FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (July 20–26)

Comic-Con is currently in full swing, but don't worry, you've still got time to drop by San Diego and show off your cosplay. If you don't have an outfit yet, don't worry! We have plenty of last-minute ideas for you:

– A Comic-Con employee
– Halle Berry's trash can from Extant
– Future Fox bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman (couples costume)
– That guy from Star Wars with that thing
– Chris Hardwick's mom
– Zombie Chris Hardwick's mom
– Famous television critic Ken Tucker
– Not-famous television critic Tim Surette (requires fat suit and permanent look of shame)

Now head on over to the craft store and start costuming! And while you ride the bus, check out what we liked and didn't like from the week in television:


SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't finished watching this week's new episodes (of True BloodThe Bridge, etc.), we suggest that you hold off on reading this story until you do. 



FTW:

FX renews Fargo

The news is a perfect opportunity to use this .GIF. And did you know that we've already got some juicy details on Season 2?


FTW:

Married gets better when the couple splits up, You're the Worst gets better when the couple comes together

After showing up at a party together in "Shower," Nat Faxon's Russ and Judy Greer's Lina embarked on separate adventures with their friends A.J. (Brett Gelman) and Jess (Jenny Slate)—and as the follow-up to a rather silly pilot full of "touch my penis?" jokes, the episode was much more successful in exploring marriage as a union of individuals and friends. You're the Worst also improved, ending Episode 2 with its two central misanthropes sharing Chinese food in a movie theater because no one else wanted to hang out with them. These strong sophomore showings have us feeling good about the future of both shows.


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The Bridge brings back two of our favorites


Linder is back! Ol' mushmouth, who's currently one of TV's best weirdos, FINALLY returned to The Bridge this week (sporting a sweet beard), and all of a sudden FX's aimless bordertown drama feels whole again. But Linder's got competition in bro-dude Ray, who also made his Season 2 debut and gave the show a much-needed jolt of energy. After difficulties finding its footing, The Bridge might be experiencing a resurgence.


FTW:

Comic-Con blooper reels!



Hannibal Lecter and Jaime Lannister are bigger jokers than you might expect.


FTW:

The apocalyptic promo for FXX's upcoming 552-episode Simpsonsmarathon


This is actually a totally plausible scenario. 


FTW:

Eric singlehandedly ripped a guy's face off on True Blood


There was nothing not to like about Pam and Eric at a Republican fundraiser, from their outfits to Eric intercepting Sarah Newlin and then destroying that Yakuza dude's jaw.




FTWTF:

The Leftovers still feels lost... but we still want to watch?


It's kinda good, but kinda bad, but probably just okay? After a strong third episode, the HBO drama returned to not making much sense in Episode 4. But there's something going on here beyond replacing Baby Jesus dolls, and we're dying to figure it out. 


FTWTF:

Lifetime misses the jackpot with The Lottery

The dystopian sci-fi series, about a future where mankind can no longer reproduce but 100 human eggs have just been fertilized in a lab, is a step in the right direction for Lifetime's original programming. But it isn't going to change the network's reputation for being stocked with salacious soaps. Watchable but not great (at least for now), The Lottery is more of a "win another ticket" prize than a cash reward. 




WTF:

Gang mentality rules on Big Brother 

For the third time in four weeks, the Big Brother houseguests played it safe—really, really safe—by banding together and casting someone out with a unanimous vote. This week's victim was the supposedly "outspoken" and "conniving" Brittany, who basically received those monikers because she's a woman who occasionally speaks her mind. Icky gender politics aside, there's nothing more boring than a reality competition show where all the players are too scared to make big moves. While this season of Big Brother features the most likable cast in YEARS, the live eviction episodes are suddenly the dullest part of the week.


WTF:

Rebecca the Science Teacher chickened out of poisoning the citizens of Chester's Mill

C'mon, girl, you have ONE job on Under the Dome: indiscriminate homocide! Yet when it came time to drop some pig flu into the holy water at Chester's Mill's church (the ultimate enemy of science), you retreated, spewing some excuse about a mutation in the virus. We've defended Rebecca all season long, but this cowardly move was a real drag.  


WTF:

The Strain becomes a pain

The second episode of FX's new vampire drama sucked some life out of the series by spending a lot of time on custody chatter instead of spilling blood and crushing skulls. While the hour's weak character development could pay off down the road, is anyone really watching The Strain to find out whether Eph becomes a better father? Or are we watching to see monsters eat the living?


WTF:

Nickelodeon yanks Legend of Korra from its lineup, punts it online


After rushing to get Book 3 on the air—with zero promotion—after episodes were leaked online, the network decided to air two episodes per week on Friday nights, as if it was trying to bury the show. And now, with the ratings in the basement (gee, how could that possibly have happened?), Nick has suddenly decided air Book 3's last five episodes only on the web. The real kicker? Nick hasn't posted any episodes online all season, and has even promoted the fact that they can only be seen on TV.


