<p>Kate Mara and Kevin Spacey in &quot;House of Cards.&quot;</p>

Kate Mara and Kevin Spacey in "House of Cards."

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Review: Kevin Spacey a force in Netflix's 'House of Cards'

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Will David Fincher-directed political drama reinvent the way we watch television?
Francis Underwood, the politician central character of the new Netflix original drama “House of Cards,” is fond of the colorful metaphor. As House Majority Whip, he explains, “my job is to clear the pipes and keep the sludge moving.” And when he tells his chief of staff about a complicated plan to take down a rival, he adds, “That's how you devour a whale... one bite at a time.”
 
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<p>Tina Fey on the &quot;30 Rock&quot;&nbsp;set one last time.</p>

Tina Fey on the "30 Rock" set one last time.

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Celebrating seven seasons of '30 Rock'

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A look back at one of the best comedies ever on television, about television
Early in the series finale of “30 Rock” (tomorrow at 8 p.m. on NBC), the series makes a half-hearted attempt at going full-circle in its meta commentary, with Liz Lemon pitching new NBC president Kenneth on the idea of making a sitcom about her life, in much the same way “30 Rock” was itself (very) loosely adapted from Tina Fey’s experiences on “Saturday Night Live.”
 
Kenneth stops her right there, genially explaining, “‘Woman,’ ‘writer,’ ‘New York.’ Those are all on my list of TV no-no words." He then presents her with the full list, which also includes “complex,” “quality,” and “shows about shows” — all words that could describe “30 Rock” itself.  
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<p>Matthew Rhys in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Matthew Rhys in "The Americans."

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Series premiere: 'The Americans' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new FX spy drama?

I posted my review of "The Americansyesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the new FX spy drama? Did you find the period touches believable? Were you able to sympathize with the Soviets? Did you find the dynamics of their quasi-marriage interesting or creepy? Do you like Matthew Rhys' perm? Will you ever be able to get Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" out of your head after the opening and closing sequences? And will you watch again? 

My plan going forward is to make this a part of the regular rotation. I just ran out of time today to write something longer, and I covered a lot of my feelings about the pilot (including the sense that Noah Emmerich living across the street maybe wasn't the most elegant way to have him interact with Rhys and Keri Russell) in that advance review.

Have at it, and I'll have a lot more to say about the second episode, which does not feature "Tusk" but does feature the den of Caspar Weinberger. 

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<p>The &quot;How&nbsp;I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;gang will be back for a ninth and final season, now that renewal is official.</p>

The "How I Met Your Mother" gang will be back for a ninth and final season, now that renewal is official.

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'How I Met Your Mother' officially renewed for 9th and final season

We won't meet the Mother until season 9, but hopefully early

It's official: "How I Met Your Mother" has been renewed for a ninth and final season.

And we won't be meeting the Mother until that season. Although in theory, we'll get some time to know her before things end.

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<p>B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling in &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling in "The Mindy Project."

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Review: 'The Mindy Project' - 'Harry & Sally'

B.J. Novak steps in front of the camera as the series revisits romantic comedy territory

A quick review of last night's "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I drive a motorcycle through a flaming hoop...

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<p>Adam Pally and Zachary Knighton in &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Adam Pally and Zachary Knighton in "Happy Endings."

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Review: 'Happy Endings' - 'The Marry Pranksters/Our Best Friend's Wedding'

Max plots revenge, Penny gets big news, and Dave turns bride-zilla

A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" two-fer coming up just as soon as I do a run/walk for sexual blindness...

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<p>Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified."

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Review: 'Justified' - 'This Bird Has Flown'

Raylan and Rachel go looking for Lindsey, while Ava has a call to make on Ellen May

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I download the song about looking for a rainbow in every storm...

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<p>On &quot;Cougar Town,&quot;&nbsp;Jules (Courteney Cox)&nbsp;gets to meet Tom's girlfriend (Alexandra Wentworth).</p>

On "Cougar Town," Jules (Courteney Cox) gets to meet Tom's girlfriend (Alexandra Wentworth).

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Review: 'Cougar Town' - 'I Should Have Known It'

The Cul-de-Sac Crew steps up for sad-sack Tom

A quick review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as my shirt is a lie...

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<p>On "New Girl," Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) play another round of True American.</p>

On "New Girl," Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) play another round of True American.

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Cooler'

Brooklyn Decker and Brenda Song join the gang for another round of True American

A quick review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I violate the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act...

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<p>Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in "The Americans."

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Review: FX's 'The Americans' brings the Cold War back to life

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Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys play KGB agents undercover in Reagan's America
The world is such a flaming hot mess today that you might think the Cold War era of FX’s “The Americans” — a new drama about a pair of deep cover KGB operatives living in Washington, D.C. at the dawn of the Reagan presidency — would feel almost quaint and reassuring. But what makes the series (it debuts tomorrow night at 10) so impressive is the way it treats the 1980s as its present, not its past.
 
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