FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (March 24)

Happy March Madness! Or, if you're not into basketball, happy Rerun Madness! Our bracket is already as shaky as Happy Endings' future (see this week's "WTF" section), but we're trying to keep our mind off it by revealing what we liked (and didn't like) about TV this week. 


FTW




Justified's book club

Colt and Tim chatted on the phone about Tim's book, starring a young Gerard Depardieu as Colt. A stellar exchange in one of the series' best episodes.



HBO GO to go?

Network chief Richard Plepler said this week that in the future, the premium cable channel might consider teaming up with internet service providers to offer a streaming-only, a la carte version of its popular on-demand service. Goodbye cable bills, hello internet bills! Unless this is just a ploy to further advertise the Season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones? (Only one more week!)  




Wendy Williams' summer job

Yes, daytime TV is generally terrible, but The Wendy Williams Show is a rare bright spots on the non-primetime schedule... which means we're thrilled with the news that the show has added two extra months of original episodes to its season. 



"Quick Hardening Caulk" repairs a few cracks in New Girl's foundation


Not that there were all that many to begin with, but Jess and Nick's relationship has undergone quite the makeover this season, and it seems to raise new questions each time they kiss or make googly eyes at one another of get turned on by the thought of doing laundry. The Nick/Jess endgame is still a long way out, but Tuesday's "Quick Hardening Caulk" made it clear that their messy-awkward-sometimes-romantic thing isn't about to fizzle out anytime soon.

Also, Schmidt got stung in the face by a jelly fish, and it was priceless.


Glee's "Guilty Pleasures" shout-out to Goosebumps


The show is more of a train wreck than anything else these days, but this week's episode was actually pretty solid (we love us some Fondue for Two), and we appreciated this quick glimpse at Blaine's reading material: a Goosebumps book! Who cares if the character's not old enough to have enjoyed the teen-horror books in their heyday?  



Archer's new best friend


The superspy's romp with Kazak proved that POI's Bear isn't the only TV pooch who deserves more screentime. "He think's he's people!" Bonus points for the awkward microfiche-on-the-collar Lana-marriage-proposal fake-out. 



Tina Fey on Inside the Actor's Studio


She even dusted off her ol' Sarah Palin impression! On the spot! And "shitballs" is her favorite curse word. <3 u forever, Tina. 



SVU's jaw-dropping "Undercover Blue"

Ed. note: This and the NCIS mention below came from @IndianaMom, who generously sent in a couple "FTW" submissions this week via Twitter and PM. Thanks, @IndianaMom! Everybody else, always feel free to make suggestions to @TVdotcom on Twitter or via PM to TVcom_editorial.

First we found out who Olivia's lover is—the one who was introduced as a hand holding hers during the Christmas episode. It was Cassidy, an undercover cop played by Dean Winters (Mayhem from the Allstate commercials and Dennis from 30 Rock). Then a woman came forward accusing Cassidy of raping her while he was undercover. He denied it, but his lawyer—while questioning Amaro, who'd interrogated Cassidy's accuser—blindsided Amaro with the appearance of a woman with whom Amaro had a relationship while he was undercover 10 years ago. But the biggest surprise came when we learned that the woman has a nine-year-old son with Amaro! Meanwhile, Cassidy and Amaro, already distrustful of each other, almost came to blows in the men's room (again!). Eventually they worked together to bring down Cassidy's accuser and the boyfriend of Amaro's former flame, who was using her (and Amaro's) son to deal drugs. Danny Pino delivered an excellent performance.



NCIS's nice moment between Ziva and Director Vance

They've both lost loved ones recently (his wife, her father), and this week they had a moment in which they shared an unspoken bond of grief and not-moving-on-until-you're-ready. 

On the lighter side of things, DiNozzo and McGee were chased by dogs and DiNozzo jumped on top of their car and went through the sunroof head first—a funny moment from Michael Weatherly, who directed the episode.



WTF



Andrea be trippin'


The despised Walking Dead character lost her footing TWICE while being hunted by the Governor. How is she still alive?



Cult adds a new level of creepiness


Friday's episode just had SO MUCH sexual assault and implied sexual assault and female characters being drugged into consenting to things they didn't remember doing later. It was kind of excessive, which is a shame because the rest of "The Kiss" was actually decent-leaning-toward-good. 



Pretty Little Liars' unsatisfying Season 3 finale


It wasn't a bad episode, but it also wasn't surprising or revealing to anyone who'd been paying attention.



ABC's bizarre "Save Happy Endings" promos


Maybe Happy Endings wouldn't *need* saving, ABC, if you'd treated it better in the first place! (We're still totally excited for the series to return, though.)


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

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Olivia's beau was her co-worker/lover on SVU season 1. it's nice to see them together again cuz they were cute.
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Why no Spartacus? FTW a satisfying farewell to Agron and Crixus.
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FTW: To Dean on Supernatural for giving the Rudy Hobbit a pass, because Rudy Hobbit always gets a pass.

WTF: To Ava on Justified for tossing the good liquor on Augustine but not setting that creep on fire.
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pretty close tv.com

spot on with Justified and Archer being FTW and Andrea being WTF.

