FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (September 15)

This is your last chance to get ready for the fall TV season, because it officially begins tomorrow! To better understand this year's new shows, we recommend that you spend the rest of the day moving your dad in with you, giving yourself a robotic leg, partnering up with a legendary mythical figure from the past, marrying into a Hispanic family, coaching a Little League team, surrendering to the FBI, charting some orgasms, creating some ridiculous acronyms with periods in them, winning the lottery, and farting (The Millers). Easy, right? When you're done with all that, come back and read what we thought was good and bad about the week of television in this latest edition of FTW vs. WTF.




The Legend of Korra gets in touch with its spiritual side

The second installment of one TV's best shows didn't waste any time getting to the goods: The Southern Water Tribe has opened up a spiritual hole in the world, and the chief of the Northern Water Tribe wants to fix it. Except he wants to fix it by possibly manipulating Korra and invading the Southern Water Tribe. We've only seen two episodes, and already there's a civil war brewing!



We would totally watching Joking Bad

In what is probably the best tribute yet to the almost-departed Breaking Bad, Jimmy Fallon and friends did a magnificent parody of the drama, complete with cameos from Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Bob Odenkirk, and one very special guest.



Burn Notice concluded with Maddie the Mom-Bomb and the origin of Michael's spy tips

It was an emotional time for the Burn crew, in what would be their last adventure together ever. To take away James' upper-hand, Maddie sacrificed herself as a human bomb, with one last cigarette (after quitting for the final season) and the line "this is for my boys." The blast took out some henchmen and allowed Charlie and Jesse to escape. Later on, a second explosion helped Michael and Fi fake their deaths and run off with Charlie to what seemed like a snowy Irish cottage. Discussing how Uncle Mike should address his nephew's eventual biographical questions, Fi urged her man to tell the truth and begin with "My name is Michael Westen, I used to be a spy..." This implied that the recipient of his spy tip narration during all these many seasons was in fact Charlie Westen, and the show went out on a high note. 



The Mistresses cliffhanger!

How did Season 1 end? Someone got shot! Someone got in a car crash! We know the identity and color of the father of Savi's baby! Everything hangs in the balance for this crappy and trashy summer soap, but the biggest cliffhanger still remains... will Mistresses get a second season? While we wait for an answer, take some driving lessons, Alyssa Milano's character. That was the WORST merge into traffic ever. Or at least, that's what we heard. It's not like we'd ever admit we've seen this show. Our girlfriends told us what happened. Yeah, that's it. Our supermodel girlfriends.



Mr. Show meets The Daily Show

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, creators of the legendary HBO sketch show, stopped by Stewie's to promote Hollywood Said No, their new book of unsold scripts and unproduced sketches, and were generally their awesome selves.



Jimmy Kimmel punks us all

The "twerking fail" seen 'round the world was a late-night hoax filmed by a stuntwoman. Kimmel fooled "news" stations all over the country with this one, and that's pathetic. But it sure as hell was entertaining.



Graceland's Season 1 finale doesn't disappoint

In the end, the good (well, mostly good) guys and gals won. Mike got his job in D.C. Briggs didn't get caught. The house didn't burn down and no one lost an eye. The gang all got together for a beachfront bonfire, but they weren't quite ready to bust out Kumbaya because the repercussions of Briggs' double life, Charlie's run in with Jangles, and Mike's fall from FBI grace are far from being buried in the sand and OMG CAN IT BE NEXT SUMMER YET?



The first trailer for HBO's True Detective

We're pretty burned out on season-long stories about murder investigations, but the trailer for the cable network's upcoming midseason drama combated that feeling with a whole lot of Matthew McConaughey, who dons two vastly different hairstyles and goes on about the nature of evil within man in his typical southern drawl. Woody Harrelson's there too, and the pair are bound to have unbelievable chemistry... but we'd be lying if we said anything other McConaughey is has us excited for January. 



Adventure Time provides the current generation with an image for the side of their vans


While Magic Man stealing Jake's perfectly perfect sandwich (and it did sound amazingly delicious) resulted in a very funny episode, complete with a fantasy wherein Mr. Cupcake wooed away a widowed Lady Rainicorn after Jake died, the image of BMO skateboard with an explosion (actually a molasses warmer rocket) and Marceline in demon form behind him was one of the best things the show's ever done.



Breaking Bad Breaking Bad Breaking Bad Breaking Bad

Holy ---- ... we still can't breathe.






Sons of Anarchy shocks... but why?

We love the chutzpah of show creator Kurt Sutter to throw a school shooting into the Season 6 premiere of the hairiest drama on television, but we won't fully know whether it was worth it until we see how it's handled in further episodes. Some viewers were outraged, while others cheered the shock. Just another day for SOA.






