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The Fayetteville Observer, N.C., Jessica Banov column

May 2, 2013



Last week, NBC announced renewals of several shows. (More on that in a bit.) But one show that was glaringly absent is this one. To which I shout at NBC, "Seriously?!" This sweet show most certainly should be renewed, especially with "The Office" going off the air and the likely demise of "Community." While I wait for NBC to make up its mind, I'll enjoy this finale, which caps a season of romance, unexpected relationships and some pretty hilarious commentary on government. Leslie (Amy Poehler) has finished her first year as a city council member, and while that fulfills her long-held dream, she realizes there is more to do with her life. Could a family with Ben be on the way? April (Aubrey Plaza) finally seems to be growing up, and, according to NBC, she'll "get some life-changing news." Interpret as you wish. 9:30 p.m. NBC


The Huffington Post put it best last Friday: Can we stop worrying about Pam and Jim? After a season where our favorite office couple's relationship kept declining -- they even sent themselves to couple's therapy -- it seemed last week that those crazy kids are going to be OK. The final scene with Pam and Jim simply hugging, no clinging to each other, was one of my favorites this season. As we tick to the series finale, we'll have an hour-long episode that starts setting up how the Dunder-Mifflin folks will carry on when the cameras stop. 8:30 p.m. NBC


"Two and a Half Men" will be back next season, CBS announced, but reports indicate that Angus Jones (aka "The Half") will not be back as a regular. This isn't a surprise, given his January outburst about the show. 8:30 p.m. CBS

Remember the possible spin-off of "The Vampire Diaries" that was introduced last week? "The Originals" was a success, and the CW announced it will become a full-fledged show. The CW also renewed "Beauty and the Beast" and "Hart of Dixie."

About NBC: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Chicago Fire," "Parenthood," "Revolution" and "Grimm " will be back.


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