Best (and Worst) Season Finales of 2011-2012 – Sater Picks

The summer season is almost here, and the final shows of the 2011-2012 TV season are going off the air. Our staff is tallying up their personal picks for best and worst series. Here’s the latest rundown from Kelly Sater.

(Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t seen these season finales!)

Kelly Sater’s Picks

Best: Modern Family

We can always count on Modern Family to blend humor and heart. The season three finale was one of the most successful yet. When Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) enlisted Gloria (Sofia Vergara) to help them pick up their new baby it all went to hell. The trio ended up caught in the middle of a Spanish telenovela that ended with drama. Mitch finally had a breakdown that was heartbreaking, Jay (Ed O’Neill) danced with little lily at her recital and the final reveal of Gloria’s pregnancy was a shocker that will rock next season.

Mixed Reaction: Glee
The season finale of Glee was a mix. The writers took the time to properly say goodbye to seniors Puck (Mark Salling), Quinn (Dianna Agron), Rachael (Lea Michele), Santana (Naya Rivera), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Finn (Cory Monteith) but Mercedes (Amber Riley) was glanced over. The Puck/Quinn kiss was nice but it came totally out of left field. It was like the writers were just trying to please fans rather than tell a story. Kurt’s rejection from NYADA was devastating and Finn’s surprise break up at the end was cold but it opened up Rachael’s future. Her walking the streets of NYC ready to take on the world was a strong way to finish a season. The writers did a good job with the task of graduation but it wasn’t their best work.

Worst: New Girl

New Girl had a very strong first season but fell short in the finale. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone) hooked up mid season relieving us of the boring “will they, wont they” story line. Unfortunately they broke up in the finale because he didn’t think he was good enough for her, which was a lame excuse. Plus, Nick (Jake M. Johnson) moved out only to move right back in. Where was the mystery there? Sure them lost in the desert was fun and Jess’s (Zoey Deschanel) attempt to thwart a coyote was classic Jess but the writers didn’t leave us with too much to look forward to in next season. Except maybe a new Jess/Nick will they wont they story line.

May 2012 Photo Flashback: Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Arrow, Hart of Dixie, Nikita & More CW Shows Invade NYC

We’ve got over 90 photos of CW Network stars and executive producers from 90210, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, The Carrie Diaries, Beauty and the Beast, Arrow, Emily Owens M.D., Nikita, and Hart of Dixie as they made their way into New York City this May.

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CW Stars of New and Existing shows present include:
Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen in Arrow), Katie Cassidy (Laurel in Arrow), Kristin Kreuk (Catherine in Beauty and the Beast), Jay Ryan (Vincent in Beauty and the Beast), AnnaSophia Robb (Carrie in The Carrie Diaries), Candace Bushnell (author of The Carrie Diaries) Matt Davis (Jeff in Cult), Jessica Lucas (Skye in Cult), Mamie Gummer (Emily in Emily Owens, MD), Justin Hartley (Will in Emily Owens, M.D.), Michael Rady (Micah in Emily Owens M.D.), Aja Naomi King (Cassandra in Emily Owens MD), Kelly McCreary (Tyra in Emily Owens, MD), Jessica Stroup (90210), Jessica Lowndes (90210), Shanae Grimes (90210), Rachel Bilson (Hart of Dixie), Scott Porter (Hart of Dixie), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie), Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie), Jaime King (Hart of Dixie), Maggie Q (Nikita), Shane West (Nikita), Jared Padalecki (Supernatural), Jensen Ackles (Supernatural), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries), Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries), Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries), Candice Accola (The Vampire Diaries), Steven R. McQueen (The Vampire Diaries), Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries) and Zach Roerig (The Vampire Diaries).

Best (and Worst) Season Finales of 2011-2012 – Simpson Picks

It’s that time of year… network shows are going off the air (some for good) and the summer season is about to premiere. We decided to take a look at all of the season finales that have aired thus far and here are more of our staff picks for the best and the worst for the 2011-2012 season.

(Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t seen these season finales!)

