<p>Karen Gillan as Amy Pond on &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

Karen Gillan as Amy Pond on "Doctor Who."

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Press tour: Karen Gillan on leaving 'Doctor Who' and starring in 'We'll Take Manhattan'

She'll segue from playing Amy Pond to iconic '60s model Jean Shrimpton

PASADENA - Karen Gillan came to press tour to discuss her new TV-movie "We'll Take Manhattan," but as often happens at this event, the first question for her was about her more famous role on "Doctor Who," which she will leave sometime during the British sci-fi series' next season.

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<p>Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder)&nbsp;and his friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez)&nbsp;in animated form.</p>

Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) and his friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez) in animated form.

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Review: 'Napoleon Dynamite' turns animated for FOX

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Does the cartoon format wind up humanizing Napoleon, Pedro and friends?

The first thing I should say about "Napoleon Dynamite" the FOX animated series is that I hated "Napoelon Dynamite" the 2004 live-action film.

I found the movie airless, joyless and seemingly so full of contempt for its outcast characters - including Jon Heder as the oblivious title character - that I only got to the end because I kept hoping to see what it was that had made it such a beloved cult object in some circles.
 
I say this for two reasons. First, because if you're among those who love the movie, you may as well stop reading, because I'm not approaching the show (it debuts Sunday night at 8:30) from the same perspective. It's close enough in tone and style - and features the entire returning cast and creators Jared and Jerusha Hess - that if you still have affection for Napoleon, Pedro and company after all these years, I imagine you'll enjoy them in animated form.
 
But second, I say all of this because I assumed that, given my antipathy for the source material, I would hate "Napoleon Dynamite" the series just as much - and I didn't. I don't even know that I would go so far as to say I liked it, but the transition to animation works wonders with these characters and their rural Idaho world.
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<p>Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah on &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah on "Chuck."

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. Bo': Double rainbow

Bo Derek complicates a mission, and Sarah makes two huge decisions

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I'm wearing a fake dreadlocked ski hat...

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<p>&quot;Bridesmaids&quot;&nbsp;producer Judd Apatow is returning to TV with the HBO&nbsp;comedy &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

"Bridesmaids" producer Judd Apatow is returning to TV with the HBO comedy "Girls."

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Press tour: Judd Apatow talks 'Girls,' 'Bridesmaids' sequel and 'Freaks and Geeks'

Comedy mogul returns to TV for the first time in a decade with HBO Lena Dunham comedy
PASADENA - "I was hurt and wounded and sad from my television experience," Judd Apatow said of that strange period a decade ago when he was a fixture at press tour with a pair of shows - "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared" - that were beloved by critics and mistreated by their networks.
 
Things turned out okay for Apatow - and Paul Feig, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel and almost everyone else he worked with on those two adored but low-rated series - and he was far more serene and confident when he came back to TCA to discuss "Girls," the new HBO comedy series he's producing with writer/director/star Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture") and former "Undeclared" writer Jenni Konner.
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<p>Rory McCann and the rest of the &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;cast will return in April.</p>

Rory McCann and the rest of the "Game of Thrones" cast will return in April.

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HBO sets 'Game of Thrones' premiere date, plus 'Veep,' 'Girls' and 'Game Change'

April will be a big month for HBO drama and comedy

HBO is about to kick off a three-hour bloc of press tour panels, mostly for new shows like the Milch/Mann horseracing drama "Luck," Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Armando Iannucci's "Veep," Lena Dunham's "Girls" and Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's "Life's Too Short." And now we know the premiere dates for all of those shows, plus when "Game of Thrones" season 2 will begin.

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<p>Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin were back on &quot;30 Rock&quot;&nbsp;last night.</p>

Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin were back on "30 Rock" last night.

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The Morning Round-Up: '30 Rock,' 'The Office' & 'Up All Night'

Liz Lemon returned, while the 9 o'clock shows both had trivia battles

Some quick thoughts on last night's episodes of "30 Rock," "The Office" and "Up All Night" coming up just as soon as lupus lets me cut in line...

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<p>Walter (Geoff Stults)&nbsp;gets his quirk on in &quot;The Finder&quot;&nbsp;pilot.</p>

Walter (Geoff Stults) gets his quirk on in "The Finder" pilot.

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'The Finder' - 'An Orphan Walks Into a Bar': Microwave man

What did everybody think of FOX's backdoor 'Bones' spin-off?

Press tour demands kept me from writing a review of "The Finder," which just aired its first regular episode - the characters were introduced in a "Bones" episode last spring (which Fienberg wrote about) - tonight on FOX. I gave my opinion of it on this week's podcast. Short version is that I like Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan together, don't necessarily like the two new female characters they added to replace Saffron Burrows, and wonder about the level of quirkiness/wackiness (though it was mostly in control here). Overall, I feel much the same way I do about "Bones": it's a light, well-executed procedural (very much like a USA drama), but not necessarily something I will feel compelled to watch again.

For those of you who watched it, what did you think? Did you think this episode was better or worse than the backdoor pilot? Do you prefer the newbies to Burrows, or vice versa? Is Walter too quirky or just quirky enough? And does casting an actor as tall as Stults opposite Duncan take too much away from Duncan, who is usually defined as much by his size as his sense of humor?

Have at it.

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<p>Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;and friends have trouble keeping their feet on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Leslie (Amy Poehler) and friends have trouble keeping their feet on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Comeback Kid': Dunking campaign on ice

Ann flounders as Leslie's campaign manager, and Ben goes to a dark place

A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as we have a philosophical difference about what constitutes a law...

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<p>Rob and Eugenio Derbez in &quot;Rob.&quot;</p>

Rob and Eugenio Derbez in "Rob."

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'Rob' - 'Pilot': Meet the parents

What did everybody think of CBS' new Rob Schneider sitcom?

I posted my review of CBS' "Rob(or, if you prefer, "¡Rob!") this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched, what did you think? Were you predisposed towards liking or hating Rob Schneider? Did you enjoy the ethnic humor? The misunderstandings and slapstick? Cheech? The wacky uncle? And will you watch again? 

Have at it.

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<p>Joel McHale and Danny Pudi in the chicken fingers episode of &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale and Danny Pudi in the chicken fingers episode of "Community."

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Why I miss 'Community': Because Abed and Jeff bonded over chicken fingers

The series' first major high-concept episode also told a great character story

And so it's come to this: NBC's Thursday night comedy bloc kicks off right now on the East Coast, and "Community" is not a part of it. I'm glad to have "30 Rock" back, and to give "Up All Night" a chance to pick up viewers after being adrift on the Wednesday lineup, but dammit... I want Troy and Abed on my TV.

Once again, my plan is to spend every Thursday from now until NBC announces the show's return to the schedule (if not until the show is actually back on the schedule) revisiting a favorite moment or storyline from the series. If we can't have new "Community," at least we can bask in memories of the old ones.

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