FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (July 6–12)

Even though TV.com lost out on the race to hire LeBron James (Cleveland offered him a a competitive salary to play professional basketball; we were going to let him take control of News Briefs), there's still plenty of FTW-ery to discuss this week. With the announcement of the Emmy nominations, the Television Critics Association press tour, and the summer season hitting its prime, things have been quite busy around here! Let's take a look at the good and the bad from the last seven days in TV, and then we'll get started on our plan to woo LeBron in 2019. 


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



FTW:

Pretty Little Liars writes a lovely thank you card to the fans with its 100th episode

After several plodding, A-less episodes, the Liars celebrated their 100th with a bang. Well, it was more like a "boom" than a "bang," really. A house exploded. Yeah, like, blew up. It was just one event in a long list of the sudsy situations that filled "Miss Me x 100," which featured old friends (Caleb) and frenemies (Jenna) returning and the introduction of the 'shipping couple so many have waited for with bated breath (OMG #EMISON). Soap-slapping. Dirty pool. Pirate-y facial hair. It was the PLL-est episode of the season thus far. Welcome back, ladies. Welcome home, A!


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Extant!


CBS's new sci-fi drama made its debut this week, and while it might not be taking home the Emmy for Best TV Show Ever Made (that honor obviously goes to Under the Dome), it promises to be a pretty fun ride for what it is, which is the TV version of the summer blockbuster. Once you get past the fact that's a kitchen sink of nearly every sci-fi trope imaginable—from artificial intelligence to alien babies to super-cool trash compactors—and accept it at face value, it has the potential to be an enjoyable series, and we're eager to see where it goes.


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Nathan For You takes the top prize in new film festival The Web

What do you do when you're faced with charges of fraud after pretending to film a Hollywood movie starring Johnny Depp in order to coax eager Hollywood tourists into buying items from a souvenir shop as part of a nutty plan to save said souvenir shop? If you're Nathan Fielder, you take the pretend footage, add a few extra scenes, make a "real" movie out of it, host your own film festival, put your movie up against a YouTube video of a man farting, and win first prize, legitimizing your work and wiping all the fraud off the table. It was one of Nathan For Your's most amazing stunts to date, and yielded this amazing, award-winning masterpiece:



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Someone recreated the The Sopranos' opening sequence in Grand Theft Auto V


Tony Soprano never ran over a hooker with his car and stole her money (well, we're pretty sure he never did that), but this reenactment of the HBO drama's credits in the popular vidja game is great nonetheless.


FTW:

Even David Letterman knows Under the Dome is silly


You'll never guess what word the CBS late-night host chose for this excellent supercut!


FTW:

Brian Williams, Bachelorette superfan


During a visit to Late Night with Seth Meyers, the newsman who's always up for some comedy shared his thoughts on the current season, and we can't help but want to hear more. Hey BriWi, are you available as a TV reviewer?


FTW:

Falling Skies was kind of depressing and kind of uplifting at the same time


Everybody essentially lost something in "Exodus," but those losses were followed by hints at impending victory and a determination to remain optimistic in the face of defeat. Lexie and Annie were reunited. Cochise tracked down Matt just as his stint at Espheni Youth Camp was starting to get messy. Hal led a group of refugees through a botched jailbreak to freedom. More please!


FTW:

How long must we wait until the Seinfeld Emoji app is real?


Coming soon to your smartphone: Icons of Junior Mints, and pretzels, a puffy shirt, and the whole Seinfeld gang—Jary, Gerge, Elane, and Kragnor, as they're lovingly called on the @Seinfeld2000 Twitter that's behind the project. Talk about giving the little pile of poo a run for its money!


FTW:

You don't see a World Cup semifinal like THAT every day


Regardless of your feelings toward fútbol, Tuesday's match between Germany and Brazil was one for the ages. Seven goals against the host country! Four goals in six minutes! Dreams were smashed, hearts were broken, Pornhub's "publication humiliation" category was overrun with soccer highlights, and it was amazing stuff. (On a more serious note, get well soon, Neymar!)


