<p>Corin Nemec in the &quot;What's Alan Watching?&quot;&nbsp;pilot.</p>

Corin Nemec in the "What's Alan Watching?" pilot.

Credit: CBS

What's Alan watching? Why, the 'What's Alan Watching?' pilot, of course!

Eddie Murphy, Corin Nemec and Fran Drescher in the unsold pilot that gave this blog its name

It's December, which is list-making time in the entertainment journalism business, and I've noticed a lot more chatter this year on Twitter between different critics as they try to figure out their best-of and worst-of lists. The other day, someone asked whether NBC's horrible "Wonder Woman" pilot - which never aired, but leaked briefly on the Internet - should be eligible. That got me thinking about ye olden days of the '70s and '80s when TV networks would actually air some of their unsold pilots, especially when they were two hours long and could be presented as a TV-movie, or if they had something special that the network could promote one time, even if no one felt it would work as a series.

One example of the latter kind of Busted Pilot Theatre was the show that gave my blog its name: 1989's "What's Alan Watching?," a one-hour family comedy starring a pre-"Parker Lewis Can't Lose" Corin Nemec as Alan Hoffstetter, a suburban teenager who tried to escape his unhappy life by spending hours in front of the TV, often having fantasies where the TV characters would talk to him.

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<p>Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;has reason to smile on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Leslie (Amy Poehler) has reason to smile on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Trial of Leslie Knope': That's what Ethel Beavers said

Chris challenges the origin and nature of Leslie and Ben's romance

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I eat an unreasonable amount of St. John's wort...

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<p>Annie (Alison Brie)&nbsp;and Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Annie (Alison Brie) and Troy (Donald Glover) on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism': Das Bat

A strong Jeff/Shirley story is paired with a silly Annie/Abed/Troy one

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I review frozen pizza on YouTube...

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<p>The guys from &quot;Terriers&quot; still don't have a DVD, but they've come to Netflix.</p>

The guys from "Terriers" still don't have a DVD, but they've come to Netflix.

Credit: FX

'Terriers' comes to Netflix Instant, productivity says goodbye

Brilliant-but-canceled detective series still has no DVD set, but you can watch all the episodes

I have a lot of things I should be watching today for next week's reviews and podcast, yet I'm sorely tempted to devote the entire day to watching "Terriers" now that the brilliant-but-canceled FX detective drama has arrived on Netflix Instant.

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<p>Q'orianka Kilcher, Charlie Rowe and a CGI&nbsp;Tinkerbell in &quot;Neverland.&quot;</p>

Q'orianka Kilcher, Charlie Rowe and a CGI Tinkerbell in "Neverland."

Credit: Syfy

Review: Syfy's 'Neverland' takes the magic out of Peter Pan

Too much explaning, not enough entertaining in prequel miniseries
There's an old saying in showbiz that a magician never reveals his secrets. The magician obviously doesn't want to put himself out of work, but he also recognizes that, to an extent, the audience doesn't want to know how the trick works, because it's more fun on some level to accept that something magical just happened.
"Neverland," the latest Syfy re-imagining of a beloved public domain title (following 2007's "Tin Man" and 2009's "Alice," all directed by Nick Willing), isn't big on belief. In providing an origin story for Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Neverland itself, it wants you to know exactly how the magic works, how every trick is done, and why J.M. Barrie was foolish to not give everything a proper name, date and location.
It is, unsurprisingly, not the least bit fun.
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<p>Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran in &quot;I&nbsp;Hate My Teenage Daughter.&quot;</p>

Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran in "I Hate My Teenage Daughter."

Credit: FOX

'I Hate My Teenage Daughter' - 'Pilot': The worst people in the world

What did everybody think of the new FOX comedy?

I posted my review of FOX's "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" yesterday. Now it's your turn. I couldn't stand it, but you may have felt more kindly about it, had more built-up affection for Jaime Pressly and/or Katie Finneran (or Chad L. Coleman from his "Wire" days), or genuinely found it funny. 

What did everybody else think? Will you be tuning in next week? 

Also, if anyone watches "The Exes" on TV Land tonight, feel free to discuss it here if you want.

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<p>Kelly Stables, Donald Faison,&nbsp;Kristen Johnston, David Alan Basche and Wayne Knight in &quot;The Exes.&quot;</p>

Kelly Stables, Donald Faison, Kristen Johnston, David Alan Basche and Wayne Knight in "The Exes."

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Review: TV Land's 'The Exes'

Donald Faison, Kristen Johnston and company go for deliberately retro laughs

In one of the few laugh-out-loud lines in TV Land's new sitcom "The Exes" (tonight at 10:30), we meet Eden, the pint-sized, sexpot assistant to divorce lawyer Holly. Eden is played by Kelly Stables, whom the Internet Movie Database very generously lists at 5' tall, and one of Holly's clients suggests that Eden "looks like someone threw a hot chick in the dryer."

"The Exes," like most of TV Land's inventory of deliberately retro comedies (starting with "Hot in Cleveland"), feels very much like someone threw a good sitcom in the dryer. It looks and sounds like the kind of genuine oldiest-but-goodies that rerun on TV Land and Nick at Nite – and has a cast filled with actors who appeared on those kinds of shows – but everything is smaller, including the laughter.
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<p>Max (Max Burkholder)&nbsp;wanders the streets of Oakland in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Max (Max Burkholder) wanders the streets of Oakland in "Parenthood."

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'Parenthood' - 'Missing': The Max on the bus goes round and round

Kristina goes back to work, Max goes missing, and Crosby likes Dr. Joe

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I like a jean jacket on a baby...

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<p>Winston (Lamorne Morris)&nbsp;and Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;work with some high school kids on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Winston (Lamorne Morris) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) work with some high school kids on "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Bells': The thrill of the fight

The guys step to the forefront in one of the strongest episodes so far

A review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I have a $40,000 bar mitzvah...

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<p>Lenny the Pimp (Sonny Barger)&nbsp;meets with Jax (Charlie Hunnam)&nbsp;on &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;&nbsp;</p>
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Lenny the Pimp (Sonny Barger) meets with Jax (Charlie Hunnam) on "Sons of Anarchy." 

Credit: FX

'Sons of Anarchy' - 'To Be, Act 1': Tell me you love me

Jax, Tara and Gemma all scramble in the first half of the season finale

A quick review of tonight's "Sons of Anarchy" coming up just as soon as I get you a bigger bowl...

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