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The Best Series Finale

The Best Series FinaleI recently wrote about The Office series finale. I liked it.

In the comments of that entry, 519 Rob had a great idea: an entry about the best series finales.

My personal favourite is the series finale of Six Feet Under, but I also loved the finales of The Wire and, although I wasn't sure I loved it at first, The Sopranos.

What's your favourite series finale of all-time?

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The Office: A Finale Well Done

The Office: A Finale Well DoneI watched the US version of The Office until Steve Carell left. The last episode I watched, prior to last week's finale, was "Goodbye, Michael" in season seven.

I did something similar with ER. I followed and enjoyed ER until Dr. Mark Greene died. That was it for me. I felt no need to continue watching, although I did return for the seres finale.

The Office finale, which I just watched yesterday, was very well done. It was sweet, funny and sad with just the right amount of nostalgia and closure. The return of Michael Scott was the icing on the cake.

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Did you see The Office finale? What did you think?

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In Praise of David Costabile

David CostabileI first saw David Costabile as Mel's submissive husband on the hilarious Flight of the Conchords. It was a small role, but merely a sign of things to come.

I then saw him in Season Five of The Wire as Managing Editor Thomas Klebanow. The Wire, as you may know, is my favourite television series of all-time. Again, it was a pretty small role, but it was pretty cool seeing someone from FotC on The Wire.

Then, while watching one of my favourite shows since The Wire, I saw him on Breaking Bad in a pretty juicy role. He was Gale Boetticher, and I won't spoil anything by telling you about Gale Boetticher.

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For playing a recurring character in Flight of the Conchords, The Wire and Breaking Bad, I thought David Costabile deserved a little praise.

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This Blue Jays Entry Is Brought To You By...

This Blue Jays Entry Is Brought To You By...It's early in the Blue Jays game, we're trailing 4-1, but this entry isn't about Arencibia's passed balls or Dickey's hittable knuckleball. This entry is about the Sportsnet telecast.

Rogers owns Sportsnet and the Jays and the dome, for that matter. It seems to have created this over-commercialized collection of corporate branding, in-game advertising and sponsorships galore. When Buck's not talking about the TD Comfort Zone, the new "destination" in centre field for ticket holders where they can enjoy their Budweiser or talking up the Honda guy, he's throwing to the Blackberry studio for the Home Hardware something or other. Heck, he just promoted some shitty television show before an ad for Selsun Blue took over the lower 15% of the screen.

It's too much. Even the over-the-top propaganda videos about the Blue Jays giving back to the community seems to be designed to sell tickets for the mothership. In 2013 we're used to sponsor mentions and in-game ads but it seems Rogers has crossed a line here.

I miss the good old days when the majority of ads aired between half-innings and not during the game.

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I'm Done Watching Shows That Are Still Airing

tvI'm fairly certain I'd enjoy Game of Thrones. Friends who agree with my love of The Wire have convinced me of that. I'm also pretty sure I'd enjoy Boardwalk Empire, Homeland and Sons of Anarchy. That's four quality shows I should try, but I'm not going to. At least, not yet...

I've made a decision to stop watching shows that are still airing. I'll wait for the series to conclude and then watch it from beginning to end without interruption. That's the way I enjoy following a drama.

Note, this rule doesn't apply to comedies, just dramas. And there are two unfinished series I'm currently following: Mad Men and Breaking Bad. They're exempt from my new rule. I'll finish both in real-time.

I watched The Wire on DVD after the series was complete. I didn't have to wait nine-months or longer for a new episode. I got to do it back-to-back-to-back and it was brilliant.

That's how I roll from now on. Let me know when Game of Thrones airs its finale. I'm looking forward to starting that one shortly thereafter.

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That Time I Watched an Entire Series Because of the Theme Song

That Time I Watched an Entire Series Because of the Theme SongBack in 2007 I decided to check out an HBO show entitled John From Cincinnati. It wasn't bad, and I ended up watching all ten episodes, but looking back I think it was the theme song that kept drawing me back.

I just adored their use of "Johnny Appleseed" by Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros. It set the tone perfectly and I'm sure fooled me into thinking the show was better than it actually was. An amazing opening theme can do that.

I don't remember much from John From Cincinnati... I think he was supposed to be Jesus or something like that... but I'll never forget that tune from Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros.

 

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My Mom Misses Dave Gerry on Global's The Morning Show

My Mom Misses Dave Gerry on Global's The Morning ShowI don't watch any television in the morning but my mom sure does. She recently switched from Breakfast Television to Global's The Morning Show. She's a big fan of Dave Gerry, Liza Fromer's co-host on the program.

Apparently, Dave Gerry's no longer on The Morning Show, so my mom asked me to find out what happened. Using the power of Twitter, I posed the question and made sure my pal Mackay Taggart, producer of The Morning Show, saw the tweet. I use the term "pal" loosely in that I follow him on Twitter and once had a conversation with him while sitting by a speaker phone with Humble and Fred, but he got back to me quickly with "Dave's decided to go back to his first love...reporting. He's still here at Global and will be producing pieces for TMS!"

Ok, he's off The Morning Show but still employed by Global to do some reporting. That's fine... but what's this alternative opinion by the slightly less credible @BlueJays55? "You can tell your mom that Liza pushed him off the show because doesn't like to share & hates talented people. She's a phony."

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Either way you slice it, my mom is ticked. She just asked me if Dave Gerry's on Twitter (he is) and how she can tweet at him. She's very, very serious about this.

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It's Funny Because It's True

the wireI didn't see Family Guy last night, but I'm told it included this bit about Breaking Bad and The Wire.

In case YouTube pulls the clip, it's Peter Griffin being hypnotized to say "Breaking Bad is the best show I've ever seen, except maybe The Wire. I will never stop talking about Breaking Bad or The Wire".

I enjoy Breaking Bad, but it's not the show I recommend to everyone I meet. That show would be The Wire, The Greatest Show On Television, Ever™.

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The Christmas Raccoons

The Christmas RaccoonsIn the mid-80s, CBC aired a cartoon called "The Raccoons". Bert Raccoon was the hero and Cyril Sneer was the bad guy. I loved the fact Bert and Cyril had these faucet-like noses.

Here's the Christmas Raccoons, the television special that started it all. Enjoy your return to Evergreen Forest.

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Dear Aunt Agnes Christmas Special: Christmas At Loon Lake

Dear Aunt Agnes Christmas Special: Christmas At Loon LakeDo you remember Deat Aunt Agnes?

I used to watch Dear Aunt Agnes on TVOntario in the mid-80s but had never seen the series finale in 1989, a Christmas special entitled Christmast At Loon Lake.

Thanks to Retrontario, I finally have closure. Enjoy.

Christmas At Loon Lake Part One

Christmas At Loon Lake Part Two


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