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As the season winds down, Great News allows its entire ensemble to shine As the season winds down, Great News allows its entire ensemble to shine

With Great News’ season finale next week, and no news of a third season renewal, it’s time to take stock of the series’ best qualities before it possibly shuffles off this mortal coil. First, there’s the sheer commitment to jokes and gags, which might seem like obligatory sitcom territory, but in the age of half-hour…

The Last Man On Earth repeatedly hits one morbid note in its winter finale The Last Man On Earth repeatedly hits one morbid note in its winter finale

After being off the air for a month, The Last Man On Earth returned last week with a POV episode about Karl Cowperthwaite, a dorky cannibalistic serial killer played by Fred Armisen. The episode illustrates how Karl’s social awkwardness and mundane lifestyle disarms his victims who naturally don’t believe he’s capable…

Katie and Greg succumb to temptation and Chuck leads a heist on a plot-heavy Great News Katie and Greg succumb to temptation and Chuck leads a heist on a plot-heavy Great News

As Great News heads into the homestretch, Tracey Wigfield and company chose “Competing Offer” as the episode to introduce the final story arc of the season, which involves a lawsuit against The Breakdown from crazed immortality-obsessed billionaire Fenton Pelt (Jim Rash). Remember the story Greg and Katie broke about…

Fred Armisen stars as a cannibalistic serial killer in a flashback episode of The Last Man On Earth Fred Armisen stars as a cannibalistic serial killer in a flashback episode of The Last Man On Earth

Last season, The Last Man On Earth took a three-month break between its fall finale and its spring premiere. When the series finally returned, it aired an episode that didn’t feature any of the main cast and told a story about life during the viral outbreak from the perspective of Pamela (Kristen Wiig), a haughty…

Carol tries to bring Katie and Greg together on a sweet Great News Carol tries to bring Katie and Greg together on a sweet Great News

The Greg and Katie romance initially felt like a somewhat obligatory byproduct of Great News. Workplace sitcoms need romantic relationships to survive even if they’re not developed organically. Fans and network suits alike love it when two characters that work together hook up. Tracey Wigfield bypassed the…

Carol and Katie fall into denial on a middling Great News Carol and Katie fall into denial on a middling Great News

“Love Is Dead” might be a fairly middling episode of Great News, but it has two things going for it. The first is a very funny guest spot from Judith Roberts (famously Beautiful Girl Across the Hall in David Lynch’s debut feature Eraserhead, and more recently, Taslitz on Orange Is The New Black) as Grammy, Carol’s…

It's all bitter in the final chapter of Wormwood It's all bitter in the final chapter of Wormwood

“You think that finding the answer to this is gonna restore the path of your own life. But how can it possibly do that if you’ve lost yourself along the way?”—-Eric Olson, Wormwood

Wormwood breaks through the frame and looks at the picture Wormwood breaks through the frame and looks at the picture

“Something has troubled me. I never recall having told Mrs. Olson anything that was flatly untrue. I did allow her to think things that were untrue. I just would like to have that put on the record that I do regret it.”—-Colonel Vin Ruwet, Congressional Hearing, September 10, 1975

Wormwood digs up Frank Olson's body and looks through the CIA's assassination manual Wormwood digs up Frank Olson's body and looks through the CIA's assassination manual

“It was what Kierkegaard would call almost a dizziness of freedom. You can ask this question, and you have to live with whatever you’re gonna do.”—-Eric Olson, Wormwood

A double dose of Great News highlights the series at its wacky, warm-hearted best A double dose of Great News highlights the series at its wacky, warm-hearted best

Though NBC previously said that “Pool Show” was the last Great News episode of the year, the network decided to fill its holiday schedule with not one, but two episodes of the show this week. The first episode, “A Christmas Carol Wendelson,” is their official holiday episode, with all the gags and hallmarks of the…

Wormwood spins its wheels slightly as Dr. Lashbrook and germ warfare enter the picture Wormwood spins its wheels slightly as Dr. Lashbrook and germ warfare enter the picture

“You’re losing control, Frank. Are you forgetting the premium placed on control?”—-Dr. Harold Abramson, Wormwood

In spite of the Colby documents, Wormwood doesn't know what happened in that room In spite of the Colby documents, Wormwood doesn't know what happened in that room

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” —John 8:32, King James Bible

Wormwood opens with a mysterious death, LSD, and the CIA... and it only gets stranger from there Wormwood opens with a mysterious death, LSD, and the CIA... and it only gets stranger from there

“And the third angel sounded. And there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp. And it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountain of waters. And the name of the star is called Wormwood. And the third part of the waters became Wormwood. And many men died of the waters, because they…

The mediocre Ferdinand mostly fails to bring a beloved kid-lit bestseller to life The mediocre Ferdinand mostly fails to bring a beloved kid-lit bestseller to life

The children’s book The Story Of Ferdinand was a commercial success upon publication in 1936, outselling Gone With The Wind to become the No. 1 bestseller in the United States. Written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson, the book follows a peaceful bull who would rather smell flowers than battle matadors,…

The gang freaks out for stupid reasons on The Last Man On Earth fall finale The gang freaks out for stupid reasons on The Last Man On Earth fall finale

When The Last Man On Earth first began, Carol Pilbasian was the rule-following, hyper-organized, Type A foil to Phil Miller’s slacker ethos. She believed that the last people on Earth have a responsibility to help redevelop the planet, while Phil simply took advantage of the freedom that relatively solitude provided.…

The Last Man On Earth bides its time before the midseason home stretch The Last Man On Earth bides its time before the midseason home stretch

There are exactly two interesting elements in this week’s Last Man On Earth: 1) It marks Kristen Schaal’s directorial debut, and with a script credited to her husband Rich Blomquist; 2) Tandy switches up his usual “Closure” song with an acoustic rendition of Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” for a wedding, which is…

You're The Worst sticks the landing following an uneven season You're The Worst sticks the landing following an uneven season

From the beginning, You’re The Worst was about a relationship between two toxic people who need each other to discover their best selves, but it was also about the ungainly process of stumbling into adulthood. The series follows people who live for their own comfort (or, in the case of Edgar, live at the behest of…

The inevitable finally happens on You're The Worst The inevitable finally happens on You're The Worst

The better choice is almost always the uncomfortable choice. Awareness might be half the battle, but actual self-improvement requires actively embracing difficulty, discomfort, and the possibility of failure. It’s easy to fall back on what’s comfortable because it’s what you know; it can’t quite let you down because…

The Last Man On Earth moves to a mansion haunted by a drug cartel The Last Man On Earth moves to a mansion haunted by a drug cartel

The last time The Last Man On Earth gave us a glimpse of the pre-virus era was in “Got Milk?” the third season episode that followed socialite Pamela as she struggled with isolation in an underground bunker. It was a way to introduce a new character and to break from the ensemble for a week, possibly to avoid…

Great News closes out the fall season with a healthy dose of Rashad Jennings Great News closes out the fall season with a healthy dose of Rashad Jennings

Great News closes out its fall season with an episode that primarily develops some nascent storylines in time for next year, but also features a guest appearance from an NFL running back. Rashad Jennings has played for the Jaguars, the Raiders, and most recently for the Giants, but can now add “Great News guest star”…

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