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

Have you finished the new season of Arrested Development yet? Here at TV.com, we're serious about television-watching trends and the one that's currently on our minds is Netflix's spit-'em-all-out-at-once strategy. Many of you seem to enjoy binging on a whole season's worth of entertainment in one sitting, so starting next week, we'll release the next three months' worth of "FTW vs. WTF" and just predict what will be cool and what will be baby drool for the entire summer (WTF: True Blood's Jason putting on 100 pounds and still walking around shirtless. FTW: Falling Skies becoming into an intergalactic musical). But in the meantime, here's what was super neat and what stank like feet on TV on television this week. 


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NPH's opening number at the Tony Awards

"Stick with me 'cause your emcee's a season pro..." And how! Plus he danced with Mike Tyson and, pulled off an illusion Tony Wonder could only aspire to, and then delivered one hell of a rhyme in a Les Mis-style extreme closeup. It almost makes us a little excited for the Emmys!




The Venture Bros.'s triumphant return

Okay, so we're a week late to the party, but the seemingly endless wait for the Season 5 premiere of television's best show about failure was well worth it. Soaked in pop culture references that managed to all come together in a ridiculous plot that resulted in Rusty actually completing a task for once, "What Color Is Your Clean Suit?" was an hour-long delight. Last Sunday's "Venture Libre" was a little less successful, but between Hank's jungle-themed, coffee bean-fueled Batman riff and the return of Venturestein, we can't complain too much.




John Oliver's angry welcome on The Daily Show

John Oliver has done as well as could be expected in his first week as the temporary host of The Daily Show—the fish-in-a-barrel nature of the NSA/PRISM spying story has helped immensely—but the highlight of the week was seeing the show's other correspondents shake angry fists and make snide comments about penis-covered glass ceilings, foreigners taking American jobs, and the lack of respect for seniority on the job that helped to make the temporary transition an easy one.




Jeffrey Tambor recreates the opening to The Larry Sanders Show for Jimmy Fallon


A great tribute to a great show. Oh the nostalgia!




Hank Azaria reads the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup in Simpsons voices

Two of America's favorite pastimes collided and resulted in something way too cool for words. But we have one gripe: Where's Comic Book Guy?




Burn Notice's 100th episode travels back in time to Ireland...


...via flashback. Yes sir, this syndication milestone had it all: Fi and Michael "McBride" meeting for the first time, 2001 bangs, make-ups and break-ups, dramatic Irish accents, and direction by Jeffrey Donovan himself. Now if only this final season would reveal the origins of Michael's intense yogurt obsession...  




Magic City's Season 2 Premiere


Ike managed to avoid prison, but that doesn't mean the Miramar Playa's problems are over. In fact, after snubbing Ben Diamond and making a bid to work for Fidel Castro, chances are, Mr. Evans and his brood are in for a messy/awesome season. Also: Yay for giving Vera something to do other than pine for a baby. 




An obsessed Brazillian artist recreates the Friends apartment with paper

Hey, it's his call on how he wants to spend his free time. Fortunately, we reap the benefits. (Many more pictures here.)




The teaser for HBO's True Detective

Lost among the hype for the Game of Thrones finale, the previews for True Blood and Boardwalk Empire, and that bizarre trailer for The Newsroom was this quick teaser for True Detective, the time-jumping murder mystery starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. We've been looking forward to this ever since it was announced, and now we're even more excited, thanks to this moody tease.




Bluthfighter!

This isn't real, but it should be. We'd easily devote as much time as necessary to learning all the fighter's tricks. I mean, illusions, Michael!



Thanks to TV.com user @jamesbond for the F-T-W-T-F .GIF!



Teen Wolf tortured Isaac AGAIN this week

FTW because Isaac is probably the most beautiful thing on TV right now, but WTF because everybody needs to leave Isaac alone jeez!



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Duck Dynasty expands to Christmas albums, cruises

The loveable hillbilly-ness of the Robertsons is long gone, thanks to the overmarketing of the A&E reality stars. Overmarketing of reality stars? Shocking, we know. Later this year you'll be able to hear Willie, Phil, Jase, Jep, and Si sing your favorite holiday classics, and for just $749, you can spend four days at sea with them next summer. Dynasty indeed.




The Bachelorette trots out some requisite dirty laundry

You'd think after 900+ cycles of this show the producers would be able to screen out the baddies, but then what kind of fun/sacrifice to the TV Gods would that be? This Monday saw Brian "Pink V" Jarosinsk slammed with the arrival of maybe-girlfriend Stephanie, confirming suspicions that he was not consuming poolside white wine and killer guac with the bros of Harrison Manor "for the right reasons." Like all sensationalized displays of human frailty, the encounter was awkward and weird, mainly because zero emotional connections have been established, so Desiree just kind of stared at the ground while two dopes had the kind of vapid standoff you'd expect to see in the dumbest part of the mall (Abercrombie & Fitch?). Oh well, guess they can't all be Juan Pablos! 




