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

After a couple weeks off, we're back with another round of TV wins and TV losses that we've chosen to over- and under-analyze in order to supplement and/or inspire your impending nostalgia and/or disgust for everything that happend on TV this past week. That was a really over-complicated sentence; let's under-complicate things by checking out what we loved, hated, and/or were confused by on television this week:


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Bachelor Pad's Nick screws Rachel over, takes the money for himself


The invisible man who we didn't even know was on the show until Episode 4 avoided drama the entire season, took insults from the rest of the cast, and turned out to be the smartest player in the house by making the important decisions late in the game. So he decided to give the finger to the rest of the creeps and keep the $250,000 prize for himself to become the biggest badass in BP history. This isn't just a win for Nick, it's a win for America. The clip above is a must watch if you enjoy seeing people's dreams crushed.



Damages finishes its excellent run


The FX/DirecTV legal thriller never got the attention it deserved, but now it live on forever on Netflix to be rediscovered by future generations looking for smart, twisty television.



The X-Factor starts to redeem itself in Episode 2


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If you skip the faux-reality footage and all the other terribleness, there were some great performances lurking inside The X-Factor this week, especially in the second episode with Jason Brock and Carly Rose Sonenclar. We're suckers for unassuming unknowns who hit the stage and nail their songs, particulary when they're crazy queens or cute kids. Yeah, it's all edited and manufactured, but these auditions seemed real and the singers could easily have flubbed it all.



The Voice returns!


Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera returned to our TVs on Monday for the third season of The Voice. Boasting bigger rosters, better mentors, and a new element of the competition called “The Steal,” the three-day blind audition marathon was a bit of an overkill, but still a lot of fun. We met Cee Lo’s new pet, Lady the Cockatoo, learned that Blake Shelton can moonwalk, and geared up for another season of “What Not to Wear: The Christina Aguilera Edition.”



Joel McHale's continued use of the nickname of "Human Thumb" for Honey Boo Boo's mother on The Soup


Yes, TLC is awful and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is exploitative and blah blah blah. But Human Thumb (HT for short!) is a completely appropriate label for this lady, and we'll keep laughing at the joke as long as McHale keeps repeating it.



Jenna supplies visual slashfic for all us Awkward. fans to enjoy


This week's episode, "Once Upon a Blog," was FANTASTIC. The MTV show went all Community on us with parodies and faked "What if?" scenarios, and the king of them all was the one featuring Jenna imagining her beaus, Matty and Jake, gay and in their own relationship. So, so rad.



David Lynch on Louie


Louie continues to nail down awesome guest stars, and creepy director Lynch as a creepy network executive designed to groom Louie into TV's next big talk-show host was a thing of beauty. But the capper was Lynch's fake introduction to the Late Show, accompanied by fake applause while Louie looked on in amazement.



Go On's strong start


Two episodes in and we've laughed, we've cried, we've even started choosing favorite characters! Matthew Perry's new comedy has laughs and comedy, and we really want to see it succeed.



The triumphant debut of BALLET on SYTYCD


While it's not unusual for ballet dancers to do well on the show, it IS unusual for them to actually get to PERFORM ballet on the show. That changed in this season's final round performances, when two of the dancers were tasked with dancing the Nutcracker Suite. An obvious choice, to be sure, but if only for the presence of Chehon's tights it was a victory for dance fans everywhere!



Face Off's Alice in Zombieland challenge


The combination of Alice in Wonderland PLUS a zombie outbreak was such a perfect idea it was incredible Face Off hadn't already done it! This image of the Cheshire Cat will be showing up in our nightmares for sure.



Four words: White Collar boxing match


If only for the chance to make THIS .GIF!



WTF



The two-hour America’s Got Talent results show featured only 20 minutes of actual results


Seriously, we could have skipped the entire first half (and then some) and not missed anything more than some cheesy retrospective montages and guest appearances by every relatively successful musician who just happened to be in Newark, New Jersey, during the finale. WE JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO WON THE MILLION DOLLARS, GUYS. (It was the Olate Dogs, FYI.)



Pretty much everything about Victoria on the new season of America's Next Top Model


The new cast is just another group of ANTM stock characters, just younger this time around (it's the "college" cycle), and shrill, nasally Victoria—who was home-schooled and now goes to college online—not only has the worst voice ever, she's generally just nuts. In Week 1, after Tyra put her on the spot to respond to a viewer who called her face "boring," she cited her Jewish and Native American heritage and replied, "Our people were led off on the Trail of Tears and the Holocaust—so if you have a problem with my face, well, you're a racist." In Week 3, she refused to take part makeovers (sacrilege!) and had a meltdown on the phone with her mom. She deserved to have that fried chicken thrown at her in last night's episode. Hate-watch times infinity!



