America took a step toward equality this week when the Supreme Court (the best of all courts!) squashed some legalese aimed at witholding basic legal rights from same-sex couples. We don't want to brag, but here at TV.com we've been practicing equality for about 600 years. The software engineer who wears a parrot on his shoulder has just as much access to Post-It Notes as the data processor with the glass eye. Our pigeon-toed intern with the big nose? We let him park his 1986 Accord in the parking lot with the grown-ups once a month! And one time Tim actually let an assistant editor ride in the elevator with him (but she wasn't allowed to look him in the eye). But where we really straddle both sides of the line with regard to glorious acceptance is in this weekly column, where we bring attention not just to the things we liked on television, but also the stuff we hated. We even went one step further and let a FTW marry a WTF once, and they had a baby. That baby? Mario Lopez. Anyway, let's hear it for appreciating everyone being themselves and not making a big deal out of it in another edition of FTW vs. WTF!
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Snuffy got snuffed.
If TV recappers wrote obituaries...
HappyPlace.com wrote a few obituaries in the style of television recaps, and they're pretty accurate. Because come on, the "Laraine's dying husband" story has been WAY overdone.
The Daily Show's Al Madrigal misinterprets some Prop 8 news
Comedy Central's nightly "news" program responded to the Supreme Court's decision the only way it knew how: by putting its correspondents in jean shorts and cod pieces.
The Onion takes USA Network to task
Here's one for the funny-because-it's-true-but-also-kind-of-painful files: This week, The Onion's fake (yet disturbingly accurate) entertainment show Starfix poked fun at USA Network's seemingly interchangeable programming roster, and while shows like Burn Affair and Covert Notice might be josh-offs, we'd definitely DVR Suit Pains, about "main character Jason Suits" who "used to be a doctor, now he's a tailor pretending to be a doctor," and "every episode takes place during Mardi Gras."
Ken Marino and Tim Heidecker are joining Eastbound & Down
Don't you love it when great comedies make great casting decisions? In the HBO series' final season, Marino (Children's Hospital, Burning Love) will play "Guy Young, a middle-aged athlete who's still living the high life and partying it up every weekend," and Heidecker (Tim & Eric) will appear as "Gene, a vanilla guy in Kenny's neighborhood. He has nothing in common with Kenny and lacks even a basic sense of humor." Sounds like Marino will be tempting blonde-headed Powers away from the normal life, and Heidecker will be drawing on his excellent deadpan chops to be the face of boring suburbia. We're so in.
Mad Men's Season 6 finale was weird and wonderful
It totally cost Sterling Cooper & Partners the Hershey account and it may have
cost Don his job, but the line of lies that separated Don Draper from
Dick Whitman blurred when Don ditched a
heartwarming (and completely bullshit) anecdote about his father buying
him a candy bar for a more accurate tale from his
youth. It was a big (huge even!) step for Don—even if his timing was terrible. Also: Sally got drunk, Ted banged
Peggy and moved to California to get away from her, Peggy took Don's corner office, and Pete's elderly
mom was eaten by sharks. EATEN BY SHARKS.
David Bowie might be on Hannibal?! Be still our hearts
This potential casting is still in the earliest possible of stages, but Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller has made overtures to David Bowie's people to have him guest in Season 2 as Hannibal's uncle. So, you know, not only would Bowie be on our TVs, but he'd be in scenes with Mads Mikkelsen. We're not entirely sure that television could survive that much awesome.
Veep closes out a very funny second term
It's not getting much chatter, but HBO's comedy was consistently laugh-out-loud funny all season long. And in the Season 2 finale, with the fate of Selina's party looking equally bleak, the show took a brilliant turn, teasing a presidential reveal and delivering on Selina running for her boss's job. Season 3 on the campaign trail? Count us in, especially if Jonah can tag along.
True Blood calls out Sookie's work ethic, lets Eric give The Americans a run for its money
Someone finally told Sookie to get her apron on and cover a shift at Merlotte's. Well done, Arlene! And Eric's dork disguise was a series highlight.
The X-Files is reuniting at Comic-Con
We can't believe it's already been 20 years since The X-Files began, but the anniversary reunion panel at this year's Comic-Con is bound to be a massive highlight. (It might also drag on for a little too long and drop important threads midway through, but hey, we're excited anyway!)
Devious Maids has some potential, but is it just trading on stereotypes?
The premiere of the new Lifetime series from Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) and Eva Longoria—and adapted from the telenovella Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar—was delightfully soapy, with Susan Lucci (!!!) crying underneath a bed and the Rosie character sabotaging her self-absorbed employer's interview by claiming that the woman's neglected baby called her "mama." But the show has come under fire for its racial stereotypes of Latina maids, with both critics and civil rights groups condemning it. From a premise standpoint, the series' detractors do have a point, but we're still interested in seeing if/how the show might break the mold.
Ovation picks up Smash reruns
Can't we just just let this dead show lie? (Though admittedly we're not sure we could find Ovation in our cable listings, even if we tried.)
More alien baby nonsense on Falling Skies
We wonder how many violations of the Hippocratic Oath Anne participated in to sneak her monster offspring out of Charleston and... right into the hands of the aliens. Haha. Serves her right.
ABC's Whodunnit doesn't have a clue
We won't lie: The idea of a murder mystery reality show had us kind of excited. People running around a mansion to solve a fake murder?
Sure, why not? Sadly, Whodunnit is an awkward mishmash of that neat
idea and contestants who have to pretend like they're solving actual
murders instead of participating in a really elaborate bit of dinner
theater. "What kind of house has its own morgue?!" one contestant
wondered. One on a reality TV show, doofus. Another WTF: Some dimmer viewers actually thought the murders were real.
Paula Deen's... apology?
Um, this pretty much speaks for itself.
Alec Baldwin jumps into the celebrity controversy fray (again)
R.I.P., Gary David Goldberg and Richard Matheson
We just lost James Gandolifini, and now the creator of Family Ties and the seminal science-fiction author who penned some of The Twilight Zone's most classic episodes? Too many all at once!
Awkward. loses its showrunner
Despite some creative bumps and missteps in the first half of Awkward.'s extra-large third season, it's difficult to imagine the show without creator Lauren Iungerich. Unfortunately, that's where we're headed: Iungerich is departing the show after the second half of Season 3, leaving MTV's centerpiece series without its creative force. How... awkward.
Happy Endings is dead for real
It's not like we didn't see this coming, but we're bummed nonetheless.
What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?