FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (June 23)

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Now let's everybody please give a round of applause to our guest intro writer, Hodor from Game of Thrones (that last bit was shouted into a well), and get right to talking about was supermoon-hot and supermoon-not on TV this week. 




IFC's "slightly off" Father's Day programming


Ah, The Shining—that beloved classic about a father and his son spending some quality time in a remote mountain hotel. Well played, IFC. Well played.



Mad Men's "The Quality of Mercy"

Don acted like a dick, Sally acted like a grown-up, and Pete was forced to work with an increasingly unnerving Bob Benson. Glenn returned, and Kenny almost died. "The Quality of Mercy" was an excellent penultimate episode to a generally awesome season. Can't wait for tonight's finale! 



Buff-ass Adrian Pasdar on Burn Notice


Whether you remember him as the baby-faced vampire in Near Dark or the airborne Nathan Petrelli from Heroes, Pasdar as soldier-turned-terrorist Randall Burke is shaping up to be one of the more sinister antagonists Westen and company have dealt with. But even more surprising is how stacked the guy has become. He's like twice the size of his old self. Dude is swole!



Hannibal's salty, gut-wrenching Season 1 finale


There was no way things would end well for Will Graham this season, but that knowledge didn't make the season finale any less suspenseful—or horrifying—to watch. Between Will's realization about Hannibal, Hannibal's effortless lowering of the boom on Will, and then Hannibal serving up Abigail as "veal" to a perhaps more-in-on-it-than-she's-been-letting-on Dr. Du Maurier, it was one of the season's best finales. The only WTF is that we have to wait until 2014 for Season 2. 



Wilfred gets Stinky


Orphan Black isn't the only clone show on television. The Season 3 premiere of FX's weird comedy revealed that Wilfred was cloned, giving us twice as much of the pooch we love and providing Jason Gann with an opportunity to show off what Wilfred would be like as a spoiled mutt. 



True Blood's premiere leaves us hopeful for the rest of Season 6


Yes, the show is ridiculous and it's certainly got a lot of work to do this season, but "Who Are You, Really" was fun overall and earned a lot of goodwill by mostly letting us rest our eyeroll-happy peepers. Between killing Luna, bringing back the old Bill (if only for a bit), and giving us a great scene with Lafayette—not to mention a good look at Alcide's bare ass—we're excited to see what the rest of this season has in store. 



Stephen Colbert's touching tribute to his mom


“If you watch this show, and you like this show, that’s because of everybody that works here, and I’m lucky to be one of them. But when you watch the show, if you also like me, that’s because of my mom.” The late-night host opened his first new episode after his mother's recent passing with a eulogy so moving that we couldn't help but tear up while watching it.



Holsten's Confectionary's touching tribute to James Gandolfini

The New Jersey sweet shop reserved the booth where The Sopranos filmed its famous last scene, in memory of the late actor and one of his most iconic roles.



Futurama is back, one last time


Sure, technically anything could happen—maybe the beloved animated series will be saved from cancellation once again. But that won't stop us from cherishing this final-until-we-hear-otherwise season like it's the last. Because it probably is. And while Wednesday's two-episode premiere was a little rocky at times, there was still lots to like: Flatland! Simian 7! The return of Guenter! Our Wednesdays just got a bit brighter, at least for the next couple months. (WTF to Comedy Central for spoiling the zoo twist of "Fry and Leela's Big Fling" in its promos, though.)



The Borgias' season-turned-series finale still satisfies


Showtime's decision to end the show with Season 3 certainly wasn't ideal, but "The Prince" did a pretty respectable job of closing out the series on a high note. As a season finale it was solid, as an on-purpose series finale it was just so-so, but given the circumstances, it was a decent farewell. 





R.I.P. James Gandolfini


There's little we can say that hasn't already been said: The Sopranos actor died too young, and he will be missed. 




The Bachelorette's awkward Hurricane Sandy outreach

We're fully aware that we've entered broken record territory with our Bachelorette WTFs (Can't. Stop. Watching...), but one of this week's dates involved a helicopter tour of the Jersey Shore to see the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. Don't get us wrong, the older couple who Des and her hunky hunk met and gave their date to was adorable and completely deserving of some good luck—but no matter how you slice it, surveying the site of a natural disaster isn't exactly romantic, and phony philanthropy from an ABC dating show isn't going to be what tips the scales toward getting the area back on track. 



