‘Sopranos’ Creator Finally Explains Final Scene…Kind Of

Don't Stop Believin'

It’s been eight years since the final scene of The Sopranos caused fans around the world to scream at their televisions in unison as a shot of Tony suddenly cuts to black. Since then, critics and fans alike have been debating what happened, and what it all means.

Now, finally, series creator David Chase has explained that final scene which he himself directed. Sort of.

In a long interview with James Greenberg for Directors Guild of America Quarterly, Chase went over the final scene shot-by-shot, explaining how the deeper philosophical, existential meaning of the scene is all expressed perfectly by Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.”

The ceiling I was going for at that point, the biggest feeling I was going for, honestly, was don’t stop believing. It was very simple and much more on the nose than people think. That’s what I wanted people to believe. That life ends and death comes, but don’t stop believing. There are attachments we make in life, even though it’s all going to come to an end, that are worth so much, and we’re so lucky to have been able to experience them. Life is short. Either it ends here for Tony or some other time. But in spite of that, it’s really worth it. So don’t stop believing.

Wait wait wait wait wait. Forget Journey. Did Chase just say “life ends and death comes, but don’t stop believing?” Yes, he did. So then Tony does get killed!

But no, that can’t be right. Chase also says “either it ends here for Tony or some other time.” So I guess he doesn’t die?

Then again, in this very same interview, Chase says, “when it’s over, I think you’re probably always blindsided by it. That’s all I can say.” So I guess that means yes, Tony dies. Unless Chase is talking about the show being over, in which case it is dead, but not necessarily Tony. Unless Chase means both Tony’s life and the show are over.

Dammit! Now I’m more confused than ever. The only thing I really know is that Chase thinks we should all live our lives according to the Gospel of Journey. Which is weird.

Ugh.

Read the entire discussion of the final scene here. It’s pretty good, even if Chase won’t say that my theory is correct and Tony is in fact dead.

 

Let the ‘Key & Peele’ Valets Get You All Caught Up on ‘Game of Thrones’

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Well, caught up on the deaths, anyway...

In case this crucial fact has somehow eluded you, Season 5 of Game of Thrones premiers this Sunday, April 12. However, if for some reason (coma?) you’re not all caught up on the goings on in Westeros, you don’t have to go to your local video store and rent the DVDs in order to get all caught up. (Which is good, because there are no more video stores. How long did you say you were in that coma?) You just need to watch this two and a half minute Key & Peele valets sketch.

If you’re not familiar with the valets, basically, they’re a couple of exuberant young African American gentlemen who have lively and enthusiastic conversations about movies in a comical vernacular. If you are familiar with the valets, then you know sketch in which they recap all the Game of Thrones deaths is going to be fantastic.

Either way, you’re going to enjoy it. Though, to be serious for a moment, you probably don’t want to watch the video if you haven’t watched seasons 1-4. It might spoil a few things.

 

17 New Episodes of ‘Arrested Development’ in the Works?

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Executive Producer Brian Glazer says yes...

In case you forgot, the fourth season of Arrested Development, which hit Netflix back in 2013, ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. It wasn’t a Sopranos cliffhanger, or even a Breaking Bad cliffhanger. But it was a cliffhanger nonetheless, and it suggested the show’s brain trust had a plan for future episodes.

And yet, since then we’ve heard next to nothing about a fifth season…until now.

This week sports writer Bill Simmons released a new pod cast this week featuring an interview with producer Brian Glazer. And in this interview, when Simmons brings up Arrested Developement, Glazer just casually mentions that, oh yeah, we’re doing 17 new episodes of that.

Honestly, the announcement is so out of the blue that it’s hard to tell if Glazer is actually being serious…which is probably why Simmons doesn’t even react to the news. (The salient part of the interview begins at the 24-minute mark, in case the video above isn’t cued up properly.)

So is this thing for real? Netflix gave Variety a big fat “no comment,” while 20th Century Fox TV said they have “nothing firm” to report.

I guess that means we’ll have to wait and see.

Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig to Star in…a Lifetime Original Movie?

"A Deadly Adoption"

When I first saw this little news blurb out of the corner of my eye yesterday afternoon, I assumed it was an April fools joke. However, as it turns out, this is 100% real. Comedy superstars Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig are taking their talents to basic cable to make a Lifetime original movie. In fact, they’ve already taken their talents to basic cable. The project is in the can.

