FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (September 29)

[In the tone of Steve Martin's character in The Jerk getting the new phonebook:] The new fall season is here, the new fall season is here! Yes, television is back at its most massive, with the major networks as bloated as they'll be until this time next year. You'll see it's no coincidence that the arrival of the fall season also coincides with one of our largest WTF sections of the year. More television does not necessarily equal better television. But there are some new standouts, and old favorites that returned strong. Heck, one mainstay on the 2012-2013 season's WTF list reversed its fortune and showed up on the FTW list this week! So even though most of the new offerings aren't the greatest, it's still early in the season and anything can happen. See? We're trying to be more optimistic around here. Let's see what was out-of-sight and what we wanted to keep out of sight in this Premiere Week edition of FTW vs. WTF.




The Emmys can still surprise us... and they certainly surprised Merritt Wever

This year's ceremony featured a slew of surprise winners in the acting categories—Merritt Wever! Anna Gunn! Bobby Cannavale? Jeff Daniels?! While some were perhaps more worthy than others, Nurse Jackie's Zoey wholly deserved her win... and her flabbergasted response was a highlight of the evening. 



#Hashtag #abuse #is #a #real #problem, #but #JimmyFallon #and #JustinTimberlake (#and #Questlove) #are #speaking #out


The Late Night host was on a roll this week. Also good: The lip sync battle between Fallon, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Stephen Merchant



Winston became a real boy on New Girl


Winston finally had a real storyline this week! Who cares if most of it was spent on the many different methods one might employ to kill a cat? Yes, the feline murder plot was nutso (and hilarious), but the storyline that birthed it—Winston facing the facts of his relationship with Daisy—was 100 percent legit. And it didn't once involve him wearing a sweatshirt as pants.



Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is off to a good start


The most anticipated new show of the season debuted to big numbers for ABC, but very mixed reviews. Some people loved it, some people thought it was only mediocre, some people were very confused (and in some cases angered) by the lack of superheroes (which means they didn't read anything that came out before the series premiered). But regardless of what The People thought, it was a strong start for ABC, Marvel, and the Joss-man himself. For the record, we liked the pilot just fine—and we're thrilled to have Whedon back on TV.



Broadchurch concludes its powerful first season with a spectacular reveal


We're not sure how the British drama will continue onward into a second season, but we don't want to thank about that right now. Even though Season 1 hit its highest peak near the middle stretch, the finale, including the reveal of the murderer, was pretty special. For the most part, Broadchurch didn't fall victim to the typical procedural red herrings that plague murder mysteries, and the ultimate reveal gave the show's two leads a lot of great material to work with. David Tennant did wonderful job of reminding us that he's more than Doctor #10, but Olivia Colman was the true star throughout, and especially in that last episode.



Congratulations, Ron and Diane!


Parks and Recreation returned for Season 6 with a surprise wedding—which, sure, it's something the show has done before. But for Ron Ulysses "Standard Birth Control Methods Aren't Usually Effective Against a Swanson" Swanson and his lovely bride, spur-of-the-moment City Hall nuptials were just about perfect. And all around, "London" was a strong, very fun season opener. We couldn't be happier this show is back.



Revolution destroyed everything for the better

NBC's sci-fi saga faced plenty of problems heading into Season 2, and it "resolved" a lot of those by dropping some nukes on the East Coast and obliterating both the Monroe Militia and the Georgia Federation. A six-month time jump put the show in a more fully realized world, providing the characters with a clean slate and challenging them with different, more personal threats. The result was one of the best episodes of the series to date, and a promise that the story is headed in the right direction. But mostly, Norah is still dead and that's the biggest improvement of all. We will watch with cautious optimism.



James Spader!

The Spade is back on TV and carrying most of NBC's new—and largely mediocre—FBI thriller The Blacklist on his shoulders. But the series is worth a look to just to see the actor (who plays a most-wanted criminal who suddenly surrenders himself to the FBI) chew scenery, cling to every pregnant pause, and let lines like "Well I think you're special," slide out of his mouth. Also FTW: That exciting kidnapping scene in the pilot.



The Simpsons is headed to Homerland

Fox has released the opening sequence for this weekend's forthcoming season premiere, and it's a dope spoof of the intro to Showtime's Homeland. Finally, those terrible credits have produced something worth watching.



