FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (March 3)

Smell you later, February. Hello, March! March is one of those weird TV months where lots of shows go on hiatus while big names lurk just around the corner (Game of Thrones, we're waiting!). So before you click through reruns in the time slots where Do No HarmZero Hour, and Cult used to be, take some time to cherish those shows that are still with us. Except Smash, sheesh, get that thing outta here!

Anyway, here's what we liked about TV this week. And what we didn't.


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Kathy Bates joins the cast of American Horror Story

She will be playing Jessica Lange's BFF-turned-enemy and it will be awesome.



Andrea goes American History Z on a zombie

CURBSTOMP! It doesn't matter if the guy was already dead, this was BRUTAL to watch.



Raylan Givens says goodbye to his dad

We all know Justified's marshal badass ain't one for emotions, but after he learned of his father's death, the tough guy had the equivalent of a meltdown for a normal human being. It's a quick moment, it was a revealing moment, it was a perfect moment. Timothy Olyphant did a fantastic job letting just enough emotion out, resulting in one of Raylan's most vulnerable moments of the series to date.



Seth Rogen churns out a worthy love interest for Mindy

The Mindy Project has been up and down all season long, but it's currently up, and this week's episode brought in Seth Rogen in as an army man and former crush of Mindy's from summer camp. What followed was a genuinely charming love story, an accelerated recreation of their summer romance from decades before.



Jennifer Lawrence's post-Oscars press

Consider our hearts won over by America's funniest, most charming new sweetheart. We could watch her answer dumb questions from reporters (or meet Jack Nicholson) all day.



Bunheads' delightful Season 1 finale

When Nick described the finale as a "quintessential episode" for the series, he wasn't kidding. The self-education on sex montage (ALL OF THE CONDOMS), the ridiculous futility of dance auditions, and the emotional sucker punch from Ginny followed by the suggestive dream dance number all came together to showcase how Bunheads is a show about life changes and transitions. The show may not seem like it engages in high-stakes storytelling, but nothing could be further from the truth for these characters.



Carrie and Mouse dump their lousy boyfriends on The Carrie Diaries

Carrie's white-collar boyfriend George was eager for some limo sex after an intense makeout session, but she put the kabosh on it, saying she didn't want to lose her virginity in such a situation (the chauffeur was in the car, for pete's sake). And while George talked a good game about being cool with it, he then suggestively nodded toward his crotch and asked if Carrie would finish him off. Charming! Meanwhile, Mouse cut Seth loose after realizing that all their sexy funtimes were dragging down her grades. Sure, she SHOULD have dumped him after he freaked out over the idea of her having sex with someone other than him—nevermind that a) he'd done the same thing, and thought it was perfectly okay, and b) she hadn't actually done it—but at least he's out the door.



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The first peak at E!'s upcoming What Would Ryan Lochte Do?

It was funny when he guest-starred as his idiot self on 30 Rock, but this is just ridiculous. Quit encouraging him, E!



NBC isn't so hot in Cleveland

An NBC affiliate in Drew Carey's hometown opted to preempt Thursday night's lineup in favor of a 1992 Matlock movie, citing the Oscars' In Memoriam snub of Andy Griffith and advertisers' dissatisfaction with the ratings for The Office, 1600 Penn, and Law & Order: SVU. And the Matlock movie still outperformed a new episode of 1600 Penn. OUCH.



Seth MacFarlane sings about boobs at the Oscars

What do you think this is, Seth, the Golden Globes? And no, don't make the boobs/globes joke.



Another Downton Abbey exit

Spoiler alert! Another Downton resident is about to bite the dust. Well, maybe not. The specifics of just how Ms. O'Brien will be departing the estate have yet to be revealed, but the actress who portrays the scheming killjoy from downstairs, Siobhan Finnerman, has confirmed that she's leaving the series in Season 4. Last we checked, this show was a success; why the hell can't it seem to hold onto its cast?



President Obama's unfortunate Star Trek / Star Wars mix-up

That primal scream you heard coming from your neighbor's basement? Part of the fanboy outrage that ensued when the commander-in-chief mixed two iconic sci-fi metaphors during a press conference on the economic crisis. "[Conventional wisdom dictates] that I should somehow do a Jedi mind meld with [Congressional leaders] and convince them to do what's right," he said about lawmakers' failure to reach a deal to avert automatic spending cuts. Clearly, the force wasn't with the POTUS when he conflated Star Trek's Vulcan "mind meld" with Star Wars' Jedi "mind trick." The Nerd Nation almost broke the internet in its haste to condemn Obama's unforgivable gaffe.


