FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (October 6)

October brings with it both good and bad things—free candy if you wear a sheet over your head GOOD, windy cold autumn days BAD—which conveniently works as a great intro for this article about good and bad things on television! How serendipitous was that?! So let's get to it:


A whole bunch of Game of Thrones stuff!

First, there's this Season 3 "trailer" courtesy of the weirdos at NMA News in Taiwan, which shows why the White Walkers are REALLY here:

Then there are these Converse sneakers inspired by the various Houses of the Seven Kingdoms:

And if that wasn't enough, here's a decal you can hang behind your toilet so you can poop on the Iron Throne.

Finally, Game of Thrones as the Last Supper, courtesy of DeviantArt member Sheilala:

New Girl: Nick and Jess's relationship went to the next (weird) level

While we'd already accepted that New Girl had a will-they-or-won't-they angle practically built in to the premise, it was pleasantly surprising when "Fluffer" addressed it directly: Both characters seemed to admit they had chemistry but that it wasn't quite time to do anything about it. It was a refreshing bit of honesty and made for a situation that was both awkward and heartfelt for both of them. (Also it is just us or is Nick suddenly just as funny as Schmidt?)

Nolan's new haircut on Revenge!

This is what's known as an upgrade.

The Vampire Diaries' new cast photo

Who knew Mystic Falls was so close to the coast? Doesn't matter, these monsters look FABULOUS.

Parks & Recreation's Summer Jamz

April and Ben make a funny pair, and what could've been been a hilarious road trip turned into a long wait in a parking structure—where they listened to Benji’s Cool Times Summer Jamz Mix and read Star Trek fan fiction aloud. And the whole thing is on Spotify.

30 Rock's new NBC lineup

In a bid to get Kabletown to sell NBC to a buyer of his choice, Jack programmed the network's lineup with the most ridiculous shows possible. The scheme involved casting himself as God in a procedural called God Cop and booking Joe Rogan for Mandela, not to mention a game show called Homonym, where contestants guessed which meaning of the word the host was using (and were never right).

The Good Wife got off to a solid start. Again.

It's easy to take for granted what a consistently good drama The Good Wife is. It's not Breaking Bad or Homeland but it holds it own with engrossing adult storylines: Alicia and Peter are slowly making amends, the law firm might have to cut a lot of staff, and Zach is standing up for himself after being pulled over by a crooked highway cop. It's a pleasure to have it back.


Survivor's three-week decimation of the same team

Sometimes it can be fun to watch a Survivor tribe get totally annihilated several weeks in a row, but in this case the teams only had six members to begin with! Watching three from the same tribe get sent home is not only kind of depressing, it's also really boring. Here's hoping next week will introduce some kind of merge or reshuffle, because this is getting ridiculous.

Last Resort's disappointing ratings

We said that Last Resort was like a cable series that somehow made it onto network television. Unfortunately the first episode had the ratings to match. Save this show!

American Idol's supposed spat

New judge Nicky Minaj reportedly threatened to murder fellow new judge Mariah Carey with a bullet, but their "disagreement" is looking more like a publicity stunt than a fun new addition to the show. Listen ladies, either shoot each other or don't, but don't waste our time.

A New York Times writer complaining about the use of, "Really?" in comedy

It's another turd from tool Neil Genzlinger, who rants about the use of the word "Really?" in sitcoms. This pompous fool tries to belittle the function of the term with big words, but just comes off looking like a joyless whiner. This is the same idiot who said Game of Thrones only appeals to the D&D; crowd (but he may as well have said "nerds who wear superhero underwear") and holds no appeal for intelligent viewers. However, Jerry Seinfeld laid the smack on him with a must-read letter to the editor.

The Oscars choose... Seth MacFarlane?

The creator of Family Guy will emcee showbiz's hugest night, despite no one outside of Fox really knowing who he is. It's a decent choice industry-wise at best, and a horrible choice for the viewing public.

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

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