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Question: Recently, Amy Sherman-Palladino gathered some of the cast to film a goodbye dance to the much-beloved ABC Family series Bunheads. I admit it, watching it made me a little misty. I wish more creators respected their fans and casts enough to provide such closure. Do you think such series codas will, or should, become more common? Also, do you think they are a good or bad thing for fans and show runners? Meaning: Does it just prolong the fans' agony of letting a favorite show go by keeping them hoping for one more taste and, on the creative side, label creators as undesirable to work with if they're unable to let their failed ideas go, potentially preventing them from getting future projects produced because no one just wants a copy of something that didn't work elsewhere?
It's not a wonderful alt-life on ABC Family's Switched at Birth (Monday, 8/7c), as this endearing family drama imagines a "what if" scenario that hinges on Regina having gone public about the switch after she discovered it when the girls were but 3 years old. (The fact that she kept it a secret until their adolescence was the crux of an argument last week between her and John Kennish that ended with him collapsing from what appeared to be a heart attack.)
It's a bird. It's a plane. Duck and cover! What goes up must come down in a small town trapped — wait for it — Under the Dome, the title of an ingeniously warped conceit from the fertile mind of Stephen King, who believes that ...
"Here's the story
Of two lovely ladies ..."
Doesn't take long before ABC Family's The Fosters dispels one of its two moms' worries that if they keep adding kids to their already crowded household, "It's going to be like The Brady Bunch around here." Well, maybe if Carol had married Alice and Alice was an African-American private-school vice principal and Carol was a cop and the kids were a blended multi-racial rainbow of diversity. Earnest but rarely saccharine, this promising new family drama (Monday, 9/8c) — to be paired in future weeks with the channel's best series, Switched at Birth — establishes its edgier tone by introducing its main character, the abused but prideful Callie (Maia Mitchell), as she gets roughed up on her way out of juvy and into the welcoming custody of Lena (Sherri Saum), who hasn't yet told her partner-the-cop Stef (Teri Polo) about the new addition.
"Just when you think the writers can't raise the stakes, they threaten to destroy the entire world!" says Eddie McClintock with a laugh. He's talking about Syfy hit Warehouse 13's midseason premiere (Monday, 10/9c), which picks up with his artifact-hunting agent Pete and bestie-slash-partner Myka (Joanne Kelly) in a mad dash to find a cure for the sweating-sickness epidemic unleashed in October's cliffhanger.
Helping their cause is Buffy the Vampire Slayer veteran James Marsters, who guest stars as a professor with a specific — and very old — skill set that may help stop the global pandemic. While that arc sparks the action-adventure fun W13 is known for, the hour also takes a more serious turn as the team continues to deal with the fact that a possessed Artie (Saul Rubinek) has killed one of their own. "We have to honor the demise of Leena [Genelle Williams]," McClintock says, while promising that Season 4.5 won't be all death and destruction. "It's still Warehouse 13. We're gonna paint with all the same colors and just add a couple of different tones."