This reminder of everything bad that's happened to Jesse Pinkman


Poor, poor Jesse. And this video doesn't even include that time Walter smoked some of his pot without asking.



The Michael J. Fox Show is actually pretty good!


The new fall comedies are a generally sorry-looking lot, but there are a few gems among them, and even though Michael J. Fox's new series is a standard sitcom in many ways, the cast is great, Fox himself couldn't be more charismatic, and the humor might even be a little bit... edgy? It shows promise, to say the least.



American Horror Story's bewitching new opening sequence


Can't. Wait.



Downton Abbey is back in the U.K.!


Not like we silly Americans have *any* idea what happened. But let's just say that the question of how the show could possibly go on without Matthew is answered... and quite splendidly too!





How I Met Your Mother's Season 9 premiere proved how kinda-awful the show can be—and also why it's still great


In the double-shot opening to its final season, HIMYM turned in an at-times frustrating episode full of terrible Marshall subplots, lots of yelling, and mostly annoying couple behavior from Robin and Barney. And yet, there was Cristin Miloti, bringing all the charm and warmth to the Mother that longtime fans have been hoping for, particularly in that scene near the end of the second episode with Ted and the Mother talking one year into the future. No show on TV can be as ridiculous and broad in one scene and so totally moving six minutes later quite like HIMYM. If the first two episodes are any indication, the final season is going to be a bumpy—but ultimately worthwhile—ride. 





Dexter Morgan, despondent lumberjack


The final season of Dexter went off the rails somewhere around Episode 4, so it's no surprise that the series finale was one big mess defined by historically stupid scenes (the whole sequence with Dex arriving at the hospital on his boat was something "special") and boring inaction. However, we have to give credit where credit is due: Capping the show with Dexter driving into a hurricane and somehow ending up in the Pacific Northwest acting out his best Brawny Man fantasies is about as dumb as dumb gets. 



Did The League really just kill off Rafi?


Wednesday night's "Rafi and Dirty Randy" was an extremely manic departure for the fantasy football comedy—most of the principal cast was completely absent!—and while the episode was still filled with plenty of FTW (and very specific fetishes), if Rafi's really dead, he'll be sorely missed. 



The Sister Wives finale

If you're anything like Lily, your week began not only with the penultimate episode if Breaking Bad but with the two-episode finale of TLC's Sister Wives, wherein the Browns sat down for some polygamous marriage counseling with a woman in Sedona wearing $90 sport flip-flops and an honest look of incredulity. It's pretty hard to get to the heart of this family's troubles when they refuse to hear anyone who even remotely questions their wacky marital configuration. Then we got a Sister Wives Tell All where they revealed that, although they'd clearly informed college-bound Mariah that money was tight and there were no funds for the school of her choice, they're planning a fancy recommitment ceremony where all of them will wear formal gowns and host a reception. Good job making these people villains, TLC!



Clay's life was spared AGAIN on Sons of Anarchy... and Tig's is up in the air


Let's be honest, Clay Morrow should have died a hundred billion times by now. This week, just when it looked as if Clay had reached is end for real, like there was no way he could escape his fate, Kurt Sutter found a way to spare him, vis-a-vis Jax making a deal with Pope's men to keep Clay alive until the gun stuff with the Irish is settled. Of course, in order to do it Jax had to hand over Tig. We're beginning to think Bobby and Tara have the right idea putting Charming in the rearview mirror. At some point or another, everyone's going to die a bloody death in that town. Except Clay, obviously. He's going to live forever.



The Emmys in general

It's easy to complain about the Emmys every year, but that's the Academy's fault, not ours. While this year's ceremony wasn't without its pleasant surprises, the telecast spent WAY too much time on death; tributes are nice, but that time could've been much better spent. And of course Modern Family somehow managed to win its fourth straight Outstanding Comedy Series title. The show is fine. But it's not Outstanding, and everybody knows it.



South Park's Season 17 premiere wasn't the show's sharpest work

In response to the NSA privacy scandal—a topic that Trey and Matt should've had a field day with (the NSA privacy scandal)—Comedy Central's raunchy 'toon came up with a new social media app called Shitter, which transmits its users' thoughts directly to other users. But in the end, it was really just a joke about Alec Baldwin's fondness for pussy sandwiches. There were a few good moments (like the NSA "spying" on people's mundane activities), but for the most part, "Let Go, Let Gov" was bogged down with too much sophomoric humor, and lacked the biting satire South Park is known for.



