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Published at: May 3, 2012, 4:27 a.m. CST by hercules

Last Thursday’s first day of sweeps arrived with some ratings shockers!

* I am told that last week’s hound-centric episode of “The Office” was, in terms of viewers aged 18-49, its lowest-rated in history. Back in 2005, “The Office” was barely renewed for a second season. Today its 2.1 makes “The Office” the highest-rated scripted primetime series on NBC.

* “Parks and Recreation” hit new season low with a 1.6. The season finales of “The Office” and “Parks” air next Thursday. NBC announces its 2012-2013 schedule the following Monday.

* Last week’s live episode of “30 Rock” (the series’ 2nd ever) hit a 1.6. It’s 2010 live episode from last season brought scored a 3.1. The season finales of “30 Rock” and “Community” air May 17, just three days after NBC announces its 2012-2013 schedule.

* “Big Bang Theory” hit a 4.0 season low last week. It’s still CBS’ top show and roughly tied with “Modern Family” as the top scripted show on television. (And that 4.0 is far from its series low; its antepenultimate episode last season hit a 3.2.

* Already renewed Bad Robot hourlong “Person of Interest” made me do a double take last week with its series low of 2.4.

* “The Mentalist,” also already renewed, hit a 2.2, barely beating “Scandal” with another series low!

* “Scandal” matched its season low of 2.0, but word from inside ABC is it probably will be announced for next season’s schedule on or before May 15.

* Even though “American Idol” went up a bit, Tim Kring’s “Touch” hit another new series low. The first seven nights of the final, 2010 season of Kiefer’s “24” were rated thusly in adults 18-49:
(2.8) (2.8) (3.3) (3.1) (3.4) (3.5) (3.9)

* “Awake” again hit a series low of 0.8. Timeslot predecessor “Prime Suspect” never fell below a 0.9 before it was cancelled.

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Thursdays, Feb. 2-April 26, 2012
(18-49 finals; repeats in grey; prior weeks in parentheses)
4.1 (2.5) (3.0) (4.4) (4.7) (---) (---) (5.1) (3.2) (5.3) (5.1) (5.6) (5.5) Big Bang Theory
4.0 (3.9) (4.3) (3.9) (4.4) (4.2) (4.6) (4.9) (5.4) (4.5) (5.1) (5.8) (5.5) American Idol
3.3 (3.2) (2.9) (2.8) (1.2) (1.2) (3.0) (1.4) (1.1) (3.1) (3.2) (4.0) (3.6) Grey’s Anatomy
3.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) NFL Draft
2.5 (2.2) (2.7) (2.7) (2.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Rules of Engagement
2.4 (1.5) (1.8) (3.0) (3.3) (---) (---) (3.4) (1.8) (3.1) (2.8) (3.3) (3.3) Person of Interest
2.2
(1.5) (---) (2.4) (2.7) (---) (---) (2.8) (1.7) (2.6) (2.7) (3.0) (2.9) The Mentalist
2.1 (2.2) (2.2) (1.0) (1.2) (---) (2.4) (2.6) (2.5) (2.6) (2.3) (2.5) (2.8) The Office
2.0 (2.1) (2.0) (2.0) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Scandal
1.9 (2.1) (2.3) (2.3) (2.7) (3.3) (2.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (3.9) Touch
1.6 (1.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (1.8) (1.7) (1.7) (1.7) (---) (1.7) Parks and Recreation
1.6 (1.5) (1.4) (1.2) (1.5) (1.6) (2.0) (1.4) (1.4) (1.5) (1.5) (1.6) (1.3) 30 Rock
--- (---) (1.5) (1.2) (1.3) (1.5) (1.7) (1.7) (1.6) (1.7) (1.5) (1.7) (1.8) Up All Night
1.4 (1.3) (1.4) (1.3) (1.7) (1.7) (2.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Community
1.4 (1.3) (1.4) (1.5) (1.5) (1.6) (2.1) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Missing
1.4 (1.5) (1.8) (1.7) (1.6) (0.8) (2.0) (1.9) (1.8) (1.7) (1.6) (1.9) (---) Swamp People
1.1 (1.0) (0.4) (0.4) (1.2) (1.3) (1.2) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (1.4) (1.3) (1.2) Vampire Diaries
0.8 (0.8) (0.9) (0.9) (1.0) (1.2) (1.6) (1.6) (2.0) (---) (---) (---) (---) Awake
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Don’t Be Tardy
0.7 (0.8) (0.8) (0.8) (1.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Pauly D Project
0.7 (0.7) (0.9) (0.9) (1.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Punk’d
0.6 (0.6) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) After The First 48
0.6 (0.8) (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (---) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.7) (0.4) (---) (0.7) Colbert Report
0.6 (0.7) (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) (0.4) (---) (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) Conan
0.6 (0.9) (0.8) (0.7) (0.7) (0.4) (0.7) (0.5) (0.7) (0.8) (0.6) (0.4) (0.8) The Daily Show
0.6 (0.8) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Eagleheart
0.6 (0.7) (0.7) (0.6) (0.6) (0.7) (0.6) (0.8) (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.6) The First 48
0.6 (0.8) (0.8) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) (---) (---) (0.7) (---) (0.7) Impractical Jokers
0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) Impact Wrestling
0.5 (0.5) (0.3) (0.4) (0.6) (0.7) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (0.7) (0.8) (0.7) Secret Circle
0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Sweet Genius
0.4 (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) House Hunters
0.4 (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) (---) House Hunters Intl
0.4 (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Kathy
0.4 (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (---) (0.4) (---) (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) World’s Dumbest
0.3 (---) (---) (0.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) The Five
0.3 (0.2) (0.3) (0.2) (0.3) (0.2) (---) (0.2) (0.2) (---) (---) (0.3) (0.2) Hannity
0.3 (1.5) (1.6) (1.0) (1.7) (---) (1.5) (0.9) (1.0) (2.2) (0.9) (1.2) (0.9) NBA Basketball
0.3 (0.3) (0.4) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.2) (0.4) (0.3) (0.2) (0.3) (0.4) (0.3) O’Reilly Factor

