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Ask Alan: Which TV characters changed the most from their introduction?

What does it mean when an actor is a producer on their show? And how has the job of a TV critic changed?

As promised, we're back in my Jersey office, and back on a Friday schedule for this week's Ask Alan. In today's show, I talk about characters, like Ross from "Friends," who changed a lot from their initial characterization; about what it means when you see the star of your favorite show listed among its executive producers; and about the ways in which my job as a TV critic has become more like it was when I started doing this 20 years ago.

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<p>The X-Files</p>

The X-Files

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The truth is right here: 'The X-Files' revival has a lot of problems (Review)

The Darin Morgan-scripted third episode is great, but the premiere is a disaster

"Do you miss it at all? The X-Files?"

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: Jake and Holt get the mumps on a hilariously stupid 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

'Nine Days' is far from the show's most highbrow installment, but that's okay sometimes

A review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I eat potato chips on my hunger strike...

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Credit: FX

Zach Galifianakis: 'I have no idea' if FX comedy 'Baskets' will work

What will be the audience for the clown comedy he made with Louis CK?

"Baskets" is such an oddity that even its co-creator and star, Zach Galifianakis, isn't sure if it will work.

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<p>Legends of Tomorrow</p>

Legends of Tomorrow

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Review: Too many capes? Atom, Firestorm & more team up in 'Legends of Tomorrow'

Okay, so Atom, Firestorm, Captain Cold, and company are in a show together. Now what?

Late in Thursday night's premiere of "Legends of Tomorrow," a character wonders if this motley collection of DC Comics heroes and villains have been brought together for a time-traveling adventure less because they're the legends of the new CW drama's title than because they're unimportant enough in the grand scheme of things that they won't be missed in their absence.

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<p>Jessica Jones</p>

Jessica Jones

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Netflix renews 'Jessica Jones,' sets 'Kimmy Schmidt,' 'Orange' premiere dates

It's Netflix's day at the Television Critics Association press tour, which of course means lots of announcements:

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<p>The Americans</p>

The Americans

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'The Americans' season 4 has a premiere date, and a cool poster

"The Americans" season 4 finally has a premiere date, as well as a cool, blue-tinged new poster.

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Legends of Tomorrow Spoiler-FREE Review
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Legends of Tomorrow Spoiler-FREE Review

The CW's latest superhero series "Legends of Tomorrow" is set to premiere on Thursday, January 21 at 8/7c. 

Alan Sepinwall and Roth Cornet have seen the first two episodes and have a spoiler-free review of the highly anticipated spin-off. 

Take a look at our chat in the player above and our full show in the player below, in which we discuss David Bowie's legacy and the one Best Picture nomination that 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' got.

Tune back in after the premiere for a spoiler-FILLED take.

Chat with us here or on Twitter:

Alan: @Sepinwall 

Roth: @RothCornet

Eric: @eeisenberg 

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<p>Angie Tribeca</p>

Angie Tribeca

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Review: Surely you'll enjoy the 'Airplane'-esque silliness of 'Angie Tribeca'

Rashida Jones, Steve Carell, and company give it their Frank Drebin best in new TBS comedy

Every time I sing the praises of TBS' "Angie Tribeca" on Twitter, I get one of two responses:

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<p>Alan Rickman in Die Hard</p>

Alan Rickman in Die Hard

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Alan Rickman, 'Die Hard,' and the commitment of being a classic movie villain

As Hans in 'Die Hard' and Snape in 'Harry Potter,' Rickman brought joy and absolute commitment

"Galaxy Quest" was far from the most famous Alan Rickman movie, but it may feature his most autobiographical role. As Alexander Dane, a classically trained Shakespearean actor (who's constantly boasting of the five curtain calls he received for playing Richard III) forever typecast as the alien warrior he played on a cult classic TV show, Rickman was riffing not only on Leonard Nimoy's difficult relationship with Mr. Spock from "Star Trek," but also on the strange and wonderful nature of his own career.

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