<p>Julianna Margulies and Jess Weixler in &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Julianna Margulies and Jess Weixler in "The Good Wife."

Credit: CBS

Review: 'The Good Wife' - 'Hitting the Fan'

Will and Alicia go to war with each other after news of the new firm gets out

Earlier this week, I wrote about how terrific this season of "The Good Wife" has been, and tonight's episode was a cut above even what's come before. A few specific thoughts coming up just as soon as I put my pants on so we can have a quorum...

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<p>Melissa McBridge as Carol in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Melissa McBridge as Carol in "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Isolation'

The plague brings anger from Tyreese, regret from Carol and sacrifice from Hershel

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I don't plan on much typing the next few days...

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<p>Saul (Mandy Patinkin)&nbsp;goes hunting on &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Saul (Mandy Patinkin) goes hunting on "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Homeland' - 'The Yoga Play'

Carrie risks her cover to help Dana, and Saul goes hunting for geese

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I'd be worried if I was a duck...

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<p>On &quot;Boardwalk Empire,&quot;&nbsp;Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams)&nbsp;makes a very public display against Dr. Narcisse.</p>

On "Boardwalk Empire," Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams) makes a very public display against Dr. Narcisse.

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'The Old Ship of Zion'

Chalky fights back against Narcisse, Sally comes to town and Eli gets some news

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I mix myself a rum swizzle...

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<p>Jonathan Rhys Meyers IS&nbsp;&quot;Dracula&quot;... or Alexander Grayson, if you prefer.</p>

Jonathan Rhys Meyers IS "Dracula"... or Alexander Grayson, if you prefer.

Credit: NBC

Series premiere talkback: 'Dracula'

What did everybody think of Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the famous vampire?

Tonight, NBC unveiled its very strange take on "Dracula," with Jonathan Rhys Meyers playing Drac wreaking havoc in Victorian London while posing as an American alternate energy mogul named Alexander Grayson. I'm not saying the Dracula mythology should be immune from any sort of tweaking, but if you're going to make such a radical change, it ought to be more interesting than the original, and this is the exact opposite — which Fienberg explained at much greater length in his review. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in, what did you think? Was this the spin on the Vlad the Impaler story you've been waiting for? Is Rhys Meyers hunky and/or charismatic enough that you don't care what accent he's speaking in? Would you prefer Renfield to be his familiar cockroach-eating self, or do you prefer this more refined, Ducksauce-flavored version played by Nonso Anozie? Did you find any of the supporting players interesting at all? Did the lightbulb demonstration just make you want to watch David Bowie's scenes as Tesla in "The Prestige"? And will you watch again? 

Have at it.

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<p>Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki in &quot;The Big Bang Theory.&quot;</p>

Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki in "The Big Bang Theory."

Credit: CBS

Review: 'The Big Bang Theory' - 'The Romance Resonance'

Howard pens a tune for Bernadette, Sheldon's big win is a big mistake and Penny tries to show love for Leonard

A quick review of last night's "The Big Bang Theory" coming up just as soon as I understand why America has struggled to adopt the metric system...

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<p>Erika Christensen and Craig T. Nelson in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Erika Christensen and Craig T. Nelson in "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Let's Be Mad Together'

Max takes a controversial picture, Ryan helps Sarah and Joel gets drunk and eats cake

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I want the lute to almost drown out the Marvin Gaye sample...

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<p>Richard Armitage in &quot;Strike Back:&nbsp;Origins.&quot;</p>

Richard Armitage in "Strike Back: Origins."

Credit: Cinemax

Review: Cinemax's 'Strike Back: Origins'

A darker, more serious version than what Cinemax has already aired, but is it better?

From the moment I started writing about the Cinemax action drama "Strike Back," which wrapped perhaps its best season so far last week, I've been hearing from fans of the show's first, British-only season. To a man (or woman), they insist that as much as they enjoy the current incarnation — a well-assembled, well-oiled machine of gunfights, car chases, banter and unapologetic sex — they prefer the show that "Strike Back" started as, before Cinemax teamed up with Sky, and original leading man Richard Armitage was replaced by new co-stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton.

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<p>Charlie takes an intelligence pill in an &quot;It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia&quot;&nbsp;written by the &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;guys.</p>

Charlie takes an intelligence pill in an "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" written by the "Game of Thrones" guys.

Credit: FXX

Review: 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' - 'Flowers for Charlie'

'Game of Thrones' producers Benioff and Weiss write an amusing 'Flowers for Algernon' riff

A quick review of last night's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" coming up just as soon as Mahoney is my favorite "Police Academy" character...

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<p>Josh Charles and Julianna Margulies in &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Josh Charles and Julianna Margulies in "The Good Wife."

Credit: CBS

Review: 'The Good Wife' better than ever thanks to firm civil war

Broadcast network drama's standard-bearer is on a great run

We crossed a line a few years ago as a culture where it became profoundly uncool, if not inviting ridicule, to suggest that a drama airing on a broadcast network belonged in the discussion of the best shows on TV. Maybe that line was crossed a couple of years ago when Emmy voters failed to nominate a single network show for Outstanding Drama Series, but whenever it was, the talking points have become set in stone: Cable dramas make fewer episodes, and can focus more on telling the best stories without having to pad things out! Network shows have to deal with censors, and with interfering executives! Cable shows don't have to worry about spoonfeeding audiences, or giving them blandly likable characters!

I've made some of those arguments in the past, including against the last network show to get one of those drama series nominations: CBS' "The Good Wife." A couple of years ago, I even suggested that the series, excellent as it was, might be  improved if creators Robert and Michelle King were allowed to just do 13 episodes a year and not have to waste time on the less interesting corners of Alicia Florrick's world, like her kids' latest misadventures with social media.

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