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Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 2:03AM EDT
Adventure Time ends with an explosion of imagination
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"Try to keep it short. Adventure Time always did," says Darren Franich of the Cartoon Network show's series finale. "Two hundred eighty-some episodes across eight-plus years, a near-decade of candy-colored mythbusting musical tragicomedy, Final Fantasy plus H.P Lovecraft times Philip K. Dick divided by Mystery Science Theater 3000 raised to the Charlie Brownth power, but funnier, but sadder, but weirder. And every episode still, what, 11-and-a-half minutes? Less, with an opening credits sequence only a heartless streaming service would ever skip? Sans commercials, Monday’s 'giantsized' final episode clocked 44 minutes, 47 seconds, the precise length of time it takes your average prestige drama to burp. The series finale — variously titled 'The Ultimate Adventure' or 'Come Along With Me' — found time for two epic showdowns, three epic kisses, two musical numbers, one gigantic personification of universal chaos."
- Adventure Time was one of the visual and artistic wonders of the past decade
- Adventure Time succeeded for so long that it outlived its cult status
- Adventure Time revolutionized fantasy cartoons with heart and humor
- The finale was an ending and a beginning to a series whose impact is never going to end
- Executive producer Adam Muto answers series finale burning questions
- Muto was initially concerned queer representation might draw "too much attention"
- Series finale soundtrack will get a vinyl release
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 2:39PM EDT
The Big Bang Theory to end this year with Season 12
On Aug. 5, CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said at the TV press tour "we don't believe it's the final year" and "we are in preliminary discussions to renew the show with Warner Bros." Today, The Big Bang Theory producers announced that the sitcom won't go beyond the upcoming Season 12. “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons," Warner Bros. TV and Chuck Lorre Productions said in a joint statement. "We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 7:59AM EDT
Shades of Blue exits with five different seemingly slapped-together endings
The Jennifer Lopez cop drama would've been better off using its penultimate episode as its series finale.
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Quantico airs its series finale, which didn't change after ABC announced its cancelation
"Well, we finished the season before it aired so we had no idea it would be cancelled," say showrunner Michael Seitzman. "We had to give a genuine season ending but still leave the door open for season 4." He adds: "It didn’t change. This was the season finale, which later became the series finale after the fact." ALSO: Priyanka Chopra tweeted thanks to Quantico fans.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
The Originals creator on the series finale: "I can’t see it having ended any other way"
When asked if fans would be upset with the series finale, creator and executive producer Julie Plec responded: "Yes and no. I can’t see it having ended any other way. Therefore, it’s the ending. Joseph Morgan felt exactly the same way. We’re telling a story about two immortal beings — what do you think the ending is? The ending is freedom from immortality. Looking at it subjectively, that’s the inevitability of this kind of show. I love that fans love this character so much. They’ve had more than seven seasons of television to be in love with these characters. It’s been a beautiful relationship between the fans and Klaus, specifically. And I just really like closure."
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
Nashville's series finale was moving and messy
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"As it often happens with shows that last beyond a few years, a big chunk of the action in Nashville’s final season centered on characters we barely knew enough to care about," says Kristen Baldwin. Still, the series finale did deliver in bringing fans what they've longed for. "What a wonderful place to leave these characters: Onstage, singing in unison, as the shimmery velum between fiction and reality disappeared," says Baldwin, adding: "In the end...Nashville remained true to its central love story."
- The series finale brought Nashville full circle
- Creator Callie Khouri discusses the series finale surprise: "It was so exciting"
- Showrunner Marshall Herskovitz on the surprise: "It was connecting directly to the audience and saying thank you and we’re grateful that we’ve been able to share these years with you"
- Charles Esten: "I know that I gave my heart and my soul to this role and did all that I could"
- Connie Britton weighs in on the series finale: Initially, "I was a little against it"
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Jordan Klepper ends The Opposition by saying "I think the bad guys won"
After nine months of playing an alt-right Alex Jones-inspired conspiratorial conservative, Klepper closed out The Opposition with a moment of clarity. “I think the bad guys won. I think maybe we’re bad,” he said. “Dammit guys, let’s look at our team. Putin murders people. Kim Jong-un murders people. And Stephen Miller definitely has dreams where he murders people. And sure, none of those people I just mentioned are Nazis, but we also have Nazis. And oh yeah, we’re also the team that puts kids in cages, which doesn’t pair well with the alleged child molester we tried to make a senator. This is bad-guy sh*t, guys!”