Breaking Bad's Elliot and Gretchen Schwartz

These two jerks went on television to disparage Walter White? Claiming he had nothing to do with the rise of Gray Matter Technologies other than contributing to the name of the company? Oh, I'm sorry. Do you not remember telling me how important I was to the company earlier in the series? Remember that ramen I bought for us because WE were too poor to afford it? Well F*CK YOU GUYS I'M GOING HEISENBERG ON YOUR ASSES! (This blurb was submitted anonymously by one "W. Lambert" from New Hampshire.)



Glee clearly isn't even trying anymore

After all that build-up around the school-shooting episode, Glee hastily slammed the door shut on that particular storyline with a convenient admission from the emotionally compromised Becky—which resulted in a whopping one-month-long suspension for the troubled teen and a full reinstatement for Sue Sylvester. Because that totally addresses... nothing. It addresses nothing. Stop wasting our time, Glee. Man cannot survive on pop-rock covers alone.



Scheduling an important meeting on your first day of work... at the FBI

In the pilot of NBC's The Blacklist, newly minted FBI agent Elizabeth Keen scheduled an incredibly important meeting with an adoption agency for about 1pm on the same day that she reported to her first day on the job. With that kind of foresight, you don't deserve any kids, lady.



CBS's The Crazy Ones is one big commercial


We're not saying the show doesn't have a great cast (though of course your mileage may vary when it comes to Robin Williams). And yes, product placement will always be part of the TV landscape. But if the sitcom continues serving up manipulative marketing for billion-dollar corporations and calling it scripted TV, that's not just bad business, that's false advertising.



A&E has canceled Hoarders


Our lives are about to get a little bit grosser: After all, without wall-to-wall rotting food and the occasional dead cat, how will we ever be traumatized into cleaning all the things?


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


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I don't think South Park having a good but not great episode is WTF-worthy.
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Simpsons? Terrible credits? I know you have to write snarky and sarcastically to draw in the younger readers who know no better but it should provide no excuse for you to write something stupid.
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I for one think The Blacklist was fully enjoyable. And Spader has truly made it to a level of acting skill, humor and style I never, ever thought he was capable of achieving. I hope the show continues on - I can see it as becoming comfort food television, and that's never bad. I'm bored with most everything else, although I must admit some amazement at the responsive change in Revolution - and I'm with everyone waiting impatiently for AHS to begin. Juicy!
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I'm afraid that I'm one of those people who found Agents of SHIELD very underwhelming. Of course I'll pledge allegiance at the Alter of Whedon like every other self respecting geek but this offering wasn't quite up to par.
In other news any doubts I had about the Mother are resolved. Excellent casting.
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The periodic WTF that is the notification system on this site: once again, flags aren't responding properly, staying up after updates have been read, or coming alive for comments months and months ago. Somebody been monkeying around with the settings again?
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Please PM Staff at jessicakroeber (me) or Andrew_Moore to give us some more details on the issues you're seeing with notifications. We'd love to work to get those fixed. Thanks!
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Part of the problem is that flags now show for upcoming new episodes, but you can't mark those notifications as "read" and make them go away. Somebody didn't do their beta-testing properly.
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that is quite annoying, isn't it?
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We're fixing the way those notifications work. For now, we've added a feature that allows you to turn them off on your profile so you don't have to worry about them. Thanks!
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FTW: Shield. It rocked.
FTWTF: HIMYM. The Mother is amazeballs. I still hate Robin & Barney together. I still hate the lingering "Ted may ruin the wedding" vibe thats going on. But the Mother is so incredibly perfect, she might just make up for all the shite we have to put up with for the next 8 months.
WTF: Kris Humphries on The Mindy Project. That was.....ridiculous. Also ridiculous? The Danny/Mindy endgame. Bad move, show.

