Parks and Recreation will unveil its season finale next Thursday, and it will be filled with all sorts of guest stars, from musical (Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Letters to Cleo, the returning Jeff Tweedy) to political (First Lady Michelle Obama) to mystery (???). One name you can add to the list from the comedy world: Workaholics star Blake Anderson. READ FULL STORY
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[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched the season finale of The Walking Dead.]
The Walking Dead took its first trip to Cliffhanger City with its season 4 finale, leaving Rick Grimes and most of the group reunited in the worst of all places — locked in a train car by the baddies of Terminus. But there is hope because at least the group has Rick back at his badass best. The finale used a flashback framework to show Rick’s transformation from a leader into a farmer after the fall of Woodbury, at the urging of Scott Wilson’s Hershel. That was juxtaposed against the things Rick had to do now to keep his family and friends safe — things like biting one marauder’s neck off and gutting another. Translation: the old Rick is finally back. And it is the Rick the group will need if they are to survive this encounter with their latest foes. We caught up with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman to get his thoughts on the finale, the evolution of Rick Grimes, and the fact that nobody major died, as well as get some insight into Terminus leader Gareth (that dude in the photo above) and what will happen when things pick back up in season 5. (Click through both pages to read the entire interview. Also make sure to read our finale interviews with showrunner Scott M. Gimple and star Andrew Lincoln.)
ABC announced its spring finale dates for 19 of its current series. Of note is the season 3 finale date for Scandal — Thursday, April 17 — a special two-hour Once Upon a Time season finale, and an extended, one-hour season finale for The Middle.
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NBC has announced finale dates for several of its series, including breakout hit The Blacklist, Community, and singing competition The Voice. The network previously announced the April 24 date for the season finale of Parks and Recreation, which will feature a guest spot from first lady Michelle Obama.
See the rundown below: READ FULL STORY
Next week’s Voice finale really will have something for everyone.
NBC has unveiled two of the season 4 finale’s star attractions: Florida Georgia Line and Nelly, an unlikely duo who will tag-team their summer anthem “Cruise,” and Bruno Mars, who will appear with his Hooligans in a pre-taped performance of “Treasure.” Mars and the gang recorded the song in May, shortly before Mars’ mother died suddenly of a brain aneurysm.
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Haven’t seen the season finale of BBC America’s Orphan Black? Then I’ll give you two shakes of a genetically engineered tack-on tail to click away, because there be more spoilers here than Sarah Manning has dopplegangers. “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” gave the audience a little of everything – matricide, sororicide, death by garbage disposal strangulation (!), devilish bargains, numerous twists, and new a big bad ProClone – and dealt the many multiples played the marvelous Tatiana Maslany a lot of loss. Unhinged Helena lost her lunatic life, Brainy Cosima lost her health, Domesticated Alison lost her husband, and our Anti-Hero Sarah lost her child (abducted!), her birth mother (murdered!), and her foster mother (?), who appears to have been playing ball all along with the devious Evo Devo conspiracy that has populated the planet with oblivious petri dish spawn.
In its own unique way, Orphan Black’s cliffhanger-packed capper dramatized at variety of Feminist concerns. A discussion among the clones about whether to accept “peace treaty” deals from their morally ambiguous makers sounded like a conversation about something else altogether. Cosima, Alison, and Sarah spoke of their right to choose, and that their individual choice should not be judged. The Faustian bargains presented by snakey Dr. Aldous Leekie (Matt Frewer) were tempting apples, indeed, and they should have been resisted. They offered only the appearance of freedom and effectively trapped them in narrowly defined social roles. Alison the Mother-Wife was offered a lifetime of security in suburbia for herself and her children, while Cosima the Careerist was offered unlimited professional advancement and forbidden knowledge.