FTW:

Teen Wolf gets back to basics


"Muted" was one of those episodes that perfectly encapsulated everything that makes Teen Wolf great. Lacrosse finally returned to Beacon Hills, and with it came the humor and heart that were often put on hold in Season 3. But even as the show was returning to its roots, it also introduced several new characters that will likely go on to play much larger roles in the future. It was as if all the different pieces came together at once and congealed into one of series' most exciting hours yet.




FTWTF:

MTV's Finding Carter stumbles out of the gate

After the success of Teen Wolf and Faking It, we had high hopes for MTV's newest drama about a teenager who discovers that the woman she's always thought of as her mother is actually her kidnapper. But the series premiere was mired in clumsy dialogue, stiff adult characters, and more bad decisions and teen angst than we typically see on all of The CW's shows combined. Finding Carter has a decent story to tell, but it's already failing in its execution; here's hoping it finds a fix fast.


FTWTF:

The Leftovers confused us even more in Episode 2

The follow-up to a pilot that was equal parts confusing and intriguing lurched even further into baffling territory instead of providing us with a clearer picture of what this show is trying to be. Liv Tyler chopped down a tree; Chris Zylka ran away with an Asian teen at the behest of a hugging guru; the two teen girls followed a woman for an entire day after noticing she had a gun, and then they stole her jelly beans; and Justin Theroux had his bagel stolen by a toaster. Was it an hour full of slow-burn art that signified loss, or was it pretentious gibberish? At this point, it can still be either. 


FTWTF:

The Bridge returned stronger, but what's it doing now?


To say that The Bridge is better in Season 2 than it was in Season 1 wouldn't necessarily be incorrect. But that's largely because the first hour of its sophomore run wasn't as silly as the lowest points of Season 1, which hinged on the hammy search for revenge-murderer David Tate. Now that the serial killer arc is out of the way, The Bridge is still trying to find its footing, and we're still waiting for it to fulfill its potential. A homicidal Mennonite played by Franka Potente is a decent start, but wethinks the show still has a long way to go. 


FTWTF:

Everything's coming together on 24: Live Another Day, even if it's rushed


The miniseries' penultimate hour ramped up the drama as Jack pieced together the connection between the returning Cheng Zhi, the Russians, and the still-somewhat-sympathetic Mark, which primes the event season to conclude with quite a bang. Unfortunately, the episode was messier than other recent installments, mostly because it had so much ground to cover—and reminding us that even with half the episodes, it's still sometimes hard to explain any villain's plan on 24 in just one hour.




WTF:

True Blood is clearly prejudiced against werewolves


It's a shame about Alcide. Not only was he sidelined in terrible storylines that were largely disconnected from the rest of the action for most of his time on the supernatural drama, but then in this week's episode, he was murdered him in the laziest way possible, as if he was some sort of day player and not a main character with great abs. Alcide, you were too precious for Bon Temps and wayyyyy too good for Sookeh. Rest in peace, you sexy beast.


WTF:

Under the Dome fought a caterpillar invasion


Chester's Mill has battled deadly threats before, but this week, an infestation of butterfly babies made that meningitis outbreak from Season 1 look like a case of pinkeye. (Note to self: Pitch upcoming Under the Dome episode about outbreak of pinkeye.) With the caterpillars threatening the town's wheat crops—which have never been used to make anything since the diner is still operational—the certifiably insane Rebecca the Science Teacher decided that torching the fields was the best course of action. But it was up to Barbie to save the day, so he flew a cropduster and drowned those squrimy menaces in pesticide! Chester's Mill is saved again! And this show is not very good!


WTF:

Masters of Sex's ham-fisted opening credit sequence is nominated for an Emmy


*Teehee* a beaver *giggle* buttered muffins *snort* a cock *chuckle* the Washington Monument... are Emmy voters 12-year-old boys? 


WTF:

Kurt Sutter's annual bout of "Sons of Anarchy didn't get an Emmy nomination" chatter


The creator of the FX biker drama wrote a piece for NikkiFinke.com (red flag right there) explaining that an Emmy nomination would tarnish his "bombastic outlaw-asshole reputation" and cause the show lose viewers. He went on to say that he really wants an Emmy, while other shows that "ran out of story three seasons ago" take the trophies. Ummm, Sons has been running on fumes, dude. (.GIF of a typically subtle scene from the series courtesy of the Season 6 finale.)


