<p>Scott Cohen and Hope Davis in the pilot for NBC&#39;s &quot;Allegiance&quot;</p>

Scott Cohen and Hope Davis in the pilot for NBC's "Allegiance"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC's 'Allegiance'

Just because it feels a lot like 'The Americans' doesn't make it bad

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>Katy Perry and the &quot;Simpsons&quot; puppets</p>

Katy Perry and the "Simpsons" puppets

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 11 - HitFix Picks

Sideshow Bob, Bill James and Simon Cowell lead the day's hits and misses

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

We're nearing the end!

Day 11 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed" (mid-Season 21) through "Beware My Cheating Bart" (late-Season 23).

Personally, I was shocked to see at least one or two episodes in this period that I haven't seen, as well as a lot of episodes I haven't seen multiple times, which was almost unheard-of for the first eight or nine days of the Marathon.

But we still have preferences for you. Yup! We're gonna make it through this whole darned Marathon, for which we're unlikely to receive a prize. But we've got commitment. 

[Oh and the episode guest-starring Katy Perry is "The Fight Before Christmas," airing at 7:30 a.m. It was neither good nor bad enough to get mentioned here, but it makes for a good picture.]

Check out our recommendations for Day 10 and chime in with your own favorites...

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<p>&quot;Battle Creek&quot;</p>

"Battle Creek"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: CBS' 'Battle Creek'

We're on to midseason with CBS' new drama from Vince Gilligan and David Shore

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>&quot;That &#39;90s Show&quot;</p>

"That '90s Show"

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 10 - HitFix Picks

'The Simpsons' heads into HD as the Marathon nears the home stretch

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

Day 10 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpsons Mind" (mid-Season 19) through "Stealing First Base" (mid-Season 21).

It's a reasonably good day, both because it starts with a near-classic, but also because mid-morning will see the show transition into HD, which will finally end those conversations about FXX's cropping decisions and whether they've hindered the comedy thus far. 

The shift to HD didn't reinvigorate "The Simpsons" back to its Season 4-ish peak, but it absolutely gave new juice to the storytelling, inspiring the show to take more visual risks -- the couch gags have never been better -- and to add more aesthetic depth. "The Simpsons" always had moments of beautiful animation, but they were usually wedged amidst plainer stuff. Since the HD transition, "The Simpsons" has been a consistently good-looking show.

If you're like a lot of the HitFix staff, you may have already stopped watching by this point, but that's a mistake and we have five episodes you should check out from Day 10. I also wrote up three episodes you can skip.

Check out our recommendations for Day 10 and chime in with your own favorites...

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<p>Eli Manning</p>

Eli Manning

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TV Ratings: CBS leads Thursday as NFL Preseason preemptions rule

All five networks saw their numbers impacted by football

Fast National ratings for Thursday, August 28, 2014.

While it seems likely that "Big Brother" will have led CBS to its usual Thursday wins, NFL Preseason preemptions on all five networks have rendered these numbers almost completely meaningless.

CBS offered exact details for its preemptions, which were 27 percent in the 8 p.m. hour, 23 percent in the 9 p.m. hour and 13 percent in the 10 p.m. hour, while I have a list of overall preemptions for each network that pretty much make these figures moot, top-to-bottom.

On to the entirely inaccurate numbers...

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<p>&quot;Springfield Up&quot;</p>

"Springfield Up"

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 9 - HitFix Picks

'The Simpsons Movie' joins the Marathon, plus five more episodes to watch

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

Day 9 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "Simpson Christmas Stories" (mid-Season 17) through "Funeral for a Fiend" (mid-Season 19). It's a bit truncated in terms of half-hour episodes, because from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. FXX is airing "The Simpsons Movie."

Fortunately, we've got some episodes to recommend and Sepinwall wanted to salute the movie, so you can still dedicate quality time to the Marathon.

And there are some good ones we didn't get to. I love the poetry humor and author cameos in the poorly titled "Moe'N'A Lisa." And I know lots of fans love "24 Minutes," but nobody in our dwindling group of fans wanted to salute it. Feel free to watch, though!

Check out our recommendations for Day 9 and chime in with your own favorites...

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<p>&quot;Jericho&quot;</p>

"Jericho"

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'Jericho' wins HitFix's first Uncanceled Showdown

The finale pit CBS' post-apocalyptic drama against 'Almost Human'

Even though ratings were only tepid after its first resurrection by CBS, "Jericho" has won HitFix's first Uncanceled Showdown as the series fans would most like to see get a second (or, in this case, third) chance on air.

After three weeks of voting, which saw over 900,000 votes cast, "Jericho" had no trouble conquering "Almost Human" in the final round and claiming our crown.

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<p>Adam and Bethany of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Adam and Bethany of "The Amazing Race"

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'Amazing Race' Season 25 cast pictures revealed

The cast was already announced when they left NYC in May

Another day, another CBS reality show cast announcement, as "The Amazing Race" has revealed the 11 teams competing in the upcoming season.

Thursday's (August 28) cast announcement was rather different from CBS' Wednesday unveiling of the latest "Survivor" cast, which includes controversy-inflaming former Major Leaguer John Rocker and former "Amazing Race" veterans Nadiya and Natalie Anderson.

CBS actually announced the 11 "Amazing Race" teams back at the end of May, when a very public starting line in the heart of Times Square required some measure of early transparency lest social media spoil all the secrets ahead of time.

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<p>Halle Berry from &quot;Extant&quot;</p>

Halle Berry from "Extant"

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TV Ratings: 'Dance,' 'Extant' rise while 'Talent' and 'Big Brother' lead Wednesday

CBS tops the key demo, while NBC wins overall

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

"Big Brother" helped CBS win Wednesday night among young viewers, while "America's Got Talent" helped NBC win overall. Same as it ever was.

There were minor positive fluctuations with a slew of Wednesday originals, with "Extant," "So You Think You Can Dance" and the season finale for "Motive" all rising slightly. "Big Brother," "America's Got Talent" and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" were flat.

None of those variations were especially notable.

On to the numbers...

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 8 - HitFix Picks
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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 8 - HitFix Picks

Marge drinks and crusades, while Homer builds a robot in our picks

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

And then there were only two.

Day 8 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "The Regina Monologues" to "The Italian Bob," or from early in Season 15 through to early in Season 17. 

Honestly, I think that some of these are mighty funny installments for a show that went past its 350th episode in this period, but there's no question that a fair amount of repetitiveness had set in here and an impressive number of plots feel either cribbed from earlier shows, or at least siblings to earlier plots. I mean... Homer gets an RV again! Sideshow Bob tries to kill Bart a couple times! The Simpsons go to... Italy and England and China!

Perhaps that's why we're now just down to me and Sepinwall and Katie Hasty giving recommendations. But don't worry, we offered five up good episodes and I added two episodes that you can skip, though I suspect most viewers will be skipping closer to 30 or 40 or 50 episodes.

Check out our recommendations for Day 8 and chime in with your own favorites...

 

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