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Finale Fever: Top 10 Season Finales We Wish Were Series Finales, Part 2 - Featured

Scrubs We have followed the adventures of JD and his fellow interns-turned-residents at Sacred Heart Hospital for 8 years. We've laughed, we've cried...and now we're done. At least we thought we were done. The show aired a perfect series finale last week - giving JD and the gang the poignant sendoff they deserved - only to ultimately decide to bring back the show next Fall (after having already rescued the show once following NBC's unceremonious dumping of it last Spring) with a mish-mash of old and new characters. ABC, it was time to Scrub out. One Tree Hill Here's another show that fans have followed through ups and downs for years . To be quite honest, Tree Hill survived longer than I ever imagined it would - and while I frequently criticized it - I have generally enjoyed it (or I wouldn't have kept on watching). But, as we all know, both Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton were unable to work out contacts with The CW and will not be returning next season. While they were by no means my favorite characters...One Tree Hill without Lucas and Peyton is kind of like Half Tree Hill. What's more, spoiler alert, beyond Peyton not dying (and birthing a healthy baby), Nathan's basketball dreams were finally realized and Brooke seemingly finally found love in last night's season finale. It would have been a perfect way to say goodbye. Desperate Housewives I'm pretty sure there's a finite number of problems that our favorite ladies of Wisteria Lane can convincingly experience in a lifetime, and we passed that mark sometime ago. I initially praised the series for skipping ahead 5 years at the end of last season, as it breathed new life into the show. However, as this season played out, everything returned to the status quo, which suggests to me that the writers are desperate for new ideas. If the best they can do is give Lynette more children, break up/bring together Susan/Mike again , give Gaby another obnoxious houseguest and Bree another failed marriage...I just think it's time to say goodbye. 24 I will be the first to admit that Jack Bauer is one of the all time best, most badass characters to ever grace our TV screens. The first few (heck, the first 5) seasons of 24 were exhilerating television that was a thrill to watch. But, Jack can only save the country so many times before things get a little repetitive. Why won't Jack's employer ever just trust him? How many moles can they manage to hire? Much like Kiefer Sutherland's hairline, you can't argue that the show has deteriorated in quality over the last 2 seasons. You can't keep the thrill ride going forever, and it's time for Jack to retire. Grey's Anatomy When a show's season ends with multiple major characters' lives hanging in the balance and you find yourself not particularly caring about their fates...that's a problem. Grey's Anatomy has always been more about Meredith Grey and the lives of her friends than anatomy itself. Much like Desperate Housewives , I just think there's a personal-drama-quota, and Meredith Grey (and all of her friends) have surpassed it. Will they/won't they is only entertaining for so long before it morphs the poster here says..."frustration". Furthermore, with all of the offscreen drama that we've witnessed re: Grey's, it seems that the actors (or many of them) are as sick of the show as we are. Which shows that have finished their seasons do you wish were over for good?

ABC Renews Scrubs, Castle, Better Off Ted - Featured

We reported earlier in the week that ABC was leaning towards bringing back Scrubs for a 9th season. While judging by everyone's comments, the majority of you were also ready to say goodbye to the show, ABC seems to disagree. Yesterday, they greenlit the show for a 9th season. As reported earlier, Braff will return for 6 episodes, though Sarah Chalke has not yet secured a similar deal. John C. McGinley, Donald Faison and Neil Flynn will return as regulars, assuming the various pilots to which they are attached do not get picked up. The network has also renewed midseason shows Castle and surprisingly, the low-rated Better Off Ted . Which series are you most happy will be returning? Sources: THR and Variety

Scrubs Buzz: Does the Show Have 9 Lives? - Featured

Scrubs is like the little show that just won't die. It's looking like, though last week's finale would have served as a perfect series finale, the show will indeed return for a 9th season. Both Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke have signed contracts for 6 episodes apiece to help ease in the transition and set up the new storylines (and it's sounding like "Denise" is a frontrunner to be one of the new main characters). Furthermore, though all attached to pilots, if Scrubs gets renewed, John C. McGinley, Donald Faison and Neil Flynn would all return as regulars. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Judy Reyes has not been approached for a deal ( but how could there be Turk with no Carla?!?!?! ), but might instead return as a guest star. What do you think? Is this a bad decision on ABC's part? Frankly, I had already said my goodbyes and don't know if I will find a need to return. Sources: E!Online and THR

