<p>Kevin Dillon and David Hornsby do the odd couple thing in &quot;How to Be a Gentleman.&quot;</p>

Kevin Dillon and David Hornsby do the odd couple thing in "How to Be a Gentleman."

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Review: CBS' 'How to Be a Gentleman' big on funny people, light on funny jokes

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David Hornsby, Kevin Dillon and company need to do better

I'll be brief on "How to Be a Gentleman," which CBS debuts tonight at 8:30. On the one hand, this is a show - an odd couple comedy about a sophisticated magazine writer who has to learn how to be more dude-like with the help of his former high school bully - filled with lots of very funny people. David Hornsby (the gentleman) plays Rickety Cricket on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," and is one of that show's writers, and the creator here. Kevin Dillon (the ex-bully) was consistently one of the few parts of "Entourage" I didn't hate myself for watching. Dave Foley (Hornsby's editor, who's adrift when the magazine goes the Maxim route(*)) was one of the Kids in the Hall, as well as the center of one of my all-time favorite sitcoms, "NewsRadio." Before she was Chloe on "24," Mary Lynn Rajskub (Hornsby's sister) was a very strange and funny comedienne. Rhys Darby (Rajskub's wimpy husband) was the hilarious Murray on HBO's deadpan "Flight of the Conchords." Nancy Lenehan (Hornsby's mother) has been a welcome sitcom presence for years.

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<p>How much of Leslie Knope's life is like &quot;The Contender&quot;&nbsp;and how much like &quot;The Remains of the Day&quot;?</p>

How much of Leslie Knope's life is like "The Contender" and how much like "The Remains of the Day"?

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How a 'Parks and Recreation' pitch becomes a joke, part 2

The 'Parks' co-creator explains why some pitches survive, and some don't

Welcome to part 2 of How a "Parks and Recreation" Pitch Becomes a Joke. In part 1, I gave my account of an afternoon at the "Parks and Rec" writers room in early June, when Mike Schur and his staff were throwing out story and joke pitches for the start of season 4. Now it's time for a follow-up discussion with Schur (minus the part about Leslie and Ben, which I published last week), in which he discusses which of those June pitches survived, which didn't, why and why not, and what exactly that "Challenge Day" card was all about.

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<p>&quot;Hey, guys!&nbsp;Did you hear about these new ideas the writers have for us?&quot;</p>

"Hey, guys! Did you hear about these new ideas the writers have for us?"

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How a 'Parks and Recreation' pitch becomes a joke, part 1

A fly on the wall account from an early season pitch meeting

Back in early June, while on a trip to LA to meet with my HitFix corporate overlords, I had a chance to go over to the "Parks and Recreation" writers room and watch Mike Schur and the rest of the staff brainstorm ideas. I've been to that writers room before, and many others, but always during either the summer press tour (late July/early August) or the winter one (mid-January) - in other words, after the season's larger story arcs had been figured out and now the focus was on individual episodes. This was June, though, and the writers hadn't been back at work for very long, and were still trying to figure out the content of the season premiere, and many episodes to follow, and I thought it would provide a good opportunity to show how a comedy - especially a great one like "Parks and Rec" - constructs jokes and storylines at the start of a season.

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<p>Jane (Eliza Coupe)&nbsp;and Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.)&nbsp;get their flapper on in the &quot;Happy Endings&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Jane (Eliza Coupe) and Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) get their flapper on in the "Happy Endings" season premiere.

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'Happy Endings' - 'Blax, Snake, Home': Penny can

Penny buys a condo and Brad and Max's friendship is jeopardized over race

A quick review of the "Happy Endings" season 2 premiere coming up just as soon as I friend your mom on Facebook...

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<p>Cheryl Hines and Jane Levy in &quot;Suburgatory.&quot;</p>

Cheryl Hines and Jane Levy in "Suburgatory."

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'Suburgatory' - 'Pilot': Rubber or plastic?

What did everybody think of the new ABC comedy?

Yesterday, I posted my review of ABC's "Suburgatory." Now it's your turn. What did you think of Jane Levy, Jeremy Sisto and company? Do you like Tessa? Do you think the fictional suburb is too cartoonish, or amusing enough to ignore how fake parts of it are? Were you troubled by the shaky reasoning behind the move from the city to the 'burbs, or, again, did funny forgive a lot? Do you like Cheryl Hines with a Southern accent and Alan Tudyk with a perma-tan? Did it give you a hankering for sugar-free Red Bull?

Have at it.

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<p>Sarah (Lauren Graham)&nbsp;visits Amber (Mae Whitman)&nbsp;at her job on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Sarah (Lauren Graham) visits Amber (Mae Whitman) at her job on "Parenthood."

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'Parenthood' - 'Step Right Up': Shift happens

Lighter stakes makes for a lighter episode

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I have a second card for dad...

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<p>The &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;&nbsp;blow things up real good.</p>

The "Sons of Anarchy" blow things up real good.

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'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Una Venta': By the time I get to Arizona

SAMCRO has beef with their Tucson charter

A quick review of tonight's "Sons of Anarchy" coming up just as soon as I bring you my dead bulbs...

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<p>Jess (Zooey Deschanel) channels her rage on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) channels her rage on "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Kryptonite': Schmidt happens

Jess gets a new roommate and has to confront her ex-boyfriend

A quick review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I get a new thumb ring...

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<p>A&nbsp;Cubs fan is not happy with Steve Bartman in the documentary &quot;Catching Hell.&quot;</p>

A Cubs fan is not happy with Steve Bartman in the documentary "Catching Hell."

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Review: ESPN's '30 for 30' brand lives on with 'Catching Hell'

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Alex Gibney's stirring defense of Cubs fan Steve Bartman

ESPN's 30th anniversary was more than two years ago, and it's been almost a year since the "30 for 30" documentary series - designed to both celebrate the anniversary and show off ESPN's reach and creativity - concluded. (You can read my reviews of most of the "30 for 30" docs here and here.) But having discovered that there's an appetite for off-beat, deeply personal films about sports stories big and small, ESPN has wisely kept the concept going - if not the name(*) - and the now-rechristened "ESPN Films Presents" series has a very strong unofficial kick-off with the 8 p.m. debut tonight of Alex Gibney's "Catching Hell."

(*) Personally, I'd have kept it as "30 for 30 Presents." They spent more than a year building up brand equity, and it just sounds cooler than "ESPN Films Presents," frankly.

"Catching Hell" - the story of infamous Cubs fan Steve Bartman, who was the scapegoat when the Cubs failed to reach the World Series in 2003 - was originally supposed to be part of "30 for 30," but Gibney's schedule, film festival eligibility and other issues pushed it back to now. It was worth the wait.

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<p>Caroline (Beth Behrs)&nbsp;tries to put Max's name out there on &quot;2 Broke Girls.&quot;</p>

Caroline (Beth Behrs) tries to put Max's name out there on "2 Broke Girls."

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'2 Broke Girls' - 'And the Break-Up Scene': Slumber party

The bad trends from the pilot continue in the second episode

A quick review of the second "2 Broke Girls" coming up just as soon as I write a Yelp review of Wharton Business School...

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