A Brief History of the Series Finale

A Brief History of the Series Finale

A look at how series finales have changed over the years.

Remembering Doris Roberts

Remembering Doris Roberts

The Everybody Loves Raymond actress passes away in her sleep.

Darren Star now online

A Darren Starry Night

The show creator talks Beverly Hills, 90210; Melrose Place; Sex and the City; Younger, and more!

Remembering Garry Shandling

Remembering Garry Shandling

The writer/performer passes away at age 66.

Matthew Weiner Full interview online

Matthew Weiner's Full Interview Is Now Online!

The Mad Men creator fills us in on the last few seasons of the show and that epic Coke commercial.

Nina Tassler Now Online

A Master Class in TV with Nina Tassler

The former CBS Exec talks developing CSI, The Big Bang Theory, and more!

Remembering Patty Duke

Remembering Patty Duke

The actress passes away at age 69.

Reuben Cannon now online

Reuben Cannon's Interview Is Now Online!

The casting executive/producer talks casting Moonlighting, The A-Team, and more!

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Tears, Dreams, and Blank Screens: A Brief History of the Series FinaleBlog post imageLucy accidently destroys a newly sculpted Revolutionary War statue in the town square. A grenade temporarily blinds Eliot Ness. Perry Mason successfully defends an eccentric actress in a murder case. These describe three episodes of the most successful...

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Omnibus: Mr. Lincoln

A tele-biography by renowned author, screenwriter, and film critic James Agee, Mr. Lincoln (1952) earned wide acclaim as the centerpiece of OMNIBUS' inaugural season. Starring: Royal Dano and Joanne Woodward.