Monthly Archives: May 2013

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl


Neil Patrick Harris will host the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2013.

The award show is broadcasted in rotation amongst the four major networks: CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox. It is CBS’ turn again and they are showcasing one of their best stars, as all the networks typically do during their turn.

And Harris is no novice at hosting.

Harris hosted the Emmys in 2009, the last time CBS had the airdate. He has also hosted the Tonys three times — in 2009, 2011 and 2012 — and is slated to host this year’s Tony Awards on June 9, also on CBS.

He has yet to host the Golden Globes or the Academy Awards due to their broadcasting channels. NBC has a lock on the Golden Globes and station rivalry provides no reason for ABC to allow Harris to host the Oscars.

Personally, I want him to host every award show from now until the end of time. He is hilarious; he can sing; he can dance. There is nothing he cannot do!

And I’m not the only one who feels that way. CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler essentially echoed what everyone already knows.

“Neil is the quintessential host — engaging, entertaining and a true showman — with a passion for celebrating the medium we all love,” she said.


By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
Rating: 1.5/ 5


As much as I hate to admit it, I am going to miss the crazy awfulness that is Smash. It definitely does not deserve a third season because if they cannot figure out some character development in two seasons then I doubt a third will help. However, I love the angelic voices of Megan Hilty and Jeremy Jordan and just want to hear them single wonderful songs each week. Here’s hoping they return to Broadway — where they truly belong — as soon as possible.

I have two episodes to review so stick with me since this is my last time to review the show and pick out the insane moments.

The finale begins with Ivy (Megan Hilty) singing “Feelin’ Alright,” which perfectly matched her situation. Congrats writers. You managed to do what Glee struggles with every episode.

Throughout both episodes was an incredibly tedious storyline involving Ivy’s struggle to tell Derek (Jack Davenport) about the baby. Why she ever even had to be pregnant is a mystery. I think it’s a terrible way to end her storyline. I thoroughly hate this and couldn’t stand that it comprised 80 percent of Hilty’s screen time.

Tom (Christian Borle) breaks a big rule in theater: checking your phone during a performance. What a faux pas. Honestly, I don’t care if you are anxious to check the Outer Critics Circle nominations. I’m sick of you obsessing over being a director. He even manages to annoy Patrick Dillon (Luke MacFarlane), someone he has a major crush on who also happens to be on the Tony nominating committee. Throughout both episodes, there is so much pointless back and forth between these two characters. Sure, Borle shined and was hilarious but that is because he’s fabulous. However, I could have done without this storyline.

Karen (Katharine McPhee) confronts Daisy (Mara Davi) about making the better choice and leaving the show so Ana (Krysta Rodriguez) can come back, even though she has filed a wrongful termination suit against Derek and Jerry (Michael Cristofer). Of course, Daisy says no, mentioning that after 10 years of being in the theater, you do what it takes. You were in the chorus, not jail.

Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) is determined to get Kyle a Tony, which means getting him press and bashing Julia (Debra Messing) for making it seem like she was heavily involved with writing the show.

Speaking of Julia, her divorce is suddenly a storyline again. This honestly came out of nowhere. Frank (Brian d’Arcy James) is set on taking everything from her for ruining their marriage. To skip over this nonsense, she tells him the truth about her relations with Michael Swift (Will Chase) — remember him? — and all of a sudden Frank is chill. There, I just saved you a ton of agony that no one needed to endure.

Screen Shot 2013-05-29 at 11.42.34 PMAna sings “If You Want Me” for an audition for a Once tour, and, of course, is brilliant. I love her voice and so desperately wish she had sang more, especially those Diva songs that Daisy sang. Ana finds out that Derek set up the audition, which deters her from taking it but eventually she accepts it.

Now we come to the OCC Awards ceremony. Julia acts all high and mighty — which she does for the rest of the show — by dedicating her award to Kyle — and now my head hurts from all the eye rolls — and Tom makes an incredibly awkward statement involving Lena Dunham and bras.

I would like to take a moment and rant about the fact that Daphne Rubin-Vega and Jesse L. Martin — who mysteriously vanished without a proper write-out — NEVER SANG. Why on earth would you bring them on and not have them sing?! You’ll let Debra Messing sing, yet you won’t let two original Broadway cast members of Rent sing?! Look at your life; look at your choices.

