Tonight, it’s time for a Swanson swan song. Even though Parks and Recreation re-entered our lives just a few months ago, we must already say goodbye as the NBC comedy ends its superb third season with a two-part, one-hour finale (10-11 p.m ET). What kind of surprises await these Pawnee government employees in the final hour? We asked series co-creator/exec producer Mike Schur to give EW.com 10 hints about tonight’s action, which involves romance, death, and a threat to Ron’s mustache. “These characters make huge, life-changing decisions in the last seven minutes of the hour,” says Schur. “There’s an out-of-nowhere curveball for Leslie in the last scene, so I urge everyone to stay tuned to the end. It’s like The Usual Suspects. You have to watch until the very end.” Herewith, 10 teases to prep you for the Parks season finale. READ FULL STORY
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There are finales everywhere. What’s this?
I can’t believe my eyes; I must be dreaming. Wake up, Sandra, this isn’t fair!
Woah! Musical introduction. This is what the end of the season does to me, folks. I’m losing it. But that also means summer’s on the way, so remember to start sending your scoop requests for summer TV soon! And, as a special treat, please also send your season finale questions as well.
Lords and ladies of the Royal Spoiler court, your TV scooper has taken a break from her shameless obsession with the Royal Wedding to bring you a spot of TV scoop fit for Royals and commoners alike.
Quick programming note to all the lovely readers who contacted me thinking I was dead/injured/buried alive on Tuesday when you were hoping for a Spoiler Room: We are on summer schedule, meaning you’ll get the column once a week until fall season. But perhaps I’ll pop in on some Tuesdays with special treats (“perhaps” = “of course!”). And as always, keep a close eye on ITV for daily scoopage.
On to the fun! As always, you great people can send your questions to email@example.com and @EWSandraG on Twitter. See you next week!
‘CRIMINAL MINDS’ FINALE WILL TACKLE BAU’s UNCERTAIN FUTURE
With some key cast members of Criminal Minds still without contracts for next season (i.e., Shemar Moore and the beloved Thomas Gibson), exec producer Erica Messer has penned a cliffhanger for the May 18 finale that will nod to the team’s shaky future — but not with guns and explosions. It will tackle the financial realities of crime fighting — and possible cutbacks in BAU. “It’s a more authentic version of ‘Our team is in jeopardy,’ ” she says. “This instead is, ‘There could be big trouble here, hopefully not,’ but we need to at least acknowledge that it’s on the horizon.” READ FULL STORY
Happy Friday, Roommates! Lots of scoop in TV land (the best land of them all) this week, so I won’t keep you long. Just a reminder to send your scoop requests/musings/Fringe theories/flattery to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Twitter @EWSandraG. See you again same time Tuesday! READ FULL STORY
It’s been quite the week for TV, Roomies. And as we head into finale season, the info keeps pouring in!
Below is what I’ve dug up this week, but remember that I use your inquiries as a guide. Let me know what shows you want to know about! And you can do so (as always) in two ways: via e-mail email@example.com and via Twitter @EWSandraG.
FRINGE: EPS TEASE TRIPPIEST EPISODE SINCE ‘BROWN BETTY’
Full disclosure: I was originally going to preview tonight’s episode of Fringe for you, but honestly, I’m in such a pleasant mood over the renewal that I say we move on to bigger matters, like episode 19, airing April 15.
Before the big news, Jeff Pinkner and Joel H. Wyman hopped on the phone with me to tease an episode I’ve been dying to know more about ever since I heard a rumor that it would be Astrid-centered, which, it turns out, isn’t entirely the case. Oh, I’ll just let them explain. READ FULL STORY
'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Castle,' 'Glee': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room
Welcome to the final Live-From-PaleyFest edition of Spoiler Room! I’ll be back next Tuesday, coming at you once again from Midtown Manhattan, so if you don’t see scoop on your favorite show, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask away! Or pose your questions on Twitter, too: @EWSandraG. READ FULL STORY
NBC reaffirmed its commitment to three of its critically beloved comedies today by announcing 2011-12 pickups for The Office, Parks and Recreation and Community.
“I am so pleased to renew these three outstanding comedies which are all at the top of their game creatively,” said Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment Chairman, in a statement. “Along with 30 Rock, they represent the best of what the NBC comedy brand stands for in terms of originality, wit, and sophistication. The Office continues to fire on all cylinders on the most competitive night of television, Parks and Recreation has come into its own this season as the rightful companion to The Office, and Community is one of the freshest comedies on any network and a solid foundation for Thursday night.”
