FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (May 4–May 10)

We've just survived another week—but lots of TV shows didn't. For the last few days, the carnage has been pretty constant; while a fortunate few will ascend to the nirvana of the 2014-2015 TV season, for so many others, this is the end. The Four Horsemen of the TVpocalypse have burst through cracks in the Earth's core, and they're dragging doomed series kicking and screaming into the Netherworld, where they will spend the afterlife chained next to The Playboy Club and Pan Am while Mario Lopez whips them with chains and wet noodles. But hey, that's the circle of life for television. Light some incense and pour out some of your 40 for our fallen shows. Except Mixology, that show can burn. Now let's see what we liked and what we didn't like from the week in television.



FTW:

Jon Snow takes care of Karl, Brodor takes care of Locke


The bloody battle at Craster's Keep culminated in two spectacular kills in Game of Thrones' "First of His Name." Bran used his body-jumping ability to possess Hodor and put the big lug's strength to use, snapping Locke's neck with a whack to the side of the head, and Jon Snow served up a hot plate of shish ka-Karl when he skewered the mutineer through the back of his head with Longclaw. Finally, some good old-fashioned violence to take our minds off the rape debate!


FTW:

Person of Interest puts its viewers on jury duty


The debate over which machine would win the war of the gods was interrupted by Vigilance's Peter Collier with a third stance: "Let's not use any machines at all." The supervillain-in-the-making (or is he a freedom fighter?) kidnapped government officials (and Finch and Greer) and threw them into a pirate broadcast of a kangaroo court to stand trial for invading the privacy of the citizens of America. But what really made this work was Collier's sympathetic flashbacks, and his origin story that was straight out of the Dark Knight films. 


FTW:

The Veep finally has a campaign manager


Diedrich Bader made a very special appearance on HBO's political satire this week as Bill Ericsson, a political adviser lobbying for the campaign manager spot on Selina Meyer's upcoming run at the Oval Office. He's a crass, conniving, no-B.S. straight-talker. He is three miles ahead of everybody else. He ran through Selina's campaign crew of misfits, and listed the reasons why she should fire them, and it was cruel and hilarious. But in the end it was the guy who's "all eyelashes and teeth" that won out. Congratulations, Dan!


FTW:

Louie gets unlucky, then lucky, then unlucky, then sorta lucky


In "Model," the second half of Louie's one-hour Season 4 premiere, our hero bombed at a charity event hosted by Jerry Seinfeld. Then he went home with a very sexy model played by Yvonne Strahovski. Then he accidentally knocked her out when she tickled him and got sued by her parents. And then he earned a sympathy drink with the waitress at the Comedy Club who'd previously shot him down. VICTORY! This is life through Louie's lens, and we're thrilled to have it back. 


FTW:

Freddy Rumsen tells Don Draper to nut up


Freddy Rumsen has come a long way since losing his job after he peed his pants in the conference room while in the midst of a drunken stupor. And he came full circle this week when he saved Don from the exact same fate after Don indulged in an unfortunate in-office bender. The next morning, when Don was hungover and still pissed about his work situation, it was Mr. Rumsen who may've finally gotten through to him with a perfectly timed message: "I mean, are you just going to kill yourself? Give them what they want? Or are you going to go into your bedroom, get in uniform, fix your bayonet and hit the parade? Do the work, Don."


FTW:

On Adventure Time, Finn copes with the loss of his arm by building a tower of grief


Despite seeming okay with his minus-one-limb status in "James II," Finn was definitely struggling with the situation in "The Tower" as he tried to make use of various prostheses from the princesses of Ooo. So his anger and grief over the missing appendage and his father being a jerkwad manifested not only as a telekinetic arm, but as a plan to build a tower into space to catch Martin. And all the while, he sang: "Baby’s building a tower into space / Space is where he’s gonna find his dad / Daddy’s got an arm /And baby’s gonna harm his arm / By tearing it off his dad." Sad, dark stuff. Finn's emotional maturation was a big part of Season 5, and "The Tower" made it clear that Adventure Time isn't going to drop that idea. The show is all the better because of it.


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The Simpsons builds a Lego episode


It's been a while since The Simpsons felt like a relevant must-watch on our very busy Sunday night, but "Brick Like Me" was just the stunt the series needed to bring viewers back to Springfield. The animated show teamed up with Lego to build an episode that was half cartoon and half bricks, and the result was one of the series' weirdest-looking episodes since Homer went 3D. Seeing all the characters in Lego form was rad, and we got ourselves a new Ralph Wiggum zinger: "Yo soy language lab." 


