<p>John Benjamin Hickey</p>

John Benjamin Hickey

Credit: WGN

Review: 'Manhattan' sharper than ever as atomic bomb drama begins season 2

William Petersen joins the cast as the Manhattan Project's new military supervisor

Geniuses aren't like you and me. It's not just that they know more, but that they see the world differently from us, or even from each other. You don't come up with the idea of splitting the atom, let alone the means to do it, if your thoughts bounce around your skull in the same pattern that someone else might use to build a house or calculate their taxes. TV has understood this, but has tended, particularly of late, to present all geniuses in a one autism spectrum disorder fits all package, when in fact there's far more variety and volatility even among the most wicked smart.

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Credit: FX

Season premiere review: 'Fargo' - 'Waiting for Dutch': Sounds of the Seventies

We travel back to 1979 to meet the Gerhardts, the Solversons, and the Kansas City syndicate

"Fargo" is back for a new season. I sang the praises of the early episodes last week, and I have specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I'm the comic in a piece of bubble gum...

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<p>Jane the Virgin</p>

Jane the Virgin

Credit: CW

Review: Did 'Jane the Virgin' premiere do right by its kidnapping cliffhanger?

Jane panics over Mateo's abduction, while Rogelio has a social media mishap

A few thoughts on tonight's "Jane the Virgin" season 2 premiere coming up just as soon as I retweet an amber alert...

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'Fargo,' 'Jane the Virgin,' 'The Knick' & more: Sophomore sensations return
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'Fargo,' 'Jane the Virgin,' 'The Knick' & more: Sophomore sensations return

A better week for premieres than the official premiere week last month

Once upon a time, there were obvious weeks to get excited about TV premieres. The last full week in September was when the broadcast networks premiered most of their fall shows, cable networks would start rolling out their big guns in the first or second week of January (also when the networks started debuting their midseason replacements), and there would often be a third wave of network and cable stuff in mid-March.

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

Credit: HBO

How last night's 'Leftovers' accidentally became a 'Mr. Robot' tribute

When two shows pay homage to the same source

Time once again for a bonus passage from my long "The Leftovers" interview with Damon Lindelof, this time with spoilers for both last night's episode (here's my review) and the first season of USA's "Mr. Robot," as we get into episode 2's use of a familiar piece of music, coming up just as soon as I tell you what's in the back of my truck...

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<p>The Walking Dead</p>

The Walking Dead

Credit: AMC

Was 'The Walking Dead' premiere trying to top 'Game of Thrones' and 'Hardhome'?

Rick and the Alexandrians take on the show's biggest zombie horde yet

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" season premiere coming up just as soon as I fully respect the hair game...

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

Credit: HBO

Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'A Matter of Geography': Gone to Texas

Kevin, Nora, and Jill move to Miracle, but will their pasts follow them?

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I ask about your eyepatch...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Boyle's Hunch': Jailhouse romance?

Charles tries to set his soulmate free, Holt puts Santiago on a poster, and Rosa's out for revenge

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I can prove intent to fart...

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<p>Strike Back</p>

Strike Back

Credit: Cinemax

'Strike Back' finale review: Did Stonebridge & Scott go out in a blaze of glory?

What did everybody think of the Cinemax action drama's conclusion?

A few thoughts on the end of "Strike Back" coming up just as soon as I'm just a guy carrying something that happens to be white...

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<p>Undateable, American Idol, SNL</p>

Undateable, American Idol, SNL

Credit: FOX/NBC

Milton Berle, 'SNL' & 'Undateable': A brief history of live TV

Before 'Undateable' begins its experiment, we look back at notable live TV moments and series

Tonight at 8, NBC's "Undateable" will begin doing something that no American primetime series has tried in nearly 25 years: producing and performing an entire season live.

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