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - Featured

* Scrubs (8 pm/ET ABC) Scrubs wraps up its eighth season tonight as J.D. prepares to leave Sacred Heart and fantasizes about finally landing a hug from Dr. Cox and learning the Janitor's real name. But leaving the hospital isn't the only change in store for J.D. as Elliot slowly begins moving her things into his place, a clear sign that she's changing the course of their relationship. More than 50 past guest stars turn out for tonight's finale, a fitting tribute to this quirky and heartfelt show. * American Idol (9 pm/ET Fox) The final four singers are between a rock song and a hard place in tonight's results show. Last night, the remaining quartet - Kris Allen, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert - blasted through rock-and-roll tunes, putting some edge in the show while being mentored by Guns n' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitar master Slash. Sadly, one of our singers will be slashed from the contest before night's end. There's little doubt that rockers No Doubt will perform. And Daughtry, fronted by Season 5 contestant Chris Daughtry, are on hand to perform "No Surprise." * Lost (9 pm/ET ABC) Now we know exactly why the crash of Flight 815 happened. And we know about Faraday's theories for making it unhappen. What would happen then? We'll have a better idea next week, after "The Incident" happens to wrap up this season. But for now (1977, actually) Jack and Kate are at odds about what to do next, and the jig is up for Sawyer and Juliet at Dharma. And in 2007, Locke is fully in charge of the Others. What does that mean for Richard Alpert (not to mention Ben)? * Lie to Me (8 pm/ET Fox) Cal is going to jail tonight, but not for anything that he did: He's posing as a cop killer so he can get into the skull of a serial rapist ( Rescue Me 's Daniel Sunjata) whose MO - come on like a nice guy, then blind the victims before raping them - is being copycatted. This approach could yield clues for catching the copycat, but it won't be easy because the guy is both smart and a pathological liar. Mekhi Phifer guest stars as the skeptical FBI agent on the case. * America's Next Top Model (8 pm/ET The CW ) Teyona strengthened her front-runner position with last week's double wins in the go-see competition and the photo shoot. Slight-of-height Fo wasn't so lucky and got the short end of the elimination stick, while golden oldie Celia narrowly escaped ouster (she bombed the beach photo shoot), due to her strong past pictures. But if she doesn't soon remove the "old-looking" label from her back, Celia is history. Fortunately, Tyra directs a jungle-themed photo shoot tonight that requires the final four models to resemble exotic birds. Maybe Celia can hide behind the distracting makeup and feathers. Source Here

ABC in Talks to Renew Scrubs - Featured

ABC is in talks to renew the veteran comedy " Scrubs " for a ninth season with some or all of the original cast members coming back full- or part-time. The network is going over the proposed budget for next season with series producer ABC Studios. "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence, busy editing his ABC comedy pilot "Cougar Town," is said to be deeply involved in the renewal talks as well as in the discussions with the cast, who don't have deals beyond the show's current eighth season. Last summer, Lawrence and ABC chief Stephen McPherson indicated that they were looking into a way to keep "Scrubs" going with new cast members, a la NBC's revolving-door medical drama " ER ." This season, the show integrated a new crop of interns. Talks are under way with the original cast members -- including Zach Braff, Donald Faison, John C. McGinley and Neil Flynn -- regarding ways to bring them back, possibly as recurring characters rather than regulars, as in the case of , who are co-starring on pilots. In its debut season on ABC after seven years on NBC, "Scrubs" has been a modest performer at 8 p.m. Wednesday. But it has helped launch the new comedy " Better Off Ted ," with both series enjoying critical praise, strong support at the network and talk about extending the pairing into next season. Source here