Also Dean Winters is FTW! Loved him in OZ and Rescue me and his character Cassidy is interesting (I like).

Stop ignoring SPARTACUS--totally FTW (but Agron's & Crixis' death were tragic)
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They had to decide between Spartacus (nearing the end of the series, death of a major character and giant flaming balls killing people) and Glee ( the high point being some character reading a book) - and chose Glee.
Spartacus could have been on either FTW OR WTF this week - i guarantee it will be on the list when the last episode airs - like they did with Banshee
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It better be or I'll go Banshee on their ass:D

Total WTF: picking Glee over Spartacus
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I'm with you on the Andrea front. plus she's wearing the loudest boots ever. I watch the show with my grandmother and even she was like "oh my gosh, this bitch!"

I thought the song choices on Glee were kind of lame for "guilty pleasures", most of their non-guilty pleasure choices are more guilty pleasure than these.. and what was the point in dressing up like the Spice Girls if they weren't even singing the right parts to go along with their persona? if they're seniors and younger, they were only 1 or 2 when Spice Girls first came out, if they were even born yet..
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Doesn't anyone remember Cassidy from the first season of SVU? He was the young newbie on the squad.
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Yes. That's discussed in a previous comment by vicbjones and its replies.
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where's Sparatcus on the FTW list??? and the Americans too...
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Hey tv.com, don't you care what the commenters say? We keep asking for Spartacus on FTW. Haven't you all read Andy Daglas' awesome reviews--so many comments (the show has many fans that continue to be ignored). At least Spartacus gets reviewed. Banshee didn't get it until it was over.
BANSHEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SPARTACUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Banshee, Banshee, Banshee!
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YEAAAAHHH, BANSHEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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obviously our voices won't be heard in this lifetime...all the great shows seem to vanish completely from the sight of tv.com staff!!
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We had to resort to yelling BANSHEE like an old grumpy person to finally be heard haha
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indeed...indeed, BANSHEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!
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after lots of "vocal fans" invading many areas of the site (i.e., other articles/reviews) they did listen to us and banshee made the FTW list after it's finale. Cory also reviewed Banshee after the finale. Cory is awesome:D

now we need SPARTACUS!! to make the list.
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Archer's new cast member, Kazak, is the most hilarious animated dog ever. Kazak's ending to the episode had me cracking up! Archer just keeps getting better :)
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FTW: nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards. WTF: nickelodeon declaring "Spongebutt Wetpants" Favorite Cartoon at the KCAs when it was really 'Phineas and Ferb' for the 5th year in a row! And also declaring "Victorious" Favorite live-action TV Show when viewers knew it actually belonged to 'Wizards of Waverly Place'! Fans were outraged mostly regarding these TV categories. Apparently nickelodeon wanted to hog those categories for itself and not give them to the shows that rightfully had the categories belonged to! Can you say fraud and deception? Sure, I knew you could. Hopefully someone will go uindercover and expose nick's devious tactics regarding the TV series categories at the KCAs. Why would nick deny giving those categories to the shows that actually earned those KCAs and award them to their own terrible shows? This is just so wrong, and has been for years!
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FTW: The Cure on the Americans
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WTF: What TVD has become.
FTW: Psych is perfect nowadays.
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Totally agree about Psych
TVD - seems to me they are setting up the storyline for the next season and the spin off, but they are dragging it out a bit
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I will miss Psych so hard when it ends D:

I agree, maybe I'm in the minority but I just want the originals leave for their own show already.
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Seriously, no FTW moment for Spartacus?
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FTW: SPARTACUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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FTW:

Supernatural - Meg flirting with Cas.

Glee - Darren Criss's performance of "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)."

Suburgatory - Jeremy Sisto singing "Bump N' Grind."

WTF:

The other contestants being afraid to take on Omarosa in the boardroom on Celebrity Apprentice.
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ooh, I totally forgot about everyone being to stupid to bring back Omarosa in the boardroom and tag team her~~it's primarily Jackson's fault she is still on the show.
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Idk if you saw the episode from last night (3/24), but Claudia Jordan also wouldn't bring Omarosa back even though she told Don Jr. during the task that Dennis and Omarosa were the worst players. Unbelievable!
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yes but claudia and her are "friends" outside the show (probably not any longer) and Omarosa supported her charity...still stupid of Claudia not to bring back Omarosa. I think Dennis would take on Omarosa...to bad he is not more articulate
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OMG Bump N Grind was amazing.
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FTW: Castiel frees himself from Naomi's Angel-Hacking on Supernatural.
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WTF: Meg the Reformed Demon is killed off unceremoniously without anyone even shouting "Noooo!"
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I would've been more shocked if I hadn't seen her death coming a mile away. The episodes title "Goodbye Stranger" was a dead giveaway.
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FTW: The Americans: I hope the awards people are taking note of Keri Russell. She runs the gamut of soft and vulnerable and unsure to ice-cold and brittle and cynical in the space of an hour. I still can't believe this is the shiny-eyed Felicity I grew up with.