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  • May 3, 2012, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Awake was excellent last week

    by syn_flood

    The final scenes were really well handled and nearly brought a tear to my eye. Nearly!

  • May 3, 2012, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Clearly everyone was watching NHL Hockey last Thursday

    by mooseaka

    I mean, there were two Game 7's last Thursday. Imagine if one of them involved the Flyers - you could cut those rating numbers in half.

  • May 3, 2012, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Why is Parks losing to the drivel that is BBT?

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    This episode coming up on Thursday was pretty damn well done. Just solid solid writing all around.

  • May 3, 2012, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Not to mention Community, which has been in rare form lately.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    STARBURNS!

  • They are both dreadful. Modern Family is not funny, and BBT is so unfunny that it literally induces nausea while watching it. Who is watching this garbage? It's mystifying that anyone with even a hint, a smidgen, a tiny speck, of intelligence would find anything of value in these horrendous time sucks. We won't get better programming if people continue to slavishly consume whatever drivel the networks shamelessly pump out just to sell advertising. I want YOU people to be more discriminating in what you choose to watch. Stop being mindless drones at the beck and call of the networks every time they spew out yet another half-assed sitcom or drama. Grow a damn spine and let the networks know that you're not just supine mouthbreathers who can be force-fed the worst trash imaginable.

  • May 3, 2012, 6:42 a.m. CST

    THE MENTALIST

    by F-18

  • May 3, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST

    i_love_lanalang - good question- what should be?

    by Michael Lunney

  • May 3, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST

    COMMUNITY

    by Diana Prince

    Law & Order episode was excellent. More people need to watch that show.

  • May 3, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Network tv has maybe 5 years left of life.

    by Cedric Ford

  • May 3, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST

    No longer worried that Community or Parks will be cancelled

    by SifoDyasJr

    Now I'm more worried that NBC will be cancelled.

  • May 3, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    For The Love Of God! Why Won't THE OFFICE Just STOP?!?!?!?

    by Graphix67

    Soulless... Stale... Flat... And these words are coming from a long-time Office fan. Honestly, it's time to wrap this up with as much dignity as can be salvaged from this once oh-so-fine comedy.

  • May 3, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    My prediction

    by 2for2true

    The Office and Community are gone this year. The Office is gone next year. Parks and Rec in two years. By the way, what ever happened to the SNL Thursday show? Outsourced? Both were better than The Office has been this year. If not for Creed Bratton, I wouldn't watch it at all.

