<p>&quot;Bridesmaids&quot;&nbsp;producer Judd Apatow is returning to TV with the HBO&nbsp;comedy &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

"Bridesmaids" producer Judd Apatow is returning to TV with the HBO comedy "Girls."

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Press tour: Judd Apatow talks 'Girls,' 'Bridesmaids' sequel and 'Freaks and Geeks'

Comedy mogul returns to TV for the first time in a decade with HBO Lena Dunham comedy
PASADENA - "I was hurt and wounded and sad from my television experience," Judd Apatow said of that strange period a decade ago when he was a fixture at press tour with a pair of shows - "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared" - that were beloved by critics and mistreated by their networks.
 
Things turned out okay for Apatow - and Paul Feig, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel and almost everyone else he worked with on those two adored but low-rated series - and he was far more serene and confident when he came back to TCA to discuss "Girls," the new HBO comedy series he's producing with writer/director/star Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture") and former "Undeclared" writer Jenni Konner.
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<p>Rory McCann and the rest of the &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;cast will return in April.</p>

Rory McCann and the rest of the "Game of Thrones" cast will return in April.

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HBO sets 'Game of Thrones' premiere date, plus 'Veep,' 'Girls' and 'Game Change'

April will be a big month for HBO drama and comedy

HBO is about to kick off a three-hour bloc of press tour panels, mostly for new shows like the Milch/Mann horseracing drama "Luck," Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Armando Iannucci's "Veep," Lena Dunham's "Girls" and Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's "Life's Too Short." And now we know the premiere dates for all of those shows, plus when "Game of Thrones" season 2 will begin.

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<p>Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin were back on &quot;30 Rock&quot;&nbsp;last night.</p>

Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin were back on "30 Rock" last night.

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The Morning Round-Up: '30 Rock,' 'The Office' & 'Up All Night'

Liz Lemon returned, while the 9 o'clock shows both had trivia battles

Some quick thoughts on last night's episodes of "30 Rock," "The Office" and "Up All Night" coming up just as soon as lupus lets me cut in line...

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<p>Walter (Geoff Stults)&nbsp;gets his quirk on in &quot;The Finder&quot;&nbsp;pilot.</p>

Walter (Geoff Stults) gets his quirk on in "The Finder" pilot.

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'The Finder' - 'An Orphan Walks Into a Bar': Microwave man

What did everybody think of FOX's backdoor 'Bones' spin-off?

Press tour demands kept me from writing a review of "The Finder," which just aired its first regular episode - the characters were introduced in a "Bones" episode last spring (which Fienberg wrote about) - tonight on FOX. I gave my opinion of it on this week's podcast. Short version is that I like Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan together, don't necessarily like the two new female characters they added to replace Saffron Burrows, and wonder about the level of quirkiness/wackiness (though it was mostly in control here). Overall, I feel much the same way I do about "Bones": it's a light, well-executed procedural (very much like a USA drama), but not necessarily something I will feel compelled to watch again.

For those of you who watched it, what did you think? Did you think this episode was better or worse than the backdoor pilot? Do you prefer the newbies to Burrows, or vice versa? Is Walter too quirky or just quirky enough? And does casting an actor as tall as Stults opposite Duncan take too much away from Duncan, who is usually defined as much by his size as his sense of humor?

Have at it.

<p>Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;and friends have trouble keeping their feet on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Leslie (Amy Poehler) and friends have trouble keeping their feet on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Comeback Kid': Dunking campaign on ice

Ann flounders as Leslie's campaign manager, and Ben goes to a dark place

A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as we have a philosophical difference about what constitutes a law...

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<p>Rob and Eugenio Derbez in &quot;Rob.&quot;</p>

Rob and Eugenio Derbez in "Rob."

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'Rob' - 'Pilot': Meet the parents

What did everybody think of CBS' new Rob Schneider sitcom?

I posted my review of CBS' "Rob(or, if you prefer, "¡Rob!") this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched, what did you think? Were you predisposed towards liking or hating Rob Schneider? Did you enjoy the ethnic humor? The misunderstandings and slapstick? Cheech? The wacky uncle? And will you watch again? 

