FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (May 25)

ARE YOU READY FOR THE WEEKEND?! We're ready to get our Memorial Day barbecues on, that's for sure. And you know what makes for riveting barbecue conversation? TV's FTWs and WTFs, that's what. Impress your fellow bbq enthusiasts by reciting, one-by-one, every incredible and/or despicable moment that you had to endure while tuning in to your TV this week. We've got them all here! How convenient for you!


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Revenge's Season Finale


It was like a double-infinity-shaped waterslide sending us around and around through thrilling twists and turns and now we are hovering in the ether, waiting to see what whirlpool we are about to dive into for Season 2. Best finale this year BY FAR.



Emily. The Bachelorette.


We're two episodes in and ALREADY we can tell that this season is going to be like none other we've seen from The Bachelorette. Some say that's a bad thing, but I'm on board: watching Ryan try to muffle his disappointment that he had to bake cookies with Emily instead of cliff-dive out of a helicopter was as hilarious as it was awkward.



Science Channel buys Fringe repeats


A perfect home for the science-fiction drama about almost-science! Remember how Science Channel re-aired Firefly and had that crazy scientist talking about the science in the show? We're hoping that happens here, too. We'd love a detailed explanation of how Cortexiphan regenerates baked goods.



Donald Driver's Dancing With the Stars touchdown dance


The NFL wideout was genuinely elated when he was declared champ of the ABC show! While we deduct points for abandoning his partner for the first part of the celebration, it's understandable as she would have been steamrolled flat as a pancake when Driver stopped, dropped, and rolled.



Adorable Dancing Dads


Both Burt Hummel on Glee and Jay Pritchett on Modern Family took to the stage to make their (grand)kids happy, and the results were equal parts funny and sweet.



The return of SYTYCD


Auditions are one of our favorite parts of this "higher-level" reality show: Most of the dancers who come out are blow-your-mind good, the show maintains a generally pleasant and well-meaning vibe (laughing at the obliviously untalented is kept to a minimum), and Cat Deeley is damn charming. As far as reality competition shows are concerned, this one's tops.



Kristen Wiig’s final episode on Saturday Night Live


From Mick Jagger's opening monologue, the musical extravaganza (Arcade Fire and Foo Fighters acting as Mick Jagger's backing band) to the goodbye waving of Kristen Wiig's, last weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live was killer (and emotional). Goodbye, "Lawrence Welk" girl with tiny hands! We'll dearly miss you!



Phillip Phillips' emotional final performance on American Idol


After producers provided Phillips with the best original song in years (and even brought a marching band onstage!) it was no surprise when he took home the title. But what was surprising was just how emotional his victory performance was. Overcome by the moment (and inhaling too much confetti) he finally just choked on his words, took off his guitar and walked offstage as a pre-recorded track took over. It was a rare and compelling glimpse of humanity on a show designed to be well-oiled machine.



The brave nudity of Girls


As TV viewers we aren't particularly used to nudity, let alone nudity by normal-looking people. But one inadvertent trademark of Girls so far has been its casual willingness to feature non-model types unclothed, specifically show creator Lena Dunham. This week's episode featured BOTH of Hannah's parents nude, making those two some of the bravest actors on one of TV's bravest shows.



NBC takes a chance on American Ninja Warror


This cult Japanese import has been generating a small but passionate fan base for three seasons on G4, so NBC including it in its summer schedule feels like a major endorsement by the mainstream. So far the crossover has maintained the addictiveness while subtly including more interesting elements (including female competitors and showing everyone's audition videos). Fingers crossed it's a hit for NBC so we'll get even more of it next year.



WTF


Game of Thrones has nothing for Dany to do


We're almost at the finale and so far The Mother of Dragons has done nothing but shop for boats and lose her pets this season. We need more from the Khaleesi!



Sony Pictures TV tells Community cast how to talk about Dan Harmon's firing


The studio behind the cult comedy fired the nutty showrunner then handed out memos to cast members instructing them how to address the situation with the media. Sample: If asked, "Did the studio or network consult with you about these changes?" they're supposed to reply, "No they didn't, but we're looking forward to working with David Guarascio & Moses Port on a new season of Community." People in North Korea are like, "Sheesh, these guys have it rough."



Men At Work falls flat, not that we thought it wouldn't


Bros talking about hos—that pretty much sums up this television gem. It's not even that the premise is inherently bad (it kind of is), it's just that it's not funny. The characters are over-the-top stereotypes of everything a reasonable man shouldn't want to relate to—and that no woman should ever hope to meet. Also, the laugh track overcompensates, making the whole show look as desperate as its characters. Boo.


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

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Loves: Season Premiere of Rookie Blue, Donald Driver winning Dancing with the Stars, Revenge's season finale.

Hates: well, they're not really hates more "annoyances": many many repeats.
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I don't know why I didn't think so before, but "The Californians " skit on SNL is hilarious.

