The New and Improved Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision: TV.com's FTW vs. WTF! (March 31)

Behold! We now present Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision 2.0, to be known henceforth as FTW vs. WTF! Extra special thanks to TV.com reader gsager1, who won our contest to re-name this weekly feature with his internet-friendly and perfectly palindromic entry.

"That's great news!" he said we contacted him to inform him of his victory. "Does this make me internet-famous?"

Not only that, but you now own a fake minority stake in TV.com! Go out and light some candy cigars with some candy $100 bills, because you're fake rich! We're very excited about the new name and we'll have new artwork to go along with it soon. But the best and worst of the week can't wait for that, so let's get to 'em!


FTW!!


Winston's newly discovered Broadway proclivities on New Girl


In this week's episode, the forgotten roommate showed off his pipes when he thought no one was listening. And his choice of song to belt out unabashedly? A track from the musical Wicked.



Paul Scheer's Breaking Bad GIFs Tumblr


We have no idea what's going on at this Web site from The League star that's dedicated to Internet memes based on our favorite show, but we know that we like it. Hot dogs flying out of Gus Fring's pants? Sure! Why not?



Will Ferrel hints at an Anchorman sequel on Conan


Need we say more?



British drama gets meaty with Downton Arby's


Aristocratic fast-food junkies meet disgusting meat sandwich peddlers in this battle of class spoofing the PBS hit.



Casting decisions on Bent


The verdict's still out on NBC's new show as a whole (and it's destined to be canceled), but the assembled cast has some of our favorite supporting actors: Jeffrey Tambor of Arrested Development, Jesse Plemons of Friday Night Lights, and J.B. Smoove of Curb Your Enthusiasm? Well played, NBC.



Lily Tomlin on Eastbound & Down


Not only was she unbelievably hilarious (that pill-exchange scene!), the erstwhile Mrs. Powers also provided a deceptively emotional plotline for a show not necessarily known for them. Seriously, look for Tomlin's name come Emmy time.



Stevie Nicks on American Idol


The only celebrity witchier than Steven Tyler brought her beguiling (and straight-up weird) touch to an already top-quality week of performances. From her hushed, personal whispers to her overt, lusty gazes at certain male contestants, Nicks was one unintentionally hilarious celebrity mentor we're hoping to see more of.



James Van Der Beek's self-parodying promo for his new comedy


This teaser for Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 alternates between FTW (It's JvdB making fun of himself!) and WTF (BJs? Really?) but ultimately is FTW with his tight-jean waddle off the screen.


WTF!?


Mob Wives’ Renee Graziano’s breakdown after news of ex-husband and father arrested


Really? A bit dramatic, I must say. Of course they are going to arrest your husband and father—did she really just forget who they are? Um, Renee, if you’re reading this, YOU ARE THE DAUGHTER OF THE REPUTED CRIME BOSS ANTHONY “TG” GRAZIANO.



Unfair salary differences for sitcom stars


Modern Family ain't what it used to be, but it's still the top-rated comedy on television and the cast makes $60,000 an episode each. Compare that to Ashton Kutcher, who is negotiating with CBS for $1,000,000 per Two and a Half Men episode, despite only being on the show for one year. That means you can get 16 Ty Burrells for cheaper than one hack-y Ashton. This only makes sense in a universe that makes no sense. Or Hollywood.



The secrets of Alcatraz stay locked up for good


The Season 1 finale of the Fox drama revealed that '63s miss their friends from 1963 (thanks for the wisdom Lucy, but why not just tell us how you got here?) and behind the big secret door in the basement of the famous jail was a tracking system for the escaped cons on a set that was one step up from Public Access. Then Rebecca got shot and "died." Fade to black. And we'll never get those answers we really wanted (Why are the prisoners coming back? What's so special about Tommy's blood that they drained him every day?) because there's no way this show is coming back for a second season. The greatest mystery about this show is why we kept watching.



