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:


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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.



WTF



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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Awesome Game of Thrones stuff, New Girls plot and character development was phenomenal, Nolan's haircut is very welcome! The new cast photo for The Vampire Diaries makes has me excited for the new season!
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Genzlinger certainly has a point about the sloppy writing in television, and his description of the Game of thrones audience is spot on. :) No serious adult would watch such fantasy crap.
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Genzlinger certainly has a point about the sloppy writing in television, and his description of the Game of thrones audience is spot on. :) No serious adult would watch such fantasy crap.
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WTF for TV.com: putting up a video about GoT that could possibly contain spoilers WITHOUT ANY ALERTS......seriously, wtf tv.com?????
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A video with bestiality, and what causes you to say WTF is possible spoilers (which you will only recognize if you've already read the story)? WTF?
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Supernatural season premiere=Awesome!
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I think after SNL, Seth MacFarlane has proven he can play the role of Oscar host - he's got the drive and talent, if he can rein in the snark he could do very well. I can picture him channeling Bob Hope for this.
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15 million PERSON OFINTEREST viewers watching Reese rescue Finch - after waiting since May - and no mention here?
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FTW. PERSON OF INTEREST.
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FTW. HOMELAND.
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Ok. What in the blue hell, was this? How is this, in ANY way, 'the tv week in review'? Where are summaries a la Last Resort, for the rest of the major tv series?! I mean, really...Who gives a damn about a pair of shoes?!?
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Man has a point. NYT writer? Who cares? Do you guys know who your audience is, 'cause it's not other industry workers. You should know that less than 1% of us are going to have read Genzlinger's article, and even fewer would care. And much as I love GoT, almost half a year from the next episode, the only thing that should make this list is a new trailer or casting news from HBO, not some amateurish fanfic.
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Agreed Fringe was awesome!
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FTW: Fringe's another fantasti episode

FTW: Eric Lange on Fringe was simply amazing

FTW: Last Resort managed to keep up with it's pilot

WTF: Louie withdrawal
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we get it, you don't like Seth Macfarlane... but others do, so shut up about it, and truthfully, no one cares about the oscars anymore anyway.
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FTW: Homeland - Carrie Matheson's smile. Awesome!
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Wow, with that Korean (or is it Chinese) trailer, I *finally* got to understand Game of Thrones!
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FTW-Reese rescuing Finch!!!!
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I was able to get through about 4 minutes of the last resort before it was turned off.
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"... and returned to pointless reality based tv so I could gossip with all the mindless clones around the coffee machine in work" It's your loss mate.
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incorrect.
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"... and returned to pointless reality based tv so I could gossip with all the mindless clones around the coffee machine in work" It's your loss mate.
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still incorrect.
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Along with Revenge and The Vampire Diaries, I'd like to add the AWESOME Season 8 Premiere of Supernatural! Felt like the earlier seasons again!
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I LOATHE Seth McFarlane. I love the Oscars. shit.
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FTW:

-The Good Wife coming back and being back on track...sort of.

-Revenge!! NOLAN, that hair, the snarkies, the getting buff. Love that man!

-OUAT. What the what? Was my reaction to how it ended.

- Scandal. Huck. Whiskey. YES.

WTF

- The 50 Shades of WTF! relationship Kalinda has with her (ex) husband on TGW.

- AI ridiculousness with the fighting.

- The latest DWTS elimination.
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" The 50 Shades of WTF!" That captures it perfectly, blue. And incredibly, both of them are sober. Kalinda is all six nuggets short of a Happy Meal. I feel like she should have dropped Danny from UK's "Hustle" and already started a relationship with Huck from "Scandal" or even with Dexter.
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Word.
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I'm so glad The Good Wife got some attention around here!
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Nolan! WOOO!

