<p>Mel Brooks in &quot;Blazing Saddles.&quot;</p>

Mel Brooks in "Blazing Saddles."

Credit: Warner Bros.

Mel Brooks looks back on Sid Caesar, 'Blazing Saddles' and more

The comedy legend has a new HBO special and a new DVD box set

Mel Brooks is one of the great comedy minds of the 20th century. He was part of the greatest comedy writing staff ever assembledat various points, it included Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Woody Allen, among many others — for Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour." He and fellow Caesar alum Carl Reiner gave the world the 2000-Year-Old Man, and later he and Buck Henry created the classic James Bond spoof "Get Smart." And that's all before he went into the movie business and gave us "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein" and all the rest.

Mel Brooks is also one of the great talkers in showbiz, which is apparent if you've ever seen him on a talk show (say, telling his classic Cary Grant story on "The Tonight Show"), or if you watch him in tonight at 9 on the HBO special "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!," where he's interviewed by BBC creative director Alan Yentob about the ups and downs of his career.

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<p>Claire Danes as Carrie on &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Claire Danes as Carrie on "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Homeland' - 'In Memoriam'

Carrie leads a search through the tunnels, and Brody considers his future

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I'm sometimes called The Bear...

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<p>Melissa George in &quot;Hunted.&quot;</p>

Melissa George in "Hunted."

Credit: Cinemax

'Hunted' creator Frank Spotnitz on the series finale and the future of Sam Hunter

'Hunted' won't continue, but the character will
Cinemax just aired what is technically the “Hunted” series finale, as the BBC declined to renew the series, which they were producing in partnership with the American cable channel.
 
But though the series, and some of its characters, may be done with, Cinemax and “Hunted” creator Frank Spotnitz intend to move forward with the character of Sam Hunter, the private spy played by Melissa George, and certain aspects of her origin story that were introduced over these eight episodes. I emailed Spotnitz a few questions about the finale, and about what the new show (whatever it’s called) might include.
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<p>Liev Schreiber is &quot;Ray Donovan.&quot;</p>

Liev Schreiber is "Ray Donovan."

Credit: Showtime

Showtime presents first look at 'Ray Donovan' & 'Masters of Sex'

Liev Schreiber, Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan coming to the pay cable channel with new 2013 dramas

With "Boardwalk Empire," "Tremé" and "The Walking Dead" all done for 2012, the Sunday night cable drama field is all Showtime's for the next few weeks. The pay cable channel will try to take advantage of that by using Sunday's episodes of "Dexter" and "Homeland" to run a first-look trailer (which is already available online; see below) for its two new 2013 drama offerings: "Masters of Sex" and "Ray Donovan."

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<p>On &quot;30 Rock,&quot;&nbsp;Jack (Alec Baldwin)&nbsp;gets some help from Kermit the Frog (Steve Whitmire).</p>

On "30 Rock," Jack (Alec Baldwin) gets some help from Kermit the Frog (Steve Whitmire).

Credit: NBC

Review: '30 Rock' - 'My Whole Life Is Thunder'

Jack' mother returns, and Liz and Jenna feud again

A quick review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I'm a nymphomaniac virgin widow with a hotel room and a latex allergy...

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot;&nbsp;Ron (Nick Offerman)&nbsp;gets Leslie's thumbs of approval.</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," Ron (Nick Offerman) gets Leslie's thumbs of approval.

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Ron and Diane'

Lucy Lawless, Megan Mullally and Christie Brinkley add up to a sweet, funny episode

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as it's about to get warm all up in my jazz...

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<p>Jessy Schram and Jay Hernandez in &quot;Last Resort.&quot;</p>

Jessy Schram and Jay Hernandez in "Last Resort."

Credit: ABC

Review: 'Last Resort' - 'Cinderella Liberty'

A crisis disrupts a visit from the crew's family, and James flashes back to what started this mess

A quick review of tonight's "Last Resort" coming up just as soon as the pen is mightier than the sword...

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<p>James Gandolfini, Edie Falco and Robert Iler in &quot;The Sopranos&quot; final scene.</p>

James Gandolfini, Edie Falco and Robert Iler in "The Sopranos" final scene.

Credit: HBO

Don't stop believing in even more 'The Revolution Was Televised' link-blogging

A 'Sopranos' excerpt, a public radio interview and a Deadspin chat highlight recent coverage

My improvised publicity blitz continues for "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever," and here are the latest links, including one that I suspect will prompt more discussion here. (You can find all the review and interview links at AlanSepinwall.com, along with a FAQ, a list of links to all my online writing about the shows in the book, purchasing links to all the different formats, and more.)

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<p>Stephen Tobolowsky, left, has been dropped as a regular on &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

Stephen Tobolowsky, left, has been dropped as a regular on "The Mindy Project."

Credit: FOX

'The Mindy Project' says goodbye to Stephen Tobolowsky

Character actor phased out as part of ongoing retool of freshman FOX sitcom

As a long-time fan of Stephen Tobolowsky as both a character actor ("Bing!") and as a brilliant podcast host (and now author of a book, "The Dangerous Animals Club," inspired by said podcast), I was excited to see him added to the cast of "The Mindy Project," replacing Richard Schiff as Dr. Marc Shulman, the boss at the OB/GYN practice where Mindy, Danny and Jeremy work.

But after a couple of brief appearances in the pilot, and then a slightly more prominent role in the second episode, "Hiring and Firing," Tobolowsky ceased appearing on the show. "The Mindy Project" has, like many freshman comedies, been figuring itself out as it goes along, and making cast changes has been a part of that. Recently, it was announced that Amanda Setton, who plays Shauna the receptionist, would be leaving the show, while Anna Camp (Mindy's best friend Gwen) would be downgraded to a recurring guest star. And last night's episode opened with Mindy and the others getting a note that Dr. Shulman had decided to retire, leaving the practice in their hands. It wasn't quite Poochie dying on the way back to his home planet, in that Tobolowsky recorded a voiceover version of the note, but it was still incredibly abrupt.

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<p>Jake Johnson and Olivia Munn in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jake Johnson and Olivia Munn in "New Girl."

Credit: FOX

Review: 'New Girl' - 'Bathtub'

Olivia Munn stops by Nick's bar, Schmidt makes a play for Cece, and Jess and Winston bond

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I eat your hair out of a bowl...

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