FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (September 22)

Another week has passed us by, but instead of crying about it, let's laugh with the things we loved, and at the things we hated—together!


FTW



Kevin's turtle story in The Office's Season 9 premiere


Love this guy.



Parker Posey's Emmy acceptance speech master class


Here's hoping ALL of this year's Emmy nominees are familiar with J.A.N.'s wisdom.



Louie's big win


The final chapter of Louie's three-part "Late Night" saga featured the feel-good moment of the summer TV season and an indelible image: That of Louie claiming victory in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater.



Jon Stewart braves Bullshit Mountain and plants his flag up Fox News' ass


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The "fair and balanced" news network rushed to defend Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and Stewart and The Daily Show were there to point out just how wrong they were. Check out clip one (of three) above.



Cooking meth together brings you close—real close—to your partner


All those lonely nights in the RV...



So You Think You Can Dance's wild, wonderful, season finale


Our hearts hurt to bid farewell to one of our favorite summer series, but at least it went out with a bang. From its best-of-the-season retreads to its pretty stellar new group numbers, the finale was about more than just anointing some of the best winners this show's ever seen: It was a celebratory victory lap for yet another great season of a fantastic show.



MTV's The Challenge has returned, and so far it's EXCELLENT


Well, okay, maybe not "excellent" per se, but the debut of Battle of the Seasons certainly demonstrated that this old monster of a franchise still has what it takes to thrill and titillate us like no other. After introducing tons of former Real World cast members (many of whom hate still each other), this week's premiere was 90 minutes' worth of bickering, flirting, scheming, and unpleasant-looking challenges, but it still felt SHORT. Guilty or not, this show is definitely a pleasure and we are stoked it's back.



Kevin Smith as a guest judge on Face Off


We may not love all of Smith's films across the board, but he brought an extra bit of energy and fun to this week's judging panel. From mocking the other judges to taking up cause for the underdog contestants, Smith was exactly the kind of wildcard that Face Off has been so good at introducing in order to keep things fresh and entertaining. We definitely wouldn't mind if he became a regular judge on this show; anything to prevent him from making Clerks III.



Seth MacFarlane hosted SNL, proved that he's more likable than we previously thought


From his laugh-out-loud hilarious impersonation of Ryan Lochte—which, for the record, earns six swims from us—to his admirable restraint in using wacky voices, we ended up liking Seth MacFarlane's live-action skills possibly even more than his animated ones. Also, we are STILL laughing at the sketch above.



WTF



TLC isn't even TRYING to pretend Breaking Amish is real


The network flat-out said that a lot of the reality show about Amish youth abandoning their puritan lives for the comforts of modern technology is fabricated. This is a -1 on a 1 to 10 scale of surprising, but where's the fight from TLC?



Here Comes Honey Boo Boo dedicated an entire minute to awkward silence


A minute and 13 seconds, actually, after seven year old Alana projectile-sneezed some nose debris across her lap during an interview. Granted, this is the same show that celebrates farting at Miss Georgia 2011's lunch table, but unlike the farting incident(s), the kid was clearly upset by her mess this time and not a single tissue was offered. Really?



Carson Daly on why he doesn't watch The X Factor


Basically calling it an American Idol rip-off (a fair assessment), Daly went on to explain that he WANTED to watch, just to see how his pal Britney was doing, "I was very curious to see how my old friend Britney Spears was... what she was going to be like and when she speaks in full sentences, was it going to seem sort of medicated or was she going to spring a new personality that I haven’t seen?”

Carson Daly sounds like a pretty douchey "friend."



Survivor: Philippines got ICKY in its season premiere


In what was otherwise a strong, entertaining start to Survivor's 25th season (!), for some reason the editors saw fit to include long, lingering looks at returning cast member Mike Skupin's various (minor) wounds. The flashback to his original Survivor: Outback burn injury was bad enough, but the 10-seconds-plus close-up of his cut foot was not something we needed in our lives. And don't even get us started on all the new snake footage.



