FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (March 10)

For having just lost an hour of sleep—don't forget to set your clocks forward, folks!—we're feeling pretty optimistic about television's last seven days. No joke, it's like the "WTF" is only here as a formality this week. So let's get right to it: Here's what we didn't like but mostly what we DID like about TV in the past half-fortnight.


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An NFL player puts ESPN's Skip Bayless in his place

Skip Bayless is the Michael Jordan of cocky, contrarian, loud-mouthed sports-talk jerks, and Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman let him know as much on the ESPN show First Take. Four minutes of glorious putdowns for one of the television personalities who deserves it the most.



Comedy Central's Nathan For You

Nathan Fielder attempts to help small business owners find success with unusual and silly tactics, but it's his deadpan humor and unexpected results that make this show one of Comedy Central's funnier new comedies. There's mad genius at work here; it's like the American version of Canada's The Jon Dore Show.



Characters? On The Walking Dead?!

Michonne, Carl, and Rick got their best material of the season in "Clear," a perfect example of how good AMC's gorefest can be. Special shout-out to Lennie James for a fantastic performance as a broken man. And let's not forget about those brave, brave rats.



Switched at Birth's all-sign-language episode

The ABC Family series did an entire episode with almost zero spoken dialogue, relying on the deaf characters' sign-language skills (and subtitles) and direction to set the tone. And it was riveting. Incredibly brave television done incredibly well; bravo, showrunner Lizzy Weiss.



Bob's Burgers claims the throne

Without much fanfare, Bob's Burgers has become simultaneously one of the funniest, sweetest, and weirdest sitcoms on TV, and an episode like "O.T. the Outside Toilet" proves why. A heap of ridiculousness built on an E.T. parody in which Jon Hamm guest-starred as a toilet—with AI and Neil Flynn as its mercenary pursuer—resulted in a tender portrayal of Gene's strange but heartfelt bond with said toilet, and the lengths to which the Belcher family will go to support one another.



The Good Wife's oddball... romance?
Just when we thought Carrie Preston's Elsbeth Tascioni couldn't get any more befuddlingly delightful, The Good Wife went and paired her with Kyle MacLachlan, perhaps the only man in the business who can match her off-kilter charm. After only a couple episodes, their flirtatious/adversarial chemistry is already one of the best treats the show's ever given us.



The trailer for Louis C.K.'s upcoming HBO comedy special 

He even writes new material for his promos! And with Louie off the air until 2014, we'll take every nugget we can get. 



The Winger reunion on Community

No, James Brolin wasn't quite Bill Murray, a common fantasy casting choice for Jeff's dad, but the much-criticized show managed to get Jeff's long-anticipated reunion with his father just right. Brolin and Joel McHale worked well together, and McHale delivered the appropriate combination of fear, pain, anger, and confidence in delivering what was perhaps the most important Winger speech of the character's life. 



How Stuff Works' "The Real Al Swearengen" podcast

The show's "Stuff You Missed in History Class" podcast often touches on historical figures seen in popular TV shows, but perhaps the most interesting subject thus far has been Deadwood's Al Swearengen, given that the real-life version is even more absurd than the fictional one. Skip to Part 2 of the most recent installment to jump right to his time in the town of Deadwood, though truth be told, Part 1 is interesting too. Did you know that Swearengen served in the Civil War?




Damon Lindelof's continued trolling of Justin Bieber and Justin's Bieber's ridiculous, yellow/spiked hat:

It appears to have started with the tweet above and it's only escalated from there...

Check out Lindelof's Twitter feed for plenty more where that came from



SNL's Familiar Faces Parade, helmed last night by grand marshal Justin Timberlake

As Timberlake said, expectations for his fifth hosting turn were ridiculously high. But he delivered, as usual, and he did it with the help of some greats. Steve Martin! Candice Bergen! Dan Aykroyd! Nice work, SNL. Also: Stefon's Donald Duck impression deserves a prize. 



Delocated's series finale
Adult Swim's hilarity-fest came to a sad, but funny, end on Thursday night (or Friday morning, to be accurate), as Jon played out his own Bourne Identity adventure. Though Delocated never broke through to the mainstream, its followers were a dedicated support base and its main character's assholery will be missed. Now go get baked and marathon this puppy!



