FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (May 20)

Yes, the last few weeks have been blurry with cancellations, renewals, new-show unveilings, scheduling announcements, and season finales, but they certainly weren't boring! And in the last seven days, Upfronts week plus finales week meant the networks were out blood, resulting in both good and bad things. Which is perfect for a "Best and Worst of the Week" article! And looky here, we got one! Here's what turned us on and turned us off during this busy week of TV.


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Triple the Community!


NBC's decision to air three episodes of the comedy, including its season finale, turned out to be an unexpected plus as it showed off the series' zany range. There was a gimmicky animated video-game episode, an homage to heist movies, and a touching finish that could have sufficiently served as a series finale. It was one of the best moves NBC made all season, and of course it was unintentional.



The trailer for Last Resort


ABC's next big-budget, high-concept drama looks GREAT, and the talent behind the series is huge. Here's hoping the audience will tune in...



30 Rock's dig at San Francisco


Jenna to Hazel: "Aww poor baby. Can't hack it in the big city, gonna move to the Bay Area now and pretend that that was your dream the whole time? Have fun always carrying a light sweater." It hurts because it's true. (Though we'd be happy to host Kristen Schaal at TV.com HQ any day.)



Girls' sexual lunacy


The funniest moments of last Sunday's episode all had to do with fornication. Hannah put the moves on her new boss; Marnie broke up with her boyfriend for a second time right after they did the deed; Shoshanna watched Jessa get it on from inside a closet; and Hannah helped her on-again, off-again hook-up Adam finish while making some money off him in the process. We know it's cheesy to call Girls the new Sex and the City but we can't help thinking that's what Girls is, in a next-generation did-not-see-this-coming kind of way.



Grey's Anatomy's reminder that it knows how season finales ARE DONE


It's amazing that the show hadn't had a plane crash plotline until this point, but man did this week's finale HURT. A well-liked character was killed off and many others face life- and career-threatening injuries. Few things can invigorate a drama like disaster, so Grey's Anatomy may still have life left in it yet.



Like, totally intense television, dude!


Grey's wasn't the only drama to wow us this week. The season finale of Person of Interest was the high-octane must-see thrill ride blockbuster of the summer that Battleship certainly won't be. Once Upon a Time made us consider calling in sick to work on Monday just to recuperate. And Awake's penultimate episode never let us breathe, even for a second. Seriously, lots of people probably died while watching it; maybe it's a good thing the show doesn't have a large audience?



Veep's willingness to be juvenile


We were slightly concerned that Veep would end up being TOO mature, so it's been a delightful surprise to see that the show can swing between insightful political humor and bluer territory. Between Selina's limo incident and the show's more recent glimpses into Selina's (uncomfortably sexy) love life, it's refreshing to see a smart show that still isn't afraid to be low-brow.



The Secret Circle's fans unite for a good cause


Channeling their frustrations with an unjustly canceled show into a more hopeful direction, certain Secret Circle fans (and TV.com commenters!) have, with executive producer Andrew Miller's blessing, been gathering donations toward the Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you too would like to express your frustration in a productive manner, you can do so here.



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ABC's late-Friday pre-Upfronts news announcements


HEY! What's up with letting news slip incrementally from 4pm to 8pm on a Friday? Don't you know we have lives too?



Jennifer Lopez 's public flirtations with leaving American Idol


Lady, you know the show has re-energized your career. Just stick it out and let us keep loving what a great judge you've been.



The CW and NBC dropping the ball on new-show trailers


Upfronts week is Christmas for television junkies like you and me! So where are the trailers for The CW's The Carrie Diaries and Cult? And why has NBC only released out-of-context clips for Do No Harm, Infamous, 1600 Penn, and Next Caller? We looked under our Upfronts tree and unwrapped empty boxes. Thanks a lot, guys!



Community showrunner Dan Harmon was FIRED?



This awesome Dan Harmon illustration came from here.

When the news that Harmon won't be the showrunner for Community's fourth season broke late on Friday night (NBC: What did we JUST say about Friday-night news?), we admittedly assumed that Harmon was departing voluntarily, probably to get away from network B.S. But according to Harmon's Tumblr, he was fired—and no one even had the decency to call him with the news. What do you have to say for yourselves, NBC and Sony?


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

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WTF: Veep and Girls being on the FTW list
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I'm sorry, but Community is not an all time great show, like some others. It has some great episodes under its belt but also some awful ones, ones that turn people off and stop watching, and that's why it isn't doing as well as some of you thik it should. Modern Family and Big Bang never put up a crappy episode and there's your difference.
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When has Community ever put up a crappy episode?!?
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That's because Community takes chances and pushes the envelope while Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory play it safe and do the same schtick week after week.
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Community tries do so things differently and it won't always come off. Big Bang 9this goes for a lot of other shows) has the generic sitcom formula that keeps it going because it cators to the easy to please.

