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FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (May 13)

Oh, what a wild week it's been! And so there's no way you can blame us for selecting so many FTWs and WTFs that are season finale- and/or Upfronts-oriented, right? RIGHT? Whoops, sorry, didn't mean to lose control there; we are so exhausted, you guys. So let's get right to it: Check out what made our list of TV woes and "whoa!"s this week and let us know if you've got anything to add in the comments.


FTW



Jack's ridiculous, clean-shaven '90s heartthrob look on Revenge


"Ooooooooh, yeahhh...." Cue the smooth jazz.



So many good renewal decisions from the networks!


Holy hell it's been a (mostly) good year for bubble shows. Fringe renewed! Community renewed! Parenthood renewed! Cougar Town saved by TBS and renewed! Although we wish a couple additional shows had been similarly lucky, *cough* Awake and The Secret Circle *cough* we're still grateful for the ones that escaped the axe.



The Vampire Diaries pulls out its most shocking twist yet


[SPOILER ALERT] Elena DIED. And she's turning into a vampire! A gutsy, unexpected turn for a show that specializes in them.



Regina's dream sequence on Once Upon a Time


Yes, it was atrociously, obviously a dream sequence, and dream sequences are usually the worst. But it was just creepy enough to satisfy our dark side, and a great catalyst for the episode. VERY excited for tonight's season finale!



Zach Galifianakis's interview with Tina Fey on the Between Two Ferns TV special


This may be Zach G.'s most radically awkward interview yet. Stick it to him, Tina!



So many great comedies, so little time


It was a great week for comedies! We enjoyed just about all of them this week so we're lumping 'em into one giant FTW: Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, American Dad!, Veep, Girls, 2 Broke Girls, Modern Family, Don't Trust the B-----, Community, The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation, New Girl, and 30 Rock all turned in good episodes. How are we ever going to get through the summer?



SNL's 100th Digital Short


Who cares if it wasn't high-concept, everybody loves a good anniversary reunion! So many great cameos and callbacks. (P.S. Here's a backwards version on YouTube for you non-U.S.-based folks.)



WTF



This crazy Lipton Iced Tea commercial


It includes country singers drinking tea before being lifted to a stage at an outdoor festival (gladiator style, because they can't just climb stairs like normal people) and then performing as their bodies morph into pillars of clear tea with little tea leaves floating in them. It's a mind-melter and we can't help wonder if Lipton is hinting that its tea tastes better with a hint of psychotropic drugs.



The predictability aspect of Castle's Season 4 finale


It had to go there, we all knew it did—and at the end of the day it was handled with grace—but when you know from the start what's coming in the last few scenes, doesn't it kind of detract from the excitement in the preceding 40 minutes?



Awake is canceled


Yet Whitney is renewed.



The Secret Circle ends strong, with a terrific Season 2 tease


...That we'll never get to see come to fruition. Devastating. Congratulations, we guess, to fans of Hart of Dixie. #notbitter


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

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Secret Circle gets cancelled, but Hart of Dixie gets saved? I lost interest in that after about 5 or 6 episodes, but tuned in every week to SC!!!!
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IM SOOOOO sad secret circle got canceled!!!!
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cannot believe the secret circle is canceled soooooo gay!
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everyone needs to like awake on facebook and the "save awake" facebook page!!

http://www.facebook.com/SaveAwakeOfficial
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'Save The Circle" fan campaign in Toronto.com!



http://save.thesecret-circle.com/?p=204
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So sad about Awake!!! Boo... NBC!!!
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I don't know what FTW stands for :(... I missed the transition from swell o vision/hell o vision TO ftws/wtfs.
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FTW: For The Win
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FTW: Fringe's Corpse Interview (WTF in a good way.)

Desperate Housewive's final five minutes.

SNL Digital Short Reunion.



WTF: So many shows getting shortened seasons.

Community on Fridays.
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Let me say it one last time.

Uhh Whitney?? You got a little executive on your chin!!
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Really? You didn't see it coming that Elena would eventually become a vampire? Really?

And I'm pissed Awake got cancelled. Really, NBC?
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Totally agree w/OUaT dream sequence. Even my 7-year-old could tell it was a dream, but we all enjoyed it immensely...and last night's episode was FANTASTIC!
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To all you networks out there, please have a decency of giving your supporters a credit and stop cancelling shows if there are so much to tell. You're not hearing the public and soon you will lose them.





- Awake and The Secret Circle fanatic
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FTW:

To this moment 14076 signatures in this petition http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/please-do-not-cancel-the-secret-circle.html

and 11733 in this one http://twitition.com/6m2vl

If you haven't done it yet, get busy!!!