  • I thought last week's live 30 Rock was the best episode, since, maybe their last live episode - it was very creative and made me laugh for the first time in a long time

  • May 3, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Correction

    by 2for2true

    The Office and Community are gone this year. 30 Rock is gone next year. Sorry.

  • I'm seriously hoping all 3 of the shows make it.

  • May 3, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    I_love_lanalang

    by Bop N Rumble

    My treasured temptress and tenacious tellerette of truth. Words cannot express how much I admire your battle against the uneducated cattle. What is it with people these days? They can't think for themselves. Give them beer, junkfood, a joint and tv and they are satisfied. It's so sad. Life has so much more to offer if you are willing to look, let alone educate yourself. Why waste your time on Big Bang Theory? How can anyone watch those communication challenged people? Wouldn't one glance at those people motivate you to not become like them? And Modern Family? Why waste your time on that? Al Bundy will never return so why bother? And by the way, I_love_lanalang, Sofia Vergara has nothing on you. She is 1 out of 5. Adios, mi mujer de muchas maravillas.

  • May 3, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Black Face Jon Hamm

    by NathanGrey

    Should be on every NBC Comedy.

  • Your posts are so enchanting that it seems like I absorb every delectable word through the pores in my body. It's as if I can feel your brilliantly poetic discourse flowing through my veins. It is heaven on earth when I read your beautiful words! Are you a mortal, or are you a God? Then, I read the posts of certain other people (we know who they are), and I'm rudely jolted out of the reverie I was so enjoying. Their posts tend to be malformed things pockmarked by foul language, stunted thinking, and incoherent rambling. They are ham-fisted untermenschen who possess none of your grace, class, wit, or intellect. Thankfully, I can always go back and read your exquisite posts again. That helps to cleanse the foulness from mind after reading you-know-who's posts.

  • Screw the so called educated who are disconnected from reality and from whats good. Its going to be a great night of enjoyment tonight!

  • May 3, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    For the Fringe fans

    by Paul

    Heres a little interview with the creators: FRINGE Bosses: No Alt-Ending Filmed, Lincoln Lee’s Fate, William Bell Returning? by Roco on May 2, 2012 · 4 comments Share Email The Fringe executive producers revealed some teasing nuggets for this season’s 2-part finale, including setting the record straight about the two endings that have apparently been filmed. Here’s what Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman had to say during a conference call on Wednesday: On the alternate endings that were apparently filmed, in case the show was picked up or axed: Wyman: “No, we did not shoot an alternate ending. We thought about it, but we did not.” On whether William Bell really is set to return to the fold following the reveal that he’s still alive: Pinkner: “We basically erected a sign outside of Leonard’s house that says, ‘Please come back to Fringe,’ and we are hoping that by Season 5 he says yes.” On whether the show will revisit the the totalitarian Observer state of 2036, as witnessed in “Letters of Transit”: Pinkner: “That future is important to our storytelling, but it’s the not the be all and end all.” And here’s a big one — with just 15 episodes remaining (at time of writing), do they know how the story will ultimately end: Wyman: “We definitely know where the series is going to end and how it’s going to end and what we’re saying with the final season.” With the inter-dimensional Bridge closed, Pinkner was non-committal about the alt-universe’s future in the story, but did note that it “is closed because of the problems that David Robert Jones is causing, so if our team can somehow dispense with Jones, there is absolutely a possibility of that door being open again.” As for Lincoln Lee, currently living in Altlivia’s pea coat on the other side, Pinkner noted: “Seth is spectacular and awesome…but as for his standing going forward, to say anything about that would be also to reveal things that are coming ahead.” It was also revealed that there are “no plans right now” to bring back Kevin Corrigan’s Sam Weiss. Which is sad, in a way, because his character didn’t have the most satisfying of exits, though it’s difficult to see where he’d fit in at this point. The mixed messages over the alternate endings is a bit of a strange one, I can only assume John Noble was not set to feature in the (possible) alt-ending, or it was only going to be filmed if the show was canceled. . Originally posted: http://seriable.com/fringe-bosses-no-alternate-ending-william-bell-return/#ixzz1tp0B9ITA

  • May 3, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    WGA writer's strike plus primetime Leno

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Was that what got the ball rolling on the cellar dweller NBC ratings???? I honestly don't know how the network can go on, unless they charge companies 2 bucks per commercial.

