FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (January 5)

Can you believe it's already 2014!?!?!? We're still writing "2005" on our checks. Kids born in 1993 can legally drink now. We're closer to the year 2047 than we are to 1980. And yet we're still decades away from perfecting the technology that automatically sorts out FTWs and WTFs from the week of television! But even when cyborg TV tastemakers cross the picket line and start replacing their human counterparts, we'll roll up in our Rascal scooters and say, "We did it first, with all the love and tenderness of a flesh-and-blood-bodied person!" And then our dentures will slip out and we'll fall over dead while FTW/WTFbot declares The Real World: Alpha Centauri totally FTW-worthy. Until then, enjoy this very human-created edition of FTW vs. WTF!  




Nikita says goodbye with a solid, fitting ending

Always the underdog, Nikita closed out its four-year run with a fine finale that didn't try to do too much and instead focused nicely on the show's core characters and themes. We'll always wish it'd had a few more episodes to make some real noise in the final season (like it would have killed The CW and WBTV to do 10 instead of six), but "Canceled" featured the correct combination of twists, girl fights, and character moments.



Community made us more excited to go back to school than ever

Our beloved sitcom isn't just back on the schedule, it's BACK back. The Season 5 premiere, now with more Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna (yay!), recaptured the magic of the Community we used to know by starting things fresh and simple. The past was mostly left behind, forced in-jokes were absent, the end tags were weird and dark, and the series' heart was beating once again after taking last year off. It's GREAT to have you back, show. 



Downton Abbey's Lady Mary is ONE TOUGH COP

As you prepare for the Stateside premiere of Season 4, please take a moment to consider Michelle Dockery in a TNT cop show with co-star Michael Chiklis (even though it'll make you miss The Shield.) 



VH1 starts a new New Year's tradition with Happy Endings for all

The channel known mostly for shows about the spouses of mobsters and basketballs celebrated its first syndication get with an a-MAH-zing marathon of the gone-too-soon comedy Happy Endings. Needless to say, we watched for eight hours straight while we rehydrated on New Year's Day. Someone remind us why this show wasn't a hit again?



FINALLY! A Puppy Bowl fantasy league

The big game is coming back to Animal Planet and among the awesome new details—including a halftime performance by Keyboard Cat, a visit from YouTube superfeline Lil' Bub, and penguin cheerleaders—is the addition of a Puppy Bowl fantasy league. Now gambling degenerates and housewives will have even more of a reason to tune in!



Upworthy: Springfield

What do you get when you combine the viral-news site's famously link-baity headlines with everyone's favorite famously yellow TV family? One of the best mashup Tumblrs we've seen in a while, that's what. 



Eagleheart airs its best episode ever (so far)

Say, here's a question: What do Cold War paranoia, the term "sixty-shining," and shoes so polished they reflect deadly beams of light all have in common? They each factored into Eagleheart: Paradise Rising's magnum opus entitled "Spats," which aired this past Thursday/Friday (dang Adult Swim midnight showtimes!). With a welcome visit from Mr. Show's Jill Talley and an LOL every .2698 seconds, this tale of a town's feud between shoe-shine boys and "business men" was a season highlight in a string of crazy-good outings. So far, the series has crammed together several hilarious storylines that could each hold their own as individual episodes, and the momentum just keeps on building. To those who saw it, all we can say is "Shine-shine, shoobalee shine..." (we also say the same thing to those who have yet to view this piece of entertainment fiction as well).





Doctor Who's Christmas Special made us mad, sad, and glad

As far as recent Doctor Who episodes are concerned, "The Time of the Doctor" felt like any other outing from the back half of Season 7: a little convoluted, kind of scattered, and generally uneventful. Except it wasn't just any other episode; it was Matt Smith's final adventure as the Eleventh Doctor, and for that reason it was kind of a letdown. It dragged a bit as the Doctor was stranded on Trenzalore, and it was devoid of any emotion for most of the hour as the series caked more and more aging makeup on to Smith's youthful face to drive home the notion that there would be no regeneration this time. You know, until Clara cried and whispered some words into a wall and the Time Lords granted him a new set of regenerations because that's what the story called for. Which is fine, we guess, but nothing about "The Time of the Doctor" felt all that emotional or exciting. At least not until the final few minutes, when Smith delivered one of Steven Moffat's patented monologues as only Smith could, and the realization hit us that this really was the last time we'd see him in the iconic role. At that moment, we stopped being angry with Moffat's sloppy storytelling and remembered just how wonderful Smith's eccentric Doctor could be. We were happy, we were sad, and then Smith took off the bow tie for good and Karen Gillan's Amy Pond returned to say goodnight to Eleven and it was like Niagara freakin' Falls up in here. Goodbye, raggedy man. We'll miss you.