WTF:

The Emmy nominations, oh God the Emmy nominations


Those first two entries were just a warm-up. We thought we were prepared for another round of predictable snubs, another roster full of repeat offenders—no, Tatiana Maslany never really had a chance (sigh), and yes, Modern Family was practically destined to compete in the Outstanding Comedy race. And yet, the 2014 Emmy nominees are the result of what can only be labeled as the laziest, most egregious voting in recent memory, while lots of deserving shows and actors were left out in the cold. Sure, there were a few pleasant surprises, too, but overall—sheesh.


WTF:

Hemlock Grove is already insane again

We haven't had enough time to take in all of Season 2, which hit Netflix on Friday, but the first two episodes contained plenty of the puking, skin-peeling, and blathering nonsense that polluted Season 1. Everyone who died or was dying in Season 1, is back through tongue reattachment surgery, genetic lab work, or whatever other magic this no-rules show comes up with. And the weirdest part? Nothing is actually happening, despite all the madness. 


WTF:

Big Brother's major early season alliance totally implodes


When will those playing Big Brother, a show exclusively defined by paranoia (and hatred of minority groups), learn that alliances formed within the first few days that try to control the game never, ever, ever work? This season's massive group of eight, the Bomb Squad, was radioactive almost from the word go and couldn't even last through two evictions, primarily due to the pure indecision and insanity of this week's HOH Devin. It makes for good TV, but reallllly poor gameplay. 


WTF:

Dominion gets bogged down in a lame hostage situation


Syfy's new holy war drama is still figuring itself out after a nutty pilot episode, but Thursday's fourth hour ran into some trouble with a hostage situation spearheaded by a brand-new character that put two unlikable characters in danger. Although the post-apocalyptic series features some good moments, plots like this week's suggest that it's always going to take itself far too seriously to be truly enjoyable.


WTF:

Rachel and Logan almost kissed on Suits


Ugh. Here we go with the love triangles again.


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? The debuts of Welcome to Sweden and Working the Engels on NBC? Neil Young's latest visit to The Tonight Show? Share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!


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GOD DAMMIT!! Show Tatiana Maslany the respect, praise and award she deserves Emmys!!
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They are giving an Emmy for Main Title Design - FIRST OFF, if that really is an award, and apparently it is, how can 'BANSHEE's titles not even get nominated? You may think 'Master of Sex' shouldn't have but 'Banshee' sure as hell SHOULD HAVE.
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BLACK SAILS!!!!!!!! Say what you want about the show, that intro is EPIC!!! (understandably, using the word epic likely negates any credibility my argument may have had)
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Agreed. I don't know if it has more to do with the design than Bear McCreary's title music but it is excellent. (I still think 'Black Sails' had more to offer than 'Crossbones'.)
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Regarding True Blood: I think it was good to start finishing off some characters. That was always a major flaw in the ongoing series. It's not that we are that involved in the charcaters anymore; there are to many and they don't die. I was a bit disappointed in this sundays episode because of that.

It's the final season, they can let go now. It wil make it much stronger as a whole.
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Remember how they made a whole episode in season one of Under the Dome how problematic it was when a house was on fire. Fire was a big threat and a very big problem because it could spread and it was very hard to put out. Remember, they formed a line handing buckets of water along? Everybody in the town had to help to put out a house on fire.

Now, they torch huge fields in uncontrollable fires and nobody considers the fire to even be a problem?

Sure, the show is filled with inconsistences and questionable stuff but this was really blatant since they made such a huge deal about the problem with fire in a whole episode first season. Actually they already made something similar in first season when they blew up something if i remember correctly, that was also a huge fire hazard that could have turned into a fire.