Melody’s Picks:

Best: Being Human

What a fantastic season finale Being Human delivered! Josh, Aidan, and Sally were in the fight of their lives, giving us an even more exhilarating finale than in the first season and cliff-hangers that have us wanting more, more than ever before! Josh found himself at odds with Nora and Ray and it may have cost someone their life. Redemption comes at a cost, freedom comes at a cost, and that is what these three were faced with during the stand down. Great way to leave us hanging there! Then there’s Sally who goes to her mother, asking her to shred her so that she can go to limbo and find a way out for those she shredded. We were all hoping to see Sally’s mother before the season was over but none of us wanted it to happen this way. No way was Sally’s mother going to shred her own daughter and no was Sally going to take her mother’s door. So, she shred herself. Sad as that may be… who else is anticipating getting to see limbo in season three? Oh the places that the writers can go with this story line! Fantastic delivery with this cliff hanger. Finally, there’s Aidan. Too bad Aidan was not as patient as Suren has been all of these years. He’s got an eternity yet the rush to kill Mother got his help, Henry tied up and tortured and Suren, the love of his life killed. Aidan was completely misguided, clouded by love and made to believe that urgency in this situation was absolutely necessary. Good things take time. Long suffering does not end over night. Where he is now, he’ll understand that quickly. Who will find him buried deep below Mother’s grounds? Wonderful job writers, making Mother the most hated villain on TV today. “It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To” was a beautiful and heartbreaking telling of the lengths people, human or not, will go for the people that they love. It’s tragic but it’s what being human is all about, the give not just the take. How much are you willing to give?

Best: Grey’s Anatomy

Whether or not you’ve been following this season of Grey’s, the finale will gut you. We lose Lexie not at the end of the episode but barel halfway through. We watch each character react in completely different ways to the shock of being in a plane crash. And we watch the uncertainty linger as the end credits roll and those stranded have not been saved. Shonda Rhimes is brilliant, brilliant I tell you! People may have hated how she left us hanging but I absolutely loved it. This was one of the best episodes of the season but you knew that already. This show is known for its phenomenal finales and this one does not differ. Doctors need saving too and this series acknowledges that in the most heart breaking ways. And since no rescue team has come, we could still potentially lose someone else! Could you imagine? Ha. That would be something. We also said goodbye to Teddy which I was actually very satisfied with. I love Kim Raver but I was never a fan of Teddy, so Teddy’s exit was long overdue in my eyes. There were plenty of goodbyes, more tears shed in sadness than in happiness but remember, there was an engagement. So we’ve got at least a wedding to look forward to. But the emotions that this episode garnered really… this episode really embodied why I love this show so much. Everything about this episode was pure gold. If there’s one ABC finale you catch up on, let it be this one.

Best: Fringe

What made this finale so emotional was the uncertainty about its renewal while shooting. This could very well have been the series finale and in many ways, it succeeded at being such. But with many questions still left unanswered and two polar opposite cliffhangers (a baby on the way as well as the end of freedom as we know it possibly), there was plenty to anticipate just in case. Thankfully, we are being given a fifth and final season, so we can explore the avenues that this season has shown us. It took awhile for the season to really catch on and then it threw us for a loop when we were sent into the future but the pieces came together nicely in this finale. The best way to describe the finale would be looking at a puzzle consisting of thousands of pieces from afar and it looks complete but when you step closer, you see that there are still some missing pieces. So while we do need to put in those final missing pieces next season, the finale was very satisfying and had all of the elements that made us fall in love with the show in the first place. Great job.

Best Notable Mentions: Revenge, The Vampire Diaries, Make It Or Break It

Worst: The Office

“Free Family Portrait Studio” sounds just as bad as you think. As a long time fan of The Office, it is safe to say that things just haven’t been the same since Steve Carell left the show but it wasn’t exactly as hysterical as it was right before he left anyway. It had potential in those first few episodes afterwards but then it just went downhill and became quite a circus. And it never recovered. There’s just way too much drama and scandal and shame all across the board with these characters… it’s overwhelming and at times so far out of character that they sometimes I found myself asking just what it is I was watching. It couldn’t possibly be The Office that I fell in love with. No, it’s not. Andy said it best when he said, “I just want one motherf’ing delicious moment. Is that too much to ask?”

Photo Credit: ABC, Philippe Bosse/Syfy, Cate Cameron/FOX, Chris Haston/NBC

Look Back at May 2012: USA Network Stars Shine in New York City (Photos)

Here’s a look back at the USA Network celebs who gathered in New York City this May.

