FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (June 2)

Since we're only one month away from the halfway point of 2013, now's a great time to see how we're all doing on our New Year's Resolutions. Let's see, "Learn how to say 'I'm the one who knocks' in Dothraki." Check. "Find a graphic of all of Frank from 30 Rock's hats." Check. "Lose 15 pounds." No check. Oh well. Instead of coping with that disappointment by chewing on a tube of Pringles, let's all take one positive step toward our goals by chewing on these best and worst things from the week in television.


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NBC orders a (surprise) second helping of Hannibal

Despite its less-than-stellar ratings, Hannibal snagged a Season 2 renewal from NBC, which is great news as Hannibal's interrogation of the psychological trauma of violence has provided a beautifully grisly and compelling counterpoint to dumb serial killers and even dumber investigators. (Yes, we're talking about you, The Following.) We also hope that a renewal means the Emmys will create the category of Best Food Design, just so the show can win at least one award, though it deserves to be nominated for quite a few.




Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Emmys again!

Sure, he's hosted before, and yeah, the telecast is on CBS this year, so of course the network is going to highlight one of its stars, but NPH is always a delight, no matter which awards show he's the face of. As Tim asked, there's an EGOT for hosting, right?



Taco from The League's get-rich-quick Kickstarter pitch

Inspired by the recent successes of Zach Braff/the Veronica Mars camp, Jon Lajoie has taken to idea of using the crowdfunding site for the sole purpose of getting "super rich—like Jay-Z rich." So far he's raised more than $12 billion in fake pledges, which we can only hope will continue to fuel his illustrious songwriting career.




Orphan Black's Season 1 finale

Three big deaths, one new clone (we think), and a monster cliffhanger cemented BBC America's new drama as the best new sci-fi show of the year and very possibly, the best new show of the year... period.



Rob Lowe, plastic surgeon to the stars in Behind the Candelabra

The Parks and Recreation actor stole the show in HBO's excellent film Behind the Candelabra—no small feat, considering the movie also featured Michael Douglas's magic Liberace fingers, some really amazing capes, and Steven Soderbergh's flawless direction. Lowe played Liberace's plastic surgeon—who, from the looks of his own taut mug, definitely practiced what he preached.



Seven is Psych's lucky number

Season 7 was arguably the USA cult comedy's best, so here are seven reasons why it was more delicious than beef jerky, jerk chicken nachos, and yes, even SOPAPILLAS! (1) From guns and crossbows to karate, Juliet proved why she's one of the most badass babes on TV. (2) Burton Guster. As noted by astute TV.com commenter @Grumpyclown, this was the Season of Gus, and even when he couldn't move his forehead, he stole every scene. (3) Shules. After their breakup ripped out our hearts, the end of Shawn's lying game elevated their relationship. Hopefully next season they'll take it to the next level: smushie-faced puppies! (4) Lassie came home… with a wife! The tough detective's sweet romance with the OG Buffy simply slayed us. (5) Clue: The long-awaited homage to the campy classic didn't disappoint, thanks to an stacked roster of guest-stars and an ambitious social media strategy in which fans picked the ending. (6) Jeffrey Tambor, Garcelle Beauvais, Parminder Nagra, and Dave Koechner are just a few of the A-list visitors who amped up the awesome all season. (7) Actually, we'll leave this last one to you: What else did you love about the TV equivalent of Fries Quatro Siete Queso Dos Fritos?!



Mad Men's "The Better Half"

Don and Betty put aside their differences... to have sex. Bob Benson wore short shorts, and Megan wore a T-shirt that went on to jumpstart the internet's conspiracy theory machine. Peggy stabbed Abe and got dumped. The episode served up a great cocktail of character development, plot progression, and entertainment that signified Mad Men at its best. 



Dan Harmon is returning to Community

All of a sudden, we're REALLY looking forward to Season 5. 



PBS gets real about reality TV

New York-based PBS station Thirteen created a series of shame-on-you subway ads for fake reality shows (see them all right here) with the sole purpose of calling out the garbage programming that's seemingly everywhere these days. A hilarious—and smart—way to address a sad truth.   


