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 ...
Julianna Margulies, Snakes on a Plane
By now, we all know how the esteemed Samuel L. Jackson ultimately came face-to-face with those sinister (and box-office, title-worthy) Snakes on a Plane. But what is ER alumna Julianna Margulies doing flying the same deadly skies, as a flight attendant who, thankfully, proves handy with a fire axe?
Again, it all ties back to her esteemed costar. "I got sent this script called Pacific Air 121 aka Snakes on a Plane, with a cover letter that said Samuel L. Jackson is attached," Margulies relates to TVGuide.com. "I was laughing, to be honest, because I could not believe this was
Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell, Prison Break
Fans of Fox's Prison Break can revisit Michael's bold breakout via the Season 1 DVD set, in stores today and featuring commentary from creator Paul T. Scheuring and from some of the series' cast and crew, and extras such as an inside look at "the inside" of Fox River. TVGuide.com seized this opportunity to talk with Scheuring about prime time's great escape and the can't-miss manhunt ahead for Season 2.
TVGuide.com: As you watched Season 1 again and recorded your commentary, did you come to any new realizations — other than that [co-commentator]
James Garner, Maverick
Question: Help! Many years ago there was a TV program called Maverick, which was about two brothers, Bret and Bart. One was played by James Garner and the other by...? It's driving us nuts. Please try to help. I can see his face, but not his name. Thanks.Answer: Don't get too down about it, Irwin. The late Jack Kelly, often called "the other Maverick" while the series was on the air, seemed destined to play second banana to one star or another throughout his entertainment career. But to his credit, he had as good an attitude about it as anyone in the business.
Kelly started off his career at the age of 2 weeks, modeling for an Ivory Soap ad. But his early acting years were spent in the shadow of older sister Nancy, who won Tony for the play The Bad Seed and an Oscar nomination for the movie