Your comprehensive guide to winter TV
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Your comprehensive guide to winter TV

Exciting new shows, great returning shows, a 'Girls' controversy history, and more

In TV, January has long been the new September, and is in some ways both busier (because the mid-season premieres take place at the same time as the winter TCA press tour) and more exciting (because some of TV's best shows, including "The Americans," "Broad City," "Parks and Recreation," "Justified," "Shameless" and "Girls," are all premiering this month). 

Fienberg and I know it's a lot of TV to keep track of — heck, this is our job, and we can't always keep up with all the shows these days — so the HitFix design team has put together a Winter TV hub featuring easy access to a lot of our recent reviews and previews, including our picks for the most anticipated new and returning TV shows (with premiere dates), predictions for which TV characters are in greatest danger of dying this winter, a look back at the extensive history of "Girls"-related controversies, and more. It's also a place where a lot of my Sunday night episode reviews will go, though of course you can find links to all of the shows that get regular coverage here.

HitFix Winter TV Hub

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<p>Tina Fey and Amy Poehler</p>

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler exit the Golden Globes in a blaze of glory

Bill Cosby, George Clooney and North Korea all get attacked with the same force and wit

Midway through their monologue as hosts of the 2015 Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler noted that they were never going to host the show again, and were thus free to do whatever they wanted. This started out as them playing a mock game of Who Would You Rather? about men in the audience — Fey, on wanting to have sex with Richard Linklater, noted it would be "Five minutes, once a year" — but the true freedom that came with knowing they didn't have to worry about being invited back didn't manifest itself for another minute or two.

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Series premiere talkback: 'Togetherness' - 'Family Day'

What did everybody think of HBO's new comedy from the Duplass brothers?

I posted my review of HBO's "Togetherness" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Too much like "Married" and various other mid-life crisis marital comedies, or did the Duplass brothers' special sauce make it feel like its own thing? How did you feel about the relatively unknown Steve Zissis in such a prominent role? Did Amanda Peet seem pathetic enough, or still too much Amanda Peet to be believable? And will you watch again?

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Season premiere review: 'Shameless' - 'Milk of the Gods'

Fiona gets a new boss, Frank has a new project, and Mickey and Ian play house

A review of the "Shameless" season premiere coming up just as soon as I run to the store for baby supplies...

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Season premiere review: 'Girls' - 'Iowa'

Hannah prepares for her trip, Shosh gets her diploma, and Marnie and Desi play a gig

"Girls" is back for a fourth season — having already been renewed for a fifth — and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I think you'd be an amazing "SVU" victim...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Payback'

Jake pays a debt to Terry, while Santiago bonds with Captain Holt

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I'm sailing away on a tugboat...

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<p>Flash and Arrow</p>

Flash and Arrow

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'The Flash' & 'Arrow' stars team up to talk heroes, villains and spin-offs

Why a 'Prison Break' reunion? Might Atom get his own show? Can Diggle have a costume?

The CW just had the biggest panel of this press tour, with 13 actors from "Arrow" and "The Flash" — Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin, Katie Cassidy, John Barrowman, Colton Haynes, David Ramsey, Tom Cavanagh, Brandon Routh, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Robbie Amell, Victor Garber and Matt Nable(*) — plus producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim. Panels that size — particularly involving two different shows, even if they're linked like these two — are usually unwieldy and leave lots of people sitting silently on stage, but this superheroes and villains panel was lively, had a lot of interplay between the two casts, and almost everyone had at least one good line or moment. (The only exceptions: Colton Haynes and Matt Nable from "Arrow," neither of whom got asked anything.) 

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'iZombie' crew on eating fake brains, 'Veronica Mars' comparisons & more

Why doesn't Rose McIver get a spray tan? And what do the brains taste like?

Rob Thomas is a writer, so he's obviously concerned with story and character and other matters creative. But he's also a veteran writer/producer — and, as creator of "Veronica Mars," a man who had to do a lot of selling over the last couple of years — so he also is well aware of when art has to bend for commerce.

So when Thomas — who, with fellow "Veronica Mars" vet Diane Ruggiero-Wright, has adapted the Vertigo comic "iZombie" for the CW — was asked why Rose McIver's character, Liv, doesn't bother with spray tanning, hair dye, or other attempts to disguise her condition as an intelligent zombie, he was very blunt.

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<p>Jack McBrayer and Robert Smigel as Triumph</p>

Jack McBrayer and Robert Smigel as Triumph

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How Triumph the Insult Comic Dog mocked me — but asked for permission first

A press tour session for Adult Swim's 'Jack and Triumph Show' sheds light on Triumph's method

First, the joke. In the middle of today at press tour, Adult Swim paneled "The Jack and Triumph Show," an upcoming multi-cam sitcom starring Jack McBrayer and the show's creator Robert Smigel in his guise as Triumph the Insult Dog. Smigel began the panel hiding behind a chair and letting Triumph roast the room, which included this bit:

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<p>Mad Men</p>

Mad Men

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'Mad Men' cast says farewell: Press tour live-blog

Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks and company say goodbye

This winter press tour is going to feature goodbye sessions for several beloved, long-running series, and few shows have been as loved by the TCA as "Mad Men," which is bringing creator Matt Weiner and stars Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery to the stage to reminisce about their time together. (Earlier today, AMC announced that the final season will resume on April 5.) Though AMC has done a few "Mad Men"-related events since the series premiere, this will be the first formal TCA panel since then, and it should be an interesting time, especially with this mix of strong talent and personality.

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