If there's one sad thing about the beginning of Summer, it's that a ton of TV shows go on break until Fall. Where did your favorite show leave off? We've rounded up the most shocking twists, turns, and cliffhangers from this year's series finales, so check out the gallery and find out what happened.
Ever since the news dropped that Boy Meets World would be getting a spin-off, I've been excited — and now there's even more good news, because the show has just been given a series pickup. If you want to get a peek at the show, we have that too — cast members of Girl Meets World have been busy at work, and the best part is that they're letting us in on the action. Check out fun photos of returning stars like Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel (who you can also see in POPSUGAR's Girl's Guide), as well as their young new counterparts!
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's offbeat comedy series, Portlandia, is a veritable cult hit, and last week, IFC renewed it for two more seasons. In case you've missed the first three seasons (the fourth won't start up until early 2014), take a look through our guide to Armisen and Brownstein's unique characters. The two leads play a lot of people, so these are just the recurring ones that will hopefully be popping up in the coming seasons as well. Watch clips of bohemian couple Peter and Nance and feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace, or if you've already been introduced, let me know who your favorite pair is!
Who is Bob Benson? The overly enthusiastic accounts guy, played by James Wolk, has replaced Don Draper as the most mysterious character on Mad Men this season. In fact, the most recent Bob revelations have us convinced that he may even be the new Don Draper. When Pete has Duck investigate Bob's past, he finds out that he's fabricated it — which obviously makes Pete (and us) recall Don's Dick Whitman/Don Draper switcheroo. This comes after a season of suspicion, including his pass at Pete on last week's episode, and Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson)'s recent interview when she told us, "If you think we've answered it, I don't know if we have. It may change." Interesting.
When addressing the character a couple weeks ago, show creator Matthew Weiner told The Wrap, "He's definitely a liar. I hope that you caught that." We did! Here are eight possible explanations for the character who seems like he was written for Internet conspiracy theorists. Just keep reading.
Has Supernatural or The Vampire Diaries been on your to-watch list for years? No matter how dedicated a TV viewer you are, it's easy to let a few shows slip through the cracks. That's why Summer is the best time to boot up the laptop and start crossing titles off your list! We turned to Netflix to see what streaming shows are available that can be started from season one. Check them out so you have something to occupy yourself with until regular TV returns in a few months.
True Blood returned with its season premiere this week, reuniting us with the citizens of Bon Temps and their current drama: the saga of "Billith," a werewolf pack transition, and a new political threat to the vampires. It's fun to see the characters again (and it's always nice to see resident heartthrobs Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Manganiello, and Ryan Kwanten), but after six seasons, True Blood doesn't feel like it has the same bite anymore. All the story lines feel tired, the sex and violence isn't as shocking as it once seemed — and for that matter, there's hardly any sex since Sookie is no longer torn between Bill and Eric. I'm still watching (out of loyalty or curiosity, I'm not quite sure), but I want to know if the once-hot show is still must-see TV for you. Let me know: are you still a fervent watcher of True Blood or have you moved past it?
This week's Mad Men begins with a bang and ends in the fetal position. With only the finale left to go, tensions are high between pretty much everyone at the ad agency. Don is saving/sabotaging his fellow workers, Peggy and Ted are caught in a precarious position, and most importantly, Pete is getting closer to identifying just who the heck Bob Benson is. Still, this episode left me scratching my head even more about why exactly he's at the company.
Meanwhile, Sally — likely suffering from PTSD after witnessing her father's indiscretion — has taken up an interest in boarding school. The initiation process turns out to be one part hazing, two parts cigarette-smoking, and a dash of Glenn! That's right, Glenn's back and he's kind of all grown up. It's totally weird, to be honest. Get my five maddest moments of "The Quality of Mercy" when you read more.
Fox has snagged Geoff Stults (that guy you know from Ben & Kate, The Finder, and a ton of other guest roles) to play big brother to a couple of army underachievers (Parker Young and Chris Lowell) in the new Fall comedy, Enlisted. Filled with brotherly love (and hate), plus a little romance courtesy of a fellow sergeant (Angelique Cabral), the series checks a few sitcom stereotype boxes, but does the show's goofy premise work? Find out why we're partial to the new series, debuting as part of this Fall's new TV lineup.
- What it's about: Pete (Stults) is an ace soldier, but his overconfidence on the battlefield gets him sent back to the States, and stationed at the same Florida military base are his two younger brothers. Randy (Young) can barely contain his excitement to see his oldest brother while Derrick (Lowell) can barely contain his eye rolls.
- Where it works: Stults is solid, but it's Young and Lowell who are the standouts here. Suburgatory audiences know Young as lovable muscle-head Ryan Shay, and his character here is admittedly not much of a departure, but that doesn't make him any less hilarious. Lowell (aka Piz from Veronica Mars!) gets snarky, and his audible grumbles over his brother's return qualify him as Enlisted's curmudgeonly voice of reason.
- Where it doesn't: As Pete attempts to get his bearings straight at his new home, he takes it upon himself to train a group of army misfits. They're a colorful group of characters, but the approach (much like in last season's doomed Go On) falls flat. I would much rather see a focus on the relationship between the siblings, rather than dragging in a handful of unnecessary quirky characters.
- You might like this show if: You're obsessed with the movie Stripes.
- When it's on: Fridays at 9 p.m. on Fox
Watch a preview and see some pictures of Enlisted when you read more
True Blood comes back this weekend, but before it returns, get a preview of season six with a batch of photos from the upcoming season. There are lots of familiar faces, like Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Sookie (Anna Paquin), along with the first look at several new characters. Click through to get acquainted before the season premiere!
As the weather grows warmer, we're catching more stars filming on the sets of new projects. Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, and Sally Field all got together to film scenes for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, while George Clooney continued his work on the upcoming adaptation of The Monuments Men. Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Hunnam both spent time out in LA. Chris was on the set of Cyber, and Charlie continued work on his show Sons of Anarchy. Click through the gallery to see who else was hard at work!