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The CW apparently just discovered Twitter

The CW aims to be the network of the Young People (a group whose definition changes depending on when and why you ask CW executives) and often trumpets how successful their shows are on streaming platforms (you know, because the audience is so young and streets ahead). Yet, somehow, The CW just created official Twitter accounts for each of its shows—as in, on March 7, 2013. As much as we'd like to give the network any benefit of the doubt for its regular and generally funny failures, this weird move signals how misguided it can be.



The proposed ideas to save Up All Night

Michael Schneider of TV Guide wrote an expose of NBC's disaster of a comedy, which has undergone more change than a Real Housewife's face. Among the behind-the-scenes proposals: a show that went back and forth between a single-camera comedy and a multicamera comedy when the series was shown from the baby's perspective and a show-within-the-show concept in which the stars were playing actors on a show called Up All Night. Will Arnett and Christina Applegate, you still didn't leave fast enough.



What's on your list of TV loves and hates for the week?



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Please tell me the writer of this article knows that Nathan Fielder is Canadian...
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FTW to Star Wars: The Clone Wars finishing its season out on an emotionally mature note, drumming its main character out of the order to which she's lived her whole life rather than a cheap death.

WTF to Star Wars: The Clone Wars for calling it a "season finale" and then today announcing it's a series finale.

WTF to King of the Nerds for the most painfully anticlimatic and thoughtless final episode which ultimately gave way to the worst choice possible as the winner for the worst reason possible (she never beat anybody in anything so nobody was mad at her).

FTW to Archer for an excellently silly episode told in flashback with a twist worthy of Verbal Kint.

FTW to White Collar's plan of sending a tiny zeppelin off the top of the Empire State Building, originally built as a zeppelin mooring station, tres clever.

FTW to Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson's Thursday episode, reuniting Ferguson with Zach Braff who he met almost 25 years ago on an unsold pilot, which they showed a clip from that was '80s-tastic, and then after that fun having Gillian Jacobs on to fill for Alison Brie who was sick, and Jacobs was gold! Cute as a button and fun and interesting and showing how different she is from her character on Community.

WTF to audiences getting abandoned by the networks (except Tuesdays, which is another WTF, why just Tuesday?). FTW to Tuesday though.

WTF to Fox for moving Bob's Burgers and American Dad, what was the point of that? Now the more family-friendly show ends up in the latest slot at the end of the block.

FTW to TV.com for allowing commenters to write "TV.com" without erasing their posts.

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WTF to TV.com for including this week's SNL in the article?!? I thought the unspoken rule was "nothing after Friday". It was a great inclusion of faces though.

WTF indeed to Up All Night's disaster, great article though.

That was an awesome Louis CK promo.

Bob's Burgers was a total FTW.

Kyle MacLachlan's character isn't being flirty, he's being date-rapey, and her reaction "uh, no" which seems quite reasonable.

Skip Bayless didn't seem to understand the problem, so I don't know that he got put in his place.

That Nathan For You clip made me cringe, the only part I liked was when "Santa" showed his full height against the mall cops. But the premise was just awful and not funny.
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i agree about the finale of king of the nerds being anticlimactic, but celeste is hot, so it's forgiven. danielle is kinda hot too, but she is so bitchy and cry-y she was annoying. she was less annoying on the playstation nerd competition the tester
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Seems like a dubious reason to grant someone "king of the nerds", pretty much the antithesis of reasons actually.
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Ferguson is always a FTW! The episode with the actress from Vikings was super as well.
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FTW: Boyd Crowder's dirty car windows on Justified (because cars on TV shows usually show no sign of ever having been used); Charlie's weird sense of honor allowing the warden's daughter to live on The Following (in the absence of the Emma-Paul-Jacob triangle, this may become the most interesting part of the show); the uninterrupted tracking shot of Sheldon, Leonard, and Howard entering the high school, with them rounding corners, which seemed like an unusual choice for a sitcom.
WTF: Joe Carroll's attorney walking around loose to be killed. I'm no legal scholar, but I doubt attorney-client privilege covers facilitating kidnappings, and even if you accept that Claire didn't tell the FBI about the lawyer telling her to go alone to a location or she'd never see her son again, it seems like the older Black sheriff who was "in charge" of her security detail should have been able to deduce that the lawyer had something to do with Claire shaking his tail at the restaurant. That and Joey's being a little more trusting of Emma almost felt like all the characters had forgotten what had happened two episodes before; Ryan's torture of David (because the show wasn't reminiscent enough of 24 already, and wasn't part of the reason Parker was brought in supposed to be because the agent she replaced let Ryan break Joe Carroll's fingers?); Bill O'Reilly blowing up at Alan Combs and calling him a liar (talk about the pot calling the kettle black); Justin Bieber's meltdown in London (not a fan, but I don't take joy in seeing some young person's life going off a cliff).
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FTW: Elizabeth's (Kerri Russell) beatdown of Claudia on The Americans this week.

