<p>Laura Dern in &quot;Enlightened.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Laura Dern in "Enlightened." 

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Review: HBO's 'Enlightened' an awkward new comedy for Laura Dern

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Corporate exec has New Age makeover in a series created by Mike White

There's a long and rich history of comedies about characters severely lacking in self-awareness. Just in the past decade, we've been blessed with "The Office" (both David Brent and Michael Scott), "Arrested Development" (most of the family, but especially Tobias and GOB) and "Modern Family" (Phil Dunphy), to name a few. People who aren't aware how the rest of the world perceives them can be incredibly amusing in the right context.

HBO's new "Enlightened" (it premieres tonight at 9:30) - in which Laura Dern plays a woman who never seems to realize how off-putting everyone finds her - is not the right context, unfortunately. Despite writing from Mike White - who's been involved in TV shows and movies as wide-ranging as "Freaks and Geeks," "School of Rock," "Pasadena" and "Year of the Dog" (among many others - it's stifling, awkward and just plain not funny.

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<p>The &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;writers spent a while setting up the rivalry between Tio (Mark Margolis)&nbsp;and Gus (Giancarlo Esposito).</p>

The "Breaking Bad" writers spent a while setting up the rivalry between Tio (Mark Margolis) and Gus (Giancarlo Esposito).

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Interview: 'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan post-mortems season 4

On Gus, Tio and what exactly happened with that cigarette

"Breaking Bad" just ended its fourth season in memorable fashion. You can read my review of the season finale here, and I spoke with the show's creator, Vince Gilligan, about everything that went down and some of his plans for the series' final 16 episodes, all coming up just as soon as I spend time in an electrician chat room...

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<p>Walt (Bryan Cranston)&nbsp;makes a call in the &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;season 4 finale.</p>

Walt (Bryan Cranston) makes a call in the "Breaking Bad" season 4 finale.

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'Breaking Bad' - 'Face Off': Say uncle

Can Walt and Jesse get Gus before Gus gets them?

A review of the "Breaking Bad" season 4 finale coming up just as soon as I wait around for a plate glass guy to come...

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<p>Carrie (Claire Danes)&nbsp;ponders her mission on &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Carrie (Claire Danes) ponders her mission on "Homeland."

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'Homeland' - 'Grace': Garage door opener

Episode two keeps drawing connections between Carrie and Brody

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I have a waxing appointment…

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<p>Nucky (Steve Buscemi)&nbsp;confronts Jimmy (Michael Pitt)&nbsp;on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Nucky (Steve Buscemi) confronts Jimmy (Michael Pitt) on "Boardwalk Empire."

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'Boardwalk Empire' - 'A Dangerous Maid': My two dads

Nucky confronts Jimmy in an episode about fathers and sons

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I start picking up on people's signals...

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<p>You'll have &quot;The Simpsons&quot;&nbsp;to kick around for at least two more seasons now that FOX has renewed it again.</p>

You'll have "The Simpsons" to kick around for at least two more seasons now that FOX has renewed it again.

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Woo-hoo! FOX renews 'The Simpsons' for two Moe seasons

A quarter-century of Homer and company feels very good indeed.

I know I've told this story before, but in the wake of FOX ordering two more seasons of "The Simpsons" - which will bring the show through its 24th and 25th seasons, continuing its stretch as the longest-running primetime scripted show in American TV history(*) - it's worth repeating again:

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<p>Andy (Ed Helms)&nbsp;and Darryl (Craig Robinson)&nbsp;on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Andy (Ed Helms) and Darryl (Craig Robinson) on "The Office."

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'The Office' - 'Lotto': Warehouse louses

Darryl has a spiritual crisis when the warehouse staff wins the lottery without him

A quick review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as I kayak to my job at the bike shop...

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<p>Rafi (Jason Mantzoukas)&nbsp;and Dirty Randy (Seth Rogen)&nbsp;help out &quot;The League&quot;&nbsp;guys with their fantasy draft plans.</p>

Rafi (Jason Mantzoukas) and Dirty Randy (Seth Rogen) help out "The League" guys with their fantasy draft plans.

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'The League' - 'The Lockout': One ring to rule them all?

Seth Rogen's Dirty Randy spices up this year's fantasy draft

A quick review of "The League" season 3 premiere coming up just as soon as I "Pretty Woman" you...

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<p>Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson)&nbsp;gets audited by the IRS&nbsp;on &quot;It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.&quot;</p>

Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson) gets audited by the IRS on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

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'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' - 'Sweet Dee Gets Audited': Reason will prevail!

Does the gang reach a new low in helping Sweet Dee fool the IRS?

A quick review of tonight's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" coming up just as soon as I blow chilli powder in your face...

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<p>Chang (Ken Jeong)&nbsp;starts an investigation on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Chang (Ken Jeong) starts an investigation on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Competitive Ecology': Big head Todd and the monsters

The study group turns on each other, and Chang plays detective

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I catch up on "Breaking Bad"...

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