WTF:

The Bachelorette hits a new low with a televised ultrasound for Ashley and JP


Sadly, we won't even be surprised when the network eventually broadcasts the birth, too.


WTF:

The theme song for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will leave you in (shell-)shock  


Literally, because the terrible chorus is "Knock knock, you about to get shell-shocked." Sigh.


WTF:

Suits needs to do something about Rachel


Her story showed such promise last season when she got into law school and did something other than restrict herself to being one vertex of Mike Ross's latest love triangle. And then she kissed Logan. Twice. Somebody make it stop. 


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? Daphne doing cocaine on Switched at Birth? The latest episode of Extant? Can any of you make sense of what's currently happening on Wilfred? Share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!


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I didn't think anything could be worse than Rachel this week but then that Ninja Turtles theme song happened. Holy heck that songs is horrible.
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Rarely does a commercial deserve FTW status, but the Simpsons apocalypse was hilarious! I actually laughed out loud the first time I saw it, like many of the Wilfred commercials, which typically distill the funniest doggy-translation parts of the show.

Also FTW: Fargo! Based on hints dropped by the first series, I'm not surprised where they're taking the next installment. So good!

FTW: Teen Wolf. Very solid episode this week, but the news of a 20-episode Season 5 has me buzzing. But yeah, dead pool.

FTW: iZombie looks every bit as good as the comic. Rob Thomas just seems to get it! And I'm intrigued to watch Rose McIver, brutally doe-eyed and deceptively innocent in Masters of Sex, as the titular zombie coroner.

FTWTF: Halt and Catch Fire has been entirely lukewarm all season, despite a pedigree and a stellar cast. For me not to be enthralled by anything Lee Pace, it really has to be wanting, and while the AMC drama has had some very fine moments, the whole thing is just too empty and crushed by its own pretensions. It's a shame.
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FTW to Major Crimes for a great episode & backdoor pilot.
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why are the TMNT on steriods? they look scary and the theme wtf? i can't, i just can't.
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I can sum up the failure of TMNT in 2 words: Megan. Fox.
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Megan Fox takes a lot of crap. I actually find her quite charismatic in the right roles. She was feisty in the better than anticipated (and only entertaining installment in the franchise) Transformers, you know, when it was quirky and self-deprecating. She was razor sharp as high-school-bad-girl-turned-cannibalistic-zombie in the criminally underrated (or at least under-remembered) horror flick Jennifer's Body. And she was funny in This is 40. But April O'Neil! It's not a good idea, and all her appearances in clips and trailers seems to confirm it.

Then again, the hot lady as newspaper reporter convention, which has riddled comic books for decades, is a difficult sell these days. Investigative journalism just seems dated in most movies and television.
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FTW Defiance ending the show with a alien drag party for humans. Other than Nolan and Berlins betrayal I was generally surprised by the show for the first time.
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I'm in love with the leftovers,and i like the strain too...did i say that i truly love the leftovers? :)
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The "ACES" gif is well.........ACES!!! :) excited for season 2!
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Disagree strongly about the strain. I already gave up watching suits. Suits is a show about a group of lawyers who never go to court.

Agree with Big brother. This year cast is fantastic but with Devin gone, its turning out to be a little boring. They have to shake things up quickly.
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Why are people so against TMNT before it even comes out?? So far all we've had were a few pretty funny trailers and some dumb rap music... Ye, okay, so it is produced by Michael Bay, he is the worst, so what. The first one wasn't exactly done by Woody Allen, either. So the theme song is stupid, but what do you want? Something done by Leonard Cohen? Everyone says this movie will suck horribly and so did the first one and it was still adorable. Is it because the turtles now look less like guys in foam suits and more like turtles? Because that porn-star-look-alike didn't dye her hair red to play April? Or what is it? I thought the trailers were funny. Mikey is funny. I though Leo looks mean and cool. I though Raph is interesting. I think William Fichtner is always awesome. So at least hate it when it comes out. It's just a dumb ninja turtles movie, for petessakes.
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Knock, knock, you about to be traumatized?