"Show them your face!"
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totally forgot to put that on my list - i think margo martindales facial expressions afterward added to it
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WTF/FTW: This sites ignoring of "Banshee" is the WTF. Seriously, how could the Should I Watch be so utterly and completely wrong??? Fantastic penultimate episode. That is how to get your entire cast of characters moving for a finale. Its been setting up perfectly the entire season. From Anna/Carrie showing the effects of last episode's beat down for an entire episode (kudos to the writers) despite her utter desperation and the realization that the fear she has had for 15 years is upon her. I say it every week and I'll keep saying it - Ivana Milicivec is giving the performance of the year. This episode gave us the most f'd up family reunion of all time. Simply the terror of Rabbit in her home and Ivana Milicivec doing most of the acting without speaking. (Poor Gordon - he still knows absolutely nothing and his son has been kidnapped - he has no idea what to be most afraid of and Russ Blackwell is just nailing this part - in lesser hands or crappy writers I think it'd be easier to dislike Gordon.) This episode also clearly set up Odette Anabelle as someone to be reckoned with in the tribe and she didn't even have a single line of dialogue even though she was in the entire episode including the post script. The slowly developing relationship between Jun and Sugar. ("I never would of pegged you for a slum lord.") Every scene with the two of them is pure gold. The fight b/w Hood and Kai Proctor and what it portends for the future. The final scene with the "Assault on Precinct 13" vibe that is setting up. 50 minutes and not a single wasted frame. Not a single line of wasted dialogue. That is how to make an episode of television. FANS KEEP TALKING hopefully they'll figure it out some day.

FTW: Gannicus making it out alive. Next week should be great seeing as how its airing on The Ides of March.
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Well said!
Maybe you could do reviews on Bashee? Ivana Milicivec's performance has been outstanding and she killed it the last 2 episodes. The most badass (human and flawed but relatable and likable) woman/mother on tv. Everything you and the other comments have said about Banshee is spot on.

FTW: everything about Banshee's last episode
FTW: Spartacus and Gannicus (my 80s heavy metal hair band god; lol). I loved the Gannicus-centric episode~flawed but heroic character
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WTF: not enough new stuff to watch this week
FTW: like tv.com said: the all ASL switched at birth episode (well done) and the good wife!
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The Walking Dead episode, as well as the ending of the Spartacus episode, but even though I don't watch football and have never heard of that TV sports announcer, I am going to watch the clip when I can as it sounds awesome!

WTF: Just the dearth of new episodes in general.
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WTF - post sweeps reruns

FTW - SNL's best episode in a long, long time.

I wish I could've been a fly on the wall in the SNL writers' room when the NuvaBling sketch was first pitched.
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Hehe, while I didn't care for most of that First Take video, despite my hatred of Skip Bayless, I love how the video ends.

