<p>The Americans</p>

The Americans

Credit: FX

Review: Can 'The Americans' bring Martha in from the cold?

Stan and Aderholt get ever closer, Philip turns paranoid, and Richard Thomas steals the show

A review of tonight's The Americans coming up just as soon as I show you how to do your homework on the computer...

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

Credit: HBO

Why George R.R. Martin's lateness may be a great thing for 'Game of Thrones'

The HBO fantasy epic prepares for its first season without a published book as source material

Jon Snow is dead.

He's not resting. He's not pining for the fjords. He is no more. He has ceased to be. He's expired and gone to meet his maker. He's bleedin' demised. He is an ex-Ranger!

Or, at least, that's what everyone involved with making Game of Thrones has had to insist for the last 10 months, because of the latest bind George R.R. Martin has put the show in.

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' ends its season with the hilarious 'Greg and Larry'

How will the squad survive a rogue FBI agent and an army of mob killers?

A review of tonight's Brooklyn Nine-Nine season finale coming up just as soon as I ruin jazz forever for you...

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<p>Better Call SAul</p>

Better Call SAul

Credit: AMC

'Better Call Saul' creators: Don't automatically expect to see Gus next year

Why Gilligan and Gould screwed up with the title anagram, juggling two shows in one, and more

In my review of the Better Call Saul season 2 finale, I noted that Saul has essentially become two shows in one: the legal and romantic adventures of Jimmy McGill, which occasionally offer reminders of the show where we first met him; and the rising criminal career of Mike Ehrmantraut, which at the moment is hip-deep in Breaking Bad villains — but not necessarily the one everybody's waiting for.

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<p>The Night Manager</p>

The Night Manager

Credit: AMC

Review: Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie play a spy game in 'The Night Manager'

A pretty John le Carre adaptation with fun performances and a draggy plot

Late in AMC's six-part spy thriller The Night Manager, Jonathan Pine, the dashing undercover operative played by Tom Hiddleston, slides into a casino bar and orders a vodka martini. Though he doesn't clarify whether he'd prefer it shaken or stirred, the drink order, the locale, and the well-tailored suit Jonathan wears like a second skin all can't help but evoke images of Hiddleston playing James Bond.

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

Review: How 'Better Call Saul' came into its own in season 2

What happened to Chuck? And who wrote that note?

A review of the Better Call Saul season finale coming up just as soon as I'm doing something un-hospital-y...

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<p>Lena Dunham in Girls</p>

Lena Dunham in Girls

Credit: HBO

Why was this the best 'Girls' season in years?

Jenni Konner prepares for the HBO comedy's end, and praises 'Star Wars' villain Adam Driver

When Girls began its fifth season, I feared it was struggling at least as much as its characters in the transition from carefree youth to mature adulthood. The early episodes had their moments, particularly our first glimpse of Shoshanna's new life in Japan, but the spark of the series' first few seasons wasn't quite there as Hannah and her friends fumbled around with new jobs, new relationships, and new responsibilities.

(Season spoilers coming up just as soon as there's a pretty picture of me in the Financial Times round-up of books of the year...)

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<p>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</p>

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Credit: Netflix

Reviewing every 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' season 2 episode

The show went deeper and darker without losing its inherent silliness

Netflix released the whole second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Friday, and I'm going to offer some overall thoughts on the season, followed by specific takes on each episode, coming up just as soon as I ask whether Cate Blanchett is really a great actress, or just tall...

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<p>Bobby Cannavale in Vinyl.</p>

Bobby Cannavale in Vinyl.

Credit: HBO

Can 'Vinyl' be fixed after such a disappointing first season?

The HBO drama fired its showrunner, but has deep problems remaining

The year's still young, but it's safe to call HBO's Vinyl one of its biggest TV disappointments. Whether you're looking at ratings (where viewership for the initial Sunday night airing keeps coming in at well under 1 million), reviews (my lukewarm initial appraisal was kinder than many), or buzz, the show hasn't remotely been what either viewers or HBO executives might have hoped for from the team-up of Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter, who was fired as showrunner after this season wrapped. (He'll be replaced by The informant! and Bourne Ultimatum writer Scott Z. Burns, in his first real TV job.)

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Credit: NBC

Ask Alan: Which TV character has the most impressive ex list?

What '80s & '90s dramas hold up best? Why aren't cameras allowed at TCA panels?

Happy Friday, everybody. Time for a new installment of Ask Alan, where I tackle questions about TV characters who have had more than their fare share of dating success, which '80s and '90s dramas should be revisited for more than just their historical importance, and why TV cameras aren't allowed in TCA panels.

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