FTW:

Maron visits Talking Dead, embarrasses himself

IFC's Curb-ish and Louie-like Maron saw its star and host Marc Maron take a one-time gig as a guest on Talking Dead. There was just one problem: He'd never seen The Walking Dead. Oh, and Chris Hardwick hated his guts. During a binge-watch of the AMC hit, Maron asked the important questions: Why aren't there fat zombies? How come there aren't more black zombies? Where do zombies go to the bathroom? Do zombies get erections? Why didn't the survivors build a moat around the prison, fill it with gasoline, and light it on fire? Needless to say, his appearance on the after-show was a total disaster, with Hardwick and guest Michael Ian Black destroying him for not knowing a thing about the zombie drama.


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Norman learns the truth about himself, and Norma convinces him to live with it


Bates Motel's Season 2 finale tied up a lot of the season's ongoing storylines, from the White Pine Bay drug war to Romero's suspicions about Norman's involvement in the murder of Blair Watson. The real emotional weight of the episode hinged on a confrontation between the Norms, as Norman was prepared to kill himself after realizing he'd killed Watson during one of his mysterious blackouts. And despite the show's love of playing up the Norms' just-that-side-of-inappropriate relationship, Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore made the scene sing with pitch-perfect emotional intensity that helped sell the series as the tragic tale of a mother's love for her son.


FTW:

Mr. Wrench and Mr. Numbers' drum-smashing theme song (plus Episode 4's nifty money shot)

Fargo's a top-notch show from top to bottom, beginning to end, and eyes to ears, and one of its best sensory delights is the pounding score that signals when Mr. Wrench and Mr. Numbers are taking care of business. The original piece, appropriately titled "Wrench and Numbers," was written by Fargo composer Jeff Russo and we need it on our iPods ASAP. 

Also, this week's fourth episode, "Eating the Blame," contained an awesome tie-in for fans of the original film: the answer to what happened to Steve Buscemi's character's briefcase full of cash. 


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Dammit Chloe! The 24 clock is ticking once again

24: Live Another Day finally brought Jack Bauer back into our lives, and we didn't realize how much we'd missed that rascal 'til we saw that slight smirk on his face as he got himself captured on purpose. The two-hour premiere was familiar in a good way, and we're excited to see what happens next. (.GIF courtesy of @edshrinker, whose 24 .GIF party is totally worth checking out if you haven't already seen it.)


FTW:

Wedding bells are ringing on The Big Bang Theory


After being fired from her latest not-the-greatest acting gig, Penny reevaluated her life and decided that marrying Leonard wouldn't be the worst thing she's ever done. So Leonard pulled out the ring he'd been carrying in his wallet and there was no mushy soundtrack or champagne, there were no roses or violins or any obnoxious displays of affection. It was just two people who've been dating for forever finally deciding to do the thing, and it was sweet and simple and awesome. 




FTWTF:

Netflix digs further into our pockets


This week, Netflix raised its prices for new streaming-plan customers from $7.99 to $8.99. Why? It needs the money to add new movies and TV shows to its depleting catalog as Amazon Instant encroaches on its turf. Current members won't see a rate hike for another two years, and even at $8.99, a subscription seems like a bargain. But you'd better spend wisely, Netflix. We'd love to see more comedy specials, original documentaries, and fifty seasons of Orange Is the New Black. Deal?


FTWTF:

The bubble-blowing and -bursting of the Upfronts

It was an up-and-down pre-Upfronts week for many of our favorite shows as the networks handed out renewal notices and pink slips while finalizing their fall schedules. At times it felt like the fates were playing "good cop, bad cop" with us, delivering fantastic news one minute and terrible news the next, in such rapid succession that we were left in a daze. FTW! Hannibal is cooking up a third season, making it Bryan Fuller's longest-running series to date. But WTF, Community fell one season (and a movie) shy of its #sixseasonsandamovie ambitions. FTW! The Goldbergs will return for Season 2! But WTF, Trophy Wife is getting dumped after one brilliant season. Maybe we should all just stick to The SimpsonsGrey's Anatomyand NCIS and save ourselves the stress.


FTWTF:

Everybody be trippin' on The 100


This week on The 100, everybody ate nuts that caused vivid hallucinations... and not the fun kind. Some of the lead characters ended up facing their worst fears—Bellamy had to deal with his guilt over shooting the Chancellor, and Jasper saw Grounders everywhere—while other folks had heart-to-hearts with dead parents. This was all supposed to be deep stuff leading to Clarke telling Bellamy that she needed him to stick around, despite the fact that he acts like an ass most of the time. Ultimately, it felt kind of silly in comparison to last week's really dark storyline, but at the same time, it's kind of hard to hate an episode where teenagers unknowingly get high. (Image courtesy of @Toni_watches' great photo recap, which you should definitely read.)