Sherman: I use facts to support what I say. Explain to me your facts.
Bayless: But Darrelle Revis?!
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FTW... The parking garage scene in "Go On." Possibly the best 30 seconds of TV ever!! Scored by Band of Skulls too! Three thumbs up! ;)
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Nothing to watch on Wednesday night. What's going on for the next 3 weeks. Stupid hiatus!
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It's March Madness. Why waste new episodes whose audience, between college basketball and American Idol, is likely to be meager?
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CW is probably ahead of CBS when it comes to Twitter. Then again, CBS would probably have to ask CW how to use it.
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Oh, they know how to use it, they just don't understand it. Their press releases include cookie-cutter hash tag suggestions.
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Streets ahead!
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For the sake of my fellow British brethren I need to point out that "streets ahead" is not a community thing but is a well known phrase here.

If you used it in a sentence correctly no one would think twice, "streets behind" however does not exist and is the real pay-off of the joke.
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FTW: Grimm is back
FTW: Timothy Olyphant, Brent Saxton and Jim Beaver for the best ride-along on Justified
FTW: Bill O'Reilly's inner crybaby comes out
WTF: The continuing failure of Community
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FTW: I agree on the Justified ride-along.

WTF: For not taking fellow hooplehead Gerald McRaney on that ride-along to complete the Deadwood reunion.
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FTW: Justified (I can't believe I forgot it when commenting below)!
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Enlightened's season 2 finale was the biggest FTW of the past week
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FTW: Neal and Sara's fake - but oh so not fake - proposal on White Collar. I got misty eyed just watching it!

WTF: No Castle this week.

FTW: I'm off to watch another episode of Walking Dead. WOOT.

WTF: Army Wives is also premiering tonight... without any Drew Fuller! FAIL.
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FTW: Golden Boy - James and McBride are a good combo, and I wouldn't have believed that I could come to hate Kevin Alejandro so much so fast.

WTF: This site's notifications are still acting like they were coded by an untrained monkey with fat fingers. I'm still getting notified of comments and thumbs up from 2012. Get it together, IT interns!
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agree with both

I also can't believe how much I dislike Kevin Alejandro's character so much~the actor is doing a great job making us hate his character!
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I prefer "big-boned" fingers.
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Ha! For the sake of political correctness, I will allow the more-to-love monkeys to claim they have thyroid conditions. But even plus-size primates could develop test cases and proof their code before they add it to a live site.

(Here's a tip, monkeys: like Facebook, you're wanting to show a flag based on updates since the last time the user visited the site, so the relevant timestamp is that of the reply or thumbs up, not the timestamp of the original post. The timestamp of the last visit and the reply/thumbs-up are the ONLY ones your code should reference.)
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Only three more weeks until you're notified about this comment!
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Hehe, yeah, the wacky notifications are kinda annoying.
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I figure it's just people who happen to be snorfelling and roaming around the site & simply thumbing up in old articles
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No it's more than that. I get notices when there's nothing new on a very old article, and then no notices on comments made yesterday, or a new flag on a comment that I've previously read. Whatever code is triggering is buggy as heck.
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I think what's happening is those thumb-ups that don't show up are taking a long time to process.
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One time I logged in and it said I had 63 comments!
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lol
Thumbs up to everyone in this comment thread except big bones since fat is fat--lol, j/k.
Anyway it is 3/11/13 at 2:50 pm central time (USA) in case you want to use this as a test:-)
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Co-signing that wtf.
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FTW:
Enlightened's outstanding 2nd season.
Justified's big reveal.
Last week's SVU episode (I caught up on it this week) with Rollins arrested for murder after being set up by her evil sister - cold!

