<p>Angie Jordan (Sherri Shepherd) takes control on last night's &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Angie Jordan (Sherri Shepherd) takes control on last night's "30 Rock."

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'30 Rock' - 'Queen of Jordan': Reality killed the comedy star?

An episode done in the style of Angie's reality show

A review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as Alan forgets his catchphrase...

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<p>Leslie, Ben and Tom enjoy a glimpse of Li'l Sebastian on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>
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Leslie, Ben and Tom enjoy a glimpse of Li'l Sebastian on "Parks and Recreation."


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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Harvest Festival': Curses!

Leslie's big project runs into trouble in a hilarious episode

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" - which got renewed earlier today - coming up just as soon as I'm asked to leave a pizza buffet...

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<p>Troy and Abed from &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;- and the gangs from &quot;The Office&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;- will all be back next season after the three comedies got renewed today by NBC.</p>

Troy and Abed from "Community" - and the gangs from "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" - will all be back next season after the three comedies got renewed today by NBC.

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NBC renews 'The Office,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

With '30 Rock' already renewed, NBC's top sitcoms will all return

Two pieces of fantastic news and one piece of wait-and-see news: NBC has just announced that it's renewing "Community," "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office" for next season.

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<p>Amy Poehler and Adam Scott in a scene from tonight's &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler and Adam Scott in a scene from tonight's "Parks and Recreation."

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Preview: Harvest Festival time for 'Parks and Recreation'

Watch the opening scene of tonight's hilarious episode

Tonight's "Parks and Recreation" (airing in the show's usual 9:30 p.m. timeslot on NBC) is an important episode in several ways.

It's the first episode of season 3 that was actually written and produced as part of season 3, where the previous 6 episodes were all made last spring in the race to get some shows in the can before Amy Poehler had her baby. It's also the culmination of the Harvest Festival storyline that's been running through the season so far. (Though if you haven't watched the show before now, it's in no way difficult to jump into with this one; this isn't "The Wire," much as co-creator Mike Schur might sometimes wish it was.) 

It is also a fantastic episode: hilarious and sweet and silly in all the ways that "Parks and Rec" has proved itself to be over the last year and a half. It manages to spotlight the town of Pawnee, and every regular castmember save Rob Lowe (who's absent tonight but back next week) and demonstrate just why Pawnee, Indiana is the best, funniest place to visit each week on TV.

I'll have a pretty long review going up tonight after it airs, but to put you in the mood, I've embedded the Hulu clip of tonight's opening scene, which introduces a local Pawnee celebrity. The one piece of advice I will give is to focus as much as you can on Nick Offerman and Aziz Ansari's reactions to this celebrity. Offerman in particular will show you a side of Ron Effing Swanson you may have never expected.

Enjoy, and see you back here tonight at 10.

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<p>Mike and Richard on &quot;Top Chef.&quot;</p>

Mike and Richard on "Top Chef."

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'Top Chef' - 'Island Fever': Sandy situation

Is the show being too tough on the chefs this late in the game?

Liane Bonin has a more thorough recap of last night's "Top Chef" - plus a Padma bikini photo, for those who enjoy such a thing - up at our Monkeys as Critics blog, so I'm going to keep my thoughts brief this week, coming up just as soon as I shamelessly plug another NBC Universal reality competition from Magical Elves...

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<p>Walton Goggins as Boyd on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Walton Goggins as Boyd on "Justified."

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'Justified' - 'Blaze of Glory': The old man and the emphysema

Winona gets in trouble, and Art chases an old nemesis

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I call you on Skype...

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<p>Adam Scott on &quot;Party Down,&quot;&nbsp;a show that wasn't a Netflix original production, even though some thought it was.</p>

Adam Scott on "Party Down," a show that wasn't a Netflix original production, even though some thought it was.

Credit: Starz

Will Netflix cutting out the middle man lead more viewers to cut the cord?

What happens if the service starts producing its own content?

During the brief, glorious run of the catering comedy "Party Down," I encountered very few people who actually watched the show on Starz. (Which is the reason the run was so brief, if glorious.) Most watched it via Netflix's streaming video service. One person I met was even surprised to learn that "Party Down" was available anywhere but Netflix.

That's an extreme case involving a microscopically-rated show, but the ubiquity of Netflix Instant - particularly for people who have Blu-Ray players, video game consoles or other devices that allow them to stream movies and TV shows directly to their TV sets - is becoming a real threat to the traditional TV business. Why bother spending a lot of money for a cable subscription - and/or why bother trying to watch any show live, with commercials - when there are thousands upon thousands of hours of fine shows available to stream on whatever schedule is most convenient for you?

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

Holt McCallany on "Lights Out."

Credit: FX

'Lights Out' - 'Cut Men': Street-fighting men

Lights and the show try to move on without Ed Romeo

A review of tonight's "Lights Out" coming up just as soon as I apologize to a cadaver...

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<p>Jason Clarke and Matt Lauria on &quot;The Chicago Code.&quot;</p>

Jason Clarke and Matt Lauria on "The Chicago Code."

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'The Chicago Code' - 'The Gold Coin Kid': The girlfriend experience

No Delroy Lindo, but a solid focus on our main partners

A review of last night's "The Chicago Code" coming up just as soon as I dress my dog up thematically...

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<p>Zachary Levi spars with Isaiah Mustafa on &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Zachary Levi spars with Isaiah Mustafa on "Chuck."

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the A-Team': The spies your spies could be like

Isaiah Mustafa and Stacy Keibler return to join Casey's new team

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I spoil "The Hurt Locker" for you...

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