<p>Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;enjoys Christmas on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Leslie (Amy Poehler) enjoys Christmas on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Citizen Knope': Crazy on PCP

Leslie has too much time on her hands in a fantastic Christmas episode

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I resign in disgrace...

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<p>Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown)&nbsp;is full of holiday glee on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) is full of holiday glee on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Regional Holiday Music': Filled with glee

The show heads into hiatus with a hilarious, song-filled Christmas 'Glee' parody

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I pander to your demographic's well-documented historical vanity...

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<p>&quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;&nbsp;creator Kurt Sutter, in character as Big Otto.</p>
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"Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter, in character as Big Otto.


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Interview: 'Sons of Anarchy' creator Kurt Sutter post-mortems season 4

On surprise plot twists, last-second reprieves and other highs and lows of the season
"Sons of Anarchy" wrapped up its 4th season on Tuesday night, and I figured my review would be the last I'd have to say on the subject for a while. But the show's creator, Kurt Sutter, changed his mind about doing a season-ending interview with me, and we spoke for a little under an hour this afternoon about various developments and criticisms from throughout the season. Here's the Q&A; please note that Kurt talks vaguely about ways in which a few stories will carry over into the next season, and that we also talk about a story arc from the last few seasons of "The Shield," so read at your own risk:
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<p>Damon Wayans Jr. and Eliza Coupe on last night's &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Damon Wayans Jr. and Eliza Coupe on last night's "Happy Endings."

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Wednesday night TV open thread

What's everybody watching/enjoying on Wednesdays?

I had some DVR issues last night, and am having some other time and technological issues this morning, so rather than make you wait forever for the usual Wednesday round-up of shows I half-saw before the DVR went rogue on me, I thought this would be as good a time as any to check in and get your take on the Wednesday night landscape.

I've been consistently watching and writing about "Up All Night" plus the 8:30 through 9:30 ABC Wednesday comedies as a bloc, but there's plenty of other interesting stuff on. Every other TV critic I know swears by "Revenge," and I can see how it could have turned out to be a good soap (though that's generally not to my taste). I'm done with "American Horror Story," but I'm sure some of you have things to say about it. "Law & Order: SVU" boss Warren Leight (and former "Lights Out" and "In Treatment" showrunner) was banging the drums for last night's episode with Treat Williams, and of course he's overseen a significant overhaul of the cast (including the great Andre Braugher in a recurring role as a defense lawyer). Fienberg's been exhaustively covering "Survivor" and "The X Factor" on his blog, and there are many dozens of other notable shows I haven't even mentioned yet.

So it's your turn this morning. What are you watching and/or liking on Wednesday nights? And if you just want to weigh in on the specific episodes that aired last night, go for it.

<p>The late Harry Morgan, left, as &quot;M*A*S*H&quot;&nbsp;head honcho Sherman T. Potter.</p>

The late Harry Morgan, left, as "M*A*S*H" head honcho Sherman T. Potter.

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Farewell, Colonel Potter: Harry Morgan dies at 96

Reliable, dignified "M*A*S*H" veteran also was Joe Friday's partner on "Dragnet"
Harry Morgan had one heck of a run in this world. He lived to 96. He acted alongside many of the giants of 40s, 50s and 60s movie acting, including Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Spencer Tracy and Jimmy Stewart. He co-starred on two of the most iconic TV shows of all time, as Joe Friday's partner Bill Gannon in the '60s revival of "Dragnet," then as Col. Sherman T. Potter for the final eight seasons of "M*A*S*H," winning an Emmy along the way for the latter role. 
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<p>Dominic West and Romola Garai in &quot;The Hour.&quot;</p>

Dominic West and Romola Garai in "The Hour."

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'The Hour' season 2 will be coming to BBC America

New series will add Peter Capaldi as Bel's new boss

When the first season of "The Hour" wrapped up on BBC America back in September, I noted that the BBC had already commissioned a sequel from writer Abi Morgan, but that there was no guarantee the new series would air in America. Now there is, as BBC America has stepped up as co-producer of "The Hour" season 2, to debut sometime next year.

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<p>Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar)&nbsp;prepares for a big bust on &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) prepares for a big bust on "Sons of Anarchy."

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'Sons of Anarchy' - 'To Be, Act 2': House of the rising Son

The season ends in an intriguing place, but takes many silly steps to get there

A review of the "Sons of Anarchy" season finale coming up just as soon as I empty out this duffel bag full of sex toys...

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<p>Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;and Paul (Justin Long)&nbsp;in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Paul (Justin Long) in "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Bad in Bed': The internet is for porn

The show again fails to get laughs out of Jess' sex life

A quick review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I tell you my whole plan like a Bond villain...

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<p>Rob Lowe and Amy Poehler in a scene from this week's &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;Christmas episode.</p>

Rob Lowe and Amy Poehler in a scene from this week's "Parks and Recreation" Christmas episode.

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HitFix First Look: A 'Parks and Recreation' gift-giving dilemma

What can Leslie's friends get her to equal what she gives them?

It's Christmas in Pawnee on this week's "Parks and Recreation," in what may be my favorite episode of the season so far. They've done a bunch of episodes that have been insanely funny ("Ron & Tammys," "The Treaty") and many that have been incredibly sweet ("End of the World," last week's "The Trial of Leslie Knope"), but Thursday's "Citizen Knope" comes at you hard with both barrels.

Without giving too much away, the episode deals with what both Leslie and Ben are up to professionally in the wake of what happened at the end of last week's episode, while the rest of her friends and co-workers are struggling with a tricky holiday question: what do you get for the woman who, year after year, gets you the most creative, thoughtful, awesome Christmas presents?

It's an outstanding half-hour, and representative of everything that's made me love "Parks and Rec" so much this year. You'll all get to enjoy it Thursday night at 8:30, but to whet your appetites, here's an early scene - exclusive to HitFix for the evening - from the Christmas gift subplot, as we see just how high a bar Leslie sets in terms of gift-giving. All her selections are fantastic, but April's present is probably my favorite. Enjoy.

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<p>David Morrissey and John Simm in &quot;State of Play.&quot;</p>

David Morrissey and John Simm in "State of Play."

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Review: BBC America's 'State of Play' the best repeat you'll see all month

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John Simm, Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald shine in 2003 journalism/political thriller
In the late '90s, NBC launched an ad campaign to try to boost the image, and viewership numbers, for repeats, by boasting, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" At the time, I soundly mocked the slogan, as was my moral obligation as a television critic.
 
Today, though, the idea seems much less bogus. We live in an age where there's more original programming - and good programming, at that - than even a professional TV watcher can ever hope to get to. And we live in an age where there are so many ways to see shows, past and present, that no one's limited solely to watching what's on right now. (Whenever you hear a bell ring, it means that someone is watching season 1 of "The Wire" for the first time on DVD.)
 
Tomorrow night at 10, BBC America presents a good case in point by rerunning "State of Play," a miniseries from 2003 (it first aired in America in early 2004) about a group of newspaper reporters who get caught up in a wide-reaching political conspiracy.
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