<p>Antony Starr in &quot;Banshee.&quot;</p>

Antony Starr in "Banshee."

Credit: Cinemax

Review: Cinemax takes a step back with 'Banshee'

A crook impersonates a cop in a low-wattage pulp thriller

I like to say of "Strike Back" that the show is better than it needs to be. Given the Cinemax brand, all it really had to offer was guns and breasts and it was going to get some kind of audience, but the show goes a lot deeper than that, and is executed on a much higher level than I might have expected. And though the channel's second series, "Hunted," had some plotting issues, it also had ambition and atmosphere and strong performances.

"Banshee," on the other hand, feels exactly like what I pictured when I first heard that Cinemax was getting into the scripted drama game — and not just because its main character leaves prison and has sex with a naked woman within the pilot's first 90 seconds. It's pulp fiction, but hampered by its leading man's limitations and some odd choices along the way.

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<p>Lena Dunham in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham in "Girls."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Girls' still up to bad behavior in season 2

Lena Dunham's show still one of TV's best, if most divisive
Hannah Horvath is getting her act together. If she can.
 
Hannah, the twentysomething heroine of “Girls” (played by the show’s creator, writer and director Lena Dunham) spent much of the HBO comedy’s first season alienating every person in her life — including many of the viewers who didn’t see the appeal of a show built around a young narcissist fumbling her way through the world. By the season’s end, she had chased away her best friend Marnie (Allison Williams), her boyfriend Adam (Adam Driver) and was alone on the beach at Coney Island, with a piece of wedding cake her only companion. 
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<p>Joss Whedon directing Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury in &quot;Avengers.&quot;</p>

Joss Whedon directing Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury in "Avengers."

Credit: Walt Disney Company/Marvel

Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' a hot topic at ABC's press tour day

ABC president 'very hopeful' the 'Avengers' spin-off will go to series next fall

This hasn't been the most successful of TV seasons for ABC president Paul Lee, who opened up his press tour executive session by lamenting the lack of new hits on his network (and most of the others). So it wasn't surprising that he perked up most whenever asked about a show that isn't even airing on his network yet — and hasn't technically been ordered to series — in Joss Whedon's "Avengers" spin-off "S.H.I.E.L.D."

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<p>Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles, Emma Dumont and Bailey Buntain are the &quot;Bunheads.&quot;</p>

Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles, Emma Dumont and Bailey Buntain are the "Bunheads."

Credit: ABC Family

Press Tour: 'Bunheads' talks fast, plots slowly, and is better for it

Amy Sherman-Palladino, Sutton Foster and friends have figured their show out

ABC Family's "Bunheads" is a show that many critics (myself included) felt took a while to find itself in its initial summer run. But when the dramedy about a showgirl (Tony winner Sutton Foster) who becomes a dance teacher in a small California beach town returned with new episodes on Monday, it had very clearly figured itself out. There was a very strong balance between comedy and drama, and between Foster and her younger co-stars — who seemed like afterthoughts way back in the pilot.

When the cast and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino came to press tour(*) this morning to discuss the show, all acknowledged that there was something of a learning curve.

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<p>The &quot;Arrested Development&quot;&nbsp;gang back in their FOX&nbsp;glory days.</p>

The "Arrested Development" gang back in their FOX glory days.

Credit: FOX

'Arrested Development' cast reunites for Netflix: Press tour live-blog

What have the Bluths been up to since 2006? And what will episodes look like?

Welcome to one of the most anticipated events of the 2013 Television Critics Association winter press tour: the reunion of virtually the entire cast of "Arrested Development" to discuss the show's resurrection on Netflix with 14 episodes debuting in May (date TBD).

We're curious to hear from creator Mitch Hurwitz what the Bluths have been up to, what format these episodes (which will all be released on the same day) will take, what took so long to make this happen, and a lot more. And I imagine one or two people will accuse Michael Cera of holding the whole thing up.

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<p>Timothy Olyphant and Patton Oswalt in a scene from the &quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;season 4 premiere.</p>

Timothy Olyphant and Patton Oswalt in a scene from the "Justified" season 4 premiere.

Credit: FX

Press Tour: 'Justified' changes things up for season 4

Showrunner didn't want 'just another big bad'

Before the new season of "Justified" debuted last night (here's my premiere review), I wrote that showrunner Graham Yost tries to reinvent the show each season, this time turning the show into something of a murder mystery. When Yost came with his cast to press tour today, he confirmed that this was a big goal for season 4.

"We really thought that would be a fun thing to try this year as opposed to just another big bad," Yost said.

(Note: some incredibly vague spoilers for season 4 follow; don't read if you don't want to know even the structure of the year.)

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<p>Dax Shepard and Peter Krause in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Dax Shepard and Peter Krause in "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Small Victories'

Max grows up, Victor calls the cops and Amy makes a big decision

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I pee with extreme prejudice...

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<p>Timothy Olyphant and Patton Oswalt in a scene from the &quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;season 4 premiere.</p>

Timothy Olyphant and Patton Oswalt in a scene from the "Justified" season 4 premiere.

Credit: FX

Season premiere review: 'Justified' - 'Hole in the Wall'

Patton Oswalt helps Raylan with a bounty hunting gig, while Boyd hires some muscle

"Justified" is back for season 4. I wrote an overall review of the start of the season yesterday, and I have specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I Netflix "Lebowski"...

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<p>Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins in the &quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins in the "Cougar Town" season premiere.

Credit: TBS

Season premiere review: 'Cougar Town' - 'Blue Sunday'

New network, new timeslot, same sweet, funny show

"Cougar Town" is back, now on TBS instead of ABC, and I have a quick review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as I try to change the definition of "junk in the trunk"...

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<p>In hindsight, would FOX&nbsp;have been better off promoting just &quot;New Girl&quot; in the fall rather than the entire Tuesday comedy bloc. </p>

In hindsight, would FOX have been better off promoting just "New Girl" in the fall rather than the entire Tuesday comedy bloc.

Credit: FOX

Press Tour: FOX's president on Tuesday comedies, 'Glee,' edginess & more

Kevin Reilly wants to 'put a little of the FOX back in FOX'

It's been a Freaky Friday week here at press tour. On Sunday, NBC made its first tour appearance in years where it had ratings numbers to brag about, which network boss Robert Greenblatt did at some length. FOX, meanwhile, is likely about to see the end of a long streak of being the first place network on television among adults 18-49, thanks to a dismal fall in which "X Factor" dipped, the Tuesday comedy bloc couldn't get off the ground, and "Mob Doctor"(*) would have been canceled after two weeks if FOX had anything on the bench to replace it with. So this time it was FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly who wasted no time with prepared remarks, saying, "Nobody's happier than us to get ourselves into a fresh year" before opening it up to reporters' questions within the first 30 seconds of hie executive session.

(*) In the post-executive session scrum, Reilly called "Mob Doctor" "the worst title in the history of the world." Shawn Ryan and the rest of the gang from "Terriers" might beg to differ. 

Fienberg has a thorough play by play of what was said in his  live-blog, so I'm just going to touch on a few interesting themes and tidbits from both the panel and the scrum afterwards.

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