<p>Mal (Nathan Fillion)&nbsp;and Wash (Alan Tudyk) fight through a tough situation in &quot;Firefly.&quot;</p>

Mal (Nathan Fillion) and Wash (Alan Tudyk) fight through a tough situation in "Firefly."

Credit: FOX

'Firefly' Rewind - Episode 10: 'War Stories'

Jealousy rears its ugly head - and so does Niska

It's time for another review of Joss Whedon's outer space Western "Firefly." My thoughts on "War Stories" coming up just as soon as I'm fired from a fry cook opportunity...

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<p>Jimmy Johnson is in the cast of &quot;Survivor:&nbsp;Nicaragua.&quot;</p>

Jimmy Johnson is in the cast of "Survivor: Nicaragua."

Credit: CBS

'Survivor': Is Jimmy Johnson too famous to be a contestant?

How 'bout dat Cowboys twist?

I'm recuperating from press tour, so posting's going to be light for the next few days, other than regularly-scheduled stuff like Firefly. (I also have to catch up on a bunch of the other regular shows that are sitting on my DVR.) But I couldn't resist commenting a bit on the announcement of the "Survivor: Nicaragua" cast. Dan has a gallery of all the contestants, who are split into old and young teams - a twist that's not as novel as the show is suggesting, since that's how the schoolyard pick approach largely defined the "Survivor: Thailand" teams - but after the jump, I want to focus on one contesant in particular.

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<p>Joan (Christina Hendricks)&nbsp;has problems with her husband (Sam Page)&nbsp;on &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Joan (Christina Hendricks) has problems with her husband (Sam Page) on "Mad Men."

Credit: AMC

'Mad Men' - 'The Good News': They have beef

Don's New Year's vacation doesn't go as planned

A review of last night's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I smoke the dress...

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<p>Will (James Badge Dale)&nbsp;tries to sniff out a tail in &quot;Rubicon.&quot;</p>

Will (James Badge Dale) tries to sniff out a tail in "Rubicon."

Credit: AMC/Craig Blankenhorn

'Rubicon' - 'Keep the Ends Out': Does a bear hibernate in the woods?

Will follows another trail, but who's following him?

A quick review of the third episode of "Rubicon" coming up just as soon as I'm officially hungry and financially irresponsible...

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

Steve Buscemi in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO/Craig Blankenhorn

Press tour: HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' brings Martin Scorsese to television

An Oscar winner, a "Sopranos" producer and Steve Buscemi team up for a tale of Prohibition-era Atlantic City.

Martin Scorsese has wanted to work in television for a long time. With HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," one of the final series paneled at press tour, he finally has his chance.

Appearing via satellite from London, the excitable Oscar-winning director said that the TV drama revolution of the last decade fulfilled the promise of "what we had hoped for in the mid-60s, when films were being made for television at first. We hoped that there would be this kind of a freedom.

"I've been tempted over the years to be involved in (a TV drama) because of the nature of the long form," he added, "and the development of character and plot."

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<p>Coach preps for the big game on &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Coach preps for the big game on "Friday Night Lights."

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'Friday Night Lights' - 'Thanksgiving': Pride of the Lions

The season climaxes with the Lions-Panthers game.

For the final time, I reviewed all the episodes for this season of "Friday Night Lights" on my old blog as they aired on DirecTV. Because I can't bring content from the old blog over here, each week I'm going to link to those reviews so you can see what I and the DirecTV audience thought of them back in the fall, then discuss them here.

This week: the season finale "Thanksgiving," in which the Lions and Panthers finally play their game, the Riggins brothers face justice and Coach and Mrs. Coach gather their loved ones around the table for some turkey. So go read the review and tell me what you thought.

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<p>Cutty (Chad L. Coleman)&nbsp;on &quot;The Wire.&quot;</p>

Cutty (Chad L. Coleman) on "The Wire."

Credit: HBO

'The Wire' Rewind: Season 3, Episode 10 - 'Reformation' (Veterans edition)

Is a slow train coming for Bunny and Stringer?