  • May 3, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    And make every show

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Some reality show varitation.

  • May 3, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    One more year for Community would be just fine

    by Samuel Fulmer

    No way it needs to be more than 4 seasons, or we're getting into Mash let's stretch the Korean War out by about 9 years territory.

  • All in all, I thought the East Coast one was better.

  • May 3, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    I like Community and Big Bang Theory

    by IceMonkey

    I also like 30 Rock and Modern Family. There is really little difference in most of these shows.

  • May 3, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Modern Family

    by Maxwell Bishop

    Love me some Modern Family. @i_love_lanalang - there are plenty of shows for all kinds of tastes. Because someone likes something you don't doesn't make them "mindless drones". If you don't like the show don't watch it. Watch something you do like. Apparently, a lot of people like the show and I personally find it very funny at most times. I find these ongoing comments of people who don't like things and bashing them ignorant. I'm not sure what people get out of it. Perhaps it's some kind of bizarre therapy for their troubled minds. You constantly read them on a multitude of message boards.

  • As if home media consumption hasn't radically changed in the past few years.

  • Seeing as how easily you fell for that bait. Throwing out lines in the hopes of getting a bite is the definition of "trolling".

  • May 3, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry but

    by adzigjo

    i think it's time networks go the way of HBO, SHOWTIME AMC..... and downsize episodes to maybe 15 a year or 8... So many interesting shows fail because they have to stretch an idea for 7 years at 24 episodes? Imagine lost if it had a 8-10 episode season for 6 years...

  • maxwell bishop - lana lang is a troll who says the same thing over and over to bait people to respond- now you know to ignore that poster, as everyone else does - I just agree with whatever she says as a joke, but she never responds, because she knows I am just mocking her tollness- all kinds get a voice on the internet, the good the bad and the weird - you choose who you juist responded to

  • Breaking: The CW Renews Supernatural, Vampire Diaries and 90210 by Vlada Gelman The CW has made its first scripted pick-ups for the 2012-13 TV season, granting early renewals to Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and 90210. The Vampire Diaries will head into its fourth season, 90210 will return for its fifth and Supernatural will be entering its eighth. Still awaiting official word on their fates at The CW are Gossip Girl, Nikita, The Secret Circle, Ringer and Hart of Dixie. The Supernatural announcement doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Last month, it was reported that showrunner Sera Gamble would be stepping down to focus on development. Although the show had not yet been renewed for Season 8 at that time, a replacement — former co-producer Jeremy Carver — was already named, a good sign that the series would be back. Supernatural‘s current season wraps up on May 18 and features a cliffhanger ending that leaves two fan faves in a very unexpected place. As for what the future holds, Misha Collins shared with TVLine that he’d like to return as angel Castiel. “I have told [executive producer] Sera [Gamble] that I would love to come back next season if that is something that works out for everybody’s schedule,” he said. “If it’s in the cards, it would be great. I don’t know yet how things are going to play out.” http://tvline.com/2012/05/03/cw-renews-supernatural-vampire-diaries-90210/

  • May 3, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    PERSONS OF INTEREST! SPOILERS!

    by Norman Colson

    OMFG, last week's episode was awesome... The partner reese had was given bad intel by snow so that, they would both kill each other... But the partner survived, omfg she's so awesome, and lionel shot the head of HR!!!! double awesome! OH and is the machine the same machine created by finch??? Why send them all the way for china for a top secret laptop in the first place and where is that said laptop now? did anyone notice that the same NSA general that was in reese's story was in finch's during his past flashback too!!!!??? wow coincidence or fate? Finch and reese. wow. I fucking love this show? Anyone else noticing how things are starting to appear?

  • May 3, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Not good news for Community

    by Rob0729

    20th Century Fox have giving Community showrunners Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan a two year development deal and they will be leaving Community. Not a good sign that Community will be back. Not a positive sign that if Community is back next year that it will stay the same quality. Changing showrunners delivers mixed results.

  • May 3, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    The Office....

    by DANGER_DIABOLIK_

    ....really has to end now, and tbh, someone like John Krasinski or Jenna Fisher - if they were to walk, then that would be it - major characters gone. It should have ended when Carell left. Maybe just having this Schrute Farm spin-off, is the way forward.

