*this article contains spoilers for the 800 Words finale that aired tonight. So read with caution*
Promos… Previews… Sneak Peeks… whatever you want to call them..
So there was once a show I absolutely loved, but fell slightly out of love with, through no fault of its own. Okay the show was partly to blame.
The blame mostly goes to television networks in general and their reliance of always showing final scenes of episodes in a promo. This is not a new thing, it has happened for years and years.
A number of years ago the now infamous ER Episode “Such Sweet Sorrow” aired. This was the episode that saw the departure of its original cast member Julianna Margulies. When she was leaving, one of the questions that were asked by the viewers was, would her character get her happy ending with Doug Ross (played by George Clooney)? (Spoiler alert: she does.)
The reason I mention this is, when Sherry Stringfield, another original ER cast member, first left the show, the network was able to promote the ending of her final episode. But when Julianna’s final regular episode aired, the network could not do this due to the ER producers keeping George’s cameo a secret from NBC until the night before the episode aired. So unknown to the promo department, Carol got her happy ending with Doug and for once it wasn’t spoiled by the promos. At the time, it was considered a masterstroke of how to keep a surprise in tact.
Fast forward to the present and here we have the 800 Words finale.