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

Oh, heyyy. Even in the summer heat, TV still manages to conjure up an extraordinary number of perplexing (and perplexingly fantastic) occurrences for us to sit back and judge—which we do, wholeheartedly. Here's what we're putting on the spot and squinting at critically this week:


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SYTYCD's Vegas Week was packed with action


Over the span of two hours, a half-dozen people were seriously injured or hospitalized, and there were dozens more in tears. It's not so much that we love seeing the physical and emotional pain these dancers go through, it's more that we appreciate just how hard this all looks. Now bring on the Top 20!



Girls' quiet final scene


It's fitting that the closing image of Lena Dunham's triumphant first season offered neither setback nor closure. Just a perfectly poetic, uncertain moment where a typically chatty character didn't have to say anything for us to know how she felt. Now when does Season 2 start?



Wilfred's "special preview episode"


"Progress" was one of the series' best installments yet, and it's not even officially part of a season! Not only did the episode address Season 1's cliffhanger in grand fashion, it featured awesome guest-stars and awesome camera—and production—work, too. And we're still laughing over that Patch Adams joke.



Inside Men on BBC America


The miniseries about an inside job at a cash-counting facility debuted this week in the U.S. and the opening hour was all kinds of time-jumping, everyone-suspecting, shotgun-to-the-knee-shooting intense. We have no idea who the brains of the operation will turn out to be, how many backs will be stabbed, or who will survive... and that's exactly how we like it. Highly recommended viewing for heist-film buffs.



Breaking Bad's Lego meth lab


Complete with Gus holding a Pollos Hermanos drumstick!



Ryan got sent home on The Bachelorette


Thank goodness, right? Although now we'll need a new source of bad facial hair inspiration.



Jimmy Fallon vs. Justin Bieber on Late Night


Jimmy challenged "the Biebz" to a number of battles, including Laser Tag and checkers, but the entire competition came down to one physical challenge. Watch the clip to see how it all went down.



Howard Stern made it through the last round of America's Got Talent auditions without making any more kids cry


We think the grand total is currently at three; it was always awkward and horrible and rarely ever actually Stern's fault, but it got to the point where we were cringing even before the children started to perform. Congrats, Stern, for behaving this week!



WTF



The disappointing return of certain judges on SYTYCD:


We're sure that Tyce Diorio, Adam Shankman, and (to a lesser extent) Lil' C are perfectly nice and talented people, but their judging histrionics are basically unbearable. It's saying something when by comparison Mary Murphy is the levelheaded one up there. Frankly, we were hoping more of these people had been pink-slipped prior to this season, but oh well.



These promos for The CW's Oh Sit!


What we thought was simple musical chairs now looks like American Gladiators and America Ninja Warrior with the finish line being a chair. This looks pretty "sitty."



No Jillian Bell appearance in this week's Workaholics


As much as we enjoy Comedy Central's immature farce for its, well... blatant immaturity (and excess of '90s references), we always find ourselves crossing our fingers for more Jillian—the guys' bizarre co-worker who's completely lacking in self-awareness. This week, we missed her. And, not gonna lie: We think the episode suffered because of it.



Mad Men inspires a new line of McDonald’s uniforms


Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!? Not only do they look like any old McDonald’s uniforms, but only a portion of the fast food chain's U.K.-based employees are getting the mod look, in anticipation of this summer's Olympics in London. You lovin' it?



The trailer for Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot


We had a hard enough time accepting CGI Care Bears. This is just too much. (Click here to watch the not-embeddable-at-the-time-of-publication trailer.) Plus, no one will ever be able to capture the magic of the original April O'Neil's fabulous yellow jumpsuit. No one.


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

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FTW: Kirk Douglas on Real Time--at 95, difficult to understand, but looking and sounding better than pictures of him usually suggest. The Hypocritic Oath segment on The Rachel Maddow Show, chronicling the Republicans' relationship with the individual mandate. WTF: MSNBC's Ron Allen rambling for 10 minutes, going into areas a should reporter should not be going regarding a trial, presumably while someone was getting Ed Schultz back into makeup to take over coverage of the Jerry Sandusky verdict--bet we're not going to hear that Eurozone story that Ari Melburne teased now.
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I love Adam Shankman!
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FTW: Teen Wolf continues to be a BAMF this summer and shows no signs of suffering the sophomore suckage slump now that it's 1/3 through its second season.



