Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the oldest director (with the shortest film) in the lineup: Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language."
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Cliffhangers aren't just for finales.
Recent shows as different as "24" and The Collected Works of Shonda Rhimes have proven that if you drop a cliffhanger on a weekly basis, audiences will keep coming back, while soap operas have been doing almost daily cliffhangers for decades.
But the season-ending cliffhanger is a particular creature. Producers know that they have to drop narrative bombs big enough to carry audiences across not just a couple weeks, but several months of anticipation and speculation.
There's a reason why "Who shot J.R.?" and "Is Buffy Dead?" and "Wait, that was a Flash-Forward?" are questions that instantly bring back memories of both the finales in question, but also the months of pondering and waiting.
With so many of our favorite shows signing off for the season, we put our heads together to list some of our favorite season-ending cliffhangers and pay tribute to them.
OBVIOUSLY there are spoilers here, but mostly just for older shows and we didn't spoil how most of the finales resolved.
Check out our list and chime in with some of your favorites!
Usher knows that if a woman is a good kisser that there’s usually plenty more good stuff where that came from. In the video for his new song, “Good Kisser,” he extols the virtues of a woman, who “nobody kiss it like you.” What “it” is is up to you and your imagination.
“The Simpsons” gets a boost from Lego episode
This week’s episode was up 23% over last week, attracting 4.3 million viewers.
Barbara Walters confirms Donald Sterling backed out of their interview Friday night
Walters said on “The View” that the L.A. Lakers owner kept watering down the terms of their proposed interview.
Spike TV orders King Tut event series “Tut”
The six-hour series will tell the story of the youngest Pharaoh to rule Ancient Egypt.
“The Wire” alum Seth Gilliam joins “The Walking Dead”
He’ll become a series regular next season playing a character named “Michael Todd."
“The Boondocks” pays tribute to “Breaking Bad”
Tonight’s episode is titled “Breaking Granddad.”
Early in the marvelous new season of "Louie," Louie makes the mistake of explaining why his building's superintendent left out the most important part of a very old and dirty joke about Pinocchio.
"Why you gotta clutter it up?" the super complains. "I mean, aren't you a comedian?"
Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 4, 2014.
ABC got a tiny bump for the "Resurrection" season finale and the network edged out FOX for victory among young viewers, while "60 Minutes" and "The Good Wife" helped CBS comfortably win Sunday night overall.
Although FOX couldn't quite beat ABC in the key demo, the network had a strong night, with a Lego-filled "Simpsons" episode rising and "Family Guy" actually doing Sunday's best young demo numbers. This animated comedies helped "Cosmos" to growth as well.
In terms of Sunday negatives, NBC's "American Dream Builders" hit another low, while "Believe" stopped several weeks of encouraging stability with a drop.
On to the numbers...
When FOX announced the long-hinted resurrection of "24" as a 12-episode miniseries called "24: Live Another Day," I immediately wondered two things:
Somewhat oddly, the GLAAD Media Awards split their awards across two ceremonies, three weeks apart, on opposite coasts. On Saturday, the second of these took place in New York, as a range of films, TV shows and media outlets were honored for commendable coverage of LGBT issues.
Katie Couric may return to “Today” as a temporary fill-in co-host
Couric is in talks to take over for Savannah Guthrie when she goes on maternity leave.
Barbara Walters: “The View” may add a man
Walters tells “Extra”: “'The View’ is entering its 18th year. I thought when I created it, the show might last two years. These women are wonderful, and I don’t know, maybe, maybe we’ll add a man… ah, what a thought.”
“SNL” writer Leslie Jones responds to outrage over her “SNL” Weekend Update slavery sketch
Jones, one of two black female writers “Saturday Night Live” hired earlier this year, was under fire on Twitter for saying on Weekend Update, “Back in the slave days, my love life would have been way better. Master would have hooked me up with the best brother on the plantation.” On Twitter, Jones responded to the backlash, tweeting: "Ok I wasn't gonna say any thing because I know that dumb people know how to use the computer too, but now this is so ridiculous. PLUS: “SNL” ties its season low with Andrew Garfield, was "The Beygency” the best “SNL” sketch of all time?, and watch the chicken wing ‘80s sitcom sketch that was cut from dress rehearsal.
“Game of Thrones” director talks about going off-book for the 2nd week in a row
Michelle MacLaren, who helmed the last two episodes, says: "It’s really exciting for the writers and the fans to broach beyond the books. It's exciting to explore different areas that are obviously inspired by the books. Dan and David are such great writers it's exciting to see where they are going to go moving beyond the books, which is starting to happen more and more.” PLUS: Producers made a pact to ignore web comments this season, this week’s episode offered a big revelation, and “Bran” on shooting that scene.
Lara Logan's return to "60 Minutes" appears "less and less certain"
New York Magazine details how the CBS foreign correspondent got into trouble with her flawed Benghazi report.
“Idol” contestant apologizes for calling the show’s fans “retards”
Caleb Johnson insists he was referring to only fans who were “wackos.”
“Mistresses” casts John Heard as Alyssa Milano’s dad
“The Sopranos” alum will play the father who walked out on Milano’s character when she was a child.
Here are 29 revelations from “The Simpsons’” Lego episode
Turns out Homer is an iPhone user.
“Orange is the New Black,” George Takei honored by the GLAAD Media Awards
Takei was honored for promoting equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, while “OINTB” was selected as outstanding comedy.
Neil deGrasse Tyson gets customized space-themed clothing
“I have about 100 celestial ties and about six celestial vests,” says the “Cosmos” host, whose wardrobe is specially made by a bridal designer.
Watch the trailer for “Star Wars Rebels”
Disney XD celebrated “Star Wars Day” with the release of the full trailer.
Chickadee from “Honey Boo Boo” weds
Honey Boo Boo’s oldest sister, 19-year-old Anna (AKA Chickadee), tied the knot over the weekend.
I spent my day on the set of FOX's "Broadchurch" remake "Gracepoint" up in beautiful Victoria, BC, so I'm on my own race not-exactly-around-the-world, a race that left me unable to watch Sunday's (May 5) "The Amazing Race" until late, meaning that it's already after midnight as I start on this recap.
Fortunately, this is a really easy episode to recap.
In fact, there are really only two things to discuss about Sunday's episode, which doesn't mean it was a bad episode. In fact, thanks to one utterly bonkers Detour, it was quite fun. But Sunday's Leg was darned straight-forward and, once again, all came down to an over-reliance on the U-Turn for drama.
On to the recap after the break.
A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as the other couch is full of farts...
A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I forget to skin the rabbit before I cook it...