Speaking of missed opportunities, there was entirely too little Bobby (Wesley Taylor) in the finale, let alone the series. Every scene he was in was full of sarcastic wit that I always loved. Spin-off anyone?

And here is what we have been waiting for the entire episode: the Tony nominations, with Bombshell getting 12 nominations and Hit List getting 13.

Derek was nominated for Choreography for his work in Hit List and Bombshell. Kyle and Julia get nominations for Best Book. Both shows get nominations for Best Original Score. Tom and Derek both get Best Director nominations. Ivy and Leigh (Bernadette Peters) have both been nominated for Best Featured Actress, with Ivy’s nomination from her work in Liaisons. Guess what? Daisy was also nominated… I’ll leave it at that. Even more of a surprise came when Karen was nominated alongside Ivy for Best Lead Actress. Apparently “actress” is taken very lightly.

tumblr_mnkpw20ENL1r88mw9o5_250To start the very last episode, “The Tonys,” the entire regular cast — even Julia, Eileen (Anjelica Huston) and Derek — sings “Under Pressure.” I could have done without Julia and Eileen, but the rest of the cast was great. I actually liked it; go figure. And did anyone else catch that Rent tribute with the way the cast stood in a line on stage? Anyone else annoyed with the amount of Rent allusions?

Leigh Conroy shines as she prepares Ivy for the Tonys by making her watch her own old acceptance speech — an actual tape from Peters’ win for Annie Get Your Gun. I have never loved Peters more. This scene was top-notch. Her character was well written tonight. Peters and Hilty work excellently together.

Derek went public about how Daisy got the role of the Diva and sulks in a messy apartment for weeks. Not even his muse can snap him out of it, but Ivy manages to convince him to go to the Tonys.

Eileen and Nick (Thorsten Kaye) get back together, and I utter an incredibly apathetic sigh.

Jimmy packs up the apartment, making us think he is going to skip the Tonys. However, he shows up last minute to take Karen and gives Kyle’s ticket to Ana who can apparently get ready for the biggest award show in the theater world in 15 minutes. By the way, I need to take a second to mention how FANTASTIC Jeremy Jordan looks in a tuxedo. Yumz.

And now we have come to the main event: the Tonys where there is no host and a thousand and one cameos from the theater world. Daisy wins over Ivy and Leigh, so obviously it’s a dream sequence because there is no way in reality that would EVER happen. Tom and Julia are too busy being friends again to hear that they won the Tony. Derek wins for Choreography for Hit List. Kyle wins for Best Book and Jimmy finally shows he can act and gives a very moving acceptance speech.

I understand the importance to make another connection to Rent by having Kyle win for Best Book as Jonathan Larson did, however I think it should be the opposite. The score for Hit List dances circles around Bombshell and I don’t think anyone can make a fair judgment on the book because we never get to see more than the musical numbers.

tumblr_mnkhe5U1ao1qi9h09o3_250Derek finally mans up and gets rid of Daisy. For their Tony performance, the Hit List cast does an a cappella version of “Broadway, Here I Come,” and I loved it. I have always loved that song and I’m glad I have a new version to love and listen to over and over again.

After the previously mentioned pointless storyline between Tom and Patrick Dillon, the two kiss, even though Dillon is supposedly straight. I assume Safran thought he had a chance at a third season and was going to pursue that romance then. Oh well.

The moment I have been waiting for since the beginning of the show finally came: it has been proven that Ivy is better than Karen for she wins the Tony!!! IVY WINS!! I would have thrown a fit if Karen had won. At least the writers got one thing right. I can’t wait to actually see Hilty accept a Tony one-day, and hopefully it’s soon!

Rosie O’Donnell appears again for some reason to present the Best Musical award, and it goes to Bombshell. Personally, I’ve come to love Hit List much more than Bombshell, but I don’t deny it would probably make for a great show.

