Friends With Better Lives

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

Billy Bob Thornton

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

Simon Baker, Robin Tunney

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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

Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kiefer Sutherland

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

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

Kat Perkins

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

Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Lindsay Lohan

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

Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders

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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Friends with Better Lives: Will Viewers Relate?

Friends with Better Lives

Friends with Better Lives cannot escape Friends. It's in the title, obviously. The former is created by Dana Klein, a producer and writer on the latter, and both shows' pilots were directed by sitcom king James Burrows. And they both feature a group of six pals of equal gender count.

"There's a lot of similarities there, but I think the Friends talk is not fair to them or to us," FWBL star Kevin Connolly tells TVGuide.com. "They're an international juggernaut. It's different. The Friends question is inevitable. [During] ...
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James Van Der Beek Has Made Some New Friends

James Van Der Beek

The Beek is back! After a hilarious turn as himself on ABC's Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, James Van Der Beek is sticking with the yuks in Friends With Better Lives, a new CBS comedy about a group of pals — including Entourage's  Kevin Connolly and model Brooklyn Decker — who are all over the romantic map. Just don't ask about the Dawson's Creek theme song...'cause that's no laughing matter!

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Monday TV: Mother Ends, Friends Begins

James Van Der Beek, Kevin Connolly, Majandra Delfino

"Love doesn't make sense," hopeless romantic Ted told almost-runaway bride Robin last week in the penultimate episode of CBS's long-running romcom How I Met Your Mother. That episode ended, as we knew it would, with Robin and Barney tying the knot, because as Ted concluded in his Speech That Sums The Series Up: "Love is the best thing we do." True words, but even truer were these words: "I won't lie, that was a long weekend."

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