The Newsroom's Alison Pill likes to drink


Pill, who plays frenetic "intern" Maggie on the HBO series, was reportedly fall-down drunk at a fashion show in New York this week, talking to anyone who would listen about how she couldn't stop farting. Later, she accidentally Tweeted out a topless picture of herself. What disgusting behavior! (Please keep it up, Alison.)



The X Factor's totally uncalled-for ambushing of Britney Spears


Whatever past relationship Spears shared with former duet partner Don Philips is between them (or more likely, between Philips and his diary), so when the producers trotted him out to (1) dredge up memories of Spears' past; (2) come out of the closet (though this part was edited out of the episode); (3) sing poorly; and (4) cause Spears angst for having to say no to her own friend, we felt bad for Spears and angry toward Simon Cowell. It was truly sick manipulation of two people who didn't deserve it and enough for us to question whether to watch The X Factor ever again.


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

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FTW: Major Crimes. I'm pleasantly surprised how this cast is gelling after the exit of Kyra Sedgwick. The evolution of the team under the new leadership of Captain Raydor is actually making most of the characters more sympathetic, and I prefer the Raydor/Rusty interaction to Brenda Leigh/Fritz. Well done, TNT!
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Agree. I actually like Major Crimes more than I like the Closer. The chemistry is great and I still have all my fave characters...I enjoy seeing Fritz pop in too!

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I will definitely be watching Damages in marathon on Netflix!

May check out Go On though not my typical type of show

Face Off looks like it had a great and intriguing episode so I plan to check that out now, imagine a movie with Alice in Wonderland characters looking like that, brilliant!

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So what's the name for Matty/Jake? Make? Jatty?
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FTW:

1. The awesome promos that came out for The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural.

2. Price's post on the first official images of the season premiere of TVD.

WTF:

1. Basically nearly everything that's about "reality TV" on this post.

2. Reality shows in general.



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Totally stoked about Go On! I, too, am rooting for its success.
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So now they start including Damages in stuff? Sigh...
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"Reality" TV. Second worst European import ever. Would be worst, but Victoria Beckham.
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We gave Victoria Beckham back. Then she returned as a subset of Reality TV. I think since Reality TV includes Victoria Beckham as a subset, Reality TV is necessarily at least as bad as Victoria Beckham. That's just math, so your order is all wrong.
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i think Eliana and Cyrus will win the SYTYCD this year ..
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Damn, you know it's serious if Chris Harrison is speechless XD.
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With Damages one of the 5 best TV shows I've ever watched is now done and gone.

Sigh.

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I know, it's so sad. I just hope Glenn Close gets something as good as Damages.
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I never understood stuff like 'CELEBRITY X LIKES TO DRINK OMG'. What on earth is so wrong with getting drunk once in a while? It should be something private, besides the people who were there with her, but it becomes public because websites and newspapers such as this one sensationalize it and write about it. Besides, who here hasn't got drunk somewhat recently? Hypocrisy is lying here somewhere.
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Agreed, I never really got the fascination with "Celebrity X caught drunk" So long as it didn't lead to a vehicular accident or the person didn't go streaking down the street... it really is a non-story.

That being said, apparently she was so wasted that she tweeted a nude photo. So... THAT piece kind of dove-tails the "drunk" story to a real face-palm moment. That is, assuming it wasn't posted on purpose to get her face (or other "assets") out there.

Also, I have to say... naughty librarian look FTW
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Never watched one single episode of anything remotely related to the "Bachelor" empire... yet, I clapped my ass off when I saw Nick pulled one of the biggest move in reality-TV history.

Man, between this and "Dan's funeral" on BB14, you cannot deny how freakin' entertaining this type of shows are starting to be.

'Still not gonna start watching "The Bachelor", though.
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Damn. You really just packed this with 'reality' crap this week.

Sad times TV.com.

Slap yoself!
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If I was forced to pick my favourite film, I would go for Mulholland Dr. So it was a real shocker when I realized that David Lynch was on Louie. It really made me respect the show even more.
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Mulholland Dr is in my all-time top 5, too! Lynch is a genius, I love to see him acting too. He is always fascinating and hilarious the same time.
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I would put Alison Pill's nude picture in FTW, but I'm a pervert, so...
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are'nt we all my friend ..

