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News Briefs: Fringe Has an End Date

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... We officially have a date when television gets worst: February 2. That's the day after Fringe airs its last episode, concluding its great five-season run. Showrunner J.H. Wyman tweeted out the news to fans in a Twitter Q & A session. It has yet to be confirmed by Fox, but if Wyman says that's when it is, that's when it is. Groundhog Day is the 2nd, so let's hope we don't have to relive the day after Fringe ends over and over. [J.H. Wyman's Twitter]

... The CW is not quite done with superheroes and is in the very early stages of developing a Wonder Woman series. The idea would be to tell the (duh) origin story of the Amazonian to fit the show into The CW's preferred young adult demographic. Last season, NBC attempted to develop a Wonder Woman series based on a script by David E. Kelley, but that flamed out and became one of the biggest laughing stocks of the year. [Vulture]

... The MTV Video Music Awards still exists for some reason, and last night's affair drew 6.1 million viewers and a 2.8 rating (read Price's photo recap here). In 2011, the show pulled in 12.4 million viewers. Let's all blame One Direction! [Deadline Hollywood]

... More details of Community's fourth season are trickling out, and the latest is another one of the series' popular movie homages. And this one will be... Hunger Games. Apparently, Dean Pelton will hold games to decide who gets to enroll in the class "The History of Ice Cream." I'm not quite sure how to feel about this, as Community has always been particular about the movies it chooses to pay tribute to and this just feels like grabbing at the closest blockbuster in the shopping market checkout line. Even when the series did a Pulp Fiction spoof it turned out to actually be a spoof of My Dinner With Andre. [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... The X Factor is looking at Khloe Kardashian and Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen to join the judges' table when the live-to-tape shows begin airing next month. [NY Post]

... Wilmer Valderrama is returning to Suburgatory to reprise his role as Yoni the dog whisperer next season. Last season, he romanced Dallas after she split from her husband. Are you Team George or Team Yoni or Team What Are You Talking About? [TV Guide]

... Dallas news: Mitch Pileggi (Supernatural) has been upped to regular for Season 2. He plays Harris Ryland, ex-husband to Brenda Strong. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle continues to book guest roles instead of getting a show of his own. Riggle will appear on Fox's New Girl as another Schmidt, Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) cousin. Look for the new Schmidt to appear in the Thanksgiving episode and cause some problems for his cuz. [TV Line]


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On Friday, February 2nd at 10pm EST, I will weep for the past and future of TV. Then again, I'll likely start during the finale.



That Community episode sounds amazing.
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Mitch Pileggi (Supernatural)?! How dare you! You mean Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files).
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it will be like the every finale of every show , " i didnt watch "



i dont think i can hand a goodbyes very well ..

i'll be crying like a teenager girl , when her boyfriend breakup with her .. hahaa ..
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this place freaking exploded! 75 comments on a news briefs is new to me.



so fringe will come back early to mid january and then end at the beginning of febuary. my money is also coming back mid january. wonderful.



the hunger games was absolute garbage. should i start getting angry at the new players involved with the show yet?



team george. or are they keeping alicia around? either way i prefer him and dallas probably.
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No, not yet Glee is complete garbage and they spoofed that, and that was with Dan Harmon.
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Excited for Community premiere. Looks awesome as always.
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By the way, we're gonna salute both Fringe and Breaking Bad next year. I'm still recovering from the absence of House M.D. and I'm not so happy to know that two of my beloved tv-shows will follow Gregory House forever and ever.

p.s.: Mitch Pileggi was, also, Walter Skinner :D
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Mitch Pileggi (Supernatural)? Not Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files)??

He had such a small role on Supernatural, compared to his work on the X-Files.
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I think Tim mentioned SPN instead of X-Files because it was his most recent work and people might remember him more clearly.
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Thank you! That were my thoughts exactly when I read that!
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I watched about 2 minutes of the MTV awards, then I remembered I wasn't 12 years old.
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Sorry to ruin fellow fans of Fringe's day, but February 2nd is a Saturday. I think it is meant to be February 1st. Unfortunately, that makes the end of Fringe one day sooner :(
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Well the writer did say that February 2nd is the day AFTER Fringe ends. February 1st kind of is a good day since we can watch Fringe on that day. February 2nd is the way we wake up to a Fringe-less world.
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I will be sorry to see Fringe go but it's great that they got these last episodes to finish the story properly. In a way it's a good thing that there won't be Fringe Season 8, because, let's face it, it would decline. No matter how many possibilities you've got for amazing story lines, it won't work forever. I'd rather have five seasons that are great rather than nine seasons of which the last ones are just a bit embarrasing. Sure there are some good episodes, but it is not worth it. Hail Fringe while we've still got it (when it's good) and nay to any Netflix revival.
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I disagree. I would even watch John Noble reading the phone book.
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Couldn't agree more!
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Doesn't really surprise me that we Finns agree :)
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Haha, that's awesome! I live in sweden though, but.
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The X Factor is looking at Khloe Kardashian...What talent does she have that she will be able to judge other ppl with talent?!?!?



