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September 29, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Walter White had his cake and ate it, too. ( SPOILERS! ) The series finale of "Breaking Bad" didn't fade to black, nor did anyone wake up from a dream and reverse the whole thing. Instead, genius creator Vince Gilligan met and likely surpassed expectations. Justice was meted out to those who deserved it, including Walter White (Bryan Cranston). And thanks to Walt's own ingenius final plan, he got what he was striving for when he first started making meth with Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul)
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September 29, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Walter White had his cake and ate it, too. ( SPOILERS! ) The series finale of "Breaking Bad" didn't fade to black, nor did anyone wake up from a dream and reverse the whole thing. Instead, genius creator Vince Gilligan met and likely surpassed expectations. Justice was meted out to those who deserved it, including Walter White (Bryan Cranston). And thanks to Walt's own ingenius final plan, he got what he was striving for when he first started making meth with Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul)
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August 12, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Showtime won't be giving us a real finale for "The Borgias," but show creator Neil Jordan has released an e-book equivalent, Showtime announced Tuesday. "The Borgia Apocalypse: The Screenplay," now available at Amazon , Barnes & Noble and SmashWords and other e-retailers, is based on Jordan's script for the two-hour finale of the canceled series about Pope Alexander VI and his family. "The Borgias" ended its three-season run on June 16, and Showtime had intended to do the 2-hour series finale.
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August 12, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Showtime won't be giving us a real finale for "The Borgias," but show creator Neil Jordan has released an e-book equivalent, Showtime announced Tuesday. "The Borgia Apocalypse: The Screenplay," now available at Amazon , Barnes & Noble and SmashWords and other e-retailers, is based on Jordan's script for the two-hour finale of the canceled series about Pope Alexander VI and his family. "The Borgias" ended its three-season run on June 16, and Showtime had intended to do the 2-hour series finale.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
I've watched the 2-minute trailer for the series finale of Fox's "Fringe" that hit the web today a couple times, and I still have goosebumps. "Do you have the courage to sacrifice anything?" Walter Bishop (the marvelous John Noble) asks, also saying. "I know in my soul this is what I'm supposed to do. " Things don't sound all too promising for Walter, although I have little doubt he'll be happy if he stops the Observers and saves Peter (Joshua Jackson), Olivia (Anna Torv) and Astrid (Jasika Nicole)
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | Stephen Markley
I'll warn you in advance that this column will reveal what a total pussy I am, but here goes anyway. So I've been continuing to watch the American version of “The Office” for the last few years even as it first grew lame, then terrible, then borderline unwatchable. It introduced genuinely unfunny characters, stopped and started plot threads that led nowhere, and generally felt like a meandering waste of time. I couldn't figure out why I was still bothering to watch this show that had become so totally uninteresting to me that each new episode felt...
SPORTS
March 17, 2013 | By Rob Cressy and For RedEye
You know that scene in "Scarface" where Tony Montana puts his entire face in a giant mound of blow? That's how I feel about March Madness. Thankfully the NCAA tournament isn't an illegal drug and I can consume as much of it as possible. It is like a legal trip that all of America fully embraces. You feel the highest of highs when the No. 13-seed Cinderella you picked beats a No. 4-seed at the buzzer, and the lowest of lows when your Final Four No. 2-seed loses to a school you didn't even know existed (I'm looking at you, 2012 Duke squad)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Like a gladiator fighting to the death, the series finale of "Spartacus: War of the Damned" will rip out your heart and stomp it into dust. That should not be a spoiler to anyone who knows the history of the rebel leader's war against Rome, which is what made writing the finale, titled "Victory" and airing at 8 p.m. Friday on Starz, such a difficult task for series creator Steven S. DeKnight. "Ending a series is always difficult. And I'm extremely proud of our series finale," DeKnight told me earlier this season.