Syfy's Hot Set wasn't as fun as we'd hoped


As fans of Syfy's other movie magic show Face Off, we had high hopes that its set-design oriented Hot Set would bring the same kind of magical ingenuity as its predecessor. Unfortunately the format and scope of the series failed to showcase much creative genius, and instead merely demonstrated how terrible movie sets from Syfy Originals come into existence. So far we're just not impressed.


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

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FTW: "Chaos on Bullshit Mountain"; the "low-information voter" ad and The Finer Things on Saturday Night Live; Tuesday's Daily Show basically doing the same show as Laurence O'Donnell's The Last Word in half the time.



WTF: Laurence O'Donnell labeling his interview of Salman Rushdie as exclusive when he appeared on the Daily Show immediately after; NBC trying to label Revolution as a breakout show when hardly anything other than NBC shows have debuted; Al Sharpton's interview with former SNL cast member Darrell Hammond for insight on the current season's political humor (How would Hammond know; he's a former cast member?); MSNBC's shameless plugging of SNL to the point of criticizing Mitt Romney for not wanting to appear on it.
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I wish that shows were real, I mean no one is that dumb. Kevin was smart in season 3, why change that???????
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I just had an epiphany, He is the Scranton Strangler ! (when he goes off his meds)
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Kevin Smith only had 2 problems as a judge - his kissass attitude to the contestants' faces, and the fact that he wasn't a permanent judge. His comments were insightful and spoke to something Face Off otherwise lacks: the voice of someone outside of the makeup side of the industry.



As for Hot Set, yeah, it was really disappointing. It starts with the judges saying they didn't want Star Trek-esque cheesy sets with sand and rocks and deserts, and yet when that's exactly what they got they praised them. Unlike makeup, setbuilding feels like it doesn't benefit from artificial constraints in any way - there's no room for quick creativity and about-faces on this show, so it's just plodding through an existing (and insanely overthought for the results) plan.
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FTW-Return of Parks and Rec(Pig Tom!!!)

FTW:The Office was actually good on Thursday

WTF: Thursday Comedies bombed in ratings, seriously BBT get 15m+ and the superior Parks and only get 2.5m

WTF: Dan Gheesling getting Hantzed in Big Brother finale.
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edit: BBT get 15+ on new episodes not this week.
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Jon Stewart braves Bullshit Mountain and plants his flag up Fox News' ass was awesome!

Breaking Bad, and SYTYCD were awesome!



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I'd put Kevin's turtle story in WTF. Everything else about that episode however, would go in FTW. I enjoyed that episode.
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BOSS ...

FTW BOSS , this show is like the mother of all dramas summed into one ...

It's like HOUSE MD on fire ... the fire being that EVERYONE in this show knows how to ACT ..



Originality at it's best , This show should receive awards until it's cast can't hold trophies anymore.
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Absolutely FTW:

I watched Fringe on Saturday night on FOX. It was 4.19 Letters of Transit in preparation for next weeks premiere.

It was so good to see it on TV and I can't wait until Friday.
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WTF: College Football made it late. I want my Fringe when I want it.
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What bad movies has Kevin Smith made? Clerks 2 was a great continuation to Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was more or less a sketch movie, with enough funny moments for me to consider it alright. Cop Out is the only one I can't say was good, and that was more mediocre than bad.
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Cop Out was so bad I walked out of a free screening, that was an ineptly directed film from the first moments. Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back was a lame schticky mess redeemed in any way only by Clerks 2.

David Jackson, I think Mallrats is entertaining and more engaging and real in its relationships than the overly-forced but beloved Chasing Amy, despite also being schticky.
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I'm a big fan of Kevin Smith, but I'd say his movies (by 'his' I mean writer and director) from Jersey Girl to the present are all questionable or arguably below par. I think Jersey Girl sucks; Clerks II was sliiiightly disappointing, but not that bad; and while I personally like both, I've heard many people (mostly Kevin Smith fans) say Zack & Miri and Red State aren't that good. Of course, it's not only the newer ones... I love Mallrats, but I've heard/read about a lot of people not liking it.