  • May 3, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    IMPRACTICAL JOKERS, ftw!

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • May 3, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Hamm in blackface and L&O Community were the highlights for me last week

    by Mel_Gibsons_Nazi_Dad

  • May 3, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    WEst Coast 30 Rock had the better Dr. Spaceman

    by Bass Ackwards

    You may know me as the gay doctor...because I always have a smile on my face... due to all the homosexual sex I'm having.

  • Had to watch twice to get that joke.

  • May 3, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    rob079

    by Bass Ackwards

    I don't think it's a big deal, Harmon is really the main show runner, as long as he's around the show should maintain its quality. The fact that they only have an actual writing credit on one episode (Biology 101) doesn't give me much fear that the show will take any kind of perceivable dip with their absence.

  • I'll bet that's how Finch found Reese, thur their connection with Corwin. I'll also bet they end the season with a cliffhanger, and, then, we have to wait four months for season 2. I hope they don't kill off anybody, no regular characters I mean.

  • May 3, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    I predict these next two nights will get bad ratings

    by thelordofhell

    Everyone's in line to see The Avengers

  • May 3, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Paburrows_Rises - That is awesome news about Supernatural! Thank You!

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    I understand that a lot of people think Supernatural has exceeded its sell-by-date, but the show can still be entertaining even when it resorts to a monster of the week formula. But, last week's episode is a reminder of how good the show can be. What surprised me was how effectively it incorporated the Leviathan arc into that particular ep. And, I must give kudos to the actress Felicia Day for her performance. The portrayal of her character was note perfect. Fantastic stuff! Woot for another season of the Winchester boys!

  • May 3, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    i_love_lanalang

    by Paul

    I'm glad that your happy, my good friend Edshrinker loves that show also. Supernatural isn't my cup of tea, but I know that I like things that others don't so to each their own. I liked that one brother when he was in Smallville.

  • May 3, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    The finder

    by F1rst

    isfinder is a guilty pleasure. Hopefully Fox will realize it had better ratings on Thursdays than that shitty Kring show and won't kill it. Then again, it's Fox so no such luck.

  • May 3, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Garrett just gave me the biggest laugh I had all week

    by buffywrestling

    Thank god we saved him.

  • May 3, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Hit The NOZ!!!!

    by buffywrestling

    *fwip, fwip, fwip* Second laugh.

  • May 3, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    The Office won't be canceled... yet.

    by frankenberry

    Why would NBC cancel The Office when it is still one of its highest-rated shows? Mark my words: The Office will get one more, final season. NBC will claim it's to give fans closure. But really, it will be about grabbing that last buck from The Office while setting up The Farm.

  • May 3, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Speaking of The Farm...

    by frankenberry

    Does anyone really think The Farm will be successful? Audiences are already leaving The Office despite Dwight being a major presence in that show. Besides, if Joey couldn't launch a successful spin-off from the mega-successful Friends... I don't know. Maybe the supporting characters will be likeable enough to make The Farm a big hit. But I doubt it.

  • When I try to get them to give Community a try their response is usually: 'never heard of it' accompanied by the face of someone who just smelled something bad. But I'll keep trying!

  • May 3, 2012, 10:38 p.m. CST

    ILL you only blew yourself once today with your fake name?

    by Xiphos_2

    Are the psych meds finally kicking in you fucking weirdo?

  • May 4, 2012, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Fringe Producers: We Know How it Will End

