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'The Sopranos' finale: Michael Imperioli shares his opinion on what it meant

EW has been taking a deeper look at some of the most iconic TV finales from shows such as Murphy BrownFriends, and Breaking Bad, but none were as controversial as the series finale of The Sopranos.

When the HBO series ended in 2007, many questions were left unanswered for fans concerning the fate of patriarch Tony and his family when the show cut to a black screen right before the credits. Creator David Chase has said in past interviews that “there was nothing definite about what happened” in the final scene at the diner but “if you look at the final episode really carefully, it’s all there.” To this date, fans are still debating what happened. EW sat down with Michael Imperioli to discuss his new film The M Word, but we couldn’t resist asking the Emmy winner’s opinion about that last seminal moment. Spoilers obviously ahead. READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights' showrunner Jason Katims does a deep dive on the series finale

It’s not easy to stick the landing when it comes to series finales. Just ask fans of Dexter and How I Met Your Mother, who continue to debate the merits of those final hours. Which is why it is that much more remarkable when a show receives universal acclaim for its last chapter. Friday Night Lights is one of those shows. The saga of Eric and Tami Taylor (played to perfection by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton) and the Dillon Panthers and East Dillon Lions ended on Feb. 9, 2011 when DirecTV aired the final episode. Then it ended again when NBC aired the final episode on July 15, 2011. (In a unique arrangement, the final two seasons aired first on the satellite provider and then a few months later on the broadcast network.)

Friday Night Lights finished with Coach Taylor finally agreeing to put his own career ambitions aside to move to Philadelphia when wife Tami got a job offer there. But first East Dillon had a championship to win, with the final play of the final game playing out in slow motion before cutting away without showing us the final result (which was revealed subtly later with a shot of the championship banner). Matt asked Julie to marry him, Tim and Tyra shared a beer out on his land, and all the other characters had their moment to shine. For the latest in our series celebrating classic TV series finales, we asked Friday Night Lights showrunner Jason Katims to look back on how he and the writing staff crafted this perfect ending to a beloved TV show. (Click through both pages to read the entire interview.) READ FULL STORY

CBS announces finale dates for 'Survivor,' 'Big Bang Theory,' more

CBS announced finale dates for a slew of its series including the two-hour Survivor finale and a special one-hour The Crazy Ones season finale. The much-anticipated How I Met Your Mother one-hour, series finale had been previously announced.

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Not even the Mother on 'How I Met Your Mother' knows her name yet

Though it has remained an abstraction for most of this TV season, the final episode of How I Met Your Mother is slowly coming into focus. This week, co-creator Craig Thomas tweeted a photo of the cover of the 95-page HIMYM finale, which is titled “Last Forever,” and production is already underway on the show’s final batch of episodes.

But don’t expect very many spoilers or leaks to surface just because the script is now in circulation. “It exists, but I have not glimpsed it,” admits actress Cristin Milioti, who joined the cast this season as the titular Mother. “There’s been discussion. It’s CIA-level lockdown. Our scripts are watermarked, and it feels really cool.” READ FULL STORY

'Burn Notice' series finale: Creator Matt Nix talks about the death of [SPOILER]

Burn Notice wrapped up its seven season run Thursday night with a series finale filled with both triumph and tragedy, and now creator Matt Nix breaks it all down for us.

[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Thursday night’s series finale of Burn Notice. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!]] READ FULL STORY

'Dexter' finale: How will it all end? EW editors share their theories on SiriusXM

How is Dexter going to end? Tune into Editor’s Hour on SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio for our take on the upcoming final season.

The satellite-radio show, which will re-air Sunday at 9 a.m. on SiriusXM channel 105, features EW editors Henry Goldblatt and Kristen Baldwin revealing exclusive coverage from final-season set visits. In this clip, they riff on their own ideas for the wrap-up of the series.
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'The Office' finale: Reports swirl over a possible Steve Carell appearance

The Office ends its nine-season run this month, and rumors have been swirling with respect to how the stories will wrap up and who will return to say goodbye.

At the forefront of the rumors is former Office star Steve Carell, who led the Dunder Mifflin crew as General Manager Michael Scott for seven seasons. His particular delivery of Scott’s insensitive and naive dialogue drew many viewers to the show, and fans are desperate for news of his return.

Predictions Monday by TV Line have narrowed a Carell appearance to a cameo, having confirmed by unnamed sources that Michael Scott will indeed return for a final farewell moment.

Last week on Late Show With David LettermanMindy Kaling claimed not to remember if Carell would be in the finale or not. When pressed, she said she had signed a nondisclosure agreement and didn’t want to lie to Letterman.

