5 Reasons Why TV Shows Should Set an End Date

Over the weekend, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and AMC came to an agreement to keep the critically acclaimed show on the sometimes critically despised network for 16 final episodes. Setting an end date for Breaking Bad lets Gilligan and his writers craft the conclusion of Walter White's story exactly how they want, without the worry of contract negotiations and the fear of running out of ideas.

This isn't a new. In Britain, lots of shows have one or two seasons (see: The OfficeCouplingLife on Mars) and if they are really successful at the end of their run, they get offered a followup episode (The OfficeChristmas Show) or even a spinoff (Ashes to Ashes). (In America, Lost took advantage of this idea of an end-date, as well as Matthew Weiner and Mad Men.) More shows should announce an end date, and here's why:

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INTERVIEW: ‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan

The day after the record-breaking season 4 finale of Vince Gilligan's Breaking BadThe Hollywood Reporter's Tim Appelo asked him to tell all about what the show means, where his work comes from, why his idol is Clint Eastwood. Plus, the showrunner admits that he really wishes he had madeSpongebob Squarepants.

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Beavis and Butthead return to MTV 14 years later

If you watched last night’s episode of Jersey Shore, you may have caught the preview for Beavis and Butt-Head, which included the premiere date for the series’ return. Beavis and Butt-Head will be back to their ridiculous shenanigans and pop-culture commentary later next month!

I’ll admit to not entirely seeing the need for the two ’90’s icons to return to MTV until I attended the panel for B&B at Comic Con in San Diego last July. After viewing the video shown at the panel, which marked return of Cornholio, and watching as the idiotic duo watched reality TV and made hilarious comments in the direction of Jersey Shore and some other shows, it became very clear that pop-culture has been lacking these vital perspectives for a long time. Suddenly, Jersey Shore felt less complete without Beavis and Butt-Head making fun of it in the background. And so, come late October, the world will have Beavis and Butt-Head back.

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John Stamos, Jenny McCarthy to Attend Charlie Sheen’s ‘Two and a Half Men’ Funeral

Charlie Sheen's "Two and a Half Men" character, Charlie Harper, will be receiving a five-star send-off, according to TMZ.

The web site reports that John Stamos -- who was once reportedly a possible replacement for Sheen on the series -- and Jenny McCarthy will guest-star on the upcoming season's premiere, which is said to be a funeral for Harper. Stamos will play an old buddy of Harper's who participated in carnal exploits with Harper and delivers a few choice, foul-mouthed words at the memorial service.

McCarthy, meanwhile, will portray a former flame of Harper's who grew weary of his bedroom technique and split up with him.

The season premiere films Friday at 7 p.m.

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Director Doug Liman discusses TV show ‘Covert Affairs’ as exec producer

Director Doug Liman is knows for directing blockbusters such as 'The Bourne Identity' and 'Mr and Mrs Smith'. With COVERT AFFAIRS’ second season already underway, the adrenaline-pumping series has demonstrated that it is willing to venture across the globe this season.  During a recent conference call, executive producer Liman talked about how the globe-trotting filming came about.

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5 Reasons To Love the TV Show ‘Suits’ on USA Network

There are some shows that everyone is talking about before it premieres, a la Game of Thrones. And then there are others that come up in conversation over Twitter, email, or (gasp, face-to-face?!) dinner a week or more after they air, and you joyfully realize you’re not the only one in your circle watching it and loving it. That’s an experience you may be having with USA’s Suits (Thursdays, 10 p.m. ET).

If you’ve yet to get hooked, it’s the new show about Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), a brilliant former screw-up/stoner with a photographic memory who gets hired as an associate by one of New York City’s best (and best-dressed) legal closers, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht,pictured). So why is this one of the summer’s most addictive new shows?

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10 fantasy novels that would make great TV shows

With HBO’s Game Of Thrones wrapping up a stellar first season and American Gods (far) on the horizon, television is on the cusp of a fantasy revolution. And it isn’t the squeaky-clean fantasy ofHarry Potter or Lord of the Rings (for that, see the upcoming and very promising Once Upon A Time) – cable TV is ready and willing to tell adult fantasy stories for adult viewers.

With that in mind, the Screen Rant crew put together a list of the fantasy novels we’d most like to see adapted into serialized TV dramas with modest-to-big budgets. All of them would make sprawling, epic TV shows… in the right hands, of course.

Check out our list and see if you agree with our picks – and add a few suggestions of your own to our comment section.

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Kate del Castillo in ‘La Reina del Sur’ Brings Sexy to Smoking Pot

Telemundo's crossover actress Kate del Castillo rocks a pair of stilettos in La Reina del Sur while smoking pot, wrecking happy homes, and toting a pistol. If sex is what you want, the movie brings it. But it's much more than that.

This, one of the most talked about movies of late, is like Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft meeting Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.

The Mexican-born actress partnered with Telemundo and the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and talked about her role in the popular telenovela La Reina del Sur (The Queen of the South).

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Why You Might Want To Watch The Simpsons Online For A Change

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You're the first to admit it, back in college you were a huge fan of The Simpsons. Seasons five through seven were the best thing on TV at that time in your opinion. You knew all the characters, of course, could reliably do half a dozen pretty good impersonations, owned a well-loved copy of the first Simpsons guide and could be counted upon to find a Simpsons quote for any and every occasion (much to the exasperation of your girlfriend at the time). In truth, to this day D'oh, Woohoo! and Excellent are components of your everyday vocabulary and you've long given up trying to suppress them.

You were tickled a few years ago when your daughter started watching The Simpsons and enjoyed watching the episodes with her when you could. She has since moved on to other shows and now it is rare for you to sit down and watch the show anymore. Occasionally you'll get a twinge to see a specific episode but it always passes. Why not indulge yourself next time you get a twinge and watch The Simpsons online?

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How Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen on ‘Two and a Half Men’

The hunt for a new man for "Two and a Half Men" began in earnest about six weeks ago.

Amid a tornado of rumors and speculation about prospective candidates to step into the void caused by Charlie Sheen's meltdown, "Men" co-creator/exec producer Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros. TV prexy Peter Roth met with CBS Entertainment prexy Nina Tassler to pitch the idea of recruiting British actor Hugh Grant for the most talked-about vacancy on a hit sitcom since Suzanne Somers was booted from "Three's Company."

Tassler was intrigued by the idea of Grant, known for his charm in romantic comedy roles. But she also had a short list in mind, and high on her list was Ashton Kutcher. She'd been a fan of his since he first hit on Fox's "That '70s Show." She also admired how he'd expanded his career beyond acting to running a production company, Katalyst, and as a social media entrepreneur who was an early adopter of Twitter. (Kutcher is closing in on 7 million followers.)

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