We're in the home stretch for these reviews of "The Wire" season three (you can find my reviews of the other four seasons on the siderail at my old blog), and as always, we're doing this in two versions: one for people who have seen the whole series from beginning to end and want to be able to discuss it all, and one for people who are relatively new to the series don't want to be spoiled for what's to come past where they are. This is the veteran version; click here for the newbie-friendly one.

A review of episode 10, "Reformation," coming up just as soon as I got the Bingo tonight...

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<p>Cutty (Chad L. Coleman)&nbsp;on &quot;The Wire.&quot;</p>

Cutty (Chad L. Coleman) on "The Wire."

Credit: HBO

'The Wire' Rewind: Season 3, Episode 10 - 'Reformation' (Newbies edition)

Is a slow train coming for Bunny and Stringer?

We're in the home stretch for these reviews of "The Wire" season three (you can find my reviews of the other four seasons on the siderail at my old blog), and as always, we're doing this in two versions: one for people who have seen the whole series from beginning to end and want to be able to discuss it all, and one for people who are relatively new to the series don't want to be spoiled for what's to come past where they are. This is the newbie version; click here for the veteran-friendly one.

A review of episode 10, "Reformation," coming up just as soon as I got the Bingo tonight...

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<p>Chance (Mark Valley)&nbsp;and Guererro (Jackie Earle Haley)&nbsp;in a scene from the &quot;Human Target&quot;&nbsp;season one finale.</p>

Chance (Mark Valley) and Guererro (Jackie Earle Haley) in a scene from the "Human Target" season one finale.

Credit: Liane Hentscher/FOX

Press tour: New 'Human Target' producer Matt Miller has a few changes to make

More personal connections, different music, same great action.

When I was at Comic-Con - what feels like months ago now - I attended and wrote about the panel for "Human Target," a show I liked last season but didn't love, and one where the raw materials - specifically, leading men Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley, plus some of the best action scenes on TV - were strong but the mix as a whole only really came together in the season finale. The ratings weren't great, and now Fox has moved it to Fridays and brought in "Chuck" producer Matt Miller to be the showrunner. Miller's job is to take the elements that were working and then make the show stronger overall creatively.

At Comic-Con, Miller talked quite a bit about the addition of Indira Varma as the team's new financier, as well as a female thief character named Ames - a role since cast by Janet Montgomery. When I saw him at Fox's press tour day earlier this week, I asked him about other changes he's making, including the exit of composer Bear McCreary.

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<p>Michael Chiklis is a dad-turned-superhero in Greg Berlanti's &quot;No Ordinary Family.&quot;</p>

Michael Chiklis is a dad-turned-superhero in Greg Berlanti's "No Ordinary Family."

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Press tour: 'No Ordinary Family' co-creator Greg Berlanti gets his geek on

On Michael Chiklis, Green Lantern, The Flash and more

Greg Berlanti is a nerd.

You wouldn't have necessarily known that if you just went by his TV body of work, which includes "Everwood," "Jack & Bobby," "Brothers & Sisters" and "Eli Stone," among others. In the last year or so, though, Berlanti's geek bonafides have been hard to miss. He's a producer and (along with frequent collaborator and sometime comic book scribe Marc Guggenheim) screenwriter on the upcoming "Green Lantern" movie with Ryan Reynolds. He's working on a screenplay for a film about another DC Comics icon, the Flash. And he and Jon Harmon Feldman have co-created one of this season's more-hyped new series, "No Ordinary Family," starring Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz as the father and mother of a family that gets super powers during a South American vacation gone awry.

I sat with Berlanti a few days ago to nerd it up about how comics have influenced his writing even on more mainstream projects like "Dirty Sexy Money," on what he reads, why he chose which powers each member of the family would have, etc. I should warn those of you who don't necessarily know what the Crisis on Infinite Earths was that there's some hardcore nerditry after the jump, but Berlanti has some interesting things to say about the storytelling process, and the show itself requires no advance knowledge of superhero lore.

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