WTF:

Resurrection goes out quickly

ABC's dead-people-come-back-to-life drama ended its first season abruptly, with a pile of dead bugs, some helicopters flying overhead, and a crescent mark on one of the main characters. It didn't mean much to us, because who knows what the heck is going on with this show? (It got kind of weird toward the end of the season.) But apparently ABC is eager to find out what the series will do with this cliffhanger, because it went ahead and renewed it for Season 2


WTF:

We've now seen the last of Christopher Evan Welch's run on Silicon Valley


The actor behind Peter Gregory—the nutcase tech guru who invested in Pied Piper—passed away from lung cancer in December, at the age of 48. He was only able to film four episodes of the series before he died, but every single one of his scenes was like watching an artist burrow into realm of the absurd. Welch wasn't just good as Peter, he was brilliant, standing out among an already very talented cast. The way Welch was able to temper Peter's craziness was a thing of beauty, and he'll be greatly missed. Peter Gregory would've been Welch's breakout role, and we can only hope that the Emmys will honor him with a Best Supporting Actor nomination. R.I.P., sir.


WTF:

Wait, THAT'S why Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Ward is evil?

Ward has undoubtedly been S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most interesting character for the last four episodes or so, but his arc lost some steam this week when the series finally got around to explaining his reasons for allying himself with a guy who thinks turtlenecks are a suitable fashion choice. In short, the answer was dummbbbbb: Garrett broke Ward out of juvie and forced him to live in the woods for six months to teach him survival skills. And sure, we can see how that affected Ward and made him stronger, but is that really why he feels like he owes Garrett everything? Seriously?


WTF:

Warehouse 13 blows one of its final episodes on "Savage Seduction"


Que lastima! It's been known for some time now that Warehouse 13's final season would only be six episodes long. And yet someone, somewhere decided it was no big deal to waste one of those episodes on a goofy telenovela parody that got waaaaay out of hand. From the forgettable case of the week to the evil-twin angle to the terrible Spanish, endless subtitles, and rampant stereotypes, "Savage Seduction" was a hot mess, and a major disappointment considering there are now only two episodes left in the entire series.


WTF:

The Vampire Diaries "kills off" its main hero


It was the heart-ripping heard round the world (you know, assuming the world consists of only TVD fans, which it does, right?). Stefan was straight-up MURDERED this week! The hows and the whys were relatively complicated, but it involved a body-jacked hybrid mourning the loss of his wife who'd died and then been sucked into the sky and long story short, Stefan had his ticker torn clean out of his body and all of the sudden he was doing that permanent graying-crinkle thing that vampires do when they die the True Death (can we use that term with this franchise?). But because we are not dummies, we know that Stefan won't be exiting the show permanently. In fact, this season's imminently crumbling afterlife will most likely result in his immediate resurrection. However: Stefan DIED. That's not a small thing. Kudos to TVD for still knowing how to shock us after all these years. Too bad death doesn't mean much anymore, but still: Wow.


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? New Girl's mostly meh Season 3 finale? The Mindy Project's way-less-meh Season 2 finale? SVU's surprise romantic reveal? The CW's decision to pass on Supernatural: Bloodlines? All the renewal/cancellation madness? Share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!


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May 15, 2014
Finn seemed OK with his limb loss in "James II" because it was aired out of order.
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May 13, 2014
Huge FTW for an amazing episode of Castle, congratsand thanks to the Castle team and Stana Katic for delivering such a powerful episode. On the other end... Very disappointed in the majority of cancellations.
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May 12, 2014
SVU got a "wow" out of me. I have never been able to decide if I like to see their personal lives in brief flashes only, or if I truly don't because I want to know more. After so many seasons I do feel like I know these people anyway.

Thank god the CW is passing on Bloodlines. That was never going to be good, and I agree with Tv.com on its analysis: it is interchangeable with every CW supernatural show EXCEPT for Supernatural, which it has absolutely nothing to do with.

Also, on a FTW: How is Beauty and the Beast STILL NOT CANCELED?
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May 14, 2014
Law & Order does that... I remember when they fired... sigh.. I can't remember her name... the blonde ADA...who was on Angel.... When they fired her for botching a case.... and she goes.. "Is it because I'm gay"

ANd you're like wait what.. you were gay?? Lol
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May 12, 2014

Louis C.K.:Chickens are stupid.