The first trailer for Beware the Batman doesn't wow


Since Cartoon Network canceled the good-to-decent shows of its DC Nation programming block, we've been awaiting the upcoming premiere Beware the Batman with cautious optimism. The sizzle reel offers only a few action sequences, but the decision to use lesser-known DC villains—the ones seen in the trailer include Magpie, Anarky, Professor Pyg, and Mister Toad—could make the show stand out even if the animation has the same plastic-feeling 3-D CGI that took Green Lantern: The Animated Series a while to grow into (or maybe we just got used to it). Guess will find out when the series debuts on July 13, but we were hoping for a little more excitement, you know?



FX's comedy trajectory

The green light for a Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer multi-camera sitcom about odd-couple lawyers is the latest project to come out of "see how 10 episodes do and then order 90 more" model made famous by Ice Cube and Tyler Perry, and the third for FX (Anger Management and George Lopez's upcoming sitcom being the other two). Guess what? Those kinds of comedies tend to be pretty crappy! So please don't confuse them with FX's other, better work, like It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaLouie, and The League. Those shows will anchor the yet-to-launch FXX, where comedy will still be awesome.



The big C on Warehouse 13


Myka Bering found out she has ovarian cancer because Warehouse 13 is totally the sort of mature and thoughtful series that excels at nuanced stories like a life-shattering cancer diagnosis. It definitely won't be the most WTF RU THINKING? storyline of the season. Nope. Never.



The Paula Deen "situation"


After a week full of allegations and admissions over using the N-word and wanting to stage a "plantation-style" wedding with black waiters dressed as slaves, the pro-butter celebrity chef filmed a flimsy apology and then got fired anyway. We're not saying that Bill Maher doesn't have a point with regard to our "outrage economy," but being born 60 years ago isn't an excuse; we're pretty confident that the only thing Deen is truly sorry about is that she got caught. 


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

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FTW: Where do two of the most famous corpses from 'The Godfather' go after they die? Apparently they end up in "Magic City". Adding James Cann to a show that already had Alex Rocco was awesome.
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This whole Paula Deen thing is such overblown nonsense. There's a big segment of the population that tells black jokes; they're called "white people". Really she's a senior citizen from Georgia, didn't everyone just assume she uses the n-word behind closed doors?
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I could list a lot of FTWs and WTFs for numerous different shows, but most of it has been said already in the comments. I will give a huge FTW to an amazing week/month/etc of hockey in a season that almost never was. I almost forget the huge lockout that let up to, and shortened/almost killed, this hockey season - the finals have been some of the best hockey games I've seen in quite some time. Okay, enough sports talk, Warehouse 13 is on.
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WTF: No edit button.
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The Big C on Warehouse 13. LOL
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Really, that's what you focus on for Adrian Pasdar, his build? He had a good build 17 years ago on Fox's "Profit" too, but it's his talent that really mattered, I thought. And he's bringing it here on Burn Notice as well, at first the part seemed a tad basic but he really got into things in the second episode.

Thanks for the love on Futurama, while not the strongest episodes to start the final season, they were entertaining. For me, the top moment was my avatar-sake converting the Planet Express Ship into a sweet-ass street rod. And since I didn't watch the CC promo that ruined the "Big Fling" episode, that worked pretty well.

WTF indeed to Beware the Batman's trailer. As design, it looked really bad, so I wasn't expecting much, but geez does it look even worse in animated form, everybody's hollow and rubbery and weightless, the faces look terrible, and the action looks cliche and sad. This looks like butt.

Ha! Eat it FX for aiming low with sitcoms. Flush goes the network.

Yeah, WTF to a cancer moment on W13 last week? The main ending was already a downer, there's no time to deal with a long drawn out situation at this point, and this isn't a "serious" show like that, so to drop that in our laps was cheap.
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On Paula Deen, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdrvNeuc7jY
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FTW: Jimmy Fallon's video game week. It was fun seeing Fallon try out all the games, and the theme song was pretty awesome. Probably the WTF for me is why they rated Thursday's episode TV-MA LV when Jimmy Fallon doesn't get close to that kind of edginess and the footage of Call of Duty wasn't very violent at all, especially considering Hannibal gets a TV-14 rating.
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Also loved his "DO NOT GAME" segment. definitely a FTW week for Fallon
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FTW: I'm watching Les Revenants on Channel 4, and it is brilliant. Definitely my favourite new series. Really recommend it! And it'd be great if someone here could review it maybe? I'd love to talk to other commenters on here about whats going on!!
I think the new True Blood might be a FTWTF for me, as I know its a million times better than last seasons drivel, but its still lacking some of its old magic. Haven't seen the second episode yet so I cant comment on that. Time will tell if it deserves to be still on the air.
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I have already watched Les Revenants in their original French release and it is indeed brilliant! Enjoy them as much as you can because it has been announced that filming Season 2 will start on April 2014 so we won't see before autumn/winter 2014.
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I just have to vow to hate Batman Beware and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. They took the spot of my beloved and canceled 'Young Justice' how many show are all those other heroes on? Plenty. But the YJ heroes THEY HAD ONE SHOW TO SURVIVE. Plus the animation was hecka better than this stupid CGI shit.