Because he was lacking a troubled past, Jimmy tells Karen he once watched a girl overdose and just ran away. But because she makes him want to be a better person, he has finally turned himself in, but things are even better because she didn’t even die! However, he will get six to 18 months jail time. Talk about throwing in unnecessary, last minute storylines. This literally came out of nowhere! But I guess we are supposed to assume Karen will just wait for him until then.

Though no words were said, we see Derek touching Ivy’s belly so it’s another safe assumption to say that those two will raise a very messed up, egotistical child. And in other horrible storyline wrap-ups, Julia goes back to Michael Swift!!!!! WHAT?! I have lost the ability to even try to rationalize the writers’ decisions.

All the wrap-ups happen while Karen and Ivy sang “Big Finish” at the Tonys, a number that apparently Julia and Tom wrote in seconds and is apparently supposed to be the Tonys’ closing number. The song was very Chicago-esque, which I loved, but let’s talk about those less than subtle lyrics: “Let’s give them that big finish/ And leave them wanting more/ Hear the angels shout ‘Encore!’/ Yeah we’ll leave them, leave the people wanting/ More!”

942689_448170988608065_1487317160_nWell played Shaiman and Wittman.

And that’s all folks. No longer will we reconvene to discuss our hatred and addiction to this terrible awfulness. I’ll miss the songs more than anything. I will not miss the horrible acting and shoddy writing. What will I remember the most from my time with Smash? The stinging reminder of a show that had so much potential — it was about the Broadway world! — but crashed so badly. One can only dream that someone will get this idea right.

What were your thoughts on the series’ wrap ups? Will you miss Smash? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl.

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee airs on Fox


Lea Michele has signed with Harmony Books, of Random House Inc., to write a “part memoir, part how-to and part style-guide” book, according to The New York Times.

Oh joy.

Set to be released in spring 2014, Michele’s book, Brunette Ambition, will chronicle her life from being a Bronx baby, Broadway belter and Glee breakout star, giving readers a “behind-the-scenes perspective.”

In a statement, Michele said she hopes to give to readers what she did not have growing up.

“There wasn’t a guidebook when I was growing up, that detailed everything I would need to do, and know, to get where I am today,” she said. “But I believe I can write one of sorts: not a how-to-make-it-in-show-business book, but a guide to harnessing tenacity, passion, enthusiasm, and hard work to make your dreams come true.”

Much like her on-screen character, Michele’s ego does not need any boosting. And that’s what this book is. According to USA TODAY, she will offer career insights, fitness tips and never before seen photos. Right. Because the first person I think of when I need fitness tips is definitely Lea Michele. Not to mention the fact that she is only 26-years-old! Why would anyone have the right to even do a partial memoir at such a young age?!

My advice? Please wait to publish the book. Reflecting on your past and offering advice will be taken much more seriously if your age is greater than the amount of pages in the book.

Michele, I don’t deny that you are incredibly talented, but you cannot ride on Glee‘s success forever. Forget the book. Go back to Broadway in your spare time.

What would you like to see Michele’s book? Do you think she should even be writing one? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother airs on CBS


It has been nearly two weeks since the How I Met Your Mother season eight finale, and I am still in love with the show. And in that time frame, the format of season nine has already been revealed, and I have mixed feelings toward it.

CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler said the duration of season nine will take place in that 56 hour time frame of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) long wedding weekend. It will also focus on how all of the other characters meet the Mother (Cristin Milioti) before Ted (Josh Radnor) actually meets her.

Yes, that does sound annoying. We have waited eight years for him to finally come close to meeting the Mother, and now that he has, we have to wait an entire season to see them interact. I must admit that my first reaction to this news was not all that pleasant. I could understand this idea if it wasn’t the entire season, just part of it. I had hoped for an episode or two to be able to see the relationship play out. We have been hearing about true love for eight years; it would be nice to get to see it.

However, I think this could also be incredibly interesting. As I’ve said before, one of the show’s greatest strengths is its ability to play with time. That is what makes the show unique, and that is what can conjure up great writing. And that is what will happen all of season nine, hopefully meaning we will get a great wrap up.

Milioti has been added as a series regular for the final season, meaning the writers know not to play hide-and-seek with the much-awaited character.

