<p>Adam Pally and the rest of the cast of &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Adam Pally and the rest of the cast of "Happy Endings."

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Review: A second opinion on ABC's 'Happy Endings'

A comedy that's grown on your humble critic

You may remember that I wasn't a fan of ABC's "Happy Endings" when it debuted last month, dismissing it as not only the last, but least, of this season's trend of sitcoms about young friends and/or relatives at different relationship stages.

Then a funny thing happened: I kept watching the show, at first just as something to have on in the background while doing other things, but then because I realized I was starting to actually, somehow, enjoy it. I have a few thoughts on why coming up just as soon as I pay you in poems...

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<p>Real-life husband and wife Nia Vardalos and Ian Gomez played in-laws on &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Real-life husband and wife Nia Vardalos and Ian Gomez played in-laws on "Cougar Town."

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'Cougar Town' - 'Damaged By Love': Rollerskate skinny

Ken Jenkins returns, and Nia Vardalos flirts too much with Andy

A quick review of last night's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I put a question mark at the end of a sentence???

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<p>Will Chuck, Sarah and Casey be back in the fall?&nbsp;Could be.</p>

Will Chuck, Sarah and Casey be back in the fall? Could be.

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Thoughts on the 'Chuck' renewal rumors

Will the Buy More gang really come back for a fifth season?

The days leading up to the network upfront schedule presentations are the TV reporter equivalent of the baseball trading deadline. Rumors, rumors everywhere, everyone racing to lock down a piece of information before the dozens of people chasing the same story, unsure whether the tidbit they've been given is real, misdirection, or an attempt to negotiate something in public. (Yesterday's stories about CBS wanting Hugh Grant to replace Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men" definitely seemed like negotiating through the press.) When FOX made its decisions Monday night on which pilots to pick up and which to pass on, I saw a few frustrated "Why do we bother?"-style tweets from reporters noting that the buzz only days earlier was completely backwards for several of these shows.

All of which is to say that while I'm excited and borderline-shocked by all the reports from last night that NBC's close to ordering at least 13 more episodes of "Chuck" for a fifth season, I'm believing nothing until I hear it from either an NBC official, Chris Fedak or Josh Schwartz. If Deadline/TVLine, Variety and Entertainment Weekly are all reporting that this is where NBC's leaning, I'm assuming they're right, but stranger things have happened at upfront time.

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<p>Delroy Lindo was terrific on &quot;The Chicago Code,&quot;&nbsp;but the show won't be coming back.</p>

Delroy Lindo was terrific on "The Chicago Code," but the show won't be coming back.

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The morning after the FOX bubble bloodbath - what happened?

A lousy year for network rookies culminated in a five-cancellation night

I got the news from Shawn Ryan about FOX canceling "The Chicago Code" pretty late in the evening East Coast time, so I didn't have much time to process the larger massacre that was going on at the network last night, in which every bubble show FOX had left - not only "The Chicago Code," but "Human Target," "Lie to Me," "Breaking In" and "Traffic Light" - were all told their services wouldn't be required for next season.

On one level, the Tuesday night bubble bloodbath was surprising. FOX doesn't announce its fall schedule until Monday, and while some cancellations and pick-ups will leak in the days leading up to a network's upfront presentation, you don't usually hear about all of them (including a few other new series pick-ups) this far in advance. And while it's not uncommon to see a network pop most of its bubble shows, to get rid of all of them? Very strange.

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<p>Archie Panjabi on &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Archie Panjabi on "The Good Wife."

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'The Good Wife' - 'Getting Off': Cheaters

Alicia confronts Kalinda, and Sarah Silverman guests as an adultery specialist

A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I ask if it's okay for me to visit the kids...

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<p>Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals and Matt Lauria in &quot;The Chicago Code,&quot;&nbsp;which FOX declined to renew.</p>

Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals and Matt Lauria in "The Chicago Code," which FOX declined to renew.

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Exclusive: FOX cancels 'The Chicago Code'

Shawn Ryan-produced cop drama one of several FOX series to get the axe Tuesday night

It's been a very busy night for FOX, which, according to various published reports, has already ordered several new shows for its fall schedule, including the JJ Abrams-produced "Alcatraz," the "Bones" spin-off "The Finder" and the Zooey Deschanel sitcom "The New Girl," while also deciding that "Human Target" and "Breaking In" won't be back on next year's schedule. Given all the action, and given that "The Chicago Code" was on the renewal bubble right along with "Human Target" and several other series, I thought I'd check in with that show's creator, Shawn Ryan, to see what he was hearing.

Ryan told me he had just heard from FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly, who told him the show was also canceled. (As in it won't be on next year's schedule; the final episodes will air.)

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<p>Matt Lauria on &quot;The Chicago Code.&quot;</p>

Matt Lauria on "The Chicago Code."

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'The Chicago Code' - 'Black Sox': Batting for the home team

Jarek and Caleb look into the murder of a prominent gay citizen

A review of last night's "The Chicago Code" coming up just as soon as I help you put the white flag back in your pocket...

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<p>Will &quot;CSI:&nbsp;NY&quot;&nbsp;survive to next season's schedule?</p>

Will "CSI: NY" survive to next season's schedule?

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Bubble Watch 2011: What shows will be renewed?

What's coming back, and what's in trouble?

Upfront Week, when the five broadcast networks gather advertisers together for a big dog-and-pony show about their fall schedules for next season, is - like a lot of parts of the TV business (see also Nielsen ratings, sweeps, etc.) - a relic of an earlier era, when networks didn't program year-round, when there wasn't so much competition from cable, when DVRs and the Internet didn't allow people to make their own schedules, etc.

But Upfront Week (which begins on Monday with an NBC/FOX double-header) still exists, and even though many shows that in normal years would be on the bubble to return ("Cougar Town," "Community," "Raising Hope") were renewed weeks or months ago, there are still a number of notable shows whose fates are up in the air.

After the jump, I have a breakdown of the Big Four networks (I left the CW to Fienberg, who actually watches a bunch of their shows, to cover in his exhaustive, show-by-show Bubble Watch gallery) in terms of what shows are already renewed, what shows are near-locks to return, and then which of the bubble shows I think have a realistic shot to come back.

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<p>Dr. Hatteras (Eddie Izzard)&nbsp;is confronted by Buck (Toni Collette)&nbsp;on &quot;United States of Tara.&quot;</p>

Dr. Hatteras (Eddie Izzard) is confronted by Buck (Toni Collette) on "United States of Tara."

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'United States of Tara' - 'The Electrifying & Magnanimous Return of Beaverlamp': Max and his axe

Max gets the band back together in a memorable episode

A review of tonight's "United States of Tara" coming up just as soon as I veer from hipster rocker straight into disco homo...

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<p>One last go-around for Zoey (Jennifer Morrison)&nbsp;and Ted (Josh Radnor)&nbsp;on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

One last go-around for Zoey (Jennifer Morrison) and Ted (Josh Radnor) on "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Landmarks': How I hate your Zoey

Ted and Zoey's relationship reaches a breaking point in a terrible episode

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I tell you what rhymes with "beck and call"...

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