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Did Downton Abbey Lose Its Charm? Finale Rounds Out a Frustrating Season

Michelle Dockery, Julian Ovenden

[WARNING: The following contains spoilers from the Season 4 finale of Downton Abbey. Read at your own risk.]

We are grateful to have Downton Abbey in our lives, but our devotion to the show is the very reason we're so irked at how it progressed this season.

Although we've come to terms with the loss of Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay), it doesn't seem like the writers quite know what to do in the wake of those deaths. So much of this season felt either forced or false or just failed miserably. Has Downton Abbey lost its charm?

Before launching into the season as a whole, let's go over the highlights of the finale, shall we?

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What the Hell Happened to Scandal?

Kerry Washington

Scandal, I have some questions for you. Namely, what the hell happened?

The ABC drama used to be believable. Not plausible, but at least somewhat believable. For any show to pull off the over-the-top melodrama Scandal does without becoming completely unhinged, it needs to be grounded by some semblance of reason. Even cartoons exist within a set of limitations. For example, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote can both run in midair unless Coyote looks down and realizes he's about to fall. Then, by the rules of cartoon physics, he plummets. Recently though, it's felt like Scandal's been running full-speed ahead with no ground beneath it, but when they look down and see they're about to fall, they say, 'F--- it, I'm going higher."

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Archer: Is the Season 5 Reboot Working?

Archer

Blow it up and start again. That was the philosophy (literally, not figuratively) going into Season 5 of FX's Archer, which has been dubbed Archer: Vice. The rebooted version of the show finds the agents of the now-defunct ISIS becoming drug dealers in order to get rid of the ton of cocaine they've amassed through their spy work over the years. But of course, the transition hasn't been all smooth sailing. Over the course of the first four episodes, they've found themselves entangled with... read more

Which of Your Favorite TV Shows Have Jumped the Shark?

Emily Wickersham

Do you think Ellie Bishop becoming a full-fledged member of the NCIS crew has derailed the show? Did New Girl lose you when Nick and Jess got together? Has Scandal gone bonkers with the introduction of Terrorist Mama Pope?

Get the latest scoop on your favorite TV shows in this week's Mega Buzz

Those are just a few of the questions we've been asking ourselves lately, which means it's time to figure out which shows you think have gone too far. Have NCIS, Scandal and New Girl jumped the shark?

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New Girl: What Happened to the Schmidt We Knew and Loved?

Max Greenfield

New Girl's Schmidt needs to get his mojo back.

Ever since Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) breakup with both Cece (Hannah Simone) and Elizabeth (Merritt Wever), he's become a neutered character who lacks the spectacular douche-jar worthiness that we all fell in love with from the beginning of the Fox comedy.

Freaks and Geeks' Linda Cardellini joins New Girl as Jess' sister

Schmidt has... read more

6 Reasons Why I'm Giving Up on Grey's Anatomy

Jerrika Hinton, Ellen Pompeo, Camilla Luddington

Oh, Grey's Anatomy, you had me at hello... and you lost me at Bailey's OCD.

I've stuck with the show that made Shonda Rhimes a household name through Izzie's (Katherine Heiglghost sex, the Alex/Ava saga, "Intern Fight Club," and even that god-awful musical episode. When people ask me why I'm still watching Grey's, currently limping through its 10th season, my response has always been: "I'm going down with that ship." But Season 10 has me on the verge of jumping overboard. Here are six reasons why I'm ready to give up on Grey's:

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5 Reasons Why The Originals Is Better Than The Vampire Diaries

Charles Michael Davis, Joseph Morgan

The Vampire Diaries may have some new competition in the vampire department... from its own spin-off!

The Originals has been The CW's strongest rookie performer, with its latest episode drawing 2 million viewers and a 0.9 in the adults 18-49 demographic, nipping at the heels of its predecessor, which drew 2.6 million and a 1.2 in its latest outing. The Vampire Diaries spin-off, which was picked up for a full season on Monday, also cracked the Top 5 in our Fall TV Popularity Contest, receiving a 57 percent approval rating from TVGuide.com users. (Fox's Sleepy Hollow came in first with 85 percent.)

The CW orders full seasons of The Originals, The Tomorrow People and Reign

But it's not just the ratings that prove The Originals has found a following. After only a handful of episodes, The Originals has... read more

Why S.H.I.E.L.D. Is This Season's Biggest Disappointment

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

I'm going to get right to the point: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not good.

Five episodes in, and I'm ready to quit -- and I don't quit anything. I'm still watching Grey's Anatomy, Project Runway and yes, even the boys vs. girls season of America's Next Top Modelbut S.H.I.E.L.D. is pushing my limits.

Last week's episode was a small step in the right direction, finally introducing the show's Big Bad, Centipede. But I'm finding it hard to muster up anything beyond apathy towards this evil. Why should I care whether or not Coulson's team can save the world from Centipede when they haven't given me a single reason to care about the people doing the saving? Here are seven ways that S.H.I.E.L.D. went wrong: 

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Should The X Factor Just Die Already?

Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland, Mario Lopez and Simon Cowell

When The X Factor first came to the U.S., the initial reaction was, "Why?" Unfortunately, three years later, the question remains the same.
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Real-Life Shark Jumping Reminds Us to Ask: Which of Your Favorite Shows, You Know, This Season?

Hugh Laurie

Around here, usually we talk about "shark jumping" in the context of a TV show that's past its prime, but this weekend a very surprised Panama City, Fla., surfer experienced the opposite when a 4-foot-long spinner shark jumped over him. Check out the video:

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