<p>Mireille Enos in &quot;The Killing&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Mireille Enos in "The Killing" season finale.

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'The Killing' - 'Orpheus Descending': Reviewing the season finale

A frustrating season comes to a maddening, insulting end

"The Killing" wrapped up its first season tonight. I interviewed showrunner Veena Sud about the season, and highly recommend you read that before we get to my review of the finale, as I'll be discussing what she said a lot. My review - with plentiful spoilers for the episode, of course - coming up just as soon as me doing math is like a dog wearing a hat...

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

Noah Wyle in "Falling Skies."

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'Falling Skies' - 'Pilot': Join or die

What did everybody think of the alien invasion drama?

I published my review of TNT's "Falling Skies" on Friday. It's an effective pulp thriller, but as I said in the comments section, I'm not sure how well it lends itself to weekly analysis. It's good, but it's not deep. With a bunch of other notable cable shows ending their seasons tonight (or nearing the end), I definitely don't have any time to write individual commentary on the pilot itself. That's a shame, as these two hours were the strongest of the five I've seen. 

But why don't those of you who watched weigh in on the pilot, and going forward, we'll play it by ear. If there's enough interest, I may treat it the way I've treated  "True Blood" or "Big Love" - extremely short weekly posts mostly designed as a place for everyone to discuss it - or maybe I'll just check in now and then if there's an especially notable episode. 

What did everybody else think?

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<p>Anna Torv playing one of her many alter egos this season on &quot;Fringe.&quot;</p>

Anna Torv playing one of her many alter egos this season on "Fringe."

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

Celebrating the women of 'Mad Men,' 'Friday Night Lights' and more

Welcome to part five 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 Lead Actress 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>In an ideal world, &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;co-stars Donald Glover and Danny Pudi would be competing against each other for an Emmy.</p>

In an ideal world, "Community" co-stars Donald Glover and Danny Pudi would be competing against each other for an Emmy.

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

Celebrating the men of 'Community,' 'How I Met Your Mother' and more

Welcome to part four 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 Actor 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>Julie (Aimee Teegarden)&nbsp;and Matt (Zach Gilford)&nbsp;have an important conversation on &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Julie (Aimee Teegarden) and Matt (Zach Gilford) have an important conversation on "Friday Night Lights."

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'Friday Night Lights' - 'Gut Check': The substitute

Very little goes according to plan as we head into the final season's home stretch

(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.)

The final season of "Friday Night Lights" still has a few weeks to go. (Sigh...) A review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I draw a starfish princess...

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<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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