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I think pure wrong abut the emmys, the nominations weren't that bad!
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They weren't that good either. The amount of nominations for House of Cards, Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black was absolutely absurd, and I love all 3 of those shows! Spread the nominations out a bit and stop sucking up to the same shows!
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Why should they spread the nominations just for the sake of spreading the nominations? What's the point of that.
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I dont get why Masters of Sex intro nommenation is on WTF, when this same site once put it on the FTW part when it first aired. MAKE UP YOUR MIND
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Probably for the fact theres even a category for it, moreover, there are dozens of better intros to choose from.
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I thought that one was quite amazing, and that category are just for new shows. So I dont believe that are dozens of better new intros on new shows for that. But my problem with it was that they once put that intro on the FTW. How often does tv.com put intros on that section?
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Was it the same writer? They may be hiring more than one person to write articles now, that could go a long ways to explain more than one opinion floating around.
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It was great that you guys acknowledge the wonderful Ger-Brazil semi final.

I have to disagree with Finding Carter though. I thought it was quite good. Not as good as faking it but still better than many summer shows.

I am giving up on the leftovers and I love Liv Tyler but not enough to continue watching all the mess. I got a feeling it will keep the fans interested with promise of mysteries and how everything is related. The answers will turn out to be disappointing again. I just hope there is no season two.

Master of sex intro was awesome so why is it WTF ?

Its a catch 22 for the fans of Big brother. On one hand, we would love to watch crazy Devin evicted but on the other hand, we will not have so much fun if not for him. I think the smart people in the house will keep him and he might go all the way to the end so that he will end up being the runner-up (just like Gina Marie last year) because no one in the jury will vote for him.



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SOA isn't an Emmy worthy show. Maybe it's first few seasons but it's just a shell of what it used to be now. It's not even the best drama on FX lol.
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FTW:
Falling Skies (I just binge watched the entire series up to date after always seeing the ad and now I am addicted)
Teen Wolf because Lacrosse is back and Stiles is funny and Coach is crazy and Malia is adorable and family murdering axe murderers and peopl-eating monsters!!!!!

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2 words: True Blood.
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And yeah, you are a fucking asshole if you think the senseless killing of a dove is 'cool', so don't bother with the notifications, I don't read notifications anyway.
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It wasn't a real bird calm down bro.
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Ladies & Gentlemen: The incredible I-have-never-heard-about-special-effects Man!
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Reported this murder to the AHA, will let you know what they say. Perhaps this show is made in one of the countries outside of the U.S that couldn't care less about senseless murder.
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Where is the AHA on the murder of the pigeon?
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Brazil's semifinal game was a complete disaster obviously, but in my opinion, it was when they were already down by 5-0 that they started making fools of themselves. They kept running up to the edge of the penalty area just to throw themselves in the air and fall to the ground. It looked absolutely ridiculous, and they did it over and over. Fortunately the referee didn't fall for any of it. I just wish he had handed out some yellow cards for it.

In the match for 3rd place, we finally got a referee with the balls to hand out yellow cards for diving, but the two that he handed out were to people who actually got fouled and fell because of that. It was hilarous that one of them was Arjen Robben.

The referees made a lot of other mistakes. Brazil probably should have had two penalties, and one of the goals was technically an offside. But it was absolutely impossible for the referees to see that, so I don't blame them for that one.

Brazil's Oscar looked like he was trying to beat some kind of diving record, and some of his team mates weren't much better. What a pathetic and undignified way to lose these two games. It's a sad day for football when Arjen Robben is playing one of the last matches in the world cup, and he isn't the biggest cheater on the pitch.
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Robben actually deserve it even if not for that incident. He tries his best to fall down in most matches.
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As much as I LOVE SOA, It definitely is running on fumes, the latest season was worse than season 3, which is saying something, the latter half was great however, and the finale shocked me to my core. But the new casting decisions for the final season (Courtney Love & Marilyn Manson?!!!!) prove that Kurt Sutter is talking out of his ass about which shows should be nominated when he'd rather do stunt casting than casting talented new ACTORS

I'm looking forward to the final season because SOA is one of my favorite shows in the past 10 years but season 6 definitely did NOT deserve Emmy Noms.... Hannibal on the other hand, did.
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FTW: I know 99% of the audience gave up long ago on HALT & CATCH FIRE but I find it is, in spite of many flaws, a good smart watch. The acting is always great and it now (ep. 5) has found a relatively solid pace as a (mainly) character-driven drama. I am sure those who understand the tech stuff find it interesting.

