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

The spring-to-summer television transition is officially upon us, meaning there's going to be a lot less to love and a lot more to hate each and every week until September. But luckily this week we had the last dregs of real television to carry us, plus some early summer stuff that is actually pretty decent! Here's what we liked and didn't like...


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Funny or Die's The Wire: The Musical


To celebrate the tenth anniversary of HBO's The Wire, you can read long essays about how it's like the work of Charles Dickens and an examination of the urban environment that can apply to any large city. Or you can experience all five seasons of one of television's densest shows in 90 minutes of musical magic!



Eagleheart, a real work of art


This week's episode of the most funny, violentest, showiest show on TV took on the art world when Chris's blood spatters become the hot new thing in the world of street art. Girly vegetable lasagna, killer dollar-sign eyes, and face-ripping! Oh man this show is perfect.



Another Game of Thrones theme cover, this time with dog squeaky toys


Because sure, why not?



Game of Thrones saved its special effects budget for another awesome, season-ending scene


This epic moment, witnessed by adorable Samwell Tarly, raised the bar AGAIN for television's grandest of shows. We're already counting the days until Season 3 begins.



So You Think You Can Dance's Dragon House dancers


While "Dragon House" might seem like some kind of badass location from Game of Thrones, in Atlanta it's actually just a three-bedroom apartment where about eight members of a dance crew crash. Three of those members auditioned during this week's episode of SYTYCD and their distinctive, herky-jerky style was the highlight of the show. The guy in the video clip above was particularly great.



Teen Wolf returned bigger and better than ever


Season 1 was careful to establish Teen Wolf as an acceptable, solid TV show and it certainly succeeded. But it's already clear that Season 2 is headed off the rails in the best way: new action, new characters, and a supernatural creature that is not a werewolf (and not a vampire)! Seriously, in just two episodes Teen Wolf went from watchable summer diversion to must-watch. THIS is how supernatural teen dramas are done.



America's Got Talent goth-opera singer Andrew De Leon was pure ahh-mazing


Who knew the Marilyn Manson look-alike had the vocal chops of a Susan Boyle? After his unexpected, jaw-dropping, and emotional audition, he told the judges he’s never performed in front of anyone before.



The Childrens Hospital and Party Down kids spoof The Bachelor


Dubbed “the most romantic web series that will ever be,” Burning Love is a solid spoof starring Ken Marino as Mark Orlando, a bachelor looking for “someone who can make him laugh, isn’t afraid of robots, and is possibly ethnic.” In short, this is utterly hilarious.



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The Catalina exists


Is it just us or are teens being encouraged to envy debauchery rather than avoid it these days? Was MTV's Spring Break ever this in-your-face with the sex and booze? If the answer is "yes" (and it probably is), then we suddenly feel too old and cranky for our own good.



The CW's new Beauty and the Beast trailer


This show is looking even more horrible than we originally thought it would be. We like Kristin Kreuk, but are we really supposed to buy her as a tough police detective? What's next? Rachel Bilson as a doctor?



A New Girl producer called the comedy "the first post-post-9/11 show"


Producer Brett Baer said: "I was thinking long and hard about it, and I said to Dave [Finkel, fellow executive producer], 'What we've done here is created maybe the first post-post-9/11 show ... what our show came along at the right time for—this weird alchemy that happened—is that we were willing for the first time to go, It's okay to feel again."
Um... OR... maybe you just created a show about a weird girl and her roommates. Get over yourself, please, and let us know when you're done.



CNN's exuberant coverage of the Queen's Jubilee, the most boring bore that ever bored


We're going to let Jon Stewart and The Daily Show handle this one.


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

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Soo wanted to reach through the screen and just hug that Andrew kid on AGT. He was fantastic. Bloody fantastic.



Teen Wolf had me glued to the screen
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If enough of us Flag it, does IT folks catch it and remove these spam? We've seen comments removed, but is flagging the reason? Does it help?
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OMG! the barge TURNED around!! CNN is such a joke. I saw that episode of Jon Stewart with my parents and we were hysterical.

and I don't even understand that post 9/11 comment so that guy is just stupid. awesome show, though!
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I understand the "post-post-9/11" comment...and it's still stupid.
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Haha, I like New Girl a bit, but that post-post-9/11 quote is... uh, stupid.



