<p>Keir Gilchrist on &quot;United States of Tara.&quot;</p>

Keir Gilchrist on "United States of Tara."

Credit: Showtime

'United States of Tara' - 'Train Wreck': Get out while you still can

Bryce continues to torment the family at a tragic time

A review of tonight's "United States of Tara" coming up just as soon as Woody Allen works the register at FAO Schwartz...

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<p>Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa)&nbsp;in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) in "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

'Game of Thrones' - 'The Pointy End': Family feud

George R.R. Martin scripts an episode setting up pieces for the closing chapters

A review of tonight's George R.R. Martin-scripted "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I die with a song in my heart...

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<p>Nelson (Jon Seda) gets his Zulu on in the Mardi Gras episode of &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Nelson (Jon Seda) gets his Zulu on in the Mardi Gras episode of "Treme."

Credit: HBO

'Treme' - 'Carnival Time': Home cookin'

Another wild Mardi Gras day, but with some sadness, too

A review of tonight's "Treme" coming up just as soon as I break a tooth on some kind of plastic alien fetus...

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<p>Mireille Enos in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Mireille Enos in "The Killing."

Credit: AMC

'The Killing' - 'Missing': The long detour

The murder investigation takes a break for a week, and the show oddly improves as a result

A review of tonight's "The Killing" coming up just as soon as my password is "funyuns"...

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<p>Becky (Madison Burge) is back on the pageant circuit on &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Becky (Madison Burge) is back on the pageant circuit on "Friday Night Lights."

Credit: NBC/DirecTV

'Friday Night Lights' - 'Fracture': Lies, damn lies and tiaras

It's getting ugly for the Lions and their friends and family in a riveting episode

(I originally posted this review back when "Friday Night Lights" was doing its exclusive DirecTV run. The comments from that period have been preserved. For the sake of people who are watching the episodes as they air on NBC, I will ask anyone commenting from this point forward to only discuss plot events up to the episode in question. Do not discuss, or even allude to, anything that has yet to air on NBC. Thank you.)

A quick review of tonight's "Friday Night Lights" coming up just as soon as I do a Samoan war dance...

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<p>Becki Newton and Krysten Ritter in the pilot for &quot;Love Bites.&quot;</p>

Becki Newton and Krysten Ritter in the pilot for "Love Bites."

Credit: NBC

'Love Bites' - 'Firsts': All you need is (Jennifer) Love (Hewitt)

The romantic anthology is a dead show walking, but what did everybody think?

It's always funny how quickly a show can go from a network's darling to a complete afterthought. A year ago, NBC was so high on "Love Bites," a romantic anthology series from "Sex and the City" writer Cindy Chupack, that it scheduled it on Thursdays at 10. Perhaps more importantly, network execs were so excited about it that they screened a large chunk of the pilot episode (the Greg Grunberg/Jennifer Love Hewitt one) at the upfront presentation. A network only tries something like that if they have overwhelming confidence in a show - ABC the year before showed the entire "Modern Family" pilot - and so someone, somewhere, was convinced the world was ready to love "Love Bites."

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<p>Tyler Posey is the new &quot;Teen Wolf.&quot;</p>

Tyler Posey is the new "Teen Wolf."

Credit: MTV

Review: MTV's 'Teen Wolf'

Mediocre horror story has little in common with the Michael J. Fox movie beyond the name

When it comes to remakes, I've always been of the belief that you're better off trying to update a movie or TV show that didn't really work than attempting to live up to a classic. Nobody needed new versions of "Psycho" or "The Manchurian Candidate," but there were promising ideas within the original "Ocean's 11" and "Battlestar Galactica" that just needed some 21st century creative types to properly explore.

So if I were to remake one of the two Michael J. Fox movies released in 1985, it sure as heck wouldn't be "Back to the Future," as there's almost no way to improve on that. (And which, as the uneven sequels suggested, was cinematic lightning in a bottle.)

"Teen Wolf," on the other hand? Well, if you were the exact right age and also spent a lot of time watching HBO in the afternoons, then you may have a lot of affection for Fox as a basketball-playing werewolf. But you can also probably admit that the original had a lot of room for improvement.

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<p>Wild Bill Hickcok (Keith Carradine)&nbsp;and Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;prepare to administer some Old West justice in the &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;premiere.</p>

Wild Bill Hickcok (Keith Carradine) and Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) prepare to administer some Old West justice in the "Deadwood" premiere.

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 1: 'Deadwood' (Veterans edition)

Welcome to the roughest, most profane, brilliant TV Western of them all

It's time once again for this year's summer DVD rewind here at What's Alan Watching? In summers past, I've dealt with the likes of "Freaks and Geeks," "Firefly," "Sports Night" and the first few seasons of "The Wire," among others. This year's candidate is a show whose existence straddled my career as a blogger (you can find my season three reviews here), and is one of a handful of shows with a legitimate argument as the best drama ever in the history of American TV.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to bleeping "Deadwood." It can get combative, and the language can get salty. (And after the jump, the real swears will be featured.)

After giving it some thought, I've decided to divide these reviews up, in a similar but not identical fashion to the way I did "The Wire." There will be two identical copies of each review, posted at the same time. The content of what I write will be the same in each most weeks, but in one, commenters will be free to discuss events from the life of the series (plus stray historical details about Swearengen and company), while the other will be designed for a discussion among people who are watching the show for the first time and don't want to know what's coming next. This is the former version; "Deadwood" newbies would be well-inclined to click here for the safer post.

Thoughts on the series' premiere, also titled "Deadwood," coming up just as soon as I spit in my hand...

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<p>Wild Bill Hickcok (Keith Carradine)&nbsp;and Seth Bullock (Timothy  Olyphant)&nbsp;prepare to administer some Old West justice in the  &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;premiere.</p>

Wild Bill Hickcok (Keith Carradine) and Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) prepare to administer some Old West justice in the "Deadwood" premiere.

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 1: 'Deadwood' (Newbies edition)

Welcome to the roughest, most profane, brilliant TV Western of them all

It's time once again for this year's summer DVD rewind here at What's Alan Watching? In summers past, I've dealt with the likes of "Freaks and Geeks," "Firefly," "Sports Night" and the first few seasons of "The Wire," among others. This year's candidate is a show whose existence straddled my career as a blogger (you can find my season three reviews here), and is one of a handful of shows with a legitimate argument as the best drama ever in the history of American TV.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to bleeping "Deadwood." It can get combative, and the language can get salty. (And after the jump, the real swears will be featured.)

After giving it some thought, I've decided to divide these reviews up, in a similar but not identical fashion to the way I did "The Wire." There will be two identical copies of each review, posted at the same time. The content of what I write will be the same in each most weeks, but in one, commenters will be free to discuss events from the life of the series (plus stray historical details about Swearengen and company), while the other will be designed for a discussion among people who are watching the show for the first time and don't want to know what's coming next. This is the latter version (so no talking about anything that comes after this specific episode); "Deadwood" veterans should click here for that post.

Thoughts on the series' premiere, also titled "Deadwood," coming up just as soon as I spit in my hand...

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<p>Scott Bakula and Ray Romano in &quot;Men of a Certain Age.&quot;</p>

Scott Bakula and Ray Romano in "Men of a Certain Age."

Credit: TNT

'Men of a Certain Age' - 'The Great Escape': Tonight, you're mine

The guys' evenings all begin with great promise in the mid-season premiere

Yesterday, I posted my overall review of the first few summer episodes of "Men of a Certain Age" season two. Now I have some specific thoughts on tonight's episode, coming up just as soon as I'm wearing my lucky shirt...

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