WTF!!! I mean, DAFUQ????? I what universe is Rachel Bilson as a doctor surrounded by horribly fake southern accents (Never watched, but is all I heard about it) and 90210 remotely better than The Secret Circle?????



Seriously, CW Executives? Did any of you received a lobotomy by Rachel Bilson's character??? DAFUQ??!!!!!
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*In what universe...



update

12286 signatures in Twitter

http://twitition.com/6m2vl





and 14792 in this one

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/please-do-not-cancel-the-secret-circle.html
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YOU may say you're #notbitter but I'm #BitterAsAllGetOut! Out of all the shows I watch regularly, there were only two that I knew would REALLY hurt to lose - The Secret Circle and Awake. And guess what, eh? I think the universe hates me (though *which* universe it is that's doing the hating is still up in the air... :D )
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NBC, saving Whitney, but cancelling Awake? CW cancels The Secret Circle but keeps The Hart of Dixie? Seriously, WTF?
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WTF: Community being scheduled on Fridays (!!!!) at 8:30 (!!!) following WHITNEY (!!!!!?!) for the Fall season. NBC is on a no-holds mission to murder one of my favorite shows!
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Really, poop like whitney and so many others, yet we lose Awake, gifted man.

there is a place on tv for shows like touch and gifted man, with actually "good" storylines!

but now, we get shows like Bi#ch in room whatever, 2 girls, whitney

Just plain poop!!!! And cougar town is very hard to digest anymore!!!!
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So choked about Awake and TSC but I am so happy for Community, Parenthood and Cougar Town among others
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Awake :(
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Awake is cancelled? Fuck you NBC.
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This!
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Hey tv.com, with so many comedies having stellar eps this week, have you thought of lumping together those shows for further discussion into a separate article leading from FTW vs WTF? Just a suggestion.



That being said, my FTW:



- Bob's Burgers = The Reservoir Dogs wet willy dance AND a surprise cameo from Michael Madsen. It's the way pop culture should be made fun of in cartoon comedies. (I'm talking to you, Seth MacFarlane.)



- 30 Rock = Avery and Jack's mindgames return coupled with the off-brand Muppet hillbilly street fight, among many other glorious throwaway moments. (Hint: Look for Khaleesi under Crisspoints.)



- Community = The Greendale Seven in Greendale Asylum puts a near sensible perspective on the gang's many bizarre adventures (Magic Trampoline, Eartha Kitt sex!!)



- Parks and Recreation = The many teary-eyed moments as Leslie and the P&R group reach the end of the election. I don't think a comedy show has made me cry so often in, well, ever. (*sniff, blows tissue*)
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I don't think Castle belongs there, it could easily have not ended how it did, they could have decided to continue to drag it on. Besides, as mentioned it was all treated really well.
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FTW:



- FRINGE! Tim may not have liked it, but I thought it was a fantastic season finale.

- Community! Abed: "You're a bad person. You're a bad person." That line nearly killed me!

- TVD. KLAUS, NOOOO! ... Wait, Tyler? Elena, YES!



FTW: (FUCK THE WORLD ... and the CW and NBC)



- Awake and TSC getting canceled.
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i wrote an article on Fringe.I watched every episode,and some I dont like as much as others;but it brought tv back 2 life 4 me and a shitload of their true fans.

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Awww, Awake.



Euwww, Whitney.
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Canceling TSC :( #verybitter
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FTW TVD!!

WTF TSC :'(
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Canceling The Secret Circle is Bullsh*t!!!
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#VeryBitter



Awake and TSC. sic!
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FTW. NBC cancelled Are you There Chelsea.



WTF, Whitney still exists as a show.
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how cant you talk about that awesome Fringe finale

Walter shooting Olivia

Peter/Olivia perfection

William Bell's craziness

So much FTW
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nealy all the TV.com announcing shocking news of cancellation was WTF big time ..



its like your doctor saying : " you have cancer and aids at the same time ! but the good news you will still live a long live "



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FTW: FRINGE SEASON FINALE best finale ever, epic, exceptional, extraordinary fantastic...

So glad it's coming back.

Forever

Reveling

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Genius

Entertainment



WTF although I'm very glad it's coming back, waiting until the fall is going to hard and bittersweet.
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I feel Whitney's renewal should have been its own WTF
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like in a WTFF category
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smh The secret circle had promise..',
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Agree with the WTF about TSC. And the FTW the 100th digital short.
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awesome digital short
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The Secret Circle had a fantastic finale, and it sucks that season 2 will never see the light of day. TVD was good too, but I disagree with that being the most shocking twist. I liked last year's finale better, and I always figured Elena would eventually become a vampire, the question was when.
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I really enjoyed the season finale of TVD, but what disappointed me was how predictable it was. From the very first episode of the season "The Birthday" after it ended, I knew Elena was going to get turned by the end of the season. And before the finale even aired, and with Alaric's life being tied to Elena, I figured out everything that was going to happen before it did.



