<p>Anne Hathaway and James Franco in one of many attempted comedy bits on the 2011 Oscars.</p>

Anne Hathaway and James Franco in one of many attempted comedy bits on the 2011 Oscars.

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Oscars TV Review: Anne Hathaway and James Franco host a disastrous Academy Awards telecast

Even by Oscar-cast standards, this was a fiasco

A couple of hours into the disastrous Academy Awards telecast, host emeritus Billy Crystal came on-stage to a thunderous standing ovation. If applause can be translated into words, those claps would have screamed, "Come back, Billy! Save us from this mess!"

That Crystal proceeded to follow that reception with a rambling, unfunny monologue about Bob Hope typified the sort of night the Oscar-cast was having. No matter the talent involved nor the intentions, virtually nothing worked. It was so strained and weird that at one point Roger Ebert tweeted, "I'm even beginning to feel nostalgic about Rob Lowe dancing with Snow White."

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<p>Tina Fey and Cristin Milioti on &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Tina Fey and Cristin Milioti on "30 Rock."

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'30 Rock' - 'TGS Hates Women': Baby talk

Liz and Jack take on a pair of deceitful blondes

A quick review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I sail an inflatable castle across the Atlantic...

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<p>Dave Koechner as Todd Packer on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Dave Koechner as Todd Packer on "The Office."

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'The Office' - 'Todd Packer': Riding a desk

Dave Koechner returns as Michael's obnoxious BFF

A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as you tell me who Justice Beaver is...

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<p>Alison Brie and Jim Rash on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Alison Brie and Jim Rash on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Intro to Political Science': Pop-pop vs. pbbt-pbbt

Annie and Jeff run for office, and a Secret Service agent is intrigued by Abed

A review of last night's "Community" coming up just as soon as I know the distinction between Duck and Goose...

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<p>Andy (Chris Pratt)&nbsp;and April (Aubrey Plaza)&nbsp;enjoy a night out on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Andy (Chris Pratt) and April (Aubrey Plaza) enjoy a night out on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Indianapolis': Smell your dreams

Everybody hangs out in a fun, light capper to season 3.1

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I have a youthful grandmother...

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<p>Charlie Sheen in a scene from &quot;Two and a Half Men&quot;&nbsp;this season.</p>

Charlie Sheen in a scene from "Two and a Half Men" this season.

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CBS calls Charlie Sheen's bluff, shuts down 'Two and a Half Men' for season

If you insult your bosses long enough, they'll respond

With his public comments the last few weeks, "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen has essentially been daring CBS and Warner Bros. to put him out of work.

Thursday night - after his latest, strangest radio rant - his bosses called his bluff, shutting down production for the rest of this season.

And after the events of the last few hours, it's hard to imagine how the show could come back next year with Sheen as its star.

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<p>Boyd and Dewey reconnect on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Boyd and Dewey reconnect on "Justified."

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'Justified' - 'The I of the Storm': Being Raylan Givens

Dewey Crowe impersonates a good guy, while everyone thinks Boyd is doing the same

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I buy a ski mask on eBay...

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<p>Minka Kelly on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Minka Kelly on "Parenthood."

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'Parenthood' - 'Do Not Sleep With Your Autistic Nephew's Therapist': Baby, please don't go

Lots of people leave - and yell - in a terrific episode

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I try to squelch your spirit...

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<p>Lights (Holt McCallany)&nbsp;gets back in the ring on &quot;Lights Out.&quot;</p>

Lights (Holt McCallany) gets back in the ring on "Lights Out."

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'Lights Out' - 'Crossroads': How ya like me now?

Lights takes on the dirtiest fighter in the boxing world

A review of tonight's "Lights Out" coming up just as soon as I bring my machete to the weigh-in...

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<p>Tyler Labine and Judy Greer on &quot;Mad Love.&quot;</p>

Tyler Labine and Judy Greer on "Mad Love."

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'Mad Love' - 'Friends and Other Obstacles': First date, worst date

An unpromising follow-up to the pilot

Boy, not a very good second episode for "Mad Love," was it? Still no laughs from Biggs or Chalke - or, for that matter, from Labine and Greer, whose chemistry is less of the "thin line between love and hate" variety than the "their interactions are unpleasant" variety. And while I'm always glad to see Martin Starr getting a paycheck, "Hawaii Five-0" actually made better use of him than this episode did. Sigh...

On yesterday's podcast, Dan and I were asked about the notion of whether we'd rather see a show with good actors and weak writing or a well-written show that's poorly cast. And I said that while I think writing is the more important part of the equation, writing can sometimes improve over time, whereas a bad actor almost always remains a bad actor (or a miscast actor). So I'll check back in at some point, but until/unless this show gets its act together, no point in covering it week-to-week.

What did everybody else think?

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