Falling Skies falls right into the Creepy Baby trope

Newborn Alexis, daughter of Tom and Anne, is advanced for her age. REALLY advanced. And it sucks. 




Sylvia took Don back for like ten seconds on Mad Men... and Sally saw it


The way to a woman's pants is through her draft-dodging son... until Sally Draper walks in on nookie time. We're all for Don finally getting caught and having to face some consequences for once, but his daughter's future therapy is going to cost thousands. Poor girl. 




The Critics' Choice Awards make it rain trophies for The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory is a fine show; it's nowhere near the worst comedy on TV, but it's also nowhere near the best. We're used to seeing it receive a few nominations at the more "traditional" Emmys, but it was a little surprising to see the show pick up Best Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actor (Simon Helberg), and Best Supporting Actress (Kaley Cuoco, in a tie with The Middle's Eden Sher) at the Critics' Choice Awards, which theoretically exist to reward the shows and performers that aren't likely to receive much attention from the Academy (see: Tantiana Maslany's absolutely FTW win for Orphan Black). Yet, there was Big Bang Theory, dominating the comedy categories. Just a little weird.




Character posters for The Newsroom?


We here at TV.com—well, mostly Tim—have often said that online "posters" for television shows are silly, although they least they serve the collectable-crazy genre crowd well. But this new collection from HBO for The Newsroom seems particularly unnecessary, promoting the brainy and often-preachy drama with black-and-white stills of each character accompanied by a choice quote. And Neal's quote isn't even about Bigfoot. 


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?

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Muderboy - tried to reply to your comment on on my comment re: TBBT, but alas I didn't have a reply button to hit (a frustration I have with tv.com comments section once you get too far along in a thread!).... anyways ... I agree with you 100% as to why people watch TBBT - I watch the show too! I may have come across more harsh on the subject than I intended. I was commenting on why there are droves of "nerds" that *don't* watch it from what I've read and podcasts I've listened to .. and the laugh tract is a necessary staple in multi-camera comedies, I definitely understand this, so it is unfair to use it as reasoning for anything, I just found it interesting watching scenes without it. I posted a comment that apparently actually never got posted going into more detail about all of the above and why I like the show along with millions of others. I think it's success, especially originally, stems from the fact that it filled avoid that existed on TV - none of the three big networks had a show, let alone a sitcom, that explored this world, and TBBT does it well. I can just see why from some people's perspective they believe that it's hyped. Also agreed about the girls, Amy - once the writers decided she would be a series regular and not a small bit part - became one of my favorites to watch!
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I don't have a problem w/ TBBT winning, especially in the acting categories because Kaley and Simon really help make the show what it is. There might be some funnier ones out there (Hey, New Girl!) but TBBT can appeal to everyone which seems to be the key anymore.
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Big Bang Theory winning was a great invigorating surprise, I am tired of unfunny shows winning awards & finally the critics acquired a funny bone
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John Oliver did well last week on "The Daily Show". I found the sketch were the other correspondents were all pissed off about not getting the hosting job to be annoying. What was even more annoying was them mocking John Oliver's British accent. On the following night's episode, Oliver was mocked for the way he pronounced the word "privacy". OK. We get it. Drop the tired old cliches and get back to the comedy which makes "The Daily Show" great.
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Wow, thanks for that link to NPH's Tony opening. Have repeated it a bazillion times today since I found it here. What an opening number. Can't recall any host of ANY awards show that did it better (bigger?) than that. Not even when Jimmy Fallon gathered half of TV land to rock his way to the stage at the Emmys.
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OMG! In the FTW/WTF section it should be the fact that i think where the Arrested Development ostrich comes from : In Jason Bateman apereance in the show Scrubs he has an ostrich i know it sounds crazy but not as crazy as the parmesan/mustard joke
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Miss Pill (besides boob tweeting herself and resembling an 80's secretary) looks like she's just finishing 'dispelling' something else in that poster ;)
Sally Draper should already be in therapy after seeing her step grandmother blowing uncle Roger weeks back :0
Always great to see and be reminded of The Larry Sanders Show. Shame Tambor couldn't of introduced the remaining members of the Wu-Tang Clan as guests :)
Top drawer to have Magic City back. Huston is bril' as the psycho perv from the Hot Place. Sherilyn Fenn though looks like she's either wearing a fat suit or, is simply fat these days. But her sassy mouthed role as a madame is fun times - merkins ahoy, skipper!
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Am I the only person who had to look up what trope meant? :)
I assumed it meant repetitive cliche and I was correct.
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Common assumption, but not entirely correct. It's not really possible to write without tropes. To say it means something like a standard literary device might be more accurate.
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Best FTW was actually that Veronica Mars' Dick Casablancas is back.... and in good form....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADKKZA5twgI&feature=youtu.be
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I was a bit worried about The Daily Show without Jon Stewart, but the first week was good for sure. The first day w all the other correspondents acting pissed off was hilarious.
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FTW: Stiles almost having sex on Teen Wolf
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FTW: the early leak of Ray Donovan! Great pilot
Thanks KW;-)
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Eeeeek! I've been frantically waiting for Ray Donovan. There was an early release?! MUST FIND.
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just the pilot which is great!
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'The Bat or the Bag?". I loved that line LoL. It made me think what one I would have chosen! And then the whole dyed green thing was awesome. There were quite a few things that made me laugh actually.
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that was really awesome!
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I thought it was rather good, ready to see more!
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I never have understood "comedy critics." Comedy is a thing that different forms work for different people; what someone might find funny, someone else might find stupid or another case irritating. People laugh at things usually because they can relate to a situation or they enjoy the observations it makes about the world. Some people might like BBT because they can relate with Penny and have been around quirky "oddballs" all day, and like its portrayal; some people have been outcasts and can relate to Troy and Abed or Jenna Hamilton and the way she views the characters around her; we can relate to Michael Scott or the co-workers because we have been at times either the "straight" or "funny" man (which works in virtually every comedy), but it's all about the characters which make a show endearing to watch, not just how "good" the punch lines or "quality" of humor is. Same goes for late night television...while some might find Craig Ferguson's routine quirky and offbeat, others might find it annoying and might prefer a more standard set-up like Kimmel, Leno, Stewart or Letterman and might prefer a more "straight man" (vs. someone eccentric) making observations about the world and delivering jokes. Big Bang is a show where I get where both sides are coming from (both the "I love it and "I hate it" based on how much you like the characters and their portrayals.) In my opinion, I find it of middling quality, alongside Modern Family, the early episodes of Louie, HIMYM, and really too many others to name without being flamed by rabid fans, but all-in-all comedy is about different strokes for different people.
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Big Bang Theory? Really??? I just don't get it..... I don't understand the fascination... oh America....
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Simon Helberg was on a roll this season though.
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Agreed. Oh look, nerdy smart people... being all nerdy... and smart... and there's a hot chick... that's the show... tune in next week when the characters will be all nerdy and smart with a hot chick nearby... again.


