Yes, the last few weeks have been blurry with cancellations, renewals, new-show unveilings, scheduling announcements, and season finales, but they certainly weren't boring! And in the last seven days, Upfronts week plus finales week meant the networks were out blood, resulting in both good and bad things. Which is perfect for a "Best and Worst of the Week" article! And looky here, we got one! Here's what turned us on and turned us off during this busy week of TV.
NBC's decision to air three episodes of the comedy, including its season finale, turned out to be an unexpected plus as it showed off the series' zany range. There was a gimmicky animated video-game episode, an homage to heist movies, and a touching finish that could have sufficiently served as a series finale. It was one of the best moves NBC made all season, and of course it was unintentional.
ABC's next big-budget, high-concept drama looks GREAT, and the talent behind the series is huge. Here's hoping the audience will tune in...
Jenna to Hazel: "Aww poor baby. Can't hack it in the big city, gonna move to the Bay Area now and pretend that that was your dream the whole time? Have fun always carrying a light sweater." It hurts because it's true. (Though we'd be happy to host Kristen Schaal at TV.com HQ any day.)
The funniest moments of last Sunday's episode all had to do with fornication. Hannah put the moves on her new boss; Marnie broke up with her boyfriend for a second time right after they did the deed; Shoshanna watched Jessa get it on from inside a closet; and Hannah helped her on-again, off-again hook-up Adam finish while making some money off him in the process. We know it's cheesy to call Girls the new Sex and the City but we can't help thinking that's what Girls is, in a next-generation did-not-see-this-coming kind of way.
It's amazing that the show hadn't had a plane crash plotline until this point, but man did this week's finale HURT. A well-liked character was killed off and many others face life- and career-threatening injuries. Few things can invigorate a drama like disaster, so Grey's Anatomy may still have life left in it yet.
Grey's wasn't the only drama to wow us this week. The season finale of Person of Interest was the high-octane must-see thrill ride blockbuster of the summer that Battleship certainly won't be. Once Upon a Time made us consider calling in sick to work on Monday just to recuperate. And Awake's penultimate episode never let us breathe, even for a second. Seriously, lots of people probably died while watching it; maybe it's a good thing the show doesn't have a large audience?
We were slightly concerned that Veep would end up being TOO mature, so it's been a delightful surprise to see that the show can swing between insightful political humor and bluer territory. Between Selina's limo incident and the show's more recent glimpses into Selina's (uncomfortably sexy) love life, it's refreshing to see a smart show that still isn't afraid to be low-brow.
Channeling their frustrations with an unjustly canceled show into a more hopeful direction, certain Secret Circle fans (and TV.com commenters!) have, with executive producer Andrew Miller's blessing, been gathering donations toward the Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you too would like to express your frustration in a productive manner, you can do so here.
HEY! What's up with letting news slip incrementally from 4pm to 8pm on a Friday? Don't you know we have lives too?
Lady, you know the show has re-energized your career. Just stick it out and let us keep loving what a great judge you've been.
Upfronts week is Christmas for television junkies like you and me! So where are the trailers for The CW's The Carrie Diaries and Cult? And why has NBC only released out-of-context clips for Do No Harm, Infamous, 1600 Penn, and Next Caller? We looked under our Upfronts tree and unwrapped empty boxes. Thanks a lot, guys!
This awesome Dan Harmon illustration came from here.
When the news that Harmon won't be the showrunner for Community's fourth season broke late on Friday night (NBC: What did we JUST say about Friday-night news?), we admittedly assumed that Harmon was departing voluntarily, probably to get away from network B.S. But according to Harmon's Tumblr, he was fired—and no one even had the decency to call him with the news. What do you have to say for yourselves, NBC and Sony?
What made your list of TV loves and hates this week?