All good things must come to an end, and that proves true for television shows as well. While most of the programs ending this upcoming season have lost much of their luster, I will miss a few.
30 Rock really did beat the odds, and I think if Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Lorne Michaels hadn’t been part of the show, it never would have made it as long as it did. The ratings were never super high, but fans and critics alike loved the show throughout its entire run. The ensemble cast truly worked, from Jane Krakowski’s egomaniac Jenna to Tracy Morgan’s barely-able-to-function Tracy. I will miss seeing Liz Lemon on my television screen, but there’s no way NBC or any other network will let Tina Fey disappear for too long, and I’m sure she’ll be back with another character that far too many women I know resemble. There are lots of ways the show can end, and while I don’t look forward to the final episode, I’m fairly certain it’ll be excellent.
The Office is also saying farewell this year. The original British series just had 14 episodes, and while I’m glad our stateside version lasted longer, it is beyond time for it to end now. Following Steve Carell’s departure as Michael Scott in season seven, it just got weird, with too many bumbling bosses trying to work with the already established cast. Carell did a fantastic job with Michael, and he really was the glue that held the ragtag team together. I am a huge fan of everyone on the show, and I look forward to seeing what John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, and the rest of the gang do next (and like I said last week, I can’t wait for Mindy Kaling’s new show on Fox!). I hope this final season is a step up from the last, and that The Office can get back to its original glory.
Gossip Girl started with a scandalous bang in 2007, with various “concerned parents groups” calling for its cancellation right off the bat due to its depiction of sex and whatever else those people find offensive. It’s getting the axe this year now that storylines are even more unbelievable (Bart Bass isn’t really dead?), and the cast is ready to move on. I will forever love Blair Waldorf’s clothes and the New York City cinematography, but it is definitely time for us to move on. I can only imagine what new teen soap is waiting in the CW’s wings.
Are you sad about any of these shows ending? Do you have a favorite that is going off the air after this season?