The only thing I didn't see coming was Klaus possessing Tyler's body.



Burt I agree, The TSC finale was fantastic and I'm devastated that CW ended it. Season 2, from the tease alone would have been amazing to see!
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FTW: Sheldon's non-ironic clasping of Amy's hand and wishing Howard good luck in the last scene of The Big Bang Theory; the cliffhanger to this week's NCIS; John Stewart's conversation with the author of the fourth volume of a biography on Lyndon Johnson (How is it a comedian does a better job of interviewing authors than actual news anchors?) WTF: All the bellyaching on TV.com about Awake being canceled and Whitney being renewed as if people didn't understand the concept of ratings or advertisers wanting to buy time on shows where they think their message will be seen; the characters on NCIS thinking they have the drop on a villain who's been one step ahead of them the whole episode (Someone needs their dramatic license restricted).
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Well I guess you have a point. If I advertise on Whitney, I'm liable to get people's attention because my commercial is so much more interesting than what they've been watching.

There's no getting around that Awake had fans because it was worth getting fanatical about, while Whitney only had viewers, and no staying power or loyalty. It's a lose-lose.
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Going on pure numbers is flawed. Loyalty to fans is repaid. You renew Chuck, I eat at Subway. Why? Because I am a dedicated fan. The inverse applies to mediocre but popular shows. If many of us watch Whitney and they show a McDonald's commercial, to I then frequent McDonald's? No, I wonder why they'd want their name associated with this crap and my opinion of them goes down. If networks are truly using nothing but ratings numbers they are exhibiting a complete fundamental misunderstanding of how advertising works.
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It's a straight-up revenue question... shows are ordered, renewed, canceled or whatever based on the network's ability to generate revenue for them. This means that a cheaply-produced show that produces so-so numbers will be kept over an expensive show that draws large, but not huge, ratings. Ratings are part of the equation, but ultimately, networks are chasing after the advertising dollar, and trying to give them (advertisers) what they want, because they're paying the bills.
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That's all true, but it doesn't mean fans of high quality shows like "Awake" can't be pissed off that crap, brainless junk like "Whitney" get to stick around while actually decent material gets shelled. I think the rage is toward the masses who watch junk instead of actually compelling television, thus leading to the good stuff getting cancelled.
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The site won't let me reply to you, so I'll reply to myself.



What you say is certainly true--tastes are certainly quite varied and subjective. However, can anyone REALLY say that Whitney deserved a renewal? I mean, let's be honest, it's not very smart or funny. That was, essentially, my point.
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One man's meat is another man's poison. This attitude of "I'm so much smarter than everyone else because what I watch is the good stuff" is getting tiresome. You may look down your nose at "the masses" because they don't watch what you find compelling, and I can just as easily look down my nose at people like the person who blogged about the Castle season finale for complaining about episodes not being presented in linear order or shippers, but what would be the point?
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Right, so they don't understand how to sell advertising, because if they did, they'd be selling it based on conversions (or an estimate thereof) instead of ad views. People mock dotcoms for not having a sound business model, but actually understanding how advertising turns into revenue is one place that the Internet has television networks beat.
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Someone tell me if Awake wraps up without a cliffhanger or something, because I loved the first two episodes but WILL NOT continue if I know it will end like TSC did, with super hints for a second season we'll never get.
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"[SPOILER ALERT] Elena DIED" As far as spoiler alerts go, that one was a fail.
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I watched half of Season 3, but I honestly got tired of the whole Clouse storyline (not sure how you spell is name). Anyway, I though he should of died at the end of Season 2. Is he gone for good for Season 4? That may inspire me to watch the rest of the season!
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Spoiler alert, Clouse isn't really gone...technically. You'll have to watch.
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Bummer
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Exactly damn sure wasent a spolier alert for the real fans
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Pretty sure that was intended. FTW vs WTF is a page that highlights the week's biggest spoilers, essentially.
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WTF - Grey's Anatomy plane crash. I mean, come on???!!!
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Yap, definitly a predictable WTF.
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#bitter
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#SO bitter!
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Thirded. I should be better than this. I typically am...but I am willingly succumbing to bitterness w/o giving a shizz. So bitter.
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#seconded
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But Awake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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TSC :(
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