WTF/FTW: If there was ever one is THE LEFTOVERS. It is hard to tell if the confusion generated by all that characters leave unasked/unsaid (for no good reason) is a sign of a good plot or just a confused mess. The acting is also hard to judge since the characters do plenty of stuff that is left unexplained (Zylka's character or Liv Tyler joining the cult). I am leaning towards this being a high concept wannabe self-important show but since is summer and most TV sucks, giving it a few more shots...

WTF: You may as well have Under the dome and True blood as permanent WTF for the rest of the summer.
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Actually, this week's True Blood wasn't WTF worthy. It might be a permanent WTF from episode 5 on, but episode 4 definitely wasn't.
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I wanted the leftovers to be good but I think it is a pretender.

Totally agree Halt and Catch Fire is good especially episode four and five but it was too late as most people already gave up.
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I thought the first two were the best ones.
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Good points, all of them. The best shows on TV at this exact moment are "Halt and catch fire" and "Tyrant". Neither of them is BB/GoT awesome, but they're certainly better than the nonsense that's on the air right now, for example Under the dome, True Blood, Crossbones, 24, Dominion, The leftovers, and the absurdly overrated Teen Wolf.

Rectify is OK too, but it's too slow to be really enjoyable.
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Agree on Halt and Catch fire , Tyrant. I rated Rectify season one very highly. Season two is too early to judge. Episode three was average, the rest was good.

24 and Dominion is fun !

Power is one of my favorite show now. I liked the style of the show and the cast especially the main lead.
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24 is fun, I'll give you that. But it's not good anymore.
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  • I haven't watched it but Tyrant looks terrible. I can't get over their casting a Brit for the main character which makes me think the show is going to be a non-stop cliche about the generic Middle East.
  • Similarly on Crossbones, I haven't watched it but just by watching the promo of it was obvious to me it'd be awful.
  • I've been watching Dominion and it is OK, perfectly watchable summer fare.
  • I think only fans of Teen Wolf, including legendary photo recap producer Price Peterson, overrate the show (myself included). It is not a GREAT TV Show but within the genre of teen-orientated supernatural shows, it stands miles ahead of any other I have watched, certainly The Vampire Diaries that has become so awful. Not sure about Supernatural as I've never watched it but if the show is still there after 10 seasons, it can't be that bad.
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I think Tyrant was the shocker for this season. Brilliant first episodes.
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I wish Sailor Moon Crystal was on the FTW list.
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I love you write fútbol and no soccer, (at least one time) thank you!
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FTW: Welcome to Sweden being really fresh and funny.
FTW: Teen Wolf being back in the real game
FTW: Sailor Moon Crystal is pretty good
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"it has the potential to be an enjoyable series" is exactly the kind of things that I run away from now. I need my TV show with a BANG, not with a "Yeah...could be fun..." which happens way to much on TV lately... (in my taste)
Am I alone in this?
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WTF: The Emmy nominations
WTF: Craig Ferguson just has not been good lately. I think it has something to do with so many pre-taped shows
FTW: This recreation of the Person of Interest opening from the equally themed Watch Dogs game is better than that GTAV/Sopranos one. FTW: I posted this last week but its still great: FTW of the Week: Bernard Cornwells "Last Kingdom' series is getting made by BBC. Please let them do it justice.
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Love the Orphan Black parody by those young girls. I bet Kira & Felix would too!
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FTW: Halt and Catch Fire, because the show is awesome. Front-page worthy. But alas...

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WTF: The one sided coverage of the Israel/Palestine conflict and the lack of coverage of Palestinian civilian casualties and their direct targeting.
WTF: Mass hysteria ginned up by FOX/other media outlets about influx of child refugees to the country fleeing violence in their home countries. They dont even bother to hide the racism.
WTF: SYTYCD is just lacking this year. Everything from the choreography to the judges, which is a shame because I used to really enjoy it.

