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

September is almost over (WTF!) and October is soon to follow (FTW!)—see what we did there? There are two sides to every equation, and if we twist that expression enough we can conclude that there are two sides to every week of television, too: The good and the... less good. As always, we're here to talk about both. Join us!


FTW



Louie's attempts at babydoll reconstruction


The opening scene of Louie's Season 3 finale actually had us gasping for breath we were laughing so hard. For a comedy that usually makes us think instead of splitting our sides, it was a welcome, hilarious surprise. (Not that the episode didn't also make us think... dang that episode was GOOD.)



The Office's Chore Wheel sequence


Stanley gets your lunch!



Parks and Rec's soda silliness


NBC comedies doin' (some) things right this week! Only in Pawnee is a "child-size" soda 512 ounces, or "roughly the size of a two-year-old child, if the child were liquefied."



Parker Posey on New Girl


Though we could count on one hand how many lines she had, Parker Posey's literally brain-damaged shot girl character provided a hilarious cautionary tale for Zooey Deschanel's newly unemployed Jess. Is Posey on a TV winning streak lately or what?



Ben and Kate's Lucy Punch, America's newest sweetheart


We don't know where this deadpan British bombshell came from (aside from Britain, obvs), but she's the best thing about Fox's already pretty-darn-good new sitcom. BJ's definitely the Schmidt of Ben and Kate.



MTV's The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons' olive oil wrestling event


No particular reason, why do you ask?



Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan on The Colbert Report


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The best of several awesome moments in this interview with Gilligan occurs at the 2:15 mark, when Colbert challenges him to a meth-off.



Fringe is back, but more importantly, John Noble is back


The final season of Fox's sci-fi drama brought with it another Emmy-worthy performance by the overlooked actor, as we're witnessing a simultaneously more complex and simple Walter Bishop. And that moment at the end of the season premiere, with Walter sitting in a abandoned taxi cab listening to Yazoo's "Only You," was a thing of beauty.



Person of Interest recapped Season 1 through the mind of the Machine


How bored are we of "Last Season on [show title]" clips when a new season starts? CBS's Person of Interest (which is seriously great) let one of its characters, the omniscient Machine, quickly recap the complexities through its cloud-mind with screens from Season 1 coming alive and whooshing around the screen. It brilliantly captured the essence of the show—you are being watched, all the time—and used it to spice up one of the most mundane chores of television.



Terisa Griffin grilled the judges on The Voice


When given a choice between Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera to be her mentor during the live competition rounds, Griffin didn't take the decision lightly and blatantly asked Blake and Christina what they would do to help her as a mentor. We're so used to watching contestants squeal in starstruck joy that it was absolutely delightful to see one of them think rationally and, as a bonus, make the judges squirm.



WTF



Survivor's Jeff Probst crosses the line at Tribal Council


We get that it's Jeff Probst's job to rustle up some drama during each episode's Tribal Council, but this week he went too far when he clapped and shouted at a 20-year-old girl whose answers he deemed too frivolous. There's a fine line between being probing and behaving like a misogynist dick, and Probst definitely stepped over it.



Once again Modern Family steamrolls the Emmys


We know, we know, who cares about the Emmys? But still, we like to think we live in a world of justice and righteousness, and a Modern Family sweep is neither just nor right. It's a decent show to watch with your family but that does NOT mean it's the best.



CBS's Partners


WHAT YEAR IS THIS?



Grey's Anatomy, crazy as it ever was


The Season 9 premiere offered—and here come the spoilers—a fitting, tear-jerky send-off for McSteamy. But also the revelation that Arizona survived and is now an amputee, and Yang is now in Minnesota hanging out with Mr. Feeny? Plus we still don't know how things went down after the plane crash. Apparently we'll get the full story next week, but whatever, Grey's, keep doing your thing.



Sons of Anarchy shockers


A beloved character was killed off and Sons actor Johnny Lewis was found dead and is suspected of murdering an 81-year-old woman while high on drugs. A cloud looms over both the fictional world and real world surrounding the FX show. The real-life tragedy overshadows what's been a great start to the series' fifth season, both creatively and business-wise: It was the number-two program on all of television in its Tuesday-night slot.



Mad Men walks into the Emmys with 17 nominations...


AND WON NOTHING. That's gotta hurt.


