<p>Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown</p>

Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown

Credit: FX

Review: FX's compelling 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story'

Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, and Sterling K. Brown shine in all-star cast

"Fame is fleeting," Robert Kardashian tells his kids in an early episode of FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (it debuts tomorrow night at 10). "It's hollow. It means nothing at all without a virtuous heart."

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<p>Horace and Pete</p>

Horace and Pete

Credit: Louis C.K.

Review: Louis C.K. goes back to TV's first golden age with 'Horace and Pete'

A surprise online release of a filmed play co-starring Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, and Alan Alda

On one of the final episodes of the podcast, a listener asked if there would ever be a surprise TV show release, in the spirit of Wilco or Beyoncé dropping albums without any advance warning. Fienberg and I mused on how difficult this would be to pull off, given the number of collaborators involved in making a TV show, and speculated that even if such a thing could be produced in secret, all involved would want to make sure the world knew of its existence long before it was released.

Well, leave it to Louis C.K. — who yesterday morning released the first episode of a new series called Horace and Pete on his website — to make fools of us both.

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Ask Alan: Which Peak TV shows will age the worst?

Ask Alan: Which Peak TV shows will age the worst?

Which showrunners have the best writing family tree? Is TV more serialized now?

Happy Friday, everybody! In this week's Ask Alan, I take questions on whether certain Peak TV shows won't age particularly well, which showrunners have the most impressive "writers tree" of all(*), and whether TV's increased serialization makes it harder to air episodes out of order these days.

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<p>Legends of Tomorrow</p>

Legends of Tomorrow

Credit: CW

Let's talk about what just happened on 'Legends of Tomorrow'

How's everybody feeling about the 'Flash'/'Arrow' spin-off after two hours? Who should stay or go?

Some spoiler-y thoughts on the conclusion of the two-part "Legends of Tomorrow" premiere coming up just as soon as I pick fights with the PLO...

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<p>Reverse Flash</p>

Reverse Flash

Credit: CW

Review: Reverse-Flash's return raises lots of questions about time travel

How is Thawne still alive? And who exactly is Hunter Zolomon?

A few thoughts on last night's "The Flash" coming up just as soon as a police officer makes a false report about a man with a gun...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Credit: FOX

Review: The Pontiac Bandit returns as 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' takes a cruise

Craig Robinson and Niecy Nash guest star

A quick review of last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I bring my own shuffleboard tang...

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<p>New Girl</p>

New Girl

Credit: FOX

Review: 'New Girl' does just fine without Zooey Deschanel in 'No Girl'

The start of a Jess-less run of episodes was nonsensical but hilarious

A few thoughts on last night's Zooey Deschanel-less "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I'm sorry that the pretzel fell out...

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Credit: Netflix

Why Matt Weiner 'would lose' if he wanted to make a weekly Netflix show

If Matt Weiner told Netflix he wanted to do a weekly show, 'He would lose'

Over the last few years, Netflix has arguably done more to change the way we watch, talk, and think about television than anyone since HBO in the turn of the century days of "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," and "Six Feet Under." Between their library of titles licensed from more traditional TV operations and their ever-growing stable of original series, Netflix has conditioned viewers to binge-watch shows, has encouraged its creators to design shows made explicitly for that model, and has pushed television in general into a more serialized direction, since the most lucrative afterlife for many shows lies in being sold to a streaming service rather than into traditional rerun syndication. During an appearance at the TCA press tour earlier this month, Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that the service would be offering over 600 hours of original content this year, and spending over $6 billion to produce those shows and develop more. You can debate which streaming operation has the best catalog of pre-existing shows (Hulu, perhaps?), or which has the best original shows (Amazon's "Transparent" is my favorite of any streaming series, but Netflix's roster is much deeper), but Netflix is the 800-lb gorilla in this arena at the moment.

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<p>The X-Files</p>

The X-Files

Credit: FOX

The second 'X-Files' episode was an improvement on the first, but...

'Founder's Mutation' was a step up from the premiere, but still not great

A few thoughts on tonight's "The X-Files" coming up just as soon as I blame last night's episode on Obamacare...

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<p>Mad Dogs</p>

Mad Dogs

Credit: Amazon

Cat masks, sinkholes, and a nightmare in Belize: 'Mad Dogs' season 1 in review

Let's talk about all 10 episodes of the new Amazon drama

On Friday, I posted my review of Amazon's "Mad Dogs," avoiding the spoilers even as I discussed my feelings based on the whole season. As promised — which may be especially handy for anyone who watched the whole season during the weekend blizzard — I have a few more specific, and spoiler-filled, thoughts on the first season, coming up just as soon as the ice cream's made from rosehip...

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