FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (July 22)

Well, we made it to the end of the week and so did television, by the looks of it. And what a week it's been! Emmy nomination announcements, season premieres, actors and writers losing their jobs—there's just so much to ew and awe about! Like all of this:


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The CW's honest Emmys Tweet


They're not wrong.



Viacom and DirecTV patch things up


After nine days of occasionally hilarious bickering (our personal favorite moment was when DirecTV told angry subscribers to catch their shows online... only to have Viacom stomp its feet and take everything down), Mommy and Daddy have kissed and made up. Now go watch that Teen Mom marathon.



A young Aaron Paul on The Price is Right


Yeah, Mr. Barker! Yeah, prizes! Yeah, showcase showdown!



Emo Wilfred


The pooch put streaks in his hair, applied some guyliner, and actually put on a dog collar (spiked) when he felt his friend Ryan was abandoning him.



Famous scenes from The Wire rebuilt Lego brick by Lego brick


[There are spoilers in the video for those who haven't watched the series]
HBO's classic gets remade with the toy building blocks, and Omar never looked so adorable. Featuring appearances by the city of Blockimore, Avon Blocksdale, Frank Sablockta, Block Moreland, and plenty more bad puns.



The magnet plan on Breaking Bad


Not only was it a genius idea, but it came from Jesse Pinkman, "YO!"



Mrs. Argent takes center stage on Teen Wolf


Eaddy Mays' singular performance as Allison's intense mother has typically been limited to the occasional one-off scene or hilarious reaction shot. But this week something happened to Mrs. Argent that places her at the center of the action. It's like the showrunners are reading OUR MINDS!



So You Think You Can Dance finally got down to business


It's been a long time since Season 9 actually BEGAN, but we finally got our first official competition and elimination episode this week when four (!) of the Top 20 were sent packing. As much as we enjoy the friendly, laid-back, kumbaya 'tude of TV's best reality competition, we welcome the dose of heightened competition.



Louie's awkward belligerence gets results!


The past two episodes of Louie have contained truly stunning scenes full of Louis C.K. sputtering and stammering to express something important. Whereas last week's Miami episode showed us Louie failing to articulate to his new bestie WHY he wanted to be friends, this week saw Louie asking out Parker Posey's sexy bookseller in his most hilarious yammer yet. Seriously, it shows how good this show's writing is when its central character can say so much with his awkward belligerence. And this time it even worked!



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Massive layoffs on HBO's The Newsroom and CBS's Unforgettable


Aaron Sorkin fired his entire writing staff after an uneven first season and the CBS procedural canned its supporting actors (including the awesome Kevin Rankin) in the name of a Season 2 makeover. If the problems were that dramatic, they're probably less the fault of the team that was assembled and more the fault of the person who assembled them.



Modern Family hogs the Emmys again


If you're going to take up all the acting spots in the supporting categories, at least throw Nolan Gould (Luke) in there.



"Honey Boo Boo Child" gets her own TV series


Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is scheduled to debut on TLC on August 8 because clearly Toddlers & Tiaras wasn't horrifying enough. Alana Thompson, (in)famous for her numerous catchphrases, "coupon queen" mom, and "proud to be redneck" family is back to make us all weep for the future of humankind.



Fred Willard's bad week


Listen, the man is 72. Past age 70, a person has lived long enough to deserve to do just about anything he or she wants—so long as it's not murder. And touching himself (allegedly) in a dark theater isn't exactly murder. That didn't stop PBS from firing him, though.



AMC made us sit through the first part of Small Town Security before we got to see upcoming clips from next week's Breaking Bad


Seriously, AMC? That AND you're breaking the show's final run into two 8-episode seasons? Apparently this reality thing is here to stay.


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

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where is ftw/wtf for august 5th? Am I missing something?
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Willard got off easy. But why the support for him? Dogs and monkeys do this in public, but humans supposedly can control the impulse. You would think he could afford a more private venue to scratch the itch. People who do this at a theater (at least since the internet) aren't just looking for relief; they're looking for a helping hand. Willard could still afford more privacy for that - I'm sure he knows where the private clubs are.
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One of Fred Willard's best shows was messed up and discontinued in the wrong time. That show needs to be rebooted with new actors and new actresses!
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I know I an't even look at him anymore I thik want and nasty old pervert. 72 years old you would tink he wouldn't be that horny.
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Seriously, tv.com, who is managing your website security? Unpaid interns? Any half-decent algorithm could match this post on "what name form of word "said" + mention of $ + weblink, not to mention that the poster is new and has multiple posts with similar messages across a variety of pages in the past 24 hours.
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Boycott TLC. They support child abuse.
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WTF: Everything about the Emmys (except, maybe, the Sherlock noms). But are we really surprised?
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At this point, I'm kind of surprised there weren't nominations for Rules of Engagement.
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When did TLC go from being The Learning Channel to The Stupid Channel?
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FTW: Damn right Teen Wolf is on this list! LOL at Mrs. Argent, I think she's about to get more badass!
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Or die.
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Single tear.
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WTF: Fred Willard getting busting for self-tugging in an adult movie theater.

FTW: Fred Willard still getting it up at 72. Wear that misdemeanor badge with honor, sir!



FTW: This season of SUITS! :)

WTF: Donna getting fired on SUITS! :(



WTF: Modern Family dominating the Emmy noms (again) after a down season (by their standards).



FTW: Sorkin firing the writing team for The Newsroom.

WTF: Sorkin blaming the writing team when he does most of the writing himself.



FTW: Breaking Bad is back!

