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    Sorry for the double post. Tonight starts the final 4. I wonder what's going to happen.
    Hurley: (holding up a Jesus statue) I don't know. I thought there might be a prowler or something.
    Mrs. Reyes: (grabbing the statue) Jesus Christ is not a weapon! - LOST "There's No Place Like Home Pt. 1

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    Hard not to double post when there are so few posters for this show!
    Really looking forward to these last few shows, but apparently we are among the few and the dedicated!
    I'm not so sure this new asst. DA is a happy ending for Clark--she seemed nice, and sane, and therefore a nice change from some of his earlier relationships, but then daddy enters the scene, and whoa, baby, she flips out. Not that you can't see why, but doesn't look like a happily ever after to me--she's got major issues going.

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    PWS did you see the ad for next week's show?? I knew it.
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    it looks like Clark is going to get shot. Maybe the show will end with a wedding for Greg and Bridgette. That would be a nice way to end it but something tells me it won't be so nice. Someone's going to die. I just know it.
    Tonight's show was so good. I didn't like that military guy that was assigned to Clark. The guy that played the restaurant manager looked a little familiar to me. Can't think of where I've seen him, though.
    Hurley: (holding up a Jesus statue) I don't know. I thought there might be a prowler or something.
    Mrs. Reyes: (grabbing the statue) Jesus Christ is not a weapon! - LOST "There's No Place Like Home Pt. 1

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    'NYPD Blue' Ending After 12 Years
    By LYNN ELBER
    AP Television Writer

    LOS ANGELES - Sure, the nudity was startling. But the proof that "NYPD Blue" would be a bold and unsettling new force on TV was police Detective Andy Sipowicz's snarled insult.
    "Ipso this, you pissy little -----," he told an attorney spouting legalisms at him in the 1993 debut episode, emphasizing the b-word with a crotch-grabbing gesture.

    "NYPD Blue" - which ends its 12-year run 10 p.m. EST March 1 - had no intention of being polite. Building on creator Steven Bochco's "Hill Street Blues," it was an in-your-face saga of cops whose lives were as troubled as the streets they protected.

    The new drama went a step - a leap - beyond with frank sexuality that included bare skin and an emotionally raw, adult approach to life's complexities: Alcoholism, racism and more were part of the caseload along with crime.

    As the show nears its end, it's clear "NYPD Blue" was able to shift boundary lines but not obliterate them. Another flash of skin - from Miss Super Bowl, Janet Jackson - has networks cowering under threat of federal indecency fines.

    "We all thought television would stay shook up" after the success of "NYPD Blue," Bochco said. But in readying the new series "Blind Justice," which debuts March 8, he's become acutely aware it hasn't.

    "Same time slot, same genre, same attention to grittiness and detail, and yet the battles I'm fighting with broadcast standards are totally retro, if you will," Bochco told The Associated Press.

    While the social impact of "NYPD Blue" may be in question, its legacy as one of TV's outstanding dramas is secure.

    With intense co-creator David Milch ("Deadwood") crafting scripts, "NYPD Blue" bored into the men and women of New York's 15th Precinct, especially Sipowicz. He was etched with brutish grace by Dennis Franz as the detective evolved from tortured soul to self-acceptance and became, as Bochco says, the heart of the series.

    The flesh and blue language initially frightened off major advertisers and some ABC affiliates, who refused to air it. But viewers decided - surprise, surprise - that dramatic excellence counted for something and helped "NYPD Blue" trump timidity.

    Landing in Nielsen's top 20 at the end of its first year, the program earned a best-actor Emmy for Franz for the first season and won a best drama series Emmy for the second.

    Bochco wanted "to tell adult stories to adults in an adult manner," said Franz. "He wanted more tools to tell them with and asked for those liberties to be given him by ABC. They took a chance on us and it paid off."

    With the initial shock worn off, the show settled comfortably into its long run. (Milch left after seven seasons.) For its final season, it's ranked 49th in the ratings and is averaging 9.7 million viewers weekly - about half of its peak audience.

    The buzz it generated through the years (besides conjecture on the tush-of-the-week) involved cast changes: David Caruso bolting to seek elusive movie stardom (and ending up back in another crime drama, "CSI: Miami") and the ensuing parade of partners for Sipowicz.

    Jimmy Smits was on board from 1994 to '98, then received a protracted, 24-hanky send-off when his character became fatally ill. (Smits made a recent ghostly comeback to help a troubled Sipowicz.)

    Two one-time kid actors joined the squad, with Rick Schroder ("Silver Spoons") followed by Mark-Paul Gosselaar ("Saved by the Bell"). "NYPD Blue" was so sturdy it absorbed the oddball casting and gave the newcomers a chance to shine.

    Besides Franz, Gordon Clapp was the only other featured cast member on hand from the beginning, providing a welcome sense of continuity as schlubby Detective Greg Medavoy.