Jake's failed attempt at humor for Bachelor Pad casting


Ugh. We'll only partially blame him because he almost pulled it off at the beginning, but ABC needs to provide more than a half-written script, a handicam, and two interns for its promo videos.


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

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I dunno, how about Stevie Nicks on Up All Night? It was pretty funny... Anyway, I just went to breakinggifs.com, I love it! But they really do need more gifs... :p
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Spartacus goes an entire season without a single "Swell award." TV.com fail.
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Winston's newly discovered Broadway proclivities on New Girl

Sorry I missed Stevie Nicks on American Idol



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Don't like either name -- not offensive, just ugly. But I'd put Mischa Collins return on SUPERNATURAL on the list of high spots.

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Agree with Lily Tomlin's appearance on Eastbound and Down, and this episode as a whole was better than they've been so far this season. I love Will Ferrel, but the episode with him in it this season was downright bizarre (too much so) and ruined the show a bit for me.
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I rarely watch comedies; I feel pressure to laugh and I am usually amused at best. Early 30 Rock gave me hysterics and I love the Big Bang Theory, but that one is more witty than laugh-out-loud. My point: New Girl has been making me laugh a LOT for many episodes and if I didn't love drama and Doctor Who so much, it would be in my top 5 shows. This week was no different but last week (esp. when Nick was falling in love with Fancyman's office) made me laugh so much I had tears. Seriously.
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What $10 per hour AND I can be self in depended.

Are sweat shop children writing these ads now?
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I dunno TV.com, tying yourself to an acryonm meme seems like a dangerous tack. It's "for the win" today, but next week it could be "finding troll wigs" or "F**kTons of Wheat". Time will tell... time will tell.



Scheer's given address is an oddity, I lived in that area for a long time. Hillcrest is in 90028 and the address he gave is a park. Hillhurst is in 90027 but 1903 is a mini-mall (perhaps he lives in the pet store). As for the material itself, I feel like either it's just a cheap attempt at viral marketing, or worse, a gag gone wrong that FEELS like viral marketing. Either way, it's no NTSF:SD:SUV::.



Downton Arbys made me laugh, but I think a second pass with slightly better writing and camera work would have made it funnier.



How much money does CBS make off of 2.5 Men vs ABC off of Modern Family? That ultimately is the question. Whether it is nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune... oh, sorry, got lost there.
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Hell: FTW vs WTF



This must be the dark timeline, I'm already tired of it.
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Haha yeah, that comment is streets ahead!
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I guess both of our recommendations for Streets Ahead vs. Streets Behind wasn't good enough for TV.com. WTF? WTF indeed.
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FTW: There is no end to Fringe Epicness!!!

and that the ratings went back up.

"In the end I have to believe in hope"!!!!!!!
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Worst name ever...I'm so old (46) that I had to ask Lord Google what it means. I got this reply back from Dr. Yahoo:



http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071103200146AAmOGKb



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It is internet chat lingo, usually said in online games. It stands for "For The Win." "FTL" is also said on occasion. I'm sure it's meaning is obvious.

"FTW" is an acronym that can also stand for the following:

FTW Face the World

FTW Families Than Work

FTW Feel The Wind

FTW Fight to Win

FTW Florida Tax Watch

FTW Flying Training Wing

FTW For the Weak

FTW For the World

FTW For Those Wondering

FTW Forever Two Wheels

FTW Forget The World (polite form)

FTW Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien (Vienna, Austria)

FTW Fort Wainwright, Alaska

FTW Fort Worth Meacham Field (Airport Code)

FTW Forward Towards Wing (Hattrick, online game)

FTW Frank the Welder (mountain bikes)

FTW Free the Weed

FTW Free the Whales

FTW Free The Wookies (humor)

FTW Free Trade Wharf

FTW Future Technology Workshop

Source(s):

my nerdy self

and

http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/ft
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WTF were you thinking??
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FTW: The guy who was blown into tiny piece ons The Secret Circle. More please. If they keep this up for the last 4 eps, it's gonna be some awesome TV :D
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I like the new name. : )



Umm, FTW Michael Emerson's Finch, high off of E and dancing in front of an exploding microwave...only POI can pull off something so hilarious and so amazing.
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You forgot to include the advertising on Community in the FTWs.
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FTW: Britta's finger.
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It's all about the throwbacks this week. Fringe and 30 Rock did it effectively.



