<p>Rex (Dylan Minnette)&nbsp;gets into a fight on &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

Rex (Dylan Minnette) gets into a fight on "Awake."

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'Awake' - 'Kate Is Enough': Don't tell mom the babysitter's red

NBC airs an episode out of order, but it mostly works anyway

A review of tonight's "Awake" coming up just as soon as I make you a paper airplane...

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<p>David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland in &quot;Touch.&quot;</p>
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David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland in "Touch."


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'Touch' - '1+1=3': Peanuts, popcorn and claptrap

What did everybody think of the return of the FOX drama?

Since FOX is treating tonight's episode of "Touch" as the show's official premiere, we might as well continue my tradition of doing talkback posts for new shows. I posted my review of the new episodes — including tonight's, which I found to be pretty dire — yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those who liked the pilot, did this feel like a step down? For those who didn't see the first episode, could you make heads or tails of this? Was anyone glad to see the giggly Japanese girls recur? Were the "24" fans sated by the Jack Bauer/Mike Novick reunion? And how many people intend to tune in next week?

Have at it.

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<p>Joel McHale has a little something for the ladies (and Dean Pelton)&nbsp;on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale has a little something for the ladies (and Dean Pelton) on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Contemporary Impressionists': Jeff SMASH!!!

The study group bands together to help Abed, and Jeff gets overconfident

A review of tonight's "Community" — and some thoughts on last week's surprisingly high ratings — coming up just as soon as you make me feel hatred of Renee Zellweger...

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<p>Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt in &quot;Friends with Kids.&quot;</p>

Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt in "Friends with Kids."

Movie Review: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm are all 'Friends with Kids'

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The gang from 'Bridesmaids' and Ben Wyatt team up for Westfeldt's strong directorial debut

I don't see movies in the theater much anymore, but ever since I heard about "Friends with Kids" — the directorial debut of "Kissing Jessica Stein" writer/star Jennifer Westfeldt, also starring Adam Scott from "Parks and Recreation" and a good chunk of the "Bridesmaids" cast (Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Chris O'Dowd and some guy named Jon Hamm who apparently has a TV show returning this weekend) — I made a mental note to get a sitter and take my wife to see it. We had some childcare mishaps over the weekend, which felt appropriate to the movie's subject, but finally got to slip out to see it last night, and I really enjoyed it.

The short version, for those who haven't seen it yet — and then, after the jump, some thoughts on specific things in the film for those who have — is that Westfeldt and Scott play best friends who've never been interested in each other romantically, and who start to feel their other friends slipping away and turning into different people when they marry off and have children. Interested in having kids, but terrified of what they see as the toxic effect it has on marriages, they decide to game the system by having a baby together as platonic friends, splitting the childcare responsibilities 50/50 while still having plenty of time to date other people and (more importantly) sleep. It's raunchy at times (though not nearly as much as "Bridesmaids"), dramatic at others, and ultimately a traditional romantic comedy that's just well-executed with a lot of indie moviemaking values. Scott is particularly excellent in it, but everyone's good (Westfeldt even gets a human performance out of Megan Fox in a supporting role as one of Scott's girlfriends), and it was well worth the babysitter for me.

And now onto some specifics about the film (including the ending) so those of us who've seen it can discuss, coming up just as soon as I play the kid card and the Brooklyn card...

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<p>Max (Adam Pally)&nbsp;gets his &quot;Goonies&quot;&nbsp;on in &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Max (Adam Pally) gets his "Goonies" on in "Happy Endings."

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'Happy Endings' - 'You Snooze, You Bruise': Baby, baby, let me sleep on it

Dave goes to the gym, Jane learns to relax, and Alex revives her inner bully

A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as my bottom half is selling fuzzy burritos in the parking lot outside of a Widespread Panic concert...

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<p>Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Vincent Kartheiser, Jon Hamm, Robert Morse and Elisabeth Moss are all back in some form, at some time, for the new season of &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris, Vincent Kartheiser, Jon Hamm, Robert Morse and Elisabeth Moss are all back in some form, at some time, for the new season of "Mad Men."