    by Paul

    As we head into the Fringe 2-part season ender, IGN talks to Pinkner & Wyman about Season 5 and the possible return of Leonard Nimoy as William Bell. May 3, 2012 First off…we get more Fringe next Fall! Yes, for those who haven't heard, ratings-starved Fringe got the "Chuck treatment" and was picked up for a final 13-episode fifth season. Secondly, as we head into tomorrow night's first part of a two-part Season 4 finale, we had a chance to speak to executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman about wrapping up this year's story, how the futuristic episode "Letters of Transit" will inform Season 5, and whether or not the Leonard Nimoy will un-retire himself to return as William Bell. "We basically erected a sign outside of Leonard [Nimoy]'s house which said, 'Please come back to Fringe,'" Jeff Pinkner said about a potential return for the William Bell character, "and we are hoping that by Season 5 he says 'yes.'" So, as you can see, the tease we got by seeing William Bell's amber'd body in the mind-blowing "Letters of Transit" doesn't necessarily mean we'll see Nimoy again. The shot of the frozen William Bell from "Letters of Transit." But what about the episode itself? It seems to us that not only is there a story to tell after the events on the episode, but a story to tell leading up to the episode as well. So, how much will the events of that episode dictate the direction of the final season? "We can tell you nothing," Pinkner laughed. Wyman then elaborated on the topic, while still not spoiling the season. "Part of our storytelling has always been revealed and recontextualizing what you think you know and what you've seen and putting it into a different mind-frame for the viewer" he said. "Let's just say that that future is important to our storytelling, but it's not the be all and end all; there is a reason. Like, somebody asked us a really cool question the other day—how did we decide to do flashbacks or flash-forwards? For us, we can honestly say there's always a reason. There's always a reason to do it." "We're going to go into the past because we have to put you in that headspace so you can understand this story and figure out where the character is coming from or has been in order for you to get the full experience of what you're watching today in the present," Wyman continued. "That's how we feel about "Letters of Transit." It was for a reason. [Episode] nineteen is traditionally the one that we go off the beaten path with, and that was no different. It was definitely off the beaten path. Does it have further implications? It does. You're going to definitely need to understand what "Letters of Transit" is or was in order to fully grasp all the things we're like to tell this year." Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv on Fringe. So, will we even see that future again? This time, we got a more definitive answer. "Yes, I think it's safe to say you will," Pinkner said. And now that Pinker and Wyman know they're headed for a definite finish line, they can think about the show differently than they have before. "When we're thinking about the end of the season we're always thinking about the beginning of the next one and where that's going to take us and what kind of doors it can open," Wyman explained. "That's basically how it's been since the get-go, and it's no different this year. We definitely know where the series is going to end and how it's going to end and what we're saying with the final season." Wyman continued by saying that 13 episodes, while almost half as many as their normal network season, is the right amount to close out the saga of Fringe. "It's a perfect amount of time to be done right and to be doled out in the right pace," he said. "We feel really confident that we can have a satisfying ending for us but also, of course, for our fans and supporters within the timeframe of 13 episodes. I think that's really what we were hoping for. FOX is so great to deliver and continues to demonstrate their incredible support. So yes, we are very content." http://tv.ign.com/articles/122/1224296p1.html

  • And, he's still got it! :)

  • May 4, 2012, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Rebel Scumb - Do your fellow workers ever say WHY they like BBT?

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    I'd love to know what motivates people to watch it because I can't fathom the attraction to it.

  • May 4, 2012, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Xiphos_2 - Please stop stalking me. I'm not interested in you.

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    Your sour personality and vile language are a major turnoff. I will not date you. Do you understand?

  • May 4, 2012, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Community is way inconsistent...

    by bowtiehoon

    Last weeks was great, although it had its moments this weeks was meh...

  • May 4, 2012, 1:40 a.m. CST

    i_love_lanalang

    by Paul

    I love BBT because I'm into Comics, Sci-Fi and all of the things that they are into and can relate to them since I grew up a nerd, (still am even though I managed to marry with kids). I find it enjoyable. As for Jenson Ackles I'll take your word on the hottie thing since I'm into women and am married. LOL

  • May 4, 2012, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Paburrows_Rises - Thank you for explaining why people watch BBT.

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    I also like Sci-Fi and the occasional comic, but I don't find the way it's presented on BBT to be funny. It's as if the writers are producing the equivalent of the old stereotype about the nerd wearing black rimmed glasses with tape in the middle to hold them together. The comedy is too obvious and seems too forced. We can agree to disagree on that show, but at least there's a brand new Supernatural episode on Friday! Yay!!

  • May 4, 2012, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Did anyone actually *laugh* during Community this week?

    by V'Shael

    Even Pierces holocaust comment seemed like a desperate reach back to when they were funny. Much like Abed's pizza / alternate time line bit. Are they now digging through the corpses of their old episodes, trying to make us remember when they were funny?

  • May 4, 2012, 4:56 a.m. CST

    what makes me crazy about TBBT

    by adml_shake

    What drives me nuts about that show is I always here "well I think it's funny because thats how geeks and nerds are..." and then they follow it up with some story of a group of people out in public that they saw once who acted exactly like this, so in their mind it makes the show true.