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I absolutely agree, I forced myself to watch the first season to see if it would become funny...it didn't
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The first season was crap. Third season onwards is gold. keep trying.
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I'm really impressed with Neil Patrick Harris right now. Some actors make unreasonable amounts of money, but this guy has proven he deserves every penny of what he gets.
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Yep....overmarketing of the Duck Dynasty show. Btw, Phil Robertson, the family patriach, put out a book that has sold close to 750,000 copies to date with his brother Si (a real eccentric) doing an upcoming book with advance orders of half a million. I'd rather see stuff like this or even the album out there than Americam Idol's trainwreck movie "From Justin to Kelly".
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Not such a popular opinion here on tvdotcom, but The Big Bang Theory is probably my favorite live action comedy on tv, now that 30 Rock has ended. Well, my favorite comedy that MEANS to be a comedy. I sometimes wonder if me having attended engineering school makes me appreciate the show a bit more than others here. :) But, it has been around for a long time, and it always gets a lot of love, so I guess I am a bit surprised it did well at the slightly more alternative awards. But really, what are your favorite comedies on tv right now? I could use some more, with Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- gone now! I hear New Girl is good? I wasn't impressed with the pilot, but. . . eh. Oh, and I know about Community, don't worry.
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*snif* I miss Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- sooooooo much already.
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New Girl is hilarious, not because of Zooey Deschanel though. Watch it just for the greatness that is Max Greenfield in season 1 and Jake Johnson in season 2!
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Couldn't agree more ... Season 1 was the season of Schmidt and Season two was the season of Nick hands down. It's no wonder why the show's execs put Max Greenfield in for Lead Actor for the Emmys last year and Jake Johnson for lead this year. Max didn't win and Jake probably won't because that category tends to always be a lock for the vets but my fingers are still crossed for him!
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FTW: Tatiana Maslany's Critics Choice Award
WTF: Agreed re: the baby in Falling Skies ... seriously people? c'mon
AND There is no edit button!!
AND we shouldn't be limited to how many times we can reply to posts! Someone commented on a comment I made re: their comment on someone else's original post and I didn't have the option to reply ... it gets confusing when you're trying to have a good conversation in a thread!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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FTW- The Middle is finally shown some love, in the form of Eden Sher's tied win with Kaley Cuoco.
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The only FTW Big Bang should ever get it when it's announced they're no long making episodes of that horribly unfunny show.
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THANK YOU!!!!!!!
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WTF: No Lady Stoneheart :(
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Weak week. Yeah, let's complain about the show that owns Thursday night's death slot. Not the best comedy on TV? Really? Then what is? Community, New Girl, Happy Endings? Oh Please!!!
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I wrote that one! Comedies better than TBBT: Louie, New Girl, Parks, Archer, Veep, Girls, The Middle, Raising Hope, Always Sunny, etc.
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Love that etc. You of all people should know better than to push your "tastes" upon us. You like what you like--AMERICA likes TBBT...
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Does Veep get better? I watched the first episode and I didn't think it was funny
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Depends on your tastes. I'm liking Veep, but it's basically just people insulting each other and acting stupider than their job descriptions would suggest they are.
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Veep got worse imo. So actually, people might be liking it more lately. I think they all just got a hell of a lot dumber. It's like Al Bundy after the first year of Married With Children.
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You said Louie....go stand in the corner!
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Personally, I've done my part. now it's your turn ;)
...but to answer your subjective question...veep
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Sorry, I love Veep too...
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no need for sorry brah. It's only our opinions ::thumbs up::
It's just nice to vent a smidgeon of my casual, yet utter hatred for BBT for a change...dat's all :)
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Archer
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Sorry, couldn't get into it...
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Biggest WTF--No edit button on here...
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Agreed!!! Bring on the edit button tv.com
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Big bang Theory deserves every award it can get. It's just about the only comedy on TV that can be smart and funny at the same time. Other comedies are just gross.
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FTW:
-Orphan Black getting nominated and Tatiana winning. She's awesome. She's incredible. She's unbelievably talented. She's...basically, see below sluu3p18 pretty much said it all!
- Stiles almost got laid on Teen Wolf. I consider that a victory for our boy Stiles.
- AGT guy singing opera and then proposing. So cute.
-Twisted. I really, really, really liked the pilot of the show. Not just because the lead was positively dreamy and there is hardly anything else to watch either. It just really intrigued me.
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-Isaac getting tortured again. Leave the child alone. I'm tempted to call PETA. Poor guy. But he was shirtless, and he took one for the team, and his real accent slipped through a few times so it was kinda nice too.
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-Switched At Birth. While I was excited that Ty was back, and Emmett is always the best thing ever, for the most part it was a lackluster premiere. Plus, I'm so over the Kennishes. They are barely tolerable. The rich, entitled, superior, judgmental, etc thing is getting old. Them being at odds with Regina is getting old. Regina being perceived as the screwup all the time is getting old. Daphne going from the mature, sweet one from season 1 to the evil spawn of Kathryn and John Kennish (yeah that nature argument is really wearing the nurture one down) is something I can't even wrap my head around. By the time Kathryn was expressing how pissed she was that her future daughter in law didn't want the extravagant wedding that Kathryn had planned, and scoffed when Nikki pointed out that they waste money that could go to charity...I was just trying to make it to the end of the episode without crushing the remote.
-Graceland. I think it wasn't that good this week because I fell alsleep on it or something.
-The Client List. Yes, I actually watch this show. No, I don't even know why I do anymore. It was never a particularly great or high quality show, but my goodness has it gone downhill. Jennifer Love Hewitt acts as though she's trying to launch her music career in some episodes. Her husband (and future husband in real life) did an inexplicable 180 and we're supposed to just go with it. She completely dropped the ball on Evan, who used to be one of the best characters on there and now he's just...there. I know it's bad when I find myself actually rooting for her to get caught in thrown into jail, just to put the viewers out of their misery.
-Mistresses.They promised us something between Revenge and Desperate Housewives. They lied. My God, they lied.
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I felt the same exact way about Switched at Birth! I find on this show more than others (which is saying a lot!) that the people you want to route for never end up the way they should - a nice guys finish last scenario. Ugghhh...

