<p>Esther (Alexa Havins) in &quot;Torchwood:&nbsp;Miracle Day.&quot;</p>

Esther (Alexa Havins) in "Torchwood: Miracle Day."

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'Torchwood: Miracle Day' - 'The Categories of Life': Heat is on

The season reaches its mid-point in over-the-top fashion

A quick review of tonight's "Torchwood: Miracle Day" - including thoughts on why I'm likely taking this season out of the review rotation going forward - coming up just as soon as I hear rumors of Phil Collins...

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<p>FOX president Kevin Reilly tried to downplay the &quot;Glee&quot; controversy that will see Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Chris Colfer (not pictured)&nbsp;departing at season's end.</p>

FOX president Kevin Reilly tried to downplay the "Glee" controversy that will see Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Chris Colfer (not pictured) departing at season's end.

Credit: FOX

Press tour: FOX boss Kevin Reilly won't worry, is happy

Exec session full of easy answers to potential problems with 'Glee,' 'X Factor' and more

At last summer's press tour, critics appeared to smell blood in the water at FOX. For years, the network had followed a pattern of tanking in the fall, then roaring ahead to number one in the ratings almost entirely on the strength of "American Idol." But going into last season, "Idol" was an old show, one that had slipped in the Nielsens, and one that was about to reinvent its judging panel without Simon Cowell.

Instead, the J-Lo & Tyler-infused "Idol" was up in the ratings, FOX again easily won the season, etc., etc.

Still, that didn't stop the press from once again pointing at all the vulnerable spots on FOX's schedule at this summer's executive session. But it was hard to blame FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly for taking on all the barbs with a "What, me worry?" attitude.

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<p>The cast of the American &quot;The X&nbsp;Factor&quot;:&nbsp;Nicole Scherzinger, Steve Jones, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid.</p>

The cast of the American "The X Factor": Nicole Scherzinger, Steve Jones, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid.

Credit: FOX

Press tour live-blog: FOX's 'The X Factor'

Is the world big enough for 'American Idol' and 'X Factor' to co-exist?

FOX's ratings this fall are going to depend almost entirely on the performance of a single show: "The X Factor," the Simon Cowell-produced singing competition that is not in any way like "American Idol" except in the ways that it is. I'm already sick of the promotion for this show, but I'm fascinated to see if it can succeed in a world where "Idol" exists (as opposed to the U.K., where "Pop Idol" ended as "X Factor" was beginning), where NBC has already had success with the "X Factor"-ish "The Voice," etc. So I'll be live-blogging this session as it goes along, to see just how confident Cowell, Paula Abdul, FOX reality czar Mike Darnell and the rest of the panel come across while they have to talk about "The Voice," the awkward departure of judge Cheryl Cole, and more.

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<p>&quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;and his daughter celebrate her birthday.</p>

"Louie" and his daughter celebrate her birthday.

Credit: FX

'Louie' - 'Oh, Louie/Tickets': Cook with beef

Louie and Dane Cook have it out in a very meta episode

A quick review of last night's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I try a natural laundry detergent...

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<p>Wilfred (Jason Gann)&nbsp;and Ryan (Elijah Wood)&nbsp;try to talk their way out of trouble.</p>

Wilfred (Jason Gann) and Ryan (Elijah Wood) try to talk their way out of trouble.

Credit: FX

'Wilfred' - 'Pride': Sticking your neck out

Wilfred and Ryan have a series of sexual misadventures

Press tour is eating up every spare blogging minute at the moment, but I wanted to be sure to note that tonight's "Wilfredwas the episode that FX screened for fans at Comic-Con - and that the crowd (which included at least one 9-year-old boy) was equally horrified and amused by everything involving Wilfred and Raffi.

So sick, so strange, so funny, and such a good guest performance from Jane Kaczmarek. What did everybody else think of this one? And, if you have any lingering thoughts on last week's episode with Chris Klein, or where we're at with this point in the season, feel free to share them here.

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<p>&quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;co-stars Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jim Rash talk furries, friends and more.</p>

"Community" co-stars Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jim Rash talk furries, friends and more.

Watch: 'Community' co-stars Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown & Jim Rash at Comic-Con

More (furry) fun from TV's loosest comedy cast

Yesterday, I posted the first of two long video interviews I did with the cast of "Community" at Comic-Con. Today, it's time for the second, with Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown and newly-promoted regular castmember Jim Rash.

