Interview: J.J. Abrams talks FRINGE finale and some STAR TREK

Peter (Josh Jackson, R) battles Windmark (guest star Michael Kospa, L) in the final and extraordinary battle | (c) 2013 Liane Hentscher/FOX

After five seasons of complicated familial bonds, inter-dimensional travel, suspended animation and a bunch of generally strange events, Walter (John Noble), Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Olivia (Anna Torv) wrap up their story on the two-hour series FRINGE finale on Fox, Friday night at 8. Executive producer J.J. Abrams, who co-created FRINGE with fellow e.p.s Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, stopped by a party thrown by Fox for the Television Critics Association to give his thoughts on the show’s close – and answer a couple of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS questions while he was there. ASSIGNMENT X: After directing the second […]Read On »

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TV Review: LEVERAGE – Season 5 – “The Long Goodbye Job” – Series Finale

Timothy Hutton in LEVERAGE - Season 5 Series Finale - "The Long Goodbye" | ©2012 TNT/Erik Heinila

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge, Christian Kane Writers: John Rogers & Chris Downey Director: Dean Devlin Network: TNT Original Telecast: December 25, 2012 It’s very frustrating that TNT decided to burn off the remaining episodes of Season 5 of LEVERAGE and do very little promotion with it. And then they went and cancelled it last week, with little fanfare. Even worse,  the series finale aired on Christmas night! Way to burn off an exceptional action series and make sure few people actually see it conclude properly. That little bit of anger aside, LEVERAGE wrapped up its […]Read On »

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TV Review: EUREKA – Season 5 – “Just Another Day” – Series Finale

Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Colin Ferguson in EUREKA - Season 5 finale - "Just Another Day" |©2012 Syfy/Eike SchroterSalli Richardson-Whitfield and Colin Ferguson in EUREKA - Season 5 finale - "Just Another Day" |©2012 Syfy/Eike Schroter

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, Felicia Day, Matt Frewer, Debrah Farentino, Jordan Hinson, Tembe Locke, Trevor Jackson, Kavan Smith, Christopher Gauthier, Christopher Jacot, Wil Wheaton, James Callis Writer: Jaime Paglia, story by Bruce Miller & Jaime Paglia, series created by Andrew Cosby & Jaime Paglia Director: Matt Hastings Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: July 16, 2012 “Just Another Day” wraps EUREKA up in true EUREKA style. Some TV series employ a scorched-earth policy when they finish. In some cases (as with serialized shows), they’ve earned it; at other times, […]Read On »

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DVD Review: CHUCK – THE COMPLETE FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON

CHUCK - THE COMPLETE FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON | ©2012 Warner Bros. Home Video

Stars: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Ryan McPartlin, Sarah Lancaster Suggested Retail Price: $39.98 (DVD), $49.99 (Blu-ray) Distributor: Warner Home Video Release Date: May 8, 2012 If NBC didn’t have the kind of executive and management woes it’s had over the last five years, perennial bubble series CHUCK would have not made it past its second season, let alone reached five seasons total. Yet, amid all of NBC’s internal turmoil, there was a solid fan base for CHUCK that fought for it to the end – including letter writing campaigns and sponsorship saviors like […]Read On »

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TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “Turtles All The Way Down” – Series Finale

Jason Isaacs in AWAKE - Season 1 - "Turtles All The Way Down" - Series Finale | ©2012 NBC/Michael Desmond

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Kyle Killen, story by Killen, Leonard Chang, Noelle Valdivia Director: Miguel Sapochnik Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 24, 2012 There’s two ways to look at the challenging NBC series AWAKE. On one hand, the network gave a greenlight to a challenging, original and incredibly high-concept police procedural that in any other NBC era it wouldn’t even make it past the pilot stage. On the other hand, you can view it as another missed opportunity – a chance to build and grow […]Read On »

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TV Review: HOUSE – Season 8 – “Everybody Dies” – Series Finale

Hugh Laurie in HOUSE - Season 8 - "Everbody Dies" - Series Finale | ©2012 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer, Peter Jacobson, Odette Annable, Charlyne Yi Writers: David Shore, Peter Blake, Eli Attie Director: David Shore Network: Fox, airs Mondays Original Telecast: May 22, 2012 Anyone checking into the Series Finale of HOUSE expecting Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) to change his colors was given a little bit of a surprise. “Everybody Dies” is a puzzle, the one’s House loves to solve, but it’s a different kind of puzzle – one that House needs to solve about himself. When a resourceful drug addict shows up (James LeGros) with a strange […]Read On »

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Interview: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES creator Marc Cherry talks series finale and eight years on Wisteria Lane

Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longira, Felicity Huffman in DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - Season 8 - "Finishing the Hat" - Series Finale | ©2012 ABC/Ron Tom

After eight seasons, ABC’s drama-with-comedy DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES concludes its run tonight, Sunday May 13, with a special two-hour episode that begins at 9 PM. Marc Cherry, the show’s creator and executive producer, talks about various aspects of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES over the years, as well as how long he’s known how it would end and what to look for in the final episode. ASSIGNMENT X: The friendships between the women of Wisteria Lane are deep but tend to be very conflicted … MARC CHERRY: One of the things that I learned on THE GOLDEN GIRLS is you want your ensemble of […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Stephen Colletti climbs ONE TREE HILL for its final season

Stephen Colletti in ONE TREE HILL - "A Hand To Take Hold of the Scene" | ©2008 The CW/Fred Norris

ONE TREE HILL is a television phenomenon that has run for nine years on two different networks. The show, created by Mark Schwahn, follows a group of peers in the small North Carolina town of Tree Hill from high school into adulthood. It began on the WB on September 23, 2003 and is ending its run on the CW on April 4, 2012. It runs Wednesdays at 9 PM. California native Stephen Colletti joined ONE TREE HILL as Chase Adams in its fourth season – just in time for the storyline’s jump four years into the future. He talks about […]Read On »

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TV Review: CHUCK – Season 5 – “Vs. The Goodbye” – Series Finale

Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski in CHUCK - Season 5 | ©2012 NBC

[Editor’s Note: Since the two-hour season finale of CHUCK is essentially two separate episodes strung together, AX decided it was best to review them individually] Stars: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Ryan McPartlin, Sarah Lancaster Writer: Chris Fedak Director: Robert Duncan McNeill Network: NBC, Friday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: January 27, 2012 SPOILER ALERTS … of course. You’ve Been Warned! As the series finale of CHUCK picks up, it’s now two weeks later…. after Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) has ditched Chuck (Zachary Levi) because she’s not feeling it, she somehow ends up in the baggage compartment of […]Read On »

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TV Review: LIE TO ME – Season 3 – “Killer App” – Season Finale

Tim Roth and Ashton Holmes in LIE TO ME - Season 3 - "Killer App" | ©2011 Fox/Greg Gayne

Yes, this is the season finale of LIE TO ME, and I know the rumor mill has this being LIE TO ME’s series finale (and trust me, it is). So with that knowledge, it’s pretty insulting that the best they could do is shamelessly ride the coattails of THE SOCIAL NETWORK by giving us “Killer App.”

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