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FTW:Shane getting blindsided on Big brother, Danielle's face...Priceless. oh and Dan, he should get his own FTW, for owning this game.

FTW:Christine Ha winning Masterchef

FTW: Go On, I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this show, hope it lasts.

WTF:Grimm getting rescheduled

WTF:Guys With Kids
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1) So many different premieres this week and then the networks cancelling shows because they don't have enough viewership? Stop plugging up the air with so many new shows! You're taking away from other great shows who actually deserve the ratings. WTF?

2) Rescheduling Grimm for two/three weeks to make room for "reality" shows? WTF?

3) Doctor Who is back! That's enough in my book to get a FTW. Yaaay! Although the prospect of the Ponds being gone next week for good? Booo!
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FTW: matthew perry saying a chandler bing line in "go on." can;t wait to see more of that show!!
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AWKWARD FTW! This week's episode really was fantastic with soooo many laughs! I'm so sad the season finale is next week. Love this show!
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Hahaha, I love how you guys (TV.com staff) completely ignored Damages for the last two seasons when telling us what's on Wednesday nights and now that IT'S OVER you decide to give it some props and bemoan how it was never fully appreciated. It was an awesome show that never got nearly the credit/attention it deserved, and considering that you completely forgot about it for the past two years, that makes you part of the problem...



That being said, better late than never in giving it some attention.



(I know this sounds a lot like trolling, not my intention)
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People never seemed to appreciate the show, even though it had great writing and acting. At first, they didn't even the SERIES FINALE in the to what to watch tonight, I had to remind them! The end of the series, yet they included the Real World finale....WTF?

That being said, I'm glad it managed to last 5 great seasons of acting, writing and twists and turns.
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Weeds 100th episode
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Isn't the fact that the dogs won AGT a WTF?
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I was just happy it was an actual act, instead of another dance crew or singer.
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There will never, ever be a time when a singing competition program makes MY FTW list. WTF.
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WTF:



Bachelor Pad & The X-Factor being in the FTW column. This isn't just a loss for me, it's a loss for America.
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In general I'm with you on the reality thing. They don't belong to be featured here or in the What to Watch Tonight article. However, I kind of love the fact that he screwed that girl out of all that money, even if I did need it explained to me (because I wouldn't watch that show to save a stranger from being burned alive).
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I was confronted with that very situation just last week! That strangers screams will forever haunt me.
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Can everybody just stop watching Xfactor, American Idol, Voice, Dancing with "celebrities", etc etc etc. Stop clogging up television with drivel that spills over onto social media, radio, magazines, newspapers, and creeps into every aspect of everyone's lives?! It is not normal to be that obsessed by a tv show, especially when you will never hear of the contestants again once the season is over.
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Correction: It's not normal to be that obsessed by a non-Breaking Bad TV show. ;)
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I hate the "Human Thumb" joke. Usually, I'm a huge McHale fan, but that sort of thing just doesn't make me laugh, it makes me cringe. Make jokes about her fashion sense, the meat she barbecues, what she teaches her daughter, but not something that she can't control. Would it be funny if she was disabled? Not so much.
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i don't like the joke because it's cruel. it doesn't matter whether or not she could potentially do something about her weight but rather that it is who she is at the moment.



this lady was also offered money to have her and her family's life broadcast, that doesn't mean she doesn't care how she looks on television but rather she made a conscious decision to put herself out there.
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OK, she gets paid because "she made a conscious decision to put herself out there". Mr. McHale gets paid to mock her conscious decision to put herself out there.
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yeah, he can mock the decision. he can't mock her weight.
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It is funny because the woman obviously does not care about how she and her family looks or they would not put themselves on tv like they do. No it would not be funny if she were just disabled because that is not of her doing but who she is now/how she chooses to be is (at least to a large extent) so I think it is very funny and always will!
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weight is not always something you can control. trust me, nobody CHOOSES to be fat. he can mock her a thousand different things which are actually funny. this type of joke is just plain-old bullying.
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Who said it was something she couldn't control? The nation is watching while she does it to her daughter too.
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If an actress who has been topless in movies tweets a topless picture this is not news. However, the glasses she was wearing in that picture?
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The Top link has reappeared, and more importantly, the "In Other News" pop up is gone! Fi. Na. Lly. I give credit to Jen for actually reading the feedback she got in her article, and then doing something about it. Well done!
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Hey, wow, look at that! Go Jen!
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Good choices on Damages and Louie, but you really should have included Weeds. That was probably the best episode since the Season 6 finale.
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Human Thumb. Hehe.
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