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



Arrested Development Season 4: The facelift

Here's the story of a series whose future was abruptly canceled and the Nielsen-uncounted masses who had to hold themselves together. After seven years of speculation, a lot of false starts (we had to wait for Mitch Hurwitz to try out animation for a little bit), and proof of the undying hope that defines us as a people, Arrested Development returned on Netflix and the internet went mad. And sometimes got mad. A lot of disappointed jeers joined the "I-don't-care-as-long-as-it's-back" cheers, so much that they were blamed for Netlfix stock tumbling percent. But despite Hurwitz's last-minute pleas to sink the hype machine by begging people to prepare for a learning curve and not to marathon the show (for fear of comedy fatigue), what else were you going to do over Memorial Day weekend? Not enjoy this victory and spend time with your family? COME ON.


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Please, Avengers Assemble, disassemble as soon as possible

DisneyXD "previewed" the first two episodes of its newest Marvel animated series, Avengers Assemble, last weekend, and it was a pretty awful. The animation was so bad that even a veteran animation director like Eric Radomski, he of Batman: The Animated Series fame, couldn't make the seemingly never-ending chain of action set pieces interesting, to say nothing of the characters. We can't remember the last time we've seen such painfully obvious limitations in such a high-profile project, and that's in addition to the lousy character designs (MODOK looked horrible, and not in the way that MODOK is supposed to look horrible). It was a disheartening, generic-feeling cash-in on the Avengers film that made us really miss Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.




Rappin' Bachelorette Desiree and her posse of beefy idiots

Is it us, or does the new crop of suitors seem creepier than usual? Though if this tease for Episode 2 is any indication, this season is at least going to be an interesting one. All the single ladies in the house say, "NOOOOOOOOO!!!!"



Animal Planet's loss of cred through Mermaid "documentaries"

Sunday's broadcast of the incredibly stupid Mermaids: The New Evidence, a fake documentary about mythical fishy people, was the network's highest-rated program ever, drawing 3.6 million viewers. Too bad it means the official end of what should be one of television's most educational channels; seriously, it actually made us want to spend more time with that weirdo from My Cat From Hell. We're already stupid enough as a species, we don't need any more ratings grabbers hastening our decline. Put this on TLC, please.




Suburgatory is losing some familiar faces 

The ABC comedy has a strong core, but when the show returns for Season 3, it will be without several of its best supporting cast members. Parker Young (Ryan Shay) is leaving to star in Fox's new comedy Enlisted, and Alan Tudyk (Noah) and Rex Lee (Mr. Wolfe) are being cut due to budget restrictions. On the plus side, that can only mean more Dalia. On the bummer side, what will we do without Ryan's meatheadedness, Noah's fake tans, or Mr. Wolfe's fabulousness? Maybe Tudyk can at least drop by his buddy Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D.?


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

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Fodder for a second round of the WNET campaign:
"Mermaids: The Evidence: -- The Fact that this IS a Real TV Show, Says A Lot About the State of TV."
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SO AGREEING WITH YOU ON THE "AVENGERS".

What a total fiasco... shame on you, Disney/Marvel, especially when you had a perfectly good, hell, awesome, series with "Earth's Mightiest Heroes."

So far, and by far, Marvel Studios' biggest failure.
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Haha, that PBS ad campaign is brilliant. I love it. Even better, the commenter who expressed interest in one of the fake reality series. Hilarious.

