<p>Dick Winters watching Steven Spielberg give an Emmy acceptance speech for &quot;Band of Brothers.&quot;</p>

Dick Winters watching Steven Spielberg give an Emmy acceptance speech for "Band of Brothers."

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RIP, Dick Winters: Hero of D-Day, central character of 'Band of Brothers'

A quiet, self-effacing, inspiring leader of men

Dick Winters, World War II veteran, winner of the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism on D-Day, and the central character of HBO's "Band of Brothers" miniseries, has died.

If you watched the miniseries (which I reviewed on my old blog a couple of summers ago), or read Stephen Ambrose's book on the exploits of Easy Company that inspired the miniseries, or watched the various documentary tie-ins, then you know that Winters (played in the miniseries by Damian Lewis) was a calm, selfless, inspiring, exceedingly decent man, and the very model of what Tom Brokaw dubbed The Greatest Generation.

After the jump, three clips: one involving real members of Easy Company singing the praises of Winters (he's the first man who speaks), one featuring Lewis at the end of the D-Day episode of "Band," and one the "Band" recreation of the assault on the German guns at Brecourt Manor on D-Day that won Winters his biggest medal:

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<p>Steve (Justin Chatwin)&nbsp;and Fiona (Emmy Rossum)&nbsp;in &quot;Shameless.&quot;</p>

Steve (Justin Chatwin) and Fiona (Emmy Rossum) in "Shameless."

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'Shameless' - 'Pilot': Get out of my dreams and into my car

What did everybody think of the family dramedy?

If you read my review of Showtime's "Shameless," you know I liked the tone and many of the performances but wasn't completely in love with it yet. Now that the first episode has aired, I'm curious what everybody thought. Are you going to want to spend an hour a week with the Gallaghers? And I'm curious what fans of the UK show thought of it (without offering spoilers for that version of the show).

 

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<p>David Lyons and Summer Glau in &quot;The Cape.&quot;</p>

David Lyons and Summer Glau in "The Cape."

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'The Cape' - 'Pilot/Tarot': Who was that occasionally masked man?

What did everybody think of the new superhero show?

If you read my review of "The Cape," you know I liked the idea of it (straight-forward, unironic, throwback superhero show) much more than the execution of it, particularly in regards to star David Lyons. (My old partner Matt Seitz also made a point I wish I had: the show races through all the familiar beats so quickly that it's hard to enjoy any of them as much as we should.) 

I won't be writing about the show much, if at all, going forward, but I'm curious what everyone thought of these first two episodes - and specifically whether you noticed any notable change between the first hour and the second, which were produced many, many months apart.

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<p>Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig in &quot;Episodes.&quot;</p>

Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig in "Episodes."

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'Episodes' - 'Episode One': Pal Joey?

What did everybody think of the showbiz satire?

If you read my review of Showtime's "Episodes," you know that I was not a fan of the show outside of Matt LeBlanc (who only appears briefly in the first episode, in a scene that's actually taken from a much later episode), and will not be adding it to the regular rotation. Still, I'm curious for people's initial impressions of it. A lot of critics whose opinions I respect enjoyed the show a hell of a lot more than I did, so I wouldn't be surprised if many of you were amused, as well.

What did everybody else think?

If you missed it, you can watch the entire first episode (edited for language) on HitFix.

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<p>&quot;Bob's Burgers&quot;</p>

"Bob's Burgers"

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'Bob's Burgers' - 'Human Flesh': Fine young cannibals

What did everybody think of FOX's new animated comedy?

I didn't quite have time to write a review of "Bob's Burgers" - or, rather, I might have had time but wasn't sure what to say about it. The strange, deadpan style of creator Loren Bouchard can be an acquired taste, and it doesn't always work (I liked "Dr. Katz" a lot more than "Home Movies"), but I like a lot of the voice actors (particularly H. Jon Benjamin from "Archer" and Kristen Schaal), and I think maybe there's a show here. But I think the only time I laughed at this first episode was the gag about the Burger of the Day.

Right now, I advise you to go watch Fienberg's video interview with some members of the voice cast, which is itself very strange, but also quite funny. And then for those of you who watched "Bob's Burgers," what did you think?

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<p>William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum in &quot;Shameless.&quot;</p>

William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum in "Shameless."

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Review: Showtime's 'Shameless' offers messy, engaging family antics

Faithful British adaptation strongly led by actress Emmy Rossum

Broadcast network shows have largely done away with opening title sequences. The artform still exists on cable, thankfully, because when done well, a title sequence tells you all you need to know about what a show is like. Think Tony Soprano driving from Manhattan to his McMansion, or Dexter Morgan going through his surprisingly violent-looking morning routine.

Showtime's family dramedy "Shameless" has a terrific opening title sequence - albeit one that you won't see on the pilot episode that premieres tonight at 10. (TV pilots are often title-less for some reason.) The sequence places a fixed eye on the lone bathroom shared by the sprawling Gallagher family. Alcoholic dad Frank (William H. Macy) has to be dragged out of there by eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum) so she can go to the toilet, and then we watch Fiona and her brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors and everyone's assorted boyfriends and girlfriends use the bathroom for both its intended purposes and many others, from sex to the toddler using the toilet to brush his teeth.

That's "Shameless" in 30 seconds or less: messy, overcrowded, unapologetically frank and, at times, darkly funny.

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<p>Holts McCallany in &quot;Lights Out.&quot;</p>

Holts McCallany in "Lights Out."

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Review: FX's 'Lights Out' offers compelling boxing drama

Revelatory performance by Holt McCallany as struggling ex-champ

We start "Lights Out," FX's terrific new boxing drama (which debuts Tuesday at 10 p.m.), in the dressing room after Patrick "Lights" Leary has just been dethroned as heavyweight champion of the world. He is unconscious and looks like his face just collided with a freight train that was covered in barbed wire, sandpaper and bits of broken glass.

His physician's assistant wife Theresa comes in and begins sewing up the hideous cut over his eye, and as Lights starts talking about how the rematch, she lays down the ultimatum:

"Please, Patrick, I love you too much to watch you die. Either you stop, or we stop."

So Patrick stops. For five years, he plays dutiful househusband. He puts Theresa through med school, makes breakfast and drives their three daughters to school, sets up his father in his own boxing gym, puts his brother in charge of managing his fortune, and tries to enjoy a life where he's not getting his brains beaten in.

But the ring has a gravitational pull on him, especially as his retired life falls apart. The economic crash wipes out most of his fortune. His brother's in a variety of jams. The gym is a sinkhole without a champion-level fighter operating out of it. The boxer who dethroned him keeps calling him out in public for a rematch.

And then there's this: though it's not polite to say in most company, Lights Leary enjoys hitting people.

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<p>Lena Headey in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Lena Headey in "Game of Thrones."

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Press Tour: 'Game of Thrones' ready for its HBO closeup

Producers and George R.R. Martin feel confident they got it right

"Fantasy and science fiction fans are very intense," said George R.R. Martin early in the press tour session for "Game of Thrones," the adaptation of his popular "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of fantasy novels. "I think part of it is the fact that there is relatively little of it out there. Television is full of lawyer shows and medical shows and situation comedies. Fantasy is something that has largely been restircted to books for a long time. The readers of those books, who have their favorite series, are really hungry to see some good fantasy brought to television."

David Benioff, one of the two writers in charge of bringing "Game of Thrones" to the screen, suggested Martin was selling himself short: "It's not just the genre, but it's George's books that are being brought to television."

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<p>Eve Myles will be back for &quot;Torchwood:&nbsp;Miracle Day.&quot;</p>

Eve Myles will be back for "Torchwood: Miracle Day."

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Press Tour: 'Torchwood' on Starz gets a subtitle, a premise and some co-stars

On 'Miracle Day,' death takes a holiday

"Torchwood" has a new network, a new country and new castmembers, and on Friday at press tour, we learned that the new Starz version of the show has a different subtitle.

When Starz acquired the "Doctor Who" spin-off from the BBC, the new season (which is set to begin filming next week) was tentatively titled "Torchwood: The New World," but creator Russell T. Davies explained that that was always a working title. The actual title will be "Torchwood: Miracle Day."

After the jump, some explanation from Davies on what that title means, the plot of the new season, the roles for Mekhi Phifer and Bill Pullman, and other semi-spoilery things...

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<p>You'll almost certainly see Elisabeth Moss, Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks on &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;again, but when?</p>

You'll almost certainly see Elisabeth Moss, Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks on "Mad Men" again, but when?

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Press Tour: More details on 'Mad Men' status, 'Breaking Bad' scheduling,' etc.

'Mad Men' renewal not official but close, scheduling still up in the air

AMC set off a flurry of good news/bad news discussion when the prestige cable channel opened its press tour session with vice president Joel Stillerman saying, "'Mad Men' is definitely coming back for season 5, but don't ask me when, because we're not sure yet."

The first part was reassuring, because oddly "Mad Men" had yet to be renewed, due to some contractual issues with the cast and creator Matthew Weiner. The second part was more concerning, since it doesn't look like AMC - which won't air "Breaking Bad" season 4 until summer, and will likely try to launch "The Walking Dead" season 2 around Halloween again - may have a Sunday window in which to air a fifth season until perhaps early 2012.

So after the panel for AMC's new long-form mystery "The Killing," I tracked down AMC president Charlie Collier to get a better sense of his thinking - and learned, among other things, that "Mad Men" is still not technically renewed.

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