Let’s talk about that wild ‘Westworld’ finale and why I never got around to blogging it.

The Westworld finale, right? I’ll be honest, I had a complicated relationship with the series this season: I loved it until I grew bored with it, and even a little disappointed in it, but the finale was impressive enough to make me consider rewatching the entire thing. There was a lot going on in last night’s episode so here’s a simple explainer untangling all of the many plotlines. (LINK FIXED!)

I had plans to blog Westworld, and it totally got away from me. A big part of the reason why the recap never happened is that despite being a little bored and disappointed in it, I knew that there was a lot going on and it deserved to be obsessed over — and I wasn’t obsessed.  Still! It won’t be back until some time in 2018 (!!!) so maybe I have time to go back and do it properly? In the meantime, Lord Castleton over at Pajiba.com goes deep into all the online stuff that Westworld did for the finale that you might have missed. It’s fun.

Here’s a really interesting theory about what Delos is REALLY up to, and I dig it:

Ed Harris was as confused as his character about the center of the maze on Westworld. “‘What is this sh–? What is going on here?’ Yeah. I gotta tell you, I’m still not quite clear on what the maze was supposed to have represented. But the fact that it didn’t really mean anything, or didn’t exist … I haven’t penetrated that.” LOL

And Jimmi Simpson didn’t know his character’s big twist until the makeup artist asked if she could pluck his eyebrows.

But what if Westworld was a traditional 22-episode network series? “Episode 8: ‘Carnivale.’ A circus comes to Pariah!” I love this.

Jon Stewart is an amazing media critic and I miss him terribly:

Stewart also characterized the difference between CNN and Fox News as the distinction between “weathermen” (CNN, reporting on events as they happen, according to Stewart) and “climate scientists” (Fox News, Stewart argued).

“[Fox News understands] that they have an intention and their entire system is focused on creating a methodology to make that intention resonate and to be able to articulate it explicitly and to place that out there,” he explained. “It’s a brilliant plan. CNN is just like, ‘He tweeted about the flag!’ Zoom. ‘We’re losing our citizenship!’ Zoom. And they’re not paying attention. Fox, though, is standing behind them. They’re an organization that understands how to control weather and climate. Whereas the other one just thinks, ‘Who was that guy who was Trump’s manager? The one that got fired? Hire him.’ The only ones who don’t know that are CNN. CNN are like, ‘We don’t know what happened here?’ It’s like, ‘We threw a ball and you ran after it.’ What do you mean you don’t know what happened? … It’s one of the reasons why Fox anchors are so good at what they do. They’re empowered from the top to express editorial authority. If you watch those shows, you are watching people express to you what they feel is important, where they place emphasis. You are watching people conduct information percussively with amplification and different rhythms. … That’s why [Chris] Wallace was such a great debate moderator, because he’s been trained in the art of editorial authority. The greatest thing that [Roger] Ailes did was he devalued editorial authority from any organization but his own.”

That crossover event The CW pulled off last week helped the ratings for all of their superhero shows, so good for them. But did you know The CW’s first crossover plan involved Smallville and Supernatural? And it wasn’t a terrible idea?

The executive producer of Saved By the Bell is here to crush your heart.

Oh look, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve has decided to recognize that the country has other time zones.

Betty White is not slowing down anytime soon.

Luke Cage has unsurprisingly been renewed for a second season on Netflix and School of Rock has been renewed for a third season on Nickelodeon.

Hey, remember Sense8? Wachowski series on Netflix? About the people who can experience each other’s feelings? If you haven’t watched it, you should, but that’s not the point. The point is, they’ve made a second season, but before that second season is released on May 5, Netflix is releasing a two-hour Christmas special on December 23rd. And now you know.

In other development news:

R.I.P. Alice Drummond, character actress who was in everything.

WATCH THIS

Timeless: Bonnie & Clyde. 9 p.m., NBC

Showtime at the Apollo: Steve Harvey hosts a two-hour special celebrating the classic talent showcase. 7 p.m., Fox

Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night: Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle; Chaka Khan; Teyana Taylor; and Vanessa Williams perform. 8 p.m., VH1

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Annette Bening, Steve Harvey, “The Hamilton Mixtape” Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kate McKinnon, Benjamin Bratt, the Hold Steady, Abe Cunningham The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jason Bateman, Padma Lakshmi, Michael Lewis The Late Late Show with James Corden: Gael García Bernal, Lauren Cohan, John Legend Jimmy Kimmel Live: Katie Maloney, Tom Schwartz Conan: Luke Wilson, Robert Kirkman, Sam Morril The Daily Show: Van Jones Watch What Happens Live: Katie Maloney, Tom Schwartz

MON. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Great Christmas Light Fight
(new)
Conviction
(new — FINALE)
CBS Kevin Can Wait
(new)
Man With a Plan
(new)
2 Broke Girls
(new)
The Big Bang Theory
(repeat)
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
(new)
CW Supergirl
(repeat)
Supergirl
(repeat)
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FOX Showtime at the Apollo
(new)
News/Local
NBC The Voice
(new)
Timeless
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