by Billie Doux
Why are series finales so hard to get right?
Chuck from Supernatural said it the best: endings are hard. You have to pay off the major story threads and pretty much all of the characters, and it's impossible to make everyone happy. I'd guess that pleasing, say, 80% of your core audience is crucial, though, so that someone will buy the DVDs, stream the series on Netflix for years to come, and recommend it to all of their friends.
Buffy had a decent finale, even though they pretty much ruined the entire final season to do it. Lost's ending was so freaking controversial that I don't even want to discuss it. For that matter, so was Angel's. Dexter... well, in three words: they blew it. Okay, Breaking Bad was nearly perfect. And Six Feet Under had what is still my favorite series finale ever, and I bet Alan Ball had the ending in mind the entire five seasons that it ran.
Unfortunately, Alan Ball left True Blood a couple of seasons ago and I don't think he left any words of wisdom for his successor. Either that, or Brian Buckner and his writers simply wrote themselves into a corner. If you haven't seen the True Blood finale and you plan to do so, I won't spoil you, but I'm starting to think that a successful series finale that most of the fans won't hate is as rare as hen's teeth. Why is that? Is it because television is a lot more complex than it used to be?
-- Speaking of series finales... can you believe that they might freaking finish Deadwood, after all? It's not set or anything, but Timothy Olyphant will be finishing Justified soon, so it might be the perfect time to pencil him in. I had considered taking on reviews of Deadwood for years, and only recently decided not to because there was no real ending. Does this mean I'll have to review Deadwood, after all?
-- Idris Elba says that there may be more Luther. I'm definitely up for more. I never cared much for the actual plots, but I could watch Idris Elba in anything.
-- Fox is considering a remake of The Greatest American Hero. I'm not sure what to think about that. I was never a fan. It was sort of a gimmick show that got old pretty quickly, wasn't it?
-- Amazon is considering a revival of The Tick. I never watched it, but I hear it was good. It was the brainchild of Ben Edlund, one of the best writers on Supernatural. Unfortunately, Edlund couldn't save Revolution, so he can't do everything.
Renewals and cancellations
-- Masters of Sex is getting a third season. Oh, and Ray Donovan.
-- The fifth season of Lost Girl will be its last. And after the way they ended season four, that might be a good thing.
-- The Wil Wheaton Project has been cancelled. I like Wil Wheaton, but I didn't watch his show. It's my fault.
Fall is coming
-- Great news! The unpronounceable Enver Gjokaj (on-vare jo-kay) has been cast as a series regular on Agent Carter. If you don't know why I'm so happy about this, you haven't seen his amazing work as a doll named Victor on Dollhouse.
-- Lucy Lawless will be Isabelle Hartley in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I can't tell if it's for one episode or many. Does anyone know? Maybe the producers aren't sure.
-- Arrow has cast Nolan Funk as a love interest for our beloved Felicity, and Amy Gumenick (one of the Mary Winchesters from Supernatural) as Cupid.
-- The Originals has just posted a trailer for season two.
-- Boy, you can tell fall is coming when we start seeing fan baiting like this. There will be a gay character on The Walking Dead. It might be fan favorite Daryl Dixon. Do I care if Daryl is gay? Absolutely not. But I bet the knickers of many fans are currently twisting.
-- This probably means little to anyone who isn't nuts about Supernatural star Jensen Ackles, but this week, he finally succumbed to Twitter. He's off to a great start with a photo like this one.
This week in cats
The cat video that Josie posted in last week's Doux News was so awesome that I was unable to even come close to something that compared. (In case you missed it, here it is in all of its awesomeness.)
So in lieu of our usual catty conclusion, here is the best Ice Bucket Challenge video ever, by his awesomeness, Sir Patrick Stewart. Let me get the word "awesome" in there, one more time.
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for a ridiculously long time. More Billie Doux.