How do you feel about the format for season nine? Any opinions on Milioti? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS
Rating: 5/5

Something New

The time has finally come: the season eight finale of How I Met Your Mother, and I could not have asked for anything better. The comedy was spot on, the acting was top-notch and the amount of information we learned is enough to make anyone’s head spin. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I love this show always and forever.

Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) are packing for Italy when Marshall’s mother (Suzie Plakson) calls. Lily mistakenly reveals that they are moving since Marshall has apparently never told her. To help calm his mother, Marshall offers to come with Marvin to Minnesota before they go, leaving Lily to enjoy some free time.

Something_New_7With all of their wedding plans done, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) have a date night. They plan to sit at their favorite table by the window at a restaurant after they smoke the same kind of cigar that they ever had together. Everything seems perfect until they meet their archenemies, a couple comprised of personal favorite Casey Wilson as Krirsten — yes, her character is that arrogant to have that name — and Keegan-Michael Key.

The two plot against the arrogant couple once they steal their favorite table from them. Barney and Robin are probably the last couple I would want to mess with. Seriously.

This entire scene of the two plotting against the other couple is simply wonderful. It’s hilarious — loved it when NPH is hit with the kitchen door; it shows how great of a couple they are; and it was just wonderful writing overall.

To break up the couple, Barney realizes the guy is not as interested in the relationship as the girl is. Robin then sets up a fake proposal by putting her engagement ring in their champagne glasses, causing the guy to call it quits when the girl is overly excited. It would be so diabolical and mean if anyone else did it, but because it was Barney and Robin, it was hilarious.

Lily goes with Ted to see his house’s final restorations. Except, he is planning to sell the house and move to Chicago. SAY WHAT.

Don’t worry, I was just as panicked and a bit frustrated as you may be; but trust me, it will all work out so well that your head will explode from happiness. Honestly. Mine did.

Ted plans on moving the day after Barney and Robin’s wedding because he still loves Robin and does not enjoy having such intense feelings for his best friend’s fiancé. He admits that he would do just about anything to see her smile.

I am just as big of a Barney-Robin shipper as the next person, but, again, let’s not diss the Robin-Ted relationship. The way he talks about Robin is the way any girl would want a guy to talk about her. He is so in love with her, and they have great chemistry. I have always loved those two and I always will.

Still in Minnesota, Marshall gets a call offering him a position as a judge in New York. I almost forgot about that storyline from earlier this season. This is what changed Marshall’s legal career forever! Oh goodness, I love Segel. His comedy is always the best — especially when dealing with his mother tonight, shrugging off her comments about how he won’t leave for Italy and if he does she will come with them. Now, we get to see his more serious side, and it’s equally amazing.

Marshall cannot hologram, commute or be like Jor-El, meaning he cannot go to Italy if he wants this position. Oh dear.

tumblr_mmroeoODjC1qg3g39o3_r1_250Despite their attempts to break the couple up, Barney and Robin later encounter the couple who tell them that they are actually getting married. The good news makes the two happy and shows how amazing they are. And in just a short amount of time they will be “Legen-wait for it- married. Legen-married!”

Excuse me while I cry from happiness because of their love.

Ted tells Lily he wishes he could find Robin’s locket just to make her happy, and Lily reveals something that would have been very helpful in last week’s episode: She knows where the locket is.

Before Ted was supposed to marry Stella in 2008, Robin got very drunk because she was upset. She went with Lily and dug up the locket. Lily eventually convinced her to put it in a racecar pencil box to take with her to Japan.

However, this pencil box never went to Japan; it has been with Ted the entire time. Lily warns him to be careful, but Ted plans on giving Robin the locket as a wedding gift.

Now we come to 56 hours before the wedding, Friday at 10 a.m.. A time in which many important events happen:

Barney and Robin pack up to prepare for the wedding, exchanging one last kiss in the apartment as an engaged couple. Ranjit (Marshall Manesh) picks them up. I loved that throwback.

On his way back to New York, it is revealed that Marshall accepted the position as a judge. What will this do to their Italy plans?! Do not tell me they split for a year; under no circumstances will I accept that. Talk about a cliffhanger…

Most importantly, Ted tells Lily that he will leave very early Monday morning, meaning he will have to catch the TRAIN back on Sunday night.

