<p>The Simpsons</p>

The Simpsons

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This Sunday, 'The Simpsons' does something it's somehow never done before

'Treehouse of Horror' comes next week, but this Sunday's 'Halloween of Horror' stands out

When you're "The Simpsons" and you've been around for 27 seasons, and close to 600 episodes, doing something new is almost impossible. For the most part, the show's better latter-day episodes(*) mix and match stories the show has done a half dozen times or more in the past, finding amusing and/or poignant variations on old themes. Last week's Maggie subplot, for instance, featuring the triumphant return of Spider-Pig, had more than a little in common with the Oscar-nominated "Simpsons" short "The Longest Daycare," while the delightful "Cue Detective" episode from two weeks ago was cooked up from ingredients used in many past food-related episodes.

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<p>Supergirl</p>

Supergirl

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'Supergirl' producers: 'Superman’s not in the show is because it’s not about him

Greg Berlanti and company on the unique challenges and advantages of writing for Superman's cousin

When CBS unveiled the first extended trailer for "Supergirl" — its entree into the ubiquitous new world of TV superhero action, as well as the network's biggest priority for this TV season — in May, many fan's immediate reaction was to note the unfortunate similarities to the recent "Saturday Night Live" parody trailer for a "Black Widow" movie that suggested any female superhero story would be presented as a  romantic comedy.

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<p>The Knick</p>

The Knick

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Review: Steven Soderbergh's direction continues to dazzle with 'The Knick'

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Clive Owen and company return for more turn of the century New York medical madness

I spent much of the first season of "The Knick" wondering why Steven Soderbergh had chosen this, of all shows, to be his next passion project. Here was an Oscar-winning director, doing his first TV project in a decade (following HBO's short-lived "K Street"), understandably being given carte blanche by Cinemax to direct, shoot, and edit every episode himself, and he had for some reason picked a show with a relatively novel setting (a New York hospital circa 1900) but filled with stock characters, including a drug-addled anti-hero in Clive Owen's surgeon John Thackery, and other devices familiar from the last 15 years of cable drama. It looked fantastic and had great performances from Owen, Andre Holland (as a black surgeon whose skills aren't properly appreciated in a less enlightened era), and others, but it was hard to shake the feeling that the writing (mainly by creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler) was ordinary when the rest of the show was begging for far more than that.

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<p>You&#39;re the Worst</p>

You're the Worst

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Review: 'You're the Worst' - 'Side Bitch': Mustache rides again!

Jimmy stalks Gretchen, Edgar asks out Dorothy, and Lindsay struggles to function

A review of tonight's "You're the Worst" coming up just as soon as I'm like Reese Witherspoon in that commercial for backpacks...

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<p>Animal from The Muppets</p>

Animal from The Muppets

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Morning TV Round-Up: 'The Muppets,' 'The Grinder' & 'The Flash' reviews

Miss Piggy befriends the crew, Dean can't admit being wrong, and Flash meets the Flash of Earth-2

As I explained last month, I've cut back on shows that I cover weekly to create more time to write about (and, frankly, watch) more of the many interesting shows on TV right now. Sometimes, I'll do a standalone post about a show I haven't written about in a while, like my review of last night's "Fresh Off the Boat."  Other times, I'll go back to the kind of round-up posts that were the bread-and-butter in the early days of my old blog (which celebrated its 10th anniversary last week), and that I've used here from time to time.

So brief thoughts for, in order, last night's episodes of "The Muppets," "The Grinder," and "The Flash" coming up just as soon as the me on another Earth is an electrician...

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<p>Fresh Off the Boat</p>

Fresh Off the Boat

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Review: 'Fresh Off the Boat' has been killing it so far this fall

'Pretty in Pink,' Jeremy Lin, and Randall Park at his best

A few thoughts on last night's "Fresh Off the Boat" coming up just as soon as I gyrate you into my orbit...

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<p>Jonathan Tucker</p>

Jonathan Tucker

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'Kingdom' star Jonathan Tucker on weight loss, 'Justified' & defending Bob Little

A strong year for the young character actor

Actors tend to be in good shape to begin with. Actors who play athletes tend to keep themselves in better shape. If you play an MMA fighter on "Kingdom," at times you may have to be in absurd shape, as you can see in this photo of Jonathan Tucker, right after he dropped 30 pounds in only a few weeks as part of a storyline where his character, family black sheep Jay Kulina, has to do the same:

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<p>John Benjamin Hickey</p>

John Benjamin Hickey

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

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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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<p>Fargo</p>

Fargo

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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

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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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