Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall

RIP, Leslie Nielsen: Some thoughts on "Police Squad!" (In Color)

One of Nielsen's biggest roles originated on a short-lived TV show

<p>Before there were the &quot;Naked Gun&quot;&nbsp;films with Priscilla Presley, Leslie Nielsen played Frank Drebin on TV in &quot;Police Squad!&quot;</p>

Before there were the "Naked Gun" films with Priscilla Presley, Leslie Nielsen played Frank Drebin on TV in "Police Squad!"

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Leslie Nielsen, one of the great deadpan comics of our time, died over the weekend, Our Drew McWeeny has some thoughts on his movie career, and of course it's for his movie roles - specifically for "Airplane!," "The Naked Gun" trilogy and all the other spoofs that followed - that he'll be best remembered.

But I want to talk for a moment about the TV show that spawned the "Naked Gun" franchise: "Police Squad!" 

'Dexter' - 'In the Beginning': In a van, down by the apartment building!

Dexter's life gets chaotic - and satisfying - as the season moves towards a climax

<p>Peter Weller and Michael C. Hall on &quot;Dexter.&quot;</p>

Peter Weller and Michael C. Hall on "Dexter."

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A review of last night's "Dexter" coming up just as soon as we join a fantasy football league together...

'The Walking Dead' - 'Wildfire': Disease control

Season one's penultimate episode takes a sharp and fascinating left turn from the comics

<p>Rick (Andrew Lincoln)&nbsp;reaches out to a friend on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Rick (Andrew Lincoln) reaches out to a friend on "The Walking Dead."

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A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I watch the boat...

'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Paris Green': Down by the river where the dead men go

Alliances shift dramatically in the first season's penultimate episode

<p>Michael Shannon as Agent Van Alden on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Michael Shannon as Agent Van Alden on "Boardwalk Empire."

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A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I make a pretense of my need to micturate...

Interview: 'Justified' creator Graham Yost

Looking back over season one and ahead to season two of the drama about a gun-toting US Marshal

<p>Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins on "Justified."

Credit: FX

When I do interviews at press tour, my goal is just to get them published before the next season of the show in question debuts. It can be tricky, sometimes, when the show isn't coming back for a long time. For example, I spent about 15 minutes chatting with "Justified" creator Graham Yost at tour back in August, but the new season isn't scheduled to debut until February. So I sat on it for a while as I focused on more pressing subjects, and then even more things got in the way, etc., etc., until I recently saw a tweet from an FX publicist who had just watched a rough cut of the season two premiere and I realized it might be past time to publish a review done the day before Yost got back in the writers room to start crafting that episode and all the ones that will follow.

Because Yost was still a day away from that first meeting, there aren't a lot of details about season two, and even the few that are there probably don't qualify as spoiler-ish, since Yost said at various points that plans could change if one of his staffers had a better idea. So we mainly focused on leftover business from the first season, including the soul-searching done by Timothy Olyphant's trigger-happy US Marshal Raylan Givens, the expansion of Walton Goggin's role as Bible-thumping meth dealer Boyd Crowder, etc.

Happy TV turkey day!

What's your favorite TV holiday episode?

<p>Will any of the deluge of holiday programming over the next month live up to the first &quot;O.C.&quot;&nbsp;Chrismukkah episode?</p>
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Will any of the deluge of holiday programming over the next month live up to the first "O.C." Chrismukkah episode?


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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers, and (as Dan would say) happy Thursday to the rest of you.

In honor of the holiday - and the upcoming Chanukah/Christmas/Kwanzaa/New Year's holiday deluge - I'm going to embed two classic scenes from sitcom Thanksgiving episodes, plus the entirety of the first Chrismukkah episode of "The O.C." If you've got some time in front of the computer today before the turkey/football starts, enjoy, and then time for an open question: What's your favorite TV holiday episode ever, and why?

'Terriers' - 'Quid Pro Quo': House of cards

Hank and Britt get in deeper and deeper in the first season's wild penultimate episode

<p>Michael Raymond-James on &quot;Terriers.&quot;</p>

Michael Raymond-James on "Terriers."

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My review of tonight's "Terriers" coming up just as soon as I read your blog on my Kindle...

'Cougar Town' - 'When the Time Comes': I married a Care Bear

Fun Thanksgiving hijinx, but not the strongest Jules story

<p>Grayson was under the weather on tonight's &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Grayson was under the weather on tonight's "Cougar Town."

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As I mentioned in tonight's "Modern Family" review, the combination of Thanksgiving eve and a lack of advance screeners means I'm going to have to be quick with a couple of shows tonight. My super-fast take on tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I use intentional gibberish...

'Modern Family' - 'Mother Tucker': Hey you! Get your damn hands off him!

An uneven let-down after last week's season-best episode

<p>Phil and Dylan bond one last time on &quot;Modern Family.&quot;</p>

Phil and Dylan bond one last time on "Modern Family."

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'Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and since I'm off tomorrow and didn't see the ABC comedies in advance, I'm only going to have time to offer up very brief thoughts on them, starting with "Modern Family," just as soon as I present to your mother like a baboon...

'Human Target' - 'The Wife's Tale': Making amends

A new client opens an old wound for Chance in an uneven second episode

<p>Jackie Earle Haley, Indira Varma, Mark Valley and Janet Montgomery on &quot;Human Target.&quot;</p>
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Jackie Earle Haley, Indira Varma, Mark Valley and Janet Montgomery on "Human Target."


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A quick review of tonight's "Human Target" coming up just as soon as my glasses fall into a meat-grinder...

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