A U.K. village will rename itself King's Landing to promote Game of Thrones

For one week, the small town of Kings Langley in the U.K. will rechristen itself King's Landing after the name of the capital of Westeros to help push sales of Game of Thrones' Season 3 DVD set. That's great, but this news doesn't get a full FTW unless Kings Landing also appoints a jerk boy as mayor, defends itself from a naval attack with fluorescent-green firebombs, and turns every other cottage into a whorehouse. And while we're at it, let's get the Minnesota Timberwolves to call themselves the Direwolves, and President Obama to go by King in the North.  



The Natasha Leggero/SpaghettiOs/Pearl Harbor survivors controversy

The absurdity of the outrage over a joke made by the Burning Love star starts in the headline above: It involved a comedian who's respected by her peers but not well known in the mainstream, hoop-shaped canned pasta that even The Walking Dead's Governor wouldn't eat, and the survivors of one of the greatest domestic tragedies in our nation's history. Basically, SpaghettiOs tweeted a clearly WTF statement, and Leggero's response—"I mean, it sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew"—inspired all sorts of uproar. But what we liked about this whole thing was Leggero's steadfast response to all the misplaced vitriol directed at her: "I wish I could apologize, but do you really want another insincere apology that you know is just an attempt at damage control and not a real admission of guilt? Let me just try instead to be honest. I'm not sorry." If a joke about old people having dentures is a reason to take to Twitter and threaten someone with death, then what were we fighting WWII for?



The Big Bang Theory's uncertain proposal

We're feeling pretty conflicted over this one, guys. On one hand, "The Hesitation Ramification" featured some real, heartbreaking conflict, which is absolutely FTW—not only did Leonard and Penny kick off 2014 with some true, character-building struggles, but as a result, Sheldon and Leonard did, too (let's just ignore the fact that the guys' touching heart-to-heart was undermined by Sheldon's stupid "Kick Me" sign). However, on the other hand, we'd hate to see Penny and Leonard break up for good over this, so here's hoping we're in for some enlightening feelings-sharing sessions next week.





ABC's promotion (or lack thereof) for The Assets

The first new drama to premiere in 2014 was The Assets, but you probably didn't know that because ABC hardly marketed the show at all. Without looking, do you know what it's about? Did you know that it debuted on Thursday? Did you even know it existed? If you didn't, you're not alone; the series' 0.7 rating in the adult demo earned it the title of "lowest-rated drama premiere for a major network ever." So you're off the hook, Do No Harm! (P.S. Even if you didn't watch it, and you probably didn't watch it, you can read Cory's review here!)



The Duck Dynasty franchise has launched its own line of guns

The show's firearms brand will include shotguns and semiautomatic machine guns. YOU DON'T STAND A CHANCE, STUPID DUCKS! Also, is this great timing, or what?