Have a lot of catching up to do on new pilots, so thats all for now, folks.
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AMERICAN HORROR STORY! HELL YES! SO EXCITED!
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Yes this season of HIMYM will be full of the not important and annoying bits (Marshall trying to get to the wedding) but I don't care. I have waited 8 seasons for this, and I will watch the most annoying and ridiculously boring moments for even a minute of The Mother with anyone, let alone any moment with her and Ted.
Its the major payoff we have been waiting for, let's just hope that everything was worth it.
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As far as the Dexter finale goes I, actually loved it. He cared enough to do what was best. It was a completely unselfish move on his part. In fact, it brought him great pain. He truly learned to love; something I thought impossible for him at the start of the show. Plus, he didn't deserve a happy ending. While most of the people he killed were horrible human beings, there were a few innocents who were in the wrong place at the right time. Karma is a bitch.
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OMG Homerland was freaking genius.
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Raffi isn't dead yet, his death comes one year after this season
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - FTW

For whatever comedy How I Met Your Mother may (or may not) have, I believe this last season will go full corny.
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That picture of Dexter on the front page of the site was a major spoiler, I watched the last episode knowing he was going to end up with a beard somewhere.... Not cool TV.com
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FTW: Back in the Game.I think that was the better one of the ahow I watch that was premiering this week
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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was actually better than I expected, which is good news. :)

Revolution is still good.

The intro for American Horror Story looks great!

Glee needs to die already!

Good to see Dexter finally ending.

Some of the new sitcom pilots were actually pretty good: Back in the Game, The Michael J. Fox Show, The Crazy Ones, The Goldbergs... The others I haven't seen yet, but I haven't got my hopes up.
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Some shows just aren't for me. Like Glee, I shut it down after 30 seconds (for real) and then went to watch Roadkill on YouTube.

As for Dexter, well yeah I guess we could find all sorts of creative ways to nail that last season to the wall. Like, Debra kills Dexter and herself, only to change her mind. Seriously. You had to be a nostalgic fan to keep on watching (which I did)
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I have a bunch of this week's content still sitting in my DVR, so there isn't much for me to say.

FTW to NCIS for its episode title "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot", the NATO alphabetical equivalent of "WTF".

WTF to NCIS for "WTF", a half-baked mess of an episode that hopped the globe yet couldn't tell a story to save its life. I honestly have no idea what happened here or why these characters kept coming and going.

FTW to NTSF:SD:SUV:: for taking it to England for a double-length adventure, and to whipping out the American accent from Karen Gillan.

WTF to SVU for its torture-porn episode starring Olivia Benson as "the star of any Lifetime movie" and then a second episode where the crappiness continued. Also, they go to town on the sex stuff and yet the rapist murderer somehow magically doesn't sexually assault Benson at all? I'd rather not have her get raped, but that's clearly where the story had been going over and over and they really wimped out there, they tried to have it both ways and failed miserably.

WTF to CSI to continue the acronym fun for a silly, stupid, and pointless resolution to a season finale cliffhanger with the biggest nonsense out-of-left-field twist possible. And the idea of Russell selling his soul didn't really pay off for crap, they paid it lip service and then abandoned it.

WTF to SHIELD for being the superhero action adventure show equivalent of Seinfeld: a show about nothing. It was a middling pilot, all flash and very little substance, entertaining but not great.

Yet FTW to SHIELD for giving my unintentional acronym adventure one more beat. ;-)
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As for comments on your guys' choices...

I'll give you a marginal agree on Michael J Fox Show, it was alright enough to warrant more watching even if there are soft issues (1 too many kids, boring wife, a few too many story threads in the pilot).

I'll give you an agree on HIMYM's really friggin' wasteful and stupid Marshall and Robin & Barney storylines.

