FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (June 9)

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As Person of Interest's Harold Finch likes to say, "You are being watched" But this time he's serious. The government is listening to your phone calls, reading your emails, and intercepting your text messages. But is it also watching you through the television? The zero research we've done says YES, so we suggest sitting really far to the side so they can't see you. Take that, FBI! You may spy on our preferred choice of seating while watching our favorite shows, but you'll never take our freeeeeedom! And with that nonsensical intro, let's review what was good and not so good on television this week. 


FTW




Arya Stark's Vine response to the Red Wedding

After Game of Thrones' ripped our hearts out with that now-infamous scene, the darling Maisie Williams posted an odd but adorable reaction to the video-sharing site. This kid!


Unmute the sound and click the image to play the clip—and beware of spoilers, of course! 




Samuel L. Jackson is the One Who Knocks

Guess we know who's a Breaking Bad fan! The Hotspacho Man himself took a stab at Heisenberg's infamous speech and the result is pretty tasty. We prefer his "path of the righteous man" ramble, but this is a close second. Plus, we know Bryan Cranston has seen this video and loves it, so we're waiting for his "There's too many damn snakes on this motherf*cking plane!" reply.




America's Got Talent returns with a pair of matter-of-fact new judges

One of our favorite summer freakshows returned Tuesday night with ex-Victoria's Secret Angel Heidi Klum and ex-Spice Girl Mel B replacing Sharon Osbourne on the judges panel, and both women seem to be pretty delightful—and more importantly, decisive—additions to the roster. No more tiptoeing around contestants' feelings like Sharon used to do, even if Mel B. does exude strong I'm-just-here-for-the-paycheck vibes.




People sure handle their drugs differently on Mad Men

Last Sunday's episode of Mad Men featured one of the show's lesser excursions to California; for the first time, it felt like we were watching a mediocre TV representation of "the late 1960s." But with that said, Don's hash-induced meltdown was fascinating. Of course, his little dip in the pool was later topped by Pete's exasperated decision to put his personal and professional frustrations aside and just chill with a joint, man.




Jon Stewart's final Daily Show before he goes Hollywood

In his final hosting gig until September 4, J-Stew featured a great piece on New York's bike-share program, delivered a heartfelt goodbye while reminding us why his summer project (a movie about injustice in Iran) is so important, and let his substitute host John Oliver crash his Moment of Zen.



Conan chats with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin


There are mild spoilers in the video, but no specifics. 

You may hate Martin after watching "The Rains of Castamere," but we love how much enjoyment he gets out of seeing people suffer. Conan and Martin discussed that suffering, and Conan showed him some viewer reactions to the Red Wedding. Our favorite? Definitely the shirtless, "You knew about his the whole time?!" guy.




Under the Dome's effective advertising
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Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! As Andy said on Twitter, it's the "Jurassic Bark" of promo art.



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



Game of Thrones' Red Wedding

The ultimate FTW/WTF moment. Equally devastating and glorious, it probably hit viewers harder than the printed version hit readers with the addition of extra carnage. The tears will forever roll, but you have to hand it to George R.R. Martin... he knows how to keep fans on their toes. And let's not forget how great the rest of the episode was, too. 



WTF




Syfy's Exit should do exactly that

We had higher hopes for this based-on-a-Japanese-game-show competition series, which promised to pit its contestants against a veritable obstacle course of "mind-bendingly diabolical" rooms. Sadly, it turned out to be mind-bindingly boring.





Why doesn't anybody want Happy Endings?


The sitcom was dumped by ABC even though it was loved by critics. We thought USA Network would save it, but the channel decided to pass. Everyone seems to like this show (yes, the ratings say otherwise, but scheduling was partly to blame for that), so why won't someone step in and keep it alive?




The dull debut of ABC's Mistresses

We didn't expect ABC's latest summer drama to be particularly "good," but the promo department presented the show as if it'd at least be soapy, trashy fun. Unfortunately, it turns out that watching unhappy people cheat on each other, only to become more unhappy, isn't particularly fun to watch.




Salon takes the spoiler issue about as far as possible

An article on the site claims that changes in HBO's parental warnings—you know, those things that say the program contains "nudity," "violence," and "adult language"—constitute spoilers. As opposed to those episodes of Game of Thrones that are all about love and hugs?



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

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