Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall

Season finale review: 'Tremé' - 'Tipitina'

A benefit for LaDonna brings most of our cast of characters together

<p>In the &quot;Trem&eacute;&quot;&nbsp;season finale, LaDonna (Khandi Alexander)&nbsp;and Davis (Steve Zahn)&nbsp;meet for the first time.</p>

In the "Tremé" season finale, LaDonna (Khandi Alexander) and Davis (Steve Zahn) meet for the first time.

Credit: HBO

A review of the "Tremé" season finale coming up just as soon as I like metal and sea shanties...

Review: 'Homeland' - 'Two Hats'

Brody resurfaces, and Saul looks into Quinn

<p>Morena Baccarin in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Morena Baccarin in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

A quick review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I find a pay phone...

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'When the Dead Come Knocking'

Michonne makes new friends, while Glenn is reacquainted with an old one

<p>On &quot;The Walking Dead,&quot;&nbsp;Michonne gives Rick, Oscar and Daryl a tour.</p>

On "The Walking Dead," Michonne gives Rick, Oscar and Daryl a tour.

Credit: AMC

A quick review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I telecommute...

Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Two Imposters'

Nucky goes on the run and Gillian gets some houseguests

<p>Dunn (Erik LaRay Harvey)&nbsp;and Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams)&nbsp;in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Dunn (Erik LaRay Harvey) and Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) in "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I have to ask for your phone number...

Remembering the late, great Larry Hagman

A star twice over on 'I Dream of Jeannie' and 'Dallas'

<p>Larry Hagman in his &quot;Dallas&quot;&nbsp;glory days as J.R. Ewing.</p>

Larry Hagman in his "Dallas" glory days as J.R. Ewing.

Credit: CBS

Larry Hagman, who died of cancer Friday at 81, was a giant, and not just because the Stetson he wore in his most iconic role added a good six inches to an already long frame. J.R. Ewing is one of the all-time great TV villains, the defining character of the quintessential drama of the Greed Is Good 1980s.  

Review: Lindsay Lohan doesn't impress in Lifetime's 'Liz & Dick'

Co-star Grant Bowler does better as Richard Burton than she does as Elizabeth Taylor

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<p>Grant Bowler and Lindsay Lohan are Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime's &quot;Liz &amp;&nbsp;Dick.&quot;</p>

Grant Bowler and Lindsay Lohan are Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime's "Liz & Dick."

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It's not hard to understand why Lifetime would want to take a risk on the erratic Lindsay Lohan to play Elizabeth Taylor in the channel's new movie "Liz & Dick" (Sunday at 9 p.m.).

It's not TV. It's 40 years of HBO.

'The Sopranos' and 'The Wire' are gimmes, but don't forget 'Larry Sanders' or the comedy specials

<p>James Gandolfini, Chris Rock and Larry David in three classic shows from 40 years of HBO.</p>

James Gandolfini, Chris Rock and Larry David in three classic shows from 40 years of HBO.

Credit: HBO

When I targeted Thanksgiving 2012 as the time to release my book, I didn't realize that it would be coming out in the same month as the 40th anniversary of HBO. (The pay cable channel launched on November 8, 1972.) But if the timing was accidental, it also feels perfect, because of course HBO was the place where the whole drama revolution began, and I could have easily written an entire book about what was happening at HBO from "Oz" through, say, "Deadwood."

Chevy Chase leaving 'Community'

NBC sitcom will film last 1 or 2 episodes of season 4 without Pierce

<p>Chevy Chase won't be on &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;for all of season 4.</p>

Chevy Chase won't be on "Community" for all of season 4.

Credit: NBC

Almost from the moment Chevy Chase joined the cast of "Community," he has talked about wanting off of the NBC sitcom. Well, today, his wish was granted, as the veteran actor was allowed to leave the series before filming of the fourth season ends.

Review: 'Parenthood' - 'One More Weekend With You'

Is the cancer storyline overwhelming the rest of the show?

<p>Julia and Joel on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Julia and Joel on "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I have piggy bank money for a taxi...

Tuesday night comedy open thread

What did everybody think of last night's Thanksgiving and non-Thanksgiving episodes?

<p>Jamie Lee Curtis stopped by &quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;last night.</p>

Jamie Lee Curtis stopped by "New Girl" last night.

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For a variety of weird reasons, I didn't get to see any of last night's sitcoms in full, and due to the demands of a three-day work week, I'm not going to have time to get back to them today. So time to trot out something I used to do quite a bit in the early days of the old blog: an open thread. If you have specific thoughts on last night's comedies on FOX, ABC or NBC — whether it's something I regularly cover like "New Girl" or "Happy Endings," or something I've long since moved past like "The New Normal" — have at it. (I'm actually kind of curious about whether "New Normal" has gotten any better or fallen deeper into its own bad habits.) Did you like seeing Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner back in the sitcom world? Do you wish that "The Real World Sacramento" had actually happened? Did you find it amusing that, on the day it was announced that Anna Camp was stepping back from "The Mindy Project" regular to a recurring guest star, the show (from what I saw of it) finally remembered to give her something to do? 

Additional housekeeping on Thanksgiving getaway day: I'll have a review of "Parenthood" (which I did see in full) coming later this morning, another post tonight around 9 Eastern (and maybe something sooner if there's breaking news, like another cancellation on a classic Take Out the Trash kind of day), another post on Friday morning, and then back Sunday with posts on my usual four Sunday dramas. Because only two of the four (the HBO shows) were available to me through yesterday, they may not all be full-length reviews, but it'll at least be an opportunity to discuss them.

Back on something resembling a full schedule next week. If you're about to head to the airport, happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the turkey coma.

 

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