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

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What about the amazing season finale of "Enlightened"
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I'd rather the "POTUS" be a grand master at Economics and public policy than knowing his Scifi. I think there are plenty of cheeto eating arm chair riders that can help pick up the slack on the scifi know how.
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FTW: Another hooplehead from Deadwood drops in on Justified and with a Yankton reference for good measure.
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Raylan Givens makes my heart melt. Timothy Olyphant is such a good actor = FTW x 1 million
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WTF= well, not exactly WTF but close enough. Seth MacFarlane at the Oscars. I have always said he's like Ricky Gervais except he knows where to draw the line. This Oscar telecast was a bit of a let down. I can't say exactly why, but it could have been better. The opening monologue was the worst part by far, but it got better through the night.
FTW= Seth MacFarlane making a joke about John Wilkes Booth being the one to "really get inside Abe Lincoln's head" that only 5 people in the audience understood.
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WTF - How Jennifer Lawrence can possibly win my heart over constantly.
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WTF: Jeff/Annie being shot down on Community by writers and the resulting internet blowup
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Sometimes it seems like the staff makes bad choices on purpose so we can do their jobs for them in the comments.
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I knew it!
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FTW: Mr. K playing nanny on last week's episode of Go On was super awesome!
FTW: Nick and Schmidt's "Tinfinity" anniversary party, though the porta-potty Nick bought was pretty WTF. Ew.
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WTF: Cult as whole
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Great avatar.
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Obama: Suck it nerds.
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I actually think the Cleveland bit about Andy Griffith was a FTW.

A solid and timeless actor gets snubbed during the "passed away" bit on the Oscars but, so a a broadcaster decides to show some of his work on prime time on Thursday? That's pretty cool in my book. It's a double-bonus that the ratings for it did so well.

Seriously, how did the editor for that montage on the Oscars miss THAT. Especially considering some of the people that they've shown in the past.
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FTW: I haven't seen Jennifer Lawrence post-Oscar press and it is so funny. It is like her young and fresh... so naturral!
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FTW - The return of Psych

FTW/WTF - Community returns to Greendale. Ok, it's not the same w/o Dan Harmon, but IMHO this was the best (least worst) episode of the season so far.

WTF - VD and BBT being reruns this week.
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Wtf: The most depressing Exits of characters in Vampire Diaries. It plain sucked soooo bad! :'(
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Agree with all, this time around.
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It seemed like the producers were trying a backdoor pilot on Raising Hope... something about crossing things off a list.
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Except that there IS a Jedi mindmeld (in the novels, anyway).

More likely, President Obama is just looking forward to J.J. Abrams confusing the two.
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Like Obama's read the novels. Like more than 5 people have read the novels.
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At least 3 of them frequent this site based on a discussion I had with MaryAnn and JTKirk in a Suits comment thread.
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You missed the episode of My Name-- I mean Raising Hope!
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WTF: I love the Obamas, but I strongly feel that there was no place for the First Lady to present the last award at the Oscars.
WTF: And Seth MacFarlane was bad. Especially compared to the brilliant performance by the ex-SNL ladies at the Golden Globes.
FTW: My Name is Earl reunion on the Raising Hope show & Seth Rogen on Mindy
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People are really too prude about the boobs song, it wasn't bad at all.
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It was awful.
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FTW: The "standoff" between Ryan and James over Jacob's spine on The Following cracked me up; Parker's confrontation with her parents in the same episode.
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FTW - Cult's fast-paced writing.FTW - Andrea's reunion with Rick's group on TWD.

FTW - The sheriff's enthusiasm about zombies in SPN. "Aim for the head!"

WTF - No new TVD. I'm seriously dying to know the new Elena.

WTF - Sam still not fessing up to Dean about coughing up blood.

FTWTF - Cult's move to Friday. It's both a good thing and a bad thing.
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WTF: Cult is awful. It's poop on paper on television.
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Have you even given it a chance yet?
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Swell: The reunion of the cast from My Name is Earl on Raising Hope.
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FTW: Ripper Street' awesome cliff hanger.
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YESSS!
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|Last we checked, [Downton Abbey] was a success; why the hell can't it seem to hold onto its cast?|
Probably because most of them realize they are on a soap masquerading as a high-brow period drama, and use it as a springboard to better, more respected roles.
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Oh thank you for that, I am sick and tired of being jumped on by Abbeyites when I say the same thing on various news and tv sites; I call it a soap with corsets. Whilst the first season was pretty good, after that it just became a soap. I mean even the 'Christmas Special' had the requisite depressive storyline and awful 'soap' ending that all the others have. Indeed the Christmas one had *such* a soapy ending I half expected the Eastenders theme to suddenly breakout as we saw the body lying by the side of the bashed up car. Personally I prefer real dramas like 'Call the Midwife' and 'Wallander'; mind you I might be biased as I *loathe* soaps.
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I hate soaps, too, and I specifically chose not to watch the show because that's what it is. I get tickled at people who think it's like Masterpiece theatre.
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Oh Lord, I agree - the Abbeyites (as I like to call them) are almost as rabid as the strange 'Beliebers' ; just as bullying and fanatical and completely unable to see the facts. If it talks like a soap and acts like a soap, then - it's a soap. I don't care that they wear corsets or drive old cars; that doesn't stop it being a soap. What I truly dislike though is they way they're rewriting history to engage today's liberals. Thomas is gay, apparently, and everyone's fine with it. well, it seems the butler's not, but he was told he was an old fuddy-duddy; and Lord whoever told him he'd be surprised at what *he* got up to at Eton. Really? I don't think so; as a bit of a history buff and with two cousins who are gay I know for a fact the persecution that the lesbian and homosexual community suffered even in the so-called 'free and easy' 1920's was horrendous. At best Thomas would've been sacked with no references and booted out of the house before he could 'corrupt' the rest of the male household. At worst he would've been 'outed' to the local constabulary and then handed over to serve the prison term that usually went with someone showing such 'unnatural' tendencies. The treatment he would've received in prison from both inmates and guards would've been brutal and torturous. Yet the suffering of those that preceded my cousins and who fought for their rights, so that my family members have the right to be happy with the person they love, has apparently just been ditched in the light of a more 'family friendly' storyline - even if the storyline doesn't actually bear any resemblance to historical fact. Thus completely ignoring the truth behind the battle for gay rights. What's next - deciding the stock market crash of 1929 is bit too depressing given our current economic woes, so hey ho that won't happen either? It truly beggars belief that this programme is so awful and yet no one that's a fan or connected with it's production can seem to see it.
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I am a feminist and I have to say I think people are being a bit to hard on Seth MacFarland. Perhaps his jokes were inappropriate, but to me they felt more like he was making fun of being inappropriate, racist and sexist than actually being those things. I also feel like when people are talking about those things they are taking them out of context, the whole boob song joke was about how inappropriate that song was and the actresses seemed to be in on the joke (the reaction shots were pre recorded)..... Plus what did people expect from a guy who is famous for making an offensive cartoon show.

