<p>Rachael Taylor and Minka Kelly come to blows in the &quot;Charlie's Angels&quot;&nbsp;pilot.</p>

Rachael Taylor and Minka Kelly come to blows in the "Charlie's Angels" pilot.

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'Charlie's Angels' - 'Pilot': Heaven vs. Hell

What did everybody think of ABC's remake?

I posted my review of "Charlie's Angelsthis morning. Now it's your turn. Did you sense a pulse from any of Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh? Any chemistry between them? Did you like Young Hunky Bosley? Were you appreciative of Minka re-enacting the torture scene from "Lethal Weapon"? Are you excited by the dark backstories, and/or the casting of Victor Garber as Charlie? And will any of you watch this ever again?

Have at it.

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<p>Ben (Adam Scott)&nbsp;and Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Ben (Adam Scott) and Leslie (Amy Poehler) on "Parks and Recreation."

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Interview: 'Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur on the season 4 premiere

Some thoughts on Leslie's professional and personal decisions

"Parks and Recreation" just aired its fourth season premiere, and you can read my review of that here. I had initially planned to accompany that review with a pair of pieces about the creative process behind the making of this episode - one a fly-on-the-wall piece from an afternoon I spent in the show's writers room back in June, the other an interview I did a couple of weeks ago with co-creator  Mike Schur - but I'm going to put those off until next week and break out one long section of the Schur interview, in which we discuss what the premiere had to say about the Leslie and Ben relationship - and about the more general challenges of writing long-term relationship arcs on comedies. Spoilers and analysis coming up just as soon as we discuss my stance on Egyptian debt relief...

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<p>Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;makes an announcement on the &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;premiere.</p>

Leslie (Amy Poehler) makes an announcement on the "Parks and Recreation" premiere.

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'I'm Leslie Knope': Running or running away?

Leslie has a tough decision to make in the sweet season 4 premiere

"Parks and Recreation" is back for its fourth season. I interviewed co-creator Mike Schur about one of the major developments of the premiere, and I have a review of the episode coming up just as soon as I have the toes I have...

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<p>Joel McHale in the &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;season 3 premiere.</p>

Joel McHale in the "Community" season 3 premiere.

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'Community' - 'Biology 101': Table setting

Michael Kenneth Williams and John Goodman join the Greendale faculty

"Community" is back for a third season, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I install a banana buffet...

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Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh and Rachael Taylor are the three new "Charlie's Angels."
Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh and Rachael Taylor are the three new "Charlie's Angels."
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Review: ABC's 'Charlie's Angels' too dull to be sexy

Remake with Minka Kelly and company takes itself far too seriously

No one ever confused the original "Charlie's Angels" with great television. It was what it was - what Jerry Krupnick, my predecessor on The Star-Ledger's TV beat, liked to call "supertrash," a formula show that was entertaining despite its lack of ambition - and never apologized for it. It was an excuse for three terrifically attractive women to run around in tight outfits in service of perfunctory detective stories, and it was a huge hit.

It was also very much of its time (it was considered shocking, for instance, that the Angels were so often clearly bra-less), and modern remakes have had to figure out a new approach to the material. The first "Charlie's Angels" film, directed by McG and produced by star Drew Barrymore, was a cheeky, self-aware action comedy; it was greeted with reviews that were almost surprised by how good it was.

The new ABC series version - also produced by Barrymore, but mainly run by "Smallville" alums Alfred Gough and Miles Millar - on the other hand, has gone the opposite route, deciding that the key to unlocking "Charlie's Angels" in 2011 is to take the concept, and the Angels, very, very, deathly seriously.

And it's a much bigger mess than '70s critics ever accused the original of being.

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<p>Gloria (Sofia Vergara)&nbsp;goes for a ride in the &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Gloria (Sofia Vergara) goes for a ride in the "Modern Family" season premiere.

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'Modern Family' - 'Dude Ranch'/'When Good Kids Go Bad': Let's hear it for the boy

The Emmy-winning comedy heads to Wyoming for the first half of its season 3 premiere

A quick review of the "Modern Family" season-opening double-feature coming up just as soon as I practice my pancake-eating...

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<p>Will Arnett and Christina Applegate in &quot;Up All Night.&quot;</p>
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Will Arnett and Christina Applegate in "Up All Night."

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'Up All Night' - 'Cool Neighbors': Isn't it ironic?

Reagan and Chris go too far trying to impress the neighbors

A quick review of last night's "Up All Night" coming up just as soon as I make my Facebook pictures look good...

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<p>Maria Bello in &quot;Prime Suspect.&quot;</p>

Maria Bello in "Prime Suspect."

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Review: NBC's 'Prime Suspect'

Maria Bello's no Helen Mirren, but there's potential here

The pilot episode of NBC's "Prime Suspect" (it debuts tonight at 10) spends almost as much time showing its heroine, NYPD detective Jane Timoney (Maria Bello) battling rampant sexism from her colleagues than it does on her work investigating murders. The jump ahead of her in the queue to catch the next case, try to stick her with the gruntiest of gruntwork, accuse her of having slept her way to the top and mock her to her face at least as much as they do behind her back.

Ordinarily, a pilot episode is a template for what the ongoing series will look like, but the "Prime Suspect" producers have said they're going to seriously cool it on the sexism starting in the second episode.

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<p>Emily Van Camp may be registering her own online comments about &quot;Revenge,&quot;&nbsp;but what did you think?</p>

Emily Van Camp may be registering her own online comments about "Revenge," but what did you think?

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'Revenge' - 'Pilot': The countess of the Hamptons?

What did everybody think of the new ABC soap opera?

Too many new shows this week, and not much time to review them all. Fienberg published his review of ABC's "Revenge" earlier today, and all I have the time or energy to say is that I found this chilly, humorless update of "The Count of Monte Cristo" - and the lightweight lead performance by Emily Van Camp (whom I've liked in the past) - too dull to even qualify as a guilty pleasure.

Now it's your turn. For those who watched, what did you think? Are you setting the season pass now? 

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<p>Marg Helgenberger and Ted Danson on &quot;CSI.&quot;</p>

Marg Helgenberger and Ted Danson on "CSI."

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'CSI' - '73 Seconds': Ted Danson takes charge

Nick meets the new night shift boss, who fits right in

I'm not much a fan of CBS' crime procedurals (most of which are fine for what they're doing but not my area of interest). I am a big fan, however, of Mr. Ted Danson. What to do, then, when Danson becomes the new "CSIleading man? Well, at the very least I could take time to watch his first two episodes as new night shift supervisor D.B. Russell, and to be impressed - but not particularly surprised - at how easily he fit into the vibe of the show(*), played off of George Eads and Marg Helgenberger, etc. 

(*) And, specifically, how quickly he and the writing for his character were able to bring back the slightly offbeat comic quality from the show's early days with William Petersen. That sense of humor, as well as the insistence on always treating the Vegas CSIs as nerds, no matter how attractive they were, were two huge elements that elevated the original over the spin-offs. Glad to have that back.

All in all, I thought "73 Seconds" was a very good introduction for Danson/Russell. But then, I haven't been a regular "CSI" viewer for a very long time. For those of you who are fans, how'd you feel about the new guy? I know the Laurence Fishburne era got mixed reactions; did this seem like a step up to you? And is there anyone who might start watching the show (or return to the show after an absence) just for Danson? 

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