TVision: Chris Rock series nears conclusion

Monday, April 20, 2009 at 1:00am

'Everybody Hates Chris,' the sit-com loosely based on comedian Chris Rock's life growing up in the '80s, might call it a day after the May 8 season finale.

Like his former HBO program and acerbic comedy films, Chris Rock’s executive-produced CW series Everybody Hates Chris has been alternately edgy, uneven, brilliant, exasperating, and eventful over its four-year tenure.

The show has mirrored Rock’s life growing up in New York City during the ‘80s, and while it’s never been a big ratings winner, it has earned a Peabody award and critical praise.

Now it looks as the though the end is near for Everybody Hates Chris. The May 8 season finale at 7 p.m. on CW-58 features Chris (James Williams) ready to drop out of high school as a sophomore to pursue a career as a stand-up comic. Since that’s exactly what happened with the real Chris Rock, it seems the ideal time to end the show.

Plus, Everybody Hates Chris now has enough episodes for syndication, and even if the CW hasn’t yet announced its fate. And even Rock admitted to <i>TV Guide</i> that making the finale the end of the series might not be a bad way to go.

Rock told TV Guide in its April 13th issue that “[Making the finale the end of the series] might not be a bad way to go.”

The finale ends with the character of Chris completing a high-school equivalency exam before the last scene, but the results won’t be shown, giving producers room to maneuver if the CW does decide to bring the show back at the last moment.

Still, with Williams now 16 and making plans to enter film school, it probably makes good sense for Everybody Hates Chris to call it a day.

‘Chuck’ has uncertain future

The news doesn’t look very promising for another season of NBC’s espionage comedy/drama Chuck.

Ratings continue to dip, and while the show remains quite entertaining and enjoyable, it’s not coming close to being a contender in terms of audience support on Monday night.

Add to the mix the limited number of available prime-time slots on the network for the fall season and it’s pretty likely that the 7 p.m. April 27 finale on WSMV-4 will be a series-ending episode.

But at least two things will be resolved in that program. The first concerns the marriage of Chuck’s sister Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb (Ryan McPartlin). The second will be the fallout from the discovery of Chuck’s (Zachary Levi) secret life as a spy, thanks to wedding crasher Chevy Chase.

Whether Chuck will ever get the Intersect out of his head or be able to pursue a real relationship with Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) are other questions that may or may not be addressed in this episode.

No “Moonlight’ revival

In response to a few e-mails from curious and disappointed viewers, there do not seem to be any plans for a revival of the vampire series Moonlight or an updated film at the present.

There was some discussion for several months last year about the possibility of the Sci-Fi channel either reviving the former CBS show or doing a two-hour movie, but for now it seems fans must be content watching the reruns at 8 p.m. Friday.

But the cable/satellite powers should know there is a sizable and loyal audience out there who would embrace a new Moonlight film or series, assuming it was well done and retained the original show’s cast and sensibility