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Ask Alan: Before 'The Walking Dead,' what shows most messed with viewers?

What long-running series has the pilot as the best episode? And why do we care so much about the Emmys?

Ask Alan took last week off while I recovered from getting my wisdom teeth out (writing during that period was easy; talking, less so), so because of that — and because some of you will be braving the malls on Black Friday — we give you this week's installment a few days early.

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<p>The Revolution Was Televised</p>

The Revolution Was Televised

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Win a copy of the updated 'The Revolution Was Televised'!

Go answer my questions on Twitter, every day between now and the Dec. 1 release

We're a week away from the release of the updated edition of my last book, "The Revolution Was Televised." (As mentioned in this post last week, you can't pre-order the book, but you can pre-order the eBook single that just contains the revised "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" chapters.)

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<p>Game of Thrones, Justified, and Scandal</p>

Game of Thrones, Justified, and Scandal

Credit: HBO/FX/ABC

Why your TV show doesn't have to be a novel: In defense of the episode

As serialization grows more popular, the art of crafting a satisfying individual installment is being lost

While messaging a friend last week about a show whose pacing was much too slow, I wrote, "I'm getting frustrated with how the plog is moving." "Plog" was a typo, but it accidentally captured the feeling I have about too many shows right now where the plots are a slog to get through, and where the experience of watching individual episodes feels less and less satisfying.

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Review: 'Fargo' - 'Did You Do This? No, You Did It!': Family feuds

The Gerhardt violence turns inward, Betsy hosts a lot of guests, and Mike Milligan meets the Undertaker

A review of tonight's "Fargo" — which FX just renewed for a third season — coming up just as soon as you see why they called me the Breakfast King of Loyola...

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FX renews 'Fargo.' Who should season 3 be about?

"Fargo" will be back for a third season, you betcha!

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<p>Jessica Jones</p>

Jessica Jones

Credit: Netflix

Kilgrave, Luke Cage, Nuke, and more: 'Jessica Jones' season 1 in review

Great performances, but the cat-and-mouse game got strung out a bit too long

Last week, I reviewed the first seven episodes of "Jessica Jones." Now that I've seen the full season, I have some more specific thoughts — with lots of spoilers for everything — coming up just as soon as they have free express shipping in Heaven...

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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'The Leftovers' review: So what on Earth (or off) happened to Kevin?

A strange, fascinating hour reminiscent of one of 'The Sopranos'

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as there's a bird loose in the lobby...

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<p>The Walking Dead</p>

The Walking Dead

Credit: AMc

Review: 'The Walking Dead' reveals Glenn's fate in 'Heads Up'

Did he live? Did he die? And did the show get it right?

Spoilers for tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as there are people in my proximity with open toed shoes...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: Nick Offerman stops by 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' for 'Ava'

Should the show have done more with Offerman and Andre Braugher together?

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I call the vaginal Gandalf...

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<p>Rufus Sewell in The Man in the High Castle</p>

Rufus Sewell in The Man in the High Castle

Credit: Amazon

Review: Amazon's 'The Man in the High Castle' builds a world where Nazis won WWII

Adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel is visually strong, but spotty in characterization

"You ever think," Juliana Crain wonders, "how different life would be if you could change just one thing?"

It's almost as if she knows she's one of the main characters in a story set in just such an alternate timeline: Amazon's new drama "The Man in the High Castle," where the Axis powers won World War II and divided America up into separate Japanese and German-run states.

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