<p>Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood in &quot;Falling Skies.&quot;</p>

Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood in "Falling Skies."

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Review: TNT's 'Falling Skies' a solid alien invasion thriller

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Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood and company fight back against big green men

I used to go to a restaurant that served this chicken dish that arrived at your table engulfed in blue flames. The first time I saw it, my eyes grew three sizes and I thought, "I like chicken, I like fire, I should get that." When I actually tasted it, the dish was pretty mediocre, but that didn't stop me from trying it several more times, nor from ordering food-on-fire dishes at other places. The idea seemed so great that my mind simply couldn't accept that the actuality of it was only occasionally good.

TNT's "Falling Skies" (Sunday at 9 p.m. on TNT) an alien invasion drama produced by Steven Spielberg, seemed like an ideal candidate to be a flaming chicken dish. It's combination that once upon a time would have seemed fantastic, but where my expectations have been lowered by too many mediocre Spielberg TV projects that seemed like he lent his name and little else, and by too many terrible alien invasion series like "V" and "The Event."

But it turns out that "Falling Skies" is that rare time where the chicken tastes as good as it looks. It's a sci-fi series with a heavy focus on character and story (but also with good action when it's called for), and a Spielberg TV show where you can see his fingerprints in the work.

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<p>Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad."

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A few 'Breaking Bad' pictures to tide you over til July 17

How are Walt and Jesse looking going into season 4?

"Breaking Badseason 4 doesn't debut until Sunday, July 17th, but we have a few exclusive pictures to help curb your fix for Heisenberg and his blue meth. 

The 2nd and/or 3rd pictures could be considered spoilers - though I'd argue both are of something most of us have assumed would happen - so rather than just post them here on my blog, we instead set up a separate photo gallery where you can both look at the pretty pictures (as gorgeously shot as "Breaking Bad" itself) and comment on the implications of them while leaving this blog clean and wholly spoiler-free.

Current plan on the interviews I did on my trip to Albuquerque is to post them whenever I'm on vacation in early-mid July, not long before season 4 begins. I still have yet to see any episodes myself, and though I'm feeling antsy, just seeing these images of Cranston, Paul, etc. in character felt nice.

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<p>Alison Brie's &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;work this season was award-worthy, but will Emmy voters notice?</p>

Alison Brie's "Community" work this season was award-worthy, but will Emmy voters notice?

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If I had an Emmy ballot 2011: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Respect for the women of 'Community,' 'Parks and Recreation' and more

Welcome to part three of our journey through the Emmy ballot on HitFix. Once again, Fienberg and I are approaching each category from two directions, with Dan as the pragmatist and me as the optimist. So as we move onto the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy category, Dan has his usual exhaustive photo gallery of potential nominees, starting with the most likely candidates before eventually moving onto a bit of wish fulfillment, while after the jump, I continue to pretend that I'm a voting member of the TV Academy and have to pick six nominees for this category. (And, again, actors determine what category to submit themselves in, or whether to submit at all. You can download the full performers list here.)

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<p>Joanie (Kim Dickens)&nbsp;and Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe)&nbsp;arrive in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Joanie (Kim Dickens) and Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe) arrive in "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 3: 'Reconnoitering the Rim' (Veterans edition)

Al ponders the idea of trust, while Wild Bill gets mad

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.

A review of episode 3, "Reconnoitering the Rim," coming up just as soon as I collude and cahoot...

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<p>Joanie (Kim Dickens)&nbsp;and Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe)&nbsp;arrive in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Joanie (Kim Dickens) and Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe) arrive in "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 3: 'Reconnoitering the Rim' (Newbies edition)

Al ponders the idea of trust, while Wild Bill gets mad

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 latter; click here for the veteran-friendly version.

A review of episode 3, "Reconnoitering the Rim," coming up just as soon as I collude and cahoot...

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<p>Irrfan Khan in &quot;In Treatment.&quot;</p>

Irrfan Khan in "In Treatment."

