<p>On &quot;Hannibal,&quot; Will dreams of Abigail Hobbes.</p>

On "Hannibal," Will dreams of Abigail Hobbes.

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Takiawase'

Jack's wife shares a secret plan with Dr. Lecter, while Beverly Katz goes exploring

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as you're harshing my buzz...

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<p>Monica Potter, Max Burkholder and Peter Krause in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Monica Potter, Max Burkholder and Peter Krause in "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'The Offer'

Max's field trip goes awry, Joel gets Victor a phone, and Zeek and Camille have a potential buyer

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I come in over asking...

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<p>On &quot;Review,&quot; Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly) ponders a table full of flapjacks.</p>

On "Review," Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly) ponders a table full of flapjacks.

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A review of the funniest 'Review' yet

In which Forrest MacNeil suffers dearly on behalf of his viewers

A few weeks ago, I sang the praises of Comedy Central's "Review," starring Andy Daly as an amiable but sheltered WASP who has different life experiences at the request of his viewers. In particular, I singled out tonight's episode as an early frontrunner for funniest half-hour of 2014, and thus wanted to do a second post for people who had now seen it. A few thoughts coming up just as soon as this post could be my penicillin...

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<p>Jonathan Banks and David Cross as father and son on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Jonathan Banks and David Cross as father and son on "Community."

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Review: 'Community' - 'Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons'

The group tries to help Buzz bond with estranged son David Cross

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I find a name that's not just another creature's name plus "hob"...

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<p>Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Galentine's Day 2014'

Leslie tries to replace Ann, Ron takes Andy to the dentist and Ben learns to appreciate a colleague

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" — which NBC almost casually renewed yesterday — coming up just as soon as I cap off a long con I'm pulling on Keith Sweat...

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<p>A big change on &quot;Community&quot; season 5 has been letting Annie (Alison Brie) grow up.</p>

A big change on "Community" season 5 has been letting Annie (Alison Brie) grow up.

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Mega 'Community' interview with Dan Harmon, part 2

On putting Annie and the Dean into pants, Greendale dystopia and more

Yesterday, I posted the first part of an extremely long interview I did with “Community” creator Dan Harmon about his return to the NBC comedy, saying goodbye to Donald Glover, making peace with Chevy Chase, and more. Now it’s time for part 2, where we get into more of the specific creative decisions that have driven season 5, why Chang remains the character Harmon struggles with most, letting Annie grow up, and how Harmon feels about the possibility of the phrase “six seasons and a movie” becoming a reality, among many Greendale-related topics.

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<p>Margo Martindale in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Margo Martindale in "The Americans."

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'A Little Night Music'

Religion comes into the Jennings home, and their old handler has a new assignment

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I have half a sock drawer...

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<p>Jesse Spencer in &quot;Chicago Fire,&quot; one of several shows NBC renewed tonight.</p>

Jesse Spencer in "Chicago Fire," one of several shows NBC renewed tonight.

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NBC renews 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Chicago Fire,' 'Chicago PD' & 'Grimm'

A strange renewal release brings good news in the end

Welcome to an exciting installment of Adventures in Network Press Releases, where a simple email about the renewal of "Chicago Fire," "Chicago P.D." and "Grimm" instead turns into a stealth renewal announcement for "Parks and Recreation" and "Celebrity Apprentice."

Earlier this evening, NBC sent out a press release with a simple and clear headline about the first three shows being renewed. Makes sense. The two "Chicago" shows have done relatively well after, respectively, "The Voice" and "Law & Order: SVU," and NBC likes being in the Dick Wolf business, and "Grimm" has been a stable Friday performer for a few years now.

Then came the strange part, as the release mentioned previous renewals for "The Blacklist," "The Voice," "Parks and Recreation," "Celebrity Apprentice" and "The Biggest Loser." The problem was that only the first two had actually been previously announced as renewed for next season. Back at press tour, Fienberg goaded Bob Greenblatt into saying he expected "Parks" would be back next season, but no contracts had been signed, "Celebrity Apprentice" had been in limbo for a long time, though there have been recent reports of casting work being done for a 14th edition, and there was no news at all on "Biggest Loser."

As it turns out, "Biggest Loser" being included was a mistake, but NBC says the others are correct.

So if you have your scoreboard handy, here is what happened tonight:

* "Chicago Fire," "Chicago PD" and "Grimm" were all renewed, loudly and proudly.

* "Parks and Rec" and "Celebrity Apprentice" got stealth renewals, and we still don't know when the latter will air or exactly what the deal is for the former (my guess is "Parks" gets the "30 Rock" treatment with a shortened order for a season that we know going in will be the final one).

* "Biggest Loser" fans got their hopes up for a couple of minutes until NBC sent a correction.

* Many other NBC shows (including "Biggest Loser," but also "Law & Order: SVU," "Parenthood," "Hannibal," "Revolution," "Dracula," the new Tuesday comedies, "Community," and even "The Michael J. Fox Show," among others) will have their fates decided later in the season, or at upfront time in early May. The improbable "Community" dream of six seasons and a movie: not dead yet!

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<p>Dan Harmon discussing his return to &quot;Community&quot; at the 2013 Comic-Con.</p>

Dan Harmon discussing his return to "Community" at the 2013 Comic-Con.

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Mega 'Community' interview with Dan Harmon, part 1

On being rehired by Sony, making peace with Chevy Chase, and more

On some level, I’m still having a hard time believing that Dan Harmon is back running “Community,” and that the show has been as good as it’s been for most of this season. Large entertainment conglomerates are not generally in the business of rehiring idiosyncratic creators whom they have fired, and TV shows that go off the rails as badly as “Community” did in the Harmon-less fourth season rarely return to former levels of glory.

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<p>Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in "Masters of Sex."

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Showtime to premiere 'Ray Donovan' & 'Masters of Sex' in July

Second-year dramas will pair up for the first time

Last year, Showtime's new dramas "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex" each got to air after established hits in "Dexter" and "Homeland," respectively. This year, they'll have to support each other, as the two will air as a Sunday night bloc starting on July 13, with "Ray Donovan" at 9 and "Masters of Sex" at 10.

I didn't have much use for "Ray Donovan," either as a glib show about a Hollywood fixer or a more psychologically-fraught look at a violent, damaged family from Boston. "Masters," on the other hand, was one of my very favorite shows of 2013, and airing in the summer may give it a little more critical sunlight than when it was on opposite so many other notable Sunday shows in the fall.

Showtime's period horror series "Penny Dreadful," which is debuting in May, will have wrapped up by July 13, and "Homeland" will have a new companion, still to be announced, come fall.

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