Outlines. Cartoon. Have. Outlines. COME ON.
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GLTAS didn't take any spots of YJ, Teen Titans Go replaced YJ (what a waste! rehashing a series that already had its run). GLTAS ran with YJ. Beware the Batman replaces GLTAS, and indeed looks really bad.
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Ah Teen Titans, my bad. But still, a ridiculous substitute, I just can't get over the annoying tiny versions and their dialogue, seriously, Cartoon Network didn't used to cater for preschoolers.
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I'm not sure what you guys were expecting with Beware the Batman. First of all, it's merely a sizzle reel and not an actual trailer with dialogue. It isn't fair to fault it for simply being in CGI because Green Lantern: TAS was still able to tell great stories with interesting characters and pull it all off with just the right amount of emotion. Plus, the action was very well done. Have some faith!
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Had only seen James Gandolfini in Welcome to the Rileys and Zero Dark Thirty. He was great in both. May he RIP.
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I've never seen the HBO original Sopranos, but I knew about all the critical acclaim it was getting. When it came to AMC I decided to watch this watered down, PG-13, censored, Mafia TV show.

Two episodes and I was hooked.. If a marathon was on I just left the TV on AMC all day... Good Stuff_
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FTW :
Hannibal's finale ... The last scene between Will and Doctor Lecter .....
The Killing episode 5 : Bullet is a great character

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RIP James Gandolfini
The White Queen (BBC 1) : what a dull pilot !

And still no edit button !
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FTW: Great season premier of both Wilfred and Franklin and Bash
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FTW: The seasno finale of Hannibal
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If there was an edit button you could make that 'season'...
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Yeah, it's kind of annoying
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I can't believe I have to wait for next year to watch Hannibal again. that feels too long! And Wilfred being cloned is a stroke of genius. Human cloning still has that fantasy aura, and it's not totally believable, perhaps because I refuse to consider it. But animal cloning is a reality already! That hit me like a ton of bricks.
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WTF: The notification system being annoying and just plain wrong. Its like the site-functionality equivalent of the new show reviews.
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Though I'm glad to know it's not just me this is definitely a WTF for the site
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Yeah, notification has been crashy-crashy for the last few days extra bad.
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i thought i was alone in this.
I keep having a single flag and when i check there is nothing new, then checked through them all and found nothing.
Reload and there's that flag again.
Plus not getting notifications about messages until an hour after they are sent
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Maybe the problem you are having has to do with the fact that 'similar' notifications get grouped in just 1 notification? For example, you have 4 'thumbs up' on this comment, so that's 4 notifications, but you will only see 1 notification on your list that'll say something like "Polymnia, *username*, *username* and 1 other voted up your comment [...]". And every next 'thumbs up' will simply be added to that, but still give you a new notification flag...
I'm sorry if you already know this and are having a completely different problem, in which case just ignore all of this. (I'm really not trying to be condescending or something, I just know that this had me confused at first and thought you might be having the same problem...)


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Its not that but i know what you mean. The flags go away when you view the pages you are notified about. I viewed all the pages listed to try and clear the flag but there is always 1 left.
i think the problem originates from a few days ago - all my notifications were scrubbed, probably during an update, and this may be where the bug started
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That does sound very annoying! Nothing like that happened to me (yet), but then again, I don't really comment that often -'almost never' would be more accurate- and clearly you are not alone. Those notifications probably go crazier the more you get them!
It doesn't seem like the staff is taking much note of this issue though... (or they just don't see it as something that high-priority... like that edit-button people have been pleading for...)
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Yeah all of that & I keep getting notifications from really old comments...one of them appeared to have a new reply, but the rest are thumbs up that I'm pretty sure were not new. And sometimes comments get replies that I'm not notified about at all. I hope they get it ironed out soon. (Although it's still better than a while back when there were no notifications at all)
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I;ve never watched Burn Notice but that post reminded of a major WTF: that The Lying Game still hasn;t been renewed, AND NEITHER HAS BUNHEADS!!!!!! I will be so sad if Abc Family cancels them in favor of their new stupid crap!!!
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My mother used to worship Paula Deen. She had cookbooks, pots and pans, and every time she would visit me in Savannah she would make sure to go to her restaurant. Now that this scandal has appeared, Mom's thrown out all the cookbooks and sold her pots and pans to her neighbor. Mom told me that she hopes Paula's career never bounces back, something that seems to happen a lot with people she despises. (Charlie Sheen, Martha Stewart, Britney Spears)
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WTF: you left out LEGIT (great FX comedies)!