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If I had an Emmy ballot 2011: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Celebrating the men of 'In Treatment,' 'Boardwalk Empire' and more

Welcome to part two of our journey through the Emmy ballot on HitFix. As I explained on Monday with my post on my ideal nominees for drama supporting actress, Fienberg and I are approaching each category from two directions, with Dan as the pragmatist and me as the optimist. So as we move onto the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama category, Dan has his usual exhaustive photo gallery of potential nominees, starting with the most likely candidates before eventually moving onto a bit of wish fulfillment, while after the jump, I continue to pretend that I'm a voting member of the TV Academy and have to pick six nominees for this category. (And, again, actors determine what category to submit themselves in, or whether to submit at all. You can download the full performers list here.)

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<p>Terry (Scott Bakula)&nbsp;and Owen (Andre Braugher)&nbsp;enjoy a ballgame on &quot;Men of a Certain Age.&quot;</p>

Terry (Scott Bakula) and Owen (Andre Braugher) enjoy a ballgame on "Men of a Certain Age."

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'Men of a Certain Age' - 'A League of Their Owen': Stealing second

A softball game provides the setting for a series highpoint

A review of tonight's "Men of a Certain Age" coming up just as soon as I get a little time in the bounce house...

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<p>Valerie Bertinelli gets her Amish on in the return of &quot;Hot in Cleveland.&quot;</p>

Valerie Bertinelli gets her Amish on in the return of "Hot in Cleveland."

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Review: TV Land's 'Hot in Cleveland' & 'Happily Divorced'

Fran Drescher's new show seems to exist to make 'Cleveland' look better

TV Land keeps churning out these fake retro sitcoms looking for an ideal companion to "Hot in Cleveland." But these shows really seem to have been designed to make "Hot in Cleveland" look brilliant in comparison.

Back in January, TV Land paired the second "Cleveland" season with "Retired at 35," a painfully unfunny series that got renewed because, hey, George Segal and Jessica Walter need something to do, right?

Tonight at 10, "Cleveland" returns with its second batch of season two episodes, this time followed by Fran Drescher and John Michael Higgins as a couple who get "Happily Divorced" after he comes out of the closet.

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<p>H. Jon Benjamin in &quot;Jon Benjamin Has a Van.&quot;</p>

H. Jon Benjamin in "Jon Benjamin Has a Van."

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Review: Comedy Central's 'Jon Benjamin Has a Van'

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'Archer' & 'Bob's Burgers' star struggles in live-action vehicle

I had so hoped that "Jon Benjamin Has a Van" would be the perfect culmination of the moment H. Jon Benjamin is having.

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<p>&quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;villain Margo Martindale gets a spot on Alan's hypothetical Emmy ballot.</p>

"Justified" villain Margo Martindale gets a spot on Alan's hypothetical Emmy ballot.

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If I had an Emmy ballot 2011: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Celebrating the women of 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones' and more

Last week, the Emmy ballots were sent out to voters in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The voting deadline is June 24, and the nominations will be announced on July 14. You can download the full performers ballot to see which actors did and didn't choose to submit themselves (Charlie Sheen, for instance, declined to submit himself this year), and in what category (Rob Lowe, as he always does, submitted himself as a lead, while both of the arguable leads of "Breaking In" submitted themselves as supporting actors).

As we did last year, Fienberg and I are going to approach this phase of the process in two different ways. Dan will tackle the idea of who will be nominated do his usual series of exhaustive galleries of potential nominees, starting with the most likely and then ranging on down into longshots and then plain wishful thinking. I, on the other hand, will stick with the idea of who should be nominated by pretending like I'm an Academy member and trying to winnow my hypothetical ballot down to six actors/shows per category. (You can see an example of this in my hypothetical ballot last year for Outstanding Drama Series, which has links to all the earlier posts.) 

We're going to aim to do one of these a day, give or take, until we get through the eight comedy and drama acting categories and then comedy and drama series themselves. First up: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama. Dan's gallery is already up, and my six picks (plus some of the actresses I was sorry to leave off), along with supporting video evidence where available, are after the jump...

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