AMC kills The Killing again

While not exactly surprising given the ratings, AMC's decision to cancel the show that it'd already canceled once before still stings, especially after the creative renaissance the series enjoyed in Season 3. On the upside, at least Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman are now completely free to explore other projects and continue on their journeys to becoming acting powerhouses.



The Million Second Quiz is not the event NBC wanted

Its app crashed, no one used the hashtag, and no one's really watching a program that features mentions of NBCNews.com and other NBC shows interspersed with trivia questions. This tweet probably sums it up best:



The X Factor is never going to be the event Fox wants it to be

When some poor sap writes the oral history of the Great Vocal Competition Shows of the 2010s, quite a bit of real estate will go to Simon Cowell's decision to leave American Idol and bring The X Factor to U.S. primetime. After countless judge swaps, the departure of some big sponsors, and Season 3 debuting to some pretty tepid ratings, it's probably time for Fox to stop giving Simon the "You Made Us a Bunch of Money in the Past" discount and just put the show down. The question now is whether or not the network can convince him to return to Idol by next summer. 



SNL has five new cast members...

...and they're four white dudes and a white lady. Bold choices, Lorne. Bold choices. But at least one of them is Kyle Mooney, who was Norm MacDonald's nephew on Sports Show with Norm MacDonald and gave us this gem, and another is Beck Bennett, that guy who talks to kids in the AT&T commercials.


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?

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WTF: Revolution won a Emmy?!

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The Emmys haven't aired yet this year.
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It's just a Creative Arts one (but its still an Emmy).
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ah
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True Detective looks awesome. I really hope it is.
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Damn. I haven't caught up yet with Breaking Bad, but just by reading the little preview box on the home page of tv.com, I think I'm able to piece together what happened. My heart dropped when I read it. Not even 5 words and I knew.
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Joking Bad was quite enjoyable, especially when Bryan Cranston threw a pizza at Fallon.

I loved the whole idea of the Jimmy Kimmel thing too, just goes to show today's obsession with the internet. It's really fascinating.
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Loved the Burn Notice finale. Thanks for the Fallon clip. I don't stay up late enough to watch the show. My son who watches BrBa had to explain the references to me, but even so I laughed pretty hard at the ending. I'm glad to see Norm's nephew Kyle again. He's hilarious.
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How could the return of 'Haven' not make the list? New mom Emily Rose looked beautiful in her new persona and the episode was a great example of how to do a premiere episode of a genre series that had a huge cliffhanger - just jump in and get it moving. Already loving the addtiions to the cast - welcome back to SyFy Colin Ferguson! Also thought Jennifer fits in wonderfully with this crew. (As soon as she got Slim Jims for the road trip.) Just a very fine episode of 'Haven'. Anxious to see where this season goes. 'Haven' - the show that removed Eric Balfour from the show killer list..... SyFy may move you around yearly but here we are at Season 4 and it feels great.






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FTW: Breaking bad breaking bad breaking bad!!! WTF: Dexter. Dexter, Dexter...
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FTW: Burn Notice characters saying their "catch phrases" in the finale
Graceland finale & that there will be a Season 2

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FTW: Premiere of Haven, Matthew Lillard's exceptional scenes in the Bridge this week
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FTW: The return of Haven. Such a weird show, and fun.
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Cancelling The Killing is not FTW. No, NO! Just no.
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Joking bad wasn't that clever. But it was somewhat enjoyable recognizing the different events from the show. Especially Bryan and Aaron in the audience and Leno in a wheelchair.

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agree.
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Very true. SNL never breaks out of the two token rule. It wouldn't kill Lorne to try that. And even Jay Pharoah, as talented as he is, can't seem to be able to break out on the show. He could probably be a huge star. It seems as if he's being restricted from taking over the show with his fantastic impressions.
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Because white people are inherently regressive. Right.
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HAVEN and Broadwalk empire. Yay!!!!!

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FTW : WHITECHAPEL !!!!
All The FTW you mention except the Mistress which I couldn't care less about

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The killing of The Killing sucks so much it makes my stomach hurt. I can't even talk about it. Sorry have to go to the john to puke real fas t

Yeah what was that about the crazy kid killing school children in SOA ? And this copybook full of insane shit. Isn't he a bit young to have all this hate in him ?
I don't even think about the X Factor, least of all, even consider watching it. Same for anything Seacrest. Never understood what people see in him.
sNL is for Americans, never got their humour which I find totally stupid.


