<p>&quot;The Goldbergs.&quot;</p>

"The Goldbergs."

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Upfronts 2013: ABC counting on 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' for next season

Will the fanboys come in big numbers for Agent Coulson? And why is the 'Once Upon a Time' spin-off airing on Thursdays?

Every year at upfront time, ABC seems to be in the same situation, doing the same things. They're a network with a number of genuine hits ("Modern Family," "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal"), and yet that struggles in the overall ratings (this season, they'll again finish fourth among adults 18-49). And each year they respond with a ton of high-concept new series — next season will feature a dozen new sitcoms and dramas, including "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" spin-off — that will be placed into problematic timeslots and/or left to fend for themselves. 

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<p>Cristin Milioti in a scene from the &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Cristin Milioti in a scene from the "How I Met Your Mother" finale.

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After 'How I Met Your Mother' finale, what comes next?

A reaction to comments from the 'HIMYM' creators about the structure of the final season

I already reviewed the "How I Met Your Mother" season finale last night, but I have some morning-after thoughts — including words from Carter Bays — on what the episode means for the show's final season, coming up just as soon as we watch a movie that doesn't start with a desk lamp jumping on top of a capital I...

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<p>Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby in "How I Met Your Mother."

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Season finale review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Something New'

Ted, Lily and Marshall make travel plans for after Robin and Barney's wedding, and a new player enters the scene

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" finale coming up just as soon as I'm the crazy speakerphone judge...

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<p>Alexis Bledel and Jason Ritter in &quot;Us &amp;&nbsp;Them,&quot;&nbsp;one of several new FOX series without a scheduled home yet.</p>

Alexis Bledel and Jason Ritter in "Us & Them," one of several new FOX series without a scheduled home yet.

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Upfronts 2013: FOX tries to program year-round with '24' miniseries, J.J. Abrams drama and more

Does FOX have enough inventory to fill all the gaps on the annual schedule? And will 'Bones' really air on Fridays?

Of the cliches that get spouted every year by network presidents during Upfront Week, one of the most popular is the idea of doing year-round programming with few repeats. Usually, the reality falls well short of that, with the usual confusing pre-emptions and dead spots. With the usual skepticism in mind — we're talking about a network that practically every year (including this one) claims that "Bones" will move to Fridays, and then never actually puts it there — FOX's Kevin Reilly sounded more convincing than most when he made that promise.

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<p>Jon Hamm as Don Draper in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in "Mad Men."

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'Man With a Plan'

History repeats itself as old colleagues and new ones learn to work together

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as we have a little rap session about margarine in general...

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<p>Chris O'Dowd ponders his &quot;Family Tree.&quot;</p>

Chris O'Dowd ponders his "Family Tree."

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Series premiere: 'Family Tree' - 'The Box'

What did everybody think of Christopher Guest's new HBO series?

I've already published my review of HBO's "Family Tree," as well as an interview with co-creator Christopher Guest. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the latest bit of improvisational silliness from Guest and company? Did the usual formula work with a saner leading man? Is it harder to buy Michael McKean as an Englishman if his co-stars are actually from the UK? How did you feel about Bea and Monkey? Would you buy a climate-controlled shoe tree? And will you watch again?

Like a Guest movie, "Family Tree" is a bit of a slow build in both story (Tom has just barely started exploring the family tree) and comedy (both Monkey and Tom's friend Pete get up to bigger hijinx in weeks to come). I don't know that I'll have time to write about it every week, but I'll try to check in from time to time, especially once we get past Memorial Day weekend (which the show won't be on for) and there are fewer original series to keep track of.

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<p>Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister in "Game of Thrones."

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'The Bear and the Maiden Fair'

Daenerys has demands, Tyrion and Sansa adjust to their new situation and Jaime takes a selfless leap

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I'm impressed by a windmill...

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<p>Sean Hayes in NBC's new sitcom &quot;Sean Saves the World.&quot;</p>

Sean Hayes in NBC's new sitcom "Sean Saves the World."

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Upfronts 2013: NBC starts from scratch again with Michael J. Fox, J.J Abrams and James Spader

After some brief success last fall, the Peacock once again needs a major overhaul

For a few months last fall, it looked like NBC had finally pulled itself out of the gutter and built a foundation for ongoing success. The Peacock was even the number one network going into 2013, had a genuine freshman hit in "Revolution" and several other promising rookies in "Go On" and "The New Normal," both of which were said to symbolize NBC's move away from the niche appeal of "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" and towards something broader and more sustainable.

Then, as usual, NBC went back to being NBC. The three shows that had been primarily responsible for that fall success — "Sunday Night Football," "The Voice" and "Revolution" — went away, and all the ratings success went with them. Without "The Voice" as a lead-in, "Go On" and "The New Normal" cratered, and eventually weren't renewed, while "Parks and Rec" and "Community" are the network's only returning comedies. Every new premiere was a disaster. The return of NBC president Bob Greenblatt's pride and joy, "Smash," was a catastrophe that was eventually banished to Saturdays before cancellation. Even when "The Voice" came back strong in the spring,  "Revolution" returned to fading numbers suggesting that, like "Smash" and "Go On," it might be barely viable without Adam Levine and friends as a lead-in.

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<p>Matt Smith as the Doctor in &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

Matt Smith as the Doctor in "Doctor Who."

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Review: 'Doctor Who' - 'Nightmare in Silver'

Neil Gaiman returns to script a Cybermen adventure

A quick review of tonight's "Doctor Who" coming up just as soon as we spend the night at Natty Longshoe's Comical Castle...

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<p>Chris O'Dowd and Christopher Guest on the set of HBO's &quot;Family Tree.&quot;</p>

Chris O'Dowd and Christopher Guest on the set of HBO's "Family Tree."

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'Family Tree' co-creator Christopher Guest on his new HBO comedy

Does an ongoing series need a more normal hero? How do newcomers take to Guest's improvisational approach?

Christopher Guest's new HBO comedy series "Family Tree" starts off from an autobiographical place. Like the show's hero, Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd), Guest once inherited a trunk of family mementos and became obsessed with tracing his own ancestry. Now Guest and co-creator (and Guest repertory player) Jim Piddock have turned that into an ongoing series (it debuts Sunday night at 10:30) that's a mix of Guest's usual absurdity and some more serious, even sweet talk of the meaning of family.

I reviewed the series earlier in the week, and I spoke with Guest about having a sane leading man, the key to telling stories about ridiculous people without being mean, ventriloquism, and more.

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