<p>The cast of &quot;My Boys,&quot;&nbsp;which TBS chose not to renew.</p>

The cast of "My Boys," which TBS chose not to renew.

Credit: TBS

TBS wrecks the hang, cancels 'My Boys'

Never the funniest sitcom, but a fun one nonetheless

One of the most disappointing, if not surprising, pieces of TV news from late yesterday: TBS has canceled "My Boys." 

It seemed obvious the show wasn't going to go past this fourth season when Jordana Spiro and Kyle Howard got cast in pilots. (And because TBS waited to make things official, both got dumped from those shows.) But despite the absence of Jim Gaffigan, I'd argue that this final season was either the show's strongest, or second-strongest after season two.

As I've written often, "My Boys" was never the funniest comedy out there, but the cast was really likable and had wonderful chemistry, and it was fun just to hang out with them. I'll miss it, though I'm glad Sunday night's finale gave some level of closure to most of the characters.

And on occasion, "My Boys" could be very, very funny. For those who never watched the show - or who want something to laugh at in the face of this disappointing news, I give you... the douchebag intervention.

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<p>The Shat in &quot;(Shit)&nbsp;My Dad Says.&quot;</p>
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The Shat in "(Shit) My Dad Says."

Credit: CBS

Fall TV preview: The good, the bad and The Shat

What new shows are worth watching, and what's worth skipping

The 2010-11 TV season officially begins on Monday, and for once virtually all the new broadcast network shows will be debuting in that week, and most of the returning shows will have their premieres then as well, with cable further busying the waters with the "Boardwalk Empire" launch on the 19th and "Dexter" returning on the 26th.

That is going to be an insanely busy week for me, and as I've said, I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to cover it all, especially when you factor in the usual morning-after spoiler reviews and whatnot. In some cases, I may have to skip shows altogether if I have little to say about them (as I did with the CW's "Hellcats," and as I suspect I'm gonna do with NBC's "Chase"). But before I start writing and writing and writing some more about all these shows, I thought I'd do a quick run-through of my thoughts on all the new network series (other than the CW shows, which already debuted, and "Outlaw," which I reviewed yesterday), some of which will be reused and/or expanded upon in longer reviews next week.

Overall, I'd say this wasn't a memorable year for network TV development, certainly not compared to last year. My clear favorite of the network shows, FOX's "Lone Star," is far behind both "Boardwalk Empire" (which I'll have a review for later today) and "Terriers," and behind shows I loved last fall like "Community" and "Modern Family." I don't know yet how long any of these shows will stay in the regular blogging rotation, but after the jump, my brief thoughts on each, going in rough chronological order:

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<p>A&nbsp;&quot;Dirty Sexy Money&quot;&nbsp;reunion with William Baldwin and Peter Krause on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

A "Dirty Sexy Money" reunion with William Baldwin and Peter Krause on "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

'Parenthood' - 'I Hear You, I See You': The right click

The season two premiere starts broad, then gets deeper

NBC gave "Parenthood" season two a jump on premiere week by debuting it after the first half of the "America's Got Talent" finale. My quick review of the proceedings coming up just as soon as I build you a desk...

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<p>Jax (Charlie Hunnam)&nbsp;and Clay (Ron Perlman)&nbsp;on &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay (Ron Perlman) on "Sons of Anarchy."

Credit: FX

'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Oiled': Pinata party

Jax goes after the people who shot at SAMCRO

A review of tonight's "Sons of Anarchy" coming up just as soon as I get too godly for my collar...

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<p>Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, together again.</p>

Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, together again.

Credit: ESPN

'30 for 30' - 'Unmatched': My enemy, my ally

Rival champions Evert and Navratilova have a memorable conversation

If last week's "30 for 30" was a bit heavy on the style over substance, tonight's "Unmatched" was the opposite. No frills(*), just old rivals/friends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova talking about their respective careers and their frequent and memorable clashes.

(*) Other than the Natalie Merchant soundtrack and the unnecessary gimmick of conducting some of the interviews in a car that sometimes looked like Martina was driving and sometimes looked like it was being towed or standing still in front of a green screen.

Much as I enjoyed HBO's Bird/Magic documentary from the spring, watching "Unmatched" made me wish the earlier film had taken an approach more like this one. We know the broad strokes of Bird/Magic, and of Evert/Navratilova, but to hear the two of them together swapping stories about technique, motivation, break-ups, reconciliations and the rest was just fascinating. I liked, for instance, hearing them talk about how, public assumption to the contrary, Evert was the tough and ruthless one, while Navratilova was more sensitive and vulnerable (at least until Martina started destroying Evert and everyone else regularly), and the Dean Paul Martin/Desi Arnaz Jr. story was priceless.