WTF:
Thanksgiving Break.
The TVdotcom sophomore exodus, abandoning its coverage of shows such as Enlightened (even though it sounds like the whole staff watches and loves it), Touch & Smash.
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All that Skip Bayless video did for me was convince me that Richard Sherman is just as big of a douchenozzle as Bayless is, maybe even more. I think Sherman came off looking like an idiot.
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Yeah, I was kind of hoping for more. I hate Skip Bayless so I'll take it when someone, especially professional sports players, actually calls him out and tells him how stupid he is, but Sherman came off pretty poorly too. Not enough to be as big a douchenozzle as Bayless, though, for me.
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FTW: The great cliff hanger episode of OUAT.
FTW: TBBT the Disney Princess episode was amazingly funny.
FTW: Finding out who Castle's Dad was and rocking it.
FTW: POI Hurricane Sandy episode even though we all knew who the murder was it was still a great episode.
FTW: GRIMM IS BACK BABY and we are in awe of it and the episode.
FTW: Ripper Street's Season finale was a pure delight in the writing and in the acting of the episode.
NO WTF for this week because it was an a hands down awesome and mind blowing FTW for me :)
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Another WTF - Cult's stinking ratings. I thought that it'd do better on Fridays but I guess that Grimm crushed it. Oh well, it was nice enjoying this show while it lasted... :(
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I know this s a (2 weeks?) late comment, but how come there was no mention of the hilarious "trash can kiss" song in "the Middle"?
I was sure I'd see that in your FTW list...
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The Walking Dead was amazing this week!
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FTW: The Trailer for Joss Whedon's adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing (feat. Whedonverse, be still my nerd heart)

WTF: Shawshank Thanksgiving...among other things. Also, the Following, I don't know why I keep hate watching that show.
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I'm kind of new here whats the point of this article and what do the initials mean?
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The best and worst of the week, FTW: for the win and WTF: what the fuck.
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I thought it was Fuck the World vs What the Fuck
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BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FTW - Banshee. Duh. Hood backwashing a mouthful of blood into Kai's bottle of rum - BEST!
FTW - Vikings - Ragnar's calm as fuck "I forbid it" to his rapist brother.

WTF - The Following - the lawyer helping the serial killer escape and then being killed by said serial killer.
WTF - This List. I'm starting to believe this list is some kind of experiment or something.

(Personal WTF - I just got around to watching Compliance, lol, jackasses.)
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agree!
FTW: Banshee (just look at the comments here and on other articles on this site)

I'm with you on thinking this list is an experiment--maybe they intentionally leave out stuff "fans" want just to generate more comments--bastards, lol!
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The song that starts playing during the backwash is Dusted - Pale Light.
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The blood backwash is the coolest bit of cinematography/scene framing ever!
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That backwash moment was great, it was very well filmed . I actually thought about it afterward how the time had to be dedicated to getting that right, and it was just such a small touch but added to the scene so well. Also the end of the episode with Rabbit and the the cliffhanger endint
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I was wondering when you were going to get to that Up All Night article. I read that in the checkout line in total disbelief. What a mess.
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"Michael Schneider of TV Guide wrote an expose of NBC's disaster of a comedy, which has undergone more change than a Real Housewife's face." Best. Line. Ever.
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FTW: BANSHEE!

WTF: Yet another week of the tv.com overlords not listening to how much Banshee-clamor we are capable of making.
Also, what's with Canadian shows suddenly being on hiatus? I hold y'all to a higher standard than your US brethren. Stop disappointing me.
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This show has taken off from episode 1 and never let up. I've never seen a show this good get completely ignored after a SHOULD I WATCH column that demanded a revisit at least after Episode 3 "Meet the New Boss" in which this show became can't miss.

All fans should make sure to check out Welcome to Banshee.com. Some really good scenes written by Shickler and Tropper and directed by Greg Yataines that are filled with useful backstory about the important players and fill in some holes in the story. There is a particular scene with Ivana Milicivec and Ryann Shane (Carrie and Deva) having a conversation about the locket that is really great/really sad.

I can't believe its over this week and all we got was a half-joke column about it. Good thing those of us who stuck with it did so. Its not the show's fault its on Cinemax. They said "Hunted" was a better show - "Hunted" was good, "Banshee" is exceptional. They can write all they want about the nap that is "Walking Dead" (seriously Rabbit v. The Governor - he'd make the Governor make a puddle on the floor) we know what show deserves the praise.

BANSHEE!
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I like TWD but it is a total snooze compared to Banshee. Also Carrie would kick Elizabeth's butt on The Americans. All are good shows but Banshee is great. Each episode of Banshee gets better and better--the plot, character development, character interactions, action, etc.... Also the characters aren't black and white and you can identify with many aspects of fleshed out characters. It's only season 1 and the show has done a great job developing the main characters and some of the secondary characters.

