the art of ending things

What Makes Viewers ‘Tune In Next Week"?

Veteran TV writers share how they craft cliffhanger endings for everything from comedies to soaps to docuseries.
golden globes 2021

Who Should (and Will) Win at the Golden Globes This Weekend?

Even in the middle of a pandemic, the Globes will go on, and so will our prognostication.
close reads

The Real WandaVision Big Bad Was Marriage All Along

Beneath the family-sitcom trappings, the series is wed to a legacy of superhero stories that will do anything to end marital bliss.
  1. easter eggs
    All the WandaVision Easter Eggs You Might Have MissedAs with everything Marvel, scratch the surface of this show and you’ll find a host of nods to both comics and MCU history.
  2. to be continued
    Ray Donovan’s Showrunner Credits Fan Outcry for the Show’s Wrap-up Movie“It’s become clear to me that the living organism that is Ray Donovan is a collaboration, a shared ownership, with our audience.“
  3. the art of ending things
    What Makes Viewers ‘Tune In Next Week"?Veteran TV writers share how they craft cliffhanger endings for everything from comedies to soaps to docuseries.
  4. late night tv
    Late Night With Seth Meyers Is Sticking Around Through 2025Imagine how long his hair could get.
  5. golden globes 2021
    Who Should (and Will) Win at the Golden Globes This Weekend?Even in the middle of a pandemic, the Globes will go on, and so will our prognostication.
  6. close reads
    The Real WandaVision Big Bad Was Marriage All AlongBeneath the family-sitcom trappings, the series is wed to a legacy of superhero stories that will do anything to end marital bliss.
  7. music
    Olivia Rodrigo Won’t Let Her Producer Watch HSMTMTSAnd more from her New York Times “Diary of a Song.”
  8. last night on late night
    Prince Harry Has Already Cast His Future Crown Actor“I am way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing stories written about my family or my wife or myself.”
  9. overnights
    WandaVision Recap: Big Trauma’s HouseOh, so you wanted answers? Here’s your answers!
  10. overnights
    Dickinson Season Finale Recap: Burn After ReadingTwo fires, only one of which can be put out.
  11. overnights
    Clarice Recap: Up Close and PersonalIs a conspiracy story really what fans of The Silence of the Lambs Cinematic Universe are interested in seeing?
  12. overnights
    Summer House Recap: Hannah BananasIt’s not Kyle’s fault that Hannah singled herself out for criticism.
  13. tv recaps
    Freaks and Geeks Nudges Bill Haverchuck Out of His Comfort ZoneSo much about Bill snaps into focus just by spending a little time with him at home.
  14. roll clip!
    Jill Biden Has Entered the Bridgerton ChatYes, she loves the … costumes.
  15. trailer mix
    The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Teaser: Dystopia, Sweet DystopiaJune’s revolution begins April 28 on Hulu. Be there.
  16. turning looks
    Every Drag Race RuMix, RankedTurning looks, stunting pretty.
  17. overnights
    RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. Recap: That Old Sew-and-SewA very familiar unconventional-materials sewing challenge makes up in charm what it lacks in originality.
  18. tv timeline
    How TV Stories Have Shaped Our Understanding of AIDSUsing the tools of serialized storytelling, television has both reflected and reshaped our perception of the virus, one fictional character at a time.
  19. buffering
    Paramount+ Is Mining for Nostalgia. Will It Work?A look at the strategy behind the latest streaming service to join the market.
  20. comedy
    Debra Wilson Says She Quit MADtv Over Pay Disparity“People were coming in after me making more than me.”
  21. rankings
    W Magazine Cover Stars, Ranked by How Much Pain They’re InPhotographer Juergen Teller woke up and chose violence.
  22. chat room
    Holly Hunter ‘Thoroughly Enjoyed’ Pushing Down Chrissy Teigen for Mr. Mayor“She was so up for it and told me there was no way I could hurt her.”
  23. renewals
    Netflix’s Elite Gets a Season 5, So You Know Season 4 Will Go HardThe power these teens hold.
  24. overnights
    The Challenge: Double Agents Recap: Security BreachNow that the game is winding down, it’s time for the underdogs to either rise to the occasion or just go home.
  25. wrap party in paradise
