs.



Julius Pepperwood


While we usually favor Drunk Nick episodes of New Girl, Julius Pepperwood from Chicago come back whenever he wants. "Thin crust pizza? No, thanks. I'm from Chicago." We'd also drop everything to read his zombie detective series in a heartbeat! Or a brainssss-beat. What?



Americans' taste in television offers a literal translation of what they like IRL


On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert did a nice little segment about the meaning of a recent "the popularity of Downton Abbey means America loves rich people" argument, as other buzzworthy TV series are concerned. Simple but funny.



Last Resort decommissions the USS Colorado


While the fact that ABC sank the nuclear submarine drama is most certainly a WTF, the show went out with as strong a finale as possible given its circumstances, and we're thankful it made it to the air.



FTW or WTF?


American Horror Story's adequately tame Season 2 finale


On the one hand it answered most of our questions and was beautifully filmed, so yay. But on the other, a season's worth of depraved crazy culminated with Lana chatting on a sofa for an hour. Okay, fine, and she blew her son's face off, but there could have been so much more. Was it a FTW or an FTW for you?



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Cult sitcoms dropping like flies


Though it comes as no surprise given the shows' paltry ratings, fans of quirky sitcoms lost ABC's Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 and Fox's Ben and Kate this week when their respective networks axed them on consecutive days. An already too-small roster of network series helmed by female showrunners is now down by two, though hopefully we haven't seen the last of Nahnatchka Khan or Dana Fox. At least this frees up Dakota Johnson and Krysten Ritter to perhaps star in a sitcom revamp of America's favorite frenemies, Betty & Veronica.



The film crew from The Office shows up


After years of giving the Halperts preferential treatment, the doc crew turned off the cameras to console Pam after Jim was mean to her. It was a little silly based on the content of the argument, but that was to be expected since the guy holding the boom was Moe from The Three Stooges movie. Also: Still no Werner Herzog sighting.



Glee ripped off Jonathan Coulton


Apparently, the Glee powers that be didn't ask permission before possibly (probably) using his arrangement of Sir Mix A Lot's "Baby Got Back" in the show's mid-season premiere and the Lord of Skullcrusher Mountain is understandably unhappy about it. For goodness' sake, Glee, if you're going to steal an arrangement, at least take out the part where the guy says his own name. Do not mess with the guy who wrote the Portal songs. Wired has the scoop.



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

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WTF: Not sure if this week is extra special or what... but I've been hearing alot of stuff about how batshit crazy AMC is going right now. They cut Breaking Bad short long before their time.. (in my opinion) and now writers are going off on them on twitter about this whole Walking Dead getting ANOTHER new showrunner for season 4. And how they treated Glen.
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FTW: Charlie Pierce's in-studio extra-long segment on The Stephanie Miller Show, especially when Stephanie and the mooks essentially stepped back and let Pierce do Right Wing World on his own; the hand-crank snuff film motive and the escape from the darkroom by making gunpowder from the chemicals in the room on Ripper Street; the killer on The Following being so different from the character the actor played in John Carter that I wouldn't have known they were the same person if I hadn't looked the actor up.
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Is that Betty and Veronica thing with Dakota Johnson and Krysten Ritter true? Because i would watch that in heartbeat. And James would make a perfect Archie.
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another big WTF is this years American idol. from the judges to the production to the 'talent'. X Factor at least had a few people with talent.
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Who cares about the sir mix a lot song? First, it's not even Jonathan's song to begin with and second, this was possibly the worst number on glee, ever. Actually, worst number in a musical, period!
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"Okay, fine, and she blew her son's face off, but there could have been so much more. Was it a FTW or an FTW for you?"

I guess FTW, I have no other option. Lol ;)
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FTW: Tim Olyphant as Archer's former bestie "Luke", who was now in love with him on "Archer".

The introduction of Marcus Crassus to the world of "Spartacus".

(also Saxa bringing back a couple of girls to join her and Gannacus after the opening battle sequence- Best Girfriend Ever)

The fight scene in "Banshee" between Lucas and the MMA fighter- one of the most satisfying beatdowns (the entire fight scene was quite impressive for a tv show) I've seen on television in a while. This show just keeps getting better week after week and I will be very angry when Ivana Milicevek gets screwed out of her deserved Emmy nomination in the fall.

and as been stated already: Sheila Shay's belting out "Barracuda" in the garage on "Suburgatory". That show started out great and is now very hit or miss with the misses piling up - but that scene definitely a hit.

