<p>&quot;Unsupervised&quot;&nbsp;best friends Gary (Justin Long)&nbsp;and Joel (David Hornsby).</p>

"Unsupervised" best friends Gary (Justin Long) and Joel (David Hornsby).

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Review: FX's 'Unsupervised' offers enthusastic teen mayhem

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Animated series from 'Always Sunny' writers feels like a happier 'Beavis & Butt-Head'
"Beavis & Butt-Head" returned to television a few months ago, and the boys were essentially unchanged from their '90s origins. But even as they're back on the air, there's a generation of comedy writers who grew up watching their original adventures, and — in the same way that Seth MacFarlane's "Simpsons" love gave us "Family Guy" — who have now tried crafting their own animated comedies about oblivious teenage boys.
 
One of those, MTV's "Good Vibes," actually aired as a companion to "Beavis & Butt-Head," and tonight at 10:30, FX debuts another: "Unsupervised." Created by "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" writers Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and David Hornsby, it's about best friends Gary (Justin Long) and Joel (Hornsby), who technically have adult guardians but have essentially had to raise themselves — and who have a fundamentally flawed understanding of the world as a result. (Joel in particular seems very Beavis-like, with his shock of yellow hair and frequent moments where he can't keep control of his emotions.)
 
But what's most interesting about "Unsupervised" — and what kept me watching all three episodes FX sent out for review, even though I didn't find any of them terribly funny — is that Gary and Joel's DIY upbringing hasn't turned them into slack-jawed, hateful morons. Instead, despite having no one to care about them but each other, they are the most exuberant, optimistic characters on television this side of Leslie Knope on "Parks and Rec." They have no idea what they're doing, and tend to make the worst possible choices, but all their mistakes come from a good place.
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<p>Jane (Eliza Coupe)&nbsp;tries out an old look on &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Jane (Eliza Coupe) tries out an old look on "Happy Endings."

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'Happy Endings' - 'Makin' Changes': I don't want no scrubs

Dave, Penny, Brad and Jane all inspire major wardrobe changes

A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I have idea face...

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<p>Which Secret Big-Time Movie Star will be hanging with &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;stars Amy Poehler and Adam Scott tonight?</p>

Which Secret Big-Time Movie Star will be hanging with "Parks and Recreation" stars Amy Poehler and Adam Scott tonight?

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Preview: The 'Parks and Recreation' 'secret big-time movie star' revealed

Who will be stopping by Pawnee tonight?

Ads for tonight's "Parks and Recreation" - or, to be specific, ads for NBC's Thursday night comedies that include "Parks and Rec" - have hinted at, quote, "the arrival of a secret big-time movie star" whose face is not revealed and whose name is not mentioned. I've seen tonight's episode, and can say three things upfront: 1)It's extremely funny, and one of the best overall episodes so far about Leslie's campaign for city council; 2)The Secret Big-Time Movie Star in question is used very well; and 3)Knowing the identity of the Secret Big-Time Movie Star doesn't seem like something that would ordinarily be treated as a spoiler — especially not by the spoiler-loving NBC promo department — particularly since he appears on-camera within the first 5 seconds of the episode.

Still, if you want to know who it is, and get a very brief sense of who he's playing and what the episode is about, click on through. If not, we'll see you tonight at 8:30...

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<p>I&nbsp;didn't get to review this week's &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;but you could have still discussed it on our new message boards.</p>

I didn't get to review this week's "How I Met Your Mother," but you could have still discussed it on our new message boards.

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How I met our HitFix boards

Now you can talk about even more shows than I have time to cover

I obviously don't write about every interesting show on television, nor do I write about every episode of every show that I cover.(*) Not remotely enough hours in the day for that. Sometimes, my taste will overlap exactly with some of you, and other times there will be shows you love that I never write about, or even watch. On occasion on the old blog, I'd do open threads for people to discuss whatever shows they liked that I wasn't writing about, but they tended to get unwieldy, and at times turn into extensive, detailed discussions of shows I (and others) hadn't seen yet but intended to at some point. So I stopped doing them after a while.

(*) People keep asking me, for instance, when my review of this week's "How I Met Your Mother" is going up, and the answer is that it's not. I took a couple of days off post-press tour, with all but one post over the last two days (the "Cougar Town" premiere, which I wrote in 10 minutes while my son was napping next to me) being something I'd written in advance. I liked the episode well enough (it was very broad but still felt "HIMYM"-y enough to work) but I'm just going to jump ahead to reviewing the next new episode when it airs.

