<p>William H. Macy on &quot;Shameless.&quot;</p>

William H. Macy on "Shameless."

Credit: Showtime

'Shameless' - 'Father Frank, Full of Grace': Stairway to heaven?

A messy family has a messy finale

A review of the "Shameless" season finale coming up just as soon as I tell you I don't love you...

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<p>Evan Rachel Wood and Kate Winslet in &quot;Mildred Pierce.&quot;</p>

Evan Rachel Wood and Kate Winslet in "Mildred Pierce."

Credit: HBO

Review: HBO's 'Mildred Pierce' drags Kate Winslet through a long, frustrating story

Miniseries doesn't sell the mother/daughter obsession strongly enough

I initially wasn't going to write at all about HBO's "Mildred Pierce," the five-part, three-week Depression era miniseries starring Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce and Evan Rachel Wood. Though it's not nearly as melodramatic as the 1945 film that won Joan Crawford an Oscar, the subject matter and style represent a genre that doesn't hold much interest for me.

But because of the talent involved - including director Todd Haynes ("Far From Heaven") - I sampled it out of the hope that the execution would elevate it above my usual prejudices. (As kinda sorta happened with "Downtown Abbey" earlier this year.)

Instead, I found it a slog to get through. It's tremendously faithful to the James M. Cain novel (Fienberg, who read the book a few weeks before watching the miniseries, was hard-pressed to identify anything that Haynes and co-writer Jon Raymond left out), and I suppose a lot of my problems can be pinned on the source material.

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<p>Will Arnett as Devon Banks on &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Will Arnett as Devon Banks on "30 Rock."

Credit: NBC

'30 Rock' - 'Plan B': Baby talk

Will Arnett returns to bedevil Jack, and Liz needs career options

A quick review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I spend $4,000 on chihuahua outfits for myself...

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<p>Michael lays out his proposal plan on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Michael lays out his proposal plan on "The Office."

Credit: NBC

'The Office' - 'Garage Sale': More than decent proposal

Michael pops the question in a warm, wonderful, hilarious episode

A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as I have my neon guy take a look...

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<p>The &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;gang pays homage to &quot;Pulp Fiction.&quot;</p>

The "Community" gang pays homage to "Pulp Fiction."

Credit: NBC

'Community' - 'Critical Film Studies': My dinner with Abed

Abed has a memorable, 'Pulp Fiction'-flavored birthday

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I stop saying "Cougar Town"...

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<p>Tom (Aziz Ansari)&nbsp;has the camping hook-up on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Tom (Aziz Ansari) has the camping hook-up on "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

'Parks and Recreation' - 'Camping': One-hit wonder?

Leslie and the show have to move on from the Harvest Festival

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as "NCIS: Los Angeles" isn't going to watch itself...

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<p>FX&nbsp;president John Landgraf thinks &quot;Lights Out&quot;&nbsp;failed because audiences just didn't want to watch a boxing show.</p>

FX president John Landgraf thinks "Lights Out" failed because audiences just didn't want to watch a boxing show.

Credit: FX

FX cancels 'Lights Out,' take 2: Some thoughts from John Landgraf

FX exec thinks young audiences just didn't want to watch a boxing show

As I've said many times before, FX president John Landgraf is one of my favorite executives to talk to in this business. He's a smart guy, an articulate one and an honest one, and he has a genuine, infectious passion for making good TV that's obvious both from the output of FX under his leadership, and just from talking to him.

Where most networks are reluctant to acknowledge that a show's even been canceled, let alone explain why, Landgraf held a conference call the day that he pulled the plug on "Terriers" in the fall, and he made himself available to speak with reporters after this afternoon's news that "Lights Out" won't be back for a second season. I got on the phone with Landgraf for a few minutes to ask about what he thinks went wrong and whether two failures in a row - even after a pretty good run of success - might in any way change the way FX does things.

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<p>Holt McCallany and Stacy Keach in &quot;Lights Out,&quot;&nbsp;which FX&nbsp;canceled today.</p>

Holt McCallany and Stacy Keach in "Lights Out," which FX canceled today.

Credit: FX

FX cancels 'Lights Out'

Boxing drama KO'ed after one season due to low ratings; final 2 episodes to air

FX has canceled "Lights Out," but the channel has done it in that usual FX way, which means the boxing drama's final two episodes of this season will air as scheduled. There just won't be a second season.

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<p>Antonia meets Morimoto on last night's &quot;Top Chef.&quot;</p>

Antonia meets Morimoto on last night's "Top Chef."

Credit: Bravo

'Top Chef' - 'Last Supper': Top Chef vs. Iron Chef

The final 3 have to please the tastebuds of three celebrity chefs

A few quick thoughts on the next-to-last "Top Chef" of the season coming up just as soon as I make myself throw up...

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<p>Winona (Natalie Zea)&nbsp;on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Winona (Natalie Zea) on "Justified."

Credit: FX

'Justified' - 'Save My Love': Follow the money

Raylan and Winona have a hell of a time giving back some found money

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I preserve 18 inches of my intestine in lucite...

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