Finale Fever: Guide to 16 Super Season-Enders - Featured

Every year at this time, your favorite shows pull out all the stops to wrap up some big stories, steer others in new directions, and launch brand-new sagas to unspool come fall. Which Hero will power down, and for good? Who on Lost will lose their life? What unexpected news awaits a Desperate Housewife? We've got your guide to those season-ending twists and many, many more. Heroes (April 27, NBC) Not content to merely impersonate Sen. Nathan Petrelli, Sylar shape-shifts his way ever-closer to the president as the heroes -- including the Petrelli brothers and their mother -- work together to take him down. At least one person dies -- sort of -- and we find out whether the rumors are true that Volume 5 is indeed called "Redemption." One thing we do know: Season 3 went a long ways toward redeeming the series -- and the finale holds many of its finest moments. Private Practice (April 30, ABC) As the Grey's spin-off sews up its second season, Addison's professional and personal worlds collide at the worst possible moment, Violet chooses between Pete and Sheldon, a confession steers Sam and Naomi in a new direction, and an Oceanside faithful betrays their buds. It's the finale's final scene, though, that is sure to have the watercooler bubbling the next morning. Josh Hopkins, who plays Noah, tells us that when he first read the script for it, "I was like, 'What?! Holy....' I simply couldn't believe it." Scrubs (May 6, ABC) ABC intel seems to indicate that this episode will in fact be the series finale. It's J.D.'s last day at Sacred Heart. As Zach Braff makes his long-announced departure from the show, will J.D. get a hug from Dr. Cox or learn The Janitor's name? Signs point to no, but get this -- more than 50 former guest stars are checking in to send him off, including Colin Hay, Amy Smart, Tom Cavanagh, guest-star extraordinaire Kathryn Joosten and MadTV alums Nicole Sullivan and Michael McDonald. Lost (May 13, ABC) Charles Widmore told John Locke that a war would take place on the island, and that if John didn't return, the wrong side was going to win. We're still a little unclear on who -- and when -- the sides will be (Hostiles vs. Dharma; Oceanic 6 vs. creepy Ajira survivors; Smokey vs. everyone), but it's clear that tensions are mounting all over, and will probably culminate in at least one shocking season-ending death. Other intriguing tidbits: The finale will introduce us to Jacob, the island's spiritual leader, and we'll see a wedding that takes place off-island. Thump! CSI (May 14, CBS) Det. Ray Langston (Laurence Fishburne) has to use deadly force for the first time in his CSI career while investigating a series of murders tied to a scam involving poker chips from a dearly departed casino. Lost's Cynthia Watros and Jericho's Gerald McRaney guest star. Wallace Langham (Hodges) promises "no major changes to the team" -- a relief to fans still grieving the loss of Grissom. And after two season-ending cliff-hangers in a row, fans won't have to bite their nails all summer: "It actually is self-contained," Langham adds, "a really good standalone episode." Grey's Anatomy (May 14, ABC) Series creator Shonda Rhimes reportedly told her cast that "life-changing things" are in store for every major Seattle Gracer. Now, Shonda being Shonda, details are scarce. What we do know is that the two-hour finale's guest-star roster includes Debra Mooney (Everwood) and Liza Weil (Gilmore Girls), respectively playing Owen's mother and a cancer patient who bonds with Izzie. Read More: Finale Fever: Our Guide to 16 Super Season-Enders Photo courtesy of

Ratings: Top Model Better than Ted - Featured

Wednesday's ratings rundown: * 8 pm/ET What a feeling! Lie to Me led the pack with 7.88 million total viewers, dipping 6 percent from its last outing. It was followed by a Law & Order repeat and CBS laffer leftovers. ABC's Scrubs (4.66 mil) and Better Off Ted (4.2 mil) both dropped 12 percent week-to-week. In fact, Ted got bested in its half hour - in total viewers and demos - by Top Model, which inched up 200K to flirt with 4 mil. * 9 pm American Idol 's double-elimination delivered 23.3 million viewers, slipping just a hair from last week's results show. (Side note: Did anyone else get the feeling KC hasn't sung that song since, I dunno, Dec. 31, 1979?) A Criminal Minds repeat claimed second with 9.75 mil, followed by Lost 's clip show (6.64 mil) and an SVU rerun. * 10 pm It was BAU - yet not - for Criminal Minds , which bested all comers in a later time slot, drawing 13.55 mil. Lagging behind a(nother) Law & Order repeat, ABC's The Unusuals copped 4.97 mil, down about 20 percent from the freshman dramedy's average-to-date. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List for Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - Featured