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


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I honestly don't understand what people didn't like about the doctor go Christmas special... I thought it was better than the 50th anniversary episode! Same with the downton Christmas special, people didn't really like it, and I really don't understand why!
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FTW: Community is funny again. The characters are endearing again. Dan Harmon's and the other returning writers' influence to clearly be felt throughout the entire 2 episodes. Also, Johnathan Banks' character was a great addition to the series based on his first episode. I never thought I'd be saying this after season 4, but I'm actually looking forward to seeing what they do next.
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I now miss The Shield immesuarbly. Tough Justice, I'd watch it.
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WTF: Community's low ratings.
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So happy to have Community back, but the Happy Endings marathon? It's just too soon for some of us. We aren't all in a place emotionally where we can just walk back into it knowing its just going to end and never come back.
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Stephen Harper, the most crooked politician in North America
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Clearly the King In the North is the Prime Minister of Canada. Shiny +1 to the replier who can name him (or her) without using google. Sarah Pallin would be an acceptable alternative answer if, and only if, she were to successfully run for Governor of Alaska again.
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WTF !!! I did not know richard had a twin brother lol
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Cartoon Network's Toonami world premier of Space Dandy was my FTW TV moment of the week. The show is amazing!
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Where's Sherlock on this list?!!?
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Hasn't premiered in the US yet. The US has to wait until later in January.
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doesnt premiere in the US till the 19th
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So happy to have Community back! But I wasn't crazy about the tag. Hoping we'll see more of Donald Glover in the next 4 episodes. I liked The Time of the Doctor a lot more than you did. I liked it a lot. Certainly better than most of the last half of season 7. The 50th anniversary special was a tough act to follow.
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I know I shouldn't have scrolled through this post before watching The Big Bang Theory. :p
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Obama is not King in the North, he's more like the guy that serves the witch who serves Satan (oops I meant the lord of light)
King of the North is President Kennedy.
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I insist only the wildlings choose their leaders, Obama could only be King beyond the Wall just like Mance Rayder.
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FTW; Sherlock and Watson in consecutive eateries. Hilarious.
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FTW: Community is back. &
Happy Endings marathon is the best cure for a hangover.
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FTW to Community season 5 premiere for starting strong and getting stronger. FTW to Jonathan Banks for knowing exactly the right notes to hit even on a sitcom. FTW to Chevy Chase for making a hologram.

FTW to Kathy Griffin for handcuffing herself to Anderson Cooper on live TV this New Years Eve. Yeah it was another stupid stunt like every year, but it still cracked me up to see normally-stuffy Cooper find it amusing and then bemusing when he realized how serious it was.

On that FOD Lady Mary video, it's cute but only a chuckle, sadly I actually laughed at the Geico commercial right before it, the one in the art museum with the dog and the house fire.

FTW indeed to VH1 blasting Happy Endings, I watched some and smiled.

I wouldn't give Time of the Doctor a WTF or a FTW, I guess you felt opposite. It wasn't terrible and it had a lot of problems.

Natasha Leggero's response to SpaghettiOs was fine, I laughed, old people know the cliches, c'mon! It was inappropriate for SpaghettiOs to try to pimp out Pearl Harbor Day like that, she simply called theim on their bullshit with a comedian's sharpened tongue. And her response to the uproar was great too.

Leonard was right to turn down Penny's proposal, it was not a healthy reaction for her, but if they don't talk it out and it turns into a break-up, that would be disappointing - not really outside the norm in real life though, unfortunately. I'm just sick of Penny-Leonard on and off again being a storyline.
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"FTW to Chevy Chase for making a hologram."

I agree with this, and can't believe I forgot to mention it in my post. I know that Chevy Chase is not the easiest actor to work with, and had plenty of issues while working on the show, but I like the fact that he was willing to put aside those issues to do one last scene as (a holographic version of) Pierce. It was a really nice surprise, and a good scene IMO.
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FTW to Kathy Griffin for handcuffing herself to Anderson Cooper on live TV this New Years Eve. Yeah it was another stupid stunt like every year, but it still cracked me up to see normally-stuffy Cooper find it amusing and then bemusing when he realized how serious it was.

If that sliced and diced plasticized dame handcuffed herself to me, I would have done a coyote (apologies to coyotes everywhere) ugly on her.

I'm just sick of Penny-Leonard on and off again being a storyline.

