<p>Wendell Pierce as &quot;Treme&quot;&nbsp;trombonist Antoine Batiste.</p>

Wendell Pierce as "Treme" trombonist Antoine Batiste.

Credit: HBO/Paul Schiraldi

Review: 'Treme' closing out terrific second season

More plot, less lecturing have made for big improvement in the New Orleans drama

Sunday night's 90-minute "Treme" season 2 finale (10 p.m., HBO) is the series in a microcosm. There are times where it seems much longer than necessary for the stories that it's telling, but many more where the sense of atmosphere and joy is so great that the length becomes irrelevant. And every now and then, there's a moment that's incredibly powerful precisely because of the show's loose pace, which can seem relaxed to the point of catatonia if you're not invested.

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<p>Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James in &quot;Terriers,&quot;&nbsp;which should be nominated for an Emmy but likely won't be.</p>

Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James in "Terriers," which should be nominated for an Emmy but likely won't be.

Credit: FX

If I had an Emmy ballot 2011: Outstanding Drama Series

Celebrating 'Mad Men,' 'Terriers' and more

As I mentioned last time, the deadline to submit Emmy ballots came at the end of last week. Still, that's not going to stop Fienberg and I from finishing out our whole nomination prognostication thing, since any overlap between our suggestions and the actual Emmy nominations (which will be announced on July 14) would have to be considered purely coincidental, anyway.

We're down to our final two categories, staring with Outstanding Drama Series, and we're continuing to approach it two ways, with me as the optimist and Dan as the pragmatist. So while Dan has published his usual exhaustive photo gallery of potential nominees (starting with the most likely and moving on down to longshots he wishes had a shot), I'm going to pretend that I was given an actual ballot to fill out in this category, and narrow it down to the six shows I'd most like to see make the cut.

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<p>&quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;(Louis CK)&nbsp;on the first of two dates in tonight's episode.</p>

"Louie" (Louis CK) on the first of two dates in tonight's episode.

Credit: FX

'Louie' - 'Bummer/Blueberries': Two girls and a guy

Neither of Louie's dates goes as planned

A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I go down the road of buying your Vagitine...

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<p>Ryan (Elijah Wood)&nbsp;and Wilfred (Jason Gann)&nbsp;take a trip to the dentist.</p>

Ryan (Elijah Wood) and Wilfred (Jason Gann) take a trip to the dentist.

Credit: FX

'Wilfred' - 'Trust': Let my love open the door

Wilfred seeks revenge after Ryan betrays his trust

A quick review of "Wilfred" episode 2 coming up just as soon as Bob Barker is the puppetmaster...

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<p>Sol (John Hawkes)&nbsp;and Seth (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Sol (John Hawkes) and Seth (Timothy Olyphant) in "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 5: 'The Trial of Jack McCall' (Veterans edition)

Everyone has parts to play in one of the series' most crucial episodes

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 5, "The Trial of Jack McCall," coming up just as soon as I look it up in my yesterday's diary...

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<p>Sol (John Hawkes)&nbsp;and Seth (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Sol (John Hawkes) and Seth (Timothy Olyphant) in "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 5: 'The Trial of Jack McCall' (Newbies edition)

Everyone has parts to play in one of the series' most crucial episodes

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 5, "The Trial of Jack McCall," coming up just as soon as I look it up in my yesterday's diary...

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<p>Callie Thorne and Marc&nbsp;Blucas in &quot;Necessary Roughness.&quot;</p>

Callie Thorne and Marc Blucas in "Necessary Roughness."

Credit: USA

'Necessary Roughness' - 'Pilot': Physician, heal thyself

What did everybody think of USA's new sports therapy drama?

I offered my review of USA's "Necessary Roughnes" yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of Callie Thorne, Marc Blucas and company? Is this a USA show that's going to rise above the level of something to watch while you fold laundry? 

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<p>Joe (Ray Romano)&nbsp;has an uncomfortable conversation on &quot;Men of a Certain Age.&quot;</p>

Joe (Ray Romano) has an uncomfortable conversation on "Men of a Certain Age."

Credit: TNT

'Men of a Certain Age' - 'Whatever Gets You Through the Night': The tooth comes out

Owen is overextended and Joe angers some close associates in a stand-out episode

A review of tonight's "Men of a Certain Age" coming up just as soon as overalls are my best pair of pants...

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<p>Mehcad Brooks and Callie Thorne in &quot;Necessary Roughness.&quot;</p>

Mehcad Brooks and Callie Thorne in "Necessary Roughness."

Credit: USA

Review: USA's 'Necessary Roughness' a shallow shrink story

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Callie Thorne tries to analyze the problems of the local pro football team

When the Lakers won the NBA championship last year, famously unstable forward Ron Artest (or The Artist Soon To Be Known As Metta World Peace) made headlines when, in a post-game interview, he thanked his psychiatrist, who "really helped me relax a lot." It was a moment at once strange and touching - certainly, anyone who had tracked Artest's career would have thought therapy could do him some good - and also one that seemed certain to inspire a few movies or TV shows.

USA's new drama "Necessary Roughness" (which premieres tomorrow night at 10) isn't technically based on Artest's story - it's inspired by the work of Dr. Donna Dannenfelser, a therapist who has worked with the New York Jets - but it suggests that the formula of jock + shrink isn't as easy as it might have looked.

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<p>Laura Linney in &quot;The Big C.&quot;</p>

Laura Linney in "The Big C."

Credit: Showtime

'The Big C' - 'Losing Patients': The truth wins out

Season 2 gets off to a better start thanks to the end of Cathy's secret-keeping

"The Big C" returned to Showtime tonight, and I have a few thoughts on where the show finds itself at the start of season 2, coming up just as soon as I pose as a pharmaceutical rep...

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