FTW: Spartacus: all the goodbyes - Spartacus/Crixus (3 times!), Spartacus/Agron, Agron/Nasir, Crixus/Gannicus, Crixus/in the eyes of Naevia. No, I'm not crying, there's just a tree in my eye.

WTF: Caesar. Seriously, WTF??!!
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Spartacus!!!!!!! so many FTW moments and a few WTF moments (still upset about Agron's death or impending death)
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Wendy Williams is just as bad as the other day time crap. What are you talking about, tv.com staff?
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I hope they meant it sarcastically, as that shows has a lot of moments for The Soup and brings the craziness in other celebs too (look up Janet Hubert's response to Wendy Williams -insane!)
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FTW: tommy and olivers rekindled bromance on arrow. elena's hair on tvd, LEXI AND DAMON!! (actually thats a ftwwtf)
WTF: when it hits you that maks has left dwts.
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FTW: MTV marathoning RW: New York & San Francisco.

They need to release these on DVD. I want Miami, Boston and the primal New Orleans.

WTF: MTV marathoning RW: Las Vegas.

I've read so many times how people consider this the best season and I honestly think it's the season I hate the most.
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Meg on Supernatural
Archer - just the whole episode
Psych - Jeffrey Tambor but also Dule Hill was better
Legit - Rodney's walkabout
Justified
Crixus - Manu Bennett was all kinds of awesome this week, his conversations with Spartacus in this episode were the best dialogue in the series ( not shouted, but delivered with a lot of emotion ) and his final scene was handled well, especially the last shot
ABC FINALLY GIVING HAPPY ENDINGS SOME TYPE OF PROMOTION!!

WTF-
REALLY ABC, thats the type of promotion you give Happy Endings
The Cesar angle of Spartacus - gratuitous, no real basis in history (read the comments in the review of this weeks episode, i am not the only one), but it was also unnecessary - the way Tiberius and Cesar's relationship has been portrayed throughout the season really made it redundant
Legit not getting much love on TV.com - for a site that wet itself over Wilfred i'm surprised its not getting much recognition ( i shouldn't be surprised, there was not much love for Banshee until the last few episodes either)
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The Banshee fans were/are vocal--brought it up on every FTW/WTF list and invaded other articles;-)

biggest WTF: tv.com continuing to ignore Spartacus on the FTW list
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i did watch that episode of Archer and i did laugh a few times granted, the animation is incredible. but how the show made it to season 4 i have no idea ?
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put down the glue;D Archer is awesome!
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Wait... are you somehow inferring that the show doesn't have the quality to make it to FOUR seasons? Whomever you are, I am sorry that you haven't realized that there is NOTHING on tv like or at the same level as Archer. I don't know what comedies you watch, but as far as I'm concerned, whichever they are, they are nowhere near as good as Archer, simply because nothing is. Have a good day.
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Archer is... an acquired taste.
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Agreed. I can totally see how some people can watch it and think it's genius but I've never felt like I had to watch it. It's enjoyable but not for me.
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FTW - Elena and Rebekah teaming up to find Katherine on TVD. And I'm excitedly anticipating the day that Elena and Katherine have a doppelganger smackdown.

FTW - Cas breaking free from Naomi's control on SPN.

FTW - Sam and Meg's hilarious conversation.FTW - Arrow's return.

FTW - Twisted's interesting pilot.

FTW - Hanna's Nikita reference on PLL. I LOLed at that.

WTF - Andrea's general stupidity on TWD.

WTF - PLL's disappointing finale. It just raised more questions than answers.

WTF - Cas beating the crap out of Dean.
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Especially because they promised we'd get a lot of answers on PLL. I wouldn't have minded the finale at all had they not hyped it so much.
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Totally with you on that Twisted pilot. The acting needs to get better, but man was that a good story. Sucks that they showed it so early, we're not getting anything else until June!
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They should've aired the pilot in June instead of making us wait for the next ep that's a couple of months away.
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TVD: Rebekah slamming some creeper's face into the floor. So much win :D
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THIS! That should have been the ultimate FTW. "Excuse you"
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Almost forgot to mention a wonderful performance by Jeffery Tambor on Psych, the adventures in mexico with Henry were priceless. But I am really looking forward to Shawn being the focal character, like in next weeks 100 Clues, which is the shows 100th episode and a homage to movie Clue or the game Cluedo.
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i think Gus has been really good so far this season while they try to give Shawn and Julia reconfiguring
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My WTF is completely dedicated to ABCs treatment of Happy Endings, one of the best comedies on tv right now. It deserves way better ABC!!!
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ABC is making it habit to cancel good shows. Well, first mistreating and then canceling them. I really hope they feel some sort or repercussion for this behaviour. You know, some channels have learned from their mistakes.
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FTW: Kazak from Archer.

WTF: Abelard from Archer not returning after three years. And they need to make Cheryl's awesome schizophrenic alter a field agent. Good times will ensue.
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I don't know how you picked just one Justified moment, the whole episode was fantastic. I've already seen it three times and intend to watch it a few more.
FTW: Southland was great this week as was the Americans.

