<p>&quot;Fringe&quot;</p>

"Fringe"

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DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Friday Nights

With 'Community' and 'Fringe' and 'Nikita' is Friday cool again?
[This week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
 
FRIDAY NIGHTS
 
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<p>Andre Braugher of &quot;Last Resort&quot;</p>

Andre Braugher of "Last Resort"

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DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Thursday Nights

The biggest money night of the TV week just gets more competitive
[This week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
 
THURSDAY NIGHTS
 
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<p>Hayden Panettiere of &quot;Nashville&quot;</p>

Hayden Panettiere of "Nashville"

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DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Wednesday Nights

Will 'X Factor' get a Britney Boost? Can 'Nashville' equal 'Revenge'?
[This week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS
 
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<p>Mindy Kaling of &quot;The Mindy Project&quot;</p>

Mindy Kaling of "The Mindy Project"

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DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Tuesday Nights

Six new shows! Three head-to-head-to-head comedy blocks! Chaos!
[This week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
 
TUESDAY NIGHTS
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 131

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 131

Dan and Alan talk 'Awake,' 'Longmire' and start their 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' journey

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!
 
Hope you had a happy and reverential Memorial Day. Now it's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, recorded with a full ocean between us.
 
In this week's podcast, we review A&E's "Longmire," discuss the series finale of NBC's "Awake," talk about Sunday's mighty eventful "Mad Men" and then we begin our summer rewatch of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
 
So that's a lot of ground to cover.
 
[On a side note: If the "Buffy" character who we say at the end of the podcast is never mentioned again happens to be mentioned again in the next episode, no need to tell us. That's the beauty of a rewatch: We'll discover next episode and I'll be sure to apologize profusely. To the character, not the actor.]
 
Anyway... 
 
Here's the breakdown:
"Longmire" (00:01:45 - 00:11:00)
"Awake" finale (00:11:00 - 00:26:15)
Listener Mail (00:26:15 - 00:36:15)
"Mad Men" (00:37:35 - 01:01:20)
"Buffy" Rewatch Part I (01:01:30 - 01:25:10)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

<p>CBS' &quot;Partners&quot;</p>

CBS' "Partners"

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DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Monday Nights

Without 'House' or 'Two and Half Men' how will your Mondays change?
[This week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
 
MONDAY NIGHTS
 
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<p>Kevin Costner of &quot;Hatfields &amp; McCoys&quot;</p>

Kevin Costner of "Hatfields & McCoys"

Credit: History

TV Review: History's 'Hatfields & McCoys'

HitFix
C+
Readers
B+
Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton star in an old-fashioned miniseries
The theory at work in History's three-night, six-hour (including commercials) "Hatfields & McCoys" miniseries is a simple one: Roughly 130-ish years after its bloody roots, most (many? [some?]) Americas are aware that the Hatfield and McCoy families had a long-running feud, but they know nothing at all about the nature and the depths of said feud. 
 
What results is a lengthy litany of grievances and miscommunications that led to a series of deaths and placed the two clans and their names forever in our cultural lexicon. 
 
Produced by Leslie Greif, directed by Kevin Reynolds and written by Ted Mann, "Hatfields & McCoys" is an epic endeavor that manages to be exactly the wrong length for its intentions, which are simultaneously expansive, but limited.
 
As a point-by-point anatomy of a tragedy, "Hatfields & McCoys" barely makes it past its first night before the repeating cycles of violence become monotonous, a regrettable series of actions perpetrated with vengeful sameness by scruffy hill-dwellers who blend into a bearded mass in no time.  Wave after wave of "Then, just when things could have died down, this person stubbornly made things worse and additional chaos ensued" events crash down and at least for a while, all sense of dramatic escalation is lost. [Things go appealingly bonkers on the third night, but nearly all of the second night is half-baked romance and other filler.]
 
With its current duration, though, "Hatfields & McCoys" comes across as way more superficial than it should. The question of why, in 2012, this story requires six hours of primetime real estate is never fully answered. It's a laundry list of unhappy occurence unbound by a grander sense of purpose. If I'm sitting through that much programming, I either need to be consistently entertained throughout or I need to be left with some sort of compelling takeaway. "Hatfields & McCoys" falters in the former and strikes out on the latter.
 
While technically solid, studded with good performances and, as I mentioned, satisfyingly fun in its last segment, "Hatfields & McCoys" is too repetitive and too hollow to fully justify itself. It's "Game of Hillbilly Thrones" only with much lower stakes, which is odd what with it being real and all.
 
The miniseries has been smartly programmed for the end of Memorial Day weekend when scripted competition is sparse. In that context, I can give it a slim recommendation if the subject matter intrigues you. If you set your expectations low, it's an OK diversion, but who sets their standards low when six hours are at stake? [Other than professional TV critics, I mean...]
 
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<p>Emily Van Camp of &quot;Revenge&quot;</p>

Emily Van Camp of "Revenge"

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DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Sunday Nights

How will your Sunday nights this fall be different?
[Over the next six days, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
 
SUNDAY NIGHTS
 
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<p>The McCoys from &quot;Hatfields &amp; McCoys&quot;</p>

The McCoys from "Hatfields & McCoys"

Credit: History

Interview: Producer Leslie Greif talks History's 'Hatfields & McCoys'

TV veteran discusses landing Kevin Costner and shooting in Transylvania
Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton are the big stars featured in the poster for History's "Hatfields & McCoys."
 
The helmer of "Robin Hood: Prince of Tides" and "Waterworld" gets the "A Kevin Reynolds Film" credit.
 
But before any of those names, as the opening titles roll, the three-night miniseries is "A Leslie Greif Production."
 
The story of America's most famous family feud -- all apologies to Richard Dawson -- has been a passion project several decades in the making for Greif, the founder and CEO of Thinkfactory Media.
 
In addition to "Hatfields & McCoys," Thinkfactory is the company behind "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" and Lifetime's "Intimate Portraits," though Greif may be best known as one of the creators of "Walker, Texas Ranger."
 
I chatted with Greif last week about the long journey to bring "Hatfields & McCoys" to the small screen, the power that comes from Kevin Costner attaching himself to your project and why the story of these bickering clans remains potent to this day.
 
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<p>Cat Deeley of &quot;So You Think You Can Dance&quot;</p>

Cat Deeley of "So You Think You Can Dance"

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Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 9 Premiere - Dallas and New York Auditions

Cat Deeley, Nigel Lytho and company are back for another season

This is how I celebrate my first "American Idol"-free Thursday of the spring?

Weird, right?

Thursday (May 24) night is the two-hour season premiere of FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" and, in honor of the season-starter, I'm gonna live-blog this sucker. I don't know if this will be a regular thing. In fact, I have my doubts for a few reasons:

1) I already know I probably won't be able to do next week, so I'm not going to get a Lou Gehrig-style streak going. 

2) I actually like "So You Think You Can Dance," but as a viewer. I'm not sure I feel the same way as a recapper. 

3) I don't know a darned thing about how to critique dancing, so I fear that my commentary will be full of empty words like "bendy" and "ab-tastic."

4) I don't know if anybody cares enough to read.

But for the purposes of the premiere? Let's get some live-blogging action going. And if you want more, read and comment and stuff...

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