along with this Q&A with Greek creator Patrick Sean Smith — we give you five reasons we’ll miss this show: READ FULL STORYGreek ended its absolutely delightful four-season run on ABC Family last night on a truly bittersweet note: not only because [SPOILER ALERT!!!] the KT house was demolished to bits, but also because it marked the demise of a show that was way better than it had any right to be. What looked like a shallow guilty pleasure at first glance — a light drama about fraternities and sororities — turned out to be a brave, fresh, witty take on college life. Whether you were in the Greek system or abhorred anyone who ever wore arcane letters on a sweatshirt, you couldn’t help but fall in love with these kids. So as a final ode to our Greek brethren —
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PopWatch asked readers to name the TV character they’d date in real life. After tallying more than 2,000 nominations (yes, we read them all), we’re ready to take it to a vote. We’ve put your top picks — 25 men, and 29 women (there was a tie for that last spot) — in two polls below. Vote now through Tuesday at midnight ET. Come back Friday when we’ll reveal the results. Remember: You can’t change anything about the character you’re picking, other than that he or she will no longer have feelings for his or her show love interest. (Second rule: Do not feel guilty.) Note: The order the characters are listed in the polls below is how they ranked during the first round, when you could be indecisive. What will happen when you can only pick one? READ FULL STORYLast week,
Rerun season — a.k.a. “most of December” — is upon us after tonight, so my sights are already set on January, when tons of my beloved shows return after months and months away. I’m most excited for Parks and Recreation, but there’s a Big Love-shaped hole in my heart right now as well. I can’t get enough of Greek — it’s a hybrid of Felicity and Undeclared, you guys — and I admit to a raging obsession with Pretty Little Liars, too. Plus Southland, my favorite current cop show, and Archer, the tragically under-appreciated but wildly hilarious cartoon on FX? Oh hell yes.
There’s plenty of other stuff coming back, too. Royal Pains, White Collar, Californication — is there nothing chic, handsome men can’t do? — all start back up, plus a little show called American Idol returns as well.
What January return are you most looking forward to, PopWatchers?
more than 1,000 responses. After the jump, you’ll find a poll representing 45 of the most popular and/or passionately-pitched picks. Declare your favorite. Then visit our gallery of 25 Flashback Episodes You Love for a trip down memory lane. READ FULL STORYWhen we asked readers to name TV’s best flashback episode, we got
Spring Break felt different this year. Suddenly for our CRU seniors, it was no longer just an opportunity to party and forget all responsibilities (don’t they do that school anyway?) but rather just a momentary break from thinking about the future. And in case you haven’t noticed, no one has been thinking about the future more than Casey.
The episode’s focus on fear tied things together nicely: “Fear is natural, it’s good, it keeps you from making mistakes and doing things you’re not ready for,” Casey explained to Cappie, from high atop a bungee-jumping ledge. Of course her fear and the fear of many graduating seniors was much scarier than a measly hundred-foot drop. READ FULL STORY
The only thing we like better than an episode of Greek is an episode of Greek featuring EW. Granted, in Greek world, that’s Engineering Weekly, which is interviewing Rusty—and featuring him on the cover—about his grant-winning project that we still don’t really understand. Mainly because we work at Entertainment Weekly. But we appreciate the clever gesture, Greek, and we will return the favor right here, right now, by telling all of our readers: Watch Greek tonight on ABC Family! (The ep also features some heavy discussions about the future for Casey and Cappie and a very long turtle race.) Meanwhile, enjoy this preview clip:
Will you join us for our moment in the spotlight, PopWatchers?
Sure, all kinds of secrets were revealed on Greek‘s season premiere Monday, but one trumped all others for me: We got to see the store where they apparently all go to get their constant array of fabulous costumes for various theme parties! (Cappie and Casey went there to discuss their couple costume for the Fairytale Ball. He suggested the Big Bad Wolf and Grandma, causing Casey to scoff, “The whole reason sororities throw parties is so girls can look hot and slutty.” Another secret revealed!)
Seriously, though, my real favorite revelation had to be Calvin and Grant coming out at the Fairytale Ball. Does it get any better than two hot princes starting the slow dancing among the twinkly lights and wishing wells? Makes that whole roommate situation easier, too, even with frat brothers now leaving pairs of tiaras at their door. READ FULL STORY
Greek returns to ABC Family tonight, and having already sneaked a peek at the season premiere, I can tell you that it’s worth tuning in. The not-so-guilty pleasure is in fine, frothy form, with its uncanny ability to wring genuine tension and high emotion from what sounds like so much fraternity/sorority silliness. In this case, that’s the aftermath of last season’s finale cliffhanger in which a joint frat prank went so wrong it got a few Kappa Taus expelled and wrecked Cappie and Evan’s fledgling friendship; and an attempt to prove cheating at Song Fest resulted in the accidental burning of Gamma Psi, with the ZBZ girls possibly responsible. All this, plus Cappie and Casey finally together!
Not only is it good, sunny fun (seriously, why is the weather always so nice on this Midwestern campus?), but it’s also in some danger of being canceled. (My sources at the show, in fact, tell me they’ve shot two season-enders just in case.) Viewers are starting a red-cup campaign to let ABC Family know how much they love the show. Of course, if you’ve ever loved the show, now is the time to tune in — and to get psyched for tonight’s premiere, check out their “cram session” video to catch up on all of last season’s action.
And note to ABC Family: Consider this post my red cup.
Thanks. Love, Jennifer.
Will you watch tonight, PopWatchers? Will you rally to save Greek?
I personally went into Greek‘s midseason finale Monday not even caring so much what happened — I just wanted to bask in the glory of Cappie and Casey finally having gotten together. We got to do that for a bit, complete with wonderfully Greekalicious lines. (Casey on continuing to keep their relationship secret: “Yesterday, Ash wanted to know why I have this smile, and I couldn’t think of an excuse, so I told her I was thinking about the rise and fall of Mischa Barton.”) But we also got, OMG, Songfest! How about Ashleigh’s amazing singing voice? And that final Gamma Psi-ass-kicking final dance number to “Good Girls Go Bad”? (Even if it didn’t win against those cheating Gamma Psis …)
Last week I bemoaned the too-packed programming of the 8 p.m. slot on Mondays. Turns out 9 p.m.’s not much easier. Teen soaps and dramedies, procedurals, gripping — and not gripping so much as gyrating — reality; I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. (If I settle on Greek and Intervention, I’ll probs do both. Heyo!) Anyway, let’s run down the options: READ FULL STORY