WTF: Breaking Bad barely gets noticed by the Emmys (and completely ignored in writing)!



FTW: Teen Wolf!
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I feel a little bit sorry for The CW concerning The Emmy's.
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why? they know what kind of programs they're putting out there... they're not aiming for quality tv... besides, what nominations would any of their shows or actors get?
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FTW: The laptop they broke when they were testing the magnet on Breaking Bad was the same model as the laptops we got from school three years ago. Never have I hated a computer more than that thing.



WTF: Emmys.
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You know why Breaking Bad was split into two, 8 episode, seasons don't you?

That's right, two DVD's at 18 (or $36) is more than one at 30 ($60). Come on, you know that's why they did it, just look at Battlestar Galactica.
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Hahaha! A young Aaron Paul on The Price is Right is HILARIOUS. Ugh, somehow ANOTHER reason for me to love Breaking Bad.



Other FTW: Suits and Teen Wolf (the episodes as a whole). The Emmys actually getting something right and nominating Giancarlo Esposito -- now, he better win!



WTF: Most of the Emmy nominations; a HUGE *sigh* at Modern Family. Also WTF Fred Willard. Not because he was caught with his pants down in an adult theater, but because of him being arrested and fired for it. Good for him for being able to get it up, though, at his age...
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awww tv.com you let me down :(



WTF: donna getting fired!
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Donna getting fired?! WTF!
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I might be the only one here, but I wish there was LESS of Allison's mom on Teen Wolf..
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I don't know about less of her but I'm just not as enamored with her as the masses seem to be.
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you are not the only one my friend.
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WHAT?! She is so great. Eaddy Mays = fantastic. Her character may be a villain, and the lady may be psychotic, but no one does reaction shots like she does.
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She's a caricature. She doesn't really fit the tone of the series.
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nothing against the actress, but the character seems to offer nothing except those reaction shots. she's only there to serve as a wedge between the love story.
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She's cartoonish. The GIF above is a perfect example.
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To me she's also a prime example of someone who has become close-minded because of what she's been taught. She's clearly trapped in her tunnel-visioned understanding of morality as clearly black and white. She's convinced that killing Scott is morally justifiable based on zero evidence that he's done anything deserving whatsoever. She's villainous, devious, and, especially now that she's been bitten, set up for a great, complex character arc.



And I'm not quite sure how she doesn't fit the show's "tone": it's a dark series that manages to often have wit and humor, and it's full of multi-layered characters dealing with issues larger than themselves. How doesn't Mrs. Argent fit?
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Argent? Like...Silver?



But...werewolves hate silver!
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Which is why it makes sense that they're a family of Werewolf hunters! :D
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FTW: Jon Stewart's callback on the HSBC scandal to link Michelle Bachmann to terrorism. Cenk Ugar's anger over the lack of gun control. Centric rerunning the two Luther series. Your comment on the mass firings from Unforgettable and The Newsroom. I actually liked the three detectives on Unforgettable the few times I watched the show. Outside of Mannix and Simon & Simon, when has this "clear the decks" strategy worked?

WTF: MSNBC's apparent lack of confidence in any of its usual anchors to cover a straight news story. All of the network's shows from 4:00 p.m. on had guest hosts to cover the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting. CBS rerunning a Mentalist episode from a previous season that not only is syndication, but was rerun on TNT three days before. Ann Romney's haughtiness over demands the Romneys release their tax returns.
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Definitely glad "Mom" and "Dad" made up but not before this kid cleaned up on whatever the hell they had to offer in compensation...because when Mom and Dad fight the kids always suffer, unless they're getting bribed with new cars... or free HBO.



WTF/FTW: Suits. Save Donna! It was awesome. It was horrible. It was awesomely horrible or horribly awesome! I loved it. I hated it. But one thing is for sure. Suits has been incredible this season.



FTW: Political Animals.



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FTW: Links to hop back to the top of the story.

WTF: Stupid pop-up "IN OTHER NEWS". We can choose the background color; can't we get a setting to turn off this stupid thing? And if you've got time to implement a new "feature" like this, why can't you get your s**t together and filter out the spam posts?
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I have to agree... this pop up is VERY irritating....
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Click the "X" and the pop-up turns into a less intrusive tab at the side of the window.
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but only until you go to another page, then it's back
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Unbelievable that so many good shows get cancelled but Unforgettable gets a second season and then without Kevin Rankin. Who are those people? They must really hate us!
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Agree.
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LOL, CW. If you could put as much clever content into your shows as you put into your tweets, then you might have a shot at the Emmys. Whoever wrote that tweet should be the head writer for some dark show with social commentary and introspective characters.
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Yes, Teen Wolf shout out! This show continues to be spectacular. And Mrs. Argent is the best.
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Doesn't TLC stand for The Learning Channel?? Also, I love Fred Willard, and I am perfectly ok with what he did. Not even going to mention those Emmys...
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Come on let's give Fred Willard a break.... Isn't what he (allegedly) did, the main reason to go to an adult movie theater?



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WTF: Community's Emmy snub. That show practically curb-stomps The Big Bang Theory in terms of quality and originality (especially the latter), and is streets ahead of nearly any other comedy on broadcast television, and a few on cable.
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Oh Please...
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If you read the comments on your own articles, you'd know the magnet was a WTF. It wouldn't have wiped the drive and the laptop wouldn't have flown across the room. Hollywood pseudoscience.
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Fred Willard wanked in a theater? I didn't hear about that, kind of weird for him to do, it doesn't seem like the kind of thing he would do but you never really know what people are like, especially celebrities.
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