WTF: Two of the only comedies I watch on network television get canceled, RIP "Don't Trust the Bitch" and "Ben and Kate". Poor Ms. Ritter. I haven't been this bummed since Starz dumped your last show "Gravity".
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FTW... The Godfather Phil Dunphy!! Absolutely the best "Modern Family" in ages!!
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FTW- The YOLO (You Oughta Look Out) short on SNL with Adam. That was one of their best ever.

WTF - all the episodes of American Horror Story after the "nipple lamp" incident. It's like RM came up with the perfect beginning, perfect middle and thought no one would notice if he ballsed up the ending.
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That was the only good part of SNL. I thought Circle Work and the Firehouse sketches were asolute trainwrecks. The rest was forgettable.
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Agreed on SNL. We're late on it since we put the story together before Saturday night, but YOLO is in the running for this coming weekend's edition. I - Jen - thought the Sopranos Diaries sketch was pretty good too, but the rest of the episode was meh to yuck.

Damn YOLO song has been stuck in my head all week, though.
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FTW: Fringe Friday is still happening - re-runs on the Science Channel
WTF: First weekend without new Fringe - no more :(
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The finale of American Horror Story was definitely FTW
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I was pleased and thought we needed a little less lunacy and little more closure for the finale of AHS. Besides, you got a horribly gritty documentary on Briar Cliff that made me want to go and hoover my already immaculate abode, two satisfying ends for Jude and Kit (anyone else feel their heart warm when the kids called Jude "Nana"?) and what about Lana? Even the old lady make up was perfect. Sarah Paulson has been a true rival to Jessica Lange this season and let's not forget Lily Rabe. So much talent. Finally, anymore crazy this season and I'd be off to commit myself to the nearest asylum so thanks to Ryan Murphy for leaving my mind in pieces but mostly salvageable lol
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What was wrong with the boom guy consoling Pam? I found nothing silly about it, and someone that not only saw the three stooges movie but could recognize one of the guys even though he looked completely different has no ground to stand on when it comes to silly things.
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I thought the office episode was great! They are really putting together a very strong and funny final season
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FTW :
Shiela Shay's performance of "Barracuda" on Suburgatory.
Sue and The Wrestlerettes winning over the crowd on The Middle.

WTF:
Continually poor writing on Saturday Night Live
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And I didn't think I could hate Glee even more. They suuuuuck.
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I sometimes read the intro bit but not always depends in my mood.
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FTW; Matt Damon hijacking Jimy Kimmel Live & renaming it Jimmy Kimmel Sucks. Seriously that was the funniest show in my opinion. Matt got Kimmel good by bringing in certain stars for the first time. Jimmy was tied to a chair and gagged with his own towel for the entire show!
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No not towel tie I mean't to say tie.
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I didn't watch this week's Kroll Show, but unless it was basically the opposite of last week's I don't see how it could be good. I love Nick Kroll, but when my dvr cut off before the end of last week's episode I was actually grateful. I mean, how do you screw up having ed helms, adam pally, seth morris, and Rafi from the League in a sketch?
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I feel the same way. It just didn't do it for me. I love The League. I didn't like The Kroll show. I'm not saying it's a bad show but that it just isn't a show for me.
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I love the intros! They should almost make it into the FTW of the week. "FTW: see above "FTW" picture"

Apart from that, not much TV for me this week, but Stephen Colbert should explain America's TV taste more often.
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FTW: The Office!

WTF: You had it on WTF!
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FTWTF: Last Resort!
It's always a love-hate-thing when great shows get cancelled after the first 13 episodes. I mean it's sad that we don't get to see more of Chaplin and his crew. But the bright side is that they brought it to an end that provided closure. And because it didn't get 8 seasons, it didn't get the chance to disappoint us and so it will always stay a little gem that we cherish for the little time we had to enjoy it.
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WTF: burning love not being watchable outside the US of A.
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Horror finale was a bit disappointing. They could have utilized the demon so much more, fx have it jump into the monseniour's body when he pushed mary eunice down the stairs and ended with seeing him ascend to power, with the demon inside for example.