p.s. I'm not saying people don't have the right to be offended and to hate that song, I'm just saying, personally I didn't think it was as awful as people make it out to have been.
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I know it's a basic thing and supposed to be taken for granted that it's part of our culture, but Obama got one word wrong on a thing that doesn't even exist in real life. And do we really want a president who has watched so many movies and tv shows that he knows what the difference between the 2? I'll be worried when he says Kyrzahstan in a speech, a lack of knowledge about other countries and history and such would actually mean something, but a lack of knowledge about pop culture isn't that big a deal.
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I agree, but unfortunately in these times (when the first lady knows her best bet to reach some people with a speech is to help present at the Oscars) it apparently is.
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I agree it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But It is funny!
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JLaw FTW!!

BTW, it's "In Memoriam", not "In Memorium".
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yikes, good catch. Will fix!
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I totally agree about the Bunheads finale and can't imagine that it will not return. When will we know?
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Justified deserves a second FTW for Raylan's "Jesus, I hope I got that right" response to killing a guy who appeared to be a deputy sheriff.

WTF to NBC, but FTW to Cleveland's WKYC for telling NBC where to stick it for snubbing a great actor. Hopefully NBC is humble and doesn't fine them for going off-network.

FTW to last weekend's Clone Wars for delving deep into the underworld of Coruscant, trusting enemies, and being set up and defeated by a friend. I'll save the comment for yesterday's episode until next weekend.

WTF to King of the Nerds devolving into a regular trashy reality show? Is this just human nature to backstab and lie and such?

FTW to Psych for finally AIRING! WTF to the overly complicated weapons smuggling plot though.

WTF to Ollie telling yet another character his secret identity on Arrow.

FTW to Anthony Bourdain for guest starring on Archer as an even worse version of him.

WTF to Community not bringing back Nick Kroll with the other German students.

FTW to CSI for killing '60s heartthrob David Cassidy in the first 2 minutes.

WTF to SVU's utterly tasteless Rihanna/Chris Brown episode where they kill the Rihanna character at the end.

FTWTF to Castle for finding out about his dad and that it was all about that guy being a superspy for 40 years. Uh, what? And then after 40 years the villain dies like a chump.

FTW to Seth MacFarlane singing about boobs IN AN ALTERNATE TIMELINE! That was the joke, and I think at least some of the owners of said boobs sung about there were pre-taped responses (I know at least one was wearing a different dress). It was an intentionally tasteless joke.

WTF to Damon Lindelof for ruining Star Trek and then having the balls to call out the President for mixing two sci-fi mind tricks together by accident WHILE TRYING TO SAVE THE FREE WORLD. Damon Lindelof should be the one getting facepalmed by Picard... hard. Even if Bush mk2 had said it I'd still give it a gentle guffaw, and that's from someone who is a 3rd-generation Trekkie and a lifelong Star Wars fan and believes that guy was the worst.
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What would NBC have to do with Andy Griffith being left out the Oscars' "In memoriam" segment? The telecast was on ABC, as it has been for years.
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Aw man, why you have to go and actually READ the stupid crap I write? ;-) Yeah, that one line about telling NBC where to stick it makes no sense in this context. I guess they could say they're telling NBC where to stick it for making shows that do such a poor job of making ratings, but that still has nothing to do with Andy Griffith.
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The fact that Damon Lindelof facepalms anything but himself is a WTF moment on its own.
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Indeed it is...
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FTW: The fight between Carrie and Olek on "Banshee"; just when you thought the fight in "Meet the New Boss" between Lucas and the MMA fighter was never going to be topped comes a the knock down drag out of the century. Whoever does the fight choreography on this show deserves a medal. No show on television, with the single exception of Steven DeKnight's "Spartacus" crew is doing fights this well. There was so much going on in that scene, so much history behind it. Kudos to all involved. If Ivana Milicivec isn't nominated for an Emmy for this role, it will be a crime. "Carrie Hopewell" would rip "Carrie Mathison"'s spine out of her kneck.
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Well said and I agree 100%