FTW: Hannibal is the most heinously grotesque beautiful awe-inspiring thing on television. Period. I cannot even think of it without developing full-body goosebumps. Mads Mikkelsen is phenomenal and his performance, seductive and terrifying, is certain to make me totally paranoid about doctors for years to come. The whole show is so twisted I think NBC will have to offer psychiatric counseling to fans if any shrinks yet survive the end of the season.
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I don't care if it's for next week's article, I just finished the Venture Bros' season 5 premiere and it was FOR THE WIN! Awesome episode all around, fits well with the tone of season 4 pt 2's higher quality. Only thing missing was Brock and the OSI. Oh, and any hope of understanding if you haven't watched this show before, newbies need a primer to get half of the foundation.
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I liked the Animal Planet Mermaid special. It was well done and entertainning. I don't care if real or not, still entertaining!
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Saw the ads.. The Dillionaire didnt interest me, but I kinda wanna watch Bayou Eskimos.
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The season two premiere of "Longmire" was, to put it nicely, a disappointment. I loved the first season, but honestly, "Unquiet Mind" was horrible. For one, the script was too ambitious for 40 minutes, a lot of corners were cut. It should have been a two part episode, but then again it might not have been any better. :(
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Totally agree. It kept jumping around and the big showdown was a big letdown. I really want to like this show but it never seems to go anywhere.
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FTW: H.Annibal. A gut-wrenching gem. At least the satanists at NBC know what's good.
Also FTW Orphan Black - although it almost made it to my WTF because we now have to wait like 3 years for it to continue.
WTF: no GoT and I'm still not a ninja.
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When does it return ?
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At least a whole year I guess. Too long.
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Hannibal is far too underrated for its amazingness. And yes, NHP is completely awesome.
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FTW: Hannibal getting renewed! So happy about this. It was fun seeing Lance Henriksen last week and a nice nod to Millenium. And this week we get a great nod to Dead Like Me with Ellen Muth playing a character who thinks she might be dead and is also named a variation on George. I'm interested to see what happens when she returns next week (or is it the week after? I can't recall).

-Orphan Black finale. And what a finale it was! And thanks tv(dot)com for giving us the review we asked for. The fact that Tim loved it is just a bonus!

-Arrested Development. Even though it's a bit different than it used to be it's still great and I'm happy to be able to enjoy new episodes. And I agree with most people- it doesn't really gel until you get a few episodes in but then really picks up. There are a couple small WTF's about it though but I don't want to list those until the reviews catch up.

WTF: The mermaids mockumentary. I watched a few minutes just to see what everyone was talking about and all I could think was why is Zach Galifianakis in this? And it may as well have been him for as seriously as you could take that thing. Even knowing it's a mockumentary it was still awful.
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HEY TV.COM
why are some people having problems commenting on this site? Apparently the message system is working for them but they are not allowed to post/comment (error message or it's just not working)....
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I haven't noticed a problem with commenting (yet?) but my notifications are off again. Some haven't shown up at all and others that I saw on there but didn't have a chance to reply to later disappeared.
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Two people sent me messages saying they couldn't post. I can't remember the reason for one of them but the other didn't clear the cache. I tried to remove this comment above but it keeps coming back. Obviously I haven't had a problem commenting--LOL;-)
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LOL good one! Now that you mention it someone sent me a msg because they couldn't comment as well. Hopefully everything has resolved for everyone.
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i think its because of association with you!
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what are you babbling about;-P
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well it seems that a lot of people who talk to you are having "technical problems" = being punished
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or they fear the competition, hum.
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get a mac;-)
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FTW - Dan Harmon's return to Community! #SIXSEASONSANDAMOVIE

WTF - Ben Edlund leaving SPN.
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BIG WTF for Bunheads not getting renewed--IDIOTS...
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was it cancelled?
are you still having problems accessing the site and commenting? I know others are having that problem
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Fixed my IE 10, it wasn't easy, but I did it and it's a damned good thing, nobody from TV dot com responded to my pleas for assistance--and I'm not getting a freakin' Mac unless it has secret sauce...
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Oh, I'm sure that it is, it's just not official yet. Sutton Foster is working in September on Broadway and they ain't filming Bunheads--It's toast...
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Hannibal is a very good show people ,
you should also see Rectify
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The Avengers Assembled series was the biggest fail of the season.

I realize th back stories of mightiest heroes didn't mesh 100% to the films but who cares. Batman TAS didn't mesh that well wih the movies and that show was great.

I liked the look and feel of Mightiest Heroes and wished it kept going.
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FTW: Orphan Black finale *Tatiana Maslany*
That is all.
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FTW, for me it was that some of you commentators talked me into giving Banshee a try and holy shit, were you right. Also, I watched the new show Save Me on NBC--which you folks ignored. I thought it was great and it saddened me that it's demise is a foregone conclusion and they're just burning off the six episodes. WTF...

Also, Hannibal--how to, and The Following--how not to, is right on the money.

