TV Junkie: Weekend TV Wrap Up - Please Weigh In on 'Big Love' Finale
In between the March Madness basketball hoopla, there was some great TV this weekend: excellent Bill Maher on Friday, Pee Wee's Broadway show was great on Saturday, and Sunday's "Bob's Burgers" was not only excellent because it brought the word "anus" repeatedly into primetime broadcast TV, but it also featured Sarah Silverman and her sister Laura providing voices of twin boys, and late night Sunday brought a great episode of "After Lately" where Reese Witherspoon proved herself to be an annoyance around the offices of "Chelsea Lately" [we received some tweets complaining that "After Lately" is scripted - yes, it's a scripted show with improv scenes, it's done in mockumentary style, you would have to be dense to not see and understand this basic fact. Chelsea Handler's monologue and closeout in "Chelsea Lately" is also scripted, for chrissakes].This brings us to the series finale of "Big Love." We will not write any spoilers here as a lot of people have yet to watch it. While we may not have been entirely satisfied with the finale, it's been obvious that there was no way "Big Love" wasn't going to end this season. Every family interaction, other than the Christmas episode, was fraught with anxiety and degenerated into shrill exchanges. Some of the things that we predicted would happen in the finale did happen but the wrap up left us wanting. That being said, how many "satisfying" series finales have you seen in the past year or two? Perhaps only "Terriers" was good but that last episode wasn't intended to be a series finale - an indication on what an incredibly great show that was.
If you'd like to discuss "Big Love" some more, please feel free to comment at the end of this post and if you haven't seen the finale yet, I suggest avoiding the Comments section.
News Items of Note: Stephen King wants to write an episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead" (awesome); Jeff Daniels in talks to be a part of Aaron Sorkin's pilot for HBO (also awesome)
Please check out the TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan and the listings (below) as these are a pain in the ass to do but hopefully they point you in the right direction for TV shows. Look forour Channel Zero podcast this week which will feature an interview with TV and comedy legend Tim Conway.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Attack of the Show," ""Chuck," "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" (Vienna), "James May's Road Trip," "Conan" (Sarah Silverman, Biz Stone, Pete Holmes performs), "Lopez Tonight" (Mike Tyson, Emmy Rossum, Thirty Seconds to Mars performs), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Kiefer Sutherland; Emily Browning; Little Dragon performs)
7:00pm Attack of the Show G4 - News/tech/games/flicks
8:00pm Chuck NBC - Chuck investigates after a murder takes place in Castle; Ellie's new hobby alarms Awesome; Morgan's leadership is tested.
8:30pm Mad Love CBS - Kate spies on Ben when he is required to work late nights with his ex-girlfriend; Larry tries to track a mysterious woman.
9:00pm The Chicago Code Fox - FBI Division Chief Cuyler (Adam Arkin) interferes with Wysocki and Evers' investigation of an international drug dealer
9:00pm Being Human Syfy - Rebecca finds out Aidan killed Bernie; Josh gets kidnapped; Heggeman is awoken.
9:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel - Vienna Looking into the real culture of Vienna.
9:00pm The Event NBC - Thomas reveals to the Sleepers the contents of the message he received; President Martinez confronts the vice president
10:00pm Castle ABC - When the head writer on a popular soap opera is killed with a fire axe, Castle is able to use his skills as an author to make a discovery about the killer.
10:15pm James May's Road Trip BBC America - Oz tries to teach James the correct way to describe wines in Bordeaux.
11:00pm Conan TBS - Sarah Silverman discusses her recent book, Biz Stone - Twitter Co-Founder, Pete Holmes performs.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Avril Lavigne guests
11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Steve Martin and his banjo band thingy
12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Mike Tyson, Emmy Rossum, Thirty Seconds to Mars performs
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Liv Tyler; entrepreneur Mark Cuban; Brett Dennen performs.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Kiefer Sutherland; actress Emily Browning; Little Dragon performs.