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Review: 'Bob's Burgers' cooks up more weird family fun for season 2

Quirky animated comedy deftly mixes the bizarre with the sweet

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<p>&quot;Bob's Burgers.&quot;</p>

"Bob's Burgers."

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I wasn't sure what to make of "Bob's Burgers" when it debuted last spring. Where FOX had been content for a while to let its Sunday animated lineup be dominated by "The Simpsons," "Family Guy" and related series, here was an idiosyncratic cartoon not involving Matt Groening or Seth MacFarlane, but created by Loren Bouchard, whose last show for network television was "Home Movies," which UPN canceled after 5 episodes back in 1999. (Adult Swim later picked it up and produced several more seasons.) It had Bouchard regular H. Jon Benjamin in the title role as struggling burger chef and family man Bob, presiding over one of the more eccentric brood of kids I'd seen on TV in a while, including hormonally confused adolescent Tina (Dan Mintz), amoral schemer Louise (Kristen Schaal) and loudly incompetent Gene (Eugene Mirman).  

Review: Magic Johnson, HIV, and ESPN's 'The Announcement'

Documentary tells a compelling story, but hamstrung by narration

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<p>Magic Johnson, still healthy and happy, is the subject of ESPN's &quot;The Announcement.&quot;</p>

Magic Johnson, still healthy and happy, is the subject of ESPN's "The Announcement."

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I watched and reviewed almost all of ESPN's "30 for 30" films, but since the documentary series relaunched last year under the simpler ESPN Films banner, I have to admit I've lost track. I have DVDs of all of them, but "Fab Five" and "Catching Hell" were the only ones I actually found time for, unfortunately.

This weekend's "The Announcement" (tomorrow at 9 p.m.), though, deals with one of my favorite athletes of all time, and with the story that literally made me watch ESPN for the first time ever, so there was no way I was going to miss it.

And though, like several of the original "30 for 30" films, it gets hamstrung in spots by a particular filmmaking choice, the story itself is so strong, as are the recollections of the people who went through it, that I very much recommend watching.

'30 Rock' - 'Standards and Practices': My nemesis

Chloe Grace Moretz's return highlights an outstanding episode

<p>Alec Baldwin, Ken Howard and Chloe Grace Moretz on &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Alec Baldwin, Ken Howard and Chloe Grace Moretz on "30 Rock."

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A review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I take a log with googly eyes to a father-son picnic...

Review: HBO's 'Game Change' takes superficial look at Sarah Palin

Julianne Moore, Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson star in a very familiar take on the '08 election

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<p>Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin and Ed Harris as John McCain in &quot;Game Change.&quot;</p>

Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin and Ed Harris as John McCain in "Game Change."

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We have become so strident and divided on the subject of politics in this country that it's easy to look at the new film "Game Change" (Saturday at 9 p.m. on HBO), about Sarah Palin's role in the 2008 presidential election, and assume that those who lean to the left will love the movie for its portrait of her as hopelessly unqualified for the job, while those who lean right will dismiss the film as a hatchet job by the media elites.
 
But from where I sit — as someone who voted for Obama in '08 and was glad that Palin didn't end up a heartbeat away from the Oval Office(*) — "Game Change" is a big disappointment, a broadside at a very big target, and a waste of some impressive talent in front of and behind the camera.

'Awake' - 'The Little Guy': Conspiracy theories

The second episode keeps the family stories interesting, but stumbles elsewhere

<p>Laura Allen in &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

Laura Allen in "Awake."

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A quick review of tonight's "Awake" coming up just as soon as I give you a bag of sugar and a spoon...

'Parks and Recreation' - 'Lucky': Hot tub drive machine

Sean Hayes interviews Leslie in the last episode before spring break

<p>Sean Hayes and Amy Poehler in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Sean Hayes and Amy Poehler in "Parks and Recreation."

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A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" — which was written by Nick Offerman — coming up just as soon as I go buy myself a Walkman...

Hulu's Best in Show returns for 2012

Which series will inherit the crown from "Chuck" this year?

<p>&quot;Chuck&quot; won last year's Best in Show tournament at Hulu.</p>

"Chuck" won last year's Best in Show tournament at Hulu.

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March Madness for college basketball is almost here, and the science of bracketology is filtering its way into all sorts of corners of the pop culture universe. Grantland is running a 32-person bracket to determine the greatest "Wire" character ever (though both "Wire" fan Mike Schur and The Bunk himself have raised objections to the way it's gone). Vulture is asking experts to help determine the greatest TV drama of the last 25 years (today it was "The X-Files" vs. "The West Wing").

For the third year in a row, Hulu is running its Best in Show competition, in which TV fans get to vote on a bracket of 32 current series. And for the second year in a row, I'm serving as the special guest judge, but in a different capacity from last year.

Why I miss 'Community': Because Annie was Hector the Well-Endowed

The final entry in our series before the show returns to NBC next week

<p>Alison Brie as Annie on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Alison Brie as Annie on "Community."

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We are exactly one week away from the return of "Community" to NBC's primetime lineup, as the show starts all over again in its old Thursday at 8 timeslot on March 15. (Earlier that day, Hulu should be posting the archived stream of the "Community" PaleyFest panel I moderated, though I've already seen excerpts floating around on YouTube.) But since the show remains not on the air this week, it's time for one final installment in my weekly series on why I've missed the show during its absence.

'Happy Endings' - 'The Kerkovich Way': Penny Hartz's day off

Jane brainwashes Dave, while Max and Penny compete in a scavenger hunt

<p>On &quot;Happy Endings,&quot;&nbsp;Dave (Zachary Knighton)&nbsp;tries to demonstrate his bra-opening skills for Alex (Elisha Cuthbert).</p>

On "Happy Endings," Dave (Zachary Knighton) tries to demonstrate his bra-opening skills for Alex (Elisha Cuthbert).

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A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I krump away this guilt...

'The River' - 'Dr. Emmet Cole': Man vs. wild

Bruce Greenwood takes center stage in a very strong hour

<p>Bruce Greenwood as Dr. Emmet Cole on &quot;The River.&quot;</p>

Bruce Greenwood as Dr. Emmet Cole on "The River."

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A review of last night's "The River" — the strongest installment of the series so far — coming up just as soon as I deflect your schoolgirl crush...

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