Weekend TV: 'Fringe' finale, 'Ripper Street'
Posted January 17, 2013
Fringe | Fox, Friday, 8 ET/PT
Let's look on the bright side. There were times when it seemed doubtful Fringe would make it to 10 episodes, let alone 100 - so while it is sad to see this superlative, emotionally charged sci-fi series end just as it hits that mark, viewers also have plenty of reasons to be both happy and grateful. Keep that in mind as we say goodbye to the show's sterling ensemble, led by Joshua Jackson, John Noble and Anna Torv and including Lance Reddick, Blair Brown and Jasika Nicole. Let's hope for a happy goodbye, and maybe even one that leaves the door open for some kind of down-the-road return, though the latter may be hoping for a bit too much.
Ripper Street | BBC America, Saturday, 9 ET/PT
BBC America premieres this entertaining, if not exactly essential, crime-show import starring Matthew Macfadyen as a detective in Victorian London who's haunted, personally and professionally, by his failure to catch Jack the Ripper. The Ripper is now gone, but criminals still stalk the streets where he once worked, and Macfadyen's Inspector Reid has all kind of newfangled, proto-procedural-show ideas about how to catch them.
Hawaii Five-0 | CBS, Sunday, 10 ET/PT (after football)
Speaking of crime shows, or maybe just TV crimes, someone at CBS is apparently convinced that Hawaii Five-0 is just a push away from hit status. First the network plugged the show with Monday's live vote-for-the-ending special; now it's giving it the prime spot behind the AFC Championship Game. While no network is better at creating hits than CBS, one does wish it would pick a show that was more worth the effort.
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