NBC has yet to decide whether to renew Perfect Couples or Outsourced. It’s likely that call will be made at crunch time in early May, when the Peacock is preparing to announce its fall lineup to advertisers in New York.
The Office averages a 4.0 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers. Parks earns a 2.8/7 and 5.5 million viewers, while Community gets a 2.1/6 and 4.7 million.
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'Criminal Minds,' 'Castle,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Supernatural,' 'Glee': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room
Spoiler Room is coming to you liiiiiive from L.A. this week, where I’m trolling around PaleyFest looking for word on your favorite shows. Tonight, I’m headed to the Community panel and Wednesday night is Glee. Spoilery questions/musings about these two shows — and all your favorite shows, for that matter — can be emailed to email@example.com or send them to me on Twitter @EWSandraG.
See y’all Friday! READ FULL STORY
As I file this, my airplane is hopefully fueling, Roomies, for my trip to PaleyFest to dig around for scoop on your favorite shows. So email in your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or stalk me on Twitter (@EWSandraG) where I will no doubt Tweet when I meet someone worthy of a photograph (or when things get awkward, and I need a reason to look at my phone). See you next Tuesday for another edition! READ FULL STORY
'Parks and Recreation' exec producer Mike Schur: 'Zero truth' to rumors of Rob Lowe replacing Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men'
Fans of Parks and Recreation, you may breathe a sigh of relief: Rob Lowe isn’t leaving Indiana. Despite rumors that the actor could replace the fired Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men — an idea, by the way, that even got Sheen’s endorsement — Parks executive producer Mike Schur tells EW that there is “zero truth” to that scenario. “Rob is a full-time cast member and his contract extends many years in the future, so there’s no possible way that could happen,” he says. “It was a classic Internet rumor that got way out of hand.” Borrowing a word from Lowe’s character, ultra-optimistic auditor Chris Traeger, Schur declared: ”There is literally no chance that he can go to another show right now.” Lowe guest starred on the final two episodes of season 2 before becoming a regular cast member on Parks this season.
John Stamos on 'Glee,' 'SVU,' plus 'Parks and Rec,' 'Bones,' and 'Vampire Diaries': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room
InsideTV Podcast: Saying good riddance to Sammi on 'Jersey Shore', debating the sob stories of 'American Idol' and picking our fave 'Parks and Recreation' characters
Sammi and Ronnie may finally be over on MTV’s Jersey Shore, and that’s a good thing because we are so over Sammi and Ronnie. Ever since Miami they have been the biggest buzzkill on what is supposed to be a happy-go-lucky party hearty program. Now that Sammi has left the house, can these knuckleheads finally get back to the absurdity that made us fall in love with them in the first place (namely: creeping, peeing in public places, and wearing sunglasses to nightclubs)? Annie Barrett, Tim Stack, and yours truly break down the break-up on EW.com’s newly rechristened InsideTV Podcast. (Unfortunately, promos show that Sammi will be returning to the house at some point. Boo!) Also on tap: In an American Idol season chock full of sob stories, we determine just whose story is the sobbiest, while also bidding a not-so-fond farewell to that bundle of
energy annoyingness, Victoria Huggins. And you may have noticed from our current cover that we’re rather fond of a certain NBC comedy by the name of Parks and Recreation. Now that we’re into the thick of season 3, Annie, Tim and I each pick our favorite character. (WARNING: Moustache alert ahead.) See if you agree!
To join in the fun, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re now on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you on the go. No iTunes? No problem. You can also download the entire podcast right here. And to send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. Then hit the message boards and let us know: Are you over the whole Ronnie and Sammi thing?
'House,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Parenthood,' Justin Bieber on 'CSI': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room
I’m not one to exaggerate, so you can believe me when I say I have some killer scoop that’s deathly good this week.
Not only did I speak with executive producer Greg Yaitanes about one of the biggest episodes of House you’ve ever seen, Shay Mitchell about Pretty Little Liars, and Craig Thomas about the next few (happy!) episodes of How I Met Your Mother, but I also have a HUGE Justin Bieber-related CSI spoiler. Plus there’s Cougar Town casting scoop, Michael and Nikita spoilers, dish from Spartacus: Gods of the Arena ‘s Aussie star Dustin Clare, and a ton more! Dig in with the fury of a million Bieber fans competing for a lock of his baby hair. GO! READ FULL STORY
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