Cut to the train station where we see a girl — knees down — walking with cute boots and a guitar case… and we eventually see a yellow umbrella!!!! I thought it would end there but they didn’t do that injustice. We actually get to see the girl! We see The Mother ask for “One ticket to Farhampton.” We saw The Mother!!! Are you as excited as I am?!! Because you should be. This is monumental news. After eight years, we finally met the mother. I can now check that off my bucket list.









Not to mention the fact that the girl is played by Cristin Milioti of Broadway’s Once. It’s like an added bonus that I didn’t need but just makes it that much better. Can you imagine playing a role that fans have waited to see for eight years? I know the pressure is on and that fans may be hard to please but I’m pretty pleased with their choice to show The Mother and the decision to have Milioti be the girl.

EVERY moment of tonight’s episode was simply fantastic, wonderful, stupendous, every flattering adjective in the book.

The cast and crew said fans would enjoy the season finale, and they were right. I am now incredibly thrilled that there is one more season left. I cannot wait to see what happens next. This is how you know a show is fantastic when the season finale actually makes the fans want the show to return as soon as possible, unlike Glee, which I could care less about.

Until then, I will be frantically searching the web for updates on everything How I Met Your Mother, so check back here for updates during the hiatus!

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
Smash season two finale will air Sunday, May 26 at 9 p.m.
Rating: 1.5/ 5


Tonight’s episode of Smash, “The Transfer,” was certainly not an episode worth watching. A disastrous plot twist was revealed, egos are running on high and Katharine McPhee’s acting is worse than ever.

Opening with Karen (Katharine McPhee) singing “Pretender” from Hit List, we see that the show has moved to Broadway and is in previews. Everything is going as desired for a Tonys route except something is off, and Derek (Jack Davenport) thinks it is Ana (Krysta Rodriguez), who has had trouble adjusting to the larger stage.

Continuing her publicity plan, Eileen (Anjelica Huston) holds a tribute night in honor of Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing). She even wants the two to sing together. Oh, honey, have you ever heard Messing sing on Will & Grace, because believe me, it’s not pretty.

Agnes (Daphne Rubin-Vega) says a Tony nomination is almost secured for Best Score; Best Director will be a surprise; and Ivy (Megan Hilty) might have trouble getting Best Actress because of some past scandals, such as supposedly sleeping her way to the top and popping pills. She must now go through image rehab and appear squeaky clean.

May I just say that Hilty is the best? Her reaction to Agnes’ rattling off the accusations was hilarious, and I’m glad the character is finally getting somewhere. Too bad it took her two seasons to develop and that she won’t have any more time since NBC officially cancelled Smash after this season.

Derek gives Ana a day off and puts Daisy (Mara Davi) in to see if she does better. It is fixed!! Daisy is one of the dancers who came forward with allegations against Derek, who we then saw him hook up with after being rejected after the Bombshell opening.

I cannot explain my frustration. Ana is amazing as the Diva. The fact that this is happening is annoying.

Julia figured out what was wrong with the show: the context is gone. The audience is too disconnected from the performance. Now that they have found the problem, Derek assigns her and Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) ten hours to fix it before the night’s performance. How can people make all of these changes hours before the show is supposed to go on? Stop this nonsense. You did it so many times with Bombshell, do not do it again with Hit List.

When Karen asks if Derek is replacing Ana, he gives one of the best scenes of the entire episode, or maybe even of the entire season. He admits that he has to question every decision he makes to see if that was what Kyle would have wanted. He has to decide if it is good for Kyle’s memory or good for the show, which are not always the same thing.

I am more than thrilled they put this into the show because it is so true with an artist’s work. People are afraid to change something because that is how the deceased artist left it. However, that may not have been the final draft and things may need to be changed. It is an ongoing issue that survivors must face any time someone dies. They do not want to tarnish the memory by making it seem that something was wrong, however they must face the reality that they need to continue and thrive, which may mean changes are necessary.

In order to help swing a Tony nomination for directing, Tom changes all of the plans for the tribute night and makes it into a revue set in 1950s Vegas with strippers, gamblers and gangsters. He essentially gives everyone one day to rehearse. Ok, again, this is nonsense.