When I first saw that goth kid sing on AGT, I immediately theorized that he doesn't normally or usually look like that. If the guy came out looking like an average guy or a top-class opera singer, his performance would've been really good, but not great. He comes out looking like a kid I'd want to step on, the same performance seems incredible. Good for him.



Especially as a huge fan of The Wire, that Funny-or-Die musical bit was hilarious.
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Seriously? No WTF hate for Fox's The Choice? I can't think of anything particularly good that happened on TV this last week, but The Choice was easily the worst thing thing that happened on it, I not only hated The Choice, I briefly learned to hate the species that created the potential for it to exist.
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C'mon give the show a chance! Remember that both Revenge and Once upon a Time looked terrible based on the previews.... and look how that turned out (well at least for Revenge. Once upon a Time is good but so uneven and sweet). Besides, it's the CW and BATB is supposed to be cheesy.
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New Girl is a healing for 9-11. That is hilarious. It is a sub standard sitcom that only exists because for some inexplicable reason people like that half an actress lead in Zoey.



But he does use a perfect descriptive term for it. Alchemy. The pseudo science most notable for trying to turn a base metal (crap metal) into gold. Which is really a perfect analogy for the show.



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Well now I've seen it all, an emo goth kid trying not to cry from happiness. Those contacts are amazing! Someone should put him in the next Twilight movie.
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Someone should put all of us in the next Twilight movie. Then there'll be nobody to watch it.
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^Comment Greatness^
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Dancing is stupid. So is Zooey Deschanel (cute, but that hipster schtick is beyond annoying). MOAR PARTY DOWN.
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Lol Beauty and the Beast looks cheesy indeed but I think I'll give the premiere a go just in case.
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Yes on Teen Wolf! It was great in season one, but even just two episodes into season two, it's definitely stepped up its game. People, don't let it's affiliations with MTV make you squirm: this show is actually GOOD.
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Squeeky GoT theme: ha cool

Andrew De Leon: wow he has a good voice...



The whole New Girl being the first post-post 9/11 show? wow really? what does that even mean? also its been over 10 years since 9/11 are they implying that people havent laughed or lived their lives since then? New Girl is a pretty good show but it hasnt done anything that different and its also not the best new show that came out this year. so wow..... just wow

For the Queens Jubilee: yeah most of it was extremly boring (like that boat parade) however that concert they held at Buckingham Palace was pretty good
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How pompous can a person be? I like the New Girl too, but it isn't exactly ground breaking or though provoking stuff. People still care about royalty in the 21st century?
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Legend of Korra FTW... i mean did anyone watch that episode? so good.
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Inorite? Totoally threw me. I wonderhow Amon fis into all this new info aboutTarlokk. There mustve been a reason Aang wanted Korra to know about it
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The Wire bit was hilarious if not to see Snoop dressed as a girl!
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You do know snoop is a girl?
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WTF: TV.COM's IT staff can't figure out how to filter out the spam posts.
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Guys, we have the first post 9/11 TV show! Jesus Christ appeared to me and told me so. This show literally ended slavery!
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First post-post-9/11 show? I mean, I'm a high-brow snob and pretentious type person in general (I do try to hide it and tone it down, but it comes out clearly every once in a while), but oh my gosh. As you said, Tim, get OVER yourselves. I generally enjoy that show. This makes me want to like it less. Ugh, these guys.
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I would add the critics choice nominations to the FTW list. They were spot on. Maybe somebody has a slight beef with a few of the choices but I have never seen better nominations. And I also loved AMC's Breaking Bad poster. Can't wait till July 15th!
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the royal family is the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked
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What a well-reasoned point, thank you for sharing.
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I think everyone knows this is a scam.



Justsayin
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What?!?! No way!!!! You lie. Chad told me so.
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Sorry to go off topic but I gave up on New Girl last year, after the Bad in Bed episode. I haven't tuned in since but people say it's developed over time into something better. How so?
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It hadn't when I gave up on it at Fancy Man when they sprayed Jess with a toilet. Stick with you evaluation of it. It is crap.
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It has just become a show that you look forward to watching every week. The entire cast, especially the three guys are so hilarious and the writing of the show improved a lot especially in the later half of the series. Plus, the show grew a lot of heart which is great for a comedy to have. I'd definitely pick back up New Girl and give it another whirl if I were you.
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-Mate & -iShivi: Thanks for your opinions. I'll give it the 4-ep test again in the fall just to see if it can sustain my interest.
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