ENLIGHTENED PETA DUDE FROM AUDIENCE: Um, Mr. C.K.? I don't think you can make a generalized statement like that for an entire species. Just because you haven’t met a domesticated fowl that has joined MENSA, doesn’t mean every chicken is not intelligent. What the cluck? I didn’t expect you to be such a birdcist. Maybe that sinister goatee should have been a clue. Some of my best friends are pheasants and they would be appalled at that statement. In fact I just got laid by a gorgeous hen last week with a tight cloaca . . .
(Maybe in that last statement I crossed a line)
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May 12, 2014
FTW - Hannibal's renewal
WTF - Community's cancellation
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May 12, 2014
The GOT fight scenes were definitely tops, and I really liked Rumsen's character in this episode of Mad Men. Yeah, the lego Simpson's was cool, and Bates Motel ended the season on quite a high note. Good potential for that show!

The 100 was an interesting episode this time, with the kids getting high. I wasn't really a huge fan of this week's Hannibal, though I can't say why. The artistic side of it was amazing, but a lot of the dialogue and obvious 'inside' references to things between Hannibal and Will was over the top and even a bit dry. Yeah, the Warehouse 13 episode was a waste of one of the few remaining, but at times I found it a little fun.
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May 12, 2014
Community...
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May 12, 2014
WTF: A lot of good shows being axed, especially Community
FTW: Orphan Black for the reunion between Sarah and Helena
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May 12, 2014
Maybe wedding bells are NOT ringing for Penny and Leonard.
Didnt we learn anything from Frozen: This quote "engagement is a flex arrangement"!
The writers of the show seen it aswell... everything can happen still! :D
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May 11, 2014
Stephan dying was shocking and crazy.... on the Vampire Diaries

The crescent moon on agent Bellamy's neck symbolizes that he is the son of the black family that came back with the little girl that plays with Jacob. He obviously was either the first to come back (years ago) or not first, but just before Jacob. They said their son died with them and also he would have to be an old man if he survived. Bellamy says he was adopted. So he came back as a dead person and got scooped up as a child/put in foster care/adoption.
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May 11, 2014
R.I.P Christopher Evan Welch. I wasn't aware that he was sick and seeing Silicon Valley in the WTF section seemed rough until I read it.

It's a shame too as Peter was easily one of the best characters in the show (which is a big praise given that cast). Life is cruel.
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May 11, 2014
FTW: SVU went there, eat your hearts out EO shippers (my Finanda ship went down but I still can't wait to see how this plays out)
FTW: SVU and Hannibal renewed. I love NBC.
WTF: RIP Trophy Wife, Suburgatory & The Neighbors
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May 11, 2014
First, in Resurrection, "a crescent mark on one of the main characters" was actually a pretty interesting discovery. The family that has been looking for their lost son mentioned that he had a crescent shaped birthmark on his back. This shows that Bellamy is related to the whole thing. That he is, in fact, from the same town and is somehow linked. Maybe not the most amazing cliff hanger, but it isn't as trivial as your comment made it seem.

and Second, Ward's story with Garrett spanned much more than six months. The first gap from when Garrett left Ward in the woods was six months. However, in a later flashback, Ward was obviously much older. The fact that they switched back to Brett Dalton instead of having the younger actor play him implies YEARS. That six month stint was just the start of it all.
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May 11, 2014
WTF to The Blacklist's plane crash effects, which looked like pre-render animatics.

FTW to Castle for getting its shit together with Beckett's major storyline in a classy and exciting way, and not even stringing it out to a two-parter. Well done.

Arrow gets a FTW for being competent at action scenes for once, and having a narrative that is going somewhere definitive, and Laurel wasn't too bad either.

Arrow gets a WTF to Isabel's ridiculous Ravager mask that gave her bobblehead syndrome. Cut it higher like the comics to avoid the hydrocephalus look next time.

FTW to Keegan Michael Key on Whose Line, he really is a great inclusion there.

I have to give FTWTF to Louie's season premiere episodes, both of them were so far over the top in the unlucky part - where Louie is just a passive player in the crap that is the downbeats of his life - that it took me out of enjoying the actual great work in the episode.

WTF to Maron just being such a shitty piece of narcissism, I like Marc Maron but this was even worse of a "look how fucked my life could be" than Louie.

Ok, you have talked me into agreeing that TBBT deserves props for that engagement scene, I was going to leave it off my list for being "perfectly fine, nothing special", but your argument makes sense that it was best that way.

Ha ha, yeah, Ward's reveal sucked on SHIELD.

Damn, Warehouse 13 is taking a heavy beating for its final "regular" episode. I thought it was ok, not great, not terrible.
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May 11, 2014

What the Fuck to NBC for cancelling Community!