Just rewatch the Josh Brolin episode, and that skit had me dying.
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WTF: Networks still haven't picked up Awake or The Secret Circle
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Yes, Revenge's finale was certainly the best. That specific hour of that day. I know "of the year" is incredibly overused but here it's just belongs in a different galaxy.
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WTF this 2 weeks with allmost nothing to watch before summer series
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WTF: With all the best sci-fi shows going away, Canada gets a new one called Continuum, and nobody in the US picks it up? Pilot was brilliant, and hopefully somebody will import it soon.
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What? No final salute to AWAKE?
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FTW: Dog The Bounty Hunter Getting Cut. King (Its a canadian show so I dont know if you carry non-american stuff, but its a great show nontheless!)



FTW: To Criminal Minds doing well on the top 150. Hopefully it gets back to its darker roots to try and bump it up some more. Speaking of the top 150, glad to see COPS way down the list. Cant wait for another show that showcases everyday human rights violations against people who obviously need mental assistance. There was some good stuff I admit, but most drove me crazy.

FTW: To SYTYCD even though if any reality show deserves 2 days a week, its this one. Hope the time constraint leads them to focus on the more talent. And Cat Deeley is awesome as always. Anyone remember what I heard she will also be hosting soon?



WTF: To most everything else sucking. Comon TV people.... make some good stuff that requires brains to watch and comprehend.



WTF:to Lindsay Lohan as Liz Taylor. Quite giving that girl money to spend on drugs!





WTF: to britney storming off the set of the X-Factor because she cant handle negative reaction from the crowds.For that much money she should be forced to sit there and take tomatos if they decided to throw them.
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There were very few new episodes this week, but I would give Bob's Burgers a thumbs up. Beefsquatch was hilarious as Bob and Gene try to get the best of each other on the local TV cooking show, as Louise joyfully helps both sides.



Revenge was also very good in the last few moments. But you had to have a WTF for the scene where Amanda is going to fight the White Haired Man, and she does a spin around holding an axe and the it was sped up to make it look like she spun around very fast but it looked so cheesy. 16:00 marker on Hulu.

Also, how far can the show go from here? There's a big conspiracy? Her mother is alive? I immediately thought of the show Prison Break. And Hawaii Five-0. And Chuck.
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toonami returns tonight ftw
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so happy donald driver won dancing with the stars!!! packer nation came through!!!
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Revenge's season finale was AWESOME! Perfect Execution!

The Science Channel buying Fringe repeats is great news!

American Ninja Warrior is Awesome!



I hope Dany comes up big in the last episodes of this season of Game of Thrones, after season 1's finale this season really shafted her so far.....
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American Ninja Warror: WTF, this is a show?

American Idol: WTF, this show is still on the air, who's watching this?

Saturday Night Live: WTF, how is this show still on the air? I believe I've yet to see an actual funny thing coming from SNL.

So You Think You Can Dance: WTF, how many of these dancing shows can you put on the air?

Adorable Dancing Dads: WTF? just WTF!

Dancing With the Stars: WTF, who's watching this?

The Bachelorette: WTF, I give up, who comes up with this crap?



I think you guys got your WTF and FTW seriously mixed up.
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SYTYCD is like... the original. and it has the best host in 'reality, which should really be called 'amazing talent' tv. Not to mention the judges are all well knowledged in the field and not just some past their years celebrity who needs some extra cash. The contestants are some of the most hard working and talented individuals, and should really be considered sports stars. Sure it dont have a celebrity dancer to attract attention, but what it does have is people from all races, classes and genders coming together for a common art. Some of the things they do and the choreographers come up with is nothing short of amazing. Not to mention the memory it takes to remember 2,3,4 dances and every move all in a 3 day period. And this is coming from someone who does not like things like Survivor or Big Brother or Who Married a Millionare, The Voice ( I can somewhat appreciate idol sometimes when they have real talent), X Factor or any of those other shows. Im more of a Wire, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, The Shield, Hell On Wheels and other serious Dramas kind of person. But Im not afraid to recognize talent when I see it. And those kids have it.
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Right on the money! SYTYCD is the only reality show that I watch. I don't care for the auditions part. But when the competition starts, I'm there.



People really should give this show a shot.
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No, they shouldn't. I watched the entire first season and regret every minute. All those reasons put together just make it another star search rehash, and that sucked the first time.
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The show has changed a LOT since the first season - a LOT. In many ways it's not really the same show at all that it was then.
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WTF, how negative can you be?
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Being negative is his job (apparently). But, as much as it PAINS me to admit this, I do agree with, like, half of his post. Particularly American Idol. That show needs to go.
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How could you ignore the season finale of Awake?
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lena dunham doesnt exactly have a normal body, she's pretty overweight
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Overweight is quite normal. Normal means "as most people is" it does not mean it is recommended, perfect or ideal.