* Scrubs (8 pm/ET ABC) It's a battle of the exes tonight as Elizabeth Banks and Scott Foley return to Scrubs, reprising their roles as J.D. and Elliot's former flames. As J.D. tries to simplify his life for the sake of his son, he decides it's time to make peace with Kim. But he's not prepared to discover that Kim has a new man in her life: Elliot's ex, Sean. Awkward. Meanwhile, Turk turns to his friends at Sacred Heart to help him land a big promotion. * America's Next Top Model (8 pm/ET The CW ) London won't be calling on designers in Brazil. Her recent weight gain cost her a trip to Sao Paulo, where the six remaining models travel to tonight. A scavenger hunt around the city awaits them, and the search tests the gals' navigation skills. The ladies pose as cultural icons for the photo shoot before the judges send one girl back to the U.S. Steady Teyona, who won best photo last week, now looks to be the front-runner. * iCarly (8 pm/ET Nickelodeon) A green-themed episode fittingly airs on Earth Day and finds Carly, Sam and Freddie getting a school assignment that requires them to create a project that will benefit the environment. Carly works hard at the task, but she accidentally builds something illegal: a nuclear-powered generator. Oops. * Lie to Me (8 pm/ET Fox) Ratings don't lie, and that's certainly good news to crime-fighting psychologist Cal Lightman (Tim Roth), who'll wind up this series' encouraging first season over the next few weeks with time-honored guest-star intensity. First up: L Word alum Jennifer Beals, beginning a story arc as Cal's ex-wife, an assistant U.S. attorney who's stumped on an arson case. Cal, as it happens, isn't entirely over her. In fact, he acts downright dumb around her. But does he act dumb enough to blow the case? * Reno 911! (10:30 pm/ET Comedy Central) If you've ever detected a flair for the dramatic in Jim Dangle, you won't be surprised to learn that he's rented out the Sierra Historical Society to stage a murder-mystery dinner, which is the focus of a two-part episode. (Part 2 airs next week.) What is a bit startling, however, is his decision to invite his ex-wife, her ex-fiance and her new fiance, so one may wonder if the menu includes a recipe for disaster. Rachael Harris and Scott Thompson guest star. Source Here

SideReel's Top 10 Shows with Notable Music, Part 2 - Featured

One Tree Hill - The concept of music is a pretty large component of OTH - Peyton's record label, Haley's music career and the incorporation of actual singers and groups into the show's plot (from Fallout Boy to "Mia") - so it's no wonder that the series has a knack for picking out some fantastic music. One Tree Hill has some excellent music supervisors - choosing music that is not so mainstream that you'll groan at hearing the same song on yet another series, but mainstream enough that the show's young audience will embrace it. OTH has also used real life bands in a creative way - once incorporating a "Benefit Concert" into an episode, only to sell an actual benefit CD , with some of the proceeds going to charity. Some bands used in the series that I'm fond of: Nada Surf, Jack's Mannequin, The Weepies, Citizen Cope and of course, Gavin DeGraw (back when they still played the theme song). Supernatural - Seriously, would some of the things that the Winchester brothers do seem nearly as badass were it not for the sounds of AC/DC, Kansas, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bon Jovi, REO Speedwagon et al that fill the background? If I ever find myself fighting against forces from Hell, I can only hope that my fights will be set to the same awesome backdrop of classic rock. I would argue that no other show is as faithful to such a specific genre of music as Supernatural , but it's a perfect match. I don't want to know what the music licensing fees are for this one... Veronica Mars - From the moment that I first heard usage of the Dandy Warhols' "We Used to Be Friends" as the Veronica Mars theme song (which perfectly described Veronica's outcast status in Neptune), I knew that I would approve of the show's music. Much like the character of Veronica and the series as a whole, musical selections tended to be slightly offbeat and slightly alternative. Awesome bands used in the series: Spoon, Tegan and Sara, Stereophonics, Interpol, Old 97's, The Hives, Starsailor and Sparklehorse. Scrubs - Scrubs probably has the best soundtrack that I've ever heard on a TV comedy. In fact, I'd say that it's the apt musical selections that often contribute to defining both the show's most comedic moments and its most serious ones. The Fray's "How to Save a Life" played at the end of the episode where Doctor Cox lost 3 patients in a single day and decided to quit medicine. It was one of the most powerful episodes of the series and I credit usage of the song for helping to set the tone. Of course, lets also not forget some of the show's lighter musical moments, including Turk's Air Guitaring to Boston and the a capella sounds of Ted's Band. Grey's Anatomy - You might argue that no show so much as Grey's has had the ability to catapult a previously lesser-known group into musical superstardom. "The Fray" and "Snow Patrol" were once upon a time not household band names, and it was before their songs appeared in key scenes of key episodes of Grey's. In fact, "Chasing Cars" from Snow Patrol has become so closely associated with Izzie bawling over a Dead Denny that I can no longer separate the song from that scene in my head. Love or hate how Grey's can pluck an unknown musical gem from obscurity and make them the next big sensation, there's no denying that the show knows where to find great music. What shows have the most notable music for you?