This show could have gone one more season, gotten to 100 episodes, and it would have been awesome. Nothing NBC has put up so far looks even remotely good for next season, could have saved the show one more year and garnered viewer loyalty and shown you had a brain. But that'd mean you had a brain.

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May 11, 2014
I actually don't think Ward's backstory was all that WTF. It was kind of predictable, but I wasn't expecting some big surprise where Garrett had literally saved his life or anything. In fact, I think the predictability of Ward's story is what makes it emotionally moving - what Garrett did to him was basically "how to take advantage of an abused kid 101."
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May 11, 2014
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- Michael Emerson singing "Happy" on the Arsenio Hall Show. I was surprised, though, because he IS as creepy in real life as he is on TV.

- Agents of SHIELD- I understand Ward and his loyalty toward Garrett due to the fact that I watched Draonball Z as a kid and Ward went through "the Piccolo regiment" of training that Child Gohan went through in the first season. Piccolo and Garret both left their trainees in the wilderness for 6 months to develop the survival skills, then returned to actually teach them their techniques of fighting. Both Gohan and Ward became attached to their drill sergeant mentors simply because they didn't have any other father figures at the time (Ward's parents abandoned him and Gohan's dad, Goku was killed fighting his uncle.) The only difference is that Gohan's innocence (He was FOUR at the time) melted Piccolo's heart and he became a full-fledged good guy, whereas Garrett has no real emotional connection to Ward (maybe due to the fact that he literally has no heart) told Ward that he's expendable, and Ward is okay with that. To him, a father who only thinks of him as a useful tool to achieve his goal is better than no father at all. (I also see a Haku-Zabuza relationship from Naruto, though Zabuza actually mourned the death of Haku when Naruto called him out on it after Haku sacrificed himself to save his mentor.)

-Big Bang Theory- Leonard and Penny get engaged FINALLY! How many proposals have the two of them asked each other before one of them finally broke down and said "yes?" Let's hope this sticks like Bernadette and Howard and not have Sheldon's pettiness tear them apart (like it's hinting at in the finale promos)

-Power Rangers getting a feature film reboot made. As a longtime PR fan, this made me smile. just hope Guillermo Del Toro gets to direct, since Pacific Rim was awesome and if anyone can make a DECENT movie about five color coated super heroes fighting large rubbery monsters, he can . (DON'T put Michael Bay at the helm!)

- The CW getting some common sense and NOT ordering Supernatural: Bloodlines to series. That backdoor pilot was terrible and an insult to the shapeshifter mythology the series established. Let's hope, if they decide to do another spinoff, they center it around a character we actually LIKE, like Charlie or Garth. (Despite Garth's last episode turning him into a werewolf. HE HAS PROMISE FOR HIS OWN SHOW IF DONE CORRECTLY!)

FTW/WTF

-Abaddon's final episode as a co-Big Bad. She makes the same mistake Dick Roman made (trying to make a forced deal with Crowley on her terms) and the end struggle between her and an enraged Mark-of-Cain-wearing Dean was a bit anticlimactic because Abby insisted on that stupid psychic wall pinning move demons use instead of actually HITTING Dean with a punch or a kick. Abby had super strength. I wish she could've actually USED IT! The only thing cutting it short from being a full-on WTF is the introduction of Crowley's idiot son Gavin and Crowley more or less reconciling with him, and the hilarious interrogation scene where Sam and Dean use reverse psychology on an angel into giving up all the info they needed to fight Metatron, the true Big Bad of the Season.

- Mycroft and Joan Watson in bed together on Elementary. I appreciate the fact that their relationship has been subtly shown (mostly with Sherlock taking pot shots at Mycroft's prowess in the bedroom) but seeing them in bed together just seemed... too much. Plus, their relationship seems doomed, since Elementary has successfully introduced an appealing version of every other character in the Conan Doyle universe, I am willing to bet that season 3 will introduce a male version of Mary Morstan, Watson's spouse in the books. We already know that Joan and Sherlock CANNOT have a romantic relationship, so it's only fitting that as the series progresses we see a Mr. Mark Morstan get introduced and become integral to the third season as Irene was to the first and Mycroft is to the second. (Though for the love of GOD don't turn Mr. Morstan into an evil character like Irene.)