RIP Fringe!! Fox you suck ass!!
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It was amazing that we even got a fourth season, so Fringe isn't a reason to say that Fox sucks ass.
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I would say that FOX rocks since it gave us an actual ending.
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Gotta say this bit of news is all full of depressing information. Fringe ending sucks but everyone knew that, honestly the fact that the best comedy on television (Community) is going to do a episode about one of the worst Knock off movies that's come out in years (Hunger Games is cheap Americanized version of Battle Royale) it does nothing but let me know that the showrunners are going to @ss rape Community. Redemption can be found in the episode making fun of Hunger Games as they did with the awesome Glee episode.
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I actually liked The Hunger Games. At least it was better than Twilight. I think that THG would be lucky if Community poked fun at it.



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I wouldn't be surprised if they make fun of it, because it is sort of a ripoff of Battle Royale. I also think you're not giving the new showrunners a chance, completely hating on them before even seeing their work, is only going to result in you hating season 4, because it is not Dan Harmon, regardless of the quality of the product.
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Hmm.. Hunger Games is based on a BOOK of the same name, not a film, mate. Community is probably going to poke some holes to Hunger Games' mantle as the top teen movie spree after twilight. If you're afraid of Community paying homage to Hunger Games, you've completely misunderstood the whole series. I'd reckon the new showrunners are up to speed with the series.
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And what is the book based on? Battle Royale came out in 2000, eight years before the book.



I agree that rumors of an episode based on The Hunger Games isn't a reason to *already* start trash-talking the new showrunners. The old one did a few spoofs already, both good ones (Goodfellas) and bad ones (Dick Wolf procedurals).
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gutted to be losing fringe. such an awesome hour of tv. what will replace it????? ideas?
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Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo.......
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I like Fringe and I think the first two seasons was mind blowing but sometimes that's the problem with brilliant shows, they either run out of bullets (remember Heroes?) or run really low. The last season was mediocre and I finished watching it not for reasons of enjoyment but because I'm already invested and it's only right to see justice to it. I hope they would close it in high note.
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What episode should I start with I saw the first 8 and it didnt impress me.
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start from season 2
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ok thanks
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Better with season 1 ep 17.
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cmon tim whats with all the typos? what did you write this on your phone geez...
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Five seasons is more than enough for Fringe and all am thinking about plz don't fu** this season up like season four "specially the finale" . At the end , none can denies that Fringe is one of the best shows in tv -better than most of trashy shows these days- but last season was not a big step forward so i wish they will end it in a good way!
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i look back at season 4 being the way it was because the showrunners were thinking they were going to be canceled. I think the pickup of season 5 didn't only stun the audience.



I loved season 4 though, not as great as seasons 2&3, but better than #1
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I said it about 2012 when I thought Fringe would be canceled, and didn't know about them splitting up season 5 of Breaking Bad into 2 halves, but 2013 will be such a painful TV year for me, losing both of those great shows. The one big positive I can say is that at least Fox actually didn't cancel Fringe, so it will have a proper ending. Hopefully we'll get some good replacement shows this year. We already have Person of Interest, which is really good, as long as it stays on for a few more seasons. As for Mitch Pileggi on Dallas, I was pretty sure that was going to happen, but I'm glad to have it confirmed. Honestly, his character was probably my favorite new character on the show, closely followed by Anne.
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-The X-factor called me last week and Simon Cowell himself requested that I be a judge. As much as I find his bluntness amusing, I declined. Seriously...maybe he should just give it up. Their options for judges are getting more ridiculous by the second.



- Wonder Woman. Should not be attempted. Haven't they learned this yet. As Alec Hardison says.."you can't hack a classic".
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I don't think Fringe is really ending too early. They've pulled a trick each year for the past few years of resetting everything so that they don't actually have to wrap anything up. If it was to continue they'd likely do the same.
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I kind of feel like a fraud because I started watching Fringe SO late (I started catching up from the beginning during season 4), but I still feel a lot of sadness from this. It really is a great show, and I can't get enough John Noble. Hopefully he's able to get an awesome role afterwards.
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Eeeee!! Why does good television have to end!

On another note ... I'm really sorry to point this out ... but it seems the proof reading on Tim's articles have stopped again!