Another loaded theme: Sister versus sister. Sarah and Helena – biological twins, we learned – fought yet one more time, and for the last time: Sarah put a permanent end to deranged, damaged sibling, who had become fully activated with homicidal rage at anyone and everyone who had made her nothing but a more-ways-than-one mad woman, from the birth mother who abandoned her to at the anti-science zealot who warped her into a killing machine. A new clone was introduced: Rachel Duncan, a high-ranking member of the conspiracy, a sell-out to the corrupt culture that forged her. She was a pitiless ice queen who reigned high above the city in a empty skyscraper suite, her exalted office as barren as a prison cell. Her burdensome job, it seemed, was to police her fellow clones, to keep them boxed and checked. Way to smash through that glass ceiling, sister.
It was Cosima – unlocking a bar code embedded in her DNA – who discovered the secret that revealed just how profoundly not-free, how truly chained and kept these women were: They had all been patented by the conspiracy. They were someone else’s product, someone else’s property. She rejected her deal, a choice that will cost Cosima the knowledge she needs to figure out a cure for the degenerative respiratory sickness (cough-cough-bloodycough) now killing her. Sarah – who was offered protection from further persecution and prosecution – rejected her deal after Cosima tipped her off to the fact that she lacked ownership of her life and body. (“UP YOURS, PROCLONE!”) Rachel retaliated by taking away her daughter, she of the miraculous healing powers.
Begun, I think, the Clone War has.
What dazzled me most about Orphan Black this season was Maslany’s performance. If I had an Emmy ballot, she’d be on the Best Actress list, or at least three of the Best Supporting Actress spots. Or both. She never phoned in any of her clones. They all felt remarkably realized. In the finale, I loved Cosima’s complex reaction to learning that she was just a bunch of numerically-tagged genetic material to the conspiracy — a string of numbers that her duplicitous Watcher-crush knew it by heart. Dearest 324b21! How I’ve secretly yearned for your digits! Have grace for my amateur lesbianism! Sarah’s drama, Helena’s tragedy, Cosima’s romanticism, Alison’s comedy – Maslany made me believe in all of her clones and all of their textures and tones, even when the story’s twists and turns threatened to subvert them. Don’t ask me to pick a favorite… although I will say that by the end, Helena was my least favorite. But her death felt correct, and therefore poignant. Her demise also gives Orphan Black a chance to strengthen if not reinvent a weak spot in its saga, the under-developed conflict between science (represented by the Neolutionists) and religion (represented by the Prolethians, who I suspect will see more screen time next year).
One of the best things about Orphan Black’s well measured first season (10 episodes — a perfect number for this series) was how the writers allowed the mystery of the clone mythology to gradually reveal itself while maintaining a thriller’s momentum. The strategy allowed for much character-oriented storytelling and imbued the sci-fi with intriguing human drama. I hope Orphan Black can maintain this quality now that the slow-burn mythology blazes hot in the foreground. I said I don’t have favorites, but the clone that comes to mind as I reflect on season one is Alison. I loved watching this tightly wound desperate housewife unravel into a chaos-producing mess as she valiantly tried to wrap her mind around a terrible enlightenment that nonetheless produced some terribly needed transformation that stretched her identity and world… at least until she sold out anew to suburban safety in the finale. (Ah, but how long will it last? What’s going to happen when the cops ask her some questions about Aynsley’s absurd but satisfying garbage disposal death? Does Watcher-Hubby plan on actually returning from that nighttime jog to see Dr. Leekie? ) (By the way, kinda saw that coming, just as I always suspected that Mrs. S knew more about Project Leda than she was telling.) The episode that convinced me that Orphan Black was not just good but great was “Variations Under Domestication,” the worlds-colliding, role-swapping riot set during an afternoon house party, in which Alison/Sarah tried to juggle being a good hostess upstairs while stealing away downstairs to beat some secrets out of Alison’s husband, whom she suspected of being her watcher (she was right!), whole also dealing with intrusions from Sarah’s rough-and-tumble world. I really hope Orphan Black can keep producing episodes like that, be it with the existing clones (and/or clones to come?) … and/or another set of clones altogether. Because I have to think there has to be a whole bunch of Neolutionary Adams out there for all the Eves that Project Leda has created.
