<p>Robert Kirkman surrounded by his zombie pals from &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Robert Kirkman surrounded by his zombie pals from "The Walking Dead."

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Interview: 'The Walking Dead' producers Robert Kirkman and Glen Mazzara

After peaceful first half, season two will close with things 'at a full boil' on the farm
"The Walking Dead" returns from a brief mid-season hiatus on Sunday night at 9 on AMC. Ratings-wise, the post-apocalyptic zombie drama remains an enormous hit for AMC, with its viewership actually increasing after the already successful first season. Creatively, though, there have been some bumps, with most of the season's first half taking place during a relatively idyllic — or, as some viewers have put it, dull — stretch on a rural farm that's been largely untouched by the zombie plague.
 
On top of that, there was the abrupt departure of showrunner Frank Darabont midway through the season, which left his number two man, "The Shield" alum Glen Mazzara, in charge of things. I spoke with Mazzara and Robert Kirkman — who created "The Walking Dead" comic book and has been a writer on the TV series from the beginning — about where things stand for Rick Grimes and friends as we head into the home stretch, about some of the complaints about the relative peace of Herschel's farm, the timing of Darabont's exit and more.
 
Also, one word of warning for those who have watched the show but not read the comics: at one point in the interview, Kirkman brings up a character who died early in the comic but is still alive on the show, and one who suffered the opposite fate in the transition from page to screen. I've generally discouraged discussion of events in the comic that have yet to happen on the show, but in this case it's a situation where if it does eventually happen on the show, the context will have to be very different, so I left it in the transcript. If you don't want to know, don't click through.
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<p>&quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;co-stars Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jim Rash participated in the most fun interview I've ever done.</p>

"Community" co-stars Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jim Rash participated in the most fun interview I've ever done.

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Why I miss 'Community': Because Jim Rash is furry

Even without scripts, this is one of the quickest, funniest casts on television

Another week has gone by without any news of when or where "Community" will return to NBC's schedule, which means it's time once again for an example of why I miss this show so much and would like it back on the air, ASAP.

For the first time in this series, I'm not going with a clip from the show itself. Instead, I'm embedding the full interview I did with Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jim Rash at Comic-Con last summer. It's nearly 20 minutes long — in other words, practically as long as a "Community" episode itself — and among the more satisfying, entertaining experiences of my professional life.

Also, it mentions furries.

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<p>James Wolk and Adam Pally on &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

James Wolk and Adam Pally on "Happy Endings."

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The Morning Round-Up: 'The Middle,' 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern Family' & 'Happy Endings'

Reviews of all four ABC Wednesday comedies

It's morning round-up time, with quick reviews of all four of ABC's Wednesday night comedies, going in chronological order — "The Middle," then "Suburgatory," "Modern Family" and "Happy Endings" — coming up just as soon as as I explain the reverse Andre the Giant to you...

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<p>Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Landlord': Send me on my way

Jess, Nick and Schmidt all struggle to read signals in an uncomfortable episode

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I paint a sexually-charged zero gravity tea ceremony in my closet...

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<p>Mark Harmon and Muse Watson in the 200th episode of &quot;NCIS.&quot;</p>

Mark Harmon and Muse Watson in the 200th episode of "NCIS."

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'NCIS' - 'Life Before His Eyes': It's a wonderful life, Gibbs

In the series' 200th episode, Gibbs gets to explore paths untaken

I don't write about "NCIS" all that often because, as entertaining as it is, it doesn't particularly lend itself to episode-by-episode analysis. But I thought the occasion of its 200th episode last night merited attention, and I have a few thoughts on "Life Before His Eyes" coming up just as soon as we combine our snooping...

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<p>Amber (Mae Whitman)&nbsp;got a &quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;promotion.</p>

Amber (Mae Whitman) got a "Parenthood" promotion.

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'Parenthood' - 'Politics': Moving out and moving in

Amber gets a promotion, Dr. Joe finds a house and Zoe makes a change

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I train for a year to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro...

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<p>The cast of &quot;The River&quot;&nbsp;gets wet.</p>

The cast of "The River" gets wet.

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'The River' - 'Magus/Marbeley': Beyond the valley of the dolls

Back-to-back episodes give a strong sense of what the horror series is about

"The River" just finished its two-hour premiere. I posted my review of the series yesterday, and I have a few specific thoughts on these two episodes coming up just as soon as the doll tree has friends in Sumatra...

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<p>Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson)&nbsp;works the grill on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson) works the grill on "Justified."

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'Justified' - 'The Devil You Know': Off to see the wizard

Dickie's on the run, Devil makes a move and Limehouse is waiting

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I can sense a disturbance in the Force...

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<p>Martin Short and Josh Radnor got into it last night on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Martin Short and Josh Radnor got into it last night on "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Burning Beekeeper': The internet is for cheese

Marshall and Lily's housewarming party goes awry in a well-structured but unfunny episode

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as my breath reeks of shredded carrots and deceit...

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<p>On &quot;Smash,&quot;&nbsp;Karen (Katharine McPhee)&nbsp;performs an after-hours audition for Derek (Jack Davenport).</p>

On "Smash," Karen (Katharine McPhee) performs an after-hours audition for Derek (Jack Davenport).

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'Smash' - 'Pilot': Let me be your star

What did everybody think of NBC's new musical drama?

I posted my review of NBC's "Smash" on Friday, and a number of you weighed in on the show, having already watched it online. But I imagine some of you didn't get to see it until tonight's official premiere, and I'm curious what you guys thought of it. Did you like the songs, whether original or covers? (And once the songs shift into fantasy mode, would you prefer they stayed that way until the end, rather than toggling back and forth?) Do you have a favorite between Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty? Did you find the "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" number sexy or disturbing? (Several women I know who watched it initially thought something very bad was going to happen to Karen in that apartment.) And, most importantly, do you intend to keep watching? 

Though I didn't love the show, I find it interesting enough that I'm going to attempt some kind of weekly coverage. Some reviews may be longer than others, but there will at least be a venue for discussion of each episode. (No idea if NBC will be sending more out in advance past the first four; if not, don't expect posts until Tuesday morning sometime.) 

In the meantime, have at it.

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