<p>Will Arnett and Keri Russell in &quot;Running Wilde.&quot;</p>

Will Arnett and Keri Russell in "Running Wilde."

Credit: FOX

Review: FOX's 'Running Wilde'

The inevitably disappointing reunion of the 'Arrested Development' guys

Since FOX canceled "Arrested Development" back in 2006, nearly every interview every actor associated with that brilliant but under-viewed series has done has featured a question about the possibility of an "Arrested Development" movie. Some are for it, some (notably Michael Cera) are against it, some say it's happening any minute now, some say it's probably never going to happen, but the questions, and the rumors, keep coming and coming from a TV press that comprised a huge chunk of the show's audience.

My philosophy on an "Arrested Development" movie has always been that I will not believe it exists until I am sitting in a movie theater, eating my popcorn, and the opening credits are rolling on it.

But after watching two different versions of the pilot episode of "Running Wilde" - which reunites "Arrested" co-star Will Arnett with that show's two top writers, Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely, and features "Arrested" alum David Cross in a recurring role - I'm starting to wonder if I even want to see an "Arrested" film.

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<p>Michael Imperioli in &quot;Detroit 1-8-7.&quot;</p>

Michael Imperioli in "Detroit 1-8-7."

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Interview: 'Detroit 1-8-7' star Michael Imperioli

On cops and crooks he's played, and on 'The Sopranos' finale

One of the more intriguing pilots I watched earlier this summer was for ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7," which debuts Tuesday at 10 p.m. Focusing on a Homicide unit in Detroit, the drama had two things going for it: a mockumentary format that actually added to the sense of atmosphere, rather than feeling like a gimmick; and Michael Imperioli's performance as inscrutable, frustrating lead detective Louis Fitch.

After the pilot was shot, the real city of Detroit banned camera crews from following cops around, and because of that (and, I suspect, because too many other ABC shows also have characters talking to the camera) the format was ditched. And with it went a lot of the show's character. The original pilot felt a bit like a 21st century version of "Homicide," focusing more on the cops than the cases, where the new version - particularly the second episode, which was filmed after the docu concept was ditched (where the final version of the pilot still has weird traces of it) - feels more generic, even with the Detroit location filming.

But Imperioli is still in it, and still strong. Because of him, supporting player James McDaniel (putting on a badge again in his old "NYPD Blue" timeslot) and the promise I initially saw in the pilot, I'm going to give "1-8-7" a few more shots. But in the meantime, here's an interview I did with Imperioli back at press tour, where we talk about other cops he's played, the appeal of this show to him, and, of course, "The Sopranos" ending.  

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<p>Sally (Kiernan Shipka)&nbsp;has a rough day on &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Sally (Kiernan Shipka) has a rough day on "Mad Men."

Credit: AMC

'Mad Men' - 'The Beautiful Girls': Blankenship down

A bad day for the women in Don's life

A review of last night's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I'm a competitive fly fisherman...

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<p>Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in &quot;Mike &amp;&nbsp;Molly.&quot;</p>

Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in "Mike & Molly."

Credit: CBS

A few 'Mike & Molly' thoughts

It could be the season's best new comedy or its worst, depending on what it decides to be about

One of the advantages of again working at a place with another TV critic is that I don't have to feel compelled to review everything during an insane week like this one, and particularly when the other critic and I would basically say the same thing.

Over the summer, Fienberg did early not-quite-reviews of the original versions of the network pilots, and his take on CBS' "Mike & Molly" is pretty much the exact thought I had while watching both the original version and the final cut (which is basically the same) that's airing tonight at 9:30. Specifically, I co-sign this part:

There are two pilots at war in the single pilot for "Mike & Molly." One is a character-driven story about two people falling in love. In that pilot, the two characters meet at Overeaters Anonymous and their struggles with their weight are definitely linked to nearly every punchline. The second is a story about two fat people in love. In that pilot, tables keep collapsing or being overturned and staircases turn out not to be wide enough.

(Dan posted a more in-depth final review last night, but the sentiment as expressed in the original post was easier to excerpt.) 

As I've said repeatedly about "Big Bang Theory" (and as Dan talks about at length in the longer review), Chuck Lorre and his writers can never seem to decide whether they're laughing with or at their characters. When they decide on "with," they can be both very funny and unexpectedly sweet. When they instead choose "at" (think virtually any "BBT" plot involving Wolowitz), it's heinous. The good parts of "Mike & Molly" are just good enough that I'll give them a few weeks to see if they can settle on a take.

Feel free to comment here after the pilot airs tonight.

<p>Steve Buscemi in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Steve Buscemi in "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO/Craig Blankenhorn

'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Pilot': The day the drinking died

An incredible-looking debut with a few narrative bumps

"Boardwalk Empire" had its extra-length debut tonight. I wrote a general review of the series earlier this week, and I'll have specific thoughts on the pilot coming up just as soon as I take off my homburg...

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<p>Will (James Badge Dale) and his neighbor (Annie Parisse) try a stakeout on &quot;Rubicon.&quot;</p>

Will (James Badge Dale) and his neighbor (Annie Parisse) try a stakeout on "Rubicon."

