<p>David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland in &quot;Touch.&quot;</p>

David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland in "Touch."

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Review: Return of Kiefer Sutherland's 'Touch' suggests a pattern of cheesiness

HitFix
C-
Readers
D
Things that worked in the January pilot go horribly awry in the first regular episode
When FOX aired the pilot of "Touch" back in January — months ahead of the official season premiere tomorrow night at 9 — I wrote that the episode succeeded at making a lot of tricky ideas work together, but that I feared future episodes might not work as well. The concept — a mute, insular boy has the ability to see patterns in the chaos of everyday life that his father can use to help strangers — seemed too elaborate a Rube Goldberg device to run smoothly every week, particularly since the man at the controls was Tim Kring, who got off to a good start on "Heroes" before losing his grip quickly. The "Touch" pilot worked even as there were all kinds of danger signs about why it shouldn't have, and I worried that it would be hard to get the pieces to align perfectly in future installments.
 
I've now seen both the episode premiering tomorrow and the one airing next week. Tomorrow's episode confirms all of my fears about the show — if anything, it's even worse than I thought things could get — while next week's maybe rises to mediocrity, and without any of the emotional impact that made me forgive a whole lot of contrivances in the pilot.
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<p>Cooper (Michael Cudlitz)&nbsp;and Tang (Lucy Liu)&nbsp;in a shoot-out in the &quot;Southland&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) and Tang (Lucy Liu) in a shoot-out in the "Southland" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Southland' - 'Thursday'

Cooper and Tang have a parting of the ways, while Lydia and Ben each make big decisions

A review of the "Southland" fourth season finale coming up just as soon as I sing a little Nicki Minaj for you...

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<p>New &quot;Doctor Who&quot;&nbsp;companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.</p>

New "Doctor Who" companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.

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'Doctor Who' casts Jenna-Louise Coleman as new companion

Actress to succeed Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill when the Ponds leave the TARDIS

"Doctor Who" fans already knew that this season — the show's 50th anniversary season — would be the last one to feature Karen Gillan as the Doctor's trusted companion Amy Pond (and also Arthur Darvill as Amy's husband Rory). And now we know who will be tasked with replacing her: 25-year-old actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, who's previously been on UK shows like "Emmerdale."

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<p>Bruce Greenwood in &quot;The River.&quot;</p>

Bruce Greenwood in "The River."

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Season finale review: 'The River' - 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat'

The Magus crew finds new reason to stay on the Boiuna for adventures we may never see

A quick review of "The River" season — and quite probably series — finale coming up just as soon as I get back to my sandwich...

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<p>Dermot Mulroney and Zooey Deschanel in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Dermot Mulroney and Zooey Deschanel in "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Fancyman, Part 1': Rich man, poor man

The show presents its funniest episode yet thanks to... Dermot Mulroney?

A review of tonight's "New Girl" — perhaps the best episode the show has done to date — coming up just as soon as I blame my period...

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<p>On &quot;Justified,&quot;&nbsp;Raylan (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;and Quarles (Neal McDonough)&nbsp;have a chat.</p>

On "Justified," Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Quarles (Neal McDonough) have a chat.

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'Justified' - 'Guy Walks Into a Bar': Support your local sheriff

Quarles starts to lose control in one of the show's best hours ever

A review of tonight's tremendous "Justified" coming up just as soon as I go Derek Jeter to Sammy Sosa...

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<p>Briga Heelan and Josh Hopkins on &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Briga Heelan and Josh Hopkins on "Cougar Town."

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'Cougar Town' - 'Something Big': Who's your daddy?

Grayson gets a surprise, Ellie goes surfing and Travis stomps the yard

A review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I consider myself black-adjacent...

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<p>Aziz Ansari from &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;has just released a new stand-up comedy special on his website. </p>

Aziz Ansari from "Parks and Recreation" has just released a new stand-up comedy special on his website.

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Interview: 'Parks and Recreation' co-star Aziz Ansari self-releases a comedy special

With 'Dangerously Delicious,' he's following the Louis C.K. model

Back in December, when Louis C.K. self-released his stand-up special "Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater," I wondered which entertainer might be equipped to follow in his footsteps, cut out the middle man and take their product directly to the public.

Well, the next one to try is a familiar face around these parts: Aziz Ansari, aka Tom Haverford on "Parks and Recreation," who's self-releasing his new stand-up special "Dangerously Delicious" via his website, AzizAnsari.com, under much the same model C.K. used with "Live at the Beacon." He paid to have it produced, is charging $5 for it, etc.

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<p>Jeffrey Dean Morgan and friends in &quot;Magic City&quot;&nbsp;can celebrate a second season already.</p>

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and friends in "Magic City" can celebrate a second season already.

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Starz renews 'Magic City' before it debuts

Period drama will be back for a second season regardless of how it performs

HBO the last few years has developed a pattern where it renews most of its series within two days of their premiere. Chris Albrecht, who used to run HBO, is trying to do his old home one better from his new position as CEO of Starz, renewing shows before they've even debuted.

Albrecht did it back in the fall with Kelsey Grammer in "Boss," and how he's done it with "Magic City," which won't even debut until April 6 but already has an order for a 10-episode second season.

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<p>David Walton and Amanda Peet in &quot;Bent.&quot;</p>

David Walton and Amanda Peet in "Bent."

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Review: NBC's 'Bent' offers snappy banter and strong chemistry from Amanda Peet and David Walton

HitFix
B+
Readers
B+
Romantic comedy deserves better than weird mid-season burn-off scheduling
"Bent," the charming new romantic comedy that debuts tomorrow night at 9 on NBC, gets its title from the credo of the main character's father, a struggling actor who responds to adversity by insisting "I am bent, not broken."
 
That credo applies just as well to several of the show's main characters. Our hero, surfer dude contractor Pete Riggins (David Walton), is a recovering gambling addict who has blown up most of the relationships in his life but is just charming enough to keep getting second, third and fifth chances. Our heroine — and Pete's potential love interest — is Alex (Amanda Peet), uptight corporate lawyer and single mom still putting back the pieces of her life after her ex-husband went to prison for white collar crime. Alex's daughter Charlie (Joey King) is really struggling with her father's incarceration, and finds herself more comfortable with Pete than with her mom's perfectly nice doctor boyfriend Ben (Matt Letscher).
 
They are damaged, but not beyond repair, just as most of the work Pete and his lazy crew do on Alex's kitchen remodel has to be redone a time or six.
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