<p>Evan Rachel Wood in &quot;Mildred Pierce.&quot;</p>

Evan Rachel Wood in "Mildred Pierce."

Credit: HBO

'Mildred Pierce' - 'Part Four & Five': Mommy dearest?

What did everyone ultimately think of the HBO miniseries?

HBO's "Mildred Pierce" remake came to an end tonight with 150-plus minutes of fights, reconciliations, more fights, nudity, singing and more fights. From what I've read here and elsewhere, reaction to the miniseries was as mixed among audiences as it was among critics, with some of you loving the style and performances and others (like me) having an impossible time getting around everything involving Veda (finally played tonight by Evan Rachel Wood).

Now that it's all over, what did everybody else think? Was it worth the nearly 6-hour commitment? 

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<p>Richmond (Billy Campbell)&nbsp;and Gwen (Kristin Lehman)&nbsp;in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Richmond (Billy Campbell) and Gwen (Kristin Lehman) in "The Killing."

Credit: AMC

'The Killing' - 'El Diablo': Gasping for air

The cops - and the series - settle in for the long haul

A review of tonight's "The Killing" coming up just as soon as I dress like Justin Bieber and eat pork rinds for dinner...

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot;&nbsp;top 9 lost an unexpected face tonight.</p>

The "American Idol" top 9 lost an unexpected face tonight.

Credit: FOX

'American Idol': Some theories on a surprising result

Why did tonight's eliminated singer go home, seemingly ahead of schedule?

Big doings on "American Idol" tonight, not just with one of the more incongruous guest performances in the show's history (though credit to Iggy Pop for being in that kind of shape at that age), but with a result that was very interesting/surprising/shocking to say the least. Fienberg's got the full recap, and I have some thoughts on why we got the result that we did coming up after the jump...

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<p>Simon Cowell of &quot;The X&nbsp;Factor.&quot;</p>

Simon Cowell of "The X Factor."

Credit: FOX

Interview: Simon Cowell on 'The X Factor' auditions

'American Idol' rolls on while the tough judge starts up his own singing competition

While "American Idol" has been chugging along quite well for itself in its first season without Simon Cowell, Cowell has been busy preparing America for the arrival of his other hit British singing competition series: "The X Factor." Among the differences between the two shows (besides Cowell being a producer as well as a judge): 1)The judges (Cowell and music mogul Antonio "L.A." Reid so far, with two more judges still to be named) divide up the finalists and pick several to mentor; 2)The age range is much greater, with anyone 12 years and older eligible; and 3)Groups can compete against solo acts.

The cattle call auditions have been going on for about a week, first with a stop in Los Angeles, today in Miami, followed by Newark (April 14), Seattle (April 20), Chicago (April 27) and Dallas (May 26).

We're still a long way away from the show's fall premiere - and seeing whether the two shows can co-exist (in the UK, "Pop Idol" was canceled when Cowell started up "X Factor") - but I spoke with Cowell for a few minutes this morning about how things are going at this early stage, why he prefers this format, and what changes he's noticed so far in "Idol" without him.

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<p>Joelle Carter and Walton Goggins in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Joelle Carter and Walton Goggins in "Justified."

Credit: FX

'Justified' - 'Brother's Keeper': I will turn this car right around!

Mags, Boyd and Loretta all make their moves in another fantastic episode

A review of tonight's fantastic "Justified" coming up just as soon as I imitate Spicoli...

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<p>Christian Slater and Bret Harrison in &quot;Breaking In.&quot;</p>

Christian Slater and Bret Harrison in "Breaking In."

Credit: FOX

'Breaking In' - 'Pilot': Hack don't crack

What did everybody think of the new FOX sitcom?

I offered my review of FOX's "Breaking Inthis morning. Now it's your turn. Was there enough here with Bret Harrison, Christian Slater, Odette Annable and company to make this show regular viewing for you? Or did you, like me, find a distinct lack of laughter for a 30-minute network comedy pilot?

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<p>Lauren Graham and Richard Dreyfuss in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Lauren Graham and Richard Dreyfuss in "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

'Parenthood' - 'New Plan': April in Paris

Several Bravermans try new approaches to old problems

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I cut the soliloquy from "Hamlet"...

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<p>Bret Harrison and Odette Annable in &quot;Breaking In.&quot;</p>

Bret Harrison and Odette Annable in "Breaking In."

Credit: FOX

Review: FOX's 'Breaking In' likable but not funny enough

Lots of good ideas, but the execution's still lacking

By all rights, I should really enjoy FOX's new comedy "Breaking In," which debuts tonight at 9:30 after "American Idol."

The series, about a company that specializes in trying to rob its own clients to identify security flaws, stars Bret Harrison, whom I liked a lot playing a similar role on the CW's "Reaper" and a previous FOX workplace comedy, "The Loop." It has Christian Slater, as Harrison's manipulative boss, having embraced the Jack Nicholson mannerisms that have typified his most entertaining performances. There are tons of nerd and pop culture references, from Slater's character having Captain Kirk's chair from "Star Trek" in his office to one of Harrison's new colleagues showing up to work dressed as Han Solo.

In other words, "Breaking In" feels like a show that should be perfectly suited to my tastes, except for one problem:

It's not funny.

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

Holt McCallany in "Lights Out."

Credit: FX

Interview: 'Lights Out' showrunner Warren Leight on the series finale

Why couldn't the boxing drama find an audience?

Though tonight's "Lights Out" episode wound up working quite well as a series finale for the low-rated series (you can read my review here), executive producer Warren Leight certainly didn't plan it that way. The entire season was written and produced before a single episode aired, so Leight and company had no way of knowing that it would be the only season they got to do.

Shortly after FX announced the cancellation, I e-mailed Leight a few questions about the series, including his theories on why it didn't work out, some insight into a few unanswered questions like what Barry Word and Hal Brennan were up to, what stories he might have told in the second season, and more. After the jump, his answers...

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<p>Lights tags Death Row in the &quot;Lights Out&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Lights tags Death Row in the "Lights Out" finale.

Credit: FX

'Lights Out' - 'War': Reviewing the series finale

Lights and Death Row square off in an unplanned but satisfying ending

"Lights Out" just finished airing what turned out to be its series finale. I interviewed showrunner Warren Leight about the season, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I sing with Jay-Z at the victory party...

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