<p>&quot;America's Next Great&quot;&nbsp;restaurant judges Steve Ells, Bobby Flay and Lorena Garcia.</p>

"America's Next Great" restaurant judges Steve Ells, Bobby Flay and Lorena Garcia.

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'America's Next Great Restaurant' - 'Pilot': Chain of fools?

What did everybody think of the NBC reality competition?

As Fienberg and I discussed on this week's podcast, while I don't make much time for reality TV these days, I do remain fond of the various professional talent competitions produced by the folks at Magical Elves, most notably "Top Chef." "America's Next Great Restaurant," which debuted tonight on NBC, was very much in the Elve-ish wheelhouse, offering plenty of overlap with "Top Chef" but not so much that it made you wonder why we needed this show, too. And I remain impressed that the Elves - as opposed to Mark Burnett, Donald Trump and whoever else was making creative decisions on "The (Non-Celebrity) Apprentice" - recognize that while jerks can add a certain amount of drama, the real draw of these shows is in seeing talented people show off their talents. So while a couple of knuckleheads made this show's top 10, for the most part we have what seems like smart, energetic people with intriguing concepts. (I know that if the restaurant that won the last slot in the top 10 opened in my neighborhood tomorrow, I would be eating there.)

What did everybody else think? Too assembly line, or just different enough?

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<p>Jimmi Simpson, Malcolm Goodwin, Serinda Swan, Laz Alonso and Domenick Lombardozzi in A&amp;E's &quot;Breakout Kings.&quot;</p>

Jimmi Simpson, Malcolm Goodwin, Serinda Swan, Laz Alonso and Domenick Lombardozzi in A&E's "Breakout Kings."

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Review: A&E's 'Breakout Kings' wastes a fun premise

'Prison Break' alums struggle with another con-related drama

If you know anything about my tastes, you know I'm a sucker for underdog sports stories. But I'm only slightly less of a sucker for capers or action movies about tough guys with unique skills coming together for a mission - and particularly for its subset, in which the tough guys are bad guys who are forced by circumstance to be good guys. I've seen "The Dirty Dozen" more times than I can count. I dig TNT's "Leverage." One of the few comic book series I follow anymore is DC's "Secret Six," about a team of villains who invariably wind up acting as heroes (and which borrows characters from "The Suicide Squad," also about evil men reluctantly doing good).

So the new drama "Breakout Kings," in which a pair of US Marshals recruit a team of convicts to help them track down dangerous escaped prisoners, should be right up my alley. But the drama, which debuts Sunday night at 10 on A&E, is so flatly executed that its mediocrity overpowered my innate weakness for the genre.

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<p>The &quot;Top Chef&quot;&nbsp;final 5. </p>

The "Top Chef" final 5.

Credit: Bravo

'Top Chef' - 'Give Me Your Huddled Masses': A family affair

The chefs get in touch with their roots in an Ellis Island challenge

A review of last night's "Top Chef" coming up just as soon as I find out that we're cousins...

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<p>Ty Burrell on &quot;Modern Family.&quot;</p>

Ty Burrell on "Modern Family."

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'Modern Family' - 'Two Monkeys and a Panda': Drawer war

A sharp, sweet episode written by a 'Seinfeld' alum

I'm out of the week-to-week "Modern Family" review game, but I said I'd drop in on episodes in which I had something specific to say. So a review of last night's episode coming up just as soon as I undress a mannequin while a creepy guy films it...

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<p>Margo Martindale and Tim Olyphant on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Margo Martindale and Tim Olyphant on "Justified."

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'Justified' - 'For Blood or Money': Happy birthday

Rachel takes the spotlight in a busy, fun episode

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I maintain my creases...

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<p>Adam (Peter Krause)&nbsp;tries to comfort Max (Max Burkholder)&nbsp;on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Adam (Peter Krause) tries to comfort Max (Max Burkholder) on "Parenthood."

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'Parenthood' - 'Qualities and Difficulties': The play's the thing

Jason Ritter returns for a very strong episode

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as we play hide and seek Israeli army style...

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<p>Eamonn Walker on &quot;Lights Out.&quot;</p>

Eamonn Walker on "Lights Out."

Credit: FX

'Lights Out' - 'Head Games': Wherefore art thou, Romeo?

Eamonn Walker shows up to train Lights

A review of tonight's "Lights Out" coming up just as soon as I'm in a dark room for a week...

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<p>&quot;The&nbsp;Good Wife&quot;&nbsp;partners head out of the office to plot</p>

"The Good Wife" partners head out of the office to plot

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'The Good Wife' - 'Great Firewall': Rock the vote

What did everybody think of the pivotal episode?

This morning, I posted a review of tonight's pivotal "The Good Wifeand how it exemplifies many of the show's strongest qualities (and was an episode that largely left some of my less favorite stories, like Alicia/Will, on the sideline). Now it's your turn; what did everybody else think of an episode with so many big developments at the firm and on the campaign trail? 

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<p>Barney (Neil Patrick Harris)&nbsp;gets his heart monitored on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) gets his heart monitored on "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Change of Heart': The Scooby gang

Barney tries to change - but is it for the right woman?

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I punch you into cardiac arrest...

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<p>Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo)&nbsp;gets a haircut on &quot;The Chicago Code.&quot;</p>

Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo) gets a haircut on "The Chicago Code."

Credit: FOX

'The Chicago Code' - 'Cabrini-Green': Bombs away

An uneven episode is saved by a spotlight on Alderman Gibbons

A review of last night's "The Chicago Code" coming up just as soon as I butcher your favorite Neil Sedaka song...

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