Tuesday, May 15, 2012

TV News and Tidbits 5/15/12

ABC releases its 2012 fall schedule [Deadline]
- Revenge moves to Sunday after Once Upon a Time. The oddest thing is Last Resort before Grey's Anatomy. Yeah, the trailer is awesome and Shawn Ryan is a great writer, but I'm not sure if it will work there.

Syfy announces dates for Eureka series finale, Warehouse 13 and Alphas premieres [TV Line]
- It looks like Syfy will be doing that split season stuff with Warehouse 13, airing 10 episodes during the summer and then 10 episodes some time later. Interestingly, there's no Haven which aired during the summer in its first two seasons, which may indicate it'll move to the fall when Sanctuary used to air. By now, I think it's safe to say Sanctuary won't be coming back for a fifth season.

Rules of Engagement talks coming down to the wire, The Mentalist moving to another night [Deadline]
- This story is mostly speculation, but it's good information nonetheless. If CBS produced RoE, it'd be renewed already, but since Sony owns it, we'll have to wait and see what happens. The Mentalist moving to Sundays would not surprise me.

What do we want from a TV finale? [AV Club]
- The Shield, I think, had the best season finale possible. Plots came together in roaring fashion, the roller coaster kept going up and down, then straight down, and the characters got what they deserved. It was truly an inspired episode of television, living up to the seven seasons before it. Of the controversial finales, I would give The Sopranos the biggest pass. It was never a plot-driven show by the series finale, all the pertinent plot developments being resolved. When the screen goes black, you can interpret it however you want. Some people think Tony gets wacked, others don't. The greater point is that the future, especially from the Sopranos, is uncertain, as we saw from the numerous characters who got blindsided over the years. However, these shows have a key difference with shows like Battlestar Galactica, Lost, and Fringe in that the latter three were science fiction and tried to create an elaborate universe where other higher powers were at work. The ambiguity of higher powers is nothing like the ambiguity of Tony's fate. People wanted definite answers: WTF are the angels doing in BSG and why would God care? What was the point of ____ on Lost? Unfortunately, these shows took trajectories that made these questions either unanswerable or undesirable to answer. While we're still waiting for Fringe's final, it's clear the show has taken a path different than originally imagined, leaving many questions of the earlier seasons unanswered.
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