<p>Antony Starr and Ben Cross in a scene from the &quot;Banshee&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Antony Starr and Ben Cross in a scene from the "Banshee" season finale.

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Review: In the end, Cinemax's 'Banshee' a fun bit of pulp fiction

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Crime drama embraced its own ridiculousness as first season went along

"Banshee," the Cinemax crime drama that wraps up its first season tonight at 10, is among the dumbest, most ridiculous, lurid, disgusting shows on all of television.

That is also an enormous part of its charm.

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<p>Kristen Bell is in for the &quot;Veronica Mars&quot;&nbsp;movie, and the hope is that as many other regulars will be back with her. </p>

Kristen Bell is in for the "Veronica Mars" movie, and the hope is that as many other regulars will be back with her.

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Exclusive: 'Veronica Mars' creator Rob Thomas on the Kickstarter movie campaign

What comes next for the campaign? How big can the movie get? And whither Piz?

The "Veronica Mars" movie Kickstarter campaign was an instant, runaway success, raising the $2 million minimum to make the movie in under 12 hours, with the total continuing to climb. (It passed $3 million earlier this evening.) But the process to get to this point took much longer for the show's creator, Rob Thomas. He had all but given up on getting a "Veronica" movie made, even cheaply — "Warner Bros. is typically in the business of making big-budget movies," he explains. "'Small' for them is a $30 million movie, and I understand why the 'Veronica Mars' movie didn't fit into that paradigm" — until his friend, Cotton Mather lead singer Robert Harrison, suggested he try Kickstarter.

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;and Annie (Alison Brie)&nbsp;show Chang's picture around town.</p>

On "Community," Troy (Donald Glover) and Annie (Alison Brie) show Chang's picture around town.

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Review: 'Community' - 'Advanced Documentary Filmmaking'

Abed makes a film about Jeff's attempts to prove Chang is faking his 'Changnesia'

A quick review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I workshop a blackface Senor Wences bit...

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<p>Mara Marini, Jason Schwartzman and Amy Poehler on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Mara Marini, Jason Schwartzman and Amy Poehler on "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Bailout'

Leslie and Ron clash over rescuing a local institution, Ann forces April to be her friend, and Chris tries to parent Tom

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I buy Japanese slime candy and Bulgarian wheatballs...

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<p>Robson Green will join &quot;Strike Back&quot;&nbsp;stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in the new season.</p>

Robson Green will join "Strike Back" stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in the new season.

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Cinemax's 'Strike Back' adds cast for new season

Dougray Scott and Robson Green will team up with returnees Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Rhona Mitra

The "Strike Back" roster is going to be at maximum strength for next season, as the Cinemax action drama(*) has announced that all of its leads from the end of last season — Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Rhona Mitra — will be back (along with supporting players Michlle Lukes and Liam Garrigan), and joined by newcomers Robson Green, Dougray Scott and Milauna Jackson.

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<p>Toks Olagundoye and Simon Templeman sing and dance in &quot;The Neighbors.&quot;</p>

Toks Olagundoye and Simon Templeman sing and dance in "The Neighbors."

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Review: 'The Neighbors' - 'Sing Like a Larry Bird'

A musical episode shows how far the ABC comedy has come from its humble beginnings

When "The Neighbors" premiered back in the fall, I found the pilot so disheartening that I ultimately didn't even review it, choosing to devote my limited time in premiere week to shows I either liked or that at least had the potential for growth. I didn't see any in a show that leaned so heavily on gags like naming all the aliens after famous athletes.

I watched another couple of episodes (the shopping mall trip and Halloween) later in the fall, each of which showed signs of becoming something I wouldn't hate, and I made a mental note to come back later in the season to see what "The Neighbors" had become.

And with the musical-themed "Sing Like a Larry Bird," it looks like I picked a very good week to check back in. This wasn't a "good by 'Neighbors' standards" sitcom episode. This was a good sitcom episode, no other qualifiers needed.

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<p>Matthew Rhys and Marina Squerciati in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Matthew Rhys and Marina Squerciati in "The Americans."

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Duty and Honor'

Phillip teams with an ex-lover for a mission, while Stan enjoys an evening out

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I have 16 pairs of legwarmers...

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<p>The &quot;Veronica Mars&quot;&nbsp;Kickstarter page shortly after it passed its minimum $2 million goal.</p>

The "Veronica Mars" Kickstarter page shortly after it passed its minimum $2 million goal.

So the 'Veronica Mars' Kickstarter succeeded. Now what?

Will Rob Thomas' winning gamble lead to the resurrection of other beloved cult shows?

When Rob Thomas announced the "Veronica Mars" movie Kickstarter campaign this morning, he wrote "I suppose we could fail in spectacular fashion, but there's also the chance that we completely revolutionize how projects like ours can get made."

Less than 12 hours later, the Kickstarter had already earned its minimum $2 million goal. There will be a "Veronica Mars" movie, filmed this summer while Kristen Bell is on hiatus from "House of Lies," and now Thomas and company have 29+ days to hope the money keeps pouring in and they can make more than a simple parlor room mystery set at Veronica's 10-year high school reunion.

There's been spectacle, all right, but it's been spectacular success, not failure. The question now is whether this really will revolutionize the business, or if this is simply an anomaly.

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<p>Kristen Bell could be playing Veronica Mars again very soon.</p>

Kristen Bell could be playing Veronica Mars again very soon.

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Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas launch 'Veronica Mars' movie Kickstarter campaign

Can fans raise enough money to fund film sequel to cult classic detective show?

A "Veronica Mars" movie has hovered somewhere between rumor and fantasy ever since the CW canceled the Kristen Bell teen detective drama back in 2007. The show's creator Rob Thomas has tried to get a film spin-off made on several occasions, and says that he and producer Joel Silver once came close before Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the show and its characters, decided it wasn't worth the money it would cost to make, market and release such a film.

But rather than let the dream die altogether, Thomas has come up with an outlandish idea that will either fail spectacularly or get the movie made — and if he succeeds, may change the future prospects for many beloved but low-rated projects.

Thomas is going to try to fund a "Veronica Mars" movie on Kickstarter.

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<p>The &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;partners in a season 6 promotional photo.</p>

The "Mad Men" partners in a season 6 promotional photo.

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'Mad Men' cast looking glamorous in new season 6 promo pictures

Don, Peggy, Joan and the rest get all dressed up for a gallery photo shoot

'Tis the week for "Mad Menpromotional imagery. On Monday, AMC released the new key art for season 6, a drawing featuring multiple Don Drapers that invited all manner or serious and silly speculation as to what (if anything) it all means. This morning, AMC unleashed a couple of dozen new promotional pictures of the cast, some of them all dressed up for a swinging '60s party, others of them (slightly) dressed down for work.

As always, I advise against reading anything into these pictures — wondering why, for instance, Peggy and Joan are posed together in a photo, even though Peggy now works with Teddy Chow-guh-guh — as symbolizing anything other than "Here is an incredibly attractive collection of actors dressed very, very well." But since we still have a few weeks before the April 7th season premiere, there's no harm in enjoying a glimpse of Don, Roger, Peggy, Pete and friends until we get to see them in moving picture form.