<p>Mindy Kaling's &quot;The Mindy Project&quot;&nbsp;will be part of FOX's new four-sitcom Tuesday lineup.</p>

Mindy Kaling's "The Mindy Project" will be part of FOX's new four-sitcom Tuesday lineup.

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FOX's 2012-13 schedule: 'Glee' to Thursday and a Tuesday comedy bloc

'X Factor' in the fall and 'American Idol' in spring don't leave a lot of wiggle room

Once upon a time, FOX was the hyper kid with a short attention span of Upfront Week. The network — with its commitments at different times of year to baseball, football, "American Idol," etc. — would swoop in to announce a two-, three- or even four-pronged schedule involving dozens of shows that would constantly jump around to different nights and/or times. Frequently, those plans would be scrapped by the time we got into the season (if not sooner), and some shows would never even air at all.

Now, though, the 25-year-old FOX is embracing a stable, conservative, bordering on dull mindset as it seeks stability in its adult life. With "X Factor" as a plausible fall stand-in for "Idol" — even if it wasn't the indestructible hit that FOX and Simon Cowell had suggested it would be — the network announced a new schedule on Monday morning that was among the more stable we're going to see this week, with only three new shows on in the fall, and minimal changes planned for mid-season.

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<p>January Jones in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

January Jones in "Mad Men."

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'Dark Shadows'

Betty, Don and Roger each chart a selfish course

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I have my lawyer tell your lawyer what time dinner is...

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<p>Jemima Kirke and Lena Dunham in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Jemima Kirke and Lena Dunham in "Girls."

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'Girls' - 'Hard Being Easy': The unsmoteable

Hannah's plan backfires and Marnie tries to win back Charlie

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I have a suing app on my iPhone...

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<p>Emilia Clarke and Iain Glen in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Emilia Clarke and Iain Glen in "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' - 'A Man Without Honor': Horse and hound

Jaime has a plan, Theon hunts for the Stark Boys and Jon Snow gets led astray

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I meet a literate stonemason...

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<p>Matthew Perry is returning to NBC with &quot;Go On,&quot; but not to Thursday nights.</p>

Matthew Perry is returning to NBC with "Go On," but not to Thursday nights.

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NBC's 2012-13 schedule: 'The Voice' and football trump Thursday nostalgia

Peacock focuses on early part of the week rather than home of its '80s & '90s triumphs

For more than 20 years, NBC owned Thursday nights. No matter what else was ailing the Peacock, the network could count on an orderly transfer of power from "The Cosby Show" to "Cheers," from "Seinfeld" to "Friends," from "L.A. Law" to "ER."

Now, Thursdays are just one more problem in an ever-mounting pile of them, with the network consistently coming in fourth on a night it used to dominate, and many weeks finishing in a dead heat with Univision — which may explain why the night is an afterthought in the fall schedule that NBC entertainment president Robert Greenblatt announced on Sunday afternoon.

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<p>The women of Wisteria Lane &mdash; Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross &mdash; back in the pilot of &quot;Desperate Housewives.&quot;</p>

The women of Wisteria Lane — Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross — back in the pilot of "Desperate Housewives."

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'Desperate Housewives' says goodbye after improbable success

Primetime soap broke various rules, turned into huge phenomenon
It's tempting to look at ABC's "Desperate Housewives," which comes to the end of its eight-season run tomorrow night at 9, and suggest that a show like that would have trouble getting on television today. But the fact is, "Desperate Housewives" had just as much trouble getting on the air back in 2004. It was not only one of TV's biggest successes of the '00s, but one of the medium's most improbable.
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<p>Michael Ealy and Warren Kole in &quot;Common Law.&quot;</p>

Michael Ealy and Warren Kole in "Common Law."

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'Common Law' - 'Pilot': Not Penny's patients

What did everybody think of the new USA cop drama?

I posted my review of USA's "Common Law" yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the new USA cop drama? Did the couples counseling gimmick freshen up all the old cliches, or just make them seem even sillier? Did you like the chemistry between Michael Ealy and Warren Kole? How did you feel they compared to some of the other USA duos and trios? Any "Tell Me You Love Me" fans who were happy to see Sonya Walger on the other side of a therapy session? "Rescue Me" fans glad to see Jack McGee, period? 

And, most importantly, will you watch again? Have at it.

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<p>No need to worry anymore, Andy Dwyer:&nbsp;&quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;will be back on NBC next season.</p>

No need to worry anymore, Andy Dwyer: "Parks and Recreation" will be back on NBC next season.

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NBC renews 'Parks and Recreation' for season 5

We'll get another year in Pawnee with Leslie Knope and friends

NBC has renewed "Parks and Recreationfor a fifth season.

As of now, the order is only for 13 episodes -- which is the same amount that "30 Rock" (definitively entering its final season) and "Community" (long-term future up in the air) got yesterday -- but I'm hearing that "Parks" will be on NBC's fall schedule, which means there's still very much a chance that the show could get a back 9 order, continue, etc.

UPDATE: Scratch all that above. The order is now for the full 22 episodes. Among other things, that'll get the show (which NBC owns) up to 90 episodes total.

Though the renewal came a day later than several of NBC's other decisions, I hadn't worried too much about the future of "Parks" being in doubt. NBC owns the show, and as modest as the numbers have been, it's done better than several other shows, and it's a known quantity in terms of what its floor is. NBC has ordered a lot of new comedies, but it's entirely possible those shows will do worse than Leslie Knope, Ron Effing Swanson and friends.

So rejoice, people of Pawnee. All is right with the world once again.

UPDATE: According to several published reports, NBC has also renewed "Up All Night." So a very good day in the Poehler/Arnett household.

RELATED: Season 4 finale review | Interview with co-creator Mike Schur

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<p>Andy acts out a revenge fantasy on &quot;The Office&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Andy acts out a revenge fantasy on "The Office" finale.

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Season finale review: 'The Office' - 'Free Family Portrait Studio'

Andy plots his return, Robert plots his exit and Dwight plots against Angela

A review of "The Office" season finale coming up just as soon as the coconut is pretty subtle...

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<p>Alec Baldwin and Elizabeth Banks in &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Alec Baldwin and Elizabeth Banks in "30 Rock."

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'30 Rock' - 'The Return of Avery Jessup': Back to normalcy

Elizabeth Banks comes back, Liz and Criss fight, and Jenna runs from her roots

A quick review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just a soon as Siri brings Jessica Tandy back to life...

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