Maybe Banshee fans should highjack all threads/articles until it gets a proper review where we can post/comment.

The cinemax site for Banshee has some awesome gifs. I like the one with Job (Asian guy) telling the cows off.
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I think critics ignore it because David Shickler and Jonathan Tropper (both novelists not tv people) aren't industry darlings - they don't know anybody - "Banshee" is their first show. Critics like familiar and this show isn't doing anything familiar. Who gives a heroine so many reasons to hate her but you just can't? Who tries to show how a person may actually look/feel after a brutal fight that hospitalized the person? Who makes a character a shunned Amish businessman who is a criminal? Who actually shoots the rape scene - shows have rapes but no one shows how violent and humiliating and degrading and ugly the crime is. Its the not showing it that desensitizes. How many shows have a bad guy that is talked up and then that bad guy never looks or seems like the character everyone is/should be afraid of? Ben Cross actually makes you afraid watching the Rabbit scenes. (Did you see the fear on Ana's face when Rabbit grabbed Gordon by the neck?) When do adult shows make intelligent casting decisions when it comes to its teenage cast? (Props to "Lights Out" Ryann Shane must have really learned something working on another good show) Also, they aren't filming it in New York or Los Angeles, where critics flourish, they are filming it in Charlotte, North Carolina - that is a check against it as well. Too many things that aren't typical and that is not what critics respond to which is kind of sad. Critics, this site included, didn't like Antony Starr saying he lacked the charisma to pull off this part which was one of its problems - maybe I'm biased but WTF? He has had to keep so much bottled up under surface and he has done so beautifully. Its all in his face in any scene. No one has held back more tears then Lucas Hood.

My favorite .gif is the conversation b/w Olek and Rabbitt about the chess board.
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so true and I don't have the writing skills to elaborate on all the intricacies and basic awesomeness of the show. You do a great job highlighting some of what makes Banshee a truly phenomenal show.

I didn't know that this was David Shickler and Jonathan Tropper's first show. Wow, really outstanding work! You should consider reviewing the show (seriously). I wish the forums here weren't so dead because there really isn't a place for Banshee fans to comment.

This will sound really superficial but I love that Ivana Milicivec has natural breast;-) Even when beat up and not looking glamorous she is beautiful (stringy hair, little to no make up, bruised and bleeding--realistic and still beautiful). There are so many reasons to dislike her but I actually like her and can identify with some of her choices even if they aren't the stereotypical hollywood choices. Hard to explain but for example, she lied to her husband to protect him. She seems to love two men but differently. Typically I would dislike her for cheating but I don't. I also would usually dislike someone lying to their spouse but I don't. Her character is so complex and yet relatable. The actress is doing a phenomenal job. All of the cast are outstanding actors (I think actresses are called actors now...idk).

Antony Starr hits all the nuances of his character perfectly...kind of like how Timothy Olyphant knocks it out of the park playing Raylan (that subtle acting scene by the elevator where he slightly shows his grief about his father).

The "villains" are complex and there is a backstory explaining why they are the way they are. Proctor--shunned by his Amish community for not turning the other cheek. Rabbit--betrayed by his daughter and one of his "men". I am over simplifying it but compared to most other shows on tv, Banshee's characters have depth and the acting is phenomenally well done. The plots are fascinating and the action is mind blowing!

Seriously, WTF is wrong with this site for not reviewing such a fabulous show and for continually ignoring the comments about reviewing it and about it deserving to be FTW on FTW/WTF list.

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FTW: BANSHEEEEE!!!!!!!