Plus The Good Wife which is always excellent.
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No matter how good you think The Good Wife is, it's underrated. This is the most consistently good drama on TV this century. Pumping out 22-23 quality episodes every week is hard and it's still compared favorably to shows who only offer up 10 a year...
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Seriously???TVD 's new promotional photo was FTW??In my opinion,it was WTF!
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Virtually everyone I know knows who Seth MacFarlane is. I know this site has some kind of weird vendetta against him -- I assume it's backlash from that time he got a third show, there's always some of that when things get too popular. Seriously, that's no excuse to pretend the facts are other than they are, that just makes you look stupid. Also, I'm not into awards shows, but he's an obvious choice: he's quick even when he's not scripted, he looks good in a tux, he sings the kind of music 90 year olds like, and he made a movie. Maybe you could come up with some reasons someone else would be a better choice, but you've both failed to present any valid reasons why he is a bad choice and failed to present any alternatives. Try again, try harder.
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FTW. I think it was Wednesdays Conan. But Timothy Olyphant was on and he was hilarious. One which was particularly hilarious was his suggestion to the writers that Raylan Givens should get hit in the upper lip with a graze from a bullet and it gives him a lisp for the whole season. It was funny. He and Conan always have the best interviews.
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You ridicule a writer for the New York Times as a fool and a tool, then do pretty much the same thing he did. Seth MacFarlane is a bad choice based on what exactly? If no one outside of Fox knows he is, that's still more recognition than any of the writers on this site have with anybody. Do you think MacFarlane's having directing Ed had no impact on the people who chose to see it? What is it about the term "review" that you don't understand?

FTW: John Fugelsang's interview with Ed Asner (quiet pauses and all); the Mentalist season premiere.

WTF: Rachel Maddow's statement that Barack Obama did not win the debate, regardless of what I might think, as if a debate is a sporting event with a quantifiable score and that our individual reactions, let alone the merits of anyone's argument or their ability to persuade me as an individual auditor, are of no account. So the people who listened to the Kennedy/Nixon debate on radio and thought Nixon had won were wrong, then? Daniel Craig's SNL ad; looked like he was reading a cue card and was bad enough for me not to bother tuning in. John Fugelsang's monologue; as weird as the promos looked with the wide angle lens facing Fugelsang head-on, that would have preferable to the thing looking as if the brakes on the camera wheels weren't working that we got in the actual show.
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"If no one outside of Fox knows he is, that's still more recognition than any of the writers on this site have with anybody."

This argument would make sense if any of the tv.com writers had submitted their own names as a better choice. They didn't. Suggesting that the only ones qualified to criticize MacFarlane as a choice are those more famous is absurd.
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The writer's point that no one outside of Fox knows who Seth MacFarlane is, is absurd. It has nothing to do with any of the TV.com staff being in consideration for the M.C. position. Even if one of them were, I'd still give them a chance to fail before criticizing the choice.
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How big of you. But it's the actual job of the tv.com staff to criticize. And this is a long established component of their job. They've given the same treatment to other hosts in the past, regardless of whether it was the host's first or eighth go around. This is not personal and not about MacFarlane. Check the previews and reviews of James Franco and Anne Hathaway, for comparison.
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What the TV.com staff wrote about the Oscar hosts two years is irrelevant to their criticism of the choice of Seth MacFarlane as Oscar host. Even if the reason they gave were true (no one outside of Fox knows who he is), it would be a weak reason. Snark for its own sake doesn't make you enlightened or even entertaining. As mdoz 34 has already pointed out, it sounds like the TV.com staff has a vendetta against MacFarlane. Give me a better reason for your complaint than "I'm paid to pull nonsense from my ass" or give it a rest.
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The Mentalist hasn't been any good since the producers started backtracking on the awesome season 3 finale.
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I live in constant fear - even though I live in Arizona - that the CBI will come for me someday. And Red John - the scariest uncast serial killer of all time who makes Hannable Lechter look like a pussy, how scary is this guy?
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Of course that guy is a pompous fool - when someone doesn't like the shows/things that we do, that automatically makes him/her a jerk, an idiot, or a turd-producing pompous ass... That's how it works here (and pretty much all over the Internet...).

Hell, haven't you seen all the foaming-at-the-mouth, name-calling rants that turn up below every negative review here.

Talk about insecurity and need for validation...
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I also loved the directness from New Girl this week. I don't know where they're going with this, I don't know if they know where they're going with this, but at least it's not cliche.
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How did the NMA trailer make it to "FTW"?
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FRINGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FTW

You think the previous episode is the best one and they just throw your ranking head over because it's this week's episode. Fantastic acting again. Loved how Etta was putting her mom in place :)



WTF: only 11 left :(:(:(

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Wow NMA spoiled the 3rd season of GoT for me now. Thank you very much.
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I would give Last Resort a try but I cant miss the final season of 30 rock
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Well there's DVR, there's online, there's torrents. Plenty of options
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While The Good Wife rocks, there's another show which is the polar opposite of that: Made in Jersey. I've just watched the first two first episodes of that out of curiosity, and been amazed how two legal dramas can be so far from each other quality wise. How is it possible that both shows are the same length, and yet The Good Wife manages to put so much into one episode but Made in Jersey so little? MiJ is just a regular legal drama with regular cases, and I still don't understand what Martina Garretti being out of Jersey has to do with the story? At least the title "The Good Wife" is an actual reference to what Alicia Florrick is going through. The dialogue in MiJ is laughable and the cases are ridiculous. When Kyle MacLachlan is talking his face is saying "I can't believe I'm on this show".