Orphan Black WTF, it's over, DAMN!!!
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TOLD YOU!!! get on the BANSHEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wagon;-)
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you are saying it wrong.
the name of the show is Banshee, maybe if you spelled it correctly more people would have watched
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I can't hear you...how do you say it (and don't say "it")
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And you said GC couldn't comment...
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she wouldn't let me
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I was dreaming I think;-)
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I should flag this but I'm afraid to...
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you are way to flag happy! Flagboy, you better be afraid you narc;-)
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So now you're Flag girl? I've created a monster! GGAHHHHH!!!
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Now who's the narc? and what do you have to be ashamed of--nothing...
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Glad you liked Banshee :)

Save Me has been in my FTW the past two week now. I normally hate comedies but I find it to be pretty damn funny at times. Plus it moves along at a nice pace and keeps your interest, which I cant say for a lot of comedies.
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religion, comedy, anne heche......I'll pass;-)
but I've liked everything else you have recommended!
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The Riches???
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Where did you get the word religion--certainly not from he or me!
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Shit! I accidently flagged Kiowa! It's all your fault, Vicks--apologize to the man ;+)
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There is but its not in a preachy sense. Theres a lot of religion humor but it plays well. Im as non-religious as it gets, and the only thing positive Ive ever had to say about Anne Heche is that she dated Ellen. And Ellen is pretty awesome.

And unrelated to Save Me but related to The Riches.... I havent heard anyone mention that show in ages. I liked it alot and then like all good things, it just vanished
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in a private message
is there no reference to god or reference to religion in it???
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Yeah, Vicky said you liked it too...
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flagged you:-)
pay back is a b*tch and it's not like they will do anything?
are these love flags:-)
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Feels like it...
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Just watch the godammed thing girl...
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your new name is gossipguy lol;-)
still adore you;-P
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God was very ambiguous--except for the lightning bolts...
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Also, you people all wanted Arrested Development back and you got it. so WTF--shut the hell up and enjoy it. They were all there, I saw them. I want Human Target back, but that won't be happening, so I have to live with that. Arrested Development falls under the, "Be careful what you wish for," Act of 1922--live with it!
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"you people all wanted Arrested Development" - "YOU PEOPLE"= racist language against people who like comedies with narrators
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Well, then I'm racist against myself--which is bizarre if you think about it. I love AD, but got over it when it was cancelled, but I'll pine for Human Target til the day I die. You're not so damn grumpy any damn way...
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he's totally grumpy but makes up for it by his wit
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self loathing racist :-)
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and they got 5-6 articles on the main page of this site on several days this past week (I was going to put that as a WTF but thought I'd be nice--LOL--this week to tv.com since they reviewed Orphan Black and did an AWESOME review at that

WTF to the sad hater that ran a script or voted all day long on the poll on that article.
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Orphan Black definitely deserves some recognition. Holy wow.
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"Please, Avengers Assemble, disassemble as soon as possible" - It's like you are in my head.
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WTF to Arrested Development's virtual monopoly on tv com articles in the past week. It's a good show, but one of many. Let's see as much enthusiasm on some of the rest, please.
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5-6 articles on the main page at one point this week! I've never seen them give that much coverage to a single show before.
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Though, we've only gotten a couple shows that released so many episodes at once (House of Cards and Hemlock Grove). And not even House of Cards was hyped up as much as Arrested Development was, by tv.com users and staff alike.
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FTW: Helena : "Seestra? You're my twin sister."
FTW: Alison dancing.
so much more...

This one hour of television is enough to contain all my tv highlights for the week.
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FTW: The betrayal on Motive (did not see that coming) and the absence of the district attorney from the second episode (who needs comments on "sloppy police work" from a character who values the insights of the actual killer, allowing him access to the investigation?). WTF: The announcement of Matt Smith leaving Dr. Who after Christmas. We knew it would happen eventually, but did they have announce it? I say let the Internet trolls stew and make the Doctor's death as much of a surprise as possible (although it will be a plus if the Eleventh Doctor doesn't go on a 10-minute victory lap before regenerating).
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bates motel is the best new show this year. period.
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Sorry about your period...
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Hilarious! sorry about your infantile sense of humor.
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Dont think it was a joke you seem to be on your period.
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What? now you want to beat us all up? Go get some tampons and chill dude...
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talking shit with the anonymity that this forum affords is really brave of you. *
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talking shit behind with the anonymity that this forum affords is really brave of you.
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It's one of the few shows that kept me wanting more! I really hope it runs for as long as it needs to and gets a natural end when that time comes around.
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Said nobody who has seen Orphan Black or Banshee.
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LOL I said....it was one of the few shows. I love Banshee and I'm currently watching Oprhan Black! And you should've also mentioned Rectify!
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OMG! The comment system is messed up!
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bandwagon, meet hitchers. and yeah despite having not been able to finish Orphan Black's first episode I just did.
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what about BANSHEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!
or Vikings or Rectify or Hannibal?
I still have Broadchurch to watch.
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You just did what?
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or Hannibal or Rectify or Broadchurch
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Haha! *thumbs up*
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FTW: Orphan Black (and by extension FTW tv.com & Tim for reviewing this awesome show)

