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That's a wrap! The stakes are rarely higher for a TV series than at the end of a season — whether it's signing off until next fall with a climactic grand gesture or taking a well-earned final bow. As part of TV Guide Magazine's Finale Preview issue (on newsstands this week), and reflecting the magazine's ongoing celebration of its 60th anniversary, we take a fond look at 60 of the best series and season finales of all time. We hate goodbyes, except when they're done this well.
Kevin Beggs, the president of Lionsgate's television group, may have helped introduce the world to some of the most culturally literate shows on TV, but when it's time for him to name his favorites, he recalls with glee an episode of Family Guy and utters just four words: "Bird Is the Word".
The most fun part of launching TVGuide.com's new mobile app is getting to have unexpected, enlightening conversations about TV with the incredibly smart, talented people who make it. That's why we're thrilled that Beggs, aka the man who has ushered shows like Mad Men, Weeds and Nurse Jackie into the cultural consciousness, has agreed to curate a channel on the app for us. And why it's such a kick to find out that he's a Family Guy fan. "Seth MacFarlane has turned digression into an artform," he says. Beggs' next project, Nashville, premieres on ABC on Oct. 10 at 10/9c. (Full disclosure: TVGuide.com is owned by a partnership of Lionsgate and JP Morgan's One Equity Partners.)
But let's get down to brass tacks. Can he tell us all kinds of incriminating stories from behind the scenes of Mad Men? "There are many, but I would be killed if I divulged any of them," he jokes.
Here's Beggs' full list. Watch his video introduction to his watchlist below.
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Oscar-nominated American Graffiti star Candy Clark has been cast as Sandy Jareau, the mother of JJ (A.J. Cook), on Criminal Minds, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
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Rachelle Lefevre has landed the female lead in the NBC pilot, The Crossing, a network rep confirms.
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NBC has picked up a comedy pilot from The New Adventures of Old Christine creator Kari Lizer, the network announced Friday.
NBC pulls freshman drama Chase from schedule
The untitled workplace comedy will center on ...
Mark Harmon is America's favorite TV star, according to a recent Harris Poll.
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Years after he played on St. Elsewhere and Chicago Hope, the 59-year-old NCIS star jumped seven spots from last year to beat out ...
Any other St. Elsewhere fans out there? Norman Lloyd, who played hospital veteran Dr. Daniel Auschlander on the Emmy-winning NBC medical drama from 1982-88, will pop up in an upcoming episode of Modern Family. And most impressive of all — Norman turns 96 on Nov. 8!
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Ed Begley Jr.
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Question: I keep hearing discussions about how good TV is these days with too many quality shows for any person to watch (Mad Men, Dexter, The Wire, Battlestar Galactica, and so on). But I remember the rave reviews and accolades past shows (like Hill Street Blues or St. Elsewhere, for example) got when they were initially airing. And I loved these shows when they originally aired. But recently I watched a few episodes of these programs that I found in a box of old videotapes and, well, disappointed sums up my feelings. I found the acting stiff, the pacing uneven, the writing tedious, the directing flat and the characterizations cartoonish. Neither run of episodes could hold a candle to any of the shows I watch these days. (I enjoyed the old commercials more!) People grow and tastes change, I know. But shouldn't "artistic" quality hold up longer? Are we spoiled by the supposed quality of today's television, or will I watch my Mad Men Season 1 DVDs 20 years from now and feel the same ...
Diagnosis Murder courtesy Paramount, St. Elsewhere courtesy 20th Century Fox, ER by Paul Drinkwater/NBC
Wanna play doctor? Cause a whole bunch of our TV favorites have and scored big time. On screen, of course. And seeing how I have seen way too many doctors in the last week two friends had babies and I had a checkup all within four days I decided that it was the perfect time to examine some of the best medical shows on DVD. So turn your head, cough and please find someone to call me in the morning!Becker Before Ted Danson got his creep on for Damages, he was a nasty Harvard-educated House in the Bronx from 98 to 04 in this surprisingly tart CBS comedy. A merciful far cry from the Tiffany networks insult-coms of the last few years, the first season is finally available and totally worth the coin. To sweeten the deal, Ill just add that Star Trek deliciousness Terry Farrell is on deck as the diner boss who wants to both fork Dr. Jerk and do something to him that sort of sounds like fork. Got it? Good.Buy Becker on Amazon.comER Do...