In a conference call with reporters last week, show creator Greg Daniels danced around the query, saying, “I think Steve felt, and I agree, that the ‘Goodbye, Michael’ episode was his goodbye and he didn’t want to overshadow the ending that all the other characters deserved.”
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Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight breaks down who survived and who died in the 'Spartacus' series finale and why

Would he live or die? That was the question heading into the series finale of Spartacus tonight. While history tells us the titular hero and his rebel forces were defeated by the might of Rome, some historians have claimed Spartacus’ body was never actually found, lending a glimmer of hope that the gladiator slave turned rebellion leader (originally played by the late Andy Whitfield and then by Liam McIntyre) might actually make it out of the series alive.

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BBC series 'Being Human' canceled

British supernatural series Being Human has been canceled, BBC announced Thursday. The show will wrap up its fifth and final season (or series as our friends across the pond call them) later this year on BBC Three.

Series creator Toby Whithouse promised an “epic, thrilling and shocking finale” in a post on the show’s official blog. Hal, Tom and Alex will face off with their most fearsome adversary yet: the Devil himself.

About a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost living under the same roof, the format was adapted to an American series of the same name, which is currently airing its third season on Syfy.

The six-episode fifth season kicked off earlier this month on BBC Three. An air date for the finale has not yet been scheduled.

[CORRECTION Feb. 8 4:47 p.m. ET: An earlier version of this post stated that season 5 of Being Human had begun airing on BBC America. The fifth season has in fact not begun airing in the U.S., and a premiere date has not been set by the network, EW has confirmed.]

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'The Office' series finale will air on...

Mark your calendars for one last hour of workplace antics with Dwight, Pam, Jim, Andy, and the rest of The Office gang. NBC announced Thursday that the hour-long series finale of the hit comedy show will air on Thursday, May 16 at 9 p.m.

Just as Fringe hit episode No. 100 with its series finale last month, The Office will reach a major milestone with its last installment — the finale will be the show’s 200th episode, wrapping up nine seasons of the Scranton, Pa.-set mockumentary.

Based on the British series created by Ricky Gervais, The Office has racked up four Emmy wins since its premiere in 2005, including Outstanding Comedy Series for its second season.

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'Fringe': Michael Cerveris on the return of September and the series finale full of 'surprise and heartbreak'

As Fringe wraps up its universe- and timeline-jumping saga in Observer-controlled 2036 tonight, the show’s first Observer has become far more important than fans – and likely even the writers – ever imagined when he first appeared on the Fox show in 2008.

September, the once-mysterious bald man the Fringe team dubbed the Observer, played by Broadway alum Michael Cerveris, has developed into the rebel who has brushed aside his natural coding for emotionless logic in favor of the well-being of the man he now calls a friend, Walter Bishop.

Last week, after being absent for much of season 5, Cerveris returned as a September somewhat de-Observer-fied. The Fringe team learned about the part he plays in Walter’s plan to take the world back from the Observers, and they also learned about the connection between September (now known as Donald, thanks to his fondness for Singin’ in the Rain) and the Observer boy – turns out that Donald and Michael are now another of the show’s central father-son pairs.

Ahead of tonight’s series finale, Cerveris talked to EW about crafting that performance for the new, follicly blessed version of September, saying his goodbyes on the final day of shooting and how working on Fringe has more than made up for never getting to appear on The X-Files.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Is it wild to think about how much your role has grown from what was originally intended to be a one-off?
MICHAEL CERVERIS: Yeah, it’s been kind of astounding. It’s true that in the very beginning I understood it as just being a one-off. Almost before I started working actually, they had already started to feel differently. Both [executive producers] Jeff Pinkner and J.J. [Abrams] – they saw September as having a crucial role to play, a role that was going to continue to play out throughout the series as long as it lasted. But you never know when people say that – no matter how well-intentioned, how much they believe it themselves – you never know if that’s how things are actually gonna play out. I certainly never could have imagined that the fate of universes and the existence of humanity was going to be in September’s, Donald’s hands at the conclusion. READ FULL STORY

'Ask Tina': Tina Fey's plans for summer (and clues to the '30 Rock' series finale?) -- EXCLUSIVE

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In NBC’s latest “Ask Tina” webisode, Tina Fey and “American treasure Richard Dean” — 30 Rock‘s makeup artist who showed up this past season as the creepy neighbor who always wakes Liz with a kiss — discussed the star’s plans for the summer. It’s not working on a chain gang or becoming best friends with Ina Garten in the Hamptons, but she claims her summer job is her “second calling.” Watch below, and remember to thank her the next time you swallow too much water at Dorney Park. READ FULL STORY

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