Amen.
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Completely agree about TBBT. I hate on again-off again because its become so predictable for sitcoms. Also, I hope this gets Penny to give up acting and find another career. After 10 years with no big audition, its time to give up, even in a sitcom
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It's LA, there really are people like that who think their big break is coming after 10 years of doing nothing, but yeah it is pretty sad to watch.
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WTWTF: Television is back on after its winter holiday, and books go back onto the shelf until summer.
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You put your Kindle on a shelf?
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Not everyone has a Kindle or a Nook.
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Don't stop reading books friend!!!
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FTW: the different theories of how Sherlock faked his death
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Can we talk about this (since its technically not out yet)? It was a genius move on the writers part! Genius.
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FTW: Elementary's Moriarty is the best villain/criminal mastermind ever.
FTW/WTF : goes to Big Bang Theory . I know that Penny/Lenord's relationship needed to be shook up but I thought it felt kind of forced and kind of a stupid way to go.
FTW/WTF: Goes to Grimm because we had no Monroe/Roselle action but we did love the opening on the Grimm/Zombie running scene.
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The King of the North's title is not King of the North, it's King IN the North. Also why the fuck would Obama be king in the North? In what world is the US "the North"?
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its in north america?
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Either way we all know Obama would only be King beyond the Wall: in Game of Thrones, only the wildlings choose their leaders.
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I would watch "Tough Justice" so much it's not even funny.
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Why are the last two entries TK several times? Who or what is a TK?
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Oops! Those were placeholders. Guess we're a bit sleep-deprived over here at TV.com!
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I don't care how in love you are with anyone...if they propose marriage while obviously drunk off their ass, there's going to be hesitation.
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Plus, Leonard already said that he wanted to be sweep off his feet, the whole nine yard and he's not going to settle for anything less.
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Everyone knows that Putin would be King of the North.
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North... ern hemisphere. Just no one's confused.
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First of all it's not a week in review since Nikita & Doctor Who were last week.
Seriously no FTW for Elementary? But you put the marathon of a show on the FTW? You should of just gone on Holidays


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We were on a vacation, which is why this includes more than just the last week. But we couldn't exactly let the ending of Nikita and Matt Smith's tenure as the Doctor go unnoticed, could we?
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No nit goes unpicked. :)
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Happy Endings was a bad show. Interesting premise but it failed to deliver. No character development, full of cliches, lack of chemistry between the actors and in two seasons I watched there was only one episode that made me laugh out loud. Unless it got immensely better in season 3 I have no idea why anyone keeps pushing this.
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I enjoyed it immensely, despite the first season. Everyone has their own tastes.
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That's a very subjective argument. The premise was simple and delivered. There was character development, just not mountains because sometimes life isn't about change. The cliches were largely used intentionally. There was plenty of chemistry on the cast. And it wasn't a bad show.
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If Happy Endings was a bad show than there aren't many good shows on television.
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The thing is...there AREN'T many good shows on television.
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FTW: Lady Mary as a tough cop. It was hilarious! (unlady like, but hilarious)
FTW: Moriarty not only is an artist, an Irene but also a mother
Best Moriarty ever!
FTW: Penny got a part in NCSTD, just because it was cut doesn't mean she didn't get it
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FTW= Natalie Dormer's acting as Moriarty/Irene. Perfect blend of evilness and a woman in love.
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Masterminds fall in love too, the very thought its just one of the things that make Elementary so perfect!
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Okay, I was with you on the King's Landing thing right up to the point that you labelled our president as a Stark. He's much more of a Lannister to my thinking. Or maybe a Tyrell.
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With as much crap as he takes, he is Theon Greyjoy!
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"If a joke about old people having dentures is a reason to take to Twitter and threaten someone with death, then what were we fighting WWII for?"

Thank you TVcom staff.
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WTF: Community's ratings
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COMMUNITY FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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"I wish I could apologize, but do you really want another insincere apology that you know is just an attempt at damage control and not a real admission of guilt? Let me just try instead to be honest. I'm not sorry."

Wow, that's probably the best reaction to PR bullshit I've ever read. You go, girl. Who are you, again?

here's hoping we're in for some enlightening feelings-sharing sessions next week.


You DO remember that this is a Chuck Lorre show, don't you?

ABC's promotion (or lack thereof) for The Assets

Does that guy look like Richard from B/E without needing a mask? No? Just me, then.
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That is my first thought when I saw him. He looks like the real-life guy though. The Asset is watchable.
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Sheldon's kick me sign, while not exactly the pinnacle of humor, was the ONLY thing that saved that entire scene from being irritating bullshit.

Emotional shlock at its "finest".
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Sherlock Season 3,episode one was one of the most hilarious episodes I have seen for a long time.
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Totally agree!Remember that it hasn't aired in the US yet which is why it's not on the list (I'm assuming)… despite the fact that most of us have seen it ;)
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I was wondering about that. :)
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FTW: The finale of Nikita and Matt Smith's monologue at the end of The Time of the Doctor
WTF: Sherlock's disappointing new episode and The Time of The Doctor(except for the final scene with Matt Smith)
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