I’ll miss you … you rotten bastard!

If you're a fan of FX's cop drama "The Shield" you're probably still reeling from the series finale last night.

Blood was shed and lives were shattered in the typically tense, shocking, entertaining fashion "The Shield" has established over the past seven seasons.

Personally, I'll miss that sick, rotten, twisted bastard Vic Mackey.  I don't think I've ever rooted so much for a bad guy.

I won't play spoiler here for those of you who haven't had a chance to see the series finale, but I will say that the end was satisfying and beat the empty way "The Sopranos" was put to bed.

There was no sudden fade to black in last night's episode of "The Shield."

But could the show have ended differently?  Of course it could have. And TV Guide offers inspiration for how things could have played out.

I was surprised to read today at TVGuide.com (http://www.tvguide.com/News/Shield-Shawn-Ryan-1000235.aspx?rss=breakingnews&partnerid=imdb&profileid=01) that the creator of "The Shield," Shawn Ryan, is developing a sitcom for Fox.  I can't imagine that the mind behind one of the most brutal, dark dramas in television history is going to turn around and play it for laughs for one of the major networks, but it looks like that's exactly what's in the works.

So forget a Scooby-Doo or a "Thelma & Louise" ending for "The Shield," what we need is a sitcom sendoff for Mackey and Friends.

Ryan should have tapped his surprising secret passion for sitcoms and taken a page out of the book from "Newhart."

If Bob Newhart could wake up back in "The Bob Newhart Show" to discover that "Newhart" was all just a bad dream why couldn't Michael Chiklis wake up as his former soft, fuzzy and pudgy self in "The Commish" and realize his time on "The Shield" was just a horrible nightmare?

I guess we'll all just have to wait and see what a Shawn Ryan sitcom will look like when "Millionaires' Club" debuts on Fox one of these days.  It should be interesting and hopefully it'll be as twisted, entertaining and memorable as "The Shield."


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