<p>Ellen Pompeo and Justin Chambers on &quot;Grey's Anatomy.&quot;</p>

Ellen Pompeo and Justin Chambers on "Grey's Anatomy."

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The Morning Round-Up: '30 Rock,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Up All Night' & 'Grey's Anatomy'

Jack vs. Jack, Leonard vs. Sheldon, Chris vs. his brother and one timeline vs. another

It's morning round-up time (afternoon, really), with quick thoughts on last night's episodes of "30 Rock," "The Big Bang Theory," "Up All Night" and "Grey's Anatomy" coming up just as soon as I tell Pat Riley the Funmeister says hi...

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<p>When did Jim and Pam go from being the most likable characters on &quot;The Office&quot;&nbsp;to the most annoying?</p>

When did Jim and Pam go from being the most likable characters on "The Office" to the most annoying?

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'The Office' - 'Jury Duty': Father knows least

When did Jim and Pam become the worst people in the world?

I've mostly avoided writing about "The Office" this season because I didn't have anything new to say beyond what I wrote six weeks into the season. But where many of this season's episodes have just felt listless, last night's episode actually made me angry, and also made me want to talk a bit about the thing that annoyed me. So rather than ignore the episode, or give it one paragraph in a round-up post (which is coming later for "30 Rock" and a bunch of other shows), coming up just as soon as I use elaborate cross-hatching...

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<p>Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty vie for the role of Marilyn Monroe in &quot;Smash.&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty vie for the role of Marilyn Monroe in "Smash."

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Review: NBC's 'Smash' has talent, but does it sing?

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Backstage musical drama stars Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Katharine McPhee

Through four episodes of "Smash," the new NBC musical debuting Monday night at 10, I kept waiting to hear the music.

Not the literal music, mind you. There's plenty of that to be heard and enjoyed in this backstage drama about attempts to make a Broadway musical out of the life of Marilyn Monroe, some of them original compositions by the award-winning team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, some of them contemporary pop hits covered by a cast that includes "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing and Broadway actors Megan Hilty and Christian Borle. Shaiman and Wittman's songs for the show-within-the-show are energetic and everything you might expect from the duo who wrote the Tony-winning "Hairspray" score. And the pop numbers position the show as every bit the "'Glee' for grown-ups" NBC so desperately wants it to be. (If anything, comparing it to the narrative mess "Glee" has become is damning it with faint praise; "Smash" is much more coherent with its stories and characters.)

But even though "Smash" is a solidly-crafted show with a terrific cast (the ensemble also includes Anjelica Huston and Jack Davenport), great New York atmosphere and, yes, those songs, I never heard quite what the show wanted me to hear, or what a number of other critics I respect have heard. I never heard the music.

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<p>Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones in "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Operation Ann': Riddle me this, Ron Swanson

On Valentine's Day, Leslie plays matchmaker, Ron solves a puzzle and Chris' funk deepens

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I play music from the end of a movie about a monk who killed himself...

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<p>Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown on "Community."

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Why I miss 'Community': Because Shirley and Annie were tough cops

Yvette Nicole Brown and Alison Brie had fun playing against type

Another week has passed without "Community" on NBC's schedule or any hints about when and where it might return.(*) And until that good news comes, it's time once again to look at a clip that sums up something I love about this series.

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<p>Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy of &quot;Shameless,&quot;&nbsp;one of three Showtime comedies to be renewed today.</p>

Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy of "Shameless," one of three Showtime comedies to be renewed today.

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Showtime renews 'Shameless,' 'House of Lies' and 'Californication'

Sunday night comedies all get to come back for more seasons

Yesterday, HBO continued its pattern of renewing new dramas after a single episode. Today was Showtime's turn on the renewal front, but HBO's pay cable rival actually waited four weeks into the current seasons of "Shameless," "House of Lies" and "Californication" before ordering more.

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<p>Lucy Liu and Michael Cudlitz on &quot;Southland.&quot;</p>

Lucy Liu and Michael Cudlitz on "Southland."

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'Southland' - 'Community': She rolls on Shabbos

An eventful day for Cooper and Tang highlights an otherwise unmemorable episode

A very quick review of last night's "Southland" coming up just as soon as I get to punch you in the face...

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<p>Jeremy Davies and Damon Herriman on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>
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Jeremy Davies and Damon Herriman on "Justified."


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'Justified' - 'Harlan Roulette': Smile for the camera

With all the players now on the board, the games can really begin

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I move into the greater Lexington area of Kiss My Ass...

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<p>Lizzy Caplan and Zooey Deschanel on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Lizzy Caplan and Zooey Deschanel on "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Jess and Julia': That thing you do

Lizzy Caplan continues her guest stint as Nick's uptight girlfriend

A quick review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I use sculpting chutney...

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<p>Director Michael Mann on the &quot;Luck&quot;&nbsp;set with star Nick Nolte. </p>

Director Michael Mann on the "Luck" set with star Nick Nolte.

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HBO renews 'Luck' for season 2

Milch/Mann horse racing drama continues pay cable's recent pattern of quick renewals

HBO has renewed "Luck" for a second season, only two days after the series premiere of the horse racing drama, created by David Milch, directed by Michael Mann and starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, among others. The new season will be 10 episodes — up 1 from the 9-episode debut season — and will premiere in January 2013.

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