And a huge FTW, Fringe's rise in ratings matching and beating much of Friday.
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Being the best show on a Friday... isn't that a little like being the fasted zombie?
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FTW: Community (ALWAYS Community!), and also Game of Thrones season 2 starting



WTF: still no Parks and Rec
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I don't really care what it is called, I just like reading the article.

FTW: Community, it was genius this week; The Big Bang Theory was really good too even though Nimoy didn't actually appear, but I loved it; and Survivor was highly entertaining. I am in love with the cast.

WTF: I have to agree with the hiatuses. I watch so much television and when over half of my shows aren't new, I get upset and start watching television shows I haven't seen, which really isn't a proper use of my time.
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On Alcatraz Rebecca got stabbed, not shot.
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Who cares?
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Certainly not me...
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The special-effects guy who didn't have to wire up the squibs?
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FTW: Fringe having an incredible episode, AND THEN following it up with a huge jump in the ratings.
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Are you serious? You're serious, right? PLEASE GOD, TELL ME YOU'RE SERIOUS!
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Oh yes I am, FF. Read this: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/03/31/fringe-ratings-jump-off-series-low/126864/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Tvbythenumbers+%28TVbytheNumbers%29
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I know you're not directly/solely responsible for this ratings jump, but I love you anyway.
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Thanks. Back at you, FF.
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FTW - SPARTACUS FINALE !!
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He didn't hint at a Anchorman sequel, he flat out told us there's going to be a sequel.
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SUNDAY is COMING : http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/aefc0a521e/sunday-is-coming
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Brilliant!
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Wtf Streets Ahead vs Streets Behind was way better!
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haha i agree
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wtf: revenge not being back on yet. seriously was it canceled? no new eps of my wed abc comedies, ftw: definitley new girl...
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Comes back April 10 I believe. Longest wait ever. I hate those!
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Actually it's back April 18th :(
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Congrats to gsager1 for: FTW vs WTF.



I still prefer: "Excellent!" {muttered slowly in a low, sinister voice while tenting the fingertips} vs "D'oh!"
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FTW: Fringe and Community should never be excluded from this list. Screw impartiality! TVD (bloodlines be dyin') and TSC. Also: Eat Fresh!



WTF: Television Hiatus's. They suck. Hard.



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sorry but accronyms are stupid.. plus I maybe stupid too and FTW means what? Really?
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OK found out it mainly means F*** THE WORLD.. WHAT? the hell does that have to do with a good TV show

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*For The Win* - Tsk, tsk. Streets behind.
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ya I know... BUT come ON!!! Most people think the other when U have that accronym.
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sorry but, no, not everyone knows about it.. I learned it just today, due to this another stupid decision making process in TV.com.. the previous name was great.. this name is beyond ridiculous..
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Sorry, I've never though of FTW as anything other than For the Win.
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If this were pre-internet, I may agree with you that FTW could possibly be known more for Fuck The World...



... but since the internet, For The Win has gotten waaay too big for FTW to be anything else.
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EVERYONE knows it as for the win. People have been saying that for years and I've never met anyone who misinterpreted it as f***the world.
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@safibwana -



You know that's right.
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I may not be most people, but most people I know (gamers) know FTW as For The Win. Don't know who says Fuck The World? Teenage girls?
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Best. Name. EVER!!!!
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FTW!
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Hate: The change in the name of swell o vision...it's lame now.
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cannot agree more..
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"Hell" was offensive to some people, but "WTF" apparently is not.
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I agree, I personally didn't see anything wrong with Hell vs. Swell. Plus they turned it into a pun with television, it was genius!
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WTF!?
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