WTF: the conspiracy (lol) on this site to piss off Banshee fans (or to generate comments). Seriously, how could Carrie's fight with Olek the previous week and this weeks momma bear bad ass Carrie and Hood/Proctors battle not make the FTW list.
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BANSHEEEEEEEE!!!!!!
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FTW : The return of Grimm
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FTW: Monroe= whyyyyyy, sounded so sad, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJSuQWNqc-o
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Psych, amazingly good episode. And the comeback of Grimm.
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BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

I hope we don't loss Ben Cross as a bad guy in this years final.....
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How do they keep him around and keep it honest so they don't run into, I'll call it the "Clay Morrow" dillemma of keeping a character when their story is done? I think Tropper and Schickler know what they are doing so I'll trust to leave it in their hands. They know what they are doing. I have to believe Ben Cross doesn't want to go anywhere. This is going to be the masterpiece because they have to figure how to keep the show in Banshee - all of the stories seem to be leaning to that with the developing casino story gaining traction and introducing new charagers and the calls from the real Lucas Hood's estranged son on the cell phone.
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another Banshee fan---ignored by this site;-(
Most kick ass woman/mother on TV is on Banshee. She is human and makes mistakes (a lot but she is doing her best) but after seeing the last episode (actually, last 2 episodes) of Banshee she is the strongest most badass woman/mother on tv.
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I agree that Skip Bayless is a pompous know-it-all, but no one deserves to be disrespected like that. He speaks his mind, but never insults someone's manhood to their face.

Also, I'd watch a whole season of Lennie James as a broken man on The Walking Dead!
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"He speaks his mind, but never insults someone's manhood to their face."

Nope, never to anyone's face. Always to their backs.
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I've seen enough Bayless to disagree. His career is largely based on trashtalking, and he hasn't been called out enough. He's a bitter pile of arrogance, and the few athletes who snap back at him represent many others who endured his bile. It's just a case of "live by the sword, die by the sword".
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FTW-
Legit, especially john ratzenberger
Banshee
Dalia's crying on suburgatory

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James Brolin being Winger and Castle's dad- was no one else of a certain age available
The amount of repeats currently airing
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FTW: Banshee!!!!!
FTW: Spartaucs!!
FTW: POI; yes, the last POI wasn't as epic as the prior POI episode but it still had great moments!

WTF: Andrea still a moron on TWD (she needs to learn how to be a survivor from Carrie/Anna on Banshee).
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POI has been very good for the last 3 episodes
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Agree about Brolin. Recycling actors needs to stop.
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Do you really have that much trouble distinguishing between an actor and a role, or are you just trying to drum up acting gigs for yourself or a relative? If an actor can pull off a certain type of role, there's no reason he shouldn't be able to milk it for all it's worth (e.g., Fred Astaire as a father to a roguish character on a Glen Larson show).
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I don't have trouble distinguishing between an actor and a role, but the suspension of disbelief becomes more difficult when you see the same actor in different roles within a short period of time. I'm not knocking Brolin. But when an actor has no roles for a long period of time and then hits 2 guest roles within a month, I don't think it's because that actor was sought out for the guest spots. I think it's more likely the actor needed money and/or visibility and his agent shopped him around to lazy casting directors. And when the character is overshadowed by the recognizable acting style/speech/personality of a well known actor, that's miscasting. For example, Jack Nicholson is within 3 years of Brolin, but in either of the two guest spots, all anyone watching is going to say is "OMG, that's Jack Nicholson". Brolin has the same problem with the guest spots, although I'm not putting Brolin in the same league as Jack. It was just a poor choice.
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no one is having a pop at james brolin for taking the role or his performances. i think the point is that there are several actors around his age who could have played one of these roles.
William Devane,Eric Roberts, Bruce Greenwood, Gary Shandling,Rip Torn, Mitch Pileggi, James Caan, Clancy Brown, John Glover, Michael Keaton - all could have done one of the roles.
are you really having that much trouble distinguishing between criticism of a casting and criticism of an actors performance or are you just trolling for a response in the hope of drumming up a job at TV.COM for yourself or a relative? - you;re not the only one who can make silly jibes
BTW the Fred Astaire reference would be relevant if his roles were about 3 weeks apart
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At least you had the integrity to admit that the actors you named weren't all around the same age, unlike stanking. That's more effort than I was willing to put in this discussion.
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garry shandling is 9 years younger than brolin
michael keaton is only 11 years younger than brolin
mitch pileggi is 12 years younger
eric roberts and bruce greenwood are 16 years younger than brolin
clancy brown may have been a stretch but he looks older
All of the above could have played wingers dad - personally i'd have gone for Keaton
All are decent actors
And none had been on tv in the last month
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And you'd be absolutely wrong, vic. James Caan is within 4 months of James Brolin.
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Apparently you're not the only one on TV.com who can make a silly, whiny point, like "Recycling actors needs to stop." If the comment sections had a thumbs down button, I would have used that instead. P.S.: I'm confident all the actors you named aren't around the same age as James Brolin.
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FTW:

Banshee again. The acting, violence, everything about it. The cinematography deserves some acclaim as well, as it in my opinion it rivals that of Breaking Bad and Hell On Wheels, two of the best in the business.