FTW: Hannibal being renewed

FTW/WTF: Da Vinci getting the key but leaving the spear

WTF: Supernatural losing a great writer to a show that everyone calls crap
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Only one I can add is WTF to post-sweeps tv doldrums? My watch history is dry.

I posted that EGOT question in the article, thought I was sooooo original.

Psych's 7th was quite decent, I can't point to a singular big thing because there was so much. There was Henry's adventure, Shawn's speculation on what might have been, Gus on the mic... too much good stuff, as AM PM used to say.

Fuckin' a right, FTW to Community fans on Dan Harmon's return.

Love those PBS ads, especially digging at TLC.

WTFTW to Arrested Development indeed, let's have more episodes about Lindsay, and more separate episodes about Tobias, that should really make it watchable... SAID NO ONE, EVER (except Mitch Hurwitz, apparently).

Glad to see Avengers Assemble taken to task for what was obviously a cheap cash-in.
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Avengers Assemble: So horrible. I felt dreadful that it was the first thing I recorded on my new DVR.
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You should do one of those "pet shaming" photos with your DVR. That, or burn it. It'll forever show up on your history, it is the thing that cannot be unseen. My condolences, you will now wear the scarlet "AA" forever.
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glad to see "psych" still getting praise 7 seasons deep, i love this show! all the main characters are fantastic, i really hope it stays around at least to 10 seasons and all the main cast stays.
it really helps to have psych/castle around with the loss of happy endings.
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I've got some bad news for you...
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a little late but what's the bad news? i'm scared haha.. why so cryptic?
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noah and dalia are the best part of suburgatory, im not looking forward to next season....they should have cut mr shay instead of noah!!
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They should have cut no one...
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Arrested Development is very solid, especially considering the circumstances of the cast members having other roles and that they filmed when they could. The way they are tying everything together and the editing is awesome.
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FTW: Jon Lejoie for telling it like it is. The fact that this is one of the first stabs at the biggest bunch of bullsh!t to happen in entertainment financing -rich people pan handling - is odd. Nice job Taco!

'Orphan Black' for ending an awesome season with an unquestionably awesome finale. Tatiana Maslany showed everyone why she is the best actress on television this year inhabiting five characters. RIP poor mixed up meat head Helena. The direction of the first get together of Alison, Sarah, and Cosima beginning with the lovely Cosima/Sarah hug with Felix as the peanut gallery was fantastic. Watching Tatiana move over on the couch to make room for Tatiana was awesome. Screw you Donnie. The wait is going to be a long one.

'George' finally made it to 'Hannibal'. Welcome to the party Ellen Muth.

WTF: Ben Edlund packing up his brilliance and leaving Sam and Dean, who in Edlund's hands were always better off, to go jump on Kripke's sinking ship. This is going to turn out bad for everyone. What''s going on at "Supernatural"?

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FTW: Orphan Black, Dan Harmon, and Hannibal.

WTF: I'm not going to have much TV to watch this summer.
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Loved Orphan Black and getting Dan back on Community. Hated the news Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who
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That Bachelorette video will haunt my nightmares.
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FTW -
Tim Surette for writing 17 articles this week, keeping this site interesting

Orphan Black

Hannibal renewed - SUCK IT VEGETARIANS

Gus being uncomfortable with silence on Psych

Longmire returned

Hannibal




WTF -
Ben Edlund going to Revolution - if it had been any other Network than NBC, then it might work. Also Supernatural loses a writer with an alternative view for stories

Alan Tudtk - talented guy cant catch a break

Tracy Morgan gets his own show

USA passes on Happy Endings - :-(

Melissa and Joey gets renewed - possible sign of the Apocalypse

Da Vinci's demons - Leonardo leaves the Spear of Destiny, what the f*ck? not too smart for a genius war engineer

No review for this weeks Hannibal episode - Tim must have missed this, its a pity there are not more people on the tv.com staff who could have reviewed it.....wait a minute....