WTF: I am so upset that Happy Endings is probably going to get cancelled. It is so smart and funny and just hope that maybe TBS decides to save it.
No new Parks. I turned on the TV and it was 1600 Penn and my Thursday night became suddenly worse.
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Slightly off topic: Cassidy was a character on SVU during season one, way before 30 Rock or the Allstate commercials.
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Yeh. One of his earliest episodes opened with him in bed with Olivia. To which she said it was nothing special / emotional (just banging) to which he was a little disappointed.
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Yes, and I believe she was the one who pushed him to transfer out of SVU because she thought he couldn't hack it.
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FTW: Most of this week's The Following, particularly (a) Amanda, (b) Roderick's mocking of Jacob's phone messages to Emma, (c) Jacob's debt to Paul paid by smothering Paul rather than murdering his own parents, and (d) Roderick's reaction to Louise's death. WTF: Ryan, the consultant with a heart condition, being in the field looking for the missing Claire; Louise, badass black-ops cultist, not wearing some sort of kevlar as she dares Ryan to shoot her; the writers of The Following expecting the audience to believe Paul was Jacob's first kill (which assumes Jacob didn't kill the driver of the truck he hijacked two weeks prior and that Paul killed the elderly couple three weeks prior by himself).
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The big WTF moment on TWD wasn't that Andrea tripped and fell, or that she didn't run to the truck to see if the governor had left the keys in it. It was that when she ran into the woods to hide, there was a walker hiding behind the tree she chose at random to lean against.

The second biggest WTF moment came two seconds later, when we saw two walkers at spitting distance in front of her. Where the hell did *they* come from?
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Kind of proves Andrea is a bit dim
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I'd like to quickly point this out-- Blaine is totally old enough to enjoy the Goosebumps series. I'm 19, only about a year or two older than he is, and I loved reading those as a kid. They're probably still on the school library shelves today so elementary school kids are still enjoying them.
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Elementary school kids still enjoying them even though they're not the fad any more... sure. But finding one on a high-school library shelf? I should hope not. If those high school kids of today need something scary to read, they should have to get through "Ethan Frome" like we had to.
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Well it depends on the school. Some high schools and middle schools share the same building and library.

Also, most of the fiction books at high school libraries are donations from parents, alumni, etc. Often it's just an excuse for some spring cleaning. So the schools get a lot of mediocre stuff, and they'll keep it if they have the shelf space.

Better to have it in case someone wants it, then not have it at all.

I once helped the boy scouts arrange a donation drive for our TOWN library after a fire took out over 1/2 of the collection. The stuff that came in was old and kind of silly. But they took all of it and made room one way or another.
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About the Archer. Did you realize 'He thinks he's people' is actually exactly what he said in S1 about Woodhouse? Or was that a direct reference. I need to catch up on my Archer . . .
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Yeah, they just made it a thing he says. It's certainly not new.
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danger zone
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LANAAAAA~!!
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Hah. Truckasaurus...
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& her big hands. =D
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Haha. I remember that one.
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Thanks for the clarification. It would have been cooler if it was a one-time deal though, right?
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Repetition is a thing with (the show) Archer. Usually, two or three people will say the same phrase in one episode, and never use it again. "Also yes," "little column A, little column B," etc. think they got that from Seinfeld.

It was actually funnier when Archer said that about Woodhouse.
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EVERY FREAKING TIME. BTW Which episode was that? I remember the scene, but the episode . . .
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The one that got me was when the coyote had the gun on the border patrol and she said "I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of--espera, hay tenia algo para eso..." (wait, I had something for this...). Saw it coming, and it still got me.

Ah, that show kills me.
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'Pick up the damn phone, Brett. Being shot in the chest does NOT allow you to be able to NOT pick up the phone.' - Archer, every time Brett is in an episode. Also I love that Krieger married a hologram. 'The world wasn't ready.' LOL.
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Heh, not that weird. I lmao when I hear him yell out in pain. "Haha, Archer got him again!! HA!"

My favorite I Cheryl. They probably won't do this, but they've already set up an alternate personality that's not only bitchy, but happens to know everything about everything. If they make her alter a kickass field agent, that'll be some damn good TV.
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Right? Duh the dog's not a person. But Woodhouse? Well, to Archer he's not a person . . . this show is so messed up in all the right ways.

But yeah, I noticed that they have a 'theme' or something that they all say in one episode, and then it's never mentioned again.

PS Is it weird that my favorite character is Brett? Weird, right? (Yes, Krieger is second. Duh.)
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Also FTW from Archer: Pam Poovey's plea to become an agent because of her mounting gambling debts and the ensuing awesomeness The entire story that took place at ISIS was as FTW as Kazak.

I don't know if its FTW or WTF: Crixius takes his last breath on the road to Rome. A cheer for the undefeated Gaul.

Also FTW: The last scene of "Shameless" with Mandy Milkovic running over and killing Karen Jackson. It felt really bad to cheer. Also Debbie Gallagher once again proving to be the greatest teenage character portrayed on television taking care of Sheila. The fact that no one ever mentions this great show is a mystery. I know Sundays are busy but "Shameless" has been kind of fantastic this season and has usually been the best show in a very crowded time slot.