Golden Boy - Its a slow burner but I find it quite likable.

FTW: Angie and Kree on American Idol. Marry me?

Black Mirror - just discovered this series after finishing Utopia, and Im a fan.

Vikings - Ok its not going to be the best thing on television, but it sure beats the hell out of everything else on the channel. And it's the closest thing to a Bernard Cornwell novel to make it to screen since The Richard Sharpe series, and that is never a bad thing.

Honorable mention: Weed Country. So glad a show like this can make it on the air. Times are changing, and thats a good thing.

WTF:

This sites FTW/WTF list. You dont have to like what I like, but when you have people screaming in the comments every week about a show, you think it would get some notice. But instead we get some crap about Justin Biebers hat?

American Idol: everything else about it. It's obvious they stacked the girls vs guys so I female could win this year but they could have at least look like they tried.
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WTF: this list (I agree with you). The site ignores the comments and picks the most obscure crap.

FTW: BANSHEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I also like Golden Boy and wish it was reviewed on this site. It will have some FTW and WTF moments (my guess) but even if it does I don't think it will get on to this list--not obscure enough;-)

WTF: Southland's main actor, Benjamin McKenzie, signing on to a different show:-(
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I did a bit of research and it does say that the new role is dependent on whether Southland gets picked up for another season, and he says he hopes it does, so maybe we're in luck...
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Aww I did not know that about McKenzie, that is dissapointing, but I cant say I blame him given how long the show has been around and how little acclaim it has gotten. And it deserves so much to. This show makes every occurence so interesting and you never know which one will blow up into something bigger. A lot of the time the superb cast says so much with their silence or a sideways glance out the window

FTW: The slingshot scene at the end of this weeks episode was very moving.
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agree with you but I think Southland has received critical acclaim but not the viewing numbers/rankings it deserves.

Glad you researched the bit about how the new role is dependent on whether or not Southland gets picked up again---I hope Southland gets picked up again--awesome show!!
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Utopia, better or worse than Mayday?
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I have not seen Mayday but Utopia was pretty intense, interesting and weird all at the same time. Its only 6 episodes so I would recommend it to most anyone who like the British conspiracy-thriller type show like The Last Enemy.
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I'm sorry, but whoever AI wants to win will win. The show is so obviously fixed it's laughable. When I can pick a winner five seasons straight without watching a single episode, you know it's fixed.
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Psych
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BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!
FTW vs WTF gets worse every week ...
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every week it is:
WTF for this site to continually neglect including Banshee and Spartacus on FTW.
FTW: Banshee! Carrie is the most kick ass momma bear. Also Hood & Proctor's epic fight and eventual teaming up...spectacular. Seriously, "Carrie" (Anna) is the most kick ass female on tv!
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Bansheeee! How can a small town show that includes epic beatdowns, the amish, russians, Indians, jewel thieves, cross-dressing-ass-kicking-asians be ignored so much? It is afterall currently rated a 9.0 by the reviews on this site.
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BANSHEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Hood vs. Proctor fight was awesome. Hood had to punch Proctor in the balls to end the fight. Also worth mentioning - Proctor showing that Alex Longshadow guy who's boss just by blowing a whistle.
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Yeah, for a moment I thought they kill each other ... when they included a band saw I knew it's serious but the punch to the balls put a "healthy" end to it.
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FTW:
- SPN's Harlem Shake video. This vid has increased my love of Jensen Ackles by 1000%.
WTF:
- The fact that you guys didn't include this video on the FTW list! I know some people are sick of the Harlem Shake but this is the best version out there.
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