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Desus & Mero's Viceland finale was its most New York episode
Source: TV Guide
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero got New York sports radio legend Mike Francesa, whom they grew up listening to, to appear on their final show before heading off to Showtime.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
How Sense8 pulled off its series finale -- and an Eiffel Tower shoot -- after its cast dispersed to other projects following cancelation
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"On this, everybody had other commitments," says executive producer Grant Hill. "But once we had a schedule, we kept it. We got everybody there who was supposed to be there — sometimes just a little too close for comfort — but it all worked out." The canceled Netflix series only had 27 days to film a feature-length series finale. "There was some talk about doing two episodes, and then we realized that it shouldn’t be episodic," says Hill. "It is a finale and it should be self-contained...On the 27th day, we stopped and everybody cried and then had a very big, large and great party."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Sense8's series finale was equally beautiful and incoherent -- like the show itself
Source: The A.V. Club
"The finale is not the show at its peak, but at least, with its last note of being 'for the fans,' it does a good job of providing at least some of the joy that made the show so great when it was on its game," says Rowan Kaiser.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 12:59AM EDT
The Fosters co-creator: We didn't want to do the Downton Abbey series finale
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"These are messy real people on messy real journeys, and those journeys don’t always run parallel," says executive producer and co-creator Peter Paige. He adds: "We got a little less political, a little more into the relationships and who these people were becoming in their adult lives. It was nice to be able to check in with all of them and see how they were making it on the road to adulthood. We wanted to create stories where there would be organic reasons to remind us how far we’ve come, where, in moving forward, we would naturally look back."
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Why The Americans' use of a Dire Straits song was perfect for the series finale
The song "Brothers in Arms" is an "elegiac slow burn, of the kind you might expect to close an episode rather than carry its middle section," says Sam Adams. "(Indeed, that’s exactly how it was used in The West Wing’s 'Two Cathedrals,' which found President Jed Bartlet facing storms both literal and metaphorical with a smile on his face.) But The Americans’ home stretch was a tribute to the power, and sometimes the frustration, of taking it slow, letting conflicts simmer like the unresolved organ chords and thundering rumbles that fade in on the soundtrack as Philip, Elizabeth, and Paige face what is left of the rest of their lives. Although it was released at a time when the threat of nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union—as chronicled in Season 4’s 'The Day After'—still seemed acute, 'Brothers in Arms' is steeped in sorrow instead of anxiety, sung from the perspective of an old soldier who’s come to the end of a war he wishes he’d never had to fight."
- The Americans avoided the Happy Days "Chuck Cunningham Syndrome" with its treatment of Henry Jennings
- What should Keri Russell do next? How about a Ryan Murphy or Shonda Rhimes show?
- A tribute to the best, sexiest and dorkiest Americans disguises
- The Americans finale was elegant, potent and unforgettable
- It's a Top 10 series finale because of how it "thoroughly and almost radically it puts a bow on the series’ central preoccupation: the Jennings marriage"
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 7:16AM EDT
The Americans series finale was one of TV's best, with its shift from theater to silent cinema
"The subdued finale, says Matt Zoller Seitz, "is one of the best that I’ve seen, a terrific example of an ending that summarizes what the series was about while putting a new frame around it. 'START' pulverizes any idea of a script for these role-players to 'play' and forces them to work off-script. The privilege (or excuse) of needing to stick to the script, rain or shine, has allowed Philip and Elizabeth to break every last one of the Ten Commandments in the name of a higher ideal: the destruction of America and capitalism. It has also allowed Stan, the beer-drinking, flag-saluting Yankee, to feel patriotic even after hacksawing huge ethical corners, including falling in love with a double agent (later triple-agent) and straight-up murdering a Soviet operative in retaliation for the KGB killing his partner. (Philip did that deed, but thankfully Stan never found out.) Everybody’s gone off-script now, and the series goes off-script with them. And so The Americans, a series that has never shied away from its TV-ness, goes in a startling new direction in its final chapter, envisioning its two most important sequences as, respectively, a stage play produced without costumes or sets in a parking garage, and a Russian silent movie that carries much of its meaning through images, confining dialogue to a few sentences so tight-lipped that they could fit on old-fashioned title cards."
