One left us wanting more. The other left many of its followers feeling that they'd had enough. You could hardly have asked for a more marked contrast in the approach to a season finale than this weekend's first-season climaxes of HBO's magnificent Game of Thrones and AMC's flawed though often fascinating The Killing.
[Note: I'm catching up after an extended family-reunion getaway weekend that didn't lend itself to keeping up with TV, Twitter and all the rest. Summer can be like that.]
Having read the initial trilogy of...
Fans of The Killing's season finale are few and far in between, but star Mireille Enos is one of them.
"I thought it was awesome," Enos told TVLine. "I know there's lots of controversy about it, but I think a cliff-hanger is really smart storytelling. It means audiences will come back [for Season 2]."
The Killing postmortem: Showrunner Veena Sud on the finale's big twists and Season 2
Viewers and critics alike were outraged when, among other shocking turn ...
Cheers to Billy Campbell for straddling the line between good and evil on The Killing.
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The veteran actor has long managed to toggle between playing heroes (The Rocketeer) and villains (J. Lo's abusive husband in Enough). But never before has he combined both admirable and abominable qualities in a single character more successfully than as Seattle mayoral candidate Darren Richmond on ...
[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from the season finale of The Killing. Read at your own risk.]
If you were expecting to find out who killed Rosie Larsen in Sunday's season-ending hour of The Killing, you might be feeling a little frustrated. For nearly an hour, viewers calculated gas mileage, retraced Rosie's final steps, saw Darren's lies unravel, watched the Larsen family implode... all before finding out that the murder would not be solved before the credits rolled.
AMC renews The Killing for Season 2
TVGuide.com watched the finale in advance and on Thursday spoke to executive producer Veena Sud, formerly in charge of CBS crime procedural Cold Case and now responsible for adapting The Killing's original Danish counterpart Forbrydelsen for AMC, about why she's keeping viewers in the dark, if we'll ever know more about Rosie, and what we can expect in Season 2...
Over the last 11 weeks, viewers of AMC's The Killing have been endlessly theorizing about the identity of Rosie Larsen's murderer. But one of the season's most intriguing mysteries has been the true intentions of new homicide detective Stephen Holder, the breakout performance for 31-year-old Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman. TV Guide Magazine spoke to Kinnaman about the success of the first season, working in all that rain and what he hopes to explore in Season 2.
Neil Patrick Harris
Our top moments of the week:
12. Tell It Like It Is Award: Ice-T and his voluptuous wife Coco compare their Twitter follower counts on Ice Loves Coco. It's no contest — she's more than 100,000 followers ahead, which she attributes to her upbeat tone. "My conversations are always positive and happy," she says. "You're a little more hardcore. I think that has something to do with it." Ice's understated reply tells the real story: "You have 270,000 people looking at your pictures because you look good in pictures."
11. Most Hypocritical: On The Glades, Callie gives Jim a...
Kyle Chandler and Michael B. Jordan
Friday Night Lights (Friday, 9/8c, NBC)
[Reprinted from last Friday, when this episode was pre-empted by the hockey finals; sorry for the confusion] Someone needs an attitude adjustment — and that someone is star player Vince (Michael B. Jordan), caught in a tug of war over his future between his arrogant ex-con dad and well-meaning Coach Taylor, who threatens to bench Vince if he can't be more of a team player. Meanwhile, coach's wife Tami has her hands full with problem student Epyck and their daughter Julie runs off to Chicago for a rendezvous with one of coach's most beloved former protégés.
Inception (Saturday, 8/7c, HBO)
Last summer's hit "life is but a dream" brain-teaser arrives on pay cable, a perfect opportunity to...
Michael Weatherly, Sean Bean, Nathan Fillion
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Who did Tony see in the photograph in the NCIS finale? Please tell me they're not going to break up the team! — Melanie
ADAM: Executive producer Gary Glasberg gives us a hint. "It will be someone that we recognize," he says, adding we'll get that answer in the season premiere. We'll also get some serious intel on that microchip that E.J. found in her co-worker's arm. New theory: These mysteries are totally connected, right?
I can't believe Game of Thrones killed off Ned Stark! Please console me with scoop. — Mark
NATALIE: Does this help? Although Ned Stark was beheaded on the Sept of Baelor, it's not...
Get ready for a lot more killing: AMC has renewed The Killing for a second season, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
AMC's adaptation of the Danish series stars Mireille Enos and Joe Kinnaman as detectives trying to track down...
Neil Patrick Harris
And by tragedy, we're not taking sides (or expressing too much schadenfreude) over Miami's climactic loss to Dallas in the NBA finals — although I'm sure ABC is weeping over being denied a seventh game to milk some more ratings juice out of this match-up. Before we discuss what went down on Game of Thrones, a few thoughts on a sparkling night of Broadway entertainment courtesy of the Tony Awards.
Once again, host extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris brought the house down — albeit the uptown Beacon, since the mammoth Radio City was otherwise engaged — taking as his inspiration this year's much honored musical ...