Also they kinda killed off Hans Gruber abit too soon, had hoped he would have come back to haunt in some way or another, and also the freaky Santa.

Most of all it should have ended with Kit abord the spaceship being tortured by the aliens, showing they weren't so friendly after all, and the kids being some kinds of drone sleeper agents or something.

So yeah all in all it was one of the greatest seasons of television I've ever seen, but it ended on a bit too happy note. Had really hoped for abit more of a grand finale :)
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why did my post disappear?

Love the intros but it's freaking hot here in central Texas~well, not super hot but upper 70s. Anyway, super funny intro!

FTW
1. AHS--everything about it
2. Spartacus--everything about it--how could you not have that on your FTW list
3. Last Resort---read Tim's review to know why it is kick ass; tied up most loose ends
4. Spencer Reed on Criminal Minds
5. Banshee's MMA style fight
6. Timothy Olyphant on Archer---thank you fellow tv dot com viewer (you know who you are) for turning me on to this amazing show (lol, danger zone)

WTF
1. Price leaving without finishing TVD this season:(
2. This site not having Spartacus on the FTW list
3. This site not having AHS on the FTW list (couldn't decide if it was ftw or wtf---wtf it was totally FTW--great series finale. Each season should be considered a series since the seasons aren't connected story-wise)
4. Last Resort being cancelled
5. Archer finding out what Timothy Olyphant did to him

Puppy cam---so cute~never heard of it until seeing the article. I can love AHS, Spartacus, Banshee, Archer and puppy cam:)

Can we have an edit button?

Can you all review more shows---hire more reviewers or use volunteers--recruit volunteers from colleges (majoring in journalism or literature and who like to watch tv) who need to improve their CVs.
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And Adam Brody is on Burning love!!!!!! Also did anyone else for just a brief second, think Pam was like a plant from some "Truman Show" like series-cause for like a nano second, I was like Pam has developed feelings for this guy she wasn't supposed to-and then I was like, wait definitely not.
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*Nick and Jess getting...physical on New Girl
*Bailey saying they should listen to that lady b/c not all the doctors have a few million to fall back on ob Grey's Anatomy
*Grey's Anatomy delving deeper into Arizona's emotional suffering by introducing the phantom limb syndrome and Owen trying to comfort her.
*Kol on TVD b/c he prooved to be the smartest person of them all.
*Stebekah is on!tvd
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*Silver acting like a brat and not wanting Teddy to be involved in their kid's life and going as far as asking his homophobe uncle for support.90210
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RIP Happy Endings :( that was actually a good show!
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Introz rulez. And to add a couple:

FTW: Grey's Anatomy dealing with phantom limb syndrome was fantastic with stabbing a prosthetic to relieve phantom pain.

WTF: Glee's Kitty casually admitting she was gaslighting - i.e. psychologically abusing Marley, without any repercussions, ugh! That's a little worse than some plagiarism.

And a WTF I forgot to mention last week: The Californication season 6 premiere was so awful that my friend and I instantly knew that we could never watch a single episode of the show ever again. The fact that the episode also broke the series ratings record is unfathomable.
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Agree with you on Glee. Why is it Santana is the only one who seems to realize how bad Kitty is?
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Keep the Intros
FTW: Belle not remembering Rumple and breaking the cup on OUAT.
FTW: Matthew Gray Guble amazing acting abilities on this week episode of Criminal Minds I think we all went through a box of puffs with him.
WTF: the Black and White stuff along with Frankenstein's story line.
WTF: Nikkita and Michale are having problems and now Owen will be her partner all because Michale can't get around the thought that Nikkita saved his life.
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Office was ftw
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So when there is finally a smart funny comedy it is axed? So it was too intelligent for the ABC audience, or probably any american viewer.
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AHSA finale most definitely FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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WTF: the Glee rip-off (and God that scene was horrible), the disappearance of the B---- on my tv screen, no more Price TVD photorecaps or Revenge reviews by Lily (yes I know that was last week, but I'm still bummed over it).
FTW: the Parenthood finale, Rebekah having crazy sex with Stefan, the intro for FTW vs. WTF.
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This week in Los Angeles started in the upper 70s, and even though it was rainy the last 2 days it was upper 60s and today it's sunny out again. So suck it, TV! Maybe I'll hit the pool again and do more sunbathing after, but I'm not watching that SNL from last night on the DVR, that's for damned sure.