The flick is called Deadly Adoption, and it’s a campy psychological thriller, a so-called “wink at the genre” in celebration of Lifetime’s 25th anniversary. Ferrell and Wiig play a happily married couple who bring a pregnant Jessica Lowndes into their home in hopes of atopting her unborn child. But of course, someone will turn out to be not who they seem and…yada yada yada.

This is clearly Lifetime’s attempt to go meta and parody themselves like SciFi did with the Sharknado franchise. And really, who better to parody a Lifetime movie than Will Ferrell and Kristen Wigg?

Okay fine, Nic Cage. But Ferrell is definitely my number two.

Deadly Adoption is expected to debut sometime in the early summer. Check your local listings. 

[via THR]

NBC Orders 13-Episodes of ‘Coach,’ Which Has Been Off the Air for 18 Years

What's next? Wings?

It’s been a good week for 1990s TV shows. First Fox brought The X-Files back from the dead. Now NBC is reviving Coach, the classic Craig T. Nelson sitcom about a gruff college football coach who’s surrounded by bumbling idiots in his professional life and touchy-feely women in his personal life.

The show originally aired on ABC from 1989 to 1997. However, NBC is apparently pleased with Nelson’s recent work on Parenthood and convinced by Modern Family that grumpy 90s sitcom dads can have a second life in the new millenium. So they outbid the other three networks—that’s right, they all wanted it—and ordered a 13-episode limited series.

They’re no word yet when new Coach will air, nor whether any other original cast members are on board. But the idea is that an old, long retired Craig T. Nelson returns to the game to serve as as assistant coach…for his own son! Imagine all the hilarity that will ensue!

No, seriously though, Coach was pretty damn funny. Jerry Van Dyke is 83 years old, but if there’s any way they can get him back as Luther, I’m in. That guy was a comedic genius.

[via Deadline]

Fox Is Reviving ‘X-Files’ with Six-Episode Limited Series, So Put on Your Aluminum Foil Conspiracy Theorist Hats

Scully and Mulder Return!

It used to be they just turned old TV shows into movies. But that’s not good enough anymore. Nowadays they’re turning old TV shows into new TV shows with the same cast.

Showtime is doing it with Twin Peaks. NBC is doing it with Heroes. Fox has already done it once with 24: Live Another Day. And now Fox is doing it again with the cult classic X-Files.

The network has officially ordered a six-episode limited series that will reunite David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in their career-defining roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. According to Variety, series creator Chris Carter will helm the project, and he’s approaching it as though the show were merely on a “13-year commercial break.”

Of course, the X-Files franchise hasn’t been completely dormant for the last 13 years. There was an X-Files video game in 2004, and a second movie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, in 2008. But a limited series is welcome news to the show’s hardcore fans, as its success surely would lead to more limited series in the future.

There’s no word yet on when the X-Files will air, but shooting is scheduled to begin this summer, so winter 2016 seems like a safe bet.

In the mean time, stay tuned. The truth is out there.

Sex Box TV Puts Couples in a Box and Orders Them to Boink

Like sex itself, when it comes to Sex Box, WE tv’s new couples therapy reality show, there’s some good parts and some bad parts. I’m speculating really. Bloggers remain faithful to their involuntary oaths of celibacy throughout their lives. This is the price we pay for never seeing the sun.

To answer your first question, yes, couples really do have real sex in a real box in front of a real audience. Hence, you know, Sex Box.

To answer your question about hiding the children, no need, since the Sex Box is vision proof, sound proof, and I believe sprayed with aerosolized roofies to get the party started. Once the couples exit the Sex Box, it’s time to talk to the relationship experts, marriage counselors, and a woman who looks a lot like my nosey neighbor, Mrs. Belford.

The show is supposedly based on the “revolutionary, scientifically proven concept” that the oxytocins and endorphins released into the body after sex make you want to open up and bare your soul for the next 15 minutes. Results may vary, especially among genders, as in up to 30 minutes for women, and generally about ten second for men before they start thinking about more sex.

Something tells me that having sex in a box in front of a bunch of strangers and then sharing your feelings with millions of people on television is probably not the best way to actually solve relationship problems. However, like all reality television, who’s it really hurting other than these dejected sex in a box participants. You’ve got to break a few eggs to make a decent voyeuristic television omelet. Now, where’s that line for the box start and do I need to bring my own partner or will one be provided for me.

You can watch the entire full episode of Sex Box on WE.tv right now. New episodes air Fridays at 10:01 ET. (Seriously. One minute after ten o’clock.)