As for Cop Out, I'll let that one pass because Kevin Smith didn't write it. The writing for that movie was horrible.
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Wow I don't know how or why but that Daily Show video actually let me watch it (from Australia)! Even though when you click on the actual site it says I can't since I'm outside the US.
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I'm from Germany and it always lets me watch it... I don't think they limit their videos to US only cause then I wouldn't be able to see it either... maybe try this link and navigate around from there? http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/thu-september-20-2012-bill-clinton

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I'm very disappointed with Hot set. It wasn't at all exciting. They seemed to buy all their props and you never got to see any developing progress. May give it another shot next week though.
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Re: Survivor



Really? I could understand the clip of his skin falling off his hands from the second season putting people off but that shot of a minor cut that wasn't even bleeding? It was like a slightly deeper paper cut. I found the montage of him being such a klutz funny so I needed that in my life.



Breaking Bad Mountain clips were great but they should have used the theme song like Brokeback to the Future did.
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I'm sad that Honey Boo Boo got another mention. Instead of drawing attention to it (unless you're talking to Child Protective Services), a sane person with any standards would do the same thing you do when you see the monkeys at the zoo pleasuring themselves: you simply avert your eyes and walk away.



Now if you ARE talking to Child Protective Services, ask them why they haven't already filed charges on everyone involved, from the incompetent mother to the blood-sucking leeches who make the show and their living off of it.
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Breaking Bad Mountain is BRILLIANT
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Where is Parks and Rec? Pig Tom? That might have been the greatest thing I have ever seen!

Breaking Bad Mountain was cut spectacularly well.
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The Challenge is my favorite guilty pleasure of all time!
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I'd join John Stewart any day to take on that propaganda channel so a huge FTW to him.
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I am so glad you guys agree with me about Hot Set. It shoulda been called Hot Mess.
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I'm not really into a website that has noting to do with politics taking a political standpoint and marking someone making fun of someone as one of the FTWs. I'm not american so I don't have any preference or stake in the election, and I'm not political, I don't follow politics because frankly it's more annoying than anything else. I don't come here to listen to the author's opinions on politics, I come to hear their opinions o tv. Stick to what you're paid to talk about, tv, and leave the politics at home because I can't stand to hear people talk about politics.
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I too am not an American ... I'm actually Syrian (Syria-Middle East) , Still i watch The daily show and get invested in the issues it presents ... it's a political bullshit spotter for people everywhere not just in the US... and we have channels here in Syria that are the EQUIVALENT of Fox News... So I understand and laugh harder at john Stewart's jokes.

I'm glad the West Wing isn't still on , so you wouldn't just fire the staff of tv.com if they ever do an Episode review .

Peace ....

sorry i meant Piece of ... John Stewart said the rest :D LOL

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If you watched Fox News, you'd understand.
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Seriously. Why do I have to get politics EVERYWHERE? I don't care if it's an election year. Actually, that makes me not want to hear about politics even more. And lets not pretend that The Daily Show isn't just a news show, a comedic news show, yes, but a news show. Tv.com isn't really about anything on TV, it's about ENTERTAINMENT TV. I don't see them covering C-SPAN (Thank god, lol).
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I think it is hugely important to have people like Jon Stewart on TV to call politicians on the way they try to decieve the public. As much as I love shows like Breaking Bad etc in the real world The Daily Show can have far more of an impact on peoples lives.
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The Daily Show is the most reliably entertaining entertainment TV there is and that segment was the most significant thing that happened on American television this week. Note that TDS's Emmy category is Variety Show, like Saturday Night Live or Jimmy Fallon. A key way you can tell it is not a news show is that it is not live; most of the news it makes fun of is from the day before because they record in the afternoon.
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I have to agree with the other replies. TV.com is about good television, and The Daily Show is good television, especially in an election year. And all due respect to TV fans around the world, but this is a US-based site so it makes sense to mention something as huge as the 2012 Election. (Keyword: mention.)
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That one sentence to set up the clip must have really struck a nerve, because that's about all of the author's "opinions" that you got. (Unless you count "Check out clip one (of three) above." as opinion) I would argue that a humorous clip from a 17 time Emmy Award winning TV show is appropriate on a website devoted to TV.
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The Daily Show is mostly politics and it's on tv. Plus, it's the election season here in America, so that's on tv a lot.
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hates: there are STILL singing competition shows on in primetime for some reason.
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