    Live Together, Party Together: The Story of Lost’s Final Wrap PartyCast and crew reminisce about the epic send-off thrown by Evangeline Lilly and featuring an unplanned guest performance by Jimmy Buffett.
  26. the art of ending things
    No, They Weren’t Dead the Whole TimeAn oral history of Lost’s daring, divisive finale, our last truly communal broadcast TV experience
  27. overnights
    Good Trouble Recap: Shut It DownMariana comes face-to-face with what her app has turned into, and it’s not pretty.
  28. overnights
    The Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Dumb and DumbererererererThis is the problem with putting Teresa at the center of this show: She might bring drama, but it’s always at the expense of any intelligence.
  29. stand-up
    Ronny Chieng Signs Netflix Deal for Three New Comedy SpecialsGet ready for two stand-up specials and a “semi-scripted road trip comedy” from The Daily Show correspondent.
  30. the streaming wars
    Drag Race Producers Werking on New Competition Series for Paramount+And season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is sashaying to the streamer.
  31. the streaming wars
    Paramount+ Will Stream Mission: Impossible 7 and A Quiet Place Part 2Copying the HBO Max strategy we see.
  32. tv
    Matt Groening Responds to Simpsons Recasting Characters“All of our actors play dozens of characters each, it was never designed to exclude anyone.”
  33. streaming
    Comedy Central Is Getting the Brands Back Together for Paramount+Specials from Amy Schumer and movies from the Workaholics and Beavis and Butt-Head guys are on the way.
  34. adorkable
    15 Essential Episodes of New GirlThe internet’s favorite sitcom is as heartfelt as it is funny. And it’s very, very funny.
  35. hahnvision
    It Was GIFs of Kathryn Hahn in WandaVision All AlongGod bless Agnes, just having a gas!
  36. tv review
    Ginny & Georgia Is So, So Much. Truly, So Much.The new Netflix series is such an unpredictable mixture of genre and tone that watching it feels like being shuttled from one TV show to another.
  37. tv
    Aziza Barnes, Jeremy O. Harris to Write for The Vanishing HalfIssa Rae has signed on to produce.
  38. overnights
    This Is Us Recap: Precious CargoAnother car-centric episode drops in on a whole slew of Pearsons driving newborns home for the first time.
  39. tv recaps
    Freaks and Geeks Survives a Bad Trip“Chokin’ and Tokin’” explores many different kinds of vulnerability, for teens and parents both.
  40. overnights
    The Bachelor Recap: This StinksBachelor Nation, step right up and behold this season’s most outrageous attraction: The Man Who Has Never Been Dumped.
  41. drew’s news
    David Letterman Pranked Drew Barrymore on Her Birthday and Made Her Weep“You’re actually crying! Oh, that breaks my heart. God bless you!”
  42. tv
    George Clooney to Produce Docuseries About Ohio State Abuse ScandalBased on a 2020 Sports Illustrated investigative story by Jon Wertheim.
  43. casting
    Gillian Anderson Hops Back Across the Pond to Play Eleanor RooseveltShowtime’s new series also stars Viola Davis as Michelle Obama and Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford.
  44. overnights
    90 Day Fiancé Recap: Excuses, ExcusesThe only couple that comes out of this episode looking okay is the one that isn’t featured in it.
  45. animation
    Harry Shearer Will No Longer Voice Dr. Hibbert on The SimpsonsKevin Michael Richardson will take over the role moving forward.
  46. casting call
    Kit Harington, Minnie Driver, and More Crushes Join Modern Love Season TwoAnd it already finished filming.
  47. close reads
    It Is Once Again Time to Call for Chris Harrison’s Retirement From The BachelorRemoving Harrison will not fix the show’s ongoing race problems. But that doesn’t make it any less worth doing.
  48. chat room
    How Behind Her Eyes’ Eve Hewson Calibrated Her Performance for That Final TwistThe actress breaks down what playing Adele taught her about astral projection and channeling another actor’s performance.
  49. casting call
    Julia Roberts’s Watergate Drama Gaslit Lands at Starz, Recasts Armie HammerThe anthology series will follow Martha Mitchell’s historic role in exposing Watergate.
  50. last night on late night
    John Oliver Dissects the ‘Amazing’ Ted Cruz Cancún Saga“Because the first rule of fatherhood is throw your daughters under the bus at the first opportunity.”
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