'' We finally have a date when television gets worst'' ... and ''Dean Pelton will hold games to decide who gets to enrill in the class''



please proof read, TV.com!!

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That's just sad.
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NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING can replace Fringe. I am already missing it too. Not a very happy news but at least it's not been cut off in the middle.



BUT... does it mean the Supernatural is also coming to an end - again?
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watch continuum ... for fringe withdraw
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Why would it? Pileggi's character on Supernatural died a long time ago.



By the way, I have to say, it's so annoying that in so many shows, when one of the main characters is pointing a gun at someone extremely dangerous and says something like "stop or I'll shoot", they never pull the trigger. I'm looking at you, Rebecca Madsen of Alcatraz (who did it twice in one season). You should have been watching Supernatural. Sam would have showed you what to do.
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"... when television gets WORST"? Were you typing this through tears? I wouldn't blame you, I think I would have been too. But, as others have said, at least it's going to get a proper ending. Adding to Crazylegs99 was saying about a free John Noble, anyone else picture him in Game of Thrones? Or imagine him as a professor on Community? And why is it Feb 2nd? My Birthday is two days later, how sucky is that going to be (unless I get the Fringe complete DVD boxset).



Let's just hope that the Community Hunger Games parody actually turns out to be The Third Man or something.



What the hell was Mitch Pileggi thinking? He's had some great parts in some iconic TV shows and now he's a regular on Dallas. His Sci-fi cred is now the oil coated corpse of a sea gull on the poisonous coast of Soap Land. [I may have gone a little over the top with that metaphor - I'm still angry about the imminent end of Fringe, Sorry Mitch.]
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John Noble as a professor on Community is a great idea.
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I am Just glad that there WILL be a fifth season.
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Team George for sure.
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- A single tear running down my cheek. I guess all good things must come to an end. It's better to have a lot of goodness with a proper ending than without an end. But it still hurts. One of the most - if not the most - underrated shows in TV history is coming to an end. Sigh...*Starts playing Memory from the musical Cats on full blast.*



- A ratings drop from 12.4 to 6.1 million? That's pretty massive! Maybe that's a reflection of the state of the music industry this year. Personally I feel that music is about 50% worse than last year. Not that it was good last year either.
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I know what you mean about music this year, it just seems to be a bit bland and lacking imagination. Maybe we are finally seeing the efffects of the industry being saturated with Pop Idol mediocrity?
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February 2nd will now and forever be a day of mourning! The last season hasn't even aired yet and I'm already missing it. I will say, however, I'm glad it was announced the fifth would be it's last season cause at least that way fringe will get the ending it deserves.
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I have never understood how the decision process works at tv networks. I just can't get why horrible shows like Jersey Shore, most reality shows, etc can have more that 6 seasones, but incredible shows get cancelled right away.



When taking into consideration ratings, do they consider people who watches shows on the internet, or like me, who prefers to buy the DVD, and don't watch 1 episode on TV? I think that this is an ere where people prefer to watch shows online, and I have seen that less people have a TV subscription (wheter DIrect TV, Cable, etc). I think that Tv Networks should measure the ratings in a completely different way since times are changing.



If someone could please enlighten me on the ratings I will appreciate it a lot... or, TV.com should write an article about it explaining how it works for the dumb people like me. It would be great!
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Fringe. Gone. Sob.



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It'll be a major loss to television programming when Fringe ends. While there are heaps of great new Sci-Fi shows, it'll be hard to match the stories and overall tone of Fringe.
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Who am I without Fringe? What am I without Fringe?



Saturday, February 2nd, 2013: An existential crisis waiting to happen.
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Nah, just wait and in a few years you'll be vintage and cool.
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Stay strong, man. Stay strong! The show may be erased from existence in the TV universe, but it will never be erased from our minds perminently. The long, emotional journey we went through with the show will always be a part of us, and no Observers (AKA TV Executives) can take that away from us. And let's not forget the magic that is DVDs.
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Some more suggestions: CommunityFanatic, ArcherFanatic, AlphasFanatic, Hart of Dix...[sorry, that was below the belt].



Maybe it's time to consider a new show? Although the pickings are slim this year. Last Resort maybe?
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And what a crisis it will be...
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That is a real existential dilemma! Will you cease to exist, like Peter just disappearing from reality? Will you fade away from our memories like we never knew you? A more valid question than "who are you" or "what are you without Fringe" is simply "are you without Fringe"? Or will you turn into "GameofThronesFanatic", "HomelandFanatic" or just "Fanatic"?
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Literally JUST started watching this show a few days ago and I'm already sad it's leaving. I honestly thought this show was all hype and never gave it a second thought, but I now see that I was totally wrong. :(
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:*( nooooo!
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Feb 02 2013 will indeed be a sad day (if we survive the apocalypse. There will hopefully be zombies).