I have high hopes for Graceland though .... I have a feeling it will come into it's own ... I'm holding out hoping at least! The idea and production are both great, and the story lines are even good ... there is too much right going on for it not to work itself out in the end .... fingers crossed .... but I thought this about Burn Notice, and after the first 3 seasons I stopped watching .... when it becomes only the "crime of the week" and not "the crime of the week and more info on the season-long story arch" I lose interest quickly usually.
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Heh, 'PETA.' You..
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Eh. I do what I do.
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You and Floyd Mayweather. You may be a little quicker.
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I find something off about Graceland too, it doesnt seem to have the same engagement level as the other USA shows i like - i hope it improves
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It really doesn't! I'm trying to get into it. On paper, it's something that should really hold my interest. I like a great deal of the actors. I love procedurals. It's on USA. Yet, nothing. It's just...there is something so off.
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Isn't it obvious? It lacks the humor and lightheartedness of the other USA shows. It takes itself too seriously. And this may be specific to bleu, but there is no central bromance.
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So, I was right to pass on this one...
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"I'm tempted to call PETA" has had me giggling for 5 mins now....
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Um, glad to be of service?! LOL! :)
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I certainly agree with you about the whole Kennish thing-they are annoying, snobby and spoiled.
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Aren't they just? Ugh. I have great difficulty watching them sometimes. They really rub me the wrong way.
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I don't understand how the USA network keeps getting snubbed for awards ever since Monk ended. Psych, White Collar, Burn Notice and Suits are top notch programs (TBH I've only seen 3 seasons of Burn Notice). Suits in particular had a strong sophomore season.
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I like these shows too but murder-of-the-week and case-of-the-week dramas just somehow don't do well come awards time. Unless your name is Julianna Margulies.
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haha agreed! But for me it's not the crime itself that makes the show. It's the characters and the writing (Psych in particular has alot of development and jokes so you dont really care whodunnit)
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I have not finished Arrested Development's 4th season yet, I watched the next-to-last episode about 10 hours ago and still didn't feel compelled to use my time further on it. Funny line about the FTW/WTF super-dump tho.

