<p>Laurie Metcalf in Horace and Pete</p>

Laurie Metcalf in Horace and Pete

Credit: Louis C.K.

Laurie Metcalf just gave the year's best performance so far on 'Horace and Pete'

A remarkable, and remarkably simple, episode

A few thoughts on the latest episode of Horace and Pete coming up just as soon as I close my legs, like a lady...

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<p>Vinyl</p>

Vinyl

Credit: HBO

Did all the mayhem at the end of the 'Vinyl' pilot really happen?

Terence Winter on the blurring of history and fiction in the episode's climax

I reviewed HBO's Vinyl earlier this week, and also published most of my interview with co-creator Terence Winter (and star Bobby Cannavale). I held one part of the latter until after the first episode had aired, since it deals with the historical event that inspired the pilot's climax. That's coming up just as soon as I wrap the python around my neck...

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<p>The Walking Dead</p>

The Walking Dead

Credit: AMC

Review: Is there 'No Way Out' of 'Walking Dead's recent creative problems?

Rick and company endure a zombie invasion of Alexandria in the mid-season premiere

A review of tonight's The Walking Dead mid-season premiere coming up just as soon as I'm wearing my dress blues...

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<p>Lethal Weapon and Damon Wayans</p>

Lethal Weapon and Damon Wayans

Credit: Warner Bros./ABC

Damon Wayans Sr. too old for this s--t as Murtaugh in 'Lethal Weapon' pilot

Who can play Riggs? Or should they leave the franchise behind with Gibson and Glover?

Damon Wayans Sr. is officially too old for this s--t, now that he's been cast as Roger Murtaugh in a FOX pilot adaptation of the Lethal Weapon films.

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<p>Roadies</p>

Roadies

Credit: Showtime

Cameron Crowe's 'Roadies' gets a premiere date, Eddie Vedder trailer

Roadies, the first TV show created by Cameron Crowe, finally has a premiere date, along with a trailer scored to "Hard Sun" by Crowe's longtime friend Eddie Vedder.

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<p>James Franco in 11.22.63</p>

James Franco in 11.22.63

Credit: Hulu
B

Review: James Franco shines in Hulu's uneven time travel miniseries '11.22.63'

An eight-part adaptation that leaves some of the best parts of Stephen King's book on the page

Stephen King's always been open about his improvisational writing style, and the way he lets his stories tell him where they need to go. Even if he never said a word about his process, though, longtime King readers could probably tell, not just because his endings tend to feel rougher than his beginnings, but because sometimes his stories will take unusual detours as King becomes fascinated by a plot device he obviously didn't expect to find so interesting when he started.

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<p>Star Trek</p>

Star Trek

Credit: Paramount

Ask Alan: What can Bryan Fuller do with 'Star Trek'?

An all-'Trek' edition inspired by this week's news about the 'Hannibal' showrunner

It's a special single-topic edition of Ask Alan, inspired by this week's news that former Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller will be in charge of CBS' new Star Trek series. We still know nothing about what it'll be about, but fun to speculate.

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<p>Triumph</p>

Triumph

Credit: Hulu

'Triumph's Election Special' is the best campaign coverage you'll find

We have somehow arrived in the era of the surprise release. Two weeks ago, with no advance warning, Louis C.K. dropped the first episode of a series of filmed plays featuring an all-star cast. The day before the Super Bowl, Beyoncé (who has some prior experience with surprise releases) put out a new single that she was going to perform during the halftime show. Yesterday, Funny or Die premiered a 50-minute Donald Trump parody biopic starring Johnny Depp, that no one knew was in the works. And Hulu this week, with virtually no promotion, gave us the 85-minute comedy gift that is Triumph's Election Special 2016, in which Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (and his handler, Robert Smigel) travels to Iowa and New Hampshire to harass the presidential candidates and their constituents.

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC
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Review: 'Better Call Saul' shouldn't be in a rush to get to 'Breaking Bad'

Season 2 abruptly but wisely slams on the brakes along the road to Saul Goodman

It's funny: before Better Call Saul debuted, all anyone seemed interested in was when and how the Breaking Bad prequel would work in cameos from Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and the rest of the gang from Heisenberg's glory days. There was some enthusiasm about getting backstory on Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, but even the most devout BB worshippers seemed to view a Saul Goodman spin-off primarily as an excuse to spend more time in this fictional universe, rather than an essential showcase for Bob Odenkirk in the title role. Even in Saul's early days, a lot of viewers seemed to be viewing this period of the character's career — when he was still going by his real name of Jimmy McGill, and trying to be taken seriously as an honest lawyer, rather than the cheerful shyster who worked as Walter White's consiglieri — as something to be raced through as quickly as possible so we could get to the tacky bus bench ads, the obnoxious behavior, and, of course, Huell.

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<p>The Flash</p>

The Flash

Credit: CW

Review: Everything's topsy turvy as 'The Flash' heads to Earth-2

Killer Frost! Deathstorm! Reverb! A different Detective West!

Some thoughts on last night's The Flash coming up just as soon as I'm Cloud City Vadering you...

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