<p>Backstrom</p>

Backstrom

Credit: FOX

Review: FOX's 'Backstrom' the latest attempt at 'House, PD'

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Rainn Wilson's not a good fit as a caveman cop with a gift for profling

Imitation is the sincerest form of television, and the biggest hits will be imitated over and over and over again — sometime well after they've gone off the air. "House" was one of the defining hits of the last decade on FOX, and it inspired clones in various traditional TV fields, with lawyers (James Woods in "Shark"), and even other doctors (Stanley Tucci in "3 Lbs") playing the part of the misanthropic, sarcastic rule-breaker who's too good at the job to fire.

FOX's "Bones" has never exactly been a "House" clone — Temperance insults people not because she's a jerk, but because (it's implied) she has Asperger's — but it debuted in the wake of "House" and was tagged early on as "House, FBI." Now, though, longtime "Bones" showrunner Hart Hanson has a new series — "Backstrom," which debuts tonight at 9 on FOX — that's impossible to view as anything but "House, P.D.," even though its origins lie on another continent.

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Better Call Saul!' a 'Breaking Bad' prequel with promise

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Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks take us back in time to the days of Jimmy McGill

Early in the second episode of AMC's "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul!," our hero Jimmy McGill — who will one day go by Saul Goodman — is taken out into the desert and threatened by someone who in the future will tangle with the man called Heisenberg.

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<p>Justified</p>

Justified

Credit: FX

Season premiere review: 'Justified' - 'Fate's Right Hand'

The final season begins with Raylan in hot pursuit of Boyd

"Justified" is back for its final season. I published some overall thoughts on the new episodes this morning, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I tell you that carrying my underpants is important...

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<p>Parks and Recreation</p>

Parks and Recreation

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'William Henry Harrison/Leslie & Ron'

When things between Leslie and Ron get bad, their friends lock them up to settle things

A review of tonight's two "Parks and Recreation" episodes coming up just as soon as we binge watch the future...

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<p>Heat Wave and Captain Cold</p>

Heat Wave and Captain Cold

Credit: CW

Review: 'The Flash' - 'Revenge of the Rogues'

Barry takes on two supervillains at once, while Caitlin investigates Firestorm

A quick review of tonight's "The Flash" coming up just as soon as I make you try scuba diving and Indian food...

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<p>Banshee</p>

Banshee

Credit: Cinemax

'Banshee' stars talk sex vs. violence, Kai Proctor and Job

Where's the line between pulp and gratuity? Is Kai a villain? And where did Job come from?

Late last week, I posted the first set of highlights from the "Banshee" screening and fan Q&A we held in Los Angeles. Now it's time for a few more pieces of insight and humor from stars Antony Starr and Ivana Milicevic and creator Jonathan Tropper.

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<p>Justified</p>

Justified

Credit: FX

Review: 'Justified' back on target for final season

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Better casting and a renewed focus on Raylan vs. Boyd wipes out memories of bad season 5

The writing of the late, great Elmore Leonard that inspired "Justified" which begins its sixth and final season tonight at 10 on FX — could be incredibly self-aware at times. Characters in Leonard stories tend to be big fans of popular culture, and they know exactly which archetypes to compare themselves to, which roles they are playing (or think they're playing) in their particular story, and even like to predict how the story is will conclude.

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, January 2015 Special: 'The Americans,' press tour & more

Firewall & Iceberg Show, January 2015 Special: 'The Americans,' press tour & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Fortitude' and 'Parks and Recreation'

Happy Monday, boys and girls! Time for something you haven't seen in quite some time: the Firewall & Iceberg Show on video! Because Dan and I were physically together for press tour, we got a chance to sit down and talk about recent doings at TCA, as well as review a couple of late January shows we otherwise won't have time for, since Dan will be going to Sundance right after this tour ends.

Cameras began rolling after Dan had performed "Corner in the Sky" from Pippin, so we can't share that with you, but here's the rundown. Enjoy. (Also, note that we recorded this for a Friday release, but technical difficulties delayed posting til after the weekend.)

Here's today's time breakdown:

Press Tour - "Fresh Off the Boat," "Better Call Saul" & more (00:00 - 13:38)
"The Americans" (13:38 - 18:13)
"Fortitude" (18:13 - 23:11)
"Parks & Recreation" (23:11 - 29:47)

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<p>The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore</p>

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

Credit: Comedy Central

'The Nightly Show' host Larry Wilmore: 'Has race been in the news lately?'

On inheriting the Colbert timeslot, leaving 'Black-ish,' and the many topics he'll cover

Larry Wilmore’s career has toggled back and forth between work in front of and behind the camera. He arrived in the business as an actor, then shifted over to writing for comedies like “In Living Color” and “Sister, Sister” before becoming creator and showrunner of “The PJ’s” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” But he also has popped up in many sitcom guest roles in recent years (I loved his deadpan recurring role on “The Office” as Mr. Brown), and for the last eight years has been a periodic “Daily Show” contributor as the Senior Black Correspondent.

Now he’s finally merging the two sides of his career as both host and producer of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” which inherits the post-“Daily Show” timeslot from “The Colbert Report” beginning tonight at 11:30.

I spoke a week ago with Wilmore about being an African-American comedian at a time of so much racial unrest in America, about leaving his role as producer on “Black-ish” behind after Jon Stewart offered him Colbert’s old slot, and what “The Nightly Show” might actually look like.

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<p>Shameless</p>

Shameless

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Shameless' - 'I'm the Liver'

Frank meets his organ donor's parents, Ian goes to a funeral, and Fiona loves danger

A quick review of tonight's "Shameless" coming up just as soon as I'm ankle-flirting with you...

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