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- The cancellation of The Crazy Ones and Dracula. Understandable in Dracula's case (they killed my favorite character in the season finale. Renfielllllld!), but I was in shock that The Crazy Ones got canceled because the show was actually GOOD! (Or better than most comedies.)
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May 11, 2014
FTW: The Mindy Project finale. Seriously, it was perfect!
FTW: The Originals, Klaus' roar of rage at the end as Hayley was crying for help and he couldn't go to her.... exquisite!
FTW: Revenge's got it's groove back!! For the first time in a long time, I'm excited for the next episode!
FTW: The Americans is killing it week in, week out. That cast deserve so many awards, especially Matthew Rhys.

FTWTF: Revenge got a 4th season? I know I said it was getting good again, but I didn't think it would get a new season.

WTF: TVD, Stefan's underwhelming death, more Delena antics, no real discernable build-up to the finale....
WTF: The Tomorrow People was cancelled. Grrr (surprisingly, that's the only show I was still watching that got the chop, and considering how brutal the networks were this year, I feel very lucky!!)
WTF: Ward killed a dog. Not cool, not cool at all.
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May 11, 2014
I don't really think Ward did the killing. They just showed a sniper rifle scope right? I think Garrett knew there was a weakness in him, and killed the dog himself.
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May 11, 2014
How about what should have been #1 FTW, Becket arresting Senator Bracken for he mother's murder? What a great feeling when she got to slap the cuffs on that prick.
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May 11, 2014
spanish is my first language and its always funny when people who clearly dont speak spanish try to do it. so im sorry but warehouse 13 coudn't go out without this episode. it was so funny i laughed so hard at this, mika was the worst in such a good way. i just loved it
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May 11, 2014
FTW: OUAT: for giving Regina great writing and for pulling off one of OUAT best episodes ever.
FTW: The Blacklist for keeping it's viewers on the edge of our seats.
FTW: POI: For doing an awesome job at writing, acting and for one awesome episode.
FTW: Elementary: was so good at keeping us guessing about Mycroft that we still don't know what is going on here.
FTW: TBBT: So Happy that Penny and Lenard are now engaged to be married.
FTW: Warehouse 13: I think I might be the only one here but I liked the episode and found to be very much classic Warehouse 13.
FTW: The Mentalist renewal. I was very surprised by this because I had my money on it being canceled. So I hope that the next season we may have better episodes and writing to it.
FTW: GRIMM: for combining the mythology of the show with the case of the week and still leave us wanting more.
FTWTF: SHIELD for giving us a great episode but Ward's back story suck big time.
WTF: Renewing BATB!!!. REALLY CW? We expect better from you.
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May 11, 2014
FTW: Leonard and Penny!!! Just because The Big Bang Theory isn't about fireworks or a hit song playing in the backgound doesn't make this any less awesome.

FTW: The Game of Thrones's water dance, everything from the sheer panic on The Hound's face when he wakes up and Arya isn't there, to her pride in which she describes the death of her dancing master. Now, that's adoption Westerosi style!

WTF: 24 dressing Chloe like The girl with the Dragon Tattoo?! Otherwise FTW to the return of Chloe, Audrey, her father, the good old "Damn it!"s and the brand new Catelyn Stark, Mycroft Holmes and Co.
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May 11, 2014
WTF: Very few new shows actually made it to a season 2, and about half the shows on the big networks got cancelled/ended during this season (Most of them being new shows).

Really starting to wonder why you would bother to watch anything next season, seeing how pretty much everything new get cancelled anyway.
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May 11, 2014
Was Almost Human last week? Still WTFing that one, and will continue to do so, Fox morons.
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May 11, 2014
Can someone explain Mark Maron on Talking Dead? The Talking Dead season ended weeks ago. What am I missing here.
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May 11, 2014
FTW:
-The Mindy Project's spectacular rom-com-in-22-minutes finale.
-The renewal of HANNIBAL and Nashville (basically because of Hayden Panettiere's Juliette).
-The trailer for FOX's Gotham. The show might end up not very good but that trailer was great.
-The Americans' Oleg Igorevich Burov.

FTWTF:
-The CW's new slate of ridiculous sounding series. iZombie and Jane the Virgin? Can't wait.
-Game of Thrones continual book-to-series changes.

WTF:
-The cancellation of COMMUNITY, Trophy Wife, Surviving Jack, Suburgatory and The Neighbours. Huh. I don't care about any drama cancellations this season.
-The muddled mess that TVD has become.

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May 11, 2014
WOW Once Upon a Time didn't make the WTF list this week. Thought it would have for sure.
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May 11, 2014
Marc Maron is annoying in anything he does.
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May 11, 2014
FTW: The Mentalist being renewed. I'd stopped watching two or three episodes before the revelation of Red John and resigned myself to watching the final season in syndication or home video somewhere down the road, but now maybe I'll try to catch up over the summer.