Glad to see some Venture Bros' love, even if it is a week late and we've already had a further tale since, and I think the image you have is from last Halloween's episode. But totally, FTW to Venture Bros for an hour-long triumphant return after 3 years, having Aziz Ansari and Wyatt Cenac as awesome guest voice actors too.

Oh, I forgot about The Daily Show with John Oliver, I totally wanted to watch that. The clip wasn't FTW funny to me though, it was a single chuckle that turned into annoyance after the same joke for 4 minutes.

Hey Now Hank Kingsley? That was almost enough to make me watch Jimmy Fallon! Almost.

There's something kinda sad about Hank Azaria doing those Simpsons voices in public, and to no reaction to boot.

Can't shy away from Burn Notice love!

That Bluthfighter proof of concept was pretty good, more jokes in there than all 15 episodes of season 4, hiyo!

Damn, look at you hating on The Big Bang Theory. Someone better tell this site the show sucks apparently, because it gave glowing reviews of a few episodes this season. Simon Helberg's turn in "The Closet Reconfiguration" was downright touching, and you cast it out like it was crap on the bottom of your shoe.
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The only FTW moment that mattered to me last week was Tatiana Maslany's win for Best Actress at the Critics Choice Awards.

It's been brought up that what TM does isn't exactly new or groundbreaking and that the multi-character thing has been done before. To me, and I suspect to others that have fallen in love with her work, what differs is the quality, and the quantity of the characters she creates. To make some comparisons:

Nina Dobrev playing Elena/Catherine (TVD), Eliza Dushku playing multi-persons (Dollhouse) and, SMG as Siobhan/Bridget (Ringer) are like Tatiana playing the German (Katja Obinger), Beth and Rachel. Each of these characters and their twins/clones look different, have different hairstyles and clothing style but in all these,cases you can't help but remember that it's the same actress playing different roles. The actresses do pull off different personalities but you are aware that its the same actress portraying two different characters. Eliza in Dollhouse is a bit handicapped because she only plays that character in that episode and thus has limited screen time to fully thresh out her character. Same handicap for TM as Katja/Beth/Rachel as these clones also had very little screen time.

Anna Torv playing different timeline/dimension versions of Olivia is Tatiana playing any two of her major clones (either Sarah, Alison, Cosima or Helena). Outstanding acting jobs in both What differentiates them from the first group is that here, the twins/clones have fully developed and distinguishable personalities. One character is fully different from the next, in the way they walk, talk and carry themselves.

Where Tatiana wins over Anna is she does it with 4 personalities at the same time (unlike Anna who played only two at a time). More importantly, the magic in her work is that while watching OB you often forget that its the same person acting out all the different characters. I didn't get that feeling in any of the other shows. It was amazing seeing Tatiana on my first run at watching OB. On my second, it was mind blowing. I already knew she did a great job so on my second watch I tried to find flaws in her work, but there were just none to be found. Instead, I even found little things that just blew my mind even more.

Often, when the above actresses portray one character pretending to be another character they usually just play that character until the script/plot exposes them otherwise. Tatiana puts a whole new level of acting into it. Example, when TM portrays Alison pretending to be Sarah.you don't get Tatiana portraying Sarah, What you see is Alison portraying what she thinks is Sarah. The quirks/mannerisms of the first character don't disappear when they pretend to be another character. Just that these are toned down and the quirks/mannerisms/accent of the character they are pretending to be are played up.

