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March 5, 2008 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | March 5, 2008 |

Well balls, man. Next week is the end of “The Wire.” And HBO pulled a fast one on those of us who’ve been watching the show OnDemand, by not putting the last episode up early. Despite all the bloody OnDemand promos telling us we could watch every episode early. So if you’ve been looking for it, you’re not going crazy — it ain’t there. We’re all gonna have tune in Sunday night together to find out the final what-what (and god damn has it ratcheted up into all kinds of amazing and exhilarating and depressing the last few weeks — gonna be a helluva last hour-and-a-half).

While “The Wire” is leaving us, turns out that “Scrubs” may not be, as last week we saw a flurry of reports about another “final” season of “Scrubs” next year, only not on NBC. Even though the show airs on NBC, it’s produced by ABC Studios, which is one of the reasons the Peacock has never treated the show terribly well, because a hunka-chunka any money the show makes goes into the pocket of NBC’s competitor. Well despite this original plan for this year to be show’s final hurrah, NBC is reportedly in slow negotiations for one more season. The show’s producers are interested in this since this season’s episode count went from 18 to 12, thanks to the strike, and they’d like a chance to finish. Anyway, the big news last week was that ABC has jumped in and is trying to put a deal together for the show’s final season, snatching it out of NBC’s sweaty little hands. But this could turn ugly, because NBC says it still holds the legal rights to the show, and unless it drops out of negotiations for next season, ABC can’t pick it up. The real irony here, of course, is that I’m betting many fans of the once beloved show don’t much care. Will I watch it on NBC or ABC next year? Most likely. But this show is pale shadow of it’s former self, and sometimes it’s better to just let your loved ones go, you know?

One show that doesn’t have networks bickering over it is “Quarterlife.” After airing just the first of the internet show’s six episodes, NBC pulled the plug, and Sunday’s planned timeslot went to “Deal or No Deal” instead. I had recorded the first episode but hadn’t gotten around to watching it. I suppose I could simply watch it all online, but I just wasn’t that interested in the show to begin with, so I think I’ll just move on.

Fans of “Gossip Girl” will be happy to know that the CW has given the show an early pickup. You “Supernatural” fans can cheer too, along with all four of the “One Tree Hill” fans. Of course “America’s Next Top Model” and “Smallville” got renewals as well, but a happy surprise is that “Everybody Hates Chris” is coming back. I stopped watching the show after its first season, but it’s one of those shows that just makes me happy to know that it’s still out there.

July 23 — mark it on your calendar. That’s when the fantastic British show “Spaced” finally gets itself a stateside DVD release. Long fucking time coming, and not a moment too soon, since Fox may ruin our fond memories of the show if it pickups the McG remake-pilot that it’s apparently ready to greenlight. Mc-mother-fucking-G.

But before that date comes around, how about this — finally, we’re less than a month away from the “Battlestar Galactica” Season Four premiere (April 4, bitches!). If you’re looking for a little 8-minute refresher of how we got where we are now, then this is the video for you (and obviously, the DVD Folks who want to remain un-spoiled should not watch).

And just because any reference to “Scrubs” warrants watching this video again:

… and this one:

Seth Freilich is Pajiba’s television editor. He’s too busy singing the “Sanford and Son” theme to himself to come up with a clever little thing for this.

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Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.


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