'The Hunger Games' is one of the worst movies I've ever seen! Teens these days make me sad. Wonder why a great show like 'Community' is even bothering with it, except to gain some chatter.
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I wonder if the homage to GOOD movies were Dan Harmon's thing and now we are gonna see all kind of references to bad cinema/bad tv. Anyway, wouldn't be hunger games too similar to the paintball episodes (they trying to "kill" themself?)

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What episode should I watch to get into this show because I saw the first 8 episodes and it was really slow and boring.
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Boring? LOL
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It doesn't get really good until the beginning of season 3. Unfortunately I'm too lazy to figure out which episodes you need to see from seasons 1-2 before you start watching season 3. Maybe you should just force yourself to see all of them. Even the bad ones have some nice Walter Bishop moments.



You should at least see the episodes that involve Cortexiphan, another universe, and bald guys who like spicy food. If you see Frank Sobotka melt people's brain with a computer virus, you're allowed to skip the rest of the episode.
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If they REALLY wanted to hit their target demo, they'd be doing the Teen Titans. Of course, if they do, I already pity the poor, currently unknown actress who has to spend four hours a day in hair & makeup to play Starfire.
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Supposedly, in DC's new comic series, Wonder Woman has been taken back to her roots and dealing with Amazons, Gods, and monsters related to the core of her character. If the CW did the same with a younger WW, I could see them pulling this off. One thing that jumps to mind is a take on Xena and Hercules only with WW. If they go the heroes in costumes route, then they may be in trouble.
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- As difficult as it is to imagine a "Fringe"less universe, this also means John Noble will be available next year free from any other commitments. Imagine the possibilities! If he bags something like a guest stint on a series like Justified, my head will spin!

- Tim, if I were you I wouldn't write off Community's Hunger Games episode yet. Who knows, the episode might turn out to be a cross between The Hunger Games & The Walking Dead!

(I know they've already covered zombies but wouldn't it be cool if Jon Bernthal popped out of nowhere and kicked Pierce in the nuts?)
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The CW could definitely pull off a Wonder Woman remake if they do it early-years style a la Smallville, don't make it too campy and cast Phoebe Tonkin as WW. It could work - just think about it.
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It might work. It might also turn out to be unbelievably bad. Not so sure about Phoebe. She wouldn't be my first choice even if I had to choose a TSC actress. (I'd choose this one: http://pixhost.me/pictures/2061346). Phoebe would be better as a villain.
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Oh I absolutely agree it could be terrible, it is the CW after all. But I'm saying it's POSSIBLE it could work out which most people wouldn't believe.

Interesting idea with Shelly Hannig, but I just think as an actor Phoebe has the strength to make WW as a character be fun and work... Shelly seems a little more bland and maybe couldn't carry a show as a lead. But I'm probably biased against her because her character was most like that in TSC.
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I'm cautiously excited about the premiere of Community, and while I don't really expect season 4 to be Harmon quality(though I hope it will be), I think it is wrong to knock it before we've seen it, and while Community usually has gone for more clever spoofs, it has spoofed Glee, which is arguably a very popular show, and the spoof wasn't nearly as clever as Dinner with Andre not to mention them spoofing Star Wars. The only reason this may be seen as unclever is because the movie is a rather new release, not to seem cynical but we need to give these new guys a chance, if we go into season 4(before even seeing it) thinking it will be bad, odds are we won't enjoy it.
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Fringe :( NOOOOOOOO so sad!
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Note to CW re: WW pilot development...run away...run far away (especially if someone there thinks they can "reimagine" her as a teenage vampire or something equally goofy)
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Didn't NBC try Wonder Woman and no one got to see the Pilot. Because it was that bad. But the CW might be able to pull it off.



I am not sure about Community and Hunger Games. But if anyone can pull it off I think they can. However saying that, this could be an I miss Dan Harmon moment. But, If Alison Brie gets in a sexy outfit and shoots a bow and arrow, I am totally down with that.



Why do shows keep hiring Wilmer Valderama. I don't know.



And Rob Riggle, I thought you were better than that.
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Feb.2 is a sad day
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Don't be sad enjoy the moment!
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I try to enjoy the moment but I can't! I just want to go to the a timeline where Fringe has like 40.5 in the 18-49.
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Are you sure you want that one? Because in that timeline, the Observers judge a singing competition show...
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That would still be better than American Idol.
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