South Park has been on the serious decline for about 5 years, I gave up watching I think 2 or 3 years ago, it's just a lost cause with lazy writing and half-baked soap box-writing and glorification of Eric Cartman behavior (one can no longer play online video games without hearing some teenager repeating Cartman racial epithets that they aren't even sure they understand now).
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WTF: Cote de Pablo wasn't even in her next to last episode of NCIS, except via a sweet but still cheap IM conversation with Tony.
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If you haven't discovered it yet, I can tell that you'll love our Breaking Bad Community.
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Loved the premiere of Law & Order SVU. Mariska & Pablo played the heck out of that.
Hated the serie finale of Dexter. No words can describe how disappointed I was.
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FTW: The final scene of the Person of Interest premiere; "Serial Apeist"; the scenes in The Crazy Ones (like the scene in the restaurant where Robin Williiams and James Volk improvise a song) that didn't feel like a typical sitcom in the way they were shot. WTF: At least the third CSI season premiere (and the second in a row) that opened with the search for a kidnapping victim from the previous season finale; the FBI agent in The Blacklist having to take a lunch break at home (as well as making personal phone calls) in the middle of an operation; the number of film allusions in The Blacklist (e.g., Aliens, Silence of the Lambs, Mission: Impossible 3).
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Thumbs up for "Serial Apeist" and the CSI comment, I haven't seen any of the rest of your list yet but thumbs up I'm sure are due to all.

(Also, if your post had a paragraph break get eaten from typing it in Notepad or something, when you paste into the reply window you have to go to each new paragraph after the break, backspace, and re-enter it with a double-enter keystroke because of the wonky CMS commenting system here.)
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Mine:
FTW: TBBT & Person of Interest are back.
WTF: How low have you sunk, Amber Tamblyn? (Two and a Half Men is back)
WTF: Surette is a little bit jaded. (Yes the Crazy Ones was...okay. Problem it did have was that it was a little too madcap. It'll be interesting to see if the show settles out right or wrong. But that said, it wasn't terrible.)
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I think you were a little harsh on South Park with them juxtaposing people's tendency to post every little detail about their life online while simultaneously complaining about things like the NSA.

Echoing an earlier FTW suggestion, Elementary taking a trip to London was great and I hope this isn't the last time we get to see Rhys Ifans as Sherlock's brother.
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FTW: Rafi is (hopefully) dead.

Worst character on TV.
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I personally loved Agents of SHIELD, but I did think it was cheesy, which Joss can be sometimes, but I think it'll get better once it's not basically redoing Iron Man 3 storylines. Plus Fitz and Simmons were fantastic. (RIP THE FADES!)

I actually thought The Crazy Ones was pretty good, a hell of a lot better than the Mom pilot. I assumed it'd be the other way around.
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FTW- Elementary goes to London and we meet Sherlock's brother, with literally explosive results. Also Lucy Liu beats up a guy, which reminds me how much I love her.

- Episode 2 of Sleepy Hollow didn't suck even though the Headless Horseman was only on screen for 45 seconds in a dream sequence. The show is trying its hand at being "Supernatural," with Monsters of the Week peppered into a season-long story arc.

-James Spader. Just... James Spader.

FTW/WTF- The first two episodes of How I Met Your Mother. The Mother is AMAZING, and I love her scenes with Lily and Ted, but right now she's the ONLY thing that I like about the show.

-Big Bang Theory. Sheldon and Penny have real 1 on 1 bonding time, something that season 5 barely had and season 6 didn't have at all (in season 6, whenever Sheldon and Penny had a scene together, Amy, Leonard, or another character would be in the room as well, or would come into the room in the middle of the scene.) It showed that the best comedy on the show is the banter between the two of them. However, I HATE how, after Raj spent several episodes getting a girlfriend and getting real character development (he can now talk to women without the aide of alcohol.) we're back to Raj being the ambiguously gay one of the group, ESPECIALLY in episode two with the extremely homoerotic "breast comparison" on Howard. Writers, either make Raj flat-out gay or move on.

-SVU. Olivia singlehandedly took down the most evil perp the show ever had, which was awesome, but her words to him hinted that Elliot Stabler MIGHT be coming back... of course, the internet being what it is, the Elliot Stabler fans are demanding that he be brought back, boot out the two replacement characters, and make the show "the Benson and Stabler Show" that it was for well over 10 seasons.

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Bones- Why the Hell is Palant STILL the Big Bad?

