<p>When Lions fight, on &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

When Lions fight, on "Friday Night Lights."

Credit: NBC

'Friday Night Lights' - 'A Sort of Homecoming': Father of the pride

Coach reaches back to East Dillon's past while his present-day stars fight it out.

Once, again, 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: "A Sort of Homecoming," in which Coach reaches out to some Lions alums, Luke and Vince have beef and Matt gets some (more) bad news. Go read the review and - keeping in mind that we will not be discussing, or even hinting at, anything that happens in episodes that have yet to air on NBC - tell me what you thought of the episode.

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<p>Gary Coleman (right) with &quot;Diff'rent Strokes&quot;&nbsp;co-stars Todd Bridges and Conrad Bain.</p>

Gary Coleman (right) with "Diff'rent Strokes" co-stars Todd Bridges and Conrad Bain.

RIP, Gary Coleman: Let's hope you're remembered for the right reasons

The 'Diff'rent Strokes' star was a natural on camera.

This morning, I wrote about how the "Sex and the City" movies have made me retroactively dislike the TV show, which I once enjoyed. And in hearing the sad news about the death of Gary Coleman at 42, I again can't help but think of the issue of legacy and how dark later years can overshadow beloved earlier ones.

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<p>The ladies of &quot;Sex and the City 2.&quot;</p>

The ladies of "Sex and the City 2."

How I learned to start worrying and hate Carrie Bradshaw

On "Sex and the City 2" and the destruction of old memories

So "Sex and the City 2" is out, and the reviews have been, um, less than kind. My old partner Matt Seitz suggested "This is why they hate us," while Roger Ebert said "some of these people make my skin crawl," and HitFix's Alonso Duralde, who liked the first movie, called this one a "bad-drag version" of it.

I will not be seeing the movie in a theater (though, admittedly, since I became a dad I see very few movies that way), nor on DVD, nor on cable if I can help it. I loathed the first movie, and everything I've seen and read about this one makes it seem like it's going to be worse.

And what's most frustrating of all is that I did, once upon a time, enjoy "Sex and the City" the TV show (partly as a Take One For the Team show, but partly on its own merits for the first few seasons), and these movies have made me retroactively hate that, too.

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<p>Joel McHale on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale on "Community."

Credit: NBC

The 2009-10 season: What did you start watching?

Looking back over the rookies of the just-ended season

Can you guess what these
Been longer than planned since my last group of four pictures, but the end of the season really kicked my behind, time-wise.

Rather than use this one as a guessing game, I thought instead I'd use it as a springboard for people to talk about what new shows they picked up over the course of the just-completed 2009-10 season. (And, yes, I know "Justified" is a cable show and is still airing, and that the idea of the "official" TV season is fairly antiquated, but we're in a lull here for a bit, so work with me, okay?) 

This was a very strong year for new product, I thought. You're lucky to get one great new comedy in a season, and this year we got two in "Community" and "Modern Family." (Three if you want to act like the six-episode debut season of "Parks and Recreation" last spring didn't happen.) It was such a busy year, in fact, that I quickly lost touch with a perfectly-fine show like "The Good Wife." (I recently caught up on the season's last few episodes On Demand, and I'm in line with Fienberg's take on the series.)

Anyway, what new shows did you start watching this year (and/or what old shows did you pick up for the first time and decide to stick with)? 

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot;&nbsp;finalists Lee Dewyze and Crystal Bowersox.</p>

"American Idol" finalists Lee Dewyze and Crystal Bowersox.

Credit: Fox

'American Idol': Why the winner won

Guys with guitars reign on 'Idol' once again.

For the sake of viewers on the West Coast, I'm not going to reveal the winner of "American Idol" until after the jump. But if you click through, you will be pretty immediately spoiled on who won, and my thoughts as to why. And don't forget to read Dan Fienberg's minute-by-minute recap of the finale...

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<p>Matthew Fox in the &quot;Lost&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Matthew Fox in the "Lost" finale.