WTF: Both the NCIS and CSI spinoffs being ordered to series. I'd rather watch a procedural than a high school soap opera starring 30-year-old Canadians as teenagers or reality show competitions, and I don't have to watch, but I'd almost prefer some of the cancelled shows that didn't quite work tweaked to new editions of old franchises.

FTW/WTF: Efrem Zimbalist passing away at 95. He had a long life, two hit series, and death is part of the natural order of things, but I have a soft spot for SPOILER the scene in the final episode of Remington Steele where Laura Holt finds out Daniel Chalmers is Steele's father just before Chalmers dies.

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May 11, 2014
No seriously, Stefan's death, was a shocker for me. I have been seeing this series lately just to keep up with whats going on in Mystic Falls, because I find things in New Orleans more interesting and have less "drama". But WOW! That was awesome. And I think that mention in the FTW vs WTF should have been in FTW/WTF.
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May 11, 2014

also one more WTF CW'S decision to renew THE 100
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May 11, 2014
I think you mean FTW. Otherwise that's just crazy talk.
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May 11, 2014
FTW 24 Jack and Chloe are back nuff said
TVD Great episode reason shock factor, Stefan heart being ripped came out nowhere awesome
ORIGINALS, REIGN, the whole season easily 2 of the best news shows of the 13-14 tv season
BATES MOTEL NORMAN no need to explain
REVENGE the truth is out but EMILY aka AMANDA is not done
CHICAGO FIRE AND PD too many reasons to list these two show are just awesome, especially how the use both cast's in both shows
I could list more but these stand out NOW TO
WTF WAREHOUSE 13 what a wasted episode
CSI they could have done better with BRASS'S Exit
H5O now I don't have a problem with Lou (McBribe) joining 5O its how they did not address CATHERINE any further also I thought we were done with WO FAT
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May 11, 2014
I liked the Warehouse 13 episode. I do not feel it was wasted. It was about zany artifacts affecting people. That's what the whole series is about.

On S.H.I.E.L.D., Ward's back story was interesting to me. It showed why he is loyal to Garrett. It wasn't about Garrett breaking him out of juvie. It was about Garrett showing Ward he can be more and Ward succeeding at it. Garrett was to first person in 16 year old Ward's live to give him any kind of hope for something more.

I wasn't impressed with the Simpson's Lego episode. I think the Lego shows and movies on Cartoon Network are much better looking. Plus the stories are much better.

The Big Bang Theory was not good. The best part of the episode was Penny's gorilla costume.

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May 11, 2014
#fiveseasonsakickstartercampaignandamovie
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May 11, 2014
FTW: 24 is back! And with a very good start to the season. Person of Interest, Arrow, and Hannibal are all heating up as they prepare for the last 1-2 episodes of the season. Hannibal was renewed for a 3rd season!!! I'm also happy that The Flash was picked up as a series.

WTF: Community is cancelled. I may be more fine with it than some people, in large part because season 5 (with Dan Harmon's involvement) felt like such a miraculous gift that I can't really get too mad at NBC. But that doesn't change the fact that it's sad to see it go. :(
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May 11, 2014
FTW: Emily Thorne finally getting revenge on Revenge!!! Come on people!
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May 11, 2014
Hell yeah!
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May 11, 2014
I'm absolutely shocked by the death of Christopher Evan Welch. :-(



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May 11, 2014
FTW: Craig Ferguson having some of his best shows in ages
FTW: Bryan Cranston on Jimmy Fallon. One word: Badonkadonk. Funniest moment on the Tonight Show ever. Or damn close.
FTW: Da Vinci's Demons for being more Indiana Jones-like than the past couple Indian Jones movies.
FTW: VICE's episode on the Texas drought and the crazy- religious people who refuse to accept global warming.
FTW: Orphan Black. cuz... Duhh.
FTW: Jena Irene's Elvis cover on Idol. Anytime Elvis is not butchered on Idol thats a good thing
FTW: MasterChef Australia started, just as New Zealand wrapped up. Best cooking show on television by a mile.

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May 11, 2014
WTF: The money-spam are on the verge of site/community ruining.
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May 11, 2014
FTW- OUaT- Regina's using light magic and decision to be a good person and let Zelena live.


Arrow- The whole frikin' episode.


WTF- OUaT- Zelena's death. Sure, one of the writers said she didn't leave a body, so they could bring her back, but this still means she won't be in any immediate episodes.
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May 11, 2014
Sorry, I meant one of the creators, not just one of the writers.
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May 11, 2014
R.I.P. Peter Gregory, the world will be worse off without you.