If you're singing a song for a kids movie, better know what you're singing.
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Not sure I get what you mean. It's a movie about a bunch of people fighting one another. It may be for the kids, but it's still completely and only about violence?
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As a person who watches both I really don't see how you can like The Leftovers pace and question The Strain's. I also think it's childish to want blood and gore every episode. The custody battle stuff was the only throwaway back story of the night.
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I like The Leftovers. And I like The Strain too. I didn't get to find anything boring just yet... I like how scary they make the big vampire look so far. I know that will change soon, but I am enjoying that part while it lasts :)

I would go WTF on Dominion, though. I'm going to keep watching, but I hate it when stories that could be told faster, get stretched so you can't even remember what happened in the episode.
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Aces!
Stoked for the renewal of Fargo!
Also, I'm waiting for the 4-episode test of the Strain, before I'll consider watching it. From the looks of it, it doesn't seem to be worth the time.
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Rachel was such a cool, assertive character in season 1, and she has moments of awesomeness when she's allowed to do lawyer stuff (like Louis's cat trial in season 3) but DAMN the writers need something for her to do other than being the cheating housegirlfriend of Mike. She's Harvey's freaking associate! Let her do ASSOCIATE things! You got it right with Katrina! Do it with Rachel!
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have to agree :)
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WTF: Rachel in suits. please kill her like teen wolf did with Allison.
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FTW: Speaking as someone who's not a fan of multicolored bandanas... The song is pretty good. Bonus points for not including "half shell" in the lyrics.

FTW: iZombie star Rose McIver actually saying the term "ZILF" in an interview.
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First, Megan Fox. Then, the TMNTs look nothing like any of their previous versions(gross really). Now, this...this half-assed hip hop theme song!! Everything about this movie makes me want to punch Michael Bay.
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WTF: Bashing The Strain's second episode for no good reason. The pace was slower and less monster-rich than the pilot but hardly a bad episode as indicated in this article and in the 'review' of the episode.

FTW: Teen Wolf - not just an excellent episode this week but also... SEASON 5 confirmed!!!
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FTW:
Eeverything about Teen Wolf this week (S04E05, the teaser for the rest of Season 4, Season 5 renewal)
The Strain still peaks my interest even when the majority have stated episode 2 was crap.
Arrow's Season 3 trailer of epic proportions
The Walking Dead's Season 5 trailer looks promising
Pretty Little Liars as usual
Hollywood Game Night as usual

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The Leftovers is a confusing mess with boring characters but I will stick with it as long as it is on air because it's Damon Lindelof's show
True Blood's final season has improved with two decent episodes but can it keep it up for the final stretch
The Lottery seems to be a fun conspiracy filled show that will no doubt become ridiculous
The Last Ship FINALLY has a decent episode since it's pilot
Agents of SHIELD's Season 2 trailer had some funny moments thanks to the awesome Patton Oswalt but why didn't FOX show any NEW SCENES to entice us fans? :(

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Under The Dome sucks the life out of me but i can't stop watching it. HELP HAHA
Extant is a ridiculous show that I can't stop watching because i am awaiting some Alien babies & why does Halle Berry suck at acting now????

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Ugh, Suits made Rachel even more unlikable (and I already hated her) by making her responsible for her old affair and wasting our time with the new one.
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FTW: Mmm... Simpsons World. *drools*
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good to see the people on Hannibal having a laugh ;)
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I just saw my childhood shatter into a million tiny pieces, and that was just by hearing the song to TMNT. I have a feeling that, once the actual movie comes out, there might be a rise in suicides.
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I wish I could go back in time 5 minutes as now I can never unhear that abomination of a 'theme tune'.
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Definitely The Leftovers, and it's no surprise people are dying to find out what's going on -- that's how you do it! I found The Bridge to be rather boring, but I was happy that Linder is back. And yeah, Under the Dome definitely files under the WTF category again, and especially with the scientist who was DEAD SET on doing the deed then went one-eighty in a mere second. Unbelievable.
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I don't agree with The Strain. Believe me this show will be much better than TWD. Things starting very slowly then we will see what will happen over time instead the world fucked up already like in TWD.
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Also, i hope it's get renewed :D.
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Knock knock you about to get shell shocked in the WTFs is not something I can abide TV.com. That song is fantastic. FANTASTIC.
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I know man. It's like a sign from the gods that TMNT is going to be awftastic.
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Awftastic isn't good enough. These Turtles just aren't.....cool. They're not the kind of guys I would want to hang out with, which is an element most other versions of the property have nailed.

And their CGI models look like throw-up and there's Bay's trademark sophomoric humor all over it. I can't imagine anyone who grew up with TMNT seeing these trailers and wanting to pay for this. I'm really hoping for a bomb. We should know better.
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Knock, knock!

(Also, currently in the middle of Wilfred season 2 because I really want know what the F is going on)
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FTW/WTF: True Blood, FTW: Eric and Pam, WTF: Just about everything else.