FTW: A great episode of "Supernatural" with Amanda Tapping, Mark Shepperd, and Rachel Miner all putting in great guest work. Going out with "Goodbye Stranger" playing and Castiel sitting on the bus is the show I know and love. A little Supertramp always makes things better.

FTW: "Sterling" Beeman continuing to think with the wrong head on "The Americans".





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Seconded on the FTW for Shameless! My arms shot up in the universal !GOAL! sign with a shout of triumph when that skank bounced to the pavement. Regrettably, from the promos I gather she isn't dead, but neutralised for the moment at least. I cannot stand Karen. (Disclaimer: Truly, I do not condone violence in real life.)
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No no no - Karen lives. But the scene with Jodie discovering the cure for comas was hilarious. Joan Cusack has been on fire this season as well. Kind of scared for Mandy right now - who knows what Lip may do. That scene with her crawling into bed with him and the look on his face. And no, none of us condone violence but after what she has been putting Sheila and Lip through. Of these two exceptionally damanged women, I was rooting for Mandy. Lip is going to destroy her. I really think this season it has become clear, Jane Levy should have kept this role. "Suburgatory" is a boring mess.
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Yep this was the best episode of Shameless yet, and that is hard to say because they are all so great. Easily Showtime's best show and deserves more credit, as well as the entire cast.
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They got us to like Jodie IMO that is sign of greatness by the writers and the actor, Zach McGowan. That character would normally just be an easy punching bag for jokes on most shows but McGowan makes him so inherently likeable.
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Shameless is fantastic, yet that is a tough call on the network's best show. Showtime is bringing the heat to original scripted programming. Homeland and Californication are serious standouts, and House of Lies has shaped up to be an incredibly nuanced dramedy as well.
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"Borgias" is the one you missed - and the one so crazy I love it. I don't care, I could watch Jeremy Irons chew scenery any day. This season things appear to be getting extremely interesting for the Borgias. Looks like they're going there with Lucretia and Cesare. Hopefully this show still works as well without Juan.

"Californication" seems back from the dead, appears they are starting to go back to the show not being all about Charlie Runkle. The writers seem to have dialed Runkle back a notch. "House of Lies" seems to have figured out a lot of its narrative problems and also has been real good this season. Bess Armstrong has been a good addition as has the busiest person on television Jenny Slate.

Looking forward to "Ray Donovan". I like Liev Shreiber and this show looks like it has some promise. As HBO seems to be spending all of its money in one place - great show that it is - their roster is litered with rubbish - 'Boardwalk' is OK but the quality varies so greatly from episode to episode, "True Blood" has been really boring the last two seasons, "Girls" I'll just reserve my opinion on that trifling piece of nothing. "Luck" was shaping to be their second best show and they canceled "Enlightened". And "Newsroom", well I guess I just don't drink the Aaron Sorkin is the greatest television writer creator of all time kool-aid. That show is just nap time.
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I've not caught Borgias, but I love historical dramas, so perhaps I can catch up over summer if there is time.

I stuck with Californication and I am happy I did. Runkle is creepy, but the last couple seasons Hank has experienced a respectable amount of growth, and seeing Becca grown and on her own dysfunctional path has really set things into perspective for Hank (karma). Plus the supporting cast for this show is un-effing-believable. Rob Lowe's Eddie Nero as a thinly veiled spoof on Brad Pitt is seriously some of his best work; I laugh myself silly every scene he is in. Don Cheadle is brilliant and House of Lies has drawn me in, given me a fresh level of respect for Kristen Bell, but it is becoming obvious that the arrested development/dysfunctional grown folks behaving badly formula is firmly entrenched at SHO. I enjoy the show, but it isn't groundbreaking and most episodes I can predict every point like playing chess with a 2y/o.

I gave up on True Blood halfway through season 3; I'd read the book series and the show was simply ridiculous. I agree, Boardwalk is inconsistent. I only kept up with S01; the pilot was simply amazing yet the series seemed to stumble too often for me. I'm looking forward to the return of GoT, however, not as much as I am looking forward to Martin releasing the next book in the series, so to the extent he is focused on TV and not writing, my vote is to sod the show and get writing.

You and I have pretty similar views but I love The Newsroom and can't wait for its return in June. I have always been a very political person and find most current media coverage borders on the pornographic, so I love this open censure vehicle calling out the shortcomings of the popular media and how grotesque the system is that makes a celebrity of the likes of Casey Anthony and Jodie Arias yet refuses to give aire time to major issues such as Russia's invasion of Georgia or the realities faced by Syrian dissidents. ABC's Scandal is taking similar shots at the political arena in a very sexy, entertaining way as well. I find the chemistry and blend of drama and true life events on The Newsroom very satisfying, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the show takes on a fresh year of spin and current events.
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one of the funniest episodes of archer i have seen in a while, and they are all top notch comedy- archer and the dog just worked soo well together
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WTF: Definitely ABC's horrendous handling of Happy Endings. It's one of the smartest and funniest comedies on TV, and ABC treated it like trash. I didn't think it was possible for a network to screw over one of its best shows more than NBC ruined Community, but ABC is almost there.

