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Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:01PM EST
Modern Family expects to end with Season 10
"Our plan is to end it at 10,” says co-creator Steven Levitan as the ABC comedy celebrates tonight's 200th episode. “If we can leave with most of our audience wanting more, I think that's the right way to do it. Never say never, but I just can't imagine that we'd go past that.” Co-creator Christopher Lloyd says they have begun to form some "loose ideas" about how to end the series, which is currently in its ninth season. "We went through these questions on Frasier, when we brought that around after 11 seasons and sort of said, 'Well, the Shakespearean route on that is a birth, a death or a wedding,' and we managed to effectively do all three in the final episode," says Lloyd, who was Frasier’s showrunner. "So it may be some conversation that starts there, but we haven't figured out the episode we're doing three weeks from now. It's just a little over a year and a half from now. We've got time to think about that."
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
HBO confirms Game of Thrones' eighth and final season will air in 2019
We’ll have to wait an entire year for the final six episodes of the acclaimed HBO drama.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
New Girl’s final season kicks off on April 10, ending with a one-hour series finale on May 15
The eight-episode seventh and final season will launch with a four-year time jump.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Has TV seen the end of endings?
Roseanne, Will & Grace, 13 Reasons Why, American Vandal and Big Little Lies are among the shows that ended, then came back -- or are coming back. As Willa Paskin puts it, there is something “nebulous about the end of endings that gives me the heebie jeebies: This is a little inchoate, but what I hate about it, is that it makes us even more slavishly devoted to the imaginations of the people making those shows, as they themselves are ever more financially tied to their old work. “
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 10:11PM EST
With The Mindy Project series finale, Mindy Kaling “achieved what she set out to do with this series”
“It started out as the vehicle that would demonstrate how Kaling could graduate from breakout supporting player on The Office to headliner status,” says Ken Tucker. “When the show premiered on Fox, it was the first sitcom created by and starring an Indian-American performer, and Kaling was well on her way to being a pop-culture influencer, thanks to her 2011 bestselling comic memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and a series of killer talk-show appearances. The Mindy Project was conceived by Kaling to be the sitcom equivalent of a ’90s rom-com brought up-to-date and up-to-the-minute, packed with pop-culture references and a knowing irony. It succeeded despite never becoming a huge hit, and survived after being canceled by Fox in 2015 and moving over to Hulu.”
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- Chris Messina weighs in on the series finale
- Mindy Project composer Jesse Novak: “I’ve written so much music for the show and sometimes it feels crazy, but it has become a part of my brain, playing those notes.”
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 6:04AM EST
Mindy Kaling is grateful that The Mindy Project “completely changed my life” and she got to end it “on my own terms”
“Six years ago I created a show called #TheMindyProject and got to play the lead,” she tweeted as her final episode was released. “Not the sassy friend or nagging wife. It completely changed my life. 117 episodes later, it’s ending, on my own terms. That’s so rare, and I just want to say how grateful I am. Love forever, MK.” Kaling also notes that she was completely pregnant for the entire last season. “The finale I was almost 7 months along and it was a heat wave. See if you can tell…,” she added, giving credit to her staff for hiding her pregnancy so well.
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:57AM EST
Vice Principals exits as possibly the quintessential dark comedy of our times
“What this show managed to do across 18 episodes,” says Kyle Fowle, “is not only tell a compelling, ludicrous story about how pursuing power for the sake of it is a morally empty thing to do, but also ask us to look in the mirror and examine our cruelty, our own ability to throw others under the bus if it means we get something in return. In its own weird way, Vice Principals is a map for navigating the messiness of human nature and the feeling that we’re all growing increasingly divided from one another. In essence, a show that understands that while nobody’s perfect, if you’re working towards being somebody better, you’re on the right track.”
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 11:32PM EDT
Halt and Catch Fire vs. The Sopranos vs. Six Feet Under
Which acclaimed TV series best handled their series finale? ALSO: Halt’s most radical message wasn’t about computers.
Posted Sunday 10/08/17 at 2:43AM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld talks Steve Bannon, and how he sometimes regrets the Seinfeld series finale
In an interview Saturday at the New Yorker Festival, Seinfeld said he had no idea that the former Trump advisor and current Breitbart boss Bannon made money off Seinfeld. "I mean there are dozens and dozens of investors and people you don't know about," he said. As for the series finale, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in May, Seinfeld said: “I sometimes think we really shouldn’t have even done it. There was a lot of pressure on us at that time to do one big last show, but big is always bad in comedy.”
Posted Monday 9/18/17 at 10:50PM EDT
FX’s The Strain ends on a whimper, opposite the Emmys
The Guillermo del Toro drama series arrived with a lot of buzz, but it never became a huge hit for FX.
Posted Friday 9/15/17 at 2:29AM EDT
Is the Game of Thrones multiple endings story a hoax?
Would HBO really spend all that money to throw off leakers? PLUS: GoT is casting two new roles.
Posted Wednesday 9/13/17 at 10:02PM EDT
Game of Thrones plans to shoot multiple endings to throw off leakers
“I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really knows what happens,” HBO president of programming Casey Bloys was quoted as saying while speaking last week at Moravian College in Bethlehem. “You have to do that on a long show. Because when you’re shooting something, people know. So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.” HBO isn’t confirming or denying what Bloys said. PLUS: Dominic West insists he never turned down Game of Thrones.
Posted Friday 9/08/17 at 11:02PM EDT
Portlandia films its final scene on Saturday
As the IFC series wraps production on its eighth and final season, an Oregon state official notes that it has accounted for $40 million in directing spending on the state.
Posted Wednesday 8/30/17 at 2:19AM EDT
It’s been 50 years since The Fugitive’s heart-pumping finale changed TV forever
For Richard Kimble, August 29, 1967 was “the day the running stopped” after four seasons.
Posted Thursday 8/17/17 at 10:16PM EDT
Teen Wolf to go out with a “super finale”
The MTV series’ 100th and final episode will run 50 minutes on Sept. 24.