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There's five good reasons why SNL deserves to be cancelled.
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White people. SMH
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FTW: The League is just an amazing little show. One of this week's high points: Trixie rubbing semen in her eyes and having an allergic reaction to it. (Yes, that is a FTW.) The humour is often juvenile, but it is hilarious.
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The League is amazing. This week's episode had me dying. Especially after all the setting up they did in the season opener. What a great show. Definitely a FTW.
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killing taio braga (spelling?) on covert affairs by way of gunshot wound to the leg, the other stupid parts of covert affairs this season.

having to get used to 5 new faces on SNL when I still don't like two of the most recently added ones (kate and cecily.) like some other IMDB posters I think it's time for a black female cast member ...I know they have writers who fit that bill or did who appeared in the background of a couple of skits. and in general something other than super white would be nice ...and I say this as a fairly white person. at least the chick looks exceptionally attractive at least in that photo. though she better replace kate and cecily and not my beloved bayer and pedrad.
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The Killing again ??? Seriously ??? I was so happy when it returned =(
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So I guess white people aren't allowed to be on tv anymore? I don't watch SNL but that last WTF sounds really fucking racist to me. (racist towards white people is still racism) Maybe there's some background that I'm missing but seriously, if your only complain is that they're white and four of the five are men (most comedians are white men) then I'm officially offended.
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Yeah, it doesn't seem like a big deal to me, there are still two non-white cast members, it's not like they are all white.
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If I recall, everyone who left SNL this season was white, so they're just refilling their color palate. I am expecting SNL to be really bad this next season, mainly because the fan favorites are all gone now and we only have the rookies, and every time that happens it takes a year for SNL to reset itself. (Look up SNL 1981, 1985 and 1994 for examples.)
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Yes, EsmeBuffay, that is EXACTLY what they're saying. No more white people, ever. Hiring one single non-white person will immediately spell doom for the majority. And did you hear about those states that are making marriages between a man and a woman illegal, and are now forcing everyone to get gay married?

Are you kidding me? Of course, if these were the best of the best, then they deserve it, but it seems weird to me that out of (what I assume to be) a lot of people who would leap at a chance at SNL, the top 5 are still white dudes and one white chick. I'm not outraged or anything, it just seems odd.
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Stated by a true privileged white male. There is no "reverse racism" here, no matter how much you truly want to admit it. What there is, is a total lack of diversity. What they're really saying, and you completely miss with your troll is Blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities need not apply because we're not even going to consider you. FIVE people added and no people of color? Really? And then you have the AUDACITY to act like you've been harmed in some way. White privilege reigns supreme. And the ironic part of this is if minorities had been picked, then you'd be complaining about "Diversity" and "Political Correctness" because Heaven forbid anything other than white males, and the occasional white female ever be on TV.
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The fact you used the term "reverse racism" shows me you and I won't be able to come to any kind of understanding, so I'll just try to tackle some of what you touched on. Racism is racism, there's nothing reverse about it just because the subject is white. I'm surviving but I'm anything but privileged, never have been, and being a white male doesn't mean I can't have an opinion on race related issues. Now like I said, I don't watch the show so maybe I'm missing something, but I don't need to watch the show to know you took my comment the wrong way. I didn't say anything about having a issue with diversity, in fact I have an adopted sister of Aboriginal decent some don't you come to me and say I'm a racist, not once in my life have I ever judged anybody based on race. It's plain to see you're angry for some reason that I do not know, but what really bothers me is that you're making me angry with your assumptions and insults, when I see an ignorant comment or reply I try to just ignore it but I was unable to do so with you, I hope in the future you can find some peace and realize that the world isn't out to get you based on the color of your skin, but because you're a fucking asshole. Good luck in the future, I'm sure we both hope we never cross paths again.
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Ah, the resort to profanity. How typical, along with the "some of my best friends (family) are minorities" type comments. You are correct, we will not be able to come to an understanding. Though you don't want to believe it, you do benefit from being a white male. That's a statement of fact. I didn't take your comments out of context. I mean seriously, what other context can there be when you say "So I guess white people aren't allowed to be on tv anymore?" when all the TV shows have white people in them? You can say you don't have anything against diversity, yet you HAD to comment and show your distain when he pointed its lack out. I'm not angry, I'm just tired of seeing white people belittling anyone who talks about diversity, like somehow it's a dirty word. Then, when challenged, they defend themselves by saying "I didn't do it." I don't care if we cross paths again. But it is obvious we're not going to change each others minds.
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There is no such thing as "white privilege." The word privilege literally and originally means some special benefit or similar that is given to a person by the people in power such as the king, and whites enjoy no such thing and never have either. Anywhere. Minorities DO however, with affirmative action, hate speech laws and such things. So if anyone is privileged, it is minorities. But enough about that.