Another amazing thing about Tatiana's work::the others do the multi-person/twin thing in only about 10-30% of their respective shows. Tatiana did hers for 90%. The others starred in their respective shows, Tatiana IS her show.

And lastly, I've been watching TV for 25 years (watching heavily in the last,10). Tatiana is the first to let me think "Wow, this girl DESRVES an Emmy".
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Preach my sista!
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Great post! Thats what I would say if I wasnt too lazy to be bothered to say it.

Someone at the site should hire them^^^
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Thanks, I just wanted to explain what the Tatiana-worshipping was all about to those who may not have seen Orphan Black but have watched the other more popular shows with multi-character plots like TVD and Fringe..
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I agree with most of what you mentioned and I totally get this quote by you "while watching OB you often forget that its the same person acting out all the different characters". I feel exactly the same way.
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That's the thing that really excites me while watching Tatiana. You forget that you've been watching her the entire time. It's a bit easier to forget with Helena (Shakira wig and paler face) and Cosima (dreadlocks, nose ring and glasses). What's remarkable is her portrayal of Sarah and Alison. As people, they're as different as night and day. But the only difference between their looks -- Hair Bangs!
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Great list this week! I was all ready to complain if you didn't include NPH's opening number. Good call. And thanks for the clips from The Daily Show and Jimmy Fallon.
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FTW-
Hannibal - creepy and intelligent
Burn Notice- congrats on 100 episodes
The Killing - another good ep - season 3 is very good so far
Tatiana Maslany wins an award
Michael Cudlitz wins an award
Patton Oswalt wins an award
Archer dominates the animation award- SUCK IT PAM!

WTF/FTW - The summer lull has begun

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Sarah Paulson wins instead of Lily Rabe
Duck Dynasty album
The ego stroking that is the Emmys - nominating yourself to be put in an awards category



Also - WE NEED AN EDIT BUTTON
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I can't help but agree. Sarah Paulson was marvelous this season and she was obviously the female lead which is what likely contributed to her win but Lily Rabe did the most outstanding work this season and it would have been nice if she was recognized.
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Doesn't surprise me at all. The Newsroom has always been openly pretentious; this is just taking it to the next level.
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The Newsroom isn't known for being pretentious, it's known for being preachy. You can't just throw words out there and expect them to be right just because you're jumping on the internet's punching bag. The Newsroom doesn't talk down to its audience, it yells at its audience...and yet still manages to be a great show with a phenomenal cast and even better performances. The level of hate this show gets for having a blatant opinion that can easily be ignored, baffles me.
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That's not what 'pretentious' is. Pretention is profundity that hasn't been earned. As in, a story acting deeper than it actually is.
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Name a news show that isn't pretentious?
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THEY ARE, SO. :P
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Neither is a news show, but whatever...
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It's as much a news show as The Newsroom is. XD But if you insist: Jon Stewart. :P
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I said a NEWS show ;D
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NewsRadio. ^.^
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Openly prentious and yet, their star is best known for being dumb of dumb and dumber...
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Where is this evidence of his intelligence?
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I think LydiaWilson1 is referring to the film "Dumb and Dumber"
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He's best known for being awesome.
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in this week;s mad men after the lamest attempt of don trying to cover up what sally saw, sally was lying facedown on her bed, like she was in season 4 when betty announced they were moving away after finding out sally and glen were friends. it;s official, don is now as bad of a parent as betty
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Give falling skies a chance to sort out the baby storyline!! This is so premature!
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It's not a bad storyline. It's a bad trope. You can't sort out a bad trope. It's an automatic fail. What are they supposed to do to subvert the trope, make it a mentally retarded advanced baby?
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they don't like falling skies on tv.com, just need to get used to it. these guys think tv should be some kind of art, not entertainment.
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TV can be both. And GOOD TV usually is both art and entertainment.
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LoL I would say the exact opposite about this site.
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I fully agree. The Big Bang Theory deserves to be thrown into the deepest pits of WTF along with its awards.
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TBBT has never been funny. Their depiction of nerds is just wrong too. (Community & Breaking In are great examples of nerd and nerd culture done right)
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I'll get off my lazy ass one of these days & check out Community, but yeah, I agree Breaking In was a much more 'close to home' portrayal of geekdom.
BBT is very little more than broad stroke corporate geek marketing.
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TBBT is what I consider a "Mainstream" depiction of nerds. Before it came along people thought nerds where greasy, computer loving virgins. Now they think they look like hipsters and think they love Superman (despite not know sh@t about him)

Community is worth a look, I can relate to Troy & Abed alot.

