<p>Tom Riley is Leonardo da Vinci in &quot;Da Vinci's Demons.&quot;</p>

Tom Riley is Leonardo da Vinci in "Da Vinci's Demons."

Credit: Starz

Review: Starz's 'Da Vinci's Demons' turns Leonardo into an action hero

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Feels like a late '90s syndicated drama with a bigger budget (and Starz nudity)

Starz doesn't exactly have a consistent brand identity — other than a fondness for nudity at any and all opportunities — but since former HBO chief Chris Albrecht took over, there's been a more overt attempt to resemble his old employer. Neither "Boss" (since canceled) nor "Magic City" (returning this summer) have been in a class with the best of what Albrecht greenlit at HBO, but they've at least felt like the kinds of shows he would have approved in the early-mid '00s: cinematic gloss, anti-heroes caught between good intentions and criminal realities, award-baiting performances, etc.

"Da Vinci's Demons," which debuts tonight at 10 (after the series finale of Starz flagship "Spartacus"), is not that. Created by David Goyer (who co-wrote the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, but who has also been responsible for a number of forgettable TV shows like "FlashForward"), it doesn't resemble Albrecht's old HBO output so much as it does '90s syndicated action dramas like "Xena: Warrior Princess" — albeit made on a much bigger budget and with lots of Starz-approved language and nakedness. (You will never look at a certain "Downton Abbey" castmember the same way again after their cameo here.)

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<p>Hugh Dancy as Will Graham in &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Hugh Dancy as Will Graham in "Hannibal."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Amuse Bouche'

Will chases a killer obsessed with mushrooms

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I rubber stamp you...

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<p>Donald Glover as Troy (with guest Troy puppet pal)&nbsp;on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Donald Glover as Troy (with guest Troy puppet pal) on "Community."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Community' - 'Intro to Felt Surrogacy'

Dean Pelton uses puppet therapy to help the study group confront a traumatic incident

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I grab this thing that's definitely not a whip...

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<p>Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson in "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Animal Control'

Leslie tries to fix a broken department, Ann tries to nurse Ron and Ben tries to get a charitable donation

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I can hire a Mexican elf...

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<p>In an ideal world with limitless time, I'd have the time to check back in on &quot;Elementary&quot;&nbsp;and lots of other shows. I&nbsp;do not work in an ideal world.</p>

In an ideal world with limitless time, I'd have the time to check back in on "Elementary" and lots of other shows. I do not work in an ideal world.

Credit: CBS

How much good TV is too much?

As more outlets present original programming, it becomes harder for a TV critic to keep up with it all

This used to be a pretty simple job when I first became a TV critic. There were the Big Four networks, plus the WB and UPN (and when I started in the summer of '96, they were barely worthy of notice) and the occasional HBO or PBS production that demanded a write-up. It was easy to stay current with all the new shows, and all the returning ones — to feel, even if you weren't watching every episode of every show (because that wasn't possible even in the Clinton years), like you could see the whole picture of TV, even if some parts were more in focus than others.

Then HBO got more serious about original scripted programming, and the rest of cable followed, and suddenly there were new dramas and sitcoms popping up all over the place, even as the original broadcast networks were shifting more towards reality TV. There was more to watch, and more to write about, but it was exciting to see what the medium was capable of becoming (a.ka. the subject of my book).

Every now and then, someone would ask me if I felt there was too much good TV on TV, and I would always respond that more good TV is simply more good TV. What could possibly be the downside of that?

Well, this TV season is the first time I've began to feel like there may, in fact, be too much good TV.

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<p>On &quot;Southland,&quot;&nbsp;Lucero (Anthony Ruvivar)&nbsp;and Cooper (Michael Cudlitz)&nbsp;got taken hostage.</p>

On "Southland," Lucero (Anthony Ruvivar) and Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) got taken hostage.

Credit: TNT

Review: 'Southland' - 'Chaos'

Cooper and Lucero are taken hostage in another amazing Michael Cudlitz showcase

A review of last night's "Southland" coming up just as soon as I need a haircut...

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<p>Keri Russell in &quot;The&nbsp;Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Only You'

The FBI closes in on Gregory as the KGB tries to get him out of the country

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I can find a travel agent staying in a motel under his own name...

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<p>Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

HitFix First Look: 'Parks and Recreation' pays a visit to Animal Control

Leslie and Chris get a close look at one of Pawnee's worst civil services

Over the years, "Parks and Recreation" has done an outstanding job of filling in the town around the Pawnee parks department where Leslie, Ron and friends work. Pawnee now has a well-established news media (Perd, Joanne, Shauna, etc.), several restaurants and bars we know well (J.J.'s Diner, The Snakehole Lounge), troublemaking citizens (Marcia Langman) and, of course, many other members of the Pawnee city government — none of them remotely as good at their jobs as Leslie Knope is at hers.

Tomorrow night's episode, "Animal Control," puts a spotlight two of those familiar faces, as Leslie and Chris try to improve the sorry state of the eponymous department. In this exclusive clip, they pay a visit to Animal Control and its two most prominent, stoned, employees (played, as usual, by comedian Colton Dunn and veteran "Parks" writer Harris Wittels) to see how, if at all, things can get better.

"Animal Control" airs tomorrow night at 8:30 Eastern on NBC. It's a very funny episode that also features Ron Swanson battling a health crisis and the return of yet another notable Pawnee face: Jason Mantzoukas as noted perfume designer Dennis Feinstein. Enjoy.

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<p>Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling in &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling in "The Mindy Project."

Credit: FOX

Morning TV Round-Up: 'New Girl' & 'The Mindy Project'

Bachelor and bachelorette parties for Shivrang and Cece, while Mindy and friends hit the road

It's morning round-up time, with quick thoughts on last night's "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I put a nickel, a big toe or a golf pencil in there for reference...

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<p>Busy Philipps and Dan Byrd in &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Busy Philipps and Dan Byrd in "Cougar Town."

Credit: TBS

Season finale review: 'Cougar Town' - 'Don't Fade On Me'/'Have Love Will Travel'

The gang heads to Hollywood on a mission to cheer up Jules' dad

A review of tonight's "Cougar Town" season finale coming up just as soon as I tell you the name of the graphic novel in which I fight a robot for your affection...

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