How many actors on tv and film are black in black majority countries such as all of Africa?
How many actors on tv and film are hispanic in hispanic majority countries such as most of South America?
How many actors on tv and film are asian in asian majority countries such as in Asia?

I would guess 99-100%.

So why should not white actors be most common in film and tv in white majority countries? Why should blacks, asians, hispanics be on tv and film BOTH in white majority countries and their respective majority countries?

Are people even aware that there is a very big world outside white majority countries? where the majority of humans live? Whites are the smallest minority if you see it globally.
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When more than one American out of 4 is not-White, we are not in the situation of these African and Asian countries you describe.
Also, it's not because your neighbor is more racist/misogynist/homophobic/otherwise intolerant than you that it's okay to stay as you are.
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The situation and attitude towards whites is the same all over the world, whatever the numbers. The difference and the whole issue is that it is not called "racist/misogynist/homophobic/otherwise intolerant" when non-white majority countries have a non-white majority and hires non-whites first. On the contrary, it is said that it is the way it should be.

It does not matter if you are in the USA, Finland, South Africa, Liberia or Peru. "Diversity" still means do not hire white people. This also often includes christians of any race. Give me ONE example from anywhere on earth where they work on "diversity" by including/hiring more white people, more christians?
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If minorities have so much "privilege" then why are their unemployment numbers double that of whites? Why were no people of color hired for this SNL search? If we have the privilege you claim the discussion wouldn't be about an all white cast, it'd be about the "political correctness" of hiring a diverse cast. You can't see it because it benefits you. You can come at me with every stat, other country example, and global stat you have; we're talking the U.S. here, not the rest of the world. It's easy to throw those stats out and say, "see, it's not what you think" but it doesn't alter the facts that within the U.S. white is the majority and do enjoy a privilege for being the majority. You even say it yourself, after trying to deny it, and even site other countries in your example.
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So you're in favor of quotas over merit. Got it.
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That's mighty white of you. Basically, you're saying there can be no diversity. That people of color can't be hired, even if their qualified. That the only qualified people for any job is a white male and the occasional white female. Got it.
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You even use white as an insult. And still you do not see it. The world is filled with diversity. hiring non-whites in white majority countries as well makes the world LESS diverse, not more.
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Please read my reply to claudinejames. It's much much more complicated than either your position or your interpretation of my position.
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it's not so much about quotas as it is about how peculiar it looks, statistically speaking. Maybe these five are the best out of everybody who auditioned, but in the changing demographics of this country (which includes the comedy industry), it's going to raise an eyebrow or two. i don't mind it myself as long as they are actually funny.
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Right, but while you can recognize the unfairness in the pattern, trying to apply the fix to the individual hiring instance becomes itself unfair. If they go out to hire 5 people to balance out a white-heavy cast seeking a black male, a black female, a hispanic female, a latino, and an asian so as to make their overall cast match the demographics of america, that's unfair to an entire generation of comedians.
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That adventure Time episode was hilarious.
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"Everything hangs in the balance for this crappy and trashy summer soap, but the biggest cliffhanger still remains... will Mistresses get a second season?" While the show is definitely the definition of trashy or guilty pleasure, I don't think it's in any way crappy. I do agree that it got off with a rough start but it did improve and by the end it was really addictive and fun. Its like an inferior Melrose Place. I mean, in what show do we get to have the insane adventures of Karen Kim, who is by far one of the dumbest characters ever? Not too mention some classic exchanges like: "Did you see Tom’s face when you were screwing my son?” or “No pictures of anyone anywhere. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t have a family of your own.” Or what about this awesome and hilarious exchange: Karen: Let’s just talk about this. Can I make you a drink?
Elizabeth: Sure. Why not?
Karen: What can I get you?
Elizabeth: Scotch.
Karen: Sorry, I only have vodka. How do you like it?
Elizabeth: (Index finger twitching on the trigger) IN MY HAND!

I'm really hoping we get a second season.
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Why is the SNL news under WTF? I don't have any doubts that these were the best of the bunch that would have auditioned for the show. Michael Che will also be writing full-time for the show, so it's not all-white hiring.
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Because, as we all know, there are no funny people of color that should be allowed in front of the camera. No, sir. Heaven forbid anyone of color, should even attempt to try to be hired on SNL because you're just not funny enough.
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There are 4 cast members of color. Jay, Kenan, Nasim, Cecily. And that is not the point being made anyway.
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And if it were an all-white hiring, so what? If they were the best, they were the best
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Exactly... these are very funny people and there is proof of it. Someone is always going to whinge no matter what happens.
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Anything Breaking Bad does is FTW. Even when it is not on air any more, just some one thinking of it deserves to be on the FTW list... "FTW - thought of how awesome BB was"
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I'm excited for Woody Harrelson . Love him!!!
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FTWTF

Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy Dance in SYTYCD

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I loooooooooooooooooooove Beck Bennett, I might actually start watching SNL again.
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"at least Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman are now completely free to explore other projects"

Joel on Sons of anarchy ... soon .. trust me ..


