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Felicity Weaves Tale of Two Finales

Articolo apparso il 5 maggio 2002 su Zap2it.com

If the April 24 episode of "Felicity," in which the title character (Keri Russell) and her friends graduate from college, felt like the finale, it's because it almost was.

The show's creators, J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves, got word from The WB that this season would likely be "Felicity's" last. But they didn't know how many episodes the network would order.

"At the beginning of the year we were sort of struggling in the ratings," Reeves tells Zap2it. "One of the things [The WB] was hedging their bets about was whether they'd pick up the full season."

A full season for a TV series usually means 22 episodes. But because The WB wanted to try out midseason replacement "Glory Days" in "Felicity's" 9 p.m. Wednesday timeslot, the netlet held back on deciding whether to order the full season or just 17 episodes.

"We didn't want to risk the chance that we'd only have 17 and be planning for [episode] 22 to be the graduation episode," Reeves says. "We finally decided that we'd do one ... so no matter what [the characters] will graduate. We felt that was very important."

"Glory Days" ended up drawing a smaller audience than "Felicity," so The WB gave the go-ahead for a full season. But because "Felicity's" creative team had already planned for a graduation episode at No. 17, they decided to go off on a tangent.

"It's sort of a lark," Reeves says of the final episodes, in which a spell cast by Meghan (Amanda Foreman) sends Felicity back to the beginning of the year, where she decides to dump boyfriend Ben (Scott Speedman) to be with the other leg of her love triangle, Noel (Scott Foley).

"We [decided] we would just go up and do, basically, another version of the show," Reeve says. "It's essentially the show, but sort of a what-if scenario."

"Felicity" concludes with a two-hour episode (counted as two shows in the world of network accounting) at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, May 22.

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