<p>Q'orianka Kilcher, Charlie Rowe and a CGI&nbsp;Tinkerbell in &quot;Neverland.&quot;</p>

Q'orianka Kilcher, Charlie Rowe and a CGI Tinkerbell in "Neverland."

Credit: Syfy

Review: Syfy's 'Neverland' takes the magic out of Peter Pan

Too much explaning, not enough entertaining in prequel miniseries
There's an old saying in showbiz that a magician never reveals his secrets. The magician obviously doesn't want to put himself out of work, but he also recognizes that, to an extent, the audience doesn't want to know how the trick works, because it's more fun on some level to accept that something magical just happened.
"Neverland," the latest Syfy re-imagining of a beloved public domain title (following 2007's "Tin Man" and 2009's "Alice," all directed by Nick Willing), isn't big on belief. In providing an origin story for Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Neverland itself, it wants you to know exactly how the magic works, how every trick is done, and why J.M. Barrie was foolish to not give everything a proper name, date and location.
It is, unsurprisingly, not the least bit fun.
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<p>Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran in &quot;I&nbsp;Hate My Teenage Daughter.&quot;</p>

Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran in "I Hate My Teenage Daughter."

Credit: FOX

'I Hate My Teenage Daughter' - 'Pilot': The worst people in the world

What did everybody think of the new FOX comedy?

I posted my review of FOX's "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" yesterday. Now it's your turn. I couldn't stand it, but you may have felt more kindly about it, had more built-up affection for Jaime Pressly and/or Katie Finneran (or Chad L. Coleman from his "Wire" days), or genuinely found it funny. 

What did everybody else think? Will you be tuning in next week? 

Also, if anyone watches "The Exes" on TV Land tonight, feel free to discuss it here if you want.

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<p>Kelly Stables, Donald Faison,&nbsp;Kristen Johnston, David Alan Basche and Wayne Knight in &quot;The Exes.&quot;</p>

Kelly Stables, Donald Faison, Kristen Johnston, David Alan Basche and Wayne Knight in "The Exes."

Credit: TV Land

Review: TV Land's 'The Exes'

Donald Faison, Kristen Johnston and company go for deliberately retro laughs

In one of the few laugh-out-loud lines in TV Land's new sitcom "The Exes" (tonight at 10:30), we meet Eden, the pint-sized, sexpot assistant to divorce lawyer Holly. Eden is played by Kelly Stables, whom the Internet Movie Database very generously lists at 5' tall, and one of Holly's clients suggests that Eden "looks like someone threw a hot chick in the dryer."

"The Exes," like most of TV Land's inventory of deliberately retro comedies (starting with "Hot in Cleveland"), feels very much like someone threw a good sitcom in the dryer. It looks and sounds like the kind of genuine oldiest-but-goodies that rerun on TV Land and Nick at Nite – and has a cast filled with actors who appeared on those kinds of shows – but everything is smaller, including the laughter.
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<p>Max (Max Burkholder)&nbsp;wanders the streets of Oakland in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Max (Max Burkholder) wanders the streets of Oakland in "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

'Parenthood' - 'Missing': The Max on the bus goes round and round

Kristina goes back to work, Max goes missing, and Crosby likes Dr. Joe

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I like a jean jacket on a baby...

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<p>Winston (Lamorne Morris)&nbsp;and Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;work with some high school kids on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Winston (Lamorne Morris) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) work with some high school kids on "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Bells': The thrill of the fight

The guys step to the forefront in one of the strongest episodes so far

A review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I have a $40,000 bar mitzvah...

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<p>Lenny the Pimp (Sonny Barger)&nbsp;meets with Jax (Charlie Hunnam)&nbsp;on &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;&nbsp;</p>
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Lenny the Pimp (Sonny Barger) meets with Jax (Charlie Hunnam) on "Sons of Anarchy." 

Credit: FX

'Sons of Anarchy' - 'To Be, Act 1': Tell me you love me

Jax, Tara and Gemma all scramble in the first half of the season finale

A quick review of tonight's "Sons of Anarchy" coming up just as soon as I get you a bigger bowl...

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<p>Kenny Powers (Danny McBride)&nbsp;is (bleeping)&nbsp;in, when &quot;Eastbound &amp;&nbsp;Down&quot;&nbsp;returns to HBO&nbsp;in February.</p>

Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) is (bleeping) in, when "Eastbound & Down" returns to HBO in February.

Credit: HBO

HBO announces February premieres for 'Eastbound & Down' and 'Life's Too Short'

The return of Kenny Powers will be accompanied by new Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant series

More good news for cable TV fans: a day after FX announced the January premieres for "Justified" and "Archer," HBO announced that "Eastbound & Down" will be back on Sunday, February 19 at 10, followed at 10:30 by the new mockumentary series "Life's Too Short." 

You know "Eastbound" by now: Danny McBride is the profoundly stupid, yet confident, relief pitcher Kenny (Bleeping) Powers, trying to make his way in the world after his career ended. The third season will be 8 episodes.

"Life's Too Short," meanwhile, is the latest collaboration between Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who have already given TV "The Office" UK and "Extras." This one's much more in the "Extras" vein, with Warwick Davis (Wicket from "Return of the Jedi" and Professor Flitwick from the "Harry Potter" films, among many other fantasy/sci-fi roles) playing a down-on-his-luck version of himself, trying to hustle a way back into the spotlight. The 7-episode season will feature cameos by Johnny Depp, Sting, Steve Carell and even Gervais and Merchant themselves.

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<p>Katie Finneran and Jaime Pressly address their loathsome offspring in &quot;I&nbsp;Hate My Teenage Daughter.&quot;</p>

Katie Finneran and Jaime Pressly address their loathsome offspring in "I Hate My Teenage Daughter."

Credit: FOX

Review: Why I hate FOX's 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter'

The last new show of the fall is also one of the least
There are lots of DVD review screeners floating around my house, and a few days ago, I found my daughter holding one of them, a perplexed and unhappy look on her face.
"Daddy, you shouldn't say this, should you?" she asked, pointing at the title on the disc: "I Hate My Teenage Daughter."
"No, honey, you shouldn't," I told her.
"So why does it say that?" she asked, still confused. "No one should say they hate their daughter, right?"
"Someone thought it was funny," I told her.
"But it isn't funny," she said, clearly worried about the idea that we might one day say it about her as a joke.
"No," I said, shaking my head. "It is not funny. At all."
What I didn't tell my daughter, because she's too young to understand the concept of dark humor, is that there probably is a funny show to be made with that title, and that concept. But the one debuting tomorrow night at 9:30 on FOX is not it.
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<p>Bill Pullman in &quot;Scott Turow's Innocent.&quot;</p>

Bill Pullman in "Scott Turow's Innocent."

Credit: TNT

Review: 'Scott Turow's Innocent' kicks off TNT mystery movie series

Bill Pullman, Marcia Gay Harden and Richard Schiff star in belated, silly 'Presumed Innocent' sequel

TNT has already established quite the profitable brand for itself as home to the kinds of square-jawed, retro dramas that the broadcast networks stopped making a long time ago. So it stands to reason that the channel would eventually try getting into another business the networks have largely abandoned: the made-for-TV-movie. And if they can be the kinds of movies that fit comfortably alongside "The Closer" and "Rizzoli & Isles," so much the better.

Over the next three weeks, TNT will be airing a half-dozen mystery movies, all based on works by best-selling authors like Sandra Brown and Mary Higgins Clark, all starring actors who are past their career peak but have the ability to make you stop channel surfing to say, "Oh, I like him/her."

The movies kick off tonight at 9 with "Scott Turow's Innocent," a very belated sequel to Turow's "Presumed Innocent," which was made into a hit 1990 film starring Harrison Ford as prosecutor Rusty Sabitch, who was accused of murdering his mistress, only for it to be revealed (21-year-old spoiler alert!) that his scorned wife Barbara had done it and framed him for the deed.

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<p>&quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;will be back in action in January.</p>
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"Justified" marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) will be back in action in January.

Credit: FX

FX announces January premiere dates for 'Justified,' 'Archer' and 'Unsupervised'

Raylan Givens and Sterling Archer return to action, along with an animated teen comedy

FX has announced its mid-season schedule, with premiere dates for "Justified," "Archer" and the new animated comedy "Unsupervised," created by a trio of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" producers.

The third season of "Justified" will debut Tuesday, January 17 at 10 p.m. Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson - both alums of Graham Yost's short-lived NBC cop drama "Boomtown" - will be on hand as two of this season's villains, along with returning stars Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins and company.

"Archer" begins its third season two nights later, Thursday, January 19, also at 10 p.m. (And this release will give me the kick in the pants I need to watch the concluding installment of "Heart of Archness" already.) It'll be paired with "Unsupervised," which was created by "Sunny" writers Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and David Hornsby, and has a voice cast including Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Romany Malco, Kaitlin Olson and Alexa Vega, along with Rosell and Hornsby themselves. The show is about a pair of teenage best friends, Gary and Joel, trying to do the right thing with no parental supervision.

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