FTW: Hannibal~everything about the series
FTW: Ray Donovan and the green man;-)

WTF: James Gandolfini's death (RIP)

edit button please;-)
edit button now;-(
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i dont think they know Legit exists, which is surprising when Wilfred has such a similar tone and gets so much love.
Too busy reviewing TBBT and then slaying it when it gets nominated for awards.
I like both btw
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Wilfred is one of the shows I plan to watch soon.
LEGIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol
edit button please
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Wilfred is comedy gold
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have to finish BSG first;-)
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Work-safe environment photos, anyone?
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That didn't stop Tim from posting even more 'unsafe' photos on his GOT reviews. Why'd it work now!
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I agree. That Paula Deen photograph is way out of line.
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Hannah's comment on Melissa's internship:''For who?Satan?''
Twisted 's 2nd episode was even better than the pilot (which was also very,very good!)
Mr Argent educating werewolves on how to hunt werewolves on Teen Wolf.
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Death was the big thing of the week, it seems:

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Steven Colbert's eulogy for the passing of his mother.When mine passed away in 2005, I died inside . While I began the way to resurrection very slowly through the years, mothers, all mothers are holy to me. The loss of one cannot be but an overwhelming tragedy.
I was among those who dreaded the serialization of Hannibal.There were so many many things that could have gone wrong and ruin Harris' masterpiece for us. Luckily not of them did and yes, we can call it a triumph of sorts.
Ray Donavan has not disappointed,either. They maybe made him out to be too decent, though. :) .
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The Paula Deen thing. This was the object of most of my conflicts with my parents,They were both born in the late twenties and that word was simply not an insult to them.Then again, they were not Americans, so it shouldn't be such a big deal. Well, it was to me,as was any of the other epithets given to Native Americans or any other ethnic or religious group. "But you have never even met a Native American or an African, so why is it so personal" they would say.Well, I consider this as a an issue of basic human decency.If someone decides that a word is insulting to them, for whatever reason, I regard it that I should not use it as a reference. They disagreed. However, both were incredibly sensitive and wonderful human beings, but the fact of the matter is they both inherited a colonial imperialist unconscious. I have spent an incredible amount of time thinking this over and I still can't decide if they they can qualify as, racist, even if succintly. As far as I witnessed, they never acted in a racist fashion towards anyone their entire lives.
James Gandolfini should not have passed away, but he did. No matter how much medecine has evolved and how many books and messages to be careful are published, someone who doesn't care about his body is beyond reason. RIP.
So our Myka, our beloved Myka in Warehouse 13 has ovarian cancer. This is not cool, never, ever.At the same time, in the whole of that warehouse, there must be something that might help, nudge, nudge.
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FTW - Graceland
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R.I.P. James G.
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FTW - Russell Brand on "Morning Joe"
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FTW-

Hannibal

Ray Donovan - the term "the bag or the bat" is my new fave

Nick Offerman IS AXE MAN!!!

2 things from the Garham Norton show-
1)The fly - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKM4FdApxQA
2)The red chair story - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUk1HvUvGyo

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James Gandolfini RIP

Charlie Sheen gets Selma Blair fired (still winning Charlie?)
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Stephen Colbert's tribute to his mom made me cry. Just thinking about it makes me a little teary eyed.
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In reference to the last line in the Paula Deen thing, this is what I think about every celebrity apology. No, you're not sorry, you meant what you said, you're just sorry that people reacted the way they did and you wish you hadn't said it. Like the article says, the only thing they're sorry for is that they got caught. An apology in hollywood is worth as much as a confederate penny.
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FTW:
1. Hannibal, nuff said.
2. SYTYCD: for having an incredibly diverse top 20 dancers. Also for Christopher Scott's incredible top 10 choreography.
3. Mad Men: incredible episode, Peggy's takedown of Don was awesome.
4. NBA what? Stanley Cup Finals are where it's at (both my teams are out though brb crying)

WTF: RIP Mr. James Gandolfini, too young too soon.
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Hannibal's finale was definitely FTW. Even if the resolution was predictable, the fantastic writing, directing, and acting more than made up for that. So excited for season 2, and I really hope it gets a long life (if not on NBC, then hopefully on another channel or streaming service).
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WTF: The reporting of the "Paula Dean situation." It almost sounds like she's losing her show over admitting using the N-word in a deposition; I've barely heard about the circumstances of the deposition. If a 60-something year old Southern woman had denied ever using the N-word, there would probably be people on the Internet with nothing better to do calling Dean a liar. Ostensibly we have free speech in this country; people don't need an excuse for the language they use in private conversations, and people who weren't parties to the conversation aren't entitled to an apology. Thanks for giving people who complain about political correctness more ammo, media.

