Thursday, May 15, 2008

Finale Thursday

OK,so ABC isn't wrapping up tonight, but a bunch of other shows are.

The CW airs the season finales of "Smallville" and "Supernatural" beginning at 8 p.m. A bit of good news on the "Smallville" front - Allison Mack will be returning next season as Chloe. I'm assuming Jensen Ackles will also be back as Dean Winchester even though his soul is ticketed to go to Hell tonight.

Earl has to choose between continuing his list of good karma and Alyssa Milano on the hour-long finale of "My Name Is Earl." Tough choice. I'm still thinking...

It's followed by the hour-long finale of "The Office" (NBC, 9 p.m.) which promises a few shockers as well as the departure of Toby in favor of Oscar nominee Amy Ryan as the new HR person.

More isn't necessarily merrier, though. The supersized versions of the NBC sitcoms that ran this year haven't been among the best of either series by any means.

Speaking of NBC follies, check out this interview with "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence, courtesty of TVGuide: http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-Editors-Blog/Ausiello-Report/Ausiello-Scoop-Lawrence/800039701

No wonder NBC is a fourth-place network these days. Meanwhile, Steve Buscemi guest stars on the season finale of "ER" at 10 p.m.

CBS wraps up "CSI" (CBS, 9 p.m.) by paving the way for the departure of legally-challenged Gary Dourdan, whose character is legally challenged as well. It's followed by the season finale of "Without a Trace."

Speaking of weird programming, ABC isn't wrapping up tonight, but rather setting up its finales over the next two weeks. "Ugly Betty," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost" are all new tonight. "Lost" is essentially a three-part finale, but the final two episodes won't air for two weeks.

Meanwhile, "Betty" and "Grey's wrap up next week, with the latter having a two-hour finale, which is why "Lost is being broken up. Fear not, though. "Lost" will re-air tonight's episode in two weeks at the 8 p.m. slot.

Incidentally, some more good news. The "Lost" producers confirmed that the two episodes that got nixed this year because of the strike will be made up over the show's final two seasons. So we'll get two 17-hour seasons rather than 16 as originally planned.

1 comment:

zodin2008 said...

Sorry for my absence yesterday, but there was literally NOTHING worth watching last night and I literally had nothing to say!

Thursday is a different story. After 2 straight nights with no good shows on, Thursday gives us a packed night on NBC, ABC and The CW.

First, I am pleased about the Allison Mack news - I love Chloe - I am just not sure that's enough to make me tune in next year. The show, other than 1 episode a few weeks ago that was really good, is mostly treading water, at best. And with Michael Rosenbaum on the way out as a regular as Lex, that really lessens my interest.

As for "Lost", any extra hours whenever is always good news. That pleases me and while ABC has dropped the ball so often with so many shows, it's gotten a few things very right of late such as extra hours for "Lost", the surprise and happy renewal of the terrific "Eli Stone" and moving "Ugly Betty" to now be produced in NY. It's such a New York show, it deserves to really be in the city it's supposed to capture.

I would add one other "positive" development for ABC - if this is in fact true.

While I stopped watching "Desperate Housewives" a few years ago and wild horses couldn't get me back to that show, one of the characters and actors I always DESPISED was Nicollette Sheridan's overexposed, middle aged tramp, Edie Britt.

Less hould have been more.

Edie was originally supposed to be a recurring character and in one of the million+ miscalculations by "DH" creator Marc Cherry (who maybe my 2nd least favorite TV mogul after David E. Kelley)Cherry made her a full time regular and it just never fit...she was such a raging, evil bitch, that it was beyond comprehension that people like Susan, Lynette and Breee would even acknowlege her existence.

Though the #1 thing that killed my interest in the show a few years back was Cherry's annoying decision to kill off the absolute best male character ever on the series, Stephen Culp as Rex Van de Kamp (Bree's deceased hubby), and instead, keep far duller male characters like Mike the handyman, who maybe the bost boring regular character on TV.

Sorr, it's been a while since I've had a good rant against "Desperate Housewives", but this went from an inventive new series to a trashy, terribly acted (save for Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman) series with bizarre character and direction choices. They lost me for good when someone first showed up in Alfre Woodward's basement.