Step 1: Person A says something that leaves them wide open for a response

Step 2: Fake audience chuckles

Step 3: Person B responds to it as expected

Step 4: Fake audience erupts into a fit of laughter

I'd take the odd miss and have community revitalise the now mundane any day rather than watch the drab and repetitive high rating sitcoms.
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FTW: Community.



WTF: Dan Harmon leaving Community.
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I can't wait for Last Resort!
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FTW: The trailer for Last Resort. Any show that centers around an anti-Military Industrial Complex message, I'm down to watch and support.
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FTW; nothing :(



WTF: no new Fringe :( for a while
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"We know it's cheesy to call Girls the new Sex and the City..."



So WHY? WHY? WHY?



Why did you do it then? If you KNEW it was cheesy?



Hipsters! You are so "self-aware" that you ignore yourself.
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Thanks TV.Com for supporting TSC! #BringBackTheSecretCircle #SaveTheCircle
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Person of Interested !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



BEST SHOW OF THE YEAR !!!!!!!!!!!!
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FTW: Grey's Anatomy



WTF: Grey's Anatomy.



Shonda Rhimes had made a huge mistake killing of Lexi. She was definitely one of the best additions to the cast. She was beloved just as much as the original five interns. Also, too much was left in the air at the end. Cliffhangers are not a new things to Grey's,but this one is brutal. Owen is the only one who knows something is wrong.It's unbearable.
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I never liked or saw the point of Lexie....so I was over the moon with her ending!!!
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youre crazy. sorry but i call it like i see it. She was a fun, great character. it tied Meredith to her alcoholic father, she had a love/hate for a while, then acceptance and the big sister nurturing she never got herself, not even from her crazy mother. that is just a few major points... and good ones
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You so right...
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FTW: Triple Community



WTF: Sony firing Dan Harmon. Seriously, f**k you Sony.
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i hated miley cyruses episode of punk'd. the naked person idea is something a 5 year old would think up, and the ball caught in zipper was obviously ripped off from theres something about marry, plus they did it twice, it wasnt fun to watch the first time. also miley constantly saying babe to her boyfriend liam.
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FTW: Grimm's finale was mind-blowing.

WTF: Fringe was not on. Can't wait for next season. Also, Supernatural's Leviathan bad guys are still not completely gone so we'll have to see them again next season. At least we won't have to hear anymore "Dick (Roman)" puns. Hopefully.
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oh, and Awake was awesome, I'm really excited for the finale! The cancellations of Awake and The Secret Circle were both hurtful. so sad.
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Grey's Anatomy: that is how finales are done? More like the first hour to a 2 hour finale is done. I was not pleased. And J-Lo a great judge? Is someone over there high?
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I had goosebumps watching the last few seconds of the Person Of Interest Finale!
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I like how the list started and ended with Community. I thought Comcast taking over NBC would make programming better, not 'less inspired more of the same'.
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I love Community, it's one of those shows that you can get surprised by with every episode not just from the story, but the whole concept and style of an episode. The post from Harmon shows exactly how bad the relationship between the talent and the overlords in the offices is.

The last time I heard about a change in show-runner was with Human Target, the second season was not at all like the first season, and the show got a lot less good and the unique thing about it went away.
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oh yes forgot FTW/WTF end to season 7 of Supernatural which was like my purgatory this year I hope an Hell of comeback for season 8
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FTW: POI ,Awake, Grimm,Grey, Last resort

WTF Grey not Lexie Smart, funny and sexy ( a lot like my wife)
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FTW: Person of Interest and Community

WTF: Not much WTF for me this week... I guess the news on Dan Harmon's the only one.
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No love for Late Late Show in Scotland?



No hate for CBS canning CSI Miami while keeping CSI NY?
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I agree with CBS there. The Miami storyline had basically played out about 2 seasons ago, and it's gotten to where you can't tell the difference between the methods or ethics of the police and the criminals there. NY, on the other hand, still has an abundance of likeable and admirable characters who seem to be growing instead of burning out.
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What about the season finale of supernatural? I haven't seen a review and it wasn't on this list. I'm disappointing in you tv.com.
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SPOILERS

R.I.P. Lexie Grey

My saddest goodbye (death anyway) of Grey's, they were meant to be
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Before J. Lo was on Idol, she was nowhere to be found. After Idol, there were FIVE different ad campaigns using her as their spokeswoman, running at the SAME TIME.



Compound that with the trajectory of the careers of every person that has left Idol, and I gotta wonder, what the heck is going on in her mind??
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I still don't understand why in Grey's Anatomy a bunch of doctors in a FOREST sat around a dying fire without the slightest need to add more pine needles or ANYTHING to it, not to mention plane tires? For smoke signal? Doesn't ANYONE ever watch poor Bear Grylls?? Or Lost?
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they're doctors, they dont have time to watch tv or have lives; regardless of what hart of dixie has made u think.
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That's your reasoning? they're doctors, so they haven't the time to use wit and survival skills? Are you a doctor? And as such, are you too dumb to build a fire and a signal pyre when you need help in the woods?
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FTW: The Museum of Outdated Cultural References; Mr. Reese's nonchalant response to Carter and Bosco finding out they both work with him

WTF: Lisbon's team staging an unauthorized action for the second season finale in a row; TV.com whining about when NBC decides to make its press releases and a lack of clips (Boo-hoo. Cry me a river and drown in it, why don't you.)
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hmmm been a while since games of thrones has been on this thing..

