<p>Anthony Anderson in Black-ish</p>

Anthony Anderson in Black-ish

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Review: ABC's 'Black-ish' a sharp comedy about race, class and family

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Not the fall's funniest sitcom pilot, but maybe its most promising

Ideally, the first episode of a new comedy is both laugh out loud funny and possessor of a clear comic point of view. But if I had to choose one or the other as a marker of what will be a better comedy in the long run, I'd go with the point of view. If a sitcom has something to say and a distinct way of saying it, then that's a sturdier foundation for humor than a half-hour that's not really about anything but has a bunch of good jokes crammed into it.

That's why ABC's "Black-ish" (it debuts tomorrow night at 9:30) is the new network comedy I'm most enthusiastic about. There are other shows this fall that made me laugh louder and more often (even if not always at moments designed for laughter), but "Black-ish" arrives as a comedy that knows what it's about, and how it wants to be about it in a very smart way.

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Series premiere talkback: 'Forever' - 'Pilot'
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Series premiere talkback: 'Forever' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of ABC's new supernatural cop drama?

I offered a brief review of "Forever" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? If you're one of the precious few who watched and remembers "New Amsterdam," did the similarities bother you, or did you enjoy Ioan Gruffudd's Sherlock Holmes impression enough to not care? Did you feel Gruffudd had chemistry with Alana de la Garza? Do you, like me, wonder how Henry keeps obtaining a new drivers license every time he dies and is resurrected without his clothes? Did you like the revelation about who Abe is? And will you watch again tomorrow night in its regular timeslot, and in the weeks to come?

Have at it.

<p>The cast of Scorpion</p>

The cast of Scorpion

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Series premiere talkback: 'Scorpion' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of CBS' new 'Big Bang Theory'-esque drama?

I offered a brief review of "Scorpion" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did this show about geniuses seem smart or stupid? Did you buy Elyes Gabel as one of the five smartest people alive? How do you feel about Katharine McPhee in a non-musical context? Are you with McPhee in being amazed what the ultimate solution to the problem involved? Were the two car chase sequences enough to carry you through, or did you just spend the whole hour wondering why they were wasting Ernie Hudson in such a nothing role? Did Robert Patrick's make-up in the opening scene freak you out? And will you watch again?

Have at it.
 

<p>Ben McKenzie and David Mazouz in &quot;Gotham.&quot;</p>

Ben McKenzie and David Mazouz in "Gotham."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Gotham' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the Batman prequel series?

I posted my review of FOX's "Gotham" last week. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched tonight, what did you think? Does the whole prequel structure seem to work for you, or are you not interested in spending years watching the rise of Gotham's super-criminals before Batman can ever show up to stop them? Did you like Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue? How'd you feel about the embryonic versions of Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler (and possibly one more, in Mario Pepper's daughter)? Did you like Jada Pinkett Smith and John Doman as the mob bosses? The '70s cop movie look of the piece? And will you watch again?

Have at it. As I've said, my plan is to cover the show regularly at least at the start of the season, at least until I figure out if the structure Bruno Heller has come up with is workable.

<p>Strike Back</p>

Strike Back

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'Strike Back' adds Michelle Yeoh, Dustin Clare & more to final season cast

'Spartacus' alums! An MMA champ! A legend of international action!

The final season of "Strike Back" has the potential for even more bad-assery than usual, based on the just-announced guest cast.

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<p>Jeffrey Tambor in &quot;Transparent.&quot;</p>

Jeffrey Tambor in "Transparent."

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'Transparent' star Jeffrey Tambor on finding his inner woman

As a transgender female, the 'Arrested Development' alum has the toughest role of his career
Jeffrey Tambor has been to the comedy mountaintop twice with "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Arrested Development," and has had a long and productive career that's seen him working pretty much non-stop since 1979. So he knows from professional fulfillment.

But he's never had a role as challenging, or as potentially rewarding, as his current job on "Transparent," the new Amazon dramedy that will premiere on Friday morning. (Amazon will make all 10 episodes of the first season available at once.)

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<p>Scorpion, Forever and NCIS: New Orleans</p>

Scorpion, Forever and NCIS: New Orleans

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Fall TV reviews: 'Scorpion,' 'Forever' & 'NCIS: New Orleans'

A dumb drama about smart people, a rehash about immortality and a third-generation spin-off

Last year, the network TV season began while I was still in a hospital bed recovering from a burst appendix and the complications that followed. Working at half-speed, I decided the only way to weather the deluge of new shows was to give all but a handful the capsule review treatment, offering up a paragraph or so on each, often with several shows in the same post, figuring I would revisit the ones that got more interesting down the road.

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<p>Julianna Margulies in &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Julianna Margulies in "The Good Wife."

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Season premiere review: 'The Good Wife' - 'The Line'

Cary gets busted, while Eli wants Alicia to run for office

A quick review of "The Good Wife" season premiere coming up just as soon as we have a general conversation about my business holdings...

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<p>Caitlin FitzGerald as Libby Masters in Masters of Sex</p>

Caitlin FitzGerald as Libby Masters in Masters of Sex

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'One for the Money, Two for the Show'

Bill and Virginia get ready for their closeups, while Libby gets a lift from Robert

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as she's a man and I'm a woman...

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<p>Madam Secretary</p>

Madam Secretary

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Series premiere talkback: 'Madam Secretary' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new CBS drama?

I published my review of "Madam Secretary" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned into the new CBS drama, what did you think? Did the material live up to the fine cast that's been assembled? Did you like Téa Leoni in a mostly serious context? Do you also dream of a Secretary of State who doesn't know there's a box? Were you distracted and/or amused that the actors playing the imprisoned boys' parents (a real-life acting couple) were part of the classic "Frasier" episode "Roz & the Schnoz"? And will you watch again?

Have at it. This seems like one I'm going to set aside and try watching again post-football, assuming it lasts that long, to see if it turns into something better down the road.