‘Hope,’ ‘Human,’ ‘Wonderland’ and ‘Rake’ say farewell this week
As we approach the end of the season, shows are starting to take their leave — some for good.
My first goodbye came March 26 with the series finale of USA’s “Psych.” I will admit that while I still enjoyed it, my attention had been waning some this final season. I found the finale a fitting goodbye, though, with the show’s trademark goofiness alternating with moments of sweetness and true emotion.
The next big send-off was “How I Met Your Mother” on Monday. I watched (and enjoyed) the first few seasons back when I still had Netflix, but I never got around to catching up to watch the latter ones in real time. Judging from the finale recap I read and the reactions of most fans I know, I’d say that’s a good thing; I know very few people who were happy with the somewhat dark ending and the show’s final shot.
This week, four more series say sayonara to their fans.
First up is “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” whose cancellation was announced last Friday. The ABC spinoff , which airs at 8 p.m. today struggled from the start and never came close to achieving the ratings of its predecessor. (The highest-rated episode, the pilot, had nearly a million less viewers than the lowest rated episode of the original this season.)
This wasn’t planned as a series finale, of course, but the show itself was intended as a standalone season (with the possibility of branching out into other fantasy worlds in latter ones). At a Television Critics Association event in August, executive producer Edward Kitsis said, “What we’re planning to do is tell a complete tale, beginning, middle and end, finish it.” Hopefully, for the fans’ sake, he and the show will honor that plan.
“Raising Hope” follows at 9 p.m. Friday on Fox. The hour-long finale brings an end to the four-season-long story of the Chance family and their friends with appearances in the second half by Jeffrey Tambor and Kenny Loggins.
I’ve watched “Hope” since the beginning. As with “Psych,” my interest for it has waned some this year, but never enough to drive me away, and I will miss the antics of Burt and Virginia (Garret Dillahunt and Martha Plimpton), if not as much Jimmy and Sabrina (Lucas Neff and Shannon Woodward).
Next is Fox’s “Rake.” Technically, this one isn’t official yet, but it’s all but certain it won’t return. The Greg Kinnear-fronted legal drama premiered on Thursdays in January in the lucrative post-”Idol” slot, but by early March, it got the bump to Friday nights. Now, the last two episodes are being burned off in a single sitting starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Finally, “Being Human” concludes at 9 p.m. Monday on Syfy. The show, an American adaptation of the popular BBC America drama (which ended last year), is one I didn’t expect to like in the beginning, as I’m not much into the whole werewolf/vampire craze. However, I was drawn in by Aiden the vampire (Sam Witwer), Josh the werewolf (Sam Huntington), Sally the ghost (Meaghan Rath) and the crazy supernatural life they built together in Boston.
That this fourth season would be the last was announced at the end of February, which was the season’s halfway point. Whether it was a surprise to the cast and crew or not hasn’t been explicitly stated, but the way the last few episodes have been headed, it seems they’re prepared to head off into the sunset with a definite end and not some major, ultimately unresolved cliffhanger that begs for at least an hour or two more to properly wrap things up. (Yeah, A&E, I’m talking to you. I’m still mad at how you left “The Glades.”)
Scripted series premiere: “Turn,” 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC (American Revolution-set spy drama based on the true exploits of The Culper Ring, farmers-turned-spies who aided George Washington).
Series premieres: “Showdown of the Unbeatables,” 9 p.m. Friday, National Geographic (top-of-the-line inventions are tested with extreme challenges); “Secret Lives of Stepford Wives,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, ID (housewives with dark secrets); “Women of Homicide,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, TLC (female detectives in Cincinnati and Atlanta).
Season premieres: “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding,” 9 p.m. today, TLC; “Blood Relatives,” 9 p.m. today, ID; “Unforgettable,” 8 p.m. Friday, CBS; “Continuum,” 10 p.m. Friday, Syfy; “Guntucky,” 9 p.m. Saturday, CMT; “River Monsters,” 9 p.m. Sunday, Animal Planet; “Mystery Diners,” 10 p.m. Monday, Food Network; “Flip or Flip,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, HGTV; “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo; “Horseplayers,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, Esquire.
Sneak peek: “Salem,” 8 p.m. today, WGN (preview of the WGN’s first scripted series, a supernatural drama set during the 1692 witch trials).
Season finales: “Mysteries at the Museum,” 9 p.m. today, Travel; “Chopped,” 9 p.m. Sunday, Food Network; “Married to Medicine,” 9 p.m. Sunday, Bravo; “Bitten,” 8 p.m., and “Lost Girl,” 10 p.m. Monday, Syfy; “Justified,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, FX.
Canceled: Last Thursday, ABC announced it was pulling the plug on Christian Slater and Steve Zahn’s “Mind Games,” effective immediately. An encore episode of “Resurrection” airs in its 10 p.m. Tuesday timeslot this week, then “Celebrity Wife Swap” premieres next week.
Specials: “Academy of Country Music Awards,” 8 p.m. Sunday, CBS (hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan); “Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise,” 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Cartoon Network; “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul,” 9 p.m. Monday, PBS (with Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae and more); “Great Performances: The Dave Clark Five and Beyond — Glad All Over,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, PBS; “Nature: My Bionic Pet,” 8 p.m. Wednesday, PBS (disabled animals helped by prosthetics).
Of note: “Community” gets animated with a “G.I. Joe”-inspired episode, 8 p.m. today, NBC; Darren Criss of “Glee” appears on “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” 8 p.m. Friday, CW; “Hawaii Five-0” airs an episode where fans voted on the murder location, weapon, victim and evidence as well as the suspect and takedown, 9 p.m. Friday, CBS; the playoffs round of “The Voice” begins, 8 p.m. Monday, NBC.
W.Va. alert: Brad Paisley guest stars on “The Crazy Ones,” 9:30 p.m. today, CBS; “Mountain Monsters,” starring the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings from St. Marys, returns for season two, 10 p.m. Friday, Destination America (channel 411 on the Suddenlink family tier, 194 in Dish Network’s America’s Top 250 package or 286 in DirecTV’s choice, ultimate or premier packages; it also may air later in the year on the more widely available Animal Planet, as season one did).
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