On Sunday, “Enlisted’s” short but sweet (and hilarious) journey will come to an end. The Fox TV show, which was canceled in May, will wrap up its freshman season at 7 p.m. with “Alive Day.”
The episode will find the Hill brothers celebrating Pete’s “one year anniversary of almost dying in Afghanistan, otherwise known as his ‘Alive Day.’” And according to series creator Kevin Biegel, it’s an episode you won’t want to miss.
International Business Times spoke with Biegel at the 2014 ATX Television Festival at the beginning of June, who dished about the tear-jerking structure of the final episode and how the show prepared for it.
“The end of it’s insanely emotional,” Biegel told IBT. “It’s a super funny episode, maybe the funniest one we did.”
According to the creator and EP, the writers decided to pull the Hill brothers to a real place and not do the “fake TV show thing.”
“It’s an optimistic and hopeful ending,” he continued. “But to get there you got to deal with some stuff … [Mike Royce and I] wanted people to feel stuff. We wanted people to laugh and go ‘okay, I’m a little misty’ … but in a good way.”
“Enlisted” was pulled from the network and re-introduced at the beginning of June to air its final few episodes. But those worried about not getting an appropriate ending due to its untimely cancellation shouldn’t fret. The possibility of not getting picked up for a second season is something that Biegel kept in mind when preparing the Season 1 finale.
“That’s a trick I learned from ‘Scrubs’ days,” he revealed of filming a final episode without knowing if you’ve been canceled. Biegel explained “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence taught him to treat every last episode like an ending. “You never know what’s going to happen,” he added.
“We do that on ‘Cougar Town’ and then on this,” Biegel continued of making sure “Enlisted” wrapped up its loose ends. “You never know if we can make more for X amount of reasons. So if people are emotionally invested in the show, give them something that they can watch and go ‘OK, they ended a story in a really cool way and it makes me want to see more.’ I don’t want to say there is a sense of finality but you feel like someone didn’t rip the last page out [of the book].”
The Season 1 finale of “Enlisted” will air on Fox on Sunday, June 22 at 7 p.m. EDT. Will you be watching? Send a tweet to @AmandaTVScoop.