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FTW Teen Wolf oh I missed saying Teen Wolf on this particular topic. I loved how we kind of took a step back while still managing to jump 5steps forward. Lacrosse :) stiles and Scott just hanging out being brothers/BFF, Malia, Derek and Braedans sexiness together, deputy McHottie, hot teen now dead WENDIGO, creepy a small hell mouth less man :0 and well no Kate.
WTF Tatiana Maslany not receiving an Emmy nomination, by god she deserves it.
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Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield among other great shows, predicted the World Cup final match BEFORE the semifinals: https://twitter.com/ShawnRyanTV/status/485557588663074816
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OMG! That's just as hard as winning two coin flips.
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"When will those playing Big Brother, a show exclusively defined by paranoia (and hatred of minority groups), learn that alliances formed within the first few days that try to control the game never, ever, ever work? "

Two words: The Brigade. This alliance had 3 of its 4 members make final 3 and they made an alliance night 2. That's why people think it will work.

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One part I have to disagree with is 24. When you are given 12 episodes of a show that is accustomed to 24 ...this will happen. I thought they did a masterful job driving the plot towards conclusion without making huge jumps. Remember - this is all in REAL TIME. A normal ep is just an hour of the show's day. All of this is going down at once, so it onlt feels rushed because the format isn't normal TV where a couple episodes are devoted to it. Shit sometimes DOES hit the fan in real life and stuff happens all at once. This is the beauty of 24.

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"Remember - this is all in REAL TIME"

I know that they're saying that it is, but I can't even pretend that it is anymore. The Chinese villain got control of the override device...something that he couldn't possibly have expected to do at the start of the day. His nerd immediately knew how to use it. They ordered a submarine to fire on a Chinese ship. The ship's captain got the order, and ordered his crew to act on it. They did. The torpedo hit. All of this within what? Five minutes? And then a couple of minutes later, the president was watching the ship burn, in London.
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Think of 364 days of the year as boring as shit. But this one damn day the shit hits the fan and everything just kind of comes together at once on the worst day ever. I do that, and I can file "believability" away and enjoy it for what it is. The format is much better suited to 24 episodes (hours) since a lot of shit can come together between hour 1 and hour 20. Unfortunately - they chose to do this in 12.
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The reason they needed 24 episodes before, and the reason why they said that 12 episodes was going to work out great, is that Jack has always solved the main problem around episode 12 anyway, and then they've had to deal with an entirely different problem or some absurd plan B and C.

Now it seems that even though they only had 12 episodes to work with, they chose to deal with the main threat by episode 9, and then come up with an incredibly rushed secondary story.
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YOu said that much better than I did - but that is exactly what I was trying to say a smidge down the thread to Coodookie's comment.
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I actually have to disagree here (for once) Ed. As big a fan as I am of 24, the link between Cheng and the Russian's hasn't sat well with me at all.

It really has come across (to me at least) as a rush job to connect the two stories into something cohesive. I'm usually the first person advocating a policy of 'check your sense of realism at the door' but this turn of events has pushed me past that.

Having said that, I enjoyed the episode and would love to see more. That's 24 for ya!
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Coodookie - on that point I will agree. Linking the 2 countries with a wave of that hand was too much. But I am filing that under:

*"we had HALF the episodes to provide this story in the 24 format"

I can live with that glitch. I know the link would have developed in week 16 or 17 in a normal season. I just file it away and let Chloe delete it.

Having this show back is wonderful. Getting it back to its normal format would be better.
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Yeah. Having a normal run of 24 episodes would have been AMAZING. But cutting down the number of episodes shouldn't be used as an excuse for 'jazz hands' story telling.

There is any number of ways it could have been dealt with. They could have cut one of the stories, have Jack dispatch Margot an episode or two earlier to allow more time to build the Cheng side.

I thought, after episode 10, that Cheng was simply trying to kill two birds with one stone. Setting off a war between the country that abandoned him and a country he hates. He doesn't seem like the kind of character who would be working with anyone (let alone pleading to them when things have gone wrong!)
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The thing is ...24 is a show that thrived on twists and turns and multiple plot threads. Without it - it isn't 24. Which means they should have made the decision to either do what you suggest and lessen the show or do it in the format it was designed for. It is like they wanted the best of all worlds and they wanted to do it in half the time.

For me - it worked. I have loved the season. But I understand why some are frustrated with mashing this all together in a couple of eps. Since the ratings were good, I hope they'll reconsider and move it back to 24 episodes.
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Only for the Suits mention - spot on. You could see this coming from a mile away and I still think Rachel was hiding a call from Logan (Logan? really? Where is your brother Thorne?) a couple eps ago. I have been a Rachel defender for the most part (at least her part in the story). But if they pull this crap and expect us to care... let's just say MOST will be wishing Mike finds out and dumps her (very sweet) ass.
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FTW - Teen Wolf of course
FTW - Chasing Life - it's not Bunheads but it's good

WTF- Extant - was there a sci fi cliché they didn't put in this show?
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FTW: The Bridge incorporating a flashforward without the typical network TV captioning of the following scene (e.g., "24 hours earlier").

WTF: The Bridge not incorporating a dark background on the subtitles. I don't mind reading subtitles, but I do get somewhat annoyed when some words end up on a background and I have trouble reading them; Elizabeth Hasselbeck complaining about the possibility of Rosie O'Donnell returning to The View (calling in from her 'ruined" vacation, no less!). I guess ABC achieved its objective, because when was the last time The View was mentioned in "the news"? And this may be the first press Elizabeth Hasselback has gotten since signing on to Fox and Friends. Assuming Hasselback's angst was sincere, it was a classless move on her part.

P.S.: Any critic who complains that a show takes itself too seriously to be entertaining should have his credentials removed. There are plenty camp shows from the '60s and '70s you can watch (like Batman and the third season of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.).

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Double-FTW:
- Wilfred! Did you see this episode?! Dog damn it, it was awesome, despite the lame explanation for Ryan's behaviour.
FTWTF:
- Extant. I guess the set-up was good enough for an opening episode, there is material to look forward to, but judging by the ratings we don't have to worry about the show for long. Bye, bye, Halle. Your return to TV will be short-lived. And Spielberg adds another cancelled TV show to his resume.
WTF:
- The Leftovers. I'm not watching this any more. Two episodes was enough. I wasn't in love with the idea from the beginning, and watching the show confirmed my fears. Booo-RING! A mystery show needs a hook that pulls people in, one that makes you expect future revelations. This show doesn't have one. I have no reason to continue watching it.
- Do I have to add Under the Dome on the list again? Probably not, because otherwise I have to put it on the list every week in the name of consistency, and that just becomes repetitive.
- Finding Carter. Yeah, I agree with you. It was a disappointment. It wasn't even good enough to earn a place on my FTWTF list.

Do you really not like the opening credit sequence of Masters of Sex? I admit it's not subtle, and probably not Emmy nomination worthy considering the many great sequences out there, but it is playful. It refers to how people could not speak frankly about sex in the late 50s, early 60s, and instead had to use euphemisms.
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loved brazil vs germany specially the part were we (ARGENTINA)are in the final!!!!!!!! after 24 years kisses to brazil and neymar of course
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vaaaamos Argentina &3
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FTW --
The best fantasy show in the world finally hits the US! Almighty Johnsons premiers on SYFY Friday nights. Don't miss the best of New Zealand.
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I just gave the guy below working from home a thumbs up. Except for that and Letterman's take on the DOME, and Brian Williams take on the Bachelorette, I got nothing... Gonna watch me some Rectify with my lunch...
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Time to remodel the kitchen while ma's not home!
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Rectify is awesome as always.So unsettling in the quietest possible way!
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On the upside, the previews say Rachel will have a medical crisis next episode. If she dies, those love triangles will go away. Why can't we get another Donna/Rachel clubbing scene?
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I never watch the previews (hate spoilers), but please oh please, let Logan die saving Rachel from something. Or both can die. Anyway I'm in total agreement about this burgeoning love crisis with Mike/Rachel/Logan. If it doesn't end in at least one death soon, I'll be pissed.
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Its like Brazil just didn't bother showing up :


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Yeah,I quickly removed my Brazil flag from my car after that disaster of a game.Bring on the Euro Cup!
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Brazil won't win that either :-)
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I'll being rooting for Portugal in the Euro Cup 2016! I'll root for Portugal and Brazil in the World Cup 2018.Hopefully both will learn from their mistakes from this World Cup!
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You better hope Ronaldo doesn't get injured, otherwise Portugal will be a very ordinary team.