I thought Jack said that it'd be within 5 years that Kenneth was either running the company or they'd be dead by his hands.

More Burning Love? That's awesome!

WTF to ABC canning Don't Trust the Bitch indeed, that was so lame! Lamer even than that awful Dawson photoshop for no reason.

WTF to the service that conned my DVR into tricking me into thinking there were new Late Late Show with Craig Fergusons on. :-(

FTW to Newsreaders for skewering its target and making stupid jokes all at the same time, also to letting Brandon Routh continue to prove that he can act and just was miscast or misdirected for Superman Returns.

FTW to Suits for dialing back the soap opera crap from last week to deliver an ode to Louis Litt.

WTFTW to Archer for having the titular character find out he was touched in a very special way.
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Keep the intros, and don't switch to random words that don't make any sense. If I wanted random words that don't make any sense, I'd ask an NBC executive to explain their programming strategy. (Feel free to substitute ABC in that zinger if you're still feeling stung by the way ABC handled/is handling Last Resort, Apartment 23, Happy Endings... and The Neighbors.)
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I read the comments, but I'd still like to see random letters and numbers to see what you come up with. You know the theory about monkeys with typewriters. :) 30 Rock was great! I'm really going to miss that show. It's been one of my favorites for a long time.
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FTW: Game of Thrones high res stills. Trailers are coming :D

WTF: Price leaving without doing a final recap to ease us into the grieving process :( WHY, PRICE, WHY???
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Of course American Horror Story season finale should be on that list... And I loved The Following's premiere! #FTW
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Oh crap we even wrote an entry for AHS and then forgot to paste it in. Will add now...
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I do read the intros, and I like them. FTW: Definitely agree with "Last Resort"/Shawn Ryan being awesome and "30 Rock" being awesome, and definite WTF: on "Ben and Kate" being cancelled. I loved that show. Lucy Punch being awesome, come on.
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FTW: Spartacus, while over the top, is oh so fucking entertaining.
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Intros = Yay
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It's called an homage. I'm pretty sure the contestants on American Idol don't ask permission before they steal arrangements either. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery right? He doesn't own the rights to the song so he's not entitled payment for it but a heads up would have been the right thing to do. That said, what do we know? Making television is a very time consuming job and maybe letting a little-known musician know they paid tribute to his arrangement wasn't high on their list of priorities.
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Coulton did say that he was flattered they used his version. The problem is that there are tons of Glee fans thinking that Glee just did a great arrangement of an old school rap song. At the very least, Coulton's name should appear attached to the title on iTunes. The difference is that normally people can look up the name of the song and find the artist. This is not the same. Even on AI, they usually announce the arrangement the contestant is using.
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FTW:
AHS Season finale
Last resorts Badass series Finale
Spencer's reaction to Toby
WTF:
Still the cancellation of Last resort
The Stupid couple pairings on glee
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How could you not put FTW Spencer's reaction to Toby on the A team from Pretty Little Liars? Anyway, I read the intros, but it'd be funny if you put randomness there for a week to see the reactions.
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I'm so disappointed that I can't watch Burning Love. For some reason I was able to watch the first two episodes of the first season, but then I was cut off because of geographical restrictions.
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FTW:
Last Resort ended on a high note
WTF: Last Resort had to end
But also
FTW: Timothy Olyphant on Archer
WTF: Archer got raped
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"JoCo" is that a thing now? ugh
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I don't care about the intros. The only reason I'm commenting on it is because I read comments about it, then scrolled back up to see what the fuss is about. You should keep them, though. People seem to like them.

I'm really gonna miss Ben and Kate.
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While I almost never consider Modern Family to be FTW material, this week Phil as Michael Corleone was, at least in my opinion, really funny. The whole part where Luke ran around "fixing" everyone's problems while Phil renounced satan got on my FTW list. WTF for the cancellation of Appartment 23, boo!
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Wholeheartedly agree. Phil Corleone was a win, but the demise of DTBA23 was a terrible loss for humanity.
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I know! Who knew that James Van Der Beek can be that funny? And Krysten Ritter is a national treasure, of course.
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