The fight scene between the MMA fighter and Hood was jaw dropping and now the fight scene with Carrie and Olek was mind-blowing. Yes, the fight choreography was amazing (same goes to Spartacus)

BANSHEE!! Andy Daglas please watch this show and see if you like it...think about reviewing it!
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Agree on all counts. The fight scenes have been spectacular; I was in awe this week, as Carrie and Olek had a battle royal, ending in a moment that made me yell out to the TV. Banshee is simply amazing.
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Great scene. Banshee is the best new show of the 2012-2013 TV season.
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The only other show you could even put in the same conversation this year is "The Americans" (and that would be a very impossible to decide Emmy Best Actress showdown if you had Keri Russell and Ivana Milicivec staring each other down. Two of the best female roles on television at present - (neither of these girls has a "for the Emmy" mental condition) on these 2 little cable shows. I would actually watch the Emmys for that one; but odds are neither will even get an invitation to the party because Emmys are bought and these shows seem to be spending their money on the product.

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so true!!!
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BANSHEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Seth MacFarlane is a pig = that's all you need to know.
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But to be fair, that's what he's admitting to.
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then he's even more of a pig for being proud of being a pig.
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To thine own self, be true.
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The best thing that happened this week is the news that Whose Line Is It Anyway? is coming back. Now if only the CW doesn't ruin it by putting their own stars in the 4th chair...
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It is not that Seth did a bad job as Oscar host, it is more that he has the potential to have been so much more. We know he can be dirty and offensive, using funny voices and such, but he is also well spoken and talented. He has skills as a singer and showman, only some of which we saw on Oscar night.

The Family Guy type of humor has a place, but not at the Oscars, which is still considered the traditional Hollywood gathering. Had Seth nixed the opening skits and gone for a more traditional musical number which we saw he is capable of doing, and had he toned down the low brow humor, he would have been considered one of the best hosts.
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I COMPLETELY agree with you, dragon22a. I am not a MacFarland fan (I think "Family Guy" is one of the worst shows on TV, and you couldn't pay me to see "Ted", just from the ads), I was amazed by his song-and-dance talent. While I did find the "b**bs" song funny, I found it wildly inappropriate in light of the facts that a) it was done during the "family hour" (and my two young daughters were watching) and b) there were children in the actual audience that I KNOW he was aware of, including the lovely little 9-year-old Best Actress nominee. He would have been better served to keep it clean and just put on a good opening.
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American History Z?? It's American History X!
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You will probably be upset when you hear the name of Brad Pitt's next movie.
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Z for zombie man, z for zombies....it was a joke.
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You honestly couldn't get the joke??
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i'm guessing it' Z for Zombie...
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i kind of love the carrie diaries actually, yes it;s incredibly cheesy but it;s still fun to watch, and it;s nice to see a teenager on tv not into gossip girl/90210/ limo sex. i hope the show doesn;t get cancelled.
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Funny how its about Carrie Bradshaw who will be into GG/90210 limo sex.
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What was wrong with Seth MacFarlanes song? Who could seriously be offended by that? And I think it's just refreshing that Obama knows nothing about garbage culture.
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Garbage Culture? What an incredibly dumb thing to say...
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No just stating a fact. I admit that I could have omitted the word culture though. My bad!
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What was wrong is that it was so UNNECESSARY. We complain about how kids today are so vulgar and all but then stuff like this pops out on supposedly family shows and we find nothing "wrong" with it? Did he "have" to sing about boobs? No. He didn't. Instead of acting like an adult and letting the fall pass he sings about BOOBIES. It's immature. He's a pig.
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Well I guess it wasn't compulsory but noone in their right mind could be offended about it. Not even the notoriously prude americans.
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i;d also recommend checking out the parody on youtube, "we saw your junk"... and yes, it;s exactly what it sounds.
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I saw that. :) It's not so common in Hollywood films though. ;)
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It's so fun screwing with geeks. So damn fun.

