FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (July 15)

What a week: Between the post-July 4th influx of new episodes and the insanity of Comic-Con, there was a lot to love... and a little to hate. Here's what made our list for the week of July 8–14.


FTW



Sesame Street / Cookie Monster's version of "Call Me Maybe"


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The Legend of Korra gets a 22-episode Season 2


Not that we're surprised. The Nickelodeon show that probably garners equal parts child and adult audiences is officially back, and by the looks of things it will be sticking around for quite some time. (P.S. Keep an eye out for a recap of the show's Comic-Con panel, which should be up on the site soon!)



The good parts of Comic-Con


New trailers! Cool costumes! Alison Brie rapping! The 'Con is totally exhausting but also it's so much fun.



Louie's man date


The FX comedy is on fire in Season 3, and this week's episode was all about the touchy topic of taking a friendship too far. Louie will be a FTW each week until it stops being awesome, which at this rate should be never.



Frontline educates us with Endgame: AIDS in Black America


School isn't the only place you can learn new things, there's also TV! And this week Frontline educated us on the plight of AIDS in the African American community and opened our eyes to a world pretty much overlooked by the media. Heartfelt and heartbreaking interviews tracing HIV's penetration and devastation of an entire group of people.



The Onion's new reality parody, Sex House


Whether you loathe-watch reality TV shows like The Real World or can't even stomach it because holy-crap-these-people-are-all-just-so-freakin-terrible, you'll likely enjoy Sex House, the new faux reality show from the biggest news satire organization, The Onion.



A Supercut of Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman saying "Yo, Yo"


Gawker released yet another video that cuts togethers a shiz-ton of Jesse's "yo"s—and it's hilarity! The best is when Skylar and Walter start their "yo" rebuttals.



Covert Affairs season premiere was surprisingly awesome


After two seasons of good girl super spy Annie Walker, USA shook things up with a death in the first five minutes of the premiere and a new assignment for Annie. Sarah Clarke joined the cast as Lena Smith, an agent who likes to bend the rules and encourages Annie to do so as well. Also, Piper Perabo spends a lot more time semi naked.



Omarasa—yes, that Omarasa—is a hero!


The former reality terror saved the life of her boyfriend, actor Michael Clarke Duncan, after giving the big guy CPR when he suffered a heart attack. He's now in the hospital in stable condition.



WTF



David Letterman might have spoiled The Dark Knight Rises


During an interview with Anne Hathaway on Thursday, David Letterman showered the upcoming conclusion to the Christopher Nolan trilogy with praise, saying, "What I liked about it is—people say, 'Well, I haven't seen the first [two].' I said it's not necessary, it's not essential to see all previous installments of Batman. And in the end, Batman is [insert spoiler]" He quickly backtracked by saying that Christian Bale isn't [spoiler], while Hathaway warned him that he'd just incurred some serious wrath from hardcore Bat-fans. Here's the video, if you dare.



Cable provider vs. TV network runarounds


After months of negotiations over whether or not DirecTV should be allowed to purchase channels individually from Viacom, with Viacom insisting that DirecTV must pay for ALL Viacom channels, DirecTV dropped Viacom channels altogether. DirecTV subscribers are the ones who are really suffering, currently without such staples as Comedy Central and Nickelodeon while the two companies continue to have it out. And this is the second such happening in as many weeks, as Dish recently dropped AMC after a similar contract dispute. What will the cable providers take away next... our remote controls?



The Newsroom's News Night has the best booking agent in the business


The show's dramatic dialogue is easier to endure than some of the set-ups it employs—like expecting us to believe that Will McAvoy gets one Tea Party candidate after another to appear and be ridiculed on his program.



The TIMING of Comic-Con


For some shows, it works. For others it's the worst possible time to do press. Reporter: "What can you tell us about the upcoming season?" Actor: "Nothing really. We don't know anything yet because we haven't even had a table read." Reporter: "Oh. Well then how has your experience at Comic-Con been?" Audience: "NOT THIS QUESTION AGAIN!"



More disappointment at the 'Con


For every awesome thing that happens at Comic-Con, it seems like there are two heartbreaking ones. The Firefly reunion panel sounded great, but the heartbreak suffered by superfans who couldn't get into it was a bummer to see. And there were kids who couldn't see the preceding The Legend of Korra panel because of the Firefly fans in line for Ballroom 20. Won't anyone think of the children?



Shaun's The Bachelorette departure


It wasn't particularly "WTF"-filled, but watching a grown man get dumped on national television mere (TV-edited) minutes after he finally drops the "L" bomb is cringeworthy enough to include.


What made your list of TV loves and hates this week?

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WTF: That tv.com IT staff continues to fail to weed out these stupid spam posts. C'mon, dudes, quit watching porn and playing online games and do your deleted job!
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FTW: FINALLY getting a premiere date for Season 3 of The Walking Dead. October 14 can't come here fast enough!
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wtf: emily maynard's boyfriend dumping outfit consisting of a ridiculously awkward skirt and that horrid low ponytail ft: obvious extensions...
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FTW: Teen Wolf gets a 24-episode Season 3 - how could you leave THAT one off?!?!
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The 24 episodes bit can also be considered a bad thing.
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Agreed, the intricate and tightly nit mystery of the season will be forced to endure filler episodes which can only be bad. IMO i don't think a single show functions flawlessly with a 24-episode season. That method of storytelling on TV is DEAD.
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Does Comic-Con really belong on a list of TV likes and dislikes, especially the logistics of the event?