Also, please stop trying for this directing nomination. This storyline is quite flat.

tumblr_mmqsv16DuI1ql20kxo5_250Julia and Jimmy go to Kyle’s apartment to look for ideas he left behind. They find a notecard labeled “Newsreel,” in which he wanted a modern version of a newsreel with tweets, chat room messages and any other modern technology updates shown on stage. He and Jimmy also dreamed of sending out live updates to each audience member on their cell phones.

OK, that is cool. And it works. The audience loved it.

Eileen leaked that Tom and Julia split — another Tony campaign stunt — making it ever more important that Julia show for the revue. However, she is busy helping Hit List. Tom is disappointed she feels no need to be with him on this last night of their partnership.

Ivy is afraid to do the show now because it may hurt the nice image she is trying to put across for nominations. Very out of the ordinary, Eileen gives Ivy a pep talk that doesn’t seem like it should have helped but ended up helping Ivy. Ugh, Eileen needs to leave already. Her character was never appealing.

Ivy performs a strip tease to “Grin and Bear It.” Except, I’m not sure her part was exactly a strip tease. The girls behind her stripped but she just teased. I don’t understand why she was so against doing that performance. Vocals were absolutely amazing of course.

Daisy is in fact blackmailing Derek, not from the first time they had relations but for the time after the Bombshell opening, which she taped. She also taped him saying that he would give her a role if she slept with him. Oh Derek.

Karen and Daisy perform “I’m Not Sorry,” where the Diva and Amanda battle at the VMAs. I would have loved it a lot more if Ana had been the Diva. I cannot express how disappointed I am I didn’t get to see Ana and Karen duet. There better be a version with Rodriguez’s vocals somewhere.

Julia showed up for the revue just in time for her and Tom’s duet to “The Right Regrets,” and Messing is absolutely terrible. Who thought she could sing? Who allowed this? Honestly, it was so bad; I cannot even describe it. Also, there was no need for a montage of Tom and Julia.

Jimmy wants Julia to help write the rest of the transitions, which she refuses, saying she only signed on to help with the transfer. He accuses her of having to stay away because the shows are competing now for the Tonys, which is true.

Derek fires Ana because Jerry likes Daisy. When everyone is conveniently in the same bar, Ana, for some reason, approaches Ivy about her past with Derek and how her role in Bombshell changed when she was off and on with Derek, things that Karen has told her all about. Oh snap. Ivy does not approve of Karen spilling her secrets so she tells her about it. The two are now enemies again and I love it. The rivalry should have remained throughout the entire show.

What isn’t amazing is the last “cliffhanger” the writers end on: Ivy is pregnant. Of all cliché storylines to use, you have to do this. I will miss the original songs but, yes, I cannot wait for this show to be done.

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
Smash airs Saturdays at 8 p.m. on NBC


With all the renewals and cancellations coming in from the networks, one decision has been on the minds of many all season-long: Would NBC even consider renewing Smash?

Despite many fans’ pleas for a continuation, NBC officially cancelled Smash on Friday evening.

But with a move from Tuesday nights to Saturday nights, can anyone say they are truly surprised?

Smash showrunner Josh Safran told TV Line he had hoped for a different outcome.

“We’re all aware that the show is not successful, but I goes I had hoped we would see what happened when The Voice came back (or) maybe they’d move us to a better time slot.”

Still, I’m not sure what they were expecting. Ratings have plunged 25 and 39 percent since the first season finale, along with hits in viewership, according to TV Line.

According to Buzzfeed, even the show’s creator, and original showrunner, Theresa Rebeck, called the second season a “complete disaster.”

Somewhat accurate but harsh.

I have not re-watched the first season — and let’s face it no one should waste their time doing that — but I am not sure I can definitely declare the second season worse than the first. I mean both were pretty bad. The second season, however, had original songs that I cannot get out of my head. While the songs from Bombshell are good, the songs from Hit List are unbelievably amazing. In neither season did I find the acting to be decent. In neither season were the characters truly developed. I hate-watched both seasons, so who can really declare one better than the other?

While my reviews may soon be a thing of the past, we still have three more episodes left. The two-hour season finale will air Sunday, May 26 at 9 p.m.