FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (July 8)

The fireworks may be over (unless you live next door to Sea World, then it's you who's over the fireworks), but that doesn't mean there's nothing left to "oooh" and "aaahhh" about... including television! Before you run outside to chase the heat waves like a sweatier, less-ripped version of Bodhi from Point Break, "oooh," "aaahhh," and "eeek!" over this good and bad things that happened on television in the last seven days:


FTW



Melissa Leo literally on Louie


Warning: NSFW language and adult situations and Melissa Leo talking dirty.

The Oscar nominee stole the show in this week's episode of Louie, playing Louie's new drinking buddy and sex toy in the series' funniest scene yet. Seeing her crawling all over the top of his head and punching him in the face while calling him not the heterosexual he claims to be was almost too much to handle, but it was her hand pantomime of a dirty sexual act that made her our new favorite person. [WARNING: The video is pretty dirty, so make sure your kids aren't in the room.]



Jenna Hamilton's Awkward. home life


Awkward. is built around the Matty/Jake decision, but Jenna's beef with her mom is adding serious emotional foundation to a show that is otherwise delightfully hyper-realistic.



Weeds' non-twist twist


We're getting to the point where TV viewers are so savvy about cliffhangers and end-of-season twists that we expect shocks and misdirection at all times. So when Weeds Season 8 premiered and we found out what happened with the sniper, the most shocking twist was no twist at all: Sure enough, Nany Botwin got SHOT IN THE HEAD! She survived, obviously, because Weeds isn't the type of show that would work well with a ghost protagonist, but still... we didn't see that coming.



Teen Wolf's no-big-deal gay bar visit


Aside from possibly The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf is probably the gayest show on television. But in a futuristic way! The gay character is the most popular kid in school and his orientation is never fuel for after-school-special type preaching. So this week when several characters went into a gay bar to track down a villain, we half expected the straight guys to resort to the typical gay panic humor we see on every other TV show. But nope! Scott and Stiles were so cool with it that Stiles even got his feelings hurt when a dude DIDN'T buy him a drink. It was all downright charming, and the no-big-deal-ness of it all was so rare that it ended up being downright important.



Syfy's glowing package


We tend to get a lot of screeners for upcoming shows, but Syfy just has a way with theirs: This year's Alphas and Warehouse 13 screener came in a box that glowed! Honestly, for shut-ins like us, we appreciate any bit of extra light we can get.



The death of the child Authority member on True Blood


While it's not a TERRIBLE idea to have an ancient child on the all-powerful board of vampires (articulate children can be very creepy), this particular child actor was not exactly the most commanding of actors. Even with limited dialogue he still grated on our nerves, so when Christopher Meloni's character STAKED him, we were so happy we began to suspect we willed it to happen. Farewell child Authority member! You won't be missed.



WTF



Tina Fey's ridiculous rap debut


The 30 Rock star makes an appearance on the latest mixtape by Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Community's Donald Glover), and while it's very Tina Fey and worth a listen, it's also kind of terrible. "A" for effort, but no post-30 Rock hip-hop careers for you, Liz Lemon!



Syfy's Bigfoot was an elephant graveyard of formerly successful people


We know that a major element of the Syfy Original formula is the starring roles for faded stars, so the presence of Danny Bonaduce and Barry "Greg Brady" Williams was both expected and pretty hilarious. But it majorly bummed us out to see Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) and Bruce Davison (everything) involved here. We love you guys! What happened?! As for you, Alice Cooper, we have no words.



Shaun's "prank" on The Bachelorette


During Emily's visit to meet his family, Shaun played a "prank" on her which mostly involved lying and messing up the guest room real bad to trick her into thinking he lived at home and was a slob. The best part was how easily she believed it, but still barely changed her attitude once she found out it wasn't real. (Although, WHICH part wasn't real, Shaun? The messiness, or you living at home?) Anyway, if there's one thing that's a bigger turn-off than sloppy living, it's gotta be lame pranks. So congrats, Shaun! Nailed it.



More faeries on True Blood


Ugh, haven't we been through this before? Knock it off, show!


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

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That's right, Teen Wolf better be on this list, and the list after that, and after that... You get the gist.
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Sometimes I wonder if I'm missing anything by not watching a lot of TV; then I'm reminded, and I'm glad I don't.
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When you win an Oscar, you're an Oscar winner, not a nominee. I think Melissa Leo dropped an F-bomb on TV during her acceptance speech.



FTW: TNT's Dallas marathon; happened to tune in 15 minutes into the pilot and sat all the way through the new episode. Also, the "Debt End" segment on The Rachel Maddow Show.
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does't anyone realize that fairies are actually also a big deal in the sookie stackhouse books?
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SyFy's Bigfoot might have been WTF, but Price's review of SyFy's Bigfoot was FTW!
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Yes Teen Wolf is da bomb!!!! I dont care how gay it is, it is still awesome, scary, funny and great!!!!! Stiles is the best!!!!!
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I think Tina Fey's verse in that song was hysterical, I don't get how that gets into WTF, of course she wasn't trying, that was the whole joke. It was funny.
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My take is that they didn't expect it to be serious, but if it was intended to be funny, it didn't quite launch. And Tina Fey trying to be cool and current but failing isn't really funny any more; it's old.
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Why is Tina Fey's rap in WTF? Did they actually thin she wold make a serious rap song? Sometimes I doubt the intelligence of the tv.com staff, they seem to have taken more than one thing seriously that was obviously a joke.
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HDU, fairies on TB makes everything better. I think what you meant to say was "shifters".
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I'm pretty sure they intended that white light to FILL the box, not be a few little pins of light behind a mostly dark diffuser. Still, I've seen worse press packages.
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Tina Fey's rap on Childish Gambino's song was pretty funny.
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And it's been bothering me for that long.
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Just when you thought True Blood couldn't get any worse... seriously what the hell was that ending?
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don't watch... simple math walter white knows this
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What's the deal with the mole on Sherilynn Fenn's face? I think most of us would be a little concerned if we had a big black mole like that.
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"the deal" is that its always been there. At least for the past 20 years.
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And that''s about as long as it's been bothering me.
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Melissa Leo was pretty hilarious! But I guess that's what you can expect from talent.
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Teen Wolf FTW! That show is so good.
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true blood is probably the gayest show.... haha
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I thought "Glee" was.
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Ugh, it must've been a bad week for TV if these made the list.
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Just a typical summer week. When the networks fill their timeslots with reality show crap, there's nothing to comment on after the first week when they all hit the WTF section.
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Hey! Hey! Awkward. and Teen Wolf deserve the FTW spot, thank you.
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You know it's bad when packaging makes the list. Glowing packaging isn't cool, it's desperation to seem cool. Ugh thinking about Syfy depresses me.
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As George Christopher from Bored to Death would say, hey now I want some glowing packaging too!
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You mean GLEE is not the gayest show?? haha.
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The fact that Glee makes such a big deal out of the gayness in its show is kind of a turn off to a Gay Guy like me. XD Teen Wolf's no-big-deal gayness is, in a way, more progressive and therefore makes it gayer by my standards. ^_^
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Agreed. Glee turned into "Kurt and the Pips" for quite a while. ("Tonight on a special episode of Blossom, I mean Glee, we'll learn more about the gay struggle.") In contrast, Teen Wolf says "One of our characters is gay, but that's not the story."
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