Breaking In (first season anyway) was great, I miss Cash!
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Yeah, season 2 of Breaking In was like Highlander II...best to pretend it never really existed at all
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I got sucked into the hype around BBT & started watching it for a few seasons. I am those characters, so it was east to relate to. Problem was, I kept waiting for it to live up to its reputation. It never did, so I abandoned it. It's a cute show that has it's moments, but I'm convinced that the network just overhypes it because it simply prefers the cheap production cost of a milquetost, wide audience multicam. I can't really blame 'em, it's business... Alongside buying the votes to help maintain the hype.
'Popular' & 'Best' aren't synonyms & BBT doesn't warrant the level of kudos it gets
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It's the first show to give nerds their "lettre de noblesse", and so they thrive on and gets the awards, because let's just accept the fact that we are the ones who make the world turn round. Now, if we were just able to stand up to the politicians and corporate BS, then things might actually change.
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I agree with you completely on the latter aspect... but, it's important to note that a lot of true "nerds" despise the show because it constantly mocks the main characters for their nerdiness, with Penny often times making them the focal point of what could be construed as bullying. I watch the show, I find it to be funny sometimes (I think the laugh track convinces people it's funny when it's not half the time. I watched a post a while back that has the episode without the laugh track and it was astonishing how different the episode feels) but overall I think there are shows out there that cater to nerds in a positive, redeeming fashion (Community comes to mind first) instead of belittling. Also, what bothers a lot of *nerds* (I've read many threads on other sites and listened to many a podcast on the subject) is that none of the main actors, with the exception of Mayim Bialik are nerdy in real life and there a TONS of actors that would appropriately fit the characters that would play to the true essence of the characters in reality (I'm thinking Kumail Nanjiani -of Franklin & Bash, Portlandia, etc = as Raj would've been a perfect casting call).
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Actually TBBT shows, quite adeptly, that nerds are people too. Sheldon is just an absurd person that no one would talk to unless you tied a pork chop or some candy bars around his neck, but the rest are fairly well depicted and quite lovable. And the gals are just straight up funny, all three of them. This is a very talented bunch and the laugh track is irrelevant. People watch it because it's funny and heartwarming. Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur...
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I have to agree with you by default, because as you know I am not an American and was never labeled as a nerd or anything coming close .Certainly, I did not have to suffer any opprobum based on my being a genius. I was nicknamed "genius" very early on in my education by my classmates, and treated as such pretty much all my life.The idea that being very smart can be used as an insult or ridiculed is beyond me. Out of that ignorance, I thought till now that TBBT reflected this community, so I stand corrected. Apparently, I am not the only one in that ignorance, since I still maintain that it is the reason for its award success.
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The biggest FTW this week:

Tatiana Maslany's award nominations for Individual Achievement in Drama and Best Actress in Drama for the TCA and CCT Awards, respectively.

Her winning the latter is awesome, and her nomination for the former is even more awesome just because it groups both men and women together! Awesome!

Orphan Black's nomination for Outstanding New Program at the TCA Awards is obviously well-deserved, as well.
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Only Neil Patrick Harris could make me almost want to watch the Tonys.

Only Jimmy's similar tastes as mine -- I too love hip-hop and The Larry Sanders Show -- could make me almost want to watch his show. Unfortunately, he's about as fun a host as I would be (trust me, I would suck).

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The FTW/WTF-part was spot on. Isaac. <3

I. Wants. The. Arrested. Development. Game. NOW.
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FTW- Hannibal tells Abigail he is a serial killer. The whole episode was amazing but this scene had me breathless. Both actors gave phenomenal performance. Just wow...
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On Falling Skies, only Anne saw the unusual behaviors so it's possible that it was her delusion and not the baby. That is still yet to be seen.
Besides, children on TV do tend to grow up faster than normal, especially those on soaps.
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I'm thinking they could go either way on that as well. I'm leaning more towards the baby actually being advanced due to the close proximity to aliens and alien tech (the machine for extracting the harnesses and the bug in Tom's ear). BUT they could throw the curveball of having it be in Anne's head (but how did the baby get under the bed?!)- since Tom obviously hasn't noticed anything - but this could be due to the baby always being asleep when she's with him and him being gone a LOT. We shall see ... either way it's an odd storyline and I have a feeling I will tire of it more quickly than I'd like.
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I think they want us to believe that the baby was so close to that alien subtracting machine, that it somehow "altered" the DNA of the newborn child. This is yet to be confirmed, though.
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Also Tom had that bug in his eye last season, so it could have something to do with that
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but we do agree that it's bug related.
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Neil Patrick Harris did an amazing job at the Tony's. Did you see when he jumped through that hoop...It was cool.
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There were a lot of good segments on the show. Such as the one with former actors of cancelled TV shows.
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So..what is the best comedy? And please don´t say Community..I have never found it funny at all.
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New Girl (US)
Seed (Canada)
Trollied, Plebs (UK)
They are all pretty good and, sorry, but you didn't specify an origin in your question.
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Archer.
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Agree, consistently great!
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NEVER? Not even earlier seasons?