Glee's Giant Reset Button

Everything that's NOT James Spader on "The Blacklist," especially the fact that, looking back, the female protagonist seems to be quite stupid.
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I'll take Stabler and they can keep Benson after this premiere, I'm officially over Olivia.
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FTW: Sleepy Hollow brought back the Highlanders (even if Andy Dunn was not beheaded like Corbin)!
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Totally agree on Amy/Sheldon bonding on TBBT FTW. Best part of the premiere--admittedly forgot to mention that one!
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"Penny/Sheldon" I think you mean.
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Yes! That. (Whoops.) When he called her out during their sharing session after he admitted not being okay with YouTube's new ratings system and she didn't take him seriously... it was just so humanizing and nice.
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That was a good moment. I think they missed the opportunity to have Sheldon round himself out by explaining why it matters to him, though, but I'm not expecting miracles, just laughs.
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FTW: Amy Acker.
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FTW:
-Television is back on track. Thank God, for the Fall season. Now I'm in "Don't call or text me between 8pm and 2 a.m " mode, and I can use tv watching as an excuse this time.
-Person of Interest. I know there were a lot of complaints about how procedural-y it felt, but guys, I'm just glad it's back on. Look, they at least made a gallant attempt to reassure us that adding Shaw and Root wouldn't detract from our core four. I appreciated the effort. Elias made an appearance as the most awesome bad guy ever. Carter is a beat cop which surprisingly gives her a greater opportunity to interact more with the boys (YAY!) and may have a cool storyline of her own trying to take down HR. Root is a fascinating kind of crazy. Promises for a solid season.
-NCIS. They got thrown a curveball at the last minute, with Cote's unexpected departure, and they handled it well. That deserves kudos.
-Master Chef Juniors. These children put me to shame. I'm fascinated, impressed, envious, and suspicious of the culinary skills found among 8-13 year olds. Plus, I've never seen Joe smile so much.
-MJF show was kinda funny. I admit, I have a thing for the Fox though, so I'm biased.
-Parenthood. Hank and Max are my new favorite bromance. The kid who is the poster child for Asperger's Syndrome and the misanthropic curmudgeon. Love it.
-Revolution. It was actually good. I'm floored. Like, I was actually on the floor in shock. They just threw the entire first season out the window without giving an eff. I had every intention of not watching that show anymore. Damn.

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L&O: SVU. I was all #SaveBenson, but I found the premiere insanely ridiculous. It didn't have to be two hours long. Ten minutes worth of deciding what to do with the guy who tortured you and killed others Olivia? Run! Run or shoot him! Shoot him and run! It mostly just made me miss Stabler even more, because he would have found her within hours and beat that sadistic bastard to a bloody pulp, and all would have been right in the SVU world. God I miss Stabler. Their squad never appeared so incompetent and useless before.
-Nashville. This show is such a guilty pleasure. As a Deacon fan, I was frustrated. As a rational human being who has some knowledge of the Criminal Justice System, I was irritated. They didn't bother to investigate the accident to figure out what really happened? Seriously? Ugh.
-Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I just feel like I'm on an island all by my lonesome for being underwhelmed. I mean I'll watch it again, but I'm baffled by the praise of it being this strong pilot.
-Chicago Fire. The underwhelming premiere was reminiscent of the pilot last year. The show has a knack for picking up, but by now, they should know better.
-Grey's Anatomy. Another unnecessary two hour long premiere. Calzona melodrama was unbearable to watch. They're still trying to force us to give a damn about these interns.Meredith was being treated like some sort of omniscient sensei...They could have used some condensing.
-Hostages. No, but really though, how is this supposed to last a season, let alone multiple seasons?
-Emmy's. Yeah, I wasn't all that impressed. It was glum and melancholy and I still hate the poltics involved, because there are so many talents that are never acknowledged. Tatiana Maslany for example. Or does anyone remember how amazing Monica Potter was during last season of Parenthood with htat cancer storyline? Or if Scandal is going to be acknowledged, can we at least give kudos to Guillermo Diaz or Jeff Perry...becasue...TALENT!. Or how about The Americans, like no noms at all?! For anything?! Really?
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I had to skip a few of your entries, since I haven't yet caught up and I don't want any spoilers. You know I have to give a shout out to SVU. The conclusion to Olivia's abduction, torture and eventual escape was riveting. Now I'm looking forward to more of Liv's healing from the trauma, moving on and even thriving. Pablo Schreiber is my new favorite bad guy. What a performance!
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SVU deserves a FTW/WTF. On one hand, I loved how Olivia handled arguably the most evil criminal the show ever had in its 15 seasons, but on the other hand, mentioning Elliot has caused fans to go overboard, DEMANDING that Amaro and Rollins get kicked off the show and replaced full time by Stabler. I loved Elliot as much as the next guy, but two full seasons of Rollins and Amaro have endeared me to them, and the show now takes time in giving EVERYONE character development instead of what the show did for years by focusing solely on Olivia and Elliot, occasionally giving Finn a case to remind us that yes, he's still on the show. The rabid Stabler fans are getting almost as annoying as the 10th Doctor fans saying that the 11th Doctor's regeneration MUST be a reverse regeneration so David can come back on the show and stay there till the show is cancelled or he dies in real life,
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FTW: Breaking Bad, SOA, Parks and Rec, Hell on Wheels, Dexter finally ended.
WTF: Dexter finale, People wanting Jesse to live because he's slightly less bad than Walter while being pretty stupid and a snitch.
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Perfect answer to a stupid question.
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That video of the bad stuff that has happened to Jesse Pinkman makes me want him to come out on top even more. He's always been a bad guy, but with some morality.
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I don't know if he was bad so much as lazy, cooking, selling, and using meth because it was easier than doing anything productive with his life.
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FTW: Breaking Bad setting up for a promising finale. So many questions, will they be able to answer them all?

