Weeds: The Worst Things About the Series Finale

by Rachel Stein September 17, 2012 11:23 am
<i>Weeds</i>: The Worst Things About the Series Finale

This really wasn't a terrible season of Weeds. Yes, the eighth and final installment followed the same pattern every season before it did -- immediate chaos following the previous finale, a new place, relative stability for the gang, utter batshit insanity and then the illusion of character development that eventually reveals itself as a temporary mood change -- but the drama in Old Sandwich was fun. I really enjoyed the stuff with Tim Scottson, Jill and Andy turned out to have a lot of believable chemistry, the Earth didn't collapse onto Silas, Nancy didn't totally ruin everything and Shane... well, Shane had that cute girlfriend and some fun with crooked cops. Doug wasn't even in it that much. Really, not bad for this show!

Whitney: Can the Season Finale Be the Series Finale?

by Angel Cohn March 29, 2012 1:10 pm
<I>Whitney</I>: Can the Season Finale Be the Series Finale?

Full disclosure: I watched every single episode of Whitney. Not because I liked the show, or remotely thought that it was at all good. In fact, it was terrible. Given how outrageous Whitney Cummings is as a stand-up, it was bizarre that her humor was so watered down for this series. But I think that's what kept me tuning in. It was like she was stuck in some sitcom hell of her own creation and each episode was one more car added to the 20-car pileup on the interstate that I couldn't turn away from. Why did she do this to herself? Is she a masochist? Actually, that might explain a lot. Or maybe I'm the masochist for willingly tuning in every week. No one here at work forced me, too, but since I've been accused of writing off shows too quickly after the pilot, I thought that since I like Cummings in general, I'd give this one a shot for a whole season as some sort of twisted experiment.

<i>Breaking Bad</i>‘s Vince Gilligan is Just as Excited About the Season and Series Finales as We All Are

In case my enormous best moments photo gallery didn't tip you off, I'm a bit of a Breaking Bad aficionado -- and by the looks of it, many of you are, too. Vincent Gilligan, creator and producer, is aware of his series' fan base and enjoys talking about how nail-biting and marvelous it is just as much as his devotees do. I've frankly never read an interview with him that didn't make me appreciate his work even more, and when he took a media call earlier this week to discuss the future of Breaking Bad and Sunday's Season 4 finale "Face Off," he sounded as excited as his questioners did about what's going to go down. Below are the highlights for your nerve-racking pleasure.

Weeds: Why It Would Suck If This Were the Series Finale

by Rachel Stein September 27, 2011 10:59 am
<i>Weeds</i>: Why It Would Suck If This Were the Series Finale

I'm not sure how many there are of us left, but I know I can't be the only person who has faithfully watched Weeds from day one up until last night's season -- and possibly series, if Showtime doesn't renew -- finale. Even if you haven't seen the series completely through, the fact that you made it through this season is frankly pretty impressive. It's had its high points (everything with Pouncy House, Shane's story arc, shreds of Andy growing up, even some Doug moments) and serious lows (Nancy never ever changing ever, Silas constantly pouting, the whole Stevie thing, as if we're supposed to give a shit), but if what we saw in the final moment of "Do Her/Don't Do Her" truly was the close to seven long seasons of seeing the rise and fall and rise and fall and several more rounds of both of Nancy Botwin... well then I would be sorely disappointed, for more reasons than one.

Chuck: What We Loved (and Hated) About the Series

by Angel Cohn January 27, 2012 9:30 am
<I>Chuck</I>: What We Loved (and Hated) About the Series

We've been frustrated with this last season, but there was a time when we found Chuck quite charming, so much so that we actually looked forward to each new episode. Now we're mostly glad that the show is finally ending. Here's what we've missed about the series, and what we won't once it's gone.

Desperate Housewives: A Eulogy

by Rachel Stein May 14, 2012 11:20 am
<i>Desperate Housewives</i>: A Eulogy

What can I say about Desperate Housewives? Once a clever, black humor soap opera about life as a woman in the suburbs, Marc Cherry's series eventually became a Sunday-evening afterthought that only the most devoted of fans watched and even then, it was mostly to see it end. In Season 1, it averaged 23.69 million viewers -- in Season 8, it never quite reached the 10 million mark. Now, Desperate Housewives has left us... and against all odds, takes a tiny bit of each fan down with it.

Parks and Recreation: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

by Rachel Stein May 11, 2012 11:21 am
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

I know I should probably be stressing out over Parks and Recreation still being in limbo for a Season 5 (at least as of this writing) while deciding whether "Win, Lose, or Draw" was better than last year's Season 3 finale, "Li'l Sebastian," but honestly, all I want to do right now is sit in a high-quality leather chair and reflect on a season of television that made me happy.

Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

by Ethan Alter March 20, 2012 4:05 pm
Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Move over Al Lewis, there's a new Grandpa Munster in town.

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