Dave on Demand: It's a wrap for 'Private Practice' and 'Fringe'

Addison Montgomery , played by Kate Walsh, marries Jake Reilly (Benjamin Bratt) in the finale of "Private Practice." RON TOM / ABC
Addison Montgomery , played by Kate Walsh, marries Jake Reilly (Benjamin Bratt) in the finale of "Private Practice." RON TOM / ABC
Posted: January 27, 2013

Never can say goodbye. I always get so sentimental watching the grand finales of TV series. Maybe because they use everything but grappling hooks to tug on your heartstrings.

This week, we bid a dewy adieu to so many shows there are still tear stains on my Superman Snuggie.

On Private Practice, we got not one but two weddings. Ah, Addison, happy at last. And just about every other possible couple on the show pledged their undying love. This was the Noah's Ark of romantic finales.

On the surprisingly emotional capstone to Fringe, Walter sacrificed his own life that humanity might live. For dessert, Peter and Olivia were reunited with their young daughter in that pastoral Eden. So what happened to Nina? Hey, you can't tie up every single strand, even in a two-hour episode.

The hardest one to watch was Parenthood, because the fate of the show is uncertain. This may well have been the final episode. It certainly played like one, with the Bravermans all gathering for Victor's adoption, Amber and Ryan shopping for wedding rings, and the incredibly alabaster Adam and Kristina on a beach in Hawaii.

The series I am most upset about losing, 30 Rock, doesn't end until next week. But the just-aired penultimate episode was more satisfying than most shows' finales.

Kenneth the page was appointed the new president of NBC (I hope he doesn't cancel Parenthood), and Liz, meeting her adopted twins for the first time, realizes they are tiny clones of Tracy and Jenna.

How is 30 Rock going to top that? I wish I weren't about to find out.

Dirty pool. ABC has just renamed its bizarre Celebrity Diving series Splash. Incredibly, it did not change the premise: a crazily random group of C-listers jump into a pool off a 10-meter board. Look out below!

It's the . . . um, talent portion of this spectacle I find amusing. Just as a test, see how many of the cast members you can match with their claims to fame. (Answers below)

1. Louie Anderson

2. Drake Bell

3. Chuy Bravo

4. Nicole Eggert

5. Keshia Knight Pulliam

6. Ndamukong Suh

7. Katherine Webb

8. Kendra


A. Scott Baio's ward on Charles in Charge

B. The dirtiest player in the NFL?

C. Corpulent '80s comedian

D. The apple of Brent Musburger's eye

E. Chelsea Handler's sidekick

F. Nine-time Kids' Choice Award winner

G. Playboy Playmate with braying laugh  

H. The Huxtables' baby

Answers: 1C; 2F; 3E; 4A; 5H; 6B; 7D; 8G

In front of the scenes. The Office may be in its ninth and final lap, but the comedy still has a few tricks up its sleeve.

Since its inception, the show has posed as a workplace documentary. (Michael Scott's vanity in playing to the camera was the funniest part of The Office).

But this week, for the first time, we got a glance at the camera crew that has been chronicling the Dunder Mifflin cubicle creatures for so long.

After a very frustrating day, Pam, alone in the office, begins weeping. An off-camera voice solicitously asks, "Hey, you OK?" And Brian, a bearded man holding a boom mike, walks into the frame to comfort her.

And just like that, the impenetrable fourth wall on The Office collapsed.

Trivia bonus: The actor playing Brian was Chris Diamantopoulos, a veteran of 24 who was almost unrecognizable in the recent Three Stooges remake as Moe.

A paucity of humor. This week, ABC pulled Don't Trust the B- in Apt. 23. OK, the only thing vaguely funny about the show was James Van Der Beek playing himself as a narcissistic actor still trading on his Dawson's Creek reputation. If you're going to be a one-joke sitcom, you could do a lot worse.

Contact David Hiltbrand at 215-854-4552, dhiltbrand@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @daveondemand_tv.

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