<p>John Stamos in Grandfathered</p>

John Stamos in Grandfathered

Credit: FOX

Let's talk about the 'Grandfathered' premiere

What did everybody think of John Stamos' new FOX sitcom?

I didn't write a review of FOX's "Grandfathered," but Fienberg and I discussed it on last week's podcast. Likable show, not super-funny in the pilot, but taking advantage of the charms of John Stamos, Josh Peck, and Paget Brewster. By the low standards of this fall's new network comedies, that's a winner.

Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did you find yourself liking Stamos playing instant dad and granddad? Did you prefer the action at the restaurant or with Peck, Brewster, and Christina Milian? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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Mulder's out to save the world in new 'X-Files' trailer

Last night, FOX tried to use the unveiling of a two-part trailer for "The X-Files" miniseries as a come-on to get viewers to watch episodes of "Gotham" and "Minority Report." Now, though, the two-minute version of it is online, featuring not only Mulder and Scully, but other old friends like Skinner and Cancer Man (or, at least, his voice and cigarette), as well as new figures like Joel McHale's talk show host Tad O'Malley, who sends Mulder on the path of his latest conspiracy.

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Damon Lindelof: 'I was really depressed' writing 'Leftovers' season 1

A candid talk about the brilliant, divisive, HBO drama

Damon Lindelof wears his heart on his sleeve, which at once makes him an ideal person to run a show like "Lost" or "The Leftovers," and the absolute last person you would want to wish that burden on. He holds nothing back, whether in his writing or in his discussion of his writing, and he takes every criticism of his work very deeply. (He quit Twitter two years ago because it wasn't healthy for him anymore to wake up every day to people cursing at him and demanding six years of their lives back.)

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<p>Code Black</p>

Code Black

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Review: CBS' 'Code Black' is okay medicine for hospital drama addicts

Nothing original at all, but the cliches go down easy

I will say this for "Code Black": it knows its TV hospital drama cliches, and when to deploy them.

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<p>Fred Savage in The Grinder</p>

Fred Savage in The Grinder

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Why Fred Savage put directing on hold to star in 'The Grinder'

The child star turned director never intended to return to acting full-time

"The Grinder" debuts tomorrow night at 8:30 on FOX as the most promising new network sitcom this fall. Some of that's just by default — as I've said, this is a poor freshman class — but some of it's the fun of watching Rob Lowe (playing a former TV legal drama star who returns home to Idaho to help out the family law practice) at his most cheerfully self-parodying, and much of it is the pleasure of having Fred Savage back in front of the camera in his first regular series role since the short-lived "Crumbs" back in 2006.

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

Credit: Showtime

How did Showtime's 'Masters of Sex' lose its way?

Yet another Showtime drama that was great in its first season, but struggled after

A few thoughts on the end of "Masters of Sex" season 3 coming up just as soon as the Little Brown man is back...

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<p>Priyanka Chopra in Quantico</p>

Priyanka Chopra in Quantico

Credit: ABC

What did everybody think of Priyanka Chopra in the 'Quantico' premiere?

Is the show a fun Shonda Rhimes imitator, or a bad rip-off?

I have to admit I found "Quantico" much more interesting as a business case study than as a bit of filmed entertainment.

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<p>Last Man on Earth</p>

Last Man on Earth

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Review: 'Last Man on Earth' smartly goes back to basics for season 2 premiere

Phil's once again using the post-apocalyptic world as one big playground

A quick review of the "Last Man On Earth" season 2 premiere coming up just as soon as I address the White House press corps...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: Bill Hader, romance and... pigeons? liven up 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' premiere

Jake and Amy take a stab at romance as the cop comedy returns

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is back for its third season, and I have a quick review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I carry the gene for webbed feet...

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How I was very very wrong about the success of 'CSI'

Before Sunday's series finale, looking back to when the whole franchise was a longshot bet

Earlier this week, IndieWire's Sam Adams interviewed me, Mo Ryan, and Tim Goodman about the increasingly strange and outdated practice of reviewing new shows based just on the pilot episode. At one point, Sam asked what was the wrongest I ever was about a show's quality based on the pilot episode. 

I didn't have a great answer for that one, since I have a pretty good Spidey sense about when pilots aren't to be trusted (case in point: "Studio 60"), but I did think of an answer to a related question: What show was I most wrong in predicting its commercial success based on the pilot?

The answer to that one's easy, and timely, because the show in question is airing a series finale special Sunday night at 9: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

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