FTW: Mitch Pileggi on Dallas; the way the two plots were tied together on Perception; BET's Luther marathon.
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I've never even heard the original "Call Me Maybe," and it's supposed to be, like, THE song of the summer.
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It looks like Covert Affairs is building up for a season long story line, which is a good thing. While I enjoyed the last season, it felt a little disjointed. The only story line that lasted the whole season was the question about who was leaking CIA information to the press. And that didn't involve Annie. Now they have files that Jai left behind which might lead to the uncovering of a conspiracy within the CIA.

It also seems that Annie is toughening up this season and is willing to move more in the grey zone. That'll put some strain on her relationships with Danielle and Auggie. And there might be, finger crossed, some action between Annie and Auggie. I think the show has been teasing us with that long enough. Just bring it on already.
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Haa! Annie and Augie <3!..



Also, i will be super pissed if Jai IS NOT actually dead!!



I kept repeating his meeting with Annie at the diner..he looked clearly shaken (enough to fake his own death), but that guy that bumped with Annie as she was leaving (looked like he was a spy, he went out after Jai, so he must have detonated the bomb outside the diner..which is weird considering the position of the diner and the bomb blast).



Had too much time on my hands and i used it to re-watch the same scene..so if he is not actually dead..am gonna be mad!!

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If only the first season of Legend of Korra was 22 episodes, then we could've had some real character development and a better ending for Amon *sigh* ....
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Agreed. Or perhaps a better show all together! Korra was a disgrace to Avatar last Airbender. This nicely written article by a fan needs to be read by all Avatar/Korra lovers.



http://chirart.tumblr.com/post/25991175534/how-you-can-have-a-bunch-of-great-ideas-but-still-fuck
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FTW for me is Suits, I absolutely ADORE this show.

WTF is looking for AMC and realizing that my cable provider dropped it. I mean really, WTF!!?
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Glad to see Korra getting 22 episodes; hope that means a lot more character development and maybe her going into the Avatar State a few times. Hopefully, DTV and Viacom will settle their dispute before Korra's next season starts up.
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I have DirecTv and I didn't know until I read this that I no longer got Viacom channels. No big loss. That's what the interweb is for.
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Korra was originally going to have 12 episodes for Book 2 so they could round out season 1 with 26 episodes for the first two books. But it appears they've decided to make each book a season. Incidentally, Avatar was split into three seasons with one book each season, but ran 23 episodes for the first, 20 for the second and 21 for the third. So 22 is about a normal season length. Although it's hard to say how many books Korra will have.



At one time it was a joke to say that so-and-so dies in a movie so the Letterman joke, while very dated, wasn't really a spoiler. And if the producers did end the movie with the death of Batman, there would be far more upset at the movie producers than Letterman.



For Comic-Con, they should have cleared the panel rooms after each panel to allow a chance for fans of previous panels to get in. But stories of badly run cons are nothing new; it almost seems to be the norm.

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Suits is definitely on my FTW list this week. Hell, it may very likely be THE list.
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Letterman 'spoiling' TDKR was clearly a joke.
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Absolutely.

And even it it wasn't a joke, I'm sure what he said shouldn't be something fans haven't already suspected. It's not like his comment was a plot twist that made us all go "WTF".
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Korra was renewed for a 26-episode season two :)
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SUITS!!!
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Beginning to think I should start watching Suits...
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CG, you download and watch every episode of Suits RIGHT NOW! This show has some of the best writing and characterization I've seen in a long while. Just the scene (this week's episode) between Donna, Mike, and Harold in the file room is worth taking a sick day to catch.
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YES! You know it's a great show if bluemystique and I love it. We have great taste - obvs.
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I need to catch up on that show and Teen Wolf. Atm, I'm catching up on Fall Shows.
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Viacom is the 4th largest media conglomerate in the entire world and they are trying to force DirecTV customers to pay over a 30% increase... That's over a billion dollars in revenue. Viacom is claiming that they have no choice but to raise prices due to having less subscribers. Then why do you offer shows for free online ON YOUR OWN WEBSITES?!



Good for you DirecTV for trying to protect your customers.
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Actually, that was the biggest WTF of the week, Comedy Central pulled full episodes of Stewart and Colbert from their website.
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They are being blocked by Viacom because of this dispute.
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FTW:

- SUITS!!! C'mon people! You can't sleep on this show that has had nonstop amazingness in it's sophmore year. I only wish I was that awesome when I was a Sophmore.

-The return of Neal Cafferey. He was in beach attire, rising out of water shirtless, donning some serious scruff, building kickass sandcastles and gave us a serious "Aww" moment when reuniting with Peter.



WTF:

- Direct TV and Viacom. When Mom and Dad fight it's the kids that suffer and there are some pretty pissed off kids.



-Another Hantz on reality tv.



- See first WTF.
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The Cookie Monster Call Me Maybe was ok, but it's got nothing on 'Elmo and I Know It'
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Direct tv and viacom both deserve a place on the WTF list!! If I miss the new Teen Wolf episode THERE WILL BE BLOOD!!!
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This tiff is becoming ridiculous! Somebody should sick the Kanima on 'em!
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FTW: SUITS! It was awesome, yo!
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Shizz is about to get REAL!
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Not Donna! I hope Harvey goes easy on her.
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I'll point out that Donna hopes Harvey goes hard on her (sorry), but I look forward to seeing Donna's character deal with this crisis. And there are few shows where I like nearly all the characters (still "meh" on Rachel, but I've come around on Louis and am reserving judgment on Daniel). People, you should all be watching this show! (Oh, yeah, it also has Gina Torres in tight dresses: MROWR!)
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