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PERFECTION!!!
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The Adventure Time episode was pretty good but I didn't think it was anything particularly exceptional. I also apparently don't get what thrilled you so much about that particular image. As a rule, the best artwork in each episode is always in its title card. Those are nearly always FTW-worthy.
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FTW: TORCHWOOD IS BACK !!!!! and better then ever
FTW: THE NEW FALL SEASONS Starts MONDAY :)
So happy about this because I was really getting tired of watching reruns.
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that season was on showtime over a year ago, and while not bad, i have seen better torchwood
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torchwood is back ftw? more like WTF as in what the f**k are you talking about.
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No more SoA for me. I'm just not into pornographic rape as part of a drama series. If I felt the urge to watch it, I'd just download that shit anywhere. It's just a tacky way of not having anything else to write about.
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Anything that happens in the real world has a place in a drama series.
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Don't agree with you.
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Ah. Probably the wrong network for you then (USA being more likely the right one, until this summer). See, I would draw the line at burning a girl alive, or way back at Gemma's rape and silence, if I were to draw a line.
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People should be aware of what they are watching SOA is not a feelgood show, stop griping about the violence & watch something else
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No doubt I'd like more diversity on SNL so I hope that's what you meant by "bold choice" since I don't think any of us know their talent levels yet for the most part. And really it's ratings, ratings, ratings. I'm sure it'd be a UN of cast members if minority ratings were high. But for sure I agree it's crazy there isn't more diversity on SNL.
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FTW: BREAKING BAD!!!!!!!

WTF: .......(sigh)..dexter.......
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Sadly I agree, Dexter is one of my all time favorites. But this season has just been awful, and after the amazing season 7, which IMO was the best behind 1 and 4, its saddening to watch the show fall so far. I want to say i hope that these last 2 episodes can be amazing, but there is no way they will be.
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WTF to Covert Affairs for turning slowly from an espionage show into a big dumb Pierce Brosnan-era James Bond mess, and not Goldeneye-quality.

FTW to Royal Pains' season finale for striking a good balance between good and bad events all around.

"Maddie the Mom-Bomb", well played.

Oh SNL, you continue to make generic white people choices after 38 years, "but at least we still have Kenan" said no one ever (sorry Jay Pharoah, you're pretty funny and you're the same ethnicity, but they don't give you enough to do in a leading capacity and Kenan's shittiness overwhelms everything else). Kyle Mooney's bits on Sports Show with Norm MacDonald were the nadir, I fast-forwarded through at least one of them. What is it with the comedians these days not knowing how to self-edit, and thinking THAT is the joke?

FTWTF to It's Always Sunny for Gun Fever Too: Still Hot - an obvious and over-the-top piece that included genuine camera-mugging by the main cast and ideas they've done a bunch of times, but still somehow had me chuckling occasionally. Dennis losing his cash out the window AGAIN is perhaps the breaking point.

WTF to Top Gear US for yet another stupid idea gimmick show that said nothing, was stagy, and yet still couldn't deliver anything beyond snores; it's time to cull it from the DVR.
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Jay Pharaoh plays Obama, and he does a damn fine job with it. My favorite episode of last season was the Bruno Mars ep featuring the second debate he had with Mitt Romney, and I nearly came to tears when Mitt was proven wrong and Obama "dropped the mic."
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FTW: The last 20 minutes of Breaking Bad
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Why are people insisting that the Burn Notice voiceovers are Mike talking to Charlie?
I really doubt he'd start that talk "My name's Michael Weston" like the kid didn;t know his own uncles name.
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His name is no longer Michael Weston
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They like the idea that Michael is ensuring his nephew leads as awful a life as he did, I suppose.
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I had that same thought. Then I realized the kid is 3 and Mike is using an assumed name. Charlie will never know the name Michael Weston until he receives that recording.
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I had the same thought, that it would work if they were using assumed names. I never thought of recordings though--we as viewers hear the opening for every show....in the show's mythology, Michael would sit Charlie down and tell the story once.
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Impossible. He might tell a version of the stories in person even several times over a period of years. Then he would ultimately have to record them.
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Recording?
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The one we've listened to 150 times?
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