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-Yeah, I can agree that Carrie and Mouse dumping their bf's was a pretty cool moment. I also liked that Donna found out the truth about their other bestie and threatened her but she didn't take the bait. Loyalty, people. I love that shizz.
-Castle and the father reveal. Good stuff. I loved watching him reunite with his daughter, and Beckett was pretty awesome playing bad cop with the suspect's gf. I love a good chair kick.
- Felicity learning self defense on Arrow. I love Felicity. I am a Felicity fangirl.
-Nashville. Deacon and his new puppy. I love Deacon.
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-The lack of television. Thursday night was particularly brutal.
-Being Human. Can we just kill off Nora? Can we? Like does she have to be a regular now? Is she even supposed to be likeable? Because I've never been a fan but she's been particularly insufferable as of late. She successfully wedged herself in between the show's bromance, and Josh just let her. Now she's coming after Aidan...again. Josh, am I supposed to keep respecting him as a character? He's ready to propose to the woman who has considered, and is probably now threatening to kill his best friend/roommate. He called her his person. He said he'd always choose her. Something tells me Sunday dinners at that house are going to be AWKWARD. Aidan has met another crazy vampire chick. Again with this? didn't we do this before? Twice? And Sally is losing her hair, which is travesty of its own because it's so pwetty and shiny. On the plus, teen wolf is dead. Thanks to "werewolves unite, we're all in this together, we protect our own" Liam. Hm.
-Arrow. Tommy finding out so early in the series.
-Nashville. Scarlett and Gunnar's grief sex. Why? Why? I'm trying to decide if I hate that more or less than very unexpected hate sex. Both can be contrived if not written appropriately.
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We should totally have an awesome official name for us Felicity fangirls. :) #TeamFelicity
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Blake to Reba

"I was going to buy all your records.
Thanks for saving me all that money."
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Psych it back FTW.

Also Community's second episode in a row of failing to utilize excellent guest stars. And also failing to take a topic that could have been epic in mimicking an HBO style Band of Brothers and reducing it to the group walking into Greendale for 5 minutes.
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Bunheads finale was amazing, also love Jennifer Lawrence so much
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That song by Seth was horrible... but now there are a bunch of movies I need to watch.
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There were definitely hints that O'brien might be leaving Cora's employ in the christmas special so the news that the actress is leaving in series 4 makes a great deal of sense.
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FTW: Psych is back!!!!!!!!
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Ooh, you gotta hate it when those attempts to get nerd cred backfire.
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Obama is already a straight-up nerd, doesn't need any more cred. First president to read and collect Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comic books, and has read all the Harry Potter books and plays Scrabble and once threw Leonard Nimoy the Vulcan salute.
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Hold up, we're defining nerd by TBBT standards now?
Comic book = Nerd?
Sci-fi = nerd?
Fantasy = nerd?
How does reading HP make you a nerd? Everybody in the universe has read HP by now.


I get people being accused of nerdness trying to turn the word around like the n-word, but come on...
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I haven't read Harry Potter or Conan the Barbarian comics, the former is pretty nerdy for an adult, and the latter is quite esoteric. Geek interest ≅ nerd.

He also graduated magna cum laude in college, classic nerd.
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The word has certainly changed a lot. It used to refer to a person of high intelligence and very poor social skills. Now it's a person who knows something about at least one thing that doesn't involve interaction with other people.
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I thought the Boobs Song was funny if only because it highlighted the problem with both the Oscars and the telecast: it wanted to combine entertainment and high brow snobbery at the same time. All the movies and women that "showed their boobs" where nominated for those roles which were supposed to be anything but the low brow titillation that showing your boobs usually stands for and did in the song.
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WTF: People making a big deal out of the president confusing mind trick and mind meld. Yes, that's the most important thing in the world right now; Jane Fonda complaining about "The Boob Song." I didn't even watch the Oscars and I enjoyed the song. The telecast was rated TV-14, on a school night, and I'm pretty sure boobs isn't a word the networks bleep, so screw the kids. Showing your boobs didn't objectify anybody, jesting about it decades later did because the Oscars are so classy; Harvey Levin on TMZ acting self-righteous about Jesse Jackson not taking questions about his son's legal troubles and capping that with the "blacks all look alike" card. Dude, you run an online gossip rag, not The New York Times. Is a modicum of sensitivity too much to expect? Plus, TMZ's "joke" about Orson Welles making only one good movie. It's like the show's going out of its way to be offensive/stupid; CBS rerunning the Elementary Super Bowl episode already (although I did like it better the second time); Some reporter on Morning Joe complaining that people didn't know what the word "sequester" meant. Well, if you actually did your job and explained things rather than telling us what you thought of things...; The deification of Bob Woodward on Morning Joe. Watergate was a long time ago, and I don't remember the media being so big and bad during the two George W. Bush administrations. Then, it was "the press can't risk access by offending the White House." Now, it's "the press is entitled to access by the White House."

FTW: Congressman Keith Ellison calling Sean Hannity a Republican shill to his face; Ezra Klein's two-minute explanation of the Italian elections on The Last Word (more interesting, and probably important, than a lot of the stuff the cable news channels spend a lot more time on).
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You seriously said "screw the kids"? First of all, it WASN'T a school night in my state; it was a vacation week. Second, the song came on during the alleged Family Hour. Lastly, some of the kids you saying to "screw" were in the audience, including the 9-year-old Best Actress nominee. You're saying that she and the other young actors aren't allowed to be there for one night? For the record, I thought the song was cute...just wildly inppropriate.
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Yes, I said "screw the kids." I doubt any of them, even the ones in the audience, will be scarred for life from hearing the word "boobs" in a satirical song, and I have no patience for people using children as human shields for justifying their outrage. I thought the courts overturned the family viewing hour 30 years ago.
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OK, so what you're saying is that children shouldn't be allowed to have an innocent childhood, and they aren't allowed to watch TV with their families without having adult content shoved into their faces. Just so we're on the same page.
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There are no innocents, only persecutors and victims. Feel free to explain the song to your daughters since they were watching it with their family in your pollyannish world-view. It was an awards show for adults, not the Teen Choice Awards. I might draw the line if the song was accompanied by a slideshow with pixilated aureolas, but if you're that concerned about keeping your children innocent, unplug your TV, your computer, home school your kids, and move to the middle of nowhere. And good luck keeping them pure when you have to train them to kill their own food.
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FTW: BANSHEE!