Did “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” dazzle you as it dazzled me? The message board is yours.
It’s never just about remodeling the kitchen, is it?
Tonight, the Sundance Channel’s first original scripted series wraps its first season with a finale that could find former death-row prisoner Daniel Holden (Aden Young) leaving his hometown for good. Daniel’s had a rough few decades — he was arrested and jailed 19 years before Rectify begins for murdering and raping his teenage girlfriend. Though new DNA evidence has shed doubt on his conviction — allowing Daniel to finally return home — he hasn’t yet been exonerated for the crime.
In this clip from the finale, a simple conversation about home improvement between Daniel and his mother (J. Smith-Cameron) leads to tears — and maybe some sort of emotional breakthrough. Just don’t expect it — or the rest of the episode — to reveal whether Daniel is guilty or innocent: as Smith-Cameron told EW last month, “I think that Daniel’s not sure what happened, so therefore it’s impossible to know.”
Last year’s The Big Bang Theory‘s season finale featured our favorite Pasadena nerds in some big moments: There was a wedding and one mission to outer space. So how are the creators of the CBS comedy going to top that with tonight’s season 6 finale?
By focusing on smaller, intimate moments, says executive producer Steve Molaro. Among the relationships that are tested and given some touching scenes in the finale is Penny and Leonard’s. Just when things are at their best for the on-again-off-again couple, Leonard is faced with the tough decision of whether to leave Penny for four months when he gets an enticing job offer overseas. READ FULL STORY
SPOILER ALERT, Newbies. If you haven’t seen tonight’s New Girl, read no further. For everyone who has, click through now!
[Obvious Note: Spoilers for Once Upon a Time's second season finale -- "And Straight On Till Morning" -- follow!]
Of all the characters introduced or highlighted for the first time during Once Upon a Time‘s second season — including Captain Hook, Mulan, Princess Aurora, Lancelot, and even Dr. Victor Frankenstein — none is as pivotal to the show’s master plot as Neal Cassady, a.k.a. Rumpelstiltskin’s prodigal son Baelfire. Rumpel engineered the dark curse that created the town of Storybrooke purely so that he could find his long-lost child, meaning that Once itself wouldn’t exist if not for Bae. He spent a significant amount of time in Never Land, giving Once‘s writers an opportunity to introduce an entirely new world in season 2 (and beyond). And coincidentally, Bae also had an intense relationship with Emma Swan, daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming — one that resulted in the birth of Henry Mills, a.k.a. the fulcrum of the series (for better or worse).
As of now, Bae’s fate is uncertain: when last we saw the guy, he was suffering from a mortal bullet wound and falling through a portal to an unknown other land. But though Bae’s in no position to speak for himself, the actor who portrays him — Michael Raymond-James, late of True Blood and FX’s gone-too-soon Terriers — was happy to chat with EW before Once‘s finale this Sunday, May 12. Read on for more about Bae’s journey — as well as whether Raymond-James believes that his character and Jennifer Morrison’s Emma are meant to be.
First things first: Are we going to see Bae again before the end of the season?
I don’t know how to answer that! Are you asking, do I die?
In Friday’s season finale of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, the infamously irate celebrity chef may have met his match. Watch below as Scottsdale, Ariz., bakeshop owner Amy puts the fear of God into a baby-faced employee and spits out snarling platitudes like, “The customer is not always right!” READ FULL STORY
Southland‘s heart-pounding and ultimately heart-breaking final hour centered around the hunt for the two meth heads who killed one of the LAPD’s own in last week’s captivating episode. For Lydia, it meant leading the chase. And for John, it meant trying to be “fine” in a world filled with desk jobs and overwhelming guilt. READ FULL STORY
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