FTW: FringeFanatic's inspired hashtag: #SixSeasonsAndFuckYouABC. Someone start trending this on twitter!
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From ner092: "I didn't think it was possible for a network to screw over one of its best shows more than NBC ruined Community, but ABC is almost there."

Obligatory Firefly comment. FOX decided to skip the pilot (which explained the whole thing), aired ALL of the episodes out of order (delivering cows before going through the trouble of GETTING the cows), messed around with the schedule without telling mentioning it, didn't air the last couple of episodes (which were strong), and a bunch of other stuff. Then they commented that the ratings just weren't there.

FOX also screwed over Futurama. They eventually started putting the new episodes immediately after their football games. Surprise suprise, the games ran long. So the episodes were skipped entirely to maintain the rest of their schedule. Heck, if they ran 15min over they'd still padd the remaining 15min with commentary to fill up the block and ensure Futurama wouldn't air.

Flash Forward also got screwed pretty well. A freshman show, just as it was starting to gain momentum, went off the air for a LONG time. Prior to the gap it was doing really well in ratings. Afterwards it tanked. Of course, the writer's strike was at least partially to blame.
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Completely agree with what ur WTF, i didnt watch Fringe tho but yeah Fuck you ABC!!!
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I didn't expect you to use my exact words, but, cool. I was blown away by NCIS & SVU this week, so I thank you for including them here. I agree with others that Psych had a great episode too. Thanks for the Tina Fey clip. I love her.
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Thank you for suggesting to tv.com SUV ( Dean Winters!!) and NCIS and I'm so happy they listened to your excellent suggestions (but I'm an episode behind on NCIS).

Spartacus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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FTW: Justified. The whole episode was incredible.
WTF: Revenge. What are you doing? Make up your mind please, we are SO OVER the Initiative.
Pretty Little Liars: Major DUH all round there. That was an episode for the slow people in the audience for definite.
HIMYM: You have ruined Lily! Fix her, now!
No TBBT this week
Not a good week for TV IMO, but I still have to watch New Girl, The Americans, The Following and TVD.
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The initiative is pretty lame, but the writers needed to invent a big bad to keep the show going for more than a season. So the initiative isn't going away anytime soon.

The best we can hope for is that this isn't going to turn into another Prison Break.
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Agreed. If it was JUST the Graysons (and the random other people like the lawyers and witnesses) it would be hard to go more than a season or two. She was making great progress taking out all of the non-Grayson betrayers last season and the Graysons themselves were on the ropes for a while.

But now with this whole Initiative thing... meh. It lost its focus. Sure, a large conspiracy / shadow-group definitely gives them a lot of wiggle room... especially now that we're seeing they're actually ahead of Emily AND have a better hacker but it's just too nebulas to enjoy.
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Spartacus FTW: Crixus' death, while very sad, was very well done and emotional.
Spartacus WTF: Tiberius raping Caesar. This little fuck needs to die!

I know I'm late to the party on this one, but I burned through Banshee over the weekend, and loved it. Absolutely ridiculous, sometimes even retarded, but the show does a great job of balancing these things out. Would say more, but it would just sound like a repeat of FringeFanatic's excellent comment about it. With that being said, I don't know how this show will hold up in the long run, as I can see it becoming dry after the second season, or maybe even after this season. We will see......
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spot on regarding Spartacus

banshee FTW 4eva...lol
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I don't think FF called it retarded.

Did you watch the entire series--it has so many directions to go~~spend a season dealing with the Native Americans, a group of several different tribes, I think are involved, and the FBI, a season dealing with Rabbit's return, a season dealing with Proctor and so many other scenarios they can come up with. Given the pacing of Banshee they will most likely they will deal with all of these next season except save the last season for bringing down Proctor (depending on how his character develops)... Each episode brings new directions the show can go...many different potential plots they can choose to follow.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I see more long term potential with the show and it can be over the top but I never thought it retarded;D
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Thumbs up to anyone who watches Banshee, but I have to disagree with your take on how long it can hold up. Season 1 was merely an introduction, absolutely nothing was resolved and a ton of new things where left hanging. Banshee has so many paths it could take and the cast/crew to keep up the quality that I believe it will be around for another few seasons.
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The thing about season one that made me concerned is that it seems almost impossible that his identity will remain a secret. We know that the real Lucas Hood has a son who has seen the episode 3 fight on youtube. He's obviously on his way to Banshee. The FBI should be able to connect some of the dead bodies to Rabbit, and use this to figure out who Ana is, and maybe also who Hood is.
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let's wait and see what happens with the real Hood's son...
Unless Ana has a warrant out for her arrest then does it matter, from a legal standpoint, if she was "hiding" from her horrible gangster father.
I don't think there is legal documentation (or paper trail) connecting Ana and the man we call Hood~I may be wrong about this. They know he had an accomplish but I don't think they know who.....
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Welp. Here's hoping the Banshee-verse FBI are at the Sunnydale/Mystic Falls level of "deeply stupid" law enforcement.
OR, seeing several episodes of Hood/Anna/Job/etc on the run +/or fighting the law would be pretty awesome.
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I hear you. Hopefully you are right about that.
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FTW - Justified being the coolest show on TV and a return to form for Supernatural, Castiel and Dean quoting Lord of the Rings.