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Review: 'Mad Men' returns in fine form for season 5

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A lot has happened since last we saw Don and Peggy, but it's still one of TV's best dramas
When AMC sent TV critics a review copy of the two-hour "Mad Men" fifth season premiere (Sunday at 9 p.m.), they attached a note from series creator Matthew Weiner, who is both more paranoid about spoilers, and has a broader definition of what constitutes a spoiler, than any showrunner I've ever encountered. So it wasn't a surprise that the letter included a list of details from the premiere that Weiner asked us to not reveal, like "What year is it?" and "What happened with Don and Megan?" and "Did Joan have the baby?" The list is thorough enough that I think the only premiere details I imagine Weiner would be entirely comfortable with me revealing are that Roger Sterling says several funny things, Pete Campbell pouts over a perceived slight, and Harry Crane acts obnoxious — and only because those things happen in every episode of "Mad Men."
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<p>David Walton, Amanda Peet and Margo Harshman in &quot;Bent.&quot;</p>

David Walton, Amanda Peet and Margo Harshman in "Bent."

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'Bent' - 'Pilot'/'Smitten': Kitchen confidential

What did everybody think of NBC's new romantic comedy?

I posted my review of NBC's "Bent" yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody who watched think? Did you stay for both episodes? Did you like the chemistry between David Walton and Amanda Peet? Did you enjoy the crew? (I, personally, would listen to J.B. Smoove say "smitten" for quite a while.) Were you distracted to see Landry in scenes with a very different guy named Riggins? And does the weird scheduling — and what it suggests about NBC's faith in the show — make you more or less likely to watch future episodes? 

Have at it. I enjoyed the show enough that I'll have posts (length TBD) the next two weeks for the remaining episodes.

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<p>David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland in &quot;Touch.&quot;</p>

David Mazouz and Kiefer Sutherland in "Touch."

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Review: Return of Kiefer Sutherland's 'Touch' suggests a pattern of cheesiness

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Things that worked in the January pilot go horribly awry in the first regular episode
When FOX aired the pilot of "Touch" back in January — months ahead of the official season premiere tomorrow night at 9 — I wrote that the episode succeeded at making a lot of tricky ideas work together, but that I feared future episodes might not work as well. The concept — a mute, insular boy has the ability to see patterns in the chaos of everyday life that his father can use to help strangers — seemed too elaborate a Rube Goldberg device to run smoothly every week, particularly since the man at the controls was Tim Kring, who got off to a good start on "Heroes" before losing his grip quickly. The "Touch" pilot worked even as there were all kinds of danger signs about why it shouldn't have, and I worried that it would be hard to get the pieces to align perfectly in future installments.
 
I've now seen both the episode premiering tomorrow and the one airing next week. Tomorrow's episode confirms all of my fears about the show — if anything, it's even worse than I thought things could get — while next week's maybe rises to mediocrity, and without any of the emotional impact that made me forgive a whole lot of contrivances in the pilot.
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<p>Cooper (Michael Cudlitz)&nbsp;and Tang (Lucy Liu)&nbsp;in a shoot-out in the &quot;Southland&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) and Tang (Lucy Liu) in a shoot-out in the "Southland" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Southland' - 'Thursday'

Cooper and Tang have a parting of the ways, while Lydia and Ben each make big decisions

A review of the "Southland" fourth season finale coming up just as soon as I sing a little Nicki Minaj for you...

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<p>New &quot;Doctor Who&quot;&nbsp;companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.</p>

New "Doctor Who" companion Jenna-Louise Coleman.

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'Doctor Who' casts Jenna-Louise Coleman as new companion

Actress to succeed Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill when the Ponds leave the TARDIS

"Doctor Who" fans already knew that this season — the show's 50th anniversary season — would be the last one to feature Karen Gillan as the Doctor's trusted companion Amy Pond (and also Arthur Darvill as Amy's husband Rory). And now we know who will be tasked with replacing her: 25-year-old actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, who's previously been on UK shows like "Emmerdale."

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