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

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I only watched the first 12 minutes of the "Ben and Kate" pilot because for a sitcom, it was boring as hell. I won't miss not watching the other episodes, nor will I miss it when it's canceled pretty soon. The gem this week was the return of "Don't Trust the Bitch", which is actually funny and imaginative.
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Maybe it's just cause I'm British, and already aware of Lucy Punch, but comparing her to Shmidt doesn't seem right. Ben and Kate is just underwhelming entirely, I prefer the little girl to BJ.



Win for New Girl & Parker Posey though.
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Awesome: the returns of Person of Interest, CSI, and FRINGE. The possibility of a Nick-Jess thing being rekindled on New Girl.

WTF: Modern Family sweeping Emmys...again... and Sherlock winning no Emmys despite being nominated for 5. Also, again, no noms for Fringe.
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Parker Posey on New Girl was awesome!



John Noble on Fringe also great!



Modern Family doesn't deserve all those Emmys!
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The actress who plays BJ on 'Ben and Kate' played Sally Peep in 'The 10th Kingdom',the girl who was murdered by her uncle.

FTW was the 'New Girl's premiere

WTF was 'Partners' b/c like u said "what year is this??"
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Oh my god, when Louie started working on that doll and 3 eyes came out, I could feel it was going to be good, and it didn't disappoint, I laughed through the entire bit - every single moment. And then I didn't laugh again, unfortunately.
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I don't get it, the list rants on Mad Men not winning, but Modern Family winning. A bit hypocritical? But either way, I'm glad Mad Men didn't win. I don't watch it but I like how Homeland was given a chance. You know, a change in the air. Modern Family is still in its third win. Another win, and it will stop, just like Mad Men. ;)
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"It's a decent show to watch with your family but that does NOT mean it's the best." Decent show to watch with the family? Heck; I don't like my kids seeing the ADS for this show, and would certainly not want to see it with my parents! Modern Family is neither decent nor family-friendly.
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The world isn't just or righteous; get over it and stop whining about Modern Family winning an award that you have no say over.



FTW: The CSI season premiere addressing some of the issues the show has completely ignored the last few seasons (e.g., conflict of interest in a case involving family members, why burned out Sara was willing to come back); Reese's meeting with Bear ("I have a feeling you don't speak Dutch"); the straight-up Columbo/Quincy-like climax of Elementary (I almost wanted a freeze frame and the show to end right there with the episode credits at the end.); the montage of Dr. Rizzo painting to "Morning Has Broken" on Animal Practice.



WTF: The DA's long hair on Vegas (in contrast to James Russo, who does look like someone from the '60s); the NCIS premiere (almost as by-the-numbers predictable as the NCIS: Los Angeles series premiere); the receptionist's protestations that she's fun on Animal Practice (gave me flashbacks to Christine on Night Court and her obsession with Charles' and Diana's wedding; that show might be better if it limited itself to one or two stories an episode rather than trying to cram three or four into 30 minutes).
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and twice now neither Sherlock or Steven Moffat have won. It's good they were nominated, but still.
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dear god stop winning everything modern family! almost everyone said "last time" or "next to the other one." Even Aaron Paul (who is gifted and gorgeous!) - beat Giancarlo Esposito. Esposito really deserved TV's top honor this season. Sorry Aaron, I love ya' but it's true. and DAMMIT! Please will someone pay attention to John Noble and Anna Torv? Damn you Emmy voters.
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I LOVED Parker Posey on New Girl, She's great, I've loved her since her drugged up, bitch character, Dorleen on Will & Grace.

Also, Parks and Rec was very funny! :)
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WTF: What happened to Leena in Warehouse 13. That was really upsetting.
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The only reason why Jeff yelled at the blonde girl is because her answer was so ridiculous! Even her tribe couldn't contain their laughter/disappointment. Clearly the girl has led a privileged life where she can have anything, and Jeff was just waking her up to the real world. Good on him, I say!
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Parks and Rec was great. The return of Law and Order: SVU was terrific. Lots of twists and turns.
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that screencap of posey is definitely FTW.



WTF: CBS shows not being available on hulu+ I miss POI FFS
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Hands down the best thing on television this week, and in a very long while, is the Last Resort
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To me Lucy Punch will forever be that mean girl in the The 10th Kingdom's Little Bo Peep contest.
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I was just intending to post the same thing, I've known this girl for years! She was the only good part of Ben&Kate, to be honest.
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I'll try to keep positive and leave the Emmy bashing to others.



