<p>The Slap</p>

The Slap

Credit: NBC

Series premiere talkback: 'The Slap' - 'Hector'

What did everybody think of NBC's angry family miniseries?

I published my review of NBC's "The Slap" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched tonight, what did you think? Was it an interesting take on modern parenting, or a loud and angry blur? Do you side with Zachary Quinto's character, Melissa George's, or would you prefer to nuke the lot of them? How did you feel about Victor Garber's narration? The jazz score? Was there any character you found yourself actually liking? If you're familiar with the Australian miniseries (or the novel that inspired it), how did this compare? And will you watch again?

Have at it, folks. Then enjoy this:

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<p>Banshee</p>

Banshee

Credit: Cinemax

Cinemax renews 'Banshee' for season 4

Pulpy action drama will relocate production to Pittsburgh, produce 8 episodes instead of 10

Let the mayhem continue: Cinemax has ordered a fourth season of "Banshee."

The current third season has been perhaps the best yet for the pulpy action drama, which somehow had its craziest fight scene yet, as well as last week's wall-to-wall suspense episode, with the Banshee precinct under siege by Chayton's gang of Native American thugs. There are five more episodes in this season, with the next one due tomorrow night at 10.

Two notable changes were announced with this renewal: 1)The new season will have 8 episodes instead of 10, and 2)Production will relocate from North Carolina to Pittsburgh. Both these shifts should make the show cheaper to produce (Pittsburgh has various production tax incentives), and every bit helps when it comes to a niche show like this. And while the show has never really had filler episodes, I also don't know that it's seasonal arcs require 10 episodes to tell.

Either way, I'm very happy the show will be coming back. What does everybody else think?
 

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<p>Arrow</p>

Arrow

Credit: CW

Review: 'Arrow' - 'Canaries': Secrets and lies

Merlyn pressures Oliver to tell Thea the truth, and Laurel has visions of Sara

A quick review of last night's "Arrow" coming up just as soon as I offer you some red wine...

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<p>Saturday Night Live</p>

Saturday Night Live

Credit: NBC

The 'Saturday Night Live' story told through its sketches

As the 40th anniversary approaches, here are important pivot points

On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of.

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<p>Frank Langella in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Frank Langella in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Open House': The tooth hurts

Elizabeth gets some emergency dental work in a terrific episode

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I ask what you think of stonewash jeans...

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<p>Keri Russell in The Americans</p>

Keri Russell in The Americans

Credit: FX

'The Americans' star Keri Russell: 'This whole season’s a little hard for me'

Elizabeth's parenting decisions have weighed heavily on her, as have her wigs

When I visited the set of “The Americans” in early December, attempts to interview Keri Russell kept being delayed, both by the complicated process of filming parts of four different episodes in a single day, and by Russell’s desire to prep for a physically and emotionally grueling scene (which appeared in tonight’s episode, as I reviewed here) involving the worsening condition of Elizabeth’s injured tooth.

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<p>The Slap</p>

The Slap

Credit: NBC

Review: NBC's 'The Slap' wants to provoke, but mostly irritates

HitFix
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Readers
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Adaptation of Australian miniseries is loud and completely lacking in subtlety

When NBC announced plans for "The Slap," it sounded like a joke, or possibly a James Franco art installation. A miniseries revolving around a man who slaps someone else's child at a backyard barbecue? That's the whole thing? Even upon learning that it was based on an Australian miniseries, which was in turn adapted from a book, it was hard to imagine that this was an actual thing the NBC television network was trying in the year 2015. On-air promos for the miniseries (which debuts tomorrow night at 8) play more like "SNL" parodies than ads for a real show.

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<p>Justified</p>

Justified

Credit: FX

Review: 'Justified' - 'The Trash and the Snake': Nobody beats the Wiz!

Another crackling episode looks backwards and forwards, and then blows some stuff up

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I confuse Occam's Razor with Thor's hammer...

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<p>Parks and Recreation</p>

Parks and Recreation

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Mrs. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington/Pie-Mary'

Senatorial cameos and nostalgia aplenty in two more terrific episodes

A review of tonight's two "Parks and Recreation" episodes coming up just as soon as I keep a local binder maker on retainer...

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<p>Jon Stewart</p>

Jon Stewart

Credit: Comedy Central

Who should succeed Jon Stewart as 'The Daily Show' host?

It's a much messier situation with Colbert, Oliver and Wilmore all employed elsewhere

A little over a year ago, the line of succession at "The Daily Show" was clear, and it was deep. If Jon Stewart were to step down — maybe to finally take that broadcast network late-night job he'd always been rumored for — then Stephen Colbert would get the job. If Colbert didn't want to leave "The Colbert Report," then John Oliver had just wrapped up a brilliant stint filling in for Stewart over the summer. And if Oliver was somehow unavailable, well... "The Daily Show" had a lot of talented people on that bench like Samantha Bee, Jason Jones and Larry Wilmore.

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