- The finale was frustrating more than satisfying: It felt limp, unwilling to push its characters too far
- It was surprising in that it made a climax out of a series of anti-climaxes: "The episode was a litany of things that did not happen"
- The Americans leaving on a morally ambiguous note felt like the surest way out of the series
- The Americans needed to stick the landing, and it did with an ending that felt true to the main characters
- Though it was unexpected, the finale did live up to the spirit of the past six seasons
- There was a "quiet elegance" in the way The Americans chose to end the series
- The finale managed to tick off the necessary boxes without turning into fan service
- The Americans landed on a conclusion that reflects the series as a whole: Tense, understated, affecting, and one of the greats
- The Americans never told open-and-shut stories, so it makes sense that ambiguity crept into the ending
- Keri Russell cried reading the finale script at a restaurant, Matthew Rhys cried reading it on a train
- Rhys says the garage scene took nine hours to film, but the train scene was the toughest because they used an actual moving train
- Rhys didn't think Renee was a spy, but Russell isn't as sure
- Noah Emmerich said he thought the garage scene was "very beautiful and humane and poetic, and very Americans"
- Emmerich says Stan made a "humanistic choice": "It was too conflicted for Stan"
- Holly Taylor: "I was so shocked when I read that. I was not expecting that at all"
- Taylor predicts where Paige will be in five to 10 years after the series finale
- Showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields are keeping mum on what they think happens after the series finale
- Creator Weisberg said he and Fields found that this was the only ending that worked: "We did our due diligence and we ran every single possible other ending of the show through our brains to see if there was a better one, but this was still the one that we loved the best and seemed to be the most natural and true ending of this story."
- The garage scene wasn't an idea that was planned years in advance
- Fields and Weisberg aren't interested in doing any spinoffs, not even with Renee, Martha or Claudia
- Fields and Weisberg pick their eight favorite musical moments from the entire series
- Read an oral history of "START," The Americans' series finale
- Check out The Americans cast outside of their roles at a Wednesday night series finale event
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
St. Elsewhere's memorable snow-globe series finale turns 30
The May 25, 1988 series finale inspired as many arguments as The Sopranos series finale: Was the entire 1980s medical drama a fantasy? "I like to think of the snow globe as a meta-commentary on the universe of TV generally," says Matt Zoller Seitz, "one that resonates more strongly now than it did three decades ago, when there were only three major broadcast networks, PBS, cable, and a bunch of syndicated stations, yet people who wrote about the medium for a living still worried that there was no way they could watch and keep tabs on everything. The snow globe of TV has expanded exponentially since then, to the point where a viewer would have to clone themselves 20 times to watch every sitcom or drama worth having an opinion on — a scenario that wouldn’t leave much room for watching other types of programming, or for eating and sleeping."
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
The Middle's perfect series finale was rare for a TV show
Source: Paste Magazine
"Few shows have the chance to go out like The Middle—on their own terms with their ratings still strong, if not spectacular," says Amy Amatangelo. "As Sher said when I interviewed her, since The Middle was never a huge smash hit, the water-cooler show everyone was talking about, it never had the steep decline that befalls so many series. This season has seen the departure of both Scandal and New Girl, but a lot of the appreciations of those shows were about what they once meant to TV. Viewers returned to those series for one last hurrah." ALSO: The ending was absolutely perfect.