<p>Captain Awesome (Ryan McPartlin)&nbsp;and Generalissimo Goya (Armand Assante)&nbsp;reunited on tonight's &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Captain Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) and Generalissimo Goya (Armand Assante) reunited on tonight's "Chuck."

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Coup D'Etat': Don't mess with the Angel De La Muerte

Casey shines as Generalissimo Goya returns

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I wear my teeth-bleaching system in front of you(*)...

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<p>Don (Jon Hamm) seeks inspiration from a painting on &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Don (Jon Hamm) seeks inspiration from a painting on "Mad Men."

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'Mad Men' - 'Blowing Smoke': Here's a letter to the New York Times

Don tries to apply lessons from his love life to his work life

A review of last night's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as someone gets my shoes...

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<p>Miranda Richardson and James Badge Dale on &quot;Rubicon.&quot;</p>

Miranda Richardson and James Badge Dale on "Rubicon."

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'Rubicon' - 'Wayward Sons': Tied to the whipping post

All hands on deck as API tries to find Kateb

A review of the penultimate "Rubicon" of season one coming up just as soon as we have stuff...

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<p>Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams)&nbsp;with his daddy's tools on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) with his daddy's tools on "Boardwalk Empire."

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'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Anastasia': I ain't buildin' no bookcase

Nucky celebrates a birthday, Jimmy finds trouble in Chicago and Chalky tells a story

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as you sell me linseed oil...

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<p>Dexter gets some childcare help (Maria Doyle Kennedy).</p>

Dexter gets some childcare help (Maria Doyle Kennedy).

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'Dexter' - 'Practically Perfect': Super nanny?

Dexter seeks childcare help, and a kill to fulfill him

As I've said, most weeks I have time to watch "Dexterbut won't be writing much about it. This was a busy one for our man, who went looking for a childcare solution for Harrison while chasing after Shawn Hatosy's character, while two of this season's other guest stars were introduced in ways I didn't expect.

What did you guys think? Are you enjoying the unconventional structure of the season so far?

<p>Tom Selleck and his &quot;Blue Bloods&quot; relatives have done well for themselves on Friday nights.</p>

Tom Selleck and his "Blue Bloods" relatives have done well for themselves on Friday nights.

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Early TV winners & losers of the fall season

No clear-cut smashes yet, but a few cancellations

A lot of TV industry veterans consider week 3 of the fall season the most crucial to figuring out whether a show will succeed or fail. Premiere week numbers inevitably fall off for week 2, but by week 3, viewing patterns start to establish themselves. If the week 2 to week 3 fall-off is small (or if, by some miracle, new viewers start coming), the show might just work. If they're still falling, though? Trouble.

Obviously, there's still a whole lot of the season to be played, but after three full weeks, we know some things. Two shows have been canceled and one is on life support. On the other hand, only one new show has gotten a full-season order, and nothing has been an out-of-the-gate smash, which either speaks to the mediocrity of the freshman class or to the difficulty of breaking through in such a crowded entertainment environment.

Keeping that in mind - as well as the idea that ratings are often relative, and lead-ins and timeslot competition often matters as much as the raw number in determining success or failure - here are some very early winners and losers, as well as those shows where it's too early to tell. 

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<p>Andy (Ed Helms)&nbsp;has his big solo on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Andy (Ed Helms) has his big solo on "The Office."

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'The Office' - 'Andy's Play': The demon salesman of Slough Ave.

A sweet, musical night out for the Scranton branch

A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as I recognize musical themes when they come back later...

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<p>Jack (Alec Baldwin) shows a congresswoman (Queen Latifah)&nbsp;around the studio on &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Jack (Alec Baldwin) shows a congresswoman (Queen Latifah) around the studio on "30 Rock."

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'30 Rock' - 'Let's Stay Together': Segregation of powers

Things are more forced than last week's classic outing, but still funny in spots

A quick review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I figure out how a post-apocalyptic society would use me...

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<p>Britta (Gillian Jacobs)&nbsp;and Annie (Alison Brie)&nbsp;get dirty together on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Annie (Alison Brie) get dirty together on "Community."

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'Community' - 'The Psychology of Letting Go': You just broke my force field

Pierce grieves, and your humble critic goes to an oil wrestling match

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I take liquid form...

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<p>Gillian Jacobs as Britta on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Gillian Jacobs as Britta on "Community."

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Interview: 'Community' co-star Gillian Jacobs

On oil wrestling, bag-els, and the evolution of Britta

As mentioned in the review of tonight's "Community," I was on the set for the filming of the Britta/Annie oil wrestling scene, and even got roped into being an extra.

I got to talking with Gillian Jacobs afterwards while she was waiting for the next scene, and our conversation morphed into a brief interview, which she was sport enough to do while still drenched in oil.

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