FTW: The conversation on Real Time about the relationship between reporters and the subjects they're covering stemming from the mention of Michael Hastings' death; "Barely Fetal"; Rachel Maddows' reporting on Republican legislatures infringing on women's access to health care.
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I would wait until Beware the Batman premieres before judging it. The latest version of the TMNT turned out to be fairly good even though the last series made it seem as if they were done. And it is being produced by people who are familiar with the character. Also interesting is the use of lesser-known villains, suggesting we could see a very different take on the story. Reading up on WIkipedia, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_villains) it appears these are "new" villians from the "Morrison era so the stories could be based on those comics. It also appears that the "Circus of the Strange" will play a part. Most viewers are not likely to be familiar with those stories.
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FTW: Craig Ferguson's new game of 'lets see how much we can draw before it gets censored'

Goodwin Games & Save Me - For being the first comedies in years that I like.

SYTYCD - 3 tapper, some animators and just an all around good top twenty. The tapping & animation performance were great.

WTF: That these are the only shows I have to talk about this week.
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WTF: NBC apparently aired the Save Me pilot then skipped over the next six episodes to air only the last six. I was surprised I liked what saw of this show, but I found this out before the season finale and therefore could not watch it feeling cheated by the network. It would be nice if they put the entire series on Hulu or hope for a DVD to one day watch and complete it properly.
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I knew that they aired only seven of the thirteen episodes they ordered but I didn't know they skipped over so many of the earliest ones. Odd that with six unaired episodes, the network still managed to throw in a repeat of one of the seven that had already aired. Stupid.

In a similar vein, WTF to ABC for obviously showing How to Live with Your Parents... so massively out of order. This explains why the instances of the on-screen text seemed to get more numerous with each episode. They must have toned that gimmick that way down as the filming progressed but it appeared to viewers to /increase/ over time since we're only now seeing those earliest episodes. This past week they were still in the planning stages of the dollhouse that had already appeared in its finished state in several already-aired episodes.

Sitcoms rarely need to air in a particular order but I found it be quite jarring that ABC did it so outrageously with this particular show. And since the quality of the episodes has remained about the same throughout its run, this makes the reordering even more of a mystery to me.
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The funny thing about Save Me is that I honestly did not notice except it seemed her family accepted her talking to God a bit too easily and/or quickly. Another is the black neighbor woman/friend disappeared after the pilot, so don't know if she showed up in any of the following six episodes.

I stopped watching How To Live... after three episodes. I liked the cast, but couldn't get into it. I did not know those were not in order so I just checked. You are right, they are all over the place with this show. The first episode after the pilot aired nine episodes later. Maybe it would have helped to air those episodes in order?
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Like you said, Parents had a great cast but still ended up being less than the sum of its parts. Even so, I was surprised that ABC cancelled it so quickly. I thought it fit in pretty well with their Wednesday night lineup. To be honest, I think I might have been happier with them keeping that and getting rid of the rapidly disintegrating Suburgatory instead.

IMO, airing the episodes in such a crazy order was neither a good thing nor a bad thing, just a strange thing.
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Having lost my mother within the last year, I was particularly touched by Stephen Colbert's tribute to his mother. It was moving with just the right amount of humor. God Bless you Stephen.
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I thought the bare ass would be the most cringing thing I saw on this page, but then a giant photo of Paula Deen scrolled up.
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FTW The Daily Show/WWE segment.
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Foley is God! *repeat chant until someone finds the missing O*
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Good list this week, guys, no WTF's on your picks. It's always tragic when an icon dies and it was handled well and reverently. I guess it's kinda tragic, as well, when a non icon such as Paula Deen eats her entire foot on the air and then lamely apologizes--file that under "It sucks to be her just now."

Maybe Myka will use the "Original Can of Worms" to worm her way out of this one or perhaps "The Pearl of Wisdom" will give her amazing insight on the matter. A little heavy on the drama for a warehouse with the world's most immense power being guarded by four agents and an old guy...
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