  • The after-final commercial scene, the salesman that predicts to Jim and Dwight that Robert California will eventually run the company into the ground. Is that a clue being dropped that the end may finally be near???

  • May 4, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    I laughed at community this week

    by rakesh patel

    some good stuff there. Community is a weird one. some really good eps, some mediocre. it doesn't have one thing, its kinda all over the place. Maybe some eps out of the college will shake it up a bit.

  • May 4, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST

    TBBT Vs community

    by David Cloverfield

    I enjoy both shows, they are very different animals. TBBT is a classic SITCOM. Last night there were three "Funny Situations.". "Kid astronaut is scared of going into space and tries to get his father in law to convince him not to go, because they would have to cancel a wedding. While Neurobiologist Girl tries to condition Sheldon to love her using the tools of her trade" Yes, it's not really edge of your seat stuff, but it's funny and comforting. While Community is more experimental, but - much like South Park - it often comes down to "A simple element life is blown out of proportion to make events similar to another TV show or movie". It's a lot of fun too. But I understand both camps of fans.

  • May 4, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST

    graphix67

    by Hercules

    that fellow's prediction will prove incorrect.

  • May 4, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    graphix67

    by adml_shake

    I think what we saw was Robert has run the company so far down the tube that Andy is going to come up with a plan to buy out the company with the help of the guy he was talking to at the end.

  • May 4, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    @zodlovesgod

    by comicsniper

    So you're equating a show that gently mocks a small group of socially inept yet extremely intelligent people with out-and-out racism?!? You're right. They're PRECISELY the same thing. What a douche.

  • May 4, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    TBBT: first 3 seasons compared to most recent

    by MGTHEDJ

    The first 3 years were done by writers who born between 1960 and 1981. Many of the jokes were of a geek-culture nature with Penny being the "fish out of water": Penny doesn't know about Anime, Penny gets hooked on Worlds of Warcraft, etc. Raj couldn't talk to girls because he was so shy. Since Season 4, most of the writers are from "The Adam Sadler school of comedy" and "Mean Girls." The geek is now the "fish out of water." Now all the geeks, except Howard, are gay. And Howard is a loser because he lives at home, even though he can afford his own place, and the only pussy he ever got was with a fat ugly chick a year before the show started. In the ep where they played one-on-one basketball, they guys were shown to have no ability to shoot, and were exhausted after 5 minutes. Amy Farrah Fowler is also now gay, because a nerd girl cannot possibly like boys.-----later----m

  • May 4, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Re: Herc and Adml_Shake

    by Graphix67

    Yeah. I think you guys are right. Just wishful thinking on my part I suppose. ...*SIGH*...

  • May 5, 2012, 1:55 a.m. CST

    I feel like I'm on a different wavelength with Community

    by Bass Ackwards

    I totally dug this weeks episode. I've found the gimmick episodes in this seasons second half (pillow fighting, parody, dreamatorium) insular, boring, even lazy (L&O and Ken Burns in particular, the jokes seemed largely 1:1, take this trope and replace it with this, joke over). But the episodes I like or find boring seem pretty much opposite of how other TBers are responding. So go figure. That said, I'm SUPER hating every show ending with Troy/Britta Jeff/Annie giving each other longing/meaningful looks. The clip show last season made fun of that BS, this season they seem to have whole heartedly bought into it. Also I want Abed to make my in memorizing video when I die. I will start preparing my stock footage immediately.

  • May 5, 2012, 2 a.m. CST

    zodlovesgod

    by Bass Ackwards

    Didn't see your post before, so...ditto! Definitely agree on The Office as well, Tate was the ONE candidate from last season that I hated and absolutely didn't want to see (though I felt Andy as a supervisor was a lazy choice from the beginning as well). But interestingly bringing her back this season has turned out to be the saving grace, I had pretty much been hating this year until her arrival.

  • May 6, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Bass ackwards

    by theGoldbergV

    Agree completely. Community is outright cheesy this season. I've liked some episodes more than others but on the whole season 3 has been the weakest. I remember reading an interview with Harmon where he said there is a sort of arc this year, if so lets see how it plays out. We got a few plot pay-offs this week. I did proper laugh at the Deanalike's walk across the hearing room though. And Leonard at the Subway counter.

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