FTW/WTF

Matt Smith leaves Doctor Who - i liked him as the Doctor, but he has only been in 44 episodes, David Tennant was in 49 - it seems The Doctors are only hanging around for 3 series and some specials, so the impact of one leaving is diminished.




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ABC Family renewed it because they don't have anything to replace with. I guess Dancing Fools is going to be cut.
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"Melissa and Joey gets renewed - possible sign of the Apocalypse"--now this is funny ;+)
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if only i was joking
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WTF indeed to USA passing on Happy Endings, I hadn't heard that. Grumpy face!
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Tim has been going hard in the paint this week. Orphan Black finale was awesome!
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I love My Cat From Hell! I think it's nice he loves cats so much!
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Alan Tudyk WTF
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FTW:

1. Orphan Black season's final - Go Team Desima!

2. Hit the Floor pilot - it's like Hellcats, but five years later! I wish Alyson Michalka would join the cast. I have high hopes for this show. Fingers Crossed!

3. Revolution - So much action! And judging by the season's final promo the sh!t is about to hit the fan!

4. Save Me - just because I love Anne Heche.

WTF:

1. No Game of Thrones this week.

2. Rookie Blue - the bad guy wasting ammo on a squad car. Also why didn't he try to break through the blockade?
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I totally forgot about Longmire - thanks for a reminder, Grumpyclown!

FTW:

5. Longmire - Katee Sackhoff returns to tv! I missed you girl so much!
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I don't watch Surburgatory anymore but that casting news suuucks. I mean, their characters weren't big enough to matter much either way, but still... both were quite funny and Alan Tudyk portrayed a suburgatorian dude pretty damn well.

The biggest FTW is Harmon's return to Community.

Second to that FTW is Orphan Black, although it's mostly a FTWTF for me, only because the season finale means I'll be without it for a YEAR.

Also, LOL @ Jon Lajoie.
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FTW: Arrested Development's return which works around its biggest roadblock (its actors' busy careers) and works with Netflix's release-the-whole-season-at-once strategy to create a very unique and compelling season which manages to keep enough of its original qualities despite its differences and still be very funny (even if it's not a laugh-per-minute kind of funny, at least the first time watching it), Hannibal's return, and Dan Harmon's return to Community.
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I agree, Arrested Development was the best it could have been, given the circumstances.
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Suborgatory without Ryan Shay??!!!!1:( :( :( Sucks big time.
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YAYYYY Hanniballll :D:D #eattherude
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Dan Harmon is BACK!
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Err, Hannibal is extremely dull compared to The Following.
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You, sir, are painfully unaware of what good television is. :)
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FTW:

*Orphan Black!!
*Masterchef Australia starting tonight
*Da Vincis Demons for one of its best episodes yet. Plus there was the sword in the stone and other relics.
*Save Me for being a comedy that I like. Even if I am not religious and not a big fan of Anne Heche previously.
*Craig Ferguson had another great week

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The Glades returning and giving us an answer to the question from last seasons finale. But Im wtf on the case of the week. Seemed more like something from Psych or Castle, while I like the Glades for being light/campy I still find it better more grounded in reality. In some way it kind of reminded me of a Scooby Doo episode.
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didnt know MC Australia was starting
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Apparently US franchise reality shows have taken on a life on its own here in AU. Especially with The X Factor, The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice, Masterchef and even The Bachelor. FYI, I don't watch any of these because reality TV sucks big time.
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wtf how annoying was that Asian guy(no offence to Asians they are awesome) i couldn't watch it, i dot even know who got eliminated.
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Arressted Development is FTW for me, but each to his own.
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It's just nice to see someone use the right possessive pronoun for "each," as hackneyed as that expression is. Sexist, my eye!
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Would it be just as nice to see me use the right term for afro-rigged?
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I wonder which side of the FTW/WTF divide tonight's GOT will end up on.
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FTW: Dan Harmon is back and WTF: The mermaids on Animal Planet
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