Suzanne Pleshette, Bob Newhart
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.
The Defenders (Friday, 8/7c, CBS)
One week before she begins a limited run on Broadway — and let's hope HBO or somebody records THAT show! — the irrepressible Kathy Griffin goes to Las Vegas in a guest shot on this struggling courtroom drama. She is cast to type as a brash insult comic sued for offending one of her audience victims (What, Joan Rivers was busy?) In the subplot, the son of a hotel owner turns to buddy lawyers Nick and Pete for help after he wakes up to find a casino host strangled in a hot tub. What are the odds he's guilty? ...
Viewers of the CBS hit Blue Bloods may feel like they've gone through a time warp when they see executive producer Leonard Goldberg's credit on the screen. One of network TV's most successful execs, he oversaw programming at ABC in the 1960s, produced such hits as Charlie's Angels and Starsky & Hutch with Aaron Spelling in the 1970s and was responsible for some of the most memorable made-for-TV movies of the '80s before heading into film. Goldberg, who turns 77 this month, told us what it's like to be back on the front lines of prime time.
Alan A. Armer, who produced the Emmy-winning television show The Fugitive, has died of colon cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 88.
Armer died Dec. 5 in his Los Angeles home.
From 1949-51, Armer produced one of TV's first shows, Lights, Camera, Action. He went on to produce 20th Century Fox's first show, My Friend Flicka, in 1955, followed by Broken Arrow (1956) and Man Without a Gun (1958).
Leslie Nielsen, whose career went from officious and villainous types to the hilariously buffoony roles in Airplane! and the Naked Gun movies, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia, his agent told TVGuide.com. He was 84.
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He was surrounded by family when he died in a hospital near his Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home.
The actor had a whole career before becoming one of the funniest guys in movies. He typically played people who were quite humorless.
Before his starring roles in The Poseidon Adventure and Forbidden Planet, he appeared in several live television series such as Lights Out, Tales of Tomorrow and Armstrong Circle Theatre.
A student of the Actors Studio, the Canadian-born Nielsen went on to appear in innumerable episodes of various TV series, spanning the Golden Age of Television and its anthologies including...
Andy Richter Controls the Universe
New releases announced today, January 12:
Andy Richter Controls the Universe - The Complete Series will be coming out March 24
The Fugitive - Season 2, Volume 2 will be coming out March 31
Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items.
My Three Sons - Season 1, Volume 1 courtesy CBS DVD and Paramount Home Entertainment
New releases announced today, February 19:American Gangster - The Complete 2nd Season will be coming out June 3 The Fugitive - Season 2, Volume 1 will be coming out June 10 Jericho - The 2nd Season will be coming out June 10 Mannix - The 1st Season will be coming out June 3 The Odd Couple - The 4th Season will be coming out June 10 Penn & Teller: B.S.! - Season 5 will be coming out May 20 Comedy Central's Home Grown will be coming out June 10 My Three Sons - The 1st Season, Volume 1 will be coming out June 3 Robert Smigel's TV Funhouse will be coming out June 10 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items.
The Fugitive - Season 1 courtesy Paramount Home Video
The set doesn't contain any special features, but fans have been waiting for The Fugitive to hit DVD for a long, long time, and they'll finally be able to pick up the first set on August 14, making it my pick of the week.I'm pretty excited for Avatar, since volume 4 will wrap the second season of the series. Loonatics Unleashed season 2 is coming, as well as the 7th volume of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (great, now I have the theme song stuck in my head), and the 4th volume of Baby Looney Tunes.The second season of Dynasty is also coming out on August 14th; fans who picked up the first season have been waiting patiently for this set. Horror fans will be eying the two Masters of Horror releases as well.Of course this isn't the complete list, but you can view the other titles at TVShowsOnDVD.com.http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/releasesmonth.cfm?Month=8&Year=2007#14Sorry for the lack of updates here; I was traveling quite a lot in July, and my regular updates suffered. I'm back though, so y...
Mad Men courtesy AMC
The premiere of the most excellent Mad Men (I've watched the "It's Toasted" scene at least four times) improved upon AMC's typical Thursday ratings by 75 percent, and was the cabler's most-watched series telecast ever.... Dancing with the Stars finalist Laila Ali wed retired NFL star Curtis Conway on Sunday. Also per People, Jodie Sweetin tied the knot with Cody Herpin on Saturday in Vegas. It's the Full House alum's second marriage.... DVD releases have been set for The Hills: Season 2 (Aug. 7) and The Fugitive: Season 1, Volume 1 and Dynasty: Season 2 (both on Aug. 14).
Question: The recent flap over the Sopranos finale got me thinking that in 50 years of TV watching, I can count on both hands the TV series whose finales I actually cared about. And most of those were because the ending was memorable in and of itself (Mary Tyler Moore, Newhart, St. Elsewhere), not because I was anticipating the final episode. Until recently, the only show that sticks in my mind is The Fugitive, and that ended 40 years ago. Now I don't even want to think about the level of discussion that will accompany the ends of Lost and Heroes! What has changed? The blogosphere made TV criticism and discussion a cottage industry. The serialization of TV drama made finales that much more important. Maybe the phenomenon is limited to shows that go out on their own terms — after all, the nature of TV is that most shows pass their shelf lives before they actually end, so that the ending is generally more a relief than an event. Has the quality of TV drama gotten so good that we care ...