For current popular shows, what’s the end game? (TV commentary)

By their very nature, some shows have end games and some don’t. A show about families and relationships, like “Parenthood,” simply looks for a grace note (and it found a good one in its series finale in January); it’s not as if it can end with everyone’s life in a state of perpetual perfection. At the other end of the spectrum, a murder mystery like last fall’s “Gracepoint” has a strictly defined finish line: “Who killed Danny Solano?”

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First episode impressions: ‘The Last Man on Earth’ (TV review)

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It would be awesome to be the last man on Earth, and the first of the two half-hour premiere episodes of “The Last Man on Earth” (8 p.m. Central Sundays on Fox) demonstrate why. Phil Miller (Will Forte) “bowls” by releasing a flatbed truck’s worth of bowling balls toward a bunch of fish tanks in a parking lot. He wipes his mouth on the Declaration of Independence. And his biggest project each day is seeing how high he can stack Jenga blocks.

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