<p>Hopefully my vacation goes better than the Griswolds'.</p>

Hopefully my vacation goes better than the Griswolds'.

Vacation, all I ever wanted?

Your critic's taking a few end-of-summer days off

The summer's almost over, and TV is about to get really insane, so it's time for a long-overdue family vacation. I'll be putting the computer down (and, if I can help myself, the smartphone, tablet, etc.) for the next week, returning on Tuesday, September 6.

To keep the blog from going dark while I'm away, I have a handful of interviews I did at press tour (one of them involving the most awesome mustache in the universe) that will be posted periodically over the next few days. Also, I've already seen the next episodes of "The Hour," "Louie," "Breaking Bad" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and I have either short "what did you think?" posts (for "The Hour" and "Louie") or reviews (for "Breaking Bad" and "Curb") that should publish around the time each episode ends. (If you wait to see links on Twitter, keep in mind that dlvr.it can sometimes take up to an hour to auto-tweet a link, so for those four, just come around when the episodes end on the East Coast.) And my "Sons of Anarchy" season 4 review should be published sometime on Labor Day.

Whatever else happens or airs while I'm gone will be ignored.

Play nice while I'm away, folks, and when in doubt, remember the commenting rules.

<p>Jesse (Aaron Paul)&nbsp;backs up Gus (Giancarlo Esposito)&nbsp;on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Jesse (Aaron Paul) backs up Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) on "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' - 'Problem Dog': In or out?

The season reaches a terrific mid-point

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I'm charged with misdemeanor trash burning...

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<p>River (Alex Kingston)&nbsp;and the Doctor (Matt Smith) have a moment on &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

River (Alex Kingston) and the Doctor (Matt Smith) have a moment on "Doctor Who."

Credit: BBC

'Doctor Who' - 'Let's Kill Hitler': Nobody puts Hitler in a cupboard!

The Doctor, Amy and Rory continue the search for River in a smashing mid-season premiere

"Doctor Who" is back to continue its sixth modern season. Earlier this week, I published my interview with showrunner Steven Moffat, which I highly recommend for serious "Who" fans, and I have a review of the mid-season premiere coming up just as soon as I memorize every room in the universe...

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<p>Esther (Alexa Havins)&nbsp;and Rex (Mekhi Phifer)&nbsp;brief a superior (John DeLancie)&nbsp;on &quot;Torchwood:&nbsp;Miracle Day.&quot;</p>

Esther (Alexa Havins) and Rex (Mekhi Phifer) brief a superior (John DeLancie) on "Torchwood: Miracle Day."

Credit: Starz/BBC

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' - 'End of the Road': Category 0?

Lots of exposition as the miracle plot resumes

After "Torchwood: Miracle Day" took a notable quality uptick last week with its Captain Jack in the '20s short story, the miracle storyline resumed tonight, and I was mostly reminded of how little I care about either the cause of or solution to this problem.

I'll be on vacation next week and haven't seen that episode yet, so we'll be back to talk about the finale in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I'm mainly curious if there are people who are still enjoying "Miracle Day" - and, if so, why. Not judging, just wondering, given that the comments have slowed to a trickle and are almost uniformly negative.

On the plus side... Q!

<p>&quot;The Cut&quot;&nbsp;author George Pelecanos.</p>

"The Cut" author George Pelecanos.

Credit: Ian Allen

Interview: 'The Cut' author George Pelecanos

How does 'The Wire' writer compare his literary and TV work?

Over the course of my many reviews of "The Wire" and "Treme," I've frequently discussed the contributions of George Pelecanos, whom David Simon usually (but not always) asks to handle the most brutal deaths of the most beloved characters. (Pelecanos and I discussed this in an interview towards the end of my "Wire" season 3 reviews, and then again after he played Angel of Death in "Treme" season 2.)  But I've only ever discussed his other, more prolific career as a crime novelist in passing. With next week's publication of "The Cut," the first book in a planned new series about private investigator Spero Lucas, I decided it was time to turn the spotlight largely onto that part of his career.

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<p>Louis C.K. went to Afghanistan on tonight's &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>
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Louis C.K. went to Afghanistan on tonight's "Louie."


Credit: FX

'Louie' - 'Duckling': Go, go, USO

Louie heads to Afghanistan to cheer up the troops

A quick review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I put on some sunscreen...

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<p>Ryan (Elijah Wood)&nbsp;meets a strange man (Dwight Yoakam) on &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

Ryan (Elijah Wood) meets a strange man (Dwight Yoakam) on "Wilfred."

Credit: FX

'Wilfred' - 'Doubt': They still call me Bruce

Dwight Yoakam sheds some light on Wilfred's past

A quick review of tonight's "Wilfred" coming up just as soon as I check the condom for leaks...

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<p>Alma (Molly Parker)&nbsp;goes for a walk through &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Alma (Molly Parker) goes for a walk through "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 12: 'Sold Under Sin' (Veterans edition)

Swearengen and Bullock make big decisions as the season comes to a close

We've come to the end of our summer 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 the season finale, "Sold Under Sin," coming up just as soon as I report stiffness or numbness...

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<p>Alma (Molly Parker)&nbsp;goes for a walk through &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Alma (Molly Parker) goes for a walk through "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 12: 'Sold Under Sin' (Newbies edition)

Swearengen and Bullock make big decisions as the season comes to a close

We've come to the end of our summer 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 the season finale, "Sold Under Sin," coming up just as soon as I report stiffness or numbness...

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Dominic West and Oona Chaplin in "The Hour."
Dominic West and Oona Chaplin in "The Hour."
Credit: BBC

'The Hour' - 'Episode 2': Hanging with Mr. Elms

The show makes its debut, with some bumps along the way

A quick review of the second episode of "The Hour" coming up just as soon as I click my heel harder on the third step...

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