Jimmy Kimmel with his uncle, the late Frank Potenza.
Jimmy Kimmel with his uncle, the late Frank Potenza.
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Jimmy Kimmel says goodbye to Uncle Frank

A sweet tribute to a sweet latenight fixture

If you pay attention to latenight TV at all, you probably know that Uncle Frank, a fixture of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" from the very first episode, passed away recently. Frank Potenza was a retired New York cop and Kimmel's actual uncle, as opposed to those friends of your parents whom you call uncle.

He was also that rare breed on television: a truly genuine person.

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<p>Will &quot;Downton Abbey&quot;&nbsp;be able to top HBO for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie?</p>

Will "Downton Abbey" be able to top HBO for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie?

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Emmys '11 Predictions: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

Will HBO or PBS reign supreme in the battle of historical dramas?

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on Sunday, September 18th, and Fienberg and I are going to spend much of the next week and a half talking about who we think should win the major categories, and predicting who will. (Keep in mind that neither of us has an especially impressive track record at the latter, so please do not risk any of your actual money based on our guesses.)

First up: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, the first time that miniseries and made-for-TV movies have been combined into one big category. (Acting, writing, directing, etc. for the two have been combined for years, and so few of either are made anymore that the Emmys just gave up the ghost on presenting two separate awards.)

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<p>The &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;&nbsp;ride away from prison in the season 4 premiere.</p>

The "Sons of Anarchy" ride away from prison in the season 4 premiere.

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'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Out': One wedding and some funerals

Jax, Clay and friends return to Charming and a new batch of troubles

"Sons of Anarchy" is back for its fourth season. I offered up a general review of the first few episodes yesterday, and I have specific thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as I buy you fingers...

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<p>In a recent &quot;Rescue Me,&quot;&nbsp;Tommy and the guys went back to Ground Zero.</p>

In a recent "Rescue Me," Tommy and the guys went back to Ground Zero.

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Review: FX's 'Rescue Me' says goodbye in typically uneven fashion

Firefighting drama was strongest when focusing on 9/11, silliest when kissing up to star Denis Leary

Last week's "Rescue Me," the penultimate episode of the FX firefighting drama, spent most of its running time on the wedding of Tommy Gavin's eldest daughter Colleen to his colleague Black Shawn. It was a long sequence, alternately funny and unbearable. Then the episode segued rather abruptly into one of its hairiest, most riveting fire sequences ever, as Tommy and the rest of the guys on 62 Truck became trapped in an arson fire after turning away from a waiting escape ladder to try to rescue a few more civilians. Their only exit blocked, best friends Tommy and Lou faced each other, unsure of what to do next...

...and then the building blew up.

The episode was, in other words, seven seasons of "Rescue Me" in a nutshell: at times hilarious, at times obnoxious, and then so riveting that you will almost forgive it every one of its past sins.

Almost.

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<p>Charlie Hunnam and Maggie Siff in &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Charlie Hunnam and Maggie Siff in "Sons of Anarchy."

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Review: FX's 'Sons of Anarchy' on familiar ground for season 4

HitFix
B+
Readers
A-
But is the back-to-basics approach too formulaic?

(Note: This column contains mild spoilers for the fourth season of "Sons of Anarchy," which premieres tomorrow night at 10 on FX. If you want to know nothing, don't read any further.)

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<p>Walt (Bryan Cranston)&nbsp;goes in for a check-up on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Walt (Bryan Cranston) goes in for a check-up on "Breaking Bad."

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'Breaking Bad' - 'Hermanos': The secret origin of the Chicken Man

A Gus spotlight episode also suggests he has things in common with Walt

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I add a plus-douchebag to a minus-douchebag...

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<p>Leon (J.B. Smoove)&nbsp;has a very good day on &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm.&quot;</p>

Leon (J.B. Smoove) has a very good day on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'Mister Softee': Bill Buckner to the rescue?

Larry befriends the '86 World Series goat in an instant classic episode

A review of tonight's fantastic "Curb Your Enthusiasm" coming up just as soon as Koufax gives me some kishka...

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<p>Matt Smith and Daniel Mays in &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

Matt Smith and Daniel Mays in "Doctor Who."

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'Doctor Who' - 'Night Terrors': Welcome to the dollhouse

'Sherlock' co-author Mark Gatiss pens a creepy tale

I'm on vacation, but I got to see tonight's "Doctor Whobefore I went away for a few days. "Night Terrors" was penned by Steven Moffat's "Sherlock" co-author Mark Gatiss, and I thought it was very strong on the creepy imagery (the dolls in particular) but a bit less effective on the sentimental side of things. What did everybody else think of it? And, given last week's discussion of how Amy and Rory are dealing with the kidnapping of their daughter, did you feel "Night Terrors," with its focus on parents and kids, did a good job of thematically dealing with that in any way?

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<p>&quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;star Zooey Deschanel.</p>

"New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel.

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Interview: 'New Girl' star Zooey Deschanel

Is it good or bad when people see so much of her in her roles?

(Reminder: I'm on vacation this week, but transcribed a few press tour interviews to keep the blog from going totally dark while I'm gone. I'll be back after Labor Day.)

"I kind of happen to like press conferences," Zooey Deschanel told me mid-way through an interview at FOX's press tour party.

Of course she would say that, not 12 hours after she had been the centerpiece of a press conference that was less a Q&A than an unapologetic lovefest.

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<p>&quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;introduces his niece to New York.</p>

"Louie" introduces his niece to New York.

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'Louie' - 'Niece': The guardian

Another relative comes to visit Louie

I'm on vacation this week, but I did get to see tonight's "Louie" right before I clocked out for the week, and since the series is having a very special season, I wanted to offer a place for everybody to discuss the latest episode while I'm gone.

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