<p>Leslie Bibb confronts her rivals (Kristin Chenoweth, Miriam Shor, Marisol Nichols and Jennifer Aspen)&nbsp;in &quot;GCB.&quot;</p>

Leslie Bibb confronts her rivals (Kristin Chenoweth, Miriam Shor, Marisol Nichols and Jennifer Aspen) in "GCB."

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Review: ABC's 'GCB' a shrill, unfunny soap opera

A 'Desperate Housewives' wannabe set deep in the heart of Texas
There are shows you watched once upon a time and still think back on fondly, there are shows you spent years watching and now wonder what on earth you were thinking, and then there are shows where you can't always be sure whether they were good or you just convinced yourself they were.
"Desperate Housewives" falls into the latter category for me. It debuted in the fall of the 2004-5 TV season, an all-time great year in network TV that also gave us "Lost," "House," "The Office," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Veronica Mars," among others. And it was an enormous hit right out of the gate, and I was swept up in both the hype and its place in this great freshman class, even though I generally have little use for soap operas. But I also think that, at least in that first season, "Desperate Housewives" aspired to be more than that, and often succeeded. It was commenting on and satirizing the various soap clichés even as it was cheerfully racing through all of them, and at times it managed to invest its suburban satire with real humanity.
Or maybe I'm just remembering it more fondly because "Desperate Housewives" is coming to the end of its final season — and, more importantly, because ABC is using these final "Housewives" episodes to launch "GCB" (Sunday at 10 p.m.), a new soap that wants so badly be this decade's "Desperate Housewives," but that plays more like a bad parody of it.
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<p>A rare glimpse of red in the green world of &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

A rare glimpse of red in the green world of "Awake."

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'Awake' - 'Pilot': Seeing red and seeing green

What did everybody think of NBC's new cop drama?

reviewed NBC's "Awake" yesterday, and since the pilot has been available online and On Demand for a couple of weeks, many of you have already offered your thoughts on it. But since I figure at least some of you still watch TV on TV, and on a more traditional schedule, here's one last opportunity to discuss the first episode. Did you find the shifts between worlds easy to follow? Did you prefer one world (or partner, shrink or family member) to the other? Given the subject matter, did it feel too depressing? And do you plan to watch more?

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<p>Amy Poehler, Kathryn Hahn and Carl Reiner in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler, Kathryn Hahn and Carl Reiner in "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Campaign Shake-Up': The woman behind the curtain

Kathryn Hahn and Carl Reiner guest star, and Pawnee has a health crisis

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I eat egg salad with Colin Powell...

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<p>Jim Rash as Dean Pelton in &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Jim Rash as Dean Pelton in "Community."

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Why I miss 'Community': Because Jim Rash won an Oscar

A salute to the show's game-for-anything award winner

We're two weeks away from "Community" returning to NBC's airwaves — and fans attending Saturday night's PaleyFest panel in LA (or watching the feed in New York) will be able to see a new episode even earlier than that(*) — but I pledged to keep these posts about why I miss the show going until it returned, and so I gladly shall.

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<p>Colin Hanks and Zachary Knighton in &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Colin Hanks and Zachary Knighton in "Happy Endings."

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'Happy Endings' - 'Cocktails & Dreams': Dirty nights and cleansing days

The gang starts fantasizing about Dave in a season highlight

A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I move into a converted brewery that's still a working brewery...

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<p>Jason Isaacs in &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

Jason Isaacs in "Awake."

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Review: NBC's 'Awake' walks carefully between two worlds

Great pilot, but does the Jason Isaacs cop drama work long-term?

LA cop Mike Britten, the hero of NBC's new drama "Awake" (premiering tomorrow night at 10), survives a car crash and enters a strange new world where it's not clear what's real and what isn't. He begins splitting time between two separate realities: one where wife Hannah survived the crash while son Rex died, and another where the opposite is true.

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<p>Eloise Mumford in &quot;The River.&quot;</p>

Eloise Mumford in "The River."

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The Morning Round-Up: 'The River' & 'Southland'

Lena looks for her father, and Tang has her worst day ever

It's morning round-up time, with brief thoughts on last night's "The River" and "Southland" coming up just as soon as I get the cops to shut my bar mitzvah down...

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<p>In the &quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;finale, Jasmine (Joy Bryant)&nbsp;and Crosby (Dax Shepard)&nbsp;have a wedding.</p>

In the "Parenthood" finale, Jasmine (Joy Bryant) and Crosby (Dax Shepard) have a wedding.

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'Parenthood' - 'My Brother's Wedding': Happily ever after?

A great but messy show struggles to make things neat in a potential series finale

A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I ask you a serious question about expiration dates...

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<p>Neal McDonough as Robert Quarles in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Neal McDonough as Robert Quarles in "Justified."

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'Justified' - 'The Man Behind the Curtain': Eviction notice

Quarles and Raylan circle each other as the season reaches its mid-point

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I swallow a peanut the wrong way...

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<p>The &quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;gang keep their helmets on.</p>
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The "Cougar Town" gang keep their helmets on.

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'Cougar Town' - 'Lover's Touch': Crash test dummy

Helmets and hard balls are the order of the day

A review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I call my body "The Truth" unironically...

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