Television This Week

Masterpiece Theater  -  Sundays at 9 on PBS. Sherlock concludes with "The Reichenbach Fall." I'm curious to see what Andrew Scott will do with the character of Moriarty and where this episode will leave us. The first season ended with a cliffhanger, so I expect that we may see something similar this year.

The Simpsons  -  Sundays at 8 on Fox. The season finale of the animated classic which guest stars Lady Gaga.

House  -  Mondays at 9 on Fox. After a one hour look back at the show's eight seasons, the Hugh Laurie starring series ends its run. I'll be honest, I'm one of those people who loved the show, but feel like it hasn't been as fresh as it used to be. Honestly I haven't watched this season, so I am hoping that it's had a good run up to the finale (which I will watch). There are plenty of reasons why the show isn't what it used to be, but a long-running very talky series with an unlikeable lead character who quite frankly is happy to be hated is a rarity. People always bring up how House is based off of Sherlock Holmes, but I occasionally think of Hickey from Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh." It's a poor comparison for a lot of reasons, but the fervor with which Hickey early in the play is trying to convince people to abandon their illusions reminds me of House and how he believes that everyone is lying and what's important is to get at the truth. The truth may save people's lives, but it doesn't necessarily help them. Still, Laurie was never short of brilliant. He showed depths as a dramatic actor that I didn't know he was capable of and his skill as a comedic actor really transformed a character who could have been much less fun to watch and much less interesting in the hands of an actor who was more interested in making the character more dramatic. The show's promos may have emphasized the strange medical cases that entered Princeton-Plainsboro hospital each week, but it was House's wisecracks, pantomimes and funny asides that kept us watching each week.

Admittedly, I'm biased. I'm more likely to be House than probably any of other character on television.

Don't Trust the B– in Apt. 23  -  Wednesdays at 9:30 on ABC. I've been enjoying this show and looking forward to what they do next season.

Revenge  -  Wednesdays at 10 on ABC. I have a feeling that not everyone will survive this season finale...

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