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Stars in attendance included:
Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice), Michael Ealy (Common Law), Warren Cole (Common Law), Sonya Walger (Common Law), Jack McGee (Common Law), Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Kan Matchett (Covert Affairs), Peter Gallagher (Covert Affairs), Michael Trucco (Fairly Legal), Baron Vaughn (Fairly Legal). Virginia Williams (Fairly Legal), Ryan Johnson (Fairly Legal), Callie Thorne (Necessary Roughness), Marc Blucas (Necessary Roughness), Mechad Brooks (Necessary Roughness), Scott Cohen (Necessary Roughness), Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals), James Wolk (Political Animals), Brittany Ishibashi (Political Animals), Carla Gugino (Political Animals), Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains), Campbell Scott (Royal Pains), James Roday (Psych), Dulé Hill (Psych) Timothy Omundson (Psych), Ryan Johnson (Fairly Legal), Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Tim DeKay (White Collar), Gabriel Macht (Suits), Gina Torres (Suits), Sarah Rafferty (Suits), Patrick J. Adams (Suits), Meghan Markle (Suits), Kirsten Nelson (Psych), and Brooke D’Orsay (Royal Pains).

AMC Plans ‘Walking Dead’ Marathon and Season 3 Preview Before Comic-Con


What better way to get your fix of The Walking Dead than by becoming a zombie watching a marathon of it?

AMC is dedicating the weekend of July 7 and 8th to The Walking Dead, airing all nineteen episodes that span Seasons 1 and 2. This marathon will also include the black-and-white version of the pilot that can be seen on the Season 1 DVD release.

To sweeten the deal, AMC will be heavily integrating its Talking Dead talk show, with host Chris Hardwick introducing each TWD installment from the set of Season 3 in Atlanta. Hardwick will be setting up the storyline in each as well as providing additional commentary on special moments and unique characters.

It all culminates with a live hour-long edition of Talking Dead at 10PM on Sunday, which will give viewers a hearty first look at Season 3. This will include an actual scene, video interviews with the cast, a tour of the new set (can you say prison) and some in-studio guests as well.

This is all interestingly positioned the week before San Diego Comic-Con 2012, where the show will most likely have a large presence. July is clearly meant to be an oasis to give TWD fans their fix while we wait for the October Season 3 premiere.

Also hitting the web today is a photo from Season 3, featuring Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) working with a silenced pistol. That will come in handy for taking zombies (or humans?) out without alerting any roaming herds.

‘Touch’ Season Finale Lead-in: Feel Good Drama Gets a Little More Captivating

Tim Kring’s Touch started off as a mediocre drama that packaged coincidence together with logic and wrapped it up in a tiny little box of autism. However, if you stuck with the drama, which I thankfully did, you were exposed to quite possibly the best feel-good drama of the 2012 TV season. Touch is a series that makes you think that the impossible can happen and that the problems of the world, specifically your own, can be fixed if the right sequence of events fall into the correct ratio. Sure, sometimes the scenarios can be outlandish. Sometimes you may get hit with a story arc that takes place in outer space, but has something to do with the buying and selling of children. Yet, these far-fetched situations seamlessly ground the show in one word – hope. Something we can all use.

Touch heads into its 2-hour finale with several looming questions. In the beginning we were simply following around Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) running around the city as he tried to make sense of Jake’s numbers. Now, we know that there is a deeper mystery surrounding Jake (David Mazouz). He is one of the 36 righteous ones, a group that included Teller’s (Danny Glover) first test subject, Amelia. We also have a reason to hate Jake’s aunt. The classic “mystery corporation” has been introduced to the series. The company is conducting tests on several gifted children, and using Sheri (Roxana Brusso) to accomplish their diabolical deeds. It feels a little bit like Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) conducting secret tests on meteor freaks on Smallville.

Sheri has also become one of Touch’s despised characters. Instead of representing the state in what’s best for Jake, she’s taking money from the corporation to put Jake through mental tests, using Platonic solids, which tax his brain. Teller was also involved in these kinds of tests with Amelia.