Have at it.

<p>Joel McHale and Danny Pudi in the chicken fingers episode of &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale and Danny Pudi in the chicken fingers episode of "Community."

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Why I miss 'Community': Because Abed and Jeff bonded over chicken fingers

The series' first major high-concept episode also told a great character story

And so it's come to this: NBC's Thursday night comedy bloc kicks off right now on the East Coast, and "Community" is not a part of it. I'm glad to have "30 Rock" back, and to give "Up All Night" a chance to pick up viewers after being adrift on the Wednesday lineup, but dammit... I want Troy and Abed on my TV.

Once again, my plan is to spend every Thursday from now until NBC announces the show's return to the schedule (if not until the show is actually back on the schedule) revisiting a favorite moment or storyline from the series. If we can't have new "Community," at least we can bask in memories of the old ones.

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<p>&quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas appeared at press tour yesterday.</p>

"How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas appeared at press tour yesterday.

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Press Tour: 'How I Met Your Mother' creators have a plan for series finale

Thomas and Bays talk about the Mother, Robin and Barney and what to do in case of more renewals

PASADENA - "We feel like jerks. We get asked that question a lot"

This was "How I Met Your Mother" co-creator Craig Thomas, addressing a handful of critics and reporters (including me) at a press tour lunch with co-creator Carter Bays. The question in particular was a familiar one about whether they'll introduce Ted to the Mother at the end of the series or make her a character much sooner(*), but "HIMYM" is structured in such a way that there are many questions the duo can't answer, even as they repeatedly apologize for their inability to do so.

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<p>Dan Byrd guest-starred with Jane Levy on &quot;Suburgatory.&quot;</p>
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Dan Byrd guest-starred with Jane Levy on "Suburgatory."


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The Morning Round-Up: 'Suburgatory' & 'Happy Endings'

Undercover cops, shady Chinese restaurants, and lots of 'The Wire' jokes

As I've said, being at press tour limits my ability to keep up with current TV, both because I'm covering the tour round the clock and because I don't have a DVR here. But I had a chance to see last night's "Suburgatory" and "Happy Endings" and have a few thoughts on them - after which you all can use this to comment on any of the Wednesday comedies (even "Whitney") - coming up just as soon as I share a birthday with Hitler and Carmen Electra...

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<p>On &quot;Rob,&quot;&nbsp;Rob Schneider and new wife Claudia Bassols talk to his new father-in-law Cheech Marin.</p>

On "Rob," Rob Schneider and new wife Claudia Bassols talk to his new father-in-law Cheech Marin.

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Review: Rob Schneider in CBS' terrible 'Rob'

HitFix
C-
Readers
B+
'SNL' alum marries into a Mexican-American family in lame new sitcom
Of his generation of "SNL" stars, Rob Schneider's post-show career has certainly been helped by being friends with the others. (In particular, Adam Sander, who has produced most of Schenider's movies.) But there's also a complete lack of shame - a willingness to try any concept, no matter how dumb(*), and to make himself look as ridiculous as possible in doing it - that's helped him get jobs that actors with more self-consciousness might have passed on.
 
(*) Schneider was victim of one of the more devastating "South Park" career assessments ever, in an episode where the boys kept seeing trailers for terrible-looking Schneider movies where he turned into a stapler, a carrot and, eventually, Kenny. One of the last trailers abandoned any pretense of intelligence and had a gibberish narration, including the title "Da Derp Dee Derp Da Teetley Derpee Derpee Dumb."
 
And while Schneider has to participate in a few mortifying moments on his new CBS sitcom "Rob" (tonight at 8:30 p.m.) - notably a scene where he's involved in consecutive misunderstandings involving shrine desecration, masturbation and rape - for the most part it's a less ridiculous vehicle for him than most.
 
It's not good, mind you. If anything, it suggests Schneider is probably better off playing an animal, a teenage girl, or a stapler.
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