WTF - How the best show on TV, Spartacus, is never in FTW. Crixus! :'(
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I've been asking for Spartacus to be on the FTW list for weeks! Hopefully they FINALLY listen and do what they did for Banshee---put the finale on the FTW list. We have to be VOCAL.
SPARTACUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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aren't you gonna mention Jay Leno and NBC Melodrama ?
they wana kick him because he finally said something funny about NBC ,, which then they kinda stabbed him in the back just like before and announced jimmy fallon to replace him in 2014 ..
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The utter and complete catastrophe that was the "Leno at ten" experiment is behind most of NBC's current woes. They torpedoed several of their own 10 o'clock shows, turned Thursdays at 10pm positively toxic, and burned bridges with nearly every producer of scripted programming (pretty much everyone except Dick Wolf, as best as I can tell from outside). So, yeah, Leno making jokes about NBC's low ratings probably stings a bit.
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FTW: Rabid fans/the internet have finally located the Banshee version (ie the *correct* version) of Jude's Madonna.
FTW: The spring Canadian shows I watch are FINALLY all airing this week.
WTF: Arrow returned from hiatus....and was super boring.
FTW/WTF: Manu Bennett becoming a series regular on Arrow/Crixus died.
Also, Vikings. Pretty good show, just not quite in the FTW category (yet). Like a poor man's substitute Banshee.
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What Canadian shows are starting? I only recently learned that 'King' had been cancelled. Would love to find something to help me get over the tragic loss.
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It's not so much starting as it is "finally coming off unnecessary hiatuses."
Republic of Doyle, Lost Girl, Seed, Cracked, Arctic Air. Have also heard good things about Motive (haven't watched it yet), and Continuum S02 starts back up in a few weeks. If you want more Canadian cop-dramas look into both Rookie Blue and Flashpoint.
There's also Shattered and XIII (both finished), which I don't know much about and would need an actual Canadian's opinion on.
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I thought Flashpoint ended? I hope not but I think it did;-(
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It ended last fall. Still a really good series to catch up on.
For whatever reason, I seem to prefer Canadian cop shows to US cop shows.
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I've been intrigued by Murdoch Mysteries,and I like Republic of Doyle. But I'm watching CBC broadcast over the border into the US, and I can't find back episodes of Republic of Doyle anywhere. CBC blocks folks in the US from watching their streaming video online. (I'm sure that's karmic repayment for Hulu blocking everything outside the US.) Any suggestions folks?
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check your messages
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google is your friend (especially if you have a mac--less likely to get viruses)
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Both Motive and XIII are decent from what I have seen. Not ground-breaking, but just some good tv, Thanks for the others! Looking forward to Season 2 of Continuum!
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FTW: Archer "He thinks he's peoples" was hilarious but it was even funnier when Kazak leaped into the truck, bit the bad man, and Archer screams "He thinks he's vampires!" I've watched that episode 3 times so far and I laugh out loud every time.
FTW: Vikings
FTW: SPARTACUS! Crixus is pissing on Jupiter now
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Way to go IndianaMom!! :)

FTW:
-NCIS. Yup, all the dog stuff gave me fuzzies. Especially the ending when Dex was alive and well. Also, Tony and McGee trying to doge the Doberman's with the latter locking the former out w/o thinking out of self preservation, leading to the former jumping through the sunroof. That was made of win. And yes the Vance and Ziva bonding was exceptional. this has been a super strong season of NCIS. Ten years and this show still gives it it's all.
- TVD. Bitchy, snarky Klaus. All it takes it for dude to get laid and he's upped the ante in fiing off quips. I probably shouldn't have enjoyed him toying with Caroline, but I did. What of it. I did. Also Evilena and Bex? I'm in!
-Chicago Fire. Months ago this show got shredded. But it heated up a few episodes in, and it's been surprisingly entertaining to watch. Kudos for the fantastic use of Treat Williams.
-Being Human. Josh finally grew a pair and has been handling business and I like it. He's the go to guy for burying bodies, and taking out zombies without flinching. Plus he's slowly accepting his wolf. Oh and Nora wasn't around. that made it a win.
-Arrow. They tied up my girl Felicity, and sent what was beginning to be my favorite brunette packing. But Even though the Huntress had me ready to scream at the TV. It was nothing short of entertaining to watch.
-Scandal. It's like the best characters are the creepiest. Huck is my favorite character, and has been since the beginning. Captain Jake Ballard is both creepy and sexy and I don't know what to do about this conflict. But boy is it fun to watch. Plus Huckleberry Quinn is all the win. Huck's School for Sociopathic Spies, Sleuthin, Stalking, and Serial Killing. Love.It.
WTF:
-TVD kinda, sorta, tarnished Lexi's memory and ruined her. They ruined her.That was disappointing.
-OUAT. Regina and the Groundhog Day stuff was superb. Loved it. Plus we got to see Graham again. And Rumple gave out solid advice that shows that he's a pretty cool guy. So why is this a WTF? Snow white. Emo Snow. I like my Snow badass. I like my Snow sweet. I don't like my Snow suicidal and Emo.
-Emily trying to throw money at her faux bro, so he'll leave. He could have been an ally. just sayin.
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I hope Kazak is a semi returning character in Archer. Because if there is anything needed in the show, which isn't much, it is a hilarious dog and Archer relating to it.
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Brilliant Idea! He would be one of the best agents. All shows do better with dogs (person of interest, archer...). Kazak was great;-)
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BANSHEEEE! oh wait, no :(. But there quite a bit of FTW this week:

The new take on the zombie genre In The Flesh. Everything about the first episode is FTW,
and now with Banshee over I am gad I stumbled across something that leaves me waiting
impatiently for the next episode. For those that dont know, this show deals with cured
zombies or as the show calls those who suffer PDS (previously dead syndrome) being
integrated back into a not so forgiving society. Highly recommended.

Vikings - Best episode yet. However I can't help but imagine this as the Sons of Anarchy
crew in viking-gear. Am I alone in this?

FTW Casey Abram's performance of 'I Saw Her Standing There' on American Idol.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuQvQ8qWeqo

Justified - DrewBacca.

Southland - 'My cuffs or yours'.

FTW - Kellie Picker on Craig Ferguson. I couldnt help but fall in love.

Golden Boy - Lots of character/relationship building in this episode. Hoping this show is
around for a while.

Shameless - Karen getting hit by the car. As much as I dont like her, I did not quite see that coming. When it comes to a mix of drama and comedy, Shameless is head of the class.
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BANSHEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! I'm also in withdrawals;-(
Justified!!!
Southland!!!! Please don't let it end!
Golden Boy!!!
Still have to check out Vikings (on my to be watched list)...sounds like I'll have to add The Flesh to that list.

also FTW-->Spartacus!
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FTW: The "In the flesh" promo's in the style of public information broadcast.

http://youtu.be/PpVuJVjYbno
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FTW Justified - I was more impressed that Bob was able to pull a WWI reference out of his battered head: Drewsitania.

WTF Andrea - If you've been pursued by a man in a truck, why not grab the truck while he's occupied?
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Walking Dead is a big wtf. So tired of it just spinning its wheels but going nowhere. Don't get me wrong the show is not bad at all, I just think it could be one of the greats if done differently.
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FTW Damon's hair in last flashback episode of tvd.
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FTW HBO GO. Yes cause I love using my mom's account. From across the country. I would happily pay a decent amount for HBO.
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#SaveHappyEndings
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I agree with other commentators. Even though I've loved Psych since the first episode, this season has been perfect so far. They've really stepped up their already stepped up game.
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FTW Psych was awesome and hahaha Kazak in Archer was the best!
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Manu Bennett's tremendous performance in Spartacus FTW. That he most likely won't get an Emmy nod is a travesty.
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If John Hannah couldn't, Andy couldn't (RIP), Lucy couldn't, and Viva couldn't - its going to be real tough for Manu.
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John Hannah totally deserved a nomination. If he didn't fit in the "supporting" category, they could have nominated him as a "guest actor" like BB's Mark Margolis, or "best supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie" like Sherlock's Martin Freeman or American Horror Story's Dennis O'Hare. The "Gods of the Arena" season fits the definition of "miniseries" as well as the two I mentioned.
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Andy Whitfield and John Hannah should have represented in Best Actor and Best Supp. Actor. Andy was brand new to television and yet was outstanding in his lone season as the Bringer of Rain. I thought Lucy Lawless not getting nominated for last season was scummy as well because from crawling out of the woodwork in the House of Batiatus, to being put under Ashur's thumb, to going off the cliff with Ilithyia and Spartacus' (is there an opposite of love child?) - you could never take your eyes off her. She loved that role and the work showed it. They nominated Kathy Bates last year for a show that was on for a minute and Elizabeth Moss, good performer but not a lead actress - not Lucy Lawless as 'Lucretia' good.
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Spartacus has been a show unjustly ignored by the award shows. There's some seriously great work that these actors (and writers) have done that has been completely passed over, because the show isn't viewed as "legitimate." Sure, the sex and violence is over the top, but people need to see beyond that.
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I don't think he was particularly good. Sometimes I think he's pretty bad. He's certainly nowhere near the acting abilities of the people who do get nominated and the best ones of the people who don't: Aaron Paul, Peter Dinklage, John Noble, Mandy Patinkin, Bob Odenkirk, Walton Goggins, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Emerson,...
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I have to disagree. While everyone you listed does top-notch work, I think Manu is deserving of a lot of credit--the only actor who has been in all 4 iterations of the Spartacus series, he has been solid from episode one, and really brought the character arc to life. While the show has been uneven, and featured some questionable acting, I really don't think it's fair to say that he's done anything less than a terrific job. But, opinions...
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