But what really happened to Amelia? Is she alive and hidden away as a cripple in Room 6? If Amelia and Jake are two of the 36 righteous ones, tasked with fixing the world, then who are the other thirty four? Will Martin lose his son to the state and in effect the company? Is Jake’s aunt complicit in the whole affair? Will she turn on the company or side against Martin?

Hopefully, we’ll get some answers in the two-hour finale. These past five episodes have turned me into a believer. Let’s see if the writers can keep the feel-good alive, while adding on more elements of conspiracy.

Walt King (Rob Benedict) returns for the finale event. So we should be in for quite a few surprises.

Aliens: Colonial Marines: Sega Blesses Gamestop Shoppers with Exclusive Movie Characters

If you were hoping to pre-order your copy of Sega and Gearbox Software’s Aliens: Colonial Marines from Amazon.com, you may want to reconsider.

Sega has just announced that they are giving Gamestop shoppers an exclusive deal that trumps a potential discount from Amazon.com. If you preorder from Gamestop, you will get access to playable characters from the 1986 Aliens movie, including: Private Hudson (Bill Paxton), Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn), Private Drake (Mark Rolston) and Sergeant Apone (Al Matthews). Although the announcement doesn’t include key characters like Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Bishop (Lance Henriksen) and everyone’s favorite Pvt Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein), you will get access to Ripley’s Flamethrower in the Collector’s Edition.

Other Collector’s Edition bonuses include:
Additional Marines Character Customization Options
· Ripley’s Flamethrower
· Exclusive Multiplayer Weapons
– Sonic Electronic Ball Breakers
– Phase Plasma Rifle
· Exclusive Game Level
– USCM Academy Firing Range
· USCM Dossier
– Mission Brief
– USS Sephora Schematic
– Recruitment Card
– LV-426 Recon Photo
– USCM Iron-on Badges
– USCM Graduation Certificate

Aliens: Colonial Marines hits shelves February 12, 2013 on Xbox 360 and PS3. In this latest Aliens game, players will engage in a 4-player cooperative campaign in 1st person shooter combat as a member of the United States Colonial Marines or in third person combat as a Xenomorph. Fingers crossed that this game is as awesome as it sounds because I’ll be playing as a Xenomorph.

Showtime Signs on for ‘Nurse Jackie’ Season 5 & Inks ‘Dexter’ Showrunner

You can’t keep a good nurse down.

Showtime has just announced that Nurse Jackie, starring Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, will return to premium network in 2013 for its fifth season. Showtime President David Nevins also announced that Emmy Award nominee Clyde Phillips will be coming aboard as the new showrunner for nursing’s dark comedy. Phillips, who worked as showrunner on Dexter before leaving after the Season 4 finale, will join Richie Jackson as executive producer on Nurse Jackie.

EDITOR’S PICK: DEXTER Season 7 Casting Alert

Nevins stated: “Clyde brings a unique combination of skills in both comedy and drama, and he is a master at making entertaining and compelling television… We are so thrilled with the series’ performance this year, and we know that with the incomparable Edie Falco in front of the camera, the fifth season of Nurse Jackie will be even better.”

Nurse Jackie heads into production on its fifth season in late 2012. The fourth season also starred Eve Best, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze, Dominic Fumusa, Anna Deavere Smith and Peter Facinelli.

Celebrity Voice Cast Announced for Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance]

Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] will be getting an added dose of celebrity voice talent. The 3DS exclusive will witness the return of Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy (Fringe) to the role of Master Xehanort, archenemy of Sora and Riku.

Square Enix also announced that Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Hayden Panetierre (Heroes), David Gallagher (The Vampire Diaries, 7th Heaven), recording artist Jesse McCartney, and Quinton Flynn (Robot Chicken) will also return to reprise their roles.

EDITOR’S PICK: STILLS OF TRON WORLD in DREAM DROP DISTANCE

– Osment voices Sora, who is working to complete the Mark of Mastery exam and become a true Keyblade Master.
– Gallagher voices Riku, Sora’s best friend who is also trying to become a true Keyblade Master.
– Panetierre voices Xion, the 14th member of Organization XIII, the group that opposes Sora and his friends.
– McCartney voices heroes Roxas and Ventus.
– Flynn voices Axel / Lea, another member of Organization XIII.