Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall

Review: TV Land's 'Hot in Cleveland' & 'Happily Divorced'

Fran Drescher's new show seems to exist to make 'Cleveland' look better

<p>Valerie Bertinelli gets her Amish on in the return of &quot;Hot in Cleveland.&quot;</p>

Valerie Bertinelli gets her Amish on in the return of "Hot in Cleveland."

Credit: TV Land

TV Land keeps churning out these fake retro sitcoms looking for an ideal companion to "Hot in Cleveland." But these shows really seem to have been designed to make "Hot in Cleveland" look brilliant in comparison.

Back in January, TV Land paired the second "Cleveland" season with "Retired at 35," a painfully unfunny series that got renewed because, hey, George Segal and Jessica Walter need something to do, right?

Tonight at 10, "Cleveland" returns with its second batch of season two episodes, this time followed by Fran Drescher and John Michael Higgins as a couple who get "Happily Divorced" after he comes out of the closet.

Review: Comedy Central's 'Jon Benjamin Has a Van'

'Archer' & 'Bob's Burgers' star struggles in live-action vehicle

<p>H. Jon Benjamin in &quot;Jon Benjamin Has a Van.&quot;</p>

H. Jon Benjamin in "Jon Benjamin Has a Van."

Credit: Comedy Central

I had so hoped that "Jon Benjamin Has a Van" would be the perfect culmination of the moment H. Jon Benjamin is having.

If I had an Emmy ballot 2011: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Celebrating the women of 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones' and more

<p>&quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;villain Margo Martindale gets a spot on Alan's hypothetical Emmy ballot.</p>

"Justified" villain Margo Martindale gets a spot on Alan's hypothetical Emmy ballot.

Credit: FX

Last week, the Emmy ballots were sent out to voters in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The voting deadline is June 24, and the nominations will be announced on July 14. You can download the full performers ballot to see which actors did and didn't choose to submit themselves (Charlie Sheen, for instance, declined to submit himself this year), and in what category (Rob Lowe, as he always does, submitted himself as a lead, while both of the arguable leads of "Breaking In" submitted themselves as supporting actors).

As we did last year, Fienberg and I are going to approach this phase of the process in two different ways. Dan will tackle the idea of who will be nominated do his usual series of exhaustive galleries of potential nominees, starting with the most likely and then ranging on down into longshots and then plain wishful thinking. I, on the other hand, will stick with the idea of who should be nominated by pretending like I'm an Academy member and trying to winnow my hypothetical ballot down to six actors/shows per category. (You can see an example of this in my hypothetical ballot last year for Outstanding Drama Series, which has links to all the earlier posts.) 

We're going to aim to do one of these a day, give or take, until we get through the eight comedy and drama acting categories and then comedy and drama series themselves. First up: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama. Dan's gallery is already up, and my six picks (plus some of the actresses I was sorry to leave off), along with supporting video evidence where available, are after the jump...

'United States of Tara' - 'Crunchy Ice': In sickness and in health

Tara/Bryce begin driving the family away in the chilling penultimate episode

<p>Max (John Corbett)&nbsp;confronts Tara/Bryce (Toni Collette)&nbsp;in &quot;United Stats of Tara.&quot;</p>

Max (John Corbett) confronts Tara/Bryce (Toni Collette) in "United Stats of Tara."

Credit: Showtime

A review of the penultimate "United States of Tara" (ever!) coming up just as soon as I have a habitat for ferrets...

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 78: 'Falling Skies,' Tracy Morgan & more

Alan and Dan also review 'Jon Benjamin Has a Van,' 'The Nine Lives of Chloe King' and episode 2 of 'Twin Peaks'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 78: 'Falling Skies,' Tracy Morgan & more


I'm back on the East Coast, and the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back on its usual Monday schedule. It's a busy show (and one that was a bear to record, thanks to a far-worse-than-usual Skype connection), with reviews of three new shows, another "Twin Peaks" discussion, and lots of mail. The run-down:

"The Nine Lives of Chloe King" -- 01:00 - 11:25
"John Benjamin Has a Van" -- 11:30 - 17:30
"Falling Skies" -- 17:30 - 27:40
Listener Mail: Tracy Morgan -- 27:45 - 34:40
Listener Mail: Statutory Romance in genre fiction -- 34:40 - 39:50
Listener Mail: Second-position casting -- 39:55 - 43:20
"Twin Peaks" "Traces to Nowhere" -- 43:30 - 01:01:00
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AMC renews 'The Killing'

Whodunnit has drawn solid ratings, critical pans

<p>Get ready for more of &quot;The Killing&quot;&nbsp;and star Mireille Enos next season.</p>

Get ready for more of "The Killing" and star Mireille Enos next season.

Credit: AMC

AMC has ordered a second season of "The Killing." 

'Thrones,' 'Parks,' 'Justified' lead Television Critics Association Awards nominations

Will Nick Offerman get to both host and win?

<p>Peter Dinklage was one of the nominees for the Television Critics Association Awards.</p>

Peter Dinklage was one of the nominees for the Television Critics Association Awards.

Credit: HBO

Last week, the Television Critics Association announced that this year's TCA Awards would be hosted by "Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman. Now there's a chance that Ron Effing Swanson may be accepting an award in addition to serving as emcee, as he was one of the nominees just announced.

'The Killing' - 'Beau Soleil': I know what you did last weekend

With only one episode to go, the investigation finally heats up

<p>Things were looking up for Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell)&nbsp;in tonight's &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Things were looking up for Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell) in tonight's "The Killing."

Credit: AMC

A review of last night's "The Killing" coming up just as soon as there's a swimming pool in my ceiling...

'Game of Thrones' - 'Baelor': Get your head in the game

Ned prepares to stand trial as the war heats up

<p>Tyrion (Peter Dinklage)&nbsp;rallies the troops in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) rallies the troops in "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I play a game that has the potential for losing fingers...

'Treme' - 'Can I Change My Mind?': You can't handle the truth!

A lot of tough conversations this week

<p>Antoine (Wendell Pierce)&nbsp;and the Soul Apostles perform on &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Antoine (Wendell Pierce) and the Soul Apostles perform on "Treme."

Credit: HBO

A quick review of tonight's "Treme" coming up just as soon as I'm previous to previous to previous...

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