And what do you think are Brazil's chances for the Copa America?
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they didn't show up today either….lol…it was awesome!
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It would seem you now like proper football :-)
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EXCELLENT finale game!
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err, they didn't show up either day
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Those matches must win Emmy's for best comedy! (I laughed so much!)
but, according to the coach, there's no problem whatsoever... and, let's face it, it was all Fred's fault (even though he wasn't playing yesterday)
And, by the way, if you ever need a psychologist, hire the same one that worked for CBF.... The players were very emotionally stable! (irony)
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The Leftovers is just bad. They spent the whole of the episode questioning the sanity of the Chief when it would be clear or not if only he shot the dogs. 9mm vs a rifle is pretty easy for anyone to distinguish. So either the writers are dumb, intentionally making their characters dumb or think the viewer is dumb.

And Extant was kind of mediocre. They need a similar summer series to Person of Interest.
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You know, you might want to consider finally catching up on Breaking Bad. This Summer seems to be filled with almost nothing but stupid TV.
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I was thinking just the same thing. Ugh, that is what 60+ hours give or take.
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62 episodes to be exact, but it's all worth it. Hopefully...
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Netflix.
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One last question. How are you watching through this? DVD, Netflix...?
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It is better, just having Bryan Cranston on it does wonders. But compared to True Blood, the Leftovers and then rest, yea this is way better. I'll get episode two tomorrow.
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It sounds like the first episode didn't really hook you. It is far from the best on that show, but it was good enough for me to continue It had to better than a lot of the shit that you've sat through this Summer.
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Ok I will continue then. Actually I should do it just based on your recommendation.
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Right now, the wife doesn't do anything. I can't really answer those questions because they get addressed as you continue on. I love all the seasons, but the first season might be the weakest.
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Ok I saw the first episode. It wasn't that bad however I need to know a few things before I continue.

Does it address how he can be a part of a Nobel Laureate team and wind up working as a half assed Chemistry teacher for crap pay and is forced to work at a car wash? Because that is a giant fall and not a place where someone as supposedly intelligent as this man is should end up. He lives in NM he should be at one of the national labs.

Two, Does the wife do anything? She is a writer, I get that but does she have a job?

Three, this was a five season show. Do they ever address how he can live for five seasons even though with his diagnosis he had maybe 2 years, tops.
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YAY!!!!!DEUTSCHLAND UBER ALLES!!!!!!!!!! DEUTSCHLAND DEUTSCHLAND DEUTSCHLAND

SEVEN-one !!!!!
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I marked your words. From the first group game on you said Germany will win it - I hope you're right, Kerkesh, I really do.
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WE WON WE WON WE WON!!!!!!DEUTSCHLAND UBER ALLES!!!! I AM ELATED BEYOND WORDS. KLOTENSEN, MY FREIND WE WON!!!!!!!!!!
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YES!!! OMG KERKESH, WHAT IS IT WITH YOU, YOU ARE A MEDIUM, YOUR CONFIDENCE WAS A BEACON TO FOLLOW!!!
DEEUUTSCHLAAAAND, SCHLAAAND!


GÖTZE is a phenomenon!!!
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I never thought I can be so happy. Amidst all the shit of this world at least one thing is right.
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I have always supported Germany in soccer. My two godsons live in Frankfurt Am Main and they both are getting to be pretty good at it. Although both are better in swimming competitions if truth be said :-D
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Good luck in the final.
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YES!!!!!
pure awesomeness!!
Did you see this post I did a couple days ago?
http://www.tv.com/topics/ftw-vs-wtf/community/post/germanys-annihilation-of-brazil-should-be-ftw-1404950185/
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Yep.Poor Brazil, lost against Netherlands 3-0. They are so humiliated.They are so pathetic.I feel really bad for them.
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They deserved that, seriously.... I'm Brazilian and I was supporting Holand yesterday (my grandma thought the last goal was from Brazil, when I celebrated it), simply because the Holand team was better.
Besides, my dream final would be Germany x Holand just because they were the nicest teams that have come here! They were also doing tourism here and seamed so happy to be here!
Today, I'm Deutschland über alles!
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Hmm, I don't feel bad for them. They made it 4th place and they have done very well in the past. They can learn from this experience.
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