<p>&quot;The Simpsons&quot;&nbsp;taking one of many Christmas card photos last night.</p>

"The Simpsons" taking one of many Christmas card photos last night.

Credit: FOX

'The Simpsons' - 'Holidays of Future Passed': The darkest timeline?

The series jumps 30 years into the future for a sweet, funny Christmas story

I have other work I should be getting to right now, but last night's "The Simpsons" was so tremendous that I want to take a couple of minutes to acknowledge it, with thoughts on the Christmas episode coming up just as soon as I get some mohawk gel and a can of dog food...

Read Full Post
<p>Andre Braugher and Treat Williams in a scene from last week's &quot;Law &amp;&nbsp;Order:&nbsp;Special Victims Unit.&quot;</p>

Andre Braugher and Treat Williams in a scene from last week's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Credit: NBC

One too many hits: checking in on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'

How are people feeling about the revamped cop drama?

I'll admit up-front that "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has always been my least favorite major entry in the franchise. No knock on Chris Meloni, Mariska Hargitay and company, but the subject matter was always a turn-off for me, and that was even before the show went through that period of casting beloved TV stars to play sick rapists for maximum shock value.

Read Full Post
<p>A scene from HBO's horse racing drama &quot;Luck.&quot;</p>

A scene from HBO's horse racing drama "Luck."

Credit: HBO

And they're off! Early thoughts on HBO's 'Luck'

David Milch, Michael Mann, Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte team up for an impressive pilot

Though HBO aired the pilot of "Luck" last night, the David Milch/Michael Mann horse racing drama won't have its proper premiere until January 29, and the channel has treated last night's airing as a sneak preview to start preliminary conversation, and little more. Copies weren't set out to critics, though we're apparently going to get all 9 first season episodes later this month, and there aren't even publicity stills available yet. (The picture accompanying this review was taken off of HBO.com itself.)

Because I'll be getting more episodes soon, because the real premiere is so far away, and because a Milch show tends to take a few episodes to fully establish itself, I'd like to wait until late January to offer a proper review, but I have a few preliminary impressions of the pilot, coming up just as soon as I know what Jim Beam is for...

Read Full Post
<p>Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt)&nbsp;gets some quality time with his son in the &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) gets some quality time with his son in the "Boardwalk Empire" season finale.

Credit: HBO

Interview: 'Boardwalk Empire' creator Terence Winter post-mortems season 2

Why did Nucky, Jimmy and Margaret make the choices they did in the finale?
"Boardwalk Empire" wrapped up its second season earlier tonight with some surprising developments. I published my finale review a few hours ago, and I also got a chance yesterday to talk to the show's creator, Terence Winter, about how and why everything went down, coming up just as soon as I buy some stamps…
Read Full Post
<p>Carrie (Claire Danes)&nbsp;and Saul (Mandy Patinkin)&nbsp;try to solve a &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;puzzle.</p>

Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) try to solve a "Homeland" puzzle.

Credit: Showtime

'Homeland' - 'The Vest': It's not easy seein' green

Carrie needs more time to recover, and the Brodys take a trip

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I write a 45-page manifesto declaring that I've reinvented music...

Read Full Post
<p>Wes Studi and friends on &quot;Hell on Wheels.&quot;</p>

Wes Studi and friends on "Hell on Wheels."

Credit: AMC

'Hell on Wheels' - 'Pride, Pomp and Circumstance': Man vs. machine

Doc Durant has to deal with visits from the Cheyenne and his favorite congressman

Once again, the forum is yours to discuss the latest episode of AMC's "Hell on Wheels," which seemed heaviest on Doc Durant - and, as a consequence, lightest on Cullen - of any of the episodes so far, while also giving us plenty of Reverend Cole, Lily and Joseph as everyone dealt with the arrival of the Cheyenne in the camp.

What did everybody else think? Even those of you who have professed to be fans of the show don't seem particularly fond of the writing and/or performance of Doc; feel any differently after tonight? 

Read Full Post
<p>Nucky (Steve Buscemi)&nbsp;has his day in court in the &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Nucky (Steve Buscemi) has his day in court in the "Boardwalk Empire" season finale.

Credit: HBO

'Boardwalk Empire' - 'To the Lost': Nucky, get your gun

Jimmy and Nucky try to make peace, while Nucky hatches a plan to avoid jail

A review of the "Boardwalk Empire" season 2 finale coming up just as soon as I take the ducks...

Read Full Post
<p>Mayor Kane (Kelsey Grammer)&nbsp;in the &quot;Boss&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Mayor Kane (Kelsey Grammer) in the "Boss" season finale.

Credit: Lions Gate

'Boss' - 'Choose': Election day

Dirty politics abound as Mayor Kane tries to outmaneuver his rivals

A quick review of the "Boss" season finale coming up just as soon as I inhale a bottle of computer duster...

Read Full Post
<p>Jeff (Scott Krinsky)&nbsp;and Morgan (Joshua Gomez)&nbsp;welcome Danny Pudi to the Buy More team. </p>

Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) welcome Danny Pudi to the Buy More team.

Credit: NBC

'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Hack-Off': Jeff and Abed in the Buy More!

Verbanski joins the team while Casey tries to survive in prison

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as we wrap up the Phish concert...

Read Full Post
<p>Pierce Brosnan sees old ghosts in &quot;Stephen King's Bag of Bones.&quot;</p>

Pierce Brosnan sees old ghosts in "Stephen King's Bag of Bones."

Credit: A&E

Review: 'Stephen King's Bag of Bones' on A&E

HitFix
C-
Readers
C+
Pierce Brosnan battles writer's block and a creaky ghost story in new miniseries
I don't remember a lot about Stephen King's "Bag of Bones," the 1998 novel which A&E has adapted for a two-part miniseries airing Sunday and Monday night at 9, except for one part. The book's main character is novelist Mike Noonan, who comes down with a crippling case of writer's block after the sudden death of his wife Jo. The early sections of the book go on at length about Mike's sudden inability to do the thing that's made him a living and provided so much fulfillment, and it's every bit as vivid and terrifying as the best sequences in King's other books involving telekinetic prom queens, other-dimensional killer clowns and sentient, homicidal vintage cars. Admittedly, I'm a writer who's grappled with the problem from time to time (and never as long or as deeply as Mike does), so I'm a biased observer, but those early passages were the best bits of new King prose I'd read in more than a decade.
Read Full Post