FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (June 17)

From network apologies to the return of shows we've been waiting on for what feels like an eternity, there was plenty to cheer and jeer about this week... so let's get right to it!


FTW



Bunheads' first dance recital


The excellent pilot of the ABC Family show caught us off guard, and the best moment came when the former Vegas showgirl Michelle gave her future students an impromptu lesson in feelin' it. Someone give Sutton Foster all the awards for being fantastic at this entertaining thing, because she's awesome.



The Dream Team all over again


NBATV's documentary on the 1992 U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball team, The Dream Team, was a slam dunk. In terms of its ability to recapture the magic of the best team ever assembled, it was nothing but net! And the way it portrayed the diversity of the personalities was a well-executed chest pass. Great stuff.



Larry Hagman's eyebrows have a life of their own on Dallas


Seriously, they're a sight to be seen. It's like getting two characters for the price of one!



Francesco Francavilla's episode-by-episode Breaking Bad posters


According to the artist's blog, he just started watching the series and loves it so much that he's decided to create a minimalist poster for each episode. Francesco, get these things on Etsy, stat!



Shep Smith's True Blood love


In one of the more honest moments ever featured on a cable news talk show, Shep Smith abruptly changed the subject from some boring story about Lance Armstrong to how much he loves True Blood. The best part was the three silver-haired men in suits who had no idea how to respond.



Girls' climactic argument


What began as a series of annoyances culminated in a long, slightly brutal argument between best friends. We've all had arguments like the one between Hannah and Marnie: Seemingly low-stakes disagreements suddenly escalating into all-out war. It was funny, well-observed, and—here's that word again—REAL.



Veep's compellingly low-key finale


We've been conditioned to expect nothing less than a game changer in a season finale, but Veep did the opposite. It raised stakes and left our anti-heroine in a much worse place, but the biggest twist was the revelation that Selina's non-stop political nightmare is going to continue for, possibly, the next 16 years. Good times!



So You Think You Can Dance concludes its audition rounds


Don't get us wrong, it's nice to meet dancers from around the country, but quite frankly we don't have the time to be getting invested in contestants who won't proceed to Vegas week. Four weeks of auditions was enough! Let's get this party started!



True Blood is back!


Shep Smith isn't alone in loving the show. Let's enjoy Alan Ball's last season because it looks like he's pulling out all the stops. The Authority rears its ugly head—finally! More characters than ever are taking their clothes off to shapeshift. Hooray! Bill and Eric are a team, and they've got their hands full with The Authority and possibly Russell Edgington. Good luck!



WTF



True Blood is (predictably) bat-shit insane


Yes, we just said we're happy this show is back. However: Tara as a vampire? Maybe it'll liven up her storyline and character, but if it doesn't happen quick, give that girl the True Death! And Eric and his (previously unknown) sister are sexually involved? Gross. Oh, and one more thing: Sookie refused Alcide's overtures again? No one is that blind! Sure she killed his girlfriend, but... he'll get over it.



Some of Dallas's more eye-roll-inducing moments


We expected it to be soapy, but we didn't expect it to include such over-the-top scenes as the one where John Ross held a secret meeting with land conservationist Margaret... in the middle of the Dallas Cowboys' football stadium. And that's "middle" as in on the field, in the center of the star. Because that's where all oil tycoons hold secret business meanings. Duh.



Game Of Thrones' severed-head controversy grows to presidential proportions


The latest update is apparently that the Season 1 finale—which includes a split-second scene where a prop George W. Bush head can be seen, if you're looking for it, beheaded on a stake—has been pulled from HBO Go, iTunes, and the like. Oh, and future DVD shipments are being halted until the shot can be cut from the episode. What a bummer that a colorful piece of DVD commentary has caused such a stink. And obviously we just went out and bought Season 1—is that exactly what HBO wanted us to do?



Super Fans on the next season of Bachelor Pad


If that's the way it's gonna be, why didn't our own Lily Sparks get asked to join the cast?


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

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Jun 20, 2012
eric and his sister are so only because they share a maker, so whats with the fucking prudeness? "GROSS", you suck as writers more and more everyday, so obvious...
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Jun 20, 2012
When will Veep come back? I already miss that show...
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Jun 19, 2012
FTW: Borgia-siblings Cesare and Lucrezia laying in bed and playing with each other's hands as Lucrezia asks him to marry her (to her future husband), but he answers (only half joking) as if she had just asked him to get married to her. Talking about running away and changing their names, as if he'd considered it a thousand times.



Seriously there were so many FTW-moments and amazing acting performances in the finale episode of The Borgias S2, when the pope burried Juan (his son) and saw him as a young boy for example. Sure it aired this sunday but I doubt you would have mentioned it even if it had been on earlier last week
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Jun 19, 2012
Not enough love for this show. I just finished watching the finale. Fantastic as usual.
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Jun 19, 2012
I agree. With that kind of acting, storytelling and just how beautiful everything looks it deserves a lot more recognition. The show practically plays in the same league as Game of Thrones when it comes to acting and scenery.
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Jun 18, 2012
Yes! Tara is so annoying, I want her gone! And i really don't see the big deal with the GoT thing.
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Jun 18, 2012
That Shep Smith video was just hilarious! I've never seen a news reporter suddenly bust out talking about their favorite shows on NATIONAL TV. It's one of the most bizarrest things that I've ever seen!
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Jun 18, 2012
I also think they're making too big a deal over the head on the spike thing.



Anyway, I don't think the FTW vs WTF thing is working. It was a catchy alternative at first, but seems tacky now (at least FTW does), and the graphics not all that great. Just my opinion, though.
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Jun 18, 2012
That Shep Smith segment was awesome. But speaking of True Blood I might just go bat-shit insane if I have to endure another season of Tara playing the victim again. Seriously, enough is enough already. GET RID OF HER.



As for the Game of Thrones, I really don't see why they're making a big deal of this now...
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Jun 18, 2012
thankfully other people also caught that eric and his "sister" were called such because they shared the same maker.
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Jun 18, 2012
The whole FTW section I totally agree with! Except, I wanted last week's epic episode of Nurse Jackie to be on the list as well.
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Jun 18, 2012
Girls? ugh...usually in an argument on TV I take a side, even if I feel both sides make compelling points...the best ones (usually) are the ones where I can't decide...but that argument? yuck...I couldn't decide but that's because neither made compelling points and due to my utter contempt for both parties involved. I have barely been able to slog through this season of this awful show. I won't be back.



Veep is another show without a likable character in the entire cast.
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Jun 18, 2012
Why would likeable characters be a sign of quality? Do you have to root for someone? Isn't the point to be involved on an intellectual level?
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Jun 22, 2012
My wife's all into likable characters, WTF, she loves the Bundy's most of all. Likable characters are not essential like Curb Your Enthusiasm which I get a lot of hate about from people. Even Cheryl Hines isn't particularly likable in this, but it's a great show most of the time.
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Jun 18, 2012
Perhaps likable isn't the right word.



For example: Walter White isn't likable, yet he's compelling and amazing...he contributes greatly to Breaking Bad being the best show on television.



Girls' cast isn't likable and it isn't compelling. The show doesn't work, it's a sit comedy that's rarely funny. Being involved on an intellectual level IS good, but Girls certainly isn't that. It's fluff to the Nth degree. There's no growth or change...it's just bad.



Of course perhaps you're talking about Veep...well, Veep is just depressing. It's all about who can be a bigger asshole to one another. The congressmen and the veep are just assholes to all the aids, and often the infighting among the aids is EVEN worse. Perhaps it's exactly how our government works, or more accurately how it doesn't...but that doesn't make it worth watching.



There is no great intellectual involvement behind watching these horrible people try to kiss enough ass to get a Clean Energy Council going...no intellectual involvement behind pondering whether or not an Oil man can be on that council, or whether or not Oil man is "Oil enough"...It's not intellectually engaging watching the Veep maneuver unsuccessfully to attempt getting filibuster legislation passed...or it's not interesting to find out how potus undermines the veep.



The only thing Veep did in its first season that was actually interesting was make the Veep pregnant, I totally didn't think they'd have the guts to do that. I thought for sure the test would come back negative...that they wouldn't have the guts to address and interesting (and in my opinion silly) political faux pas: being a woman in politics that single and pregnant. I think it's silly and ridiculous that even though it happens ALL the time it happens to make someone unelectable. It was a game changer and I was really hoping to get some scathing satire on how absurd it is in our culture...

...right up until the very next week...she has a miscarriage and it makes me wonder why they bothered to even have the test be positive in the first place. It played loosely into her being "emotional" and crying in the finale but it just felt forced.
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Jun 22, 2012
Veep is probably just too realistic perhaps as its a simple license for Julia Louis to say the F word a lot. I don't know about you but I love hearing Julia say it as Elaine would have said it a lot if she'd been allowed. I actually made her laugh once in the 90's and it was really fun...
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Jun 18, 2012
bunheads was so much fun to watch!!! and i may be the only one who thinks this, but i think that getting rid of hubbell was a wise move, it;ll make the show more intersting
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Jun 18, 2012
You can expect that the controversial GoTs scene will last forever on YouTube.
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Jun 18, 2012
Oh my God. I don't even know how to respond to that Shep Smith video. It's the weirdest most hilarious thing I've ever seen.
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Jun 18, 2012
FTW: The Daily Show segment on the Idaho two-headed fish; London mayor Boris Johnson's attempts to continue to plug his book on the Daily Show. WTF: Jon Stewart's overwhelming the Boris Johnson interview with the New York soft drink controversy; TMZ's attacks Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick for holding an Obama fundraiser; Harvey Levin's phony "that's the funniest thing ever" comments.
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Jun 18, 2012
I don't get what's wrong with the fake Bush head. Who cares? You can't even tell who it is. Plus, even if you could, it means that the biggest a-hole of all time (Joffrey) stuck Bush's head on a spike. Wouldn't that imply that sticking his head on a spike is a douche thing to do? Seems like a compliment to me. Not to mention, I would be thrilled if the prop people stuck my fake head on a spike in GoT. I would tell everyone I knew how cool it was that my head was on a spike ad nauseum.
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Jun 18, 2012
As dragon22a mentioned, most people seemed to miss the part about them being related by vampire maker, not biological. As far as Tara, it seems that character has gone through too many revamps, why not just let her go? Regardless, I am interested see how her thing with Pam turns out, and the fact that it is Pam is the only reason I'm interested. The Bush head has been blown out of proportion, but Benioff and Weiss should've just kept quiet about the issue. As long as it doesn't effect production of the show, which it shoudln't, I don't care much. Last, those are some badass Breaking Bad posters, and I can't wait to see more. I can just picture his poster for the season 4 finale.
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Jun 18, 2012
Lets remember though, Eric and Nora are not really brother and sister. They just happened to both be turned by Godric. So its not that bad. I will agree that Tara's storyline is just a bit nuts. I think she should have stayed away when she left bon temps.
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Jun 18, 2012
Shep smith... Gosh that was too funny. Every time he said "the true blood" I just about died.
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Jun 18, 2012
I think that this season on true blood's mission is to turn ever human character into a vampire.
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Jun 18, 2012
I don't think that's the case, but if it is, better a vampire than a werepanther, fairy or witch.
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Jun 18, 2012
I wonder how much longer Shep Smith will stay with FOX News.
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Jun 18, 2012
Good: Mad Men finale

Bad: Now having to wait for one month until Breaking Bad returns

Annoying: Telling us yet again how "real" Girls is.
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Jun 18, 2012
What?! Girls ISN'T "real"? I was under the impression it was a hipster documentary of some kind.
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