Nr 1. FRINGE IS BACK BABY! And it's with a very good episode.

Nr 1.1. (it's only slightly less good than Fringe being back) Louie's season finale. Beautiful is not a beautiful enough a word to describe it.

Nr. 2. FringeFanatic's comment on Tim's review of Fringe premiere.

Nr. 3. Last Resort's premiere

Nr. 4. Person of Interest: Reese's new dog, Amy Acker as Root, The Machine.

Nr. 5. Parker Posey on New Girl and Louie
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And Parks and Rec a year and a few months ago!
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Although it's in the WTF section, the Mr. Feeny Boy Meets World reference in the Grey's section was FTW.
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That Jeff Probst's WTF kinda proved you didn't even watch the show, TV.com

Probst had to do it, cause that's EXACTLY what we expect to him to do, as a "Survivor"' watcher, when someone, whether it's man or a woman, give some dumbass answer.

If it's misogynistic to call out a moronic girl as a moron, then I guess I'm a misogynist dick too.

Way to start losing all credibility on you WTF picks, TV.com - soon enough, you'll be just as credible as the Emmys when they pick "Modern Family" as Best Comedy...
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FTW POI's Reese now has a killer attack dog. Also, Amy Acker as Root.



Also, I have to disagree with SOA. I thought that was a FTW. It was a logical and cogent way to kill off a character. But it still doesn't make up for Clay still being alive. (that is a WTF)
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I think Johnny Lewis is what caused SoA to be put in the WTF category.
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FTW: Last Resort, Fringe



WTF: The Emmy's, The Office's big step down from last week
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FTW: Etta, Olivia, Walter, Astrid and Peter are one big Observer-fighting family!



FTW: The Last Resort pilot was amazing and thrilling.



WTF: Giancarlo Esposito did not won an Emmy.
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FTW: FRINGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best premiere _ I wish I could say "Yet". Emmy's for John, Josh and Anna already.



WTF: It's the last season :(
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FTW: The awesome Person of Interest and Fringe season premiers. Aaron Paul winning an Emmy. WTF: Breaking Bad not winning more Emmys, Community not winning for best writing for "Remedial Chaos Theory," and John Noble not being nominated at all (I know the nominations were revealed a while ago, but this deserves to be mentioned again).
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Seriously? WTF Jeff Probst/Survivor because he asked the 20 year old 'if you can change one thing in the game what would it be'?' Her response was 'That we can have errr... cookies'



If Jeff didn't pull her up on that I would lose all respect for him,



When he did clap he it was long after that answer and he was telling her to 'wake up' clapping his hands two times while saying it to emphasise it.
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Again , Boss , This should be a FTW every week . :)
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FTW: Jennifer Carpenter on Craig Ferguson saying something along the lines of "Some seasons you have to fake excitement, but not this time." Someone finally admitted the last two seasons of Dexter were terrible.

WTF: No more Doctor Who until the 24th December. (?)
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It's worse than that. 25th.
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FTE: Reese and Bear on POI!

WTF: the emmys
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FTW: Fringe is back



WTF: It's Fringe's last season :(
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I think modern family wins so many things because it appeals to such a wide audience. Most of the best shows alienate a large portion of the audience in some way but modern family manages to be really funny without offending people or imposing the writers politics on the views like so many comedies and tv shows in general do nowadays,
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Really? A entire episode where the main joke was that the Dunphy women were having their periods doesn't offend anyone?
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The John Noble scene is probably the best scene this month.
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IDK. Personally I thought Mad Men's 17:0 loss was great. If ever there was a show that suffered from severe Emmy over-exposure, it's Mad Men(MF too but MMs been around longer).
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I think Christina Hendricks should have won, as for series go it wasn't their best season. Homeland was great but Breaking Bad should have won
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FTW: Fringe is back! Doctor Who finale!

WTF: Doctor Who finale! Emmys 2012: The Most "Legit" Unlegit Awards Show for Television after the People's Choice Awards
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WTF: Bryan Cranston not winning the Emmy for Best Main Actor.
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So, Lucy Punch did not come out of nowhere. Any serious fan of TV comedy will remember her from CBS's brilliant The Class, which was way too smart for network in 2006. It's on Youtube, people.
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I'll always remember her from Ella Enchanted.
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FTW: Autumn Reeser in Last Resort!
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