<p>The Golden Globe voters chose to nominate Johnny Galecki over &quot;Big Bang Theory&quot;&nbsp;co-star Jim Parsons.</p>

The Golden Globe voters chose to nominate Johnny Galecki over "Big Bang Theory" co-star Jim Parsons.

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Analysis: Golden Globe TV nominations are silly, like always

Johnny Galecki over Jim Parsons? Callie Thorne? No 'Breaking Bad'? Business as usual.
Here are the things you need to remember about the Golden Globes, specifically when it comes to the TV categories:
 
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<p>Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation."

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TV Top 10 of 2011: The best 10 returning shows

A great year for veteran series

Yesterday, we published my video essay on my favorite overall shows of 2011. Now it's time to present the first of two written lists, this one focusing on the best returning shows of the year. If you watched the video, you know that 9 of the 11 shows (there was a tie) were returning series, and that therefore there's not going to be much change to the returning shows list. Still, I add one show, get to expand a bit on my thoughts on some others, and also add a list of honorable mentions at the end.

Tomorrow, I'll deal with the new shows in a slightly different way, as there are lots of 2011 rookies I liked but few I loved.
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<p>Louis CK&nbsp;in his &quot;Live at the Beacon Theater&quot;&nbsp;comedy special.</p>

Louis CK in his "Live at the Beacon Theater" comedy special.

Will Louis CK's download experiment be followed by others?

What's the future for independently produced and distributed content?

Over the weekend, Louis CK released his latest stand-up comedy special, "Louis CK: Live at the Beacon Theater," an hour of all-new material in which he talks about parenting, sex, God, the environment and more. It is, unsurprisingly, a very funny hour of entertainment, as you might expect by the man who currently stands at the top of the stand-up pyramid.

Also unsurprisingly, given the circumstances behind the production of his great FX show "Louie," CK has used the special as an excuse to try out a new business model. "Live at the Beacon Theater" had no theatrical run, no DVD release, nor even a partnership with a large online media company. You simply go to CK's own website, spend the more-than-reasonable sum of 5 bucks, and you can download a copy of the special without any kind of restrictions as to what method you use to view it, how you want to copy it, or anything.

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<p>Even &quot;Suits&quot;&nbsp;co-star Patrick J. Adams may be puzzled by his SAG&nbsp;Awards nomination.</p>

Even "Suits" co-star Patrick J. Adams may be puzzled by his SAG Awards nomination.

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Analysis: SAG Awards TV nominations get weird with Patrick J. Adams and 'Dexter'

A field of nominees designed to make the Golden Globe picks look good?
Like the Golden Globe Awards, where the nominations will be announced tomorrow, the SAG Awards treat their TV categories like an afterthought. There are no supporting categories of any kind, for instance, and they mainly seem to exist to appease that branch of the Screen Actors Guild, and to possibly draw some extra audience to the telecast.
 
And like the Golden Globes are every year, this year's SAG nominations are so bizarre/stupid/silly that they're probably not worth getting worked up over...
 
... except I can't really wrap my brain around any of the following:
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<p>Louis CK in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis CK in "Louie."

Credit: FX

TV Top 10 of 2011: The best 10 (or 11) overall shows

A strong year for veteran series like 'Breaking Bad,' 'Louie' and 'Parks and Recreation'

It's that time of year, everybody, where critics of every stripe have to break down the best things they covered over the last 12 months into a list of 10 (or thereabouts). Eventually, all the members of Team HitFix will be rolling out his or her top 10 list, but I get to be first up at bat this year. (Katie Hasty should be up next with some thoughts on the year in music.)

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

Laura Dern in "Enlightened."

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'Enlightened' - 'Burn It Down': Hack attack

Checking back on the Laura Dern/Mike White series as it wraps its first season

When "Enlightened" debuted back in October, I called it an awkward comedy that I had very little interest in watching any more. Since then, a number of critics I respect (including James Poniewozik, Tim Goodman and Dan Fienberg) have kept making passionate arguments for the show, and it made me curious to check back in to see if perhaps I had missed something the first time around. I caught up through last night's season finale, and I have a few thoughts coming up just as soon as I'm not a yoga instructor...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 106: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Luck,' 'Boss' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 106: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Luck,' 'Boss' & more

Alan and Dan also answer your mail and do even more sports talk

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It's a finale-heavy episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I discuss how "Boardwalk Empire," "Sons of Anarchy" and "Boss" wrapped up their seasons, briefly discuss HBO's "Luck" sneak preview, answer your mail and once again dip a toe into the waters of sports discussion (this time at the very end of the show, for the benefit of those of you who don't want sporting peanut butter mixed in with your TV chocolate) .

The line-up: 

"Sons of Anarchy" (02:00 - 23:55)
"Boardwalk Empire" (23:55 - 42:40)
"Boss" (42:40 - 49:50)
"Luck" (49:55 - 58:45)
Listener Mail: Enduring comedies (58:55 - 01:04:28)
Listener Mail: Increasingly niche networks (01:04:30 - 01:09:30)
Listener Mail: Single-cam/multi-cam comedies (01:09:35 - 01:14:10)
Random Sports Blather (01:14:40 - 01:26:45)
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
<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.

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'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...

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<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."

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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.

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

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

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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...

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