Credit: ABC/Mario Perez

Firewall & Iceberg podcast, episode 18: 'Lost,' 'American Idol,' 'Chuck,' finales and summer TV

Dan and Alan close out the TV season and look ahead to summer.


The TV season is ending tonight, but the Firewall & Iceberg podcast is not.
This week, Dan and I go on for a while about "Lost," then preview tonight's "American Idol" finale, talk a bit about the "Chuck" finale and then go off on a bunch of quick hits about the finales of "24," "How I Met Your Mother," "Grey's Anatomy," "Community" and a few more.
There's also talk about how the podcast fits into my summer viewing plans, as well as our usual difficulty getting in sync. 
The breakdown: 
Intro - 0:00-02:00
"Lost" -- 02:00 - 28:10
"American Idol" -- 28:10 - 38:55
"Chuck" -- 40:00 - 47:00
Random other finales - 47:00 - 54:10
What's next for Firewall & Iceberg - 54:15 - 59:40
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.] You can also download the MP3 file, or you can stream it at Dan's blog.
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<p>The gang from &quot;Undeclared&quot;:&nbsp;Seth Rogen, Monica Keena, Timm Sharp, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam and Jay Baruchel.</p>

The gang from "Undeclared": Seth Rogen, Monica Keena, Timm Sharp, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam and Jay Baruchel.

Credit: Fox

Are you ready for the summer? (2010 edition)

Announcing the What's Alan Watching summer DVD rewinds

The 2009-10 TV season officially ends tonight at 11 p.m., which means it's time to start getting the blog ready for that weird, sometimes horrifying, sometimes delightful beast known as summer programming.

There are still a handful of blog regulars ("Breaking Bad," "Justified," "Party Down," etc.) whose seasons won't end for a few weeks, and some others ("Burn Notice," "Mad Men") returning in the coming months. (I'll have a fairly exhaustive summer programming calendar posted on Saturday, for the many of you who plan to be hunched over your computers on Memorial Day weekend.) But a lot of summer TV is either creatively questionable or in some cases good but not really deep enough to merit weekly discussion. (TNT's "Leverage" would qualify.) So I'm going to go through my screeners in the coming weeks and try to patch together a summer lineup.

However, one of the summer staples of this blog, wherever it's located, is that I pick one or two shows that pre-dated the blog, and I go back and watch and write about each episode. This started with "Freaks and Geeks," and in the summers since I've done "The Wire" seasons one and two, "Band of Brothers" and "Sports Night," among others. This year, I'm going to rewatch three shows - two for the blog, and one for the Firewall & Iceberg podcast - and they are...

"The Wire" season three, "Firefly" and "Undeclared."

Some thoughts on why these three and how it will all work coming up after the jump...

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<p>Adam, Sarah and her kids enjoy a nice moment in the &quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Adam, Sarah and her kids enjoy a nice moment in the "Parenthood" season finale.

Credit: NBC

'Parenthood' - 'Lost and Found': Where's Amber? Where's the girl?

Tensions flair up among the Bravermans in the season finale.

A review of the "Parenthood" season finale coming up just as soon as I watch the hippie...

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<p>Raylan and Boyd, together again on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Raylan and Boyd, together again on "Justified."

Credit: FX

'Justified' - 'Veteran': Every father's son

Raylan's problems multiply, and converge, as the series gets braver.

A quick review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as you identify your hair clip...

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<p>Antoine plays an airport gig on &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Antoine plays an airport gig on "Treme."

Credit: HBO/Paul Schiraldi

'Treme' - 'Smoke My Peace Pipe': My brave face

Bad news comes in waves in a powerful episode.

As mentioned a few days ago, my advance screener of Sunday's "Treme" didn't arrive in time, and then I was so swamped with "Lost," "Chuck," et al that I didn't get to watch the episode this morning. So a belated (and briefer than I'd like, just in the interest of getting discussion going) review of "Smoke My Peace Pipe" coming up just as soon as I find a rhyme for "infrastructure"...

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