What did everybody else think?

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 35: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'True Blood,' 'Outlaw' and more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 35: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'True Blood,' 'Outlaw' and more

Alan and Dan talk about the season's best new drama


The bad news for this week on the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is that we had to wait until Tuesday again due to some scheduling conflicts. The good news is two-fold: first, Dan is back in the country, and on the podcast; and second, today's show is the first of at least two that we'll do this week, as we try to deal with the insanity of the TV season's launch on Monday.

Today was a more standard episode, bookended by our takes on Sunday night's "True Blood" and "Mad Men," and with reviews in between of "Outlaw," "The League," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "Boardwalk Empire." The run-down:

"True Blood" finale -- 00:00 - 08:55
"Outlaw" -- 08:55 - 17:40
The returns of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "The League" -- 19:50 - 31:00
"Boardwalk Empire" -- 31:20 - 40:45
"Mad Men" - 40:50 - 56:40

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.

We likely won't have time to answer questions on the next few shows, but just in case, you can always reach us at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com.

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<p>Jimmy Smits in &quot;Outlaw.&quot;</p>

Jimmy Smits in "Outlaw."

Credit: NBC

Review: Jimmy Smits in NBC's 'Outlaw'

An improbable drama about a Supreme Court justice-turned-defense lawyer

“Outlaw,” the first new series to debut on any of the big broadcast networks this fall, is far from the worst rookie of the season (NBC's “Outsourced,” CBS' “(Bleep) My Dad Says” and ABC's “My Generation” are all duking it out for that honor), but it may be the silliest.

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<p>Marlene and Cathy enjoy some expensive champagne on &quot;The Big C.&quot;</p>

Marlene and Cathy enjoy some expensive champagne on "The Big C."

Credit: Showtime

'The Big C' - 'Playing the Cancer Car': Sticks and claws

Cathy and Dr. Todd go house-hunting

The network TV season starts on Monday, which means I'm going to have to start making hard decisions about what I have time to watch and write about. I had hoped that last night's "The Big C" might convince me to keep making the effort, but if Idris Elba wasn't about to show up, "Playing the Cancer Car" might have put the show into That's It For Me! territory. Some quick thoughts on why coming up just as soon as I focus on middle management...

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<p>Big damn hero speech time for Mal (Nathan Fillion) in &quot;Serenity.&quot;</p>

Big damn hero speech time for Mal (Nathan Fillion) in "Serenity."

Credit: Universal

'Firefly' Rewind - 'Serenity' (the motion picture)

A Browncoat-created miracle of a film

Time to finish up our summer-long journey through Joss Whedon's outer space Western series "Firefly" with a look at "Serenity," the feature film that Joss and company reunited to produce a few years after Fox canceled the TV show. My review coming up just as soon as I think you're going to start a fair fight...  

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<p>Shiri Appleby as Cate, Britt Robertson as Lux, Kristoffer Polaha as Baze in &quot;Life Unexpected.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Shiri Appleby as Cate, Britt Robertson as Lux, Kristoffer Polaha as Baze in "Life Unexpected." 

Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW

Review: 'Life Unexpected' season two on the CW

Why the family drama has hit "That's it for me!" status

When "Life Unexpected" debuted on the CW last spring, I admitted that I liked the show as much for what it represented - the style of shows like "Gilmore Girls" and "Everwood" from CW parent the WB - as for the show itself, which told the story of 16-year-old foster kid Lux (Brittany Robertson) reconnecting with the birth parents (Kristoffer Polaha as Baze, Shiri Appleby as Cate) who had her after a one-night stand in high school.

But as that first season went along, I quickly realized that nostalgia wasn't enough - that too many parts of the show (particularly the repetitive nature of the stories) frustrated me for the "Gilmore" echoes to compensate. When the show moved to a more competitive timeslot midway through its run, I began skipping some episodes, and didn't even make an effort to see the finale, in which Baze was too late to stop Cate's wedding to radio co-host Ryan (Kerr Smith).

When the CW sent me a screener of the season two premiere, which airs tomorrow at 9, I figured I would give the series one last shot, only to realize that "Life Unexpected" had now come to represent a different kind of show altogether, and one I have little patience for.

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