NEWS
May 15, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins, RedEye
"CRASH!" "BOOM!" "THUNK!" Those sounds are more of the buildings in Chicago's majestic skyline being turned into kindling. Friends, I write this dispatch from the future. It's June 1, 2012, about 2 weeks after the NATO summit. Everything has changed, and not for the better. We were wrong about that NATO stuff, though. The super-excessive precautionary measures we took? They were a bigger flop than "Waterworld," Y2K, and Chicago's 2016 Olympic hopes combined. Nothing happened.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Morgana slugs it out with Merlin in the opening of the two-part "Merlin" series finale, stripping the young sorcerer of his magic and thus removing her final obstacle for the throne of Camelot. In "The Diamond of the Day, Part 1," airing Friday on Syfy, Morgana discovers a method of eliminating Merlin's abilities - an ancient slug-thingie that drains sorcerers of their magic. With Merlin (Colin Morgan) finally out of the way and Mordred (Alexander Vlahos) at her side, Morgana (Katie McGrath)
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May 22, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Morgana slugs it out with Merlin in the opening of the two-part "Merlin" series finale, stripping the young sorcerer of his magic and thus removing her final obstacle for the throne of Camelot. In "The Diamond of the Day, Part 1," airing Friday on Syfy, Morgana discovers a method of eliminating Merlin's abilities - an ancient slug-thingie that drains sorcerers of their magic. With Merlin (Colin Morgan) finally out of the way and Mordred (Alexander Vlahos) at her side, Morgana (Katie McGrath)
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | Stephen Markley
I'll warn you in advance that this column will reveal what a total pussy I am, but here goes anyway. So I've been continuing to watch the American version of “The Office” for the last few years even as it first grew lame, then terrible, then borderline unwatchable. It introduced genuinely unfunny characters, stopped and started plot threads that led nowhere, and generally felt like a meandering waste of time. I couldn't figure out why I was still bothering to watch this show that had become so totally uninteresting to me that each new episode felt...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Like a gladiator fighting to the death, the series finale of "Spartacus: War of the Damned" will rip out your heart and stomp it into dust. That should not be a spoiler to anyone who knows the history of the rebel leader's war against Rome, which is what made writing the finale, titled "Victory" and airing at 8 p.m. Friday on Starz, such a difficult task for series creator Steven S. DeKnight. "Ending a series is always difficult. And I'm extremely proud of our series finale," DeKnight told me earlier this season.
SPORTS
March 17, 2013 | By Rob Cressy and For RedEye
You know that scene in "Scarface" where Tony Montana puts his entire face in a giant mound of blow? That's how I feel about March Madness. Thankfully the NCAA tournament isn't an illegal drug and I can consume as much of it as possible. It is like a legal trip that all of America fully embraces. You feel the highest of highs when the No. 13-seed Cinderella you picked beats a No. 4-seed at the buzzer, and the lowest of lows when your Final Four No. 2-seed loses to a school you didn't even know existed (I'm looking at you, 2012 Duke squad)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
I've watched the 2-minute trailer for the series finale of Fox's "Fringe" that hit the web today a couple times, and I still have goosebumps. "Do you have the courage to sacrifice anything?" Walter Bishop (the marvelous John Noble) asks, also saying. "I know in my soul this is what I'm supposed to do. " Things don't sound all too promising for Walter, although I have little doubt he'll be happy if he stops the Observers and saves Peter (Joshua Jackson), Olivia (Anna Torv) and Astrid (Jasika Nicole)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Are you ready for holiday specials? November's TV schedule is loaded with them. But we also gets the premieres of new series "Malibu Country," "Amores Verdaderos," "LOLwork" and "Wedding Band," just to name a few. The biggest premiere might be the Nov. 25 debut of Lifetime's "Liz & Dick. " Can Lindsay Lohan pull off playing Elizabeth Taylor? Discuss. Here's my ever evolving list of November season and series premieres, finales, specials and TV movies. Shout if you notice I've missed something.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Are you ready for holiday specials? November's TV schedule is loaded with them. But we also gets the premieres of new series "Malibu Country," "Amores Verdaderos," "LOLwork" and "Wedding Band," just to name a few. The biggest premiere might be the Nov. 25 debut of Lifetime's "Liz & Dick. " Can Lindsay Lohan pull off playing Elizabeth Taylor? Discuss. Here's my ever evolving list of November season and series premieres, finales, specials and TV movies. Shout if you notice I've missed something.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Spring is showering new and returning TV series, movies and specials upon viewers. Here's a calendar of upcoming shows. As is always the case, I will update as I learn about more. Sunday, April 1 10 a.m. | "Ultimate Spider-Man," Disney XD (series premiere) 11 a.m. | "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes," Disney XD (season 2 premiere) 7 p.m. | "Titanoboa: Monster Snake," Smithsonian Channel (special premiere) 8 | "Game of Thrones," HBO (season 2 premiere) 8 | "Masterpiece Classic: Great Expectations," PBS (2-parter premiere; concludes...
NEWS
May 15, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins, RedEye
"CRASH!" "BOOM!" "THUNK!" Those sounds are more of the buildings in Chicago's majestic skyline being turned into kindling. Friends, I write this dispatch from the future. It's June 1, 2012, about 2 weeks after the NATO summit. Everything has changed, and not for the better. We were wrong about that NATO stuff, though. The super-excessive precautionary measures we took? They were a bigger flop than "Waterworld," Y2K, and Chicago's 2016 Olympic hopes combined. Nothing happened.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Spring is showering new and returning TV series, movies and specials upon viewers. Here's a calendar of upcoming shows. As is always the case, I will update as I learn about more. Sunday, April 1 10 a.m. | "Ultimate Spider-Man," Disney XD (series premiere) 11 a.m. | "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes," Disney XD (season 2 premiere) 7 p.m. | "Titanoboa: Monster Snake," Smithsonian Channel (special premiere) 8 | "Game of Thrones," HBO (season 2 premiere) 8 | "Masterpiece Classic: Great Expectations," PBS (2-parter premiere; concludes April 8)
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