Credit: AMC

'Rubicon' - 'No Honesty in Men': Won't you be my neighbor?

Will makes a new friend, the team gets a new member and Grant has a new problem

A quick review of tonight's "Rubicon" coming up just as soon as my cereal gets soggy...

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<p>How cool would this list be without Arthur Fonzarelli?</p>

How cool would this list be without Arthur Fonzarelli?

Who's ready to watch Alan & Dan on TV talking classic TV characters?

Your humble HitFix TV writers will be on TV Guide Network tonight

A few weeks back, Fienberg and I were both invited (along with a host of other TV critic types) to appear in TV Guide Network's "25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time" special, which airs tonight at 8. I'm obviously not allowed to spoil the list, but since the channel's own story on the list gave away The Fonz, I felt safe in using a picture of Henry Winkler with this story.

Also, I should add that neither Dan, nor I, nor to the best of my knowledge any of the talking heads in the special had anything to do with choosing the list. The closest thing to input I had was choosing which names on the list I was going to comment on.

I'm told I made final cut, but have no idea how much I'll actually be in the thing, but if you want to see me and/or Dan, or if you want to work yourself into a lather - because list specials like this are designed to provoke counter-arguments so that people will keep talking about the list itself - feel free to tune in at 8, or at one of the many other points this week that TV Guide Network will repeat the thing.

<p>Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Alex O'Loughlin and Grace Park in the new &quot;Hawaii Five-0.&quot;</p>

Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Alex O'Loughlin and Grace Park in the new "Hawaii Five-0."

Credit: CBS

Review: CBS' 'Hawaii Five-0'

Old-fashioned fun in this remake of the '70s cop drama

"What kinda cops are you?" a suspect asks Steve McGarrett.

"The new kind," McGarrett tells them.

Well, not exactly. McGarrett and his partners are very much the old kind of cop, seeing as they're part of a remake of the iconic '70s drama "Hawaii Five-0" (the new version debuts Monday at 10 on CBS). And the new "Five-0" pilot is shot in a very familiar action movie style. At one point, McGarrett and his partner get into a shootout with bad guys who have automatic weapons, and of course the two cops do just fine with their police-issued pistols.

No, nothing new to see here, but I'll forgive McGarrett's attempt to argue otherwise for two reasons. First, the new "Five-0" kept the single best, most distinct piece of the old show - its brassy surf rock theme song - intact. (The new version is shorter, as all theme songs are, but was re-recorded by most of the original session musicians.)

Second, it's fun.

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<p>Do these two (Jason Ritter and Sarah Roemer)&nbsp;know what &quot;The Event&quot;&nbsp;is?&nbsp;Does anyone?</p>

Do these two (Jason Ritter and Sarah Roemer) know what "The Event" is? Does anyone?

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Review: NBC's 'The Event'

Global conspiracy series is one long, boring con

What is "The Event"? Forget about the actual event within the new NBC series (Monday at 9 p.m.), which the promos and the characters talk about constantly without ever offering so much as a hint about what it is. I want to know what "The Event" itself is.

Is it a globe-trotting thriller? A science-fiction show? Yet another "Lost"-esque series with a complicated mythology that its creators intend to parcel out as slowly as possible?

Or is it perhaps a secret parody of those kinds of shows?

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<p>The cast of FOX's &quot;Lone Star.&quot;</p>

The cast of FOX's "Lone Star."

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Review: FOX's 'Lone Star'

Can the best drama pilot of the season work as an ongoing series?

Meet Bob. Bob has the perfect life: a beautiful girlfriend, a small, down-to-earth Texas community, and a promising new mining venture that his friends and neighbors can't wait to buy into.

Now meet Bob again. Bob has another perfect life: a beautiful and wealthy wife, a huge house in Houston, and a job offer from his father-in-law Clint to come work for his thriving oil concern.

Now meet Bob for real. Bob is a con man - has been practically since birth, and his father John has raised him to be the best grifter he's ever seen. He has two gorgeous women in two different communities in love with him, and stands at the precipice of a huge score.

But Bob doesn't want that. He wants a real life, and would gladly take either of these if he could ever choose between the two.

"I'll get you the money," he begs his father. "Just don't make me do this anymore."

Well-played by newcomer James Wolk, Bob is at the center of the best pilot episode of the network TV season: "Lone Star" (Monday at 9 p.m. on FOX). The show has a strong cast around Wolk, including Eloise Mumford (as the girlfriend), Adrianne Palicki from "Friday Night Lights" (as the wife), Jon Voight (as the father-in-law) and David Keith (as the dad). The pilot has a strong command of place (like "FNL," it's filmed on location in Texas) and style (the soundtrack is liberally sprinkled with songs from the English folk band Mumford & Sons). And the combination of TV newcomer Kyle Killen as creator and long-absent veterans Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman (who last had a show 10 years ago with "Party of Five") as producers leads to a show that neatly straddles the line between the 21st century "Dallas" the network no doubt wanted and the cable shows like "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" that Killen described as influences.

It is a very, very, very strong pilot.

But is there a series here?

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