To say that this has been a rough week in TV news would be an understatement, given the loss of Luke Perry and the news that America's wise uncle Alex Trebek has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. But believe it or not, there have been some not-so-miserable TV developments this week, too. Here, we'll take a look at some of the best, most exciting, and downright weirdest small-screen moments of the week.
Grossest power move: The Walking Dead is known for its gore, but this season has been especially gnarly with the arrival of the Whisperers. This week, Alpha (Samantha Morton) taught her pack to never question her leadership again after two people tried to challenge her, and the results of the fight were absolutely revolting.
Best bad decision: Good Girls returned for its second season this week, and the premiere episode was full of WTF moments. First, Beth (Christina Hendricks) refuses to end Rio and lets the crime boss shoot her husband instead. Then, Annie (Mae Whitman) and Greg get busy for old times' sake — just before his wife announces that she's pregnant. Mega WHOOPS on all accounts, but we gotta hand it to Ruby (Retta)'s hubby Stan for outdoing 'em all. The good policeman lifts the Sharpie cap with Beth's lipstick from evidence after the girls are unwilling to unplug the evidence freezer because it contains rape kits. He wasn't in this mess before, but he sure is now, and we kinda love him even more for it.
Crappiest husband: This week's episode of This Is Us left us asking one question: Randall, WYD? After all Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) has put up with from Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and his many one-sided decisions, we're supposed to watch him shut down her new passion play just like *snaps* that? No sir. No sir, not at all.
Most exciting trailer: You might think the Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer would win this category by default because flaily-hands-dead-face-emoji, but actually it was the trailer for Amazon's adaptation of Good Omens that really got us going. Based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett''s quirky apocalyptic novel, the show looks like a devilishly fun take on the tale. (Snaps to Netflix's Someone Great trailer for also making us dance, though.)
GIF of the Week: It was the fence-jump heard 'round the world on The Bachelor this week, as Colton Underwood — reacting to his beloved Cassie's news that her feelings for him might not be as intense as his are for her — hopped the gate to escape the show. Not only did Chris Harrison almost have to call the cops, but the resulting memes were so, so savage. Even NFL teams got in on the epic trolling that commenced about Colton's dramatic leap.
Best fake murder: This week's episode of You're the Worst featured the last Sunday Funday, and it was exactly as bananas as you'd expect. Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) start to realize the striking different between their worldviews just as their bachelor/bachelorette bonanza begins. But with the help of Paul F. Tompkins and a party bus, Edgar (Desmin Borges) and Lindsay (Kether Donohue) secretly stage a double-homicide hoopla that turns out to be exactly what's needed to reignite the flames between the love birds... at least for now.
The audition that made us sing: Right now, both The Voice and American Idol are running their auditions, and while there are a lot of talented singers being showcased right about now, the one that really seems to stand out is Idol's Alejandro Aranda, a self-taught musician whose vocals and original songs are beyond radio-ready. And he's so humble, to boot.
The reunion that left us drooling: With respect to the Mad About You revival news, the reunion that really made us jump for joy this week was Paul Wesley stepping onto the set of Legacies with his old The Vampire Diaries pal Matt Davis. Sure, he wasn't reprising his role as Stefan Salvatore — and, sadly, has no plans to ever wear fangs again — but he directed this week's episode, and that still counts. Now, if we could only get the Damon-Alaric re-team we've been thirsting for next ....
Best binge: Netflix's The Losers premiered last weekend, and it's totally worth your time if you enjoy a good underdog story. The documentary series centers on sports competitors of all stripes who didn't win their big matches but did manage to come out on top in entirely different ways.