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I'm pretty sure GoT will be listed on one or both categories next week.
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probably because, while awesome, it hasn't had any real FTW or WTF standout moments lately and has mostly been talking.
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The talking is the best part.
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FTW: Yes POI finale was amazing! And So was Once Upon A Time...

- Scandal Finale! YES! The FLOTUS is so scary it's good. And Olivia Pope doing the things she does in a white trench coat. I'm just saying...that baby would have been tie dyed if it wer me.

WTF: The cancellation of Breakout Kings. That was the only good thing on A&E. And after the ending that it had...ugh.



NCIS finale....DUCKY!!

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for the whole NBC/Sony firing Harmon I just hope its not just a sad attempt to try to get in new writters who could make Community more "accessible" to the general public cuz that would SUCK. lets just hope the new writers will at least attempt to contact him for advice and his opinion on where the show should be going. Or that Harmon had some of season four written that they could use? I just hope they dont change the show too much.

but the three episode episodes of Community were awesome.

and although I didnt watch The Secret Circle, what the fans are doing is really nice. Good job guys!
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If Harmon isn't on as Executive Producer, I wouldn't expect him to give tips or advise to the new show-runners. Getting fired and then working free, that probably wouldn't sit right for Harmon.
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Oh, it is. They hired two scribes from Aliens in America and Happy Endings, because they are able to walk the fine line between heart and quirk.
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FTW. POI, Community's 3 episodes. Supernatural's finale.



WTF. Nikita's finale (seriously, lets flirt and ask each other out for half the episode.) Also, Percy, Dead. Nikita in charge of Division.



Also a big WTF !#*)@!#) NBC. I hate you. I hate you so much.
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No spoiler mark? Thanks, he said sarcastically!



I have that one DVR'd for tomorrow night, when nothing's on.
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Agree with David. When THE ENTIRE ARTICLE IS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK, a spoiler alert shouldn't be needed.
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Probably shouldn't be reading an article (and its subsequent comments) about "the best (and worst) of the week" if you're worried about spoilers.
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Supernatural's season finale: WTF X 100
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Being a huge fan of Community, it has tough hearing about Dan Harmon being fired from Community. It is his show, I don't understand how they can get rid of such a comedic genius. It is a terrible decision on the part of NBC and Sony.
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I hated grey's anatomy's finale, I thought the plane crash was a good idea but it could have been done so much better
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I thought the plane crash reminded me that if ever I were in Seattle...I'd pray to never step foot in any hospital. I like Grey's. I do. but how over the top can ya be?! Oy!
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I will just keep repeating what I say each week



FTW: Community (always)



WTF: NBC's policy (always)



Also WTF: most shows are over already, one aspect where summer is the least favorable season in the year instead of the most favorable
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FTW: COMMUNITY! Three amazing episodes that reconfirmed it is the best comedy on TV.



WTF: Dan Harmon, the brilliant mind behind Community getting fired. Cruel. Cruel, cruel, cruel.



F.U: Dear Sony, I would like to personally tell you to go to hell. You just fired one of the most creative and ingenius showrunners TV has ever seen. The only good news out of this is Dan will no longer have to work for you assholes.



Letter to Dan: Good luck, man! Can't wait to see your assuredly awesome new project!
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This week's big FTW goes to Thursday night as a whole. First, there was Community, which delivered 3 episodes which would have been great seperately, and gave us them all in one night in a 2 hour block (broken up by 30 Rock). Then there was Person of Interest's epic finale, which was a great climax for a lot of the stories they set up in season 1, and left us with a few big twists to lead us into season 2. And finally, even though it was easily the weakest part of the night for me, I thought that this week's episode of Touch was pretty good, and did a nice job of progressing the main story before the two-hour finale a couple weeks from now. As for the WTF, that easily goes to the news of Dan Harmon being fired. Not only does it mean we'll be losing Harmon's genius, it also seems like it could be hinting at Sony/NBC trying to simplify the series, which could take away from what makes the show so great. I will admit, there's still a chance that it could be good next season, but this news has me very worried...
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huh, you actually like once upon a time ? :o

thought everything about that show was so.. nggghh.. especially that annoying little kid
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The Secret Circle fanbase has been amazing ever since CW so wrongfully ended the show. The twitition signing alone is already in the Top 5 twititions just within days. I really would love to hear news like ABC Family or MTV is considering picking up the show. That would be awesome!



#SavetheCircle
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