FTW: GoT.

WTF: Losing my beloved Community is almost too much to bear.

WTF: Glee was alittle better this week but it's still borderline unwatchable.
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May 11, 2014
Warehouse 13's Savage Seduction looked like a script that might have been floating around for a while. But with only six episodes in the season it's a shame to waste one on a filler episode. And that fanfare whenever they changed started to get irritating. I understand the last two episodes are a two-parter.

FTW: The Mentalist renewal.The only renewal that surprised me was The Mentalist. All the signs were indicating it would be cancelled. I'm also glad that CBS picked up NCIS:NOLA. But I'll be interested in seeing on Wednesday how they handle all the shows they have.


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May 11, 2014
Lower your expectations. It's not really a two parter. More like a finale and an epilogue.
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May 11, 2014
Game of Thrones as usual and then POI because seriously at the end of episode I did not know who was I rooting for. BTW Arrow was also damn good this week.
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May 11, 2014
FTW: Hannibal! NBC must really love this stellar show, and it keeps making the right decision.

I'll miss the (nearly) self-fulfilling prophecy that Community's "Six Seasons and a Movie" promised, but I feel like this show got a very fair shake in the long run...Harmon's dismissal aside. I still don't know what that was really about.

FTW: Thank god The CW passed on the truly terrible spin-off Supernatural: Bloodlines. The original series has been uneven in recent seasons—though less so in the past two—but that mess was nearly unrecognizable. I suppose in its very broadest strokes it could have been mistaken for a winning formula, but it really was just too much formula.

WTF: Resuscitating 24? I was never a fan, but I mostly never cared either way. I had just assumed this show had run its course. And I still kind of suspect it has. I just don't think this can end well.

FTW: Fargo! As excited as I was by the show's pitch-perfect teaser campaign, I still wasn't sure what to actually expect. But it's managed to keep me thrilled with its menagerie of crazy, Coen-inspired nuts.
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May 11, 2014
the Cw should gone thru with Bloodlines the new shows for the CW are even worse IZOMBIE, JANE THE VIRGIN, MESSENGERS THE FLASH the Flash is the only one with watching and BLOODLINES episodes was not that bad!!
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May 14, 2014
I'm actually very optimistic about iZombie. The comic series it is based on was excellent, a confident combination of humor and thrills. I've not been horribly impressed by the (very limited) teaser material The CW has released for it so far, but it's a great fit for the network and I trust Rob Thomas to do the comics justice.
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May 11, 2014
FTW:
- Louie was delightfully Louiesh. Good to have him back.
- Another great instalment of Hannibal. If this show doesn't at some point gain a Twin Peaks kind of cult following, I will eat my own liver.

WTF:
- Californication. The first four episodes of this season demonstrate why it's time for this show to come to its end. It has completely lost its spark. Last season was still something: Hank hanging out with rock stars and screwing around as always. But this season he has found a long lost mama's boy of a son and is working in a lowly job as a TV writer?! The well of ideas has apparently run completely dry for the writers. I cannot believe how much worse this season is compared to the previous ones. What a terrible way to send off a show on its final journey.
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May 11, 2014
Isn't Bryan Fuller's longest lasting show Heroes?


WTF: Warehouse 13 insists of taking one of TV's best gay characters in the sense that he constantly reminds people that being gay simply means being attracted to the same sex without all the stereotypical crap - And then turning him into such a stereotypical crap.
Did they really need to "queen" him out?

I don't mind effeminate men, but Jinx isn't such a guy and using something that unleashes his restraints turn him into one was horrible to watch because essentially says that all gays are like that...

As dumb as the telenovela was (and it was) this bothered me so much more.
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May 11, 2014
Fuller didnt create Heroes he was just a writer
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May 11, 2014
What's up with the Talking Dead this week? TWD is on haitus. What am I missing?
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May 11, 2014
WTF: more spam and malware "view online" spam then ever before on tv.com. One episode discussion thread this week got over 2300 spams in eight hours. FTW for staff clearing it out.
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May 11, 2014
Although we are only 5 episodes in on Silicon Valley, I will miss Christoper Evan Welch because Peter Gregory was an odd but brilliant character. I wish he had more time with him.

The return of 24 and Louie made my week (possibly summer) and I thought the Lego Simpsons mash up episode was very good!
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May 11, 2014
HANNIBAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nothing more to say

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May 11, 2014
I´ve being following TBBT all this time, and I love the engangement thing...so simple, so sweet, so perfect. Not public display, not a band, flowers and a big event,only two peolpe that love each other. And Leonard carrying the ring in his wallet all this time... I love it
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