(norm: A standard, model, or pattern regarded as typical)



Lots of people confuse that word today, or maybe society has skewed it a bit too, that "normal" equals how you should be, or what is good. How it is supposed to be. It is not like that. Normal is just how most people are. It is a neutral objective term.



But today many people takes it as an insult to be called out as not normal. That is kind of weird, because very often not normal is better than being normal. People with extraordinary skills and knowledge, people with athletic abilities and whatever, they are not normal. Is that negative? Ordinary = normal. Extraordinary = not normal.



Anyway, even if overweight is normal Lena Dunham is hardly overweight, i do not believe she is very heavy. She looks quite healthy, and normal. Even if she really was overweight she would still be normal-looking. The women you usually see on tv, are NOT normal-looking. Many of them are in really (un-normal) good shape but many of them are also way too thin, anorexic-looking. Women are actually supposed to be a bit chubbier than men, their bodys works like camel humps they are supposed to have fatreserves on them both for themself and a baby.
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wow, dick much?
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I don't see how anyone watching American Idol, The Bachelorette, Revenge, or Glee could consider that winning.
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I take it you haven't seen Revenge?
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I have...and I agree with fweak. I'm sorry, but "Revenge" is T-H-E most depressing show I've ever had the misfortune to watch. I stopped because I didn't like how the show made me feel.
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I do respect your opinion. I truly do. : ) And I'm all for not watching something if you don't like the way it makes you feel. So don't take offense to this whatsoever...I'm kind of sarcastic so I can't help but say...



It's titled "Revenge" for a reason. If it were meant to be a feel good they'd call it Absolution. The moment she said "This is not a story about forgiveness..." I pretty much surmised it wouldn't he a happy go lucky show.



Sorry. Compulsive drive to be snarky. I'm still working on it.
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I haven't got through all the books, but from a stoyrtelling standpoint, Dany's plot on Game of Thrones will only go into overdrive once all the fighting has been done. A new king will be crowned, and she'll come and mess everything up. Although at least her storylines are slightly more interesting that Jon's.
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Thanks so much for that spoiler - I for one have not read the books and do not want to be constantly spoiled by the people who have.
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Don't worry about it anyways, that's not what happens at all
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Y'know, if you haven't watched the football game, you avoid the water cooler the next day. You don't go there, listen to the conversation, and then bitch about hearing the score. Same principle applies here. The people here discuss what they like about the show, and the show is tied to the books. George R. R. Martin isn't hiding the story, and you shouldn't expect anyone else to either. If you don't want to know, don't read the forum. You, and only you, are responsible for what you expose yourself to.
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Sony/NBC dealing with the whole Dan situation is deplorable, we can never have one win can we. This is the darkest timeline, and there is no escaping to another, sigh.
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So agree with the FTW of Sony and Community. I'm upset, to say the least. But then again, I guess other TV shows that lose creators, stars, etc. have network execs forcefeeding words for them, too.
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*WTF - oops.
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and the pig brain treated w/ Cortexiphan regenerated

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FYI about Fringe: the cake regenerated not because it was "baked goods" but because it contained pig brain.
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SPOILER ALERT: I hate to say it (well, no I don't 'cause I think the mouth-breathing Dany is overrated), but she's not going to have a lot to do quite a bit of the time. Although they'll probably waste a lot of viewing time showing her doing nothing.
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Obviously someone who hasn't read the books... The second book didn't have much for Dany. The most interesting part was the House of the Undying, which better be good in the show seeing as how they've screwed up why she goes. But there is A LOT for Dany in the third book, thus in the third season.
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You don't know me. I've read the books, and more than once. I still don't think there's much in the Dany storyline except wandering and unending mental turmoil over who likes her, who hates her, who wants to use her, why is everything so hard, when can I go home. It's an interminable whine-fest.
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How about you read the third book again, there's a LOT going on
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I actually thought the Person Of Interest season finale was better than the Revenge finale.

It gave me chills.
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FTW: Series finale of Awake!



WTF: SERIES(!!!) finale of Awake.
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Yes for sure it was so great but bittersweet because thats all we will ever get. Good Tv is dying bit by bit for reality and mass produced garbage
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SYTYCD!! And I agree with too little Dany on the GoT-screen this season!
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No surprise concerning Community since all corporations are fascists.
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I agree with the sentiment, but suspect you don't know what "fascist" actually means.

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FTW: House's Huck Finn/Easy Rider ending; the House retrospective, Swan Song, featuring the show's crew; Rachel Maddow's segment on the Republican's embracing of Dick Cheney. WTF: Rachel Maddow's recording of John Sunnunu not working after criticizing the Romney campaign for making laugh-out-loud gaffes; Chris Matthews' attempt to make Corey Booker's comments on Meet the Press more significant than they probably were.
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I believe I need to rewatch Glee, as I missed Ed O'Neill dancing and that seems like something worth checking out.
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Indeed! (And also I fixed the error.)
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