WTF: SoA. I'll stick with it, but I'm bored with it. Ever since the end of season 4, it's turned into "1000 ways for Clay to survive." Sutter knows this too, and he insists on milking it.

WTF: Dexter finale. Do I really need to explain why? The lumberjack photo says it all.
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Broadchurch was great! I watched the whole series about a month ago (you know, through "other means") and it made me even more convinced that series and their seasons should be shorter than disgraces such as Dexter - thank God it's finally over!

I love Sons of Anarchy but it started getting on my nerves this week and I'm a little worried right now - it's season 6 already, Clay is still alive, and it feels like the series is going in circles. This Clay storyline should've come to an end last season tops.

This new series The Blacklist sounds lame. Not even a possible good performance can make me watch it - how come a brainy former agent will only talk to the rookie? Please!

The Crazy Ones is definitely a pass to me: I can stand Mad Men's advertising aspect just because of everything else - now watching a show pitch "it's about family" about a McDonald's ad is a waste of time. Honestly, who still believes these things these days?
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"This new series The Blacklist sounds lame. Not even a possible good performance can make me watch it - how come a brainy former agent will only talk to the rookie? Please!"

Seriously? The most likely answer to that is so obvious even the rookie character immediately verbalizes it, because it would seem really unbelievable if no one brought it up (probably a red herring though). Then during the premiere a new too obvious possibility is alluded to but not acknowledged by the characters (just every viewer). So now we've got the series central mystery and at least two obvious possibilities (and at least two more that seem more likely).

It sounds like you don't want to watch it for its dumb premise, but also that the premise is much smarter than occurred to you. I would seriously suggest watching an episode of a show and basing your opinion on that rather than basing your opinion on what you assume the show is. I nearly did that with Cougar Town, and that would have been a mistake.
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OK. Still, the plot doesn't seem to be compelling enough. I'll just wait and see how it will play out - if I hear more of it in the future, I'll give it a shot. Thanks for pointing that out.
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Presumably there will be a four-episode test article here in a month or so.
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I'll check it out. Thanks.
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Who is gonna clean all those gross hoarders houses now? mmm....
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Are you looking for a new career? Cause there are probably less disgusting ones out there
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Forgot you guy only got Broadchurch recently! I watched it months ago in England and i still think (along with Breaking Bad and Justified) it's the best thing on TV this year!
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Did you have to put up with commercials when you watched it? I watched it On Demand and had to fast forward through blackhead commercials that were shown over and over and over and over.

THAT'S how much I loved this show. Glad I looked at all the spoilers out there, because I was interested in watching how little remorse the killer demonstrated.

Then again, I read somewhere that the actors didn't know which one of them was the killer. Big mistake, since I don't believe a first time killer would be that cold.

Then again, he was a pedophile (or in England a pee-dophile), so he was already a monster and I guess murder is the next step after pedophilia.
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I can't watch On Demand since I dont live in England but I still get ITV.

TBH the adverts did not take the momentum out of it.

