Monday December 22, 2014

I was surprisingly more impressed with the season finale of The Affair than I was Homeland.  The Affair tied things up and still left us with a pretty great cliffhanger.  Homeland tried to do the same but muddled it with backstory about Carrie's family.

Here is a pretty spot on take on the Homeland finale from The AV Club: "Long Time Coming [the title of the final episode] is arrhythmic and plodding in a lot of places, moving and well-observed in others, but more than anything, it’s a confusing note on which to end an otherwise energized season. That isn’t to say it isn’t thoughtful. There is a genuine thoughtfulness lent to this episode, and none of its moves feel arbitrary or desperate, even when I didn’t care for them. But whatHomeland needed to deliver most in its fourth season was a reason to reinvest long-term, rather than the wait-and-see attitude with which a good chunk of the audience approached this season. Long Time Coming is such an odd conclusion, it’s hard to imagine upshifting to a mental full-season order. The situation is still wait-and-see."

90 Day Fiance also wrapped up last night without much ado, although next week's reunion looks like it could be the most compelling episode of the entire season.

TLC is airing a special in January called My Husband's Not Gay.  See for yourself:

Snoop Dogg and his son, Cordell Broadus, will star in five-part Snoop & Son: A Dad’s Dream, chronicling the duo’s efforts to launch high school football star Broadus’ gridiron career.  The series debuts Wednesday, January 14 on ESPN.

Vulture examines the most successful TV strategies of 2014.

An interview with Ben Silverman.

"Nearly 11 years after Sex and the City ended its run, star Sarah Jessica Parker is reteaming with HBO for a new comedy.

"HBO is near a pilot deal for Divorce, a comedy that would likely star and be produced by Parker, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"Divorce centers on a middle-aged woman (Parker), who, influenced by her two recently single friends, impulsively brings up the idea of divorce with her husband but then can't decide whether to actually go through with it — until her husband discovers the affair she's been having and calls the marriage off."

Per TheWrap, "CBS’s 10-time Emmy winning The Amazing Race is changing formats for its 26th season.

"When the franchise returns in February, there will be no parent-children teams, no siblings, and no best friends lugging backpacks and passports.  Instead, the new season is all dating couples, five of whom are on a blind date race around the world.

"That makes it not just a shotgun start to the race, but a shotgun start to five romances. CBS made the announcement on Friday night at the tail end of the current season finale in a teaser video.

"From the existing couples, New Kids On The Block star Jonathan Knight is racing. He’ll see if he has The Right Stuff with partner Harley Rodriguez."  That was bad.

TMZ reports that "Richard Simmons is still MIA ... nearly a year after he was last seen, and there are no signs of XMAS or even life at his home.

"His friends are more worried than ever. They haven't heard from or seen him since January 11. He hasn't been to his exercise studio in 6 months. 

"There are no XMAS decorations at his Hollywood Hills house. Friends are not allowed to visit. A housekeeper seems to stand guard whenever anyone tries to enter.

"Simmons' rep told us the exercise guru was depressed over a knee injury and that's why he has gone radio silent, but his friends are convinced it is far more serious. They say Richard was the ultimate caring person who loved interaction, and now there is none whatsoever."

An interview with The Affair creator Sarah Treem [ALL SPOILERS]:

"The big reveal in the last scene of the finale is that Noah and Alison are together, but we don't quite see how they get to that point. Will we see the narrative catch up to the present-day detective storyline this coming season?

Yes. The way I've always conceived of the show is what I think of as an epic story structure, where the action starts in the middle of the story and then goes back to the past and shows you how they got to that place before it continues through that middle section into the future. Next season the past will catch up to the present, and then we'll move through the present into the future.

In future episodes, can we expect to see the story told from the perspectives of any of the other characters besides Noah and Alison?

Yes, we're definitely going to expand to more perspectives in the new season. We haven't exactly decided how many new perspectives we're going to have, but we'll definitely see Helen's and Cole's at least. Because if Noah and Alison are now together, they are not as mysterious and unknown to each other in that scenario — but the Noah-Helen relationship, for example, all of a sudden becomes more interesting because they're not together. They don't understand each other, and they don't experience each other as naturally. We're always trying to keep in mind in any given scenario which character will see it most differently because therein the conflict lies.

You've said before that you plan to take Noah and Alison's affair beyond its literal implications, so how will it manifest itself in season two?

You see at the end of season one that Noah and Alison are together in the future, turning that "affair" into something else. Season two is going to show how the past catches up to the present. It goes beyond a literal affair into a different kind of world. What I can say for sure is that characters like Helen and Cole don't go away when Noah and Alison start a life together. When people leave their spouses, their spouses don't disappear and their families don't disappear. We like to think of our romantic lives as very black and white. This is my chosen person. I am his wife and he is my husband, and that is the totality of my relationship. But it's not, and it's really not if you've already had a first marriage.

How much of the new season have you mapped out?

I wouldn't say we have a whole season locked up, but we have a bunch of different arcs already in mind. It's nice because we purposely kept this first season very intimate — and maybe even a little claustrophobic — because we thought that that sentiment reflected the experience of being in an affair, but now we feel like we can branch out and broaden the world of the show without diluting the intensity."

I know that was a lot, but the finale really did a nice job of taking a ho hum season and making it interesting.