Seth MacFarlane as Oscar host? I like the man, I think he is extremely smart, eloquent and well spoken. He has hosted a few shows before and I enjoyed them. I imagine he could do well as an Emmy host. But the Oscars is another thing. It's a big, old ship with conservative passengers. I don't know if he is the right captain for it. I understand that they have chosen him to appeal to a younger audience, since the Oscars has hit a ratings iceberg and is sinking fast. (OK, enough with the ship analogies.) But I'm unsure if he is the right fit. I think that the host should have a knack for performing, i.e. acting and maybe singing and dancing. Seth has very little acting experience; just voice acting, and a few minor roles on camera. However, he is a formidable pianist and singer. He'll have a team to write him jokes, that won't be a problem. But can you turn him into a show man in only a few months? Can he really take the audience at the Oscars? We'll have to see. Granted, many previous hosts have also been picked from the pool of comedians - stand-up or movie screen - without a whole lot of solid acting experience.
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i loved last resort. hope it stays on!
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It's MC btw, not emcee.
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I've seen it both ways.
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And props for the Psych reference. :)
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The latter way is wrong.
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saf is right. MC is correct as a noun, emcee is correct as both noun and verb. MC is an abbreviation, and you wouldn't say "The creator of Family Guy will Master of Ceremonies showbiz's hugest night." http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emcee
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Both are correct in America, at least since 1935.
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I think the reason Last Resort has such bad ratings is because of how poorly it has been promoted, I wouldn't know anything about it besides who three members of the cast are if not for tv.com having coverage on it. They need to advertise more aggressively and make it known what it's actually about.
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It's on at the wrong time, too. It should be a 9 p.m. show.
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Move it or lose it ABC...
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Move it or we'll lose it would be more accurate. We'll suffer more than ABC :)
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last resooooooort!!!!!!!! c'mon people
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A lot more people should watch Last Resort.

Also just watched 666 park ave, a very very good show in my opinion, you should give it a try!
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Seth McFarline s offensive and disgusting. Can't stand him. Won't be tuning in.

Love the TVD photo. Wondering about that girl on the front left, is she a new character, or did I miss something?
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Same here, I think it must be a new character, I also don't get why Matt is standing with the vamps...
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Isn't it Meredith ?
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so no one saw seth on SNL two weeks ago huh? he's an exceedingly talented guy. it's nice to see 30 rock was appreciated, especially considering i'm fairly certain words other than positive have been uttered about the show from this site's staff. 30 rock has more funny and clever in one episode than most other comedies have in a month. maybe people just have trouble keeping up with the dialogue? one missed word does generally mean you missed a joke.
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FRINGE! (Shocker, I know.)

There should really be a permanent spot for Fringe on this list during its final season run, highlighting the best parts of the last episode ("When did I switch to Grape?"). Redundancy be damned. You know every episode is going to be good enough to warrant a shout-out. Call it, "FTW Fringe Files". Okay, that's terrible, but you know what I mean.
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Considering I've said The Good Wife is the best drama of this century, I have to say that Fringe is something special as a drama considering it's Sci-Fi. If you're not watching Fringe you're simply missing a great great show...
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Meh. I'll get around to watching it eventually...I've got it penciled in for early 2036.
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I recommend to watch it sooner. You'll be busy dying or busy living through the Observer attack in 2036.
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Thanks for putting The Good Wife on your FTW list. It is such an amazing show and is often forgotten. Julianna Margulies is possibly the best actress on TV
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Last Resort to become this year's Awake? (But not as good, because Awake was amazing!!!)
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:( hope not, Awake was truely amazing and I'm really enjoying Last Resort even if it is becoming cliche America the brave. (I'm not one of those anti-USA people, but you have to admit sometimes your patriotism exceeds all else) In saying that the show is about an untrustworthy American government so I guess maybe this is a patriotism I can get behind. ps. I detest all nationalism so this really isn't me just having a pop at Americans.
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