Yeah, they had different endings (as with most shows these days) so the actors didn't know who it was til they shot the scene. I do believe some can be that cold after murdering someone for the first time, you really can't predict how someone reacts to a murder.
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That AHS opening will haunt my nightmares.
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Ugh Dexter... Why???? That beard!
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Stupid moronic writers and stupid moronic Scott Buck.

BUT YAY.....................IT'S OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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FTW or slightly WTFTWs:
Breaking Bad is always a FTW.
PERSON OF INTEREST IS BACK!
The Crazy Ones for being able to make one long commercial actually quite enjoyable.
The League going OFF THE RAILS. I doubt Rafi's actually dead. He seems like a guy who'll never die.
The Blacklist as a whole wasn't all that good, but as many have already said, Spader was good.
Hawaii Five-0's season premiere being one giant video game. Stupid, but oddly entertaining.

WTF:
Pretty much everything other than Spader on The Blacklist.
Lumberjack Dexter.
Hostages kind of sucked, but maybe that's not really a WTF because it was kind of expected.
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Can't. Wait. Either... :P
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I really liked The Blacklist - probably because James Spader was AWESOME as a villain. I wouldn't trust him at all but it was so much fun to watch him being manipulative and all.

I also loved Agents of SHIELD. What a nice way to start the show. Love Agent Coulson so as long he's in it I'll most likely watch.

Hated Back in the Game. Not going to give that one a second chance.

But nice to have the series season start again for real.
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OMG! AHS intro was creepy! I like! I can't wait fr the show to start! Yay!
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James Spader is an Amazing villain, no wonder The Whedon cast him as Ultron in Avengers 2. And I have to admit seeing him taunt the FBI caused a slight twinge in my underpants. I'm not Gay but given the chance I would gladly be that man's Cabana Boy.
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I enjoyed Matt and Trey giving Alec and Twitter the business. I loved the title of his MSNBC show: "Free Pass with Alec Baldwin". Truer words were never spoken. He's one of far too many people whom I believe could commit premeditated murder on live, coast-to-coast TV and still not ever be condemned by his pals in the industry or the media in general.
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Yes, Broadchurch was that good. Too bad the wankers at BBCA have it (PBS: less D/A and more shows of this caliber) and force me to ff the commercials (blackheads, blackheads, blackheads) in On Demand. Too bad you all missed it while you were watching shite.

Yes, Dexter was that bad. Now the predictions are that there will be movie, and yes, there are enough morons in America to make it a worthwhile venture. Poor Carpenter, all that acting for 8 years and she misses out on the moolah -- oh wait, she can be the new Harry! There you go, Jen. Dexter, the show that keeps on giving - to idiots.
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At least BBCA shows the same commercials over and over, so you know exactly when to stop fast-forwarding and hit play again.
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Yeah, but with PBS you get the censors because they edit for the PG crowd. Six is sort of a half dozen of the other, since BBCA edits with content for extra ad time They both suck. Even so, Broadchurch was phenomenal.
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Hmmm, forgot about that. They leave in dead dogs on Wallander, but now that you mention it, I can't remember hearing a bad word. Guess they don't want to anger the blue hairs to whom they pimp themselves.

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I'm always happy if I get a couple each of a new dramas and a new comedy or two to keep me going along with what is returning that I already like as the new season unfolds. So far, nothing spectacular--I do like that new show, Revolution, however. A few comedies seem fun, and some others are rather dismal. Sleepy Hollow and the Blacklist are fun so far and MARVEL'S Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, although the pilot wasn't such a much, it will probably be good. Three shows have already been cancelled--at least on my TV--Ironside, Brooklyn 9-9 and the completely awful The Crazy Ones. And, the final season and finale of Dexter, although rather lackluster, did not ruin the series for me.
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We clearly didn't watch the same show. I made it through the first ep of the Michael J. Fox show by stopping and fixing my boredom with some other activity. I gave up completely at the halfway point of the second episode. Formulaic sitcom doesn't even begin to descrbe the banality of the writing. I don't care how talented the cast is - and some of them aren't - there's no silk to be found in the ear.
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I actually loved the South Park premiere. Apperantly you missed the point, it's not about Alec Baldwin. It's about people being so dumb and complain about the government spying in on stuff they shout out the world everywhere.

That is exactly as dumb as someone yelling to a speaker phone and complaining that people listen in. If only they would have made that analogy...
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