How about... Happy Endings? Don't Trust the B in Apt 23? Archer? New Girl? Psych? Veep? Go On? It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia? I don't watch either of these myself, but uh, Parks and Recreation or Louie?

I like The Big Bang Theory, but I probably like all these comedies more... well, except for maybe Always Sunny, which I haven't exactly loved for a few seasons now.
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Unfortunately not..even earlier seasons.. I just don´t get this kind of weird humour (as well as Parks and Recreation - it´s the same..or Office..)..Don't Trust the B in Apt 23 wasn´t so bad but really funny..no.. But I really like New Girl and Go On (such a shame they cancelled it..).. Louie is just harsh, full of stupid sexual quotes as well as 2 Broke Girls .. I don´t see why that should be funny. I quess I prefer more gentle and intelligent type of humour. But I don´t mind that people like these shows I´m just suprised that in the articled they didn´t understand why TBBT won.
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TBBT is not intelligent humour, it is humour is about intelligent subjects (physics, biology, etc) intelligent people (physicists, biologists, etc , and sometimes intelligent settings (college) The humour itself is neither gentle nor intelligent - in fact, most of the jokes could be tweaked to fit into 2 broke girls situations.

Critics are generally those who approach television and movies from such an academic standpoint, it is surprising for them to recognise such a low brow comedy in its awards.
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So your is point is critics are high-brow, capable of recognizing quality that the rest of us don't generally see, until they award something you don't approve of, and then they're suddenly low-brow? That whiny WTF over The Big Bang Theory's success deserves a WTF. By the way, I thought the scene in the episode where the guys are stranded in the desert in Star Trek costumes and Sheldon makes a comment along the lines of "I hate this place" was an unexpectedly sad and dramatic moment for a network sitcom.
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Well, as your comment demonstrates, the so-called "best comedy" would be entirely subjective. To answer your question though: Community.
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This season of Community? It fell back to the pack. Perhaps next season it will pull away again.
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Oh, you're right, I was just being a jerk because he said not to. Archer and Venture Bros would probably be my real answers. Still love Community, even though it has fallen a bit.
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Bluth Fighter is possibly the greatest game never made.
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Now 2 Broke Girls is very hit and miss. It can be funny, but most often is not. It's the very definition of low-brow. My son thinks it's the best comedy on TV, AFTER TBBT. That's one helluva jump with more than a hundred in between...
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After just watching last nights North Korea episode of Vice it gets a FTW as well. Great epsiode, the last few minutes in the little park was the best. Yay for tv that makes you think.
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Dennis Rodman in North Korea - a match made in heaven (or hell?)
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I wish I could give you more than one thumbs up!
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So I guess it was a very sucky week for the FTW category.... I would have expected Hannibal ruling FTW with a brilliant episode where everything fell into place.
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I used to like Big Bang and honestly if I catch an episode here or there I don't mind but I no longer feel the need to keep watching it, it's turned into relationship comedy rather than nerd comedy which is why I liked it in the first place. But what's more annoying than something good not getting recognition is something bad (or in this case more mediocre and pedestrian than bad) getting more than it deserves.
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Critically acclaimed shows get cancelled with amazing regularity, but popular shows don't. They pay the bills...
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It's the same for trashy reality shows, they make money hand over fist so they last forever. But they don't get rewards for it.
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Sure they do. Not being cancelled is a "reward"...
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Isaac is the Caroline of Teen Wolf, apparently.
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Tatiana Maslany deserves everything ever.

Also it is not that hard to check your post before you submit guys. You think Tatiana Maslany needs an edit button? No she doesn't because she is Tatiana Maslany! Tatiana Maslany does what Tatiana Maslany does because Tatiana Maslany is Tatiana Maslany...

Also Neil Patrick Harris FTW

Also GoT FTW

Also Tatiana Maslany...
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I wouldn't say that the Big Bang Theory recognition at the awards is so terrible to deserve a WTF. Perhaps a bit excessive yes (and surely it was not the best comedy in the lot of nominations - I can accept the actors awards though), but not worthy a full-blown WTF.
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There was a time, not too long ago when John Laroquette won every year for Night Court and it wasn't all that. WTF?
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What ben45tpy said. Bring back "totes tubular"
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We're an army of two!
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Three!
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FTW: Neal. Patrick. Harris.
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