In a time when TV is thriving and ideas are popping up left and right, the possibility for a show to be cut short gets higher and higher. Many shows that seem like they could be hits — and aren’t — oftentimes get cancelled after that first trial season, leaving a sour taste in our mouths knowing that there was more story to tell.
Luckily, also due to the fact that we’re in this Golden Age of television, we get incredible shows that see their stories out until the intended end. But no matter the type, what does it mean to end a show? Whether it be a cancellation, an intended end or even a sneaky end like “Penny Dreadful,” how do those endings work and how are they received? What if, out of nowhere, we found out that last night’s “Game of Thrones” was the last episode ever? (TV fans might never recover.)
In their latest episode, Very Good TV Podcast digs deep into the many sides of that big question, trying to answer: What does it mean to end a show? Discussing many endings old and new, IndieWire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers touch on that recent surprise with “Penny Dreadful,” fragile shows that prepared for cancellation with “happy endings” at every season finale and the infamous ending of “The Sopran–
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