    Compelling in their blemished individuality, the detectives stood for something larger.

    "What I thought we always focused on was fleshing out the men and women who do police work for a living as having vulnerabilities, having flaws, having home lives, having losses, tragedies," Franz said. "I also think we paid respects to the difficulty of police work and the effects the job can have on individuals," he said.

    In the season so far, Sipowicz has assessed his life at midpoint and reluctantly made the jump up to sergeant and a desk job.

    Is that where his journey, and the show, ends?

    Bochco said "NYPD Blue" will conclude without a bang, and he means that literally: A contrived and melodramatic finale was quickly ruled out.

    "You don't want a bomb to go off in the building," he said. "What we finally settled on was to try to end this show in a way that implies that the life of the precinct doesn't end. It's just that you don't get to visit it every week."

    Franz, 60, is ready to try something new, maybe even a movie comedy. "I spent all my 50s here. I'm the most appreciative guy on earth for this opportunity. It was wonderful, but it's time to move on now."

    As for the series' ultimate impact, Bochco suggests it may have helped fuel the backlash against changing cultural standards. The reaction was building, he said, with the 2004 Super Bowl just the tipping point.

    "That said, in the long view, you just can't put the genie back in the bottle," he said. "It's not going to happen, notwithstanding the fact that broadcast television in these days has become an extremely conservative and frightened medium."

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    So it looks like There won't be a tragedy for the finale. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
    Hurley: (holding up a Jesus statue) I don't know. I thought there might be a prowler or something.
    Mrs. Reyes: (grabbing the statue) Jesus Christ is not a weapon! - LOST "There's No Place Like Home Pt. 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by nilesgirl
    PWS did you see the ad for next week's show?? I knew it.
    Click to see Spoiler:
    it looks like Clark is going to get shot. Maybe the show will end with a wedding for Greg and Bridgette. That would be a nice way to end it but something tells me it won't be so nice. Someone's going to die. I just know it.
    Tonight's show was so good. I didn't like that military guy that was assigned to Clark. The guy that played the restaurant manager looked a little familiar to me. Can't think of where I've seen him, though.
    I'm temporarily west coast time...keep forgetting not to look at the board for today's shows!

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    Well, I was wrong anyway. Last week, it wasn't Clark but Bale that was shot. You know who I just saw? They temporarily brought in a new boss while Bale is out of commission and he's played by Sam McMurray (Or whatever his last name is) of King of Queens fame (at least, I think it was him) If your'e wondering who that is, he played Supervisor O'Boyle on King of Queens.
    Hurley: (holding up a Jesus statue) I don't know. I thought there might be a prowler or something.
    Mrs. Reyes: (grabbing the statue) Jesus Christ is not a weapon! - LOST "There's No Place Like Home Pt. 1

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    Holy crap, here we are on the last night that this show will ever air an original episode again.

    Wow.

    I've watched every episode (often taped and played on weekends) and I've grown to think of these characters like people in my life.

    One of my dogs was just a puppy when this show first hit the airwaves, and she's 11.5 years old now, still kicking but getting old and slow.

    Having this end is a bummer, 'cause it's been such a predictable part of my life. It also reminds me that my pal Powder's days are numbered, too.

    Aw, crap. Sometimes change is sad.

    But anyway, there's more to life than this TV show and I will be fine! I'll get right over it. But it's been great while it lasted!

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    I was very disappointed last night. The special before the show was very nice. When they showed Bobby's death, I bawled again. I didn't know that Andy's first wife (Sharon Lawrence) was killed. I must've missed that epi. Anyway the only thing that shocked me about the special was there was no Charlotte Ross. She wasn't there to talk about her experience and they didn't even talk about her. It's like they wanted to pretend it never happened. I mean come on.
    Anyway the show itself was a major disappointment. It's the last show ever, people. They at least could've given us something spectacular to end with. Instead they ended it just like it was any other episode. I half expected to hear Franz's voice over saying "On the next NYPD Blue". Any first timers coming in that didn't know that this was the series finale never would've known it from the way the epi ended. Big disappointment.
    Hurley: (holding up a Jesus statue) I don't know. I thought there might be a prowler or something.
    Mrs. Reyes: (grabbing the statue) Jesus Christ is not a weapon! - LOST "There's No Place Like Home Pt. 1

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    I've read several times that Charlotte Ross (Connie, Andy's "wife") had a baby and did not want to participate at all in the finale or the final season. I heard that they, and "Andy" were very disappointed as it really limited Andy to work situations, but they couldn't persuade her to do even a cameo or two. I don't know if they tried to get her to do an interview or not.
    I actually liked the ending (also that no one died! I was afraid Greg was going to get shot on his last day). You see Andy moving on to the next phase of his life, new guys coming in to replace him and Greg in the squad, etc. Life goes on....in keeping with the reality based aspects of the show.

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