You might describe this week’s “Top Five” as a special “happy ending” edition – at least as far as items one and five are concerned. And who doesn’t love a happy ending?
1) As happy endings go, you had to love this one: Three words – Landau Eugene Murphy. He’s the dreadlocked crooner from West Virginia who somehow cultivated a talent for crooning in a manner approaching (but not quite equaling) the great Sinatra himself, all while supporting himself and his family by working in a car wash. Well, he can kiss that car wash good-bye now that he’s won this summer’s edition of “America’s Got Talent.” We wish for Mr. Murphy a lifetime of prosperity in the music business.
2) It’s not even an election year: And yet, this week saw the first partisan dust-up of the new young season on “The View” as feisty Elisabeth Hasselbeck grappled with Michael Moore over whether the U.S. should have spared Osama bin Laden’s life in order to put him on trial. Moore said yes and Elisabeth said no. Though we shed no tears over bin Laden’s passing, we happened to appreciate Moore’s argument more than Hasselbeck’s this time.
3) Really? TV without Kate Gosselin and her eight kids? It’s hard to believe that a reality-TV franchise that once generated so much heat wound up saying good-bye so quietly this week. It was “Kate Plus 8,” formerly “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ and possibly the first instance in TV history in which a show got a title change following a divorce. Well, “Kate Plus 8″ had its final show this past Monday on TLC — but we have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of Kate and her eight.
4) Obligatory late-night item: Truth is, no Top Five would be complete without a late-night item, since the midnight hour (or thereabouts) is the most competitive and fruitfully creative time period on TV. This week, we liked this Jimmy Fallon bit, seen on NBC’s “Late Night,” in which Jimmy discovers that men and women are different. Imagine that!
5) “Entourage” says good-bye: And the show did it in style too — ending its eight-season run on HBO with happy endings for all concerned. The upbeat finish was criticized by some who said the good fortune earned by the show’s principal characters was divorced from reality. To that, we say: Duh. This whole show was a fantasy from the get-go — a fantasy with at least a drop of truth. After all, good things do happen to some people — even in Hollywood.
Click here to watch the series finale of “Entourage”: