<p>Christina Applegate on &quot;Up All Night.&quot;</p>

Christina Applegate on "Up All Night."

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Christina Applegate quits 'Up All Night'

How many revamps can one sitcom endure?

Christina Applegate has quit "Up All Night," which means it's time once again to keep track of all the many, many, many changes that have been made since NBC debuted the sitcom a season and a half ago:

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<p>Ed Helms and Ellie Kemper in &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Ed Helms and Ellie Kemper in "The Office."

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Review: 'The Office' - 'Couples Discount'

Ed Helms returns, but do even 'The Office' writers know what a terrible character Andy's become?

A quick review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as we go outside to play catch...

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<p>Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn in &quot;Scandal.&quot;</p>

Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn in "Scandal."

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Review: 'Scandal' - 'Nobody Likes Babies'

The reinvented Shonda Rhimes drama wraps up its first major arc in fine fashion

When "Scandal" debuted last spring, I wasn't sure what to make of it, beyond recognizing that Kerry Washington had the goods to carry a series and Shonda Rhimes had fashioned an excellent role for her.

This season, though, Rhimes has kicked the show up to another level by ditching the Crisis of the Week procedural format in favor of reinventing "Scandal" as a gonzo hybrid of conspiracy thriller and high-stakes soap opera, involving election rigging, a presidential assassination attempt, a failed internal White House coup, and all sorts of other crazy shenanigans. It's ludicrous on virtually every level; it's also an enormous amount of fun, thanks to the writing and the performances.(*)

(*) The series has also benefited from ditching the charming but redundant Henry Ian Cusick and beefing up Josh Malina's role as a good guy who's righteously focused on bringing down Olivia.

Rhimes treated the season's first 13 episodes as one big arc, which culminated tonight with a whole bunch of revelations, shifted allegiances, and dastardly conduct. "Nobody Likes Babies" was a particularly strong showcase for Jeff Perry and Bellamy Young, and it resolved almost everything from this arc while setting up some interesting new conflicts for whatever comes next.

I'm talking to Rhimes sometime next week about how she reinvented the show for the better, but I wanted to mark the end of this first arc, and see what those of you who've been watching all along felt about how things wrapped up. We'll see if Rhimes can find a way to top this, but for now, bravo.

What did everybody else think?

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<p>Rashida Jones and Amy Poehler in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Rashida Jones and Amy Poehler in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Ann's Decision'

Ann wants a baby, April wants to be more like Leslie, and the guys get food poisoning

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I stand trial for counterfeiting Euros...

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<p>Jim Rash and Joel McHale in &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Jim Rash and Joel McHale in "Community."

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Season premiere review: 'Community' - 'History 101'

Dean Pelton hosts his own 'Hunger Games' as the study group returns for senior year

"Community" is back for a new season. I published my review of the start of the post-Dan Harmon era this morning, and I have specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as you waive the tomfoolery prerequisite...

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<p>Joel McHale and Jim Rash in a scene from the &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Joel McHale and Jim Rash in a scene from the "Community" season premiere.

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Review: NBC's 'Community' not the same without Dan Harmon in season 4

HitFix
B-
Readers
D+
Same actors, same characters, many returning crewmembers, but something's clearly missing
The average TV viewer pays vastly less attention to what’s going on behind the scenes at their favorite shows than the average TV critic or reporter does. When there’s a major change in production, we write about it endlessly, but most of the audience neither knows nor cares.
 
There are special cases, though, and NBC’s “Community” — which belatedly returns for its fourth season tonight at 8 — is one of those. Not only is it one of the most self-referential shows in TV history — one of its main characters, Danny Pudi’s Abed, is essentially aware that he’s on a TV show, and comments on all the familiar tropes and archetypes the series plays with — but its creator Dan Harmon created an ongoing online dialogue with the comedy’s small but passionate collection of fans.
 
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<p>On &quot;The Americans,&quot;&nbsp;Phillip (Michael Rhys)&nbsp;makes his intentions plain. </p>

On "The Americans," Phillip (Michael Rhys) makes his intentions plain.

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'The Clock'

Phillip and Elizabeth have to go to extremes to plant a bug

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I do something horribly masculine with reindeers and wood chopping...

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<p>The &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;producers are new, but the faces in front of the camera remain the same.</p>

The "Community" producers are new, but the faces in front of the camera remain the same.

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New 'Community' producers Moses Port and David Guarascio preview season 4

On losing Chevy Chase, preparing for senior year and whether, in hindsight, they'd have chosen to succeed Dan Harmon
In succeeding “Community” creator Dan Harmon as showrunners of the NBC comedy, Moses Port and David Guarascio have been placed in a trickier position than most TV producers. First, it’s not often that a writer as singularly associated with a show as Harmon was with “Community” leaves it, whether voluntarily or because they were fired. Second, when it’s happened in the past with shows like “NYPD Blue” post-Milch, “The West Wing” post-Sorkin and “Gilmore Girls” post-Sherman-Palladino, the replacements have tended to be people who had already been working on the show and watching the creator at work. Port and Guarascio are comedy veterans who most recently worked on ABC’s “Happy Endings,” but their only prior affiliation with “Community” was as viewers of the show.
 
I spoke with them back in October, when “Community” was supposed to debut on October 19 in a new Friday timeslot. Instead, it was held until tomorrow night, when it’ll be back in its familiary Thursday at 8 p.m. berth for a 13-episode fourth season that Port and Guarascio believe has a good chance of not being the end of the series.
 
When I was in LA last month, I sat down with them for an expansive discussion about the challenges of stepping in for Harmon, their reaction to Chevy Chase’s abrupt exit late in the season (and how the show will deal with it), their take on where most of the characters are heading into season 4, their reaction to getting their very own Twitter spoof account, and a lot more.
 
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<p>On &quot;Justified,&quot;&nbsp;Boyd (Walton Goggins)&nbsp;and Raylan (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;have their first encounter of the season.</p>

On "Justified," Boyd (Walton Goggins) and Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) have their first encounter of the season.

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Kin'

Raylan and Boyd come face to face in a guest star-packed hour

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I read a book about a Native American princess who controls invisible forest animals...

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<p>&quot;Smash&quot;&nbsp;has an &quot;American Idol&quot;&nbsp;team-up between Jennifer Hudson and Katharine McPhee.</p>

"Smash" has an "American Idol" team-up between Jennifer Hudson and Katharine McPhee.

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Season premiere: 'Smash' - 'On Broadway/The Fallout'

What did everybody think of the NBC drama's return?

I posted my review of the new season of "Smashthis morning. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the changes made by Josh Safran and company? If you were a fan last spring, did you enjoy these tweaks? If you were just hate-watching by the end, was this an improvement? (And do you want the show to improve?) Were you happy to have Jennifer Hudson around for a bit? Did you think her duet with Katharine McPhee did a good job of showcasing both "Idol" alums? Do you like the new musical, and did you find Jimmy charming or just a complete jerk? 

I imagine there will be some rubbernecking for tonight, even among those of you who didn't like the show last season. Was there enough here to make you want to stick around? 

Have at it.

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