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Ask Matt: Fargo, Glades Rage (and Other Cancellations), Case Histories

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Question: I am shocked how some of your readers think Fargo should have been just a follow-up to the movie with let's see how Marge is doing since everyone else involved in the movie was either dead or in prison. I agree that the show is terrific. The episode last week was one of the most amazing episodes of TV I have ever seen.

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VIDEO: Something New

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Something New
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Length: 01:35
Aired: 5/26/2014

Andi and Bobby try to take a last-minute “baby moon,” but when Andi misses Charlie and ruins the mood, Bobby complains to Lowell about the pitfalls of marriage, giving Lowell cold feet for his upcoming nuptials. Meanwhile, Will gets very drunk and hooks up with a woman who he realizes is much older than he thought. watch

Ask Matt: Finales (Castle, Mentalist), Penny Dreadful, Cancellation Fallout

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Question: Last week, you wrote about how producers "often — too often, to be honest — try to end their seasons with a bang ... in hopes of stimulating interest for when they return several months later." I understand the reasoning, and it definitely worked for me with Person of Interest — it was game-changing and left me very curious to see how it goes, but satisfying. However I had the opposite reaction to Castle, which looked to be heading for a good place to pause with a minor game-changer (Mr. & Mrs. Castle), even got some nice wedding emotion going, and then threw in a ridiculous "dun-dun-dun" moment which had zero emotional impact as no one believes Castle could be dead. Most of these cliffhangers now seem to me like cheap tricks, a shyster trying to "buy" your viewing next fall, while moving the story to a new level seems a legitimate way of keeping interest and far more likely to have a good payoff in terms of the story next year. Anyway, it led me to wonder are there any "cliffhangers" of the past that you remember with pleasure and/or satisfaction, or is it only the game-changers that stand out in your mind? As always, thanks for an interesting column. — Elle

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Ratings: 24 Comes Back Strong; Dancing Falls

Jack came back to good ratings.

24: Live Another Day bowed to 8 million viewers and a 2.5 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic Monday, not far off from its final ...
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Ratings: The Following Finale, Dancing Grow

The Following saw a small bump for its Season 2 finale.

The thriller, which followed a Bones rerun, drew 4.8 million viewers and a 1.5 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic Monday, up a tenth from last week. It is, however, down significantly from its Season 1 closer, which nabbed 7.8 million and a 2.6.

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NBC topped the night with The Voice (11.4 million, 3.0), which was flat, and The Blacklist (10.9 million, 2.7), which ...
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Ratings: The Voice Slips with Live Show; 2 Broke Girls Hits Low

The Voice topped Monday with its first live show of the season.

The two-hour episode, which featured a mic snafu, drew 11.1 million viewers and a 2.9 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, down five tenths from last week. The Blacklist (11.2 million, 2.8) returned flat.

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A '70s-themed Castle (9.6 million, 1.8) also returned ...
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Ratings: 2 Broke Girls Down in New Timeslot

CBS' post-How I Met Your Mother Monday has gotten off to an OK start.

Filling HIMYM's vacated 8 o'clock slot, 2 Broke Girls, which featured Lindsay Lohan, drew 7.2 million viewers ...
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Ratings: HIMYM Finale Meets All-Time Highs

And kids, that's how How I Met Your Mother went out on a high note.

HIMYM's divisive series finale on Monday drew 12.9 million viewers a 5.3 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic to hit series highs. The show was up almost two full points ...
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