We talked about Rash's new position, Dean Pelton and Jeff Winger's strange relationship, whether Shirley's baby will change her role on the show, and a lot more. As with the Jeong/Chase/Pudi interview, it's long but very, very funny.

And a footnote to the whole thing: at one point, while discussing Pelton's sexuality, I brought up a comment from one of my season 1 "Community" reviews that winds up informing much of the rest of the interview. And if you think I was exaggerating about that particular comment, feel free to take a look (it's the next-to-last comment on the second comments page, from "Geniufur"). And, for the record: furries.

Again, I hope you enjoy this, and that it helps make the wait until the show's September 22 season 3 premiere just a little bit easier.

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<p>Doc Cochran (Brad Dourif)&nbsp;tends to Trixie (Paula Malcomson)&nbsp;on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Doc Cochran (Brad Dourif) tends to Trixie (Paula Malcomson) on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, episode 9: 'No Other Sons or Daughters' (Veterans edition)

A change is gonna come to the camp, and not everybody likes it.

After a week off, it's time to resume our trip back through the first season of David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood," and we're continuing to do it with two separate but largely identical posts: one for people who watched the whole series and want to be able to discuss it from beginning to end, and one for people who are just starting out and don't want to be spoiled with discussion that goes past the current episode. This is the former; click here for the newbie-safe version.

A review of episode 9, "No Other Sons or Daughters," coming up just as soon as I ask you what you think of my frock coat...

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<p>Doc Cochran (Brad Dourif)&nbsp;tends to Trixie (Paula Malcomson)&nbsp;on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Doc Cochran (Brad Dourif) tends to Trixie (Paula Malcomson) on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, episode 9: 'No Other Sons or Daughters' (Newbies edition)

A change is gonna come to the camp, and not everybody likes it

After a week off, it's time to resume our trip back through the first season of David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood," and we're continuing to do it with two separate but largely identical posts: one for people who watched the whole series and want to be able to discuss it from beginning to end, and one for people who are just starting out and don't want to be spoiled with discussion that goes past the current episode. This is the latter; click here for the veteran-friendly version.

A review of episode 9, "No Other Sons or Daughters," coming up just as soon as I ask you what you think of my frock coat...

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<p>New &quot;CSI&quot;&nbsp;leading man Ted Danson in a scene with Marg Helgenberger and Jorja Fox.</p>

New "CSI" leading man Ted Danson in a scene with Marg Helgenberger and Jorja Fox.

Credit: CBS

Press tour: Ted Danson brings a lighter touch to 'CSI'

The 'Cheers' alum will play a scientist modeled on Phil Jackson

Ted Danson has an impressive body of dramatic work on his resume, from "The Onion Field" and "Body Heat" in his early days to "Damages" in recent years. Still, he'll always be identified first for his comedy work, and the "CSI" team is counting on him to help add a lighter touch to the show as it enters its 12th season with him as the new lead.

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<p>&quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;co-stars Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase and Danny Pudi yukking it up at Comic-Con.</p>

"Community" co-stars Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase and Danny Pudi yukking it up at Comic-Con.

Watch: 'Community' co-stars Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase and Danny Pudi at Comic-Con

Have some laughs with three of primetime's funniest performers

The Comic-Con video interviews I posted last week were fairly brief, done as part of the usual assembly-line process that takes place in the Con press rooms. With the "Communitycast, though, I got lucky. The cast (minus Alison Brie, who was still filming her movie "Save the Date") was in town a night early so they could see Donald Glover's House of Blues show, they had some time to kill beforehand, and so I got a good chunk of time with most of them in two groups.

The results will only occasionally offer insight into the creative process of making "Community" (most of that will come from Ken Jeong), but they will give you a very good idea of what makes the "Community" cast one of the funniest and quickest on television.

In the first of our two interviews, I was placed with Jeong, Chevy Chase and Danny Pudi. Chase has, at times, been disruptive at public events involving the whole cast (like last year's Comic-Con panel), but he was relatively subdued at this year's panel, and he, Jeong and Pudi played off each other extremely well that night.

I hope you like it, and that it helps tide you over a bit until the "Community" season 3 premiere on September 22.

With any luck, later today I'll be posting the second interview, with Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jim Rash. (Glover was prepping for his show, and Gillian Jacobs hadn't made it into town yet.)

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