My favorite thing about this blog, both at the old location and this one, has been the community that developed around it. I'm not writing just to hear myself talk, but to start a conversation that you guys have kept going so smartly for so long. But that conversation is always limited to whatever it is I'm watching. (Or to the shows being covered by Fienberg, Liane and on Monkeys as Critics.) There hasn't been an avenue for this great collection of TV fans to talk about a show if it's not on my radar...

...until now.

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<p>Max Greenfield and Zooey Deschanel on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Max Greenfield and Zooey Deschanel on "New Girl."

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The Morning Round-Up: 'New Girl' & 'Raising Hope'

Jess throws Schmidt a party, while the Chances pull an educational caper

A good night last night for both "New Girl" and "Raising Hope," with reviews coming up just as soon as I get smart by watching NBC comedies...

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<p>Courtney Ford and Dax Shepard on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>
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Courtney Ford and Dax Shepard on "Parenthood."


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'Parenthood' - 'It Is What It Is': Seller's remorse

Everybody has trouble giving something up

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I pretend not to be bored in exchange for ice cream...

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<p>Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) confronts Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins)&nbsp;in the &quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;season 3 premiere.</p>

Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) confronts Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) in the "Justified" season 3 premiere.

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'Justified' - 'The Gunfighter': The quick and the dead

A hobbled Raylan chases a trigger-happy killer, and Neal McDonough arrives in Kentucky
"Justified" is back for its third season. I reviewed the first four episodes in general this morning, and I have some specific thoughts on the season premiere, coming up just as soon as I name my son Jiffypop...
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<p>Michael Cudlitz and Lucy Liu in &quot;Southland.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Michael Cudlitz and Lucy Liu in "Southland." 

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'Southland' - 'Wednesday': Change partners

Cooper and Sherman adjust to new colleagues, and Lucy Liu guest stars

The TNT version of "Southland" has grown on me slowly over time, I think. The budget cuts have forced John Wells and company to streamline the cast, and it seems the focus is now much more on how the different partnerships operate, and on LAPD culture in general, which is where the show excels. (Back when there were so many detectives floating around, the show seemed to feel compelled to spend more time on generic murder cases, when the magic was just watching the cops ride around in their cars kibbitzing.) 

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<p>Courteney Cox and the rest of the &quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;gang finally got some good news today with a premiere date and timeslot.</p>

Courteney Cox and the rest of the "Cougar Town" gang finally got some good news today with a premiere date and timeslot.

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'Cougar Town' fans get a premiere date for Valentine's Day

Courteney Cox comedy to return Tuesdays at 8:30

When the gang from "Cougar Towncrashed press tour with their own unofficial TCA party to talk about the show and their responsibility to interact with fans, the unspoken assumption among everyone there was that the show would wind up on Tuesdays at 8:30 after "Last Man Standing," replacing "Work It." The only question was when. How long would it take ABC to pull the plug on "Work It," and how many weeks would they feel they needed to promote the "Cougar Town" season 3 premiere?

Well, ABC killed "Work It" last week, and today they announced (via Twitter) that "Cougar Town" will be back on Tuesday, February 14 at 8:30 p.m.

It's not an especially good timeslot, as I don't see a ton of audience crossover between this show and "Last Man," but it's going to be on the air. And at this point, the future of the show is going to have as much to do with ABC's ownership of it (it is, in fact, the only current ABC comedy owned by ABC/Disney).

As mentioned in one of the above-linked posts, I've seen the first five episodes of the season, and they're very good: silly and sweet and warm and drunk in that "Cougar Town" way. And now you get to see 'em. Enjoy.

<p>Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified."

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Review: FX's 'Justified' loads up on bad guys for season 3

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Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson join Raylan Givens' rogues gallery
Last season, FX's "Justified" introduced an instant classic villain in Margo Martindale's Mags Bennett, a hillbilly crime lord whose folksy maternal warmth masked a ruthless, indomitable mind. Mags made the show's second season a creative triumph, but she also left some enormous shoes to fill. And with the show's third season, which debuts tonight at 10, "Justified" producer Graham Yost has reasonably decided that the only way to replace Mags is by going with quantity over quality.
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