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Season premiere review: 'Suburgatory' - 'No Me Gusta, Mami'

Tessa and George try to reconnect while Dahlia teaches accountants to twerk

<p>Jane Levy in the &quot;Suburgatory&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Jane Levy in the "Suburgatory" season premiere.

Credit: ABC

"Suburgatory" is back for a third season, and I have a few thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I look up pictures of Tony Danza's grandchildren...

Review: HBO's 'Looking' a sharp look at three gay friends

New comedy has an excellent sense of place and community

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<p>Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Alvarez in &quot;Looking.&quot;</p>

Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Alvarez in "Looking."

Credit: HBO

HBO is celebrated more for its trailblazing dramas, but many of its half-hour series have also been responsible for pushing the limits of what's acceptable in TV comedy, or even what we consider comedy at all, from "The Larry Sanders Show" to "Sex and the City" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to more recent entries like "Girls" and "Enlightened." And what's most striking about HBO's newest comedy, "Looking" (Sunday at 10:30 p.m.) is how non-radical it seems. It's a series about three gay male friends in San Francisco, and incredibly frank about sex (though its explicitness tends to be more verbal than visual), and yet at the moment we're in as a culture, and in the evolutionary history of cable comedy, it just feels like a natural extension of what's come before.

Review: 'New Girl' - 'Basketsball'

Jess' friendship with Coach causes sexual complications with Nick, while Winston follows Schmidt at work

<p>Max Greenfield and Bob Gunton in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Max Greenfield and Bob Gunton in "New Girl."

Credit: FOX

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I beat you with an orange in a sock...

Review: 'Justified' - 'The Kids Aren't All Right'

Raylan deals with two tough brothers and a young friend

<p>On &quot;Justified,&quot;&nbsp;real-life brothers Wood and Steve Harris play bad guy brothers opposite Timothy Olyphant.</p>

On "Justified," real-life brothers Wood and Steve Harris play bad guy brothers opposite Timothy Olyphant.

Credit: FX

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as Hitler has risen from the grave and is in my whorehouse...

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Bet'

Peralta and Santiago's wager concludes, while Boyle and Holt both struggle with honesty

<p>Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Credit: FOX

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" — or, I suppose I should say, of Golden Globe winner "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" — coming up just as soon as I take a seminar on hand-shaking...

FX's 'Justified' to end after season 6

Graham Yost and Timothy Olyphant didn't want to extend Raylan Givens' adventures too much further

<p>Enjoy that Raylan Givens smirk while you can, since &quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;will end after next season.</p>

Enjoy that Raylan Givens smirk while you can, since "Justified" will end after next season.

Credit: FX

It's FX's day at the Television Critics Association press tour, which, as always, brings with it a load of news about new shows (Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis are developing a comedy for Galifianakis to star in), new deals (the FX Now streaming app is finally ready to launch, if your cable system cuts a deal with FX), and on returning shows. On the latter case, the biggest news was official confirmation that "Justified" will end after next season, the show's sixth. (The second episode of the fifth season airs tonight at 10; I'll have a review up later, but it's a good one.)

Review: FX's 'Archer' reboots & 'Chozen' is introduced

What did everybody think of the new 'Archer' direction and the new comedy that followed it?

<p>In the &quot;Archer&quot;&nbsp;season premiere, ISIS headquarters comes under attack.</p>

In the "Archer" season premiere, ISIS headquarters comes under attack.

Credit: FX

Major change was afoot in FX animation last night, with the return of "Archer" on a new night — the first time (at least post-"Shield") that FX has programmed originals on Monday — in an episode that massively upended the show's status quo, and with the debut of "Chozen," teaming up various creative people from "Archer" and "Eastbound & Down." A few thoughts on both coming up just as soon as I can remember the name of Beaker's partner...

Talkback: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Slapsgiving 3'

What did everybody think of the latest slap bet episode?

<p>Jason Segel in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Jason Segel in "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

The final season of "How I Met Your Mother" means we're supposed to get closure on a bunch of long-running stories and gags, but because Marshall got a slap bet extension a season or two ago, "Slapsgiving 3" did not feature the final slap ever. (I remain hopeful the last one will take place far in the future, when both are elderly gentlemen.) 

But as for Official Slap #4, what did everybody think? Did you enjoy the "Kill Bill"/kung fu movie homage, or find it hokey? Did you like the idea of having most of the episode take place in a mid-slap flashback? Enjoy seeing the cast as slap mentors? Did you applaud the very special musical guests from the tag? 

Have at it, folks.

HBO renews 'The Newsroom' for third and final season

Aaron Sorkin will team with 'Office' alum Paul Lieberstein to wrap things up

<p>Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston and Emily Mortimer in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston and Emily Mortimer in "The Newsroom."

Credit: HBO

HBO announced that Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" has finally been renewed for a third season, which will go into production in the spring and air in the fall, and that this will be the show's final season. This qualifies as a good news, bad news kind of day, though different segments of the show's audience — some of whom thrill to the Sorkin-y dialogue and/or to his critique of the dire state of American politics and the media that covers the politicians, some of whom (yours truly included) who feel the show magnifies pretty much all of Sorkin's worst instincts as a dramatist — will disagree on which piece is the good and which is the bad.

'New Girl' to welcome Prince for Super Bowl episode

Special 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' ep will feature Joe Theismann and the return of Fred Armisen

<p>Prince will play himself in the post-Super Bowl episode of &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Prince will play himself in the post-Super Bowl episode of "New Girl."

Credit: AP

We already knew that FOX would air episodes of "New Girl" & "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" after the Super Bowl this year. Now we have a better idea of what those episodes will look like, with Prince playing himself on "New Girl" while "Brooklyn" will welcome back Fred Armisen and Dean Winters while also guest-starring Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Theismann.(*)

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