WTF: Teen Wolf is already 1/3 through its second season. More please!
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1/3? It has 24 Episodes This year last I heard
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It's a summer series AND it's on cable. Either of those generally means only 12 episodes, so combined, it's pretty much a given.
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Really? I knew there were rumors, but nothing was confirmed and they were still currently slated for twelve (plus, that's what Price said in his last recap, and I assume he'd know as well as anyone). But here's hoping I'm wrong.
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http://www.rickey.org/mtv-orders-24-episodes-for-teen-wolf-season-2/
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Why on earth did they have to go so silly and childish with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. the last animated series was a bit darker and more enjoyable. This seems like they are trying to reproduce the 80's version. which is just too over the top silly for today, which you can see in the team up movie with the new and old versions. they should have adapted the most recent theatrical release, TNMT to a series. That was darker but still good for children.
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That Lego Breaking Bad meth lab is AWESOME.



Also, the name Justin Bieber should never be in the FTW section unless it's followed by: "...retires early and moves somewhere where no one will ever see him again."
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Actually, That preview for the ninja turtles looks like great fun! On first watch it reminded me of Ultimate SPiderman which is my favorite cartoon on TV right now.

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WTF: Broadcast and cable networks rolling out some really crappy reality shows this summer like Bristol Palin, Snooki & JWoww, Glass House, and The Choice. Feel free to add to this list, I'm sure I left SEVERAL out....
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"crappy reality shows" is redundant.
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Jillian is the best on Workaholics!
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I've watched all 4 episodes of inside men already and it was pretty...meh.

I pretty much agree with this NYT review...minor spoilers so beware http://tv.nytimes.com/2012/06/20/arts/television/inside-men-a-bbc-america-heist-drama.html
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okay , you seriously need to put Teen Wolf in the FTW every week.it's on fire this season.
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LOL the shredder looks mad rapey in that ninja turtles trailer
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FTW: Breaking Bad's Lego meth lab with Gus holding a Pollos Hermanos drumstick is the greatest (Lego related) thing I have ever seen in my entire life! I just wish I could get a Walter White Lego man with matching Heisenberg apparel (porkpie hat and shades).



WTF: Jimmy Fallon vs. Justin Bieber on Late Night is quite possibly the worst (anything related) thing I have ever seen in my entire life! I question the sanity of the person who decided to add that video to the FTW list.



FTW: (2) SUITS! The first two episodes have been everything I wanted and more. Plus the new plot dynamic of Pearson vs. Hardman has beautifully raised the tension and stakes to an inevitable and no doubt spectacular crescendo. Not to mention Harvey Specter is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters on television.
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YES! Suits has been awesome.



I don't know what it is about the USA Network but they don't seem to have any bad shows, some of them aren't great, but none of them are bad.
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It's an alright concept and Justin Beiber has got to be given credit for having confidence in himself even if he doesnt always succeed. But the real take away from that clip was how close his reign of fame is to being over. If this had been even a year ago the crowd would have gone ape shit when Jimmy held up Biebs new album (jimmy even paused for it) but all he got was crickets. And then when Justin was showing his fancy footwork again no one cared and honestly he shoulda lost that dance battle.
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clockwise from left donatello, leonardo, raphael and michaelangelo, right? and yeah wtf the the turtles are fugly and it's that trademark underfunded made for tv / straight to dvd cgi.



kids these days just don't know the wonderful orignals they missed out on. haven't seen cgi care bears but i did buy the orginal movies when they came out on dvd. WEE CAAARE!!!
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The turtles look pretty good actually. The CGI used for the movie looked bad and thats the way cartoons are being shown now-a-days. Most people who know of the originals might look at that and hate it but those aren't the people watching cartoons on nickelodeon. That being said check out Ultimate Spiderman
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I'm waiting and waiting for someone in the industry to go off the rails and just go, "Bieber, F-off and die you talentless fool!!"
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You try to be a good country, you know? You be polite, say sorry a lot, don't try to piss anybody off. Nobody really respects you militarily, but everybody thinks you're alright. Probably a very nice place to live. We take pride in our steadiness, fortitude, and yeah, hockey skills. We're proud to be Canadian.



But we as a nation feel a great amount of shame in having unleashed an apparently unstoppable and admittedly incredibly talented singing and dancing monster upon the unsuspecting public.



We're sorry World.



Sincerely,



Canada
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OK, now what about BAdams and Dion?



PS, we're sorry about Gordan Ramsey.
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The original TMNT FTfreakingW. Ugh to the reboot image there. That makes me want to go back to my childhood and revel in that show.
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Adam Shankman is my favorite SYTYCD judge xD
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Adam Shankman is my very favorite SYTYCD judge!
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Wow, FTW standards are really low in the Summer.
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Inside Men was a surprise FTW for me. It was oddly intriguing, even though most of the first episode was meant to flesh out the characters. Knowing that the people in the show would eventually be involved in a gruesome robbery made it that more exciting.
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