I haven't been frequenting these weekly forums as of late, so I don't know if my TV.com commenting compatriots have already drawn attention to this truly magnificent show, but even if that's the case, it deserves to be mentioned again.

WATCH THIS SHOW.

Watch it today. Watch it yesterday. I cannot recommend it enough. I just started watching last week and I'm already caught up and eagerly anticipating the 9th episode.

Everything about Banshee is mind-bogglingly creative. The opening sequence is especially unique. It is essentially a collection of pictures being shown atop a grey and grimy surface, but the pictures change, and in some cases, evolve each episode. For example, at the beginning of the season there was a wedding photo fully enact, but as the season progresses that photo is being torn away piece by piece. And other images that are only shown once often symbolize portending events in that particular episode. What I'm saying is Banshee's opening credits are not a good time to run to the fridge to grab that thing that has been sitting in there for two weeks, but you've got nothing else to eat, so what the hell.

The cinematography is RIDICULOUSLY good. Are you ready for a bold comparison? Banshee reminds me of Breaking Bad. Both shows strive to find that perfect shot. But more than that, they give you views and angles that you've never seen before, and sometimes make you feel like you're watching art unfold. Every single episode has something new and surprising. It simply blows me away.

And that's only the technical side of it! The writing and pacing is top notch. The acting is superb, but that's not in the least shocking considering the amazing cast. The action is so damn visceral, you can't help but squirm is a sick sense of satisfaction. The storytelling is as compelling as it is thrilling. But there is also a surrealistic streak to it. Almost like you're watching a very dark graphic novel brought to life.

The only caveat I would add is that Banshee is not for the squeamish. Cinemax delivers the goods. And by goods I mean R-rated material. There is blood. Oh, is there ever blood. And gore. And profanity. And nudity. Did I mention there was blood? Yes? Well, there lots of it! But for those of you with ironclad stomachs and others irreparably desensitized by violent video games (guilty), I implore you to watch this show. By ANY means necessary (*whisper* Torrents *whisper*).

WTF: TV.com NOT reviewing Banshee. Come on, guys! This show would be a perfect match for Tim's dark and hilarious wit. Is it the Cinemax factor? Is there not large enough a viewership to warrant your attention? Because it you based what gets reviewed on quality alone, Banshee easily deserves a spot at the table. It would have been an awesomely fun show to comment on, but you can still make up for it. Have someone do a season long retrospection soon after the season finale has aired. Or just review the finale. A show of this caliber shouldn't be ignored by what I consider to be the best TV site on the internet ...

What's that? Shaming you into it won't work? Damn.

(P.S. Episode 6. That's all I'll say.)
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All the positive comments everyone is leaving about Banshee gives me hope that someone (hint hint Andy) will review this show.
I would love to discuss/comment on many elements of the show.
-the great fight choreography
-how bad is proctor and will he team up with hood when rabbit shows up
-proctor and his niece's relationship--will the show go there
-will the nice DA husband break bad (lol)
-can carrie at least try to hide her cheating/infidelity (I don't like the infidelity but understand it because I think it is due to love and not to say "good bye" like her excuse was). Will they end up together.
-how the kids seem like real kids and not precocious fictional kids
-what was up with the museum scene
-let's all love on the Asian transvestite (awesome character---look it when he tells the cows off)--we need more of him on the show!
-carrie is a total badass
-how do you think the redneck revenge plot will play out or is it done now
-backstory on the barkeep--any ideas
-will Hood's women (hood's harem) form a support group (j/k, lol)
and so much more

The plots/writing/acting/fighting and basically everything are top notch. I love how there are no true good guys and bad guys but various shades of grey. So far the DA has been all good but I suspect that may change--finding the locket, getting stoned,....definitely marriage issues may make him grey.

The writing/acting and everything makes the characters relatable even the "bad guy" like proctor. He was a good Amish guy until he couldn't take the bullying anymore. He acted on it then was shunned. He does bad stuff but has some redeeming qualities. Stopped his guys from beating up his father, takes in his niece (initially with seemingly good intentions), seems to have some respect for Hood.

best parts imo:
MMA fight & Carrie/Olek fight
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I've been loving Banshee too. I admit I haven't been pushing people into watching it, although I do think I mentioned it somewhere or other on this site, but it's been surprisingly of good and high quality. I don't know why, as I'm not a writer for the show or anything, but I'm glad to see you like it too, heh.
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start pushing:)
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Start shouting it on the rooftops, David! Also, if Tim AND you didn't like it, then I would begin to think the apocalypse is nigh. In other words, I'm glad you're on the Banshee bandwagon, as well. :)
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Tim said it was inferior to "Hunted" ... ROFL.

