<p>Malik Yoba, Azita Ghanizada and David Strathairn in &quot;Alphas.&quot;</p>

Malik Yoba, Azita Ghanizada and David Strathairn in "Alphas."

Credit: Syfy

Review: Syfy's 'Alphas' a solid superhero story

David Strathairn, Malik Yoba lead a promising cast

"Heroes" ultimately turned out to be a terrible show, but its initial success - and the way that certain viewers stuck with it long after it became clear just how terrible it was - suggested there was a significant appetite for that kind of TV show. So expect other networks to keep trying with superhero series until the next one hits. (And then for the networks to try even harder to copy that one.)

"Alphas," which debuts tonight at 10 on Syfy, was originally developed for ABC back in the height of "Heroes" mania. ABC execs apparently didn't feel comfortable  with the idea at the time (though those same execs tried and failed with "No Ordinary Family" this past season), and eventually the script filtered its way on down to Syfy.

And the pilot is promising enough to make you understand why the project was able to escape years in development hell.

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<p>Cheryl and Larry talk about old times on &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm.&quot;</p>

Cheryl and Larry talk about old times on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Credit: HBO

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'The Divorce': Jew, not a Jew?

Larry has second thoughts about his lawyer, and tries to help out a Girl Scout

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" had its eighth season premiere tonight. I reviewed a handful of season eight episodes on Friday, but this wasn't one of them, and I have a quick review coming up just as soon as I commend you on your demographics...

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<p>Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten)&nbsp;in &quot;True Blood.&quot;</p>

Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) in "True Blood."

Credit: HBO

'True Blood' - 'If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?': Who am I this time?

Eric seeks Sookie's help, while Jessica hangs out at Fangtasia

Once again, you know the drill: these "True Blood" posts are here for people who either can't wait for Leslie Gornstein's usual recap to go up on our Monkeys as Critics blog in a few hours, or who just want to do all their HitFix commenting on this blog. Couple quick thoughts on the episode after the jump...

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<p>Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman)&nbsp;prepares for execution in &quot;Torchwood:&nbsp;Miracle Day.&quot;</p>

Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) prepares for execution in "Torchwood: Miracle Day."

Credit: Starz/BBC

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' - 'The New World': Everybody lives!

Death takes a holiday in the sci-fi series' return

"Torchwood: Miracle Day" just aired its first episode. I offered a general review of the series yesterday, and I have some specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I cheat painting a wall...

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<p>Tim (Taylor Kitsch)&nbsp;and Tyra (Adrianne Palicki)&nbsp;brought an old-school vibe to tonight's &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Tim (Taylor Kitsch) and Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) brought an old-school vibe to tonight's "Friday Night Lights."

Credit: NBC/DirecTV

'Friday Night Lights' - 'Texas Whatever': There can only be one

Tough choices abound in the series' moving penultimate 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.)

"Friday Night Lights" has only one week to go in its final season, and I have a review of the series' penultimate episode coming up just as soon as I try to write down a speech while driving...

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<p>Larry David heads to New York mid-way through &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm&quot;&nbsp;season 8.</p>

Larry David heads to New York mid-way through "Curb Your Enthusiasm" season 8.

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Review: HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' returns strong for season 8

Larry David and friends head to New York midway through the season

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" is never going to displace "Seinfeld" as the first thing mentioned in Larry David's obituary many years from now, even though "Curb" gave the world one of the all-time great obituary-related jokes (in the first season episode "Beloved Aunt"). But has the HBO show already done enough to accompany "Seinfeld" in the first line of that obituary?

I think it has.

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<p>Louis C.K. in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. in "Louie."

Credit: FX

'Louie' - 'Moving': A man's home is his castle

Louie looks for a new place to live

A quick review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I ask about Obama...

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<p>Ethan Suplee and Elijah Wood in &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

Ethan Suplee and Elijah Wood in "Wilfred."

Credit: FX

'Wilfred' - 'Fear': The incredible shrinking Suplee

Ryan resists Wilfred's advice at his own peril

A quick review of tonight's "Wilfred" coming up just as soon as I break Shabbos...

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<p>The revamped cast of &quot;Torchwood:&nbsp;Miracle Day,&quot;&nbsp;with Eve Myles, John Barrowman, Alexa Havins and Mekhi Phifer.</p>

The revamped cast of "Torchwood: Miracle Day," with Eve Myles, John Barrowman, Alexa Havins and Mekhi Phifer.

Credit: Starz/BBC

Review: Starz's 'Torchwood: Miracle Day'

The British sci-fi series comes to America in an ambitious but sometimes muddled new series

There are two different shows co-existing under the title “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (Friday at 10 p.m. on Starz). The first is a classic kind of science fiction story, built around a simple what if? question: what would happen if every person in the world suddenly became incapable of dying? The second is a familiar action thriller in which a rogue team of government agents try to find out who made everyone immortal, and why.

The second show is the one that Starz clearly signed on for when the pay cable channel became co-producer and American distributor of “Torchwood,” which had been a purely British series in its earlier seasons (and aired in these parts on BBC America). It’s a commercial, easy-to-sell idea, one featuring a few characters who will be familiar to hardcore fanboys and girls, as well as recognizable American faces like Mekhi Phifer and Bill Pullman. If this wasn’t a show about Torchwood was investigating the miracle, getting into gunfights and trading banter, it wouldn’t exist.

And yet, even as a fan of the 100% British incarnation of “Torchwood” (particularly the 5-part “Torchwood: Children of Earth” miniseries from 2009), I couldn’t help wishing that “Torchwood: Miracle Day” spent a little more time on the miracle and less on Torchwood.

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<p>Cy, E.B. and Al ponder news of the plague on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Cy, E.B. and Al ponder news of the plague on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 6: 'Plague' (Veterans edition)

Al, Cy and the camp's other leaders come together to fight the smallpox outbreak

We're continuing 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.

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