WTF: The Strain, for going flat fast. It had an interesting idea, but by the second episode I'm already tired of it. Thinking about giving it one more chance, but I'll probably pass.
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Give it one more chance ... *wink* ... you never know, you may see Ep. 3 on the FTW list next week.
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Well, if I see it on the FTW list next week, I'll watch it then.
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The real tragedy in Suits is that Rachel recovered. Her death would have kicked that show back into high gear.
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I don't really need her to die, but it could have been a good opportunity indeed.
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We have a grievous error here. It's impossible to have an Under the Dome WTF--the whole thing is WTF. Didn't you mean FTW there? If not then move along, there's nothing to see here. These aren't the droids you're looking for.
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FTW: Teen Wolf being renewed for a 20 episode season 2!!!
The Foster was very sad this week but so good!!!
WTF: What Nick is doing with Korra!!!! Stop messing with my show you jerks!!!
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*The Fosters
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WTF: Crossbones gets cancelled. Officially. Although it's not like it wasn't obvious, after the show was bumped back to summer, but at least they could have given it 13 episodes. It's a lot better than it's been given credit, but it does require some attention. And just to kill it they're running the last 2 episodes on a Saturday. Did the producer do something to offend NBC?

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FTW - Teen Wolf - continues to be awesome plus already renewed for S5!
WTF - Rachel on Suits - please leave so the show has a chance of going back to being good
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I agree about Rachel. I used to like her character but this season they're making her seem like a total slut and I don't like it.
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FTW: The "System Failure" segment on The Rachel Maddow Show, detailing Arizona's botched execution this week; The bit on Wednesday's Late Night with Craig Ferguson where he joked about humming a "modified" version of Horst's "Mars" (to avoid paying licensing fees). The fact that Ferguson mentioned the composer of "The Planets" by name almost seemed sophisticated for American TV; "Corporate-conceived children have no soul."

WTF: Rachel Maddow questioning why "the media" doesn't call out Rand Paul on his lies about supporting the Voting Rights Act without calling out people on her own network (e.g., Chuck Todd and David Gregory) who've either said it's not their job to point out when someone says something "inaccurate" (to be gentle about it) or who don't ask hardball or follow-up questions. I can see where that would be awkward, but what Maddow was doing was like someone asking "Who shot this man" while the killer is still in the room holding a smoking gun; The spacing errors and typos in the onscreen displays of the transcripts concerning the defense attorney's attempts to have her client's execution halted during the "System Failure" segment. Even if those were in the original transcript, it seems like MSNBC could have separated the words that were obviously mashed together.

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I tuned out as soon as I read Rachel Maddow. I'd rather watch Honey Boo Boo. (and I'll never watch that)
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Whatever rocks your boat. Was I supposed to be somehow affected by your comment? I wouldn't have known how far you read if you hadn't felt the need to announce it: "Hey, world! I didn't pay attention to anything the post I commented on said about halfway through the first line. I'm sure you're all interested in the shows I don't watch." Maybe I should bypass any comment with stanking's name on it; he couldn't have anything worthwhile to say.
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No need to get nasty, vic. My comment is just as relevant as your OP that implies we're all interested in what you DO watch - or what Maddow says. And no, I didn't have any agenda to affect you with my comment. If you feel that you need to retaliate by ignoring any or all of my comments, that is your right. It won't bother me.
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Agreed, Rachel Maddow is just the liberal version of Glenn Beck: A partisan hack with a stupid haircut.
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Again, mere (and bad) impressions make their way to this list. The Lottery is quite good, and The Strain isn't that bad. If it were a movie, the virus would be out i n half an hour, and in a TV series of course it's going to take at least two episodes..
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FTW: Game of Thrones blooper reel!

Also, Brienne, Arya & The Hound should make a family of their own (those three were hilarious at the GoT Panel!)
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FTW - TEEN WOLF.
i missed this show so much and now it's back I'm soooooo excited. This episode was great from Derek's beautiful smile (now that was a treat) to Lydia's heartbreaking decent into madness she needs some reel coherent help not what ever the hell that was from Meredith and deputy hottie is officially a supernatural being that is worth 5million dollars, if I'm right that's more than Kira. Oh and Derek and daddy argent teaming up again and having a heart to heart over STUPID KATE, and mamma calivera is in beacon hills hide Scott hide.
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I just want Argent and Derek to be best friends!!!! And they can have a grouo hang with Sherriff and Parrish, they could go bowling!!
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That would be brilliant, it could be boys club.
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FTW - @Midnight
“Today the unholy became real. Skies turned dark as sackcloth, and the rivers ran red with blood. Yes today is One Directions 4 year anniversary and like a swarm of pre teen locust 1D fans absolutely devastated twitter with their one devotion. There half dozen trends included #ThankYou1DFor #HowIHeardAbout1D and #4YearsAgo5StrangersBecame5Brothers…. Oh Fuck Me.” –Chris Hardwick

So fiunny, gets through the whole thing and the last hashtag just breaks him.
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Four years? That's like retirement age for a boy band. I'm surprised they've lasted this long.
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