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cliffhanger

1. An ending of a piece of fiction (e.g., a television episode, chapter of a book, a film, etc.) characterized by a dramatically suspenseful and uncertain end. A good summer book always has a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter so that you never want to put it down! Judging by that movie's cliffhanger, I'd say we'll be seeing a sequel coming out fairly soon.
2. A serial television or film production characterized by such endings. That show is a cliffhanger—the episodes never really have endings.
3. Any contest, competition, or other such situation in which the outcome is suspenseful and uncertain until the very end. The two teams have been neck and neck for the entire second half, and with two minutes left this match has become a real cliffhanger. This election is looking like a cliffhanger, and we won't be able to truly say who's won until all the votes are counted.
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Gary Marenzi, President of Paramount International, commented, ``We are genuinely excited that WIC has joined Paramount and Lions Gate on the CLIFFHANGERS team.
With a star and producing team of this quality, CLIFFHANGERS is positioned to be a signature series for Fox Family and one that will travel well internationally for Lions Gate and Paramount International Television," said Mr.
CLIFFHANGERS is set at an alternative high school for at-risk teens in the mountain wilderness.
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The setting for CLIFFHANGERS is Timberline High School - definitely not the high school your parents went to - where the students are taught `No Risk, No Reward' - translation: You're about to discover just how challenging life can really be.
Filled with action and drama, CLIFFHANGERS is developed with global audiences in mind, offering the kind of high energy excitement that transcends all cultures.
Probably one of the most effective cliffhangers in TV history, the ``Dallas'' episode that aired March 21, 1980, kept an international audience suspended all summer.
Anyway, the usual Grisham shenanigans - rampant malpractice that would get everyone disbarred in the real world, pitched as either justified or despicable depending on whether a nice or a mean lawyer is committing it - get trotted out, while the courtroom cliffhangers fly fast and furious.
And, most important, this is the month of cliffhangers, when series' producers and writers dangle tantalizing story lines in front of our faces - only to continue them next season.
What we do here is also important because the cliffhangers can set the stage for a quick start for shows in the upcoming fall season.
The nation was on tenterhooks back in 1981 for the original soap cliffhanger.