As I said above, I think Banshee is easily the best new show of the 2012-2013 TV season. It's probably the best thing on the air right now. (Spartacus is still good, but not quite as good as it used to be).

At least we know that it's not getting cancelled. Wikipedia: "On January 29, 2013 Cinemax renewed Banshee for a 10-episode second season scheduled to debut in 2014." The pilot aired on January 11, so it got renewed after only two episodes. I assume that the people who made that decision had already seen a few more episodes and knew that the show was just getting more awesome.
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...inferior to Hunted--definitely a LOL moment!

Banshee is definitely the best NEW show on tv now. Spartacus and Banshee are so different I can't compare them except to say both are in my favorites (top 10 shows on tv now). I am also thrilled it is getting a second season!

the show does keep getting better but I still loved the MMA style fight and how Hood just didn't easily win but had to really fight and get down and dirty to win---EXCELLENT!
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I completely agree. The Americans and Arrow are good, but not Banshee good. And until GoT or Breaking Bad comes back, Banshee is easily my most anticipated show to watch. Thank the good lord (or Kai Proctor) it got renewed.

You rock, Cinemax!
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The Americans and Arrow are good but definitely not Banshee good. Banshee good actually is Banshee excellent.

Cinemax does rock and I hope they continue to venture into making more series.
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Everybody's ignoring it as if it's untouchable. Albino = epic!
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I haven't been ignoring it and maybe if we fans are loud enough the site will review it (Andy are you listening, lol). I think it would generate a good dialogue; good discussion in the comments.

The past few weeks I've asked for it on the FTW list (I think I started with the MMA style fight; can't remember). I think Banshee fans need to get vocal and stay vocal and maybe someone here will "hear" us.

Many epic moments hence the reason it should of been on the FTW list several times by now. I say WTF at this site for not including it on the FTW list
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So epic! "Get on your knees!"
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"Ask for it!"

I was screaming like a schoolgirl - Ep 6 was the best, most terrifying and exciting hour of TV since... ever?
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I've been preaching it from the pilot. That fight between Carrie and Olek was unbelievable. From that to the scene with Deva and her dad that just kind of crushed your heart. And everything with Proctor and Rebecca. Every time the show ends you're mad as hell. Of all the new shows that came this year, this show had the least fanfare - it makes no sense at all. Cast brilliantly, written brilliantly, looks awesome, original idea which at its heart is a love story; whats not to love? If you want to know why Alan Ball left his creative duties at "True Blood" you can see he was working on something much better with this new show.
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"I've been preaching it from the pilot."--> so have I

I've also said WTF at this site for not having some of the scenes on the FTW list.

I agree 100% with your post and Banshee is the best new show on tv now. All I would add to your post is brilliant acting and brilliant fight choreography:-)
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That fight was amazing! First it was Hood vs The MMA rapist, then it was Hood vs The Albino, and the most recent BAMF fight goes to Carrie vs Olek. All three had me on the edge of my seat. All three were choreographed to perfection. And all three deserved FTW honours.

Alan Ball, you made the right decision. True Blood has NOTHING on Banshee.
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Even the earlier seasons of True Blood?
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Yes, even the earlier seasons (IMHO).
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Alan Ball's shows always get a shit load of praise and love in their earlier seasons (Six Feet Under, True Blood), but we all know what happens later. Of course, a big difference here is that he is not the one running it, he is a producer. Maybe he will work better in this role.
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This thing blows away all other TV. It will ruin TV for you. Seriously.
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Thank you for your post. It seems like every week I keep saying FTW should include Banshee (and Spartacus and POI) and every week it keeps getting ignored.

Tim didn't like Banshee on his "should I watch" article so I guess they (the site) decided not to review it. Tim would be the worst to review it since he dislikes the show (I think he said he watched the 1st 2 or 3 episodes and didn't like it) he would just trash everything about it in his review. I think Andy Daglas would be a better reviewer for this show (he's great at reviewing Spartacus).

I think Banshee is the only NEW drama on tv that really kicks ass. Banshee is awesome!
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Tim didn't like it? HE DIDN'T LIKE IT?! Blasphemy! How is that even possible? I used to think Tim's taste in TV was second to none on this site, but now I don't know what to think. Now I'm wondering what other hidden gems I never watched on his day so. Tim, bro, buddy, bubba, you're missing out my friend. Well, maybe if Andy reviews the finale he can restore some semblance of sanity to TV.com.

Anyway, wasn't that last episode awesome! I actually thought Carrie might be dead, and I usually never get fooled when you think a main character might have kicked it. Did you notice the audio during the closing credits was Carrie screaming in pain? It was faint, and it faded rather quickly, but it's little things like that which make me love this show to death.
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completely agree. I didn't watch the closing credits but will go back and watch/listen to them.

Maybe Tim wasn't in the right mood when watching the show. Sometimes you have to be in a particular mood to get into a show that is new...not sure but I'm trying to find a reason. He listed some reasons but maybe if he watched it in the right mood/frame of mind those reasons would disappear. I'm playing devils advocate here and I feel bad but being so hard on Tim with his "should I watch" article. The was a sentence the ruffled my feathers and it just set me off. I re-read the article and while still negative it wasn't trashing the show as much as I thought it did.

Just ignore that "should I watch" article and everyone start watching--that is if you don't mind sex and violence. The show is much more then sex and violence but if those 2 issues are a no-go for someone then this may not be the show for you. The plots are excellent, brilliant acting/writing and so much more (just read all the comments here by others)

Banshee rocks!
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The best fighting sequence in terms of grit and realism I have ever seen and I have seen them all!"SPOILERS" If she makes it - how do they explain THIS to her husband? And the audio at the end was ... don't have words for it ...
And do you remember the chase after Hood robbed the museum?! Movies included I can't remember a simple chase sequence put me so much on edge - ever! And Antony Starr is just bullseye, him and Ulrich Tommsen(big fan for years, there is a good dansk movie with him and Mads Mikkelsen in which Tommsen plays a nazi and Mikkelsen a priest, don't remember the title) and the rest of the bunch - OMG we need a forum for this show alone, or at least some kind of article, or review where we can exchange thoughts via comments or something ... hmmmm wait a sec
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I went in search of a site but even AV club is anti-Banshee. They're reviewing Saturday morning cartoons and doing week by week House of Cards review, which is fine, I love me some cartoons/HoC, but really?!! No Banshee?!!!

What say we just go troll and storm some other show's discussion. Some other show that they'll notice like TVD or TWD, or Revenge or one of their CBS things? Or Cult, just because I hate it? I'm slowly becoming a troll due to pent up Banshee emotion...
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totally agree---so much to discuss. Above a did a stream of consciousness style of potential topics of discussion. The forums seem dead so I don't go there. I prefer to read reviews and comment on the reviews (perfect place for discussions).

Does anyone think this site will read all these comments asking for Banshee reviews and if so then will they satisfy the fans. Other places probably have reviews/discussions but I like this site so hopefully they listen
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oops, it's Thomsen, not Tommsen, stupid me! Plus it was meant as a reply to Whedonrules, but it is hard to keep track in this commentalanche!
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Ryan Sandoval or Andy have both my approval - this ignorance is getting ridiculous already ...
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ANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BANSHEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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SECONDED!!!
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THANK YOU I'M PRAYING THAT FOR WEEKS!
Tim Surette watched the pilot and was "meh" about it and basically said it was dark and brutal but flat and "it's not his thing" - since then it didn't find any attention furthermore.
But thank God we got reviews and various praisings of TCD and stuff ...
Maybe it has something to do with Cinemaxx, I don't know.
Banshee is fantastic! And a lot of the time more FTW-worthy than TWD if I'm honest.
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TCD (is that the carrie diaries?)~~never watched it since the description of it didn't appeal to me.

I love TWD but I do think Banshee had more FTW moments or at least an equal number especially if you subtract the WTF moments from TWD like Andrea's regression as a character and her overall stupidity this season.

Who decides what shows are reviewed? Hey tv dot com, I asking you:-) If there is anybody out there~~please see if Andy can review this show. Andy, sorry if we are creating more work for you but I think you would like this show and do it justice--of course they should pay you for it:D

I actually like all the reviewers but I think Andy's dealing of Spartacus' reviews make him a good candidate. I love Tim's POI reviews, and the others reviews of Supernatural, TBBT, TWD, and so many more...Kudos to all the reviewers and I'm not playing favorites. It just seems like Andy would suit this show (if he likes it but I suspect he should). Watch it through the MMA fighter show before deciding.
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Tim has taken up smoking crack. That's the only explanation I can come up with, because I thought he'd love this show.

Haha! And god forbid The Carrie Diaries doesn't get the recognition it deserves. That would just be tragic.

Oh, and I thought the pilot was great! It hooked me instantly.
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OMG, I actually guessed TCD was the carrie diaries. The premise/synopsis was unappealing to me so I didn't watch it and so I can't comment on it. However I just know (don't ask me how I know--lol) that Banshee is a much better show then TCD.
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The pilot had me at the bus roll in the first 5 minutes.
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Banshee is the best thing on tv and this site has ignored it 100%.

Very few shows are as intense from episode to episode, and they have built some great characters in such a short time. So glad that there will be a season 2.
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This site covers (godawful new Kevin Bacon show) yet doesn't cover this show?!?!? It would be embarrassing to "Banshee" to even mention it in the same sentence as that waste of time. This show is in "Justified" territory and should be covered. Its that good.
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I agree with all of this! 110%!
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not ignored 100%. There was a negative "should I watch" article about it.
It's the best NEW drama on tv now.
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What I'm saying - ignore the "should I watch" 100%.
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so true!
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