<p>Tami meets Panthers running back Luke Cafferty (Matt Lauria)&nbsp;on &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Tami meets Panthers running back Luke Cafferty (Matt Lauria) on "Friday Night Lights."

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'Friday Night Lights' - 'After the Fall': Where's Wallace? Where's the boy, String?

Coach has to put down a player mutiny

Once, again, I reviewed all the episodes for this season of "Friday Night Lightson 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: "After the Fall," in which Coach deals with the aftermath of the forfeit, Tammy finds a problem with the eligibility of a Panthers star, and Landry kills again (albeit a bike this time). 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>This is the final cast of &quot;Law &amp;&nbsp;Order,&quot;&nbsp;but what would be your ideal cast?</p>

This is the final cast of "Law & Order," but what would be your ideal cast?

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RIP, 'L&O' - So what's your dream 'Law & Order' cast?

Meditations on the end of one of the longest-running primetime dramas ever.

NBC made it official today: "Law & Order" will not be back next season (and unless a cable channel steps in to produce one more season on the cheap, will therefore not achieve Dick Wolf's dream of producing more seasons than "Gunsmoke" to become the longest-running drama in the history of American primetime TV). Dan Fienberg has more details.

Though I haven't been a regular viewer in a long time, the occasions when I've checked in of late suggest that this final cast was one of the more solid configurations since Jerry Orbach left. But the ratings have been miniscule, even by the low standards that will apparently let NBC renew "Chuck," and various reports suggest Wolf wanted too much money for his victory lap year, so... bye-bye, "CHUNG-CHUNG." 

So a question for the fans, whether you're still watching or not: if you could go back in time and cherrypick six of the more than two dozen regular castmembers the mothership has had to come up with your own dream team has had, which six would it be, and why? To keep this simple, you can't put someone in a role they didn't fill when they were on the show. i.e., Jack McCoy can either be your lead prosecutor or he can be running the DA's office, but you can't declare that Lennie Briscoe will be your lieutenant while Max Greevey is the senior detective and Phil Ceretta the junior one.

I'm sorely tempted to just pick the season 5 cast en masse - Briscoe, Logan, Van Buren, McCoy, Kincaid and Schiff - but that seems too easy. At the very least, I'd go back to season 4 and make Ben Stone the prosecutor, and put Jack in the DA's office, to see how these two very different guys dealt with each other - and to see how Stone reacted upon realizing his sidekick was having an affair with his boss.

Fire away: "Law & Order" dream team. Go. I'll be curious to see if anyone will speak for Serena Southerlyn.

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<p>Avery and Nancy comethisclose to meeting.</p>

Avery and Nancy comethisclose to meeting.

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'30 Rock' - 'Emanuelle Goes to Dinosaur Land': Feline groovy?

The funniest episode in a while.

"30 Rock" is out of the regular blog rotation, but I have to say that last night's episode was both the second-funniest of NBC's Thursday comedies (after "Parks and Recreation"), as well as the funniest episode of this show in what feels like a very long time. A quick review coming up just as soon as I submit that animated film I wrote about the Holocaust...

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<p>Michael Scott, cheater.</p>

Michael Scott, cheater.

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'The Office' - 'The Chump': Cuckold case

Michael defends adultery, but not much worth defending in this episode.

A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as I throw something wet at you...

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<p>Don't fall for Annie's Disney face!</p>

Don't fall for Annie's Disney face!

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'Community' - 'English as a Second Language': Good Troy Barnes

The Spanish study group faces a life without Spanish class.

A review of the latest "Community" coming up just as soon as I picture you as Paul Giamatti...

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<p>Chuck and Sarah should get to fight evil together for one more season.</p>

Chuck and Sarah should get to fight evil together for one more season.

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Good news: 'Chuck' is coming back

Looks like the spy dramedy is getting a 13-episode fourth season.

It looks like "Chuck" might live - and we didn't even have to buy sandwiches this time.

The official renewal may not come until Sunday, when NBC announces its fall schedule, but Michael Ausiello is reporting that NBC has renewed the show for a 13-episode fourth season, and I'm hearing that he's right.

The ratings haven't been great this spring, but they've largely held steady. Creatively, the show has been on an upswing the last few weeks (while I didn't love the most recent episode, the one coming Monday is very strong and sets things up nicely for the two-hour finale on May 24). And NBC may view "Chuck" as a good companion for JJ Abrams' "Undercovers," which, like "Chuck," features a pair of romantically-entangled spies.

I've been saying for a while now that very weird things would have to happen for NBC to not pick up "Chuck," if only because there are only so many new shows any network can launch at once in the fall without torpedoing them all. But because NBC has been picking up a lot of new shows over the last week, and had renewed practically practically everything left in primetime but "Chuck," "Mercy," "Trauma" and the original "Law & Order" - and conflicting reports were flying all afternoon about whether NBC had finally canceled the mothership - I know there was some concern that there might not be any room for Chuck, Sarah, Casey and the Buy More gang come next season.

Instead, it appears we're going to get at least one more year of awesomeness.

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<p>Meet the new guy:&nbsp;Adam Scott on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Meet the new guy: Adam Scott on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Master Plan': Whoomp! (There it is)

Rob Lowe and Adam Scott make strong first impressions

I wrote in broad strokes about this season of "Parks and Recreation" and about tonight's arrival of Adam Scott and Rob Lowe in yesterday's post, but I have a more specific review of "The Master Plan" coming up just as soon as I count backwards from a thousand by sevens and think of warm brownies...

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<p>&quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;went to Hawaii last night.</p>

"Modern Family" went to Hawaii last night.

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'Modern Family' - 'Hawaii': Eye of the Tiger!

A vacation episode that still feels like an episode of the show.

A review of last night's "Modern Family" coming up just as soon as I wrinkle your linen...

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<p>The gang goes for the balloon on &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

The gang goes for the balloon on "Cougar Town."

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'Cougar Town' - 'Breakdown': The red balloon

Graduation day for Travis

Yesterday, I ran a long interview with "Cougar Town" producer Bill Lawrence about the many ways the show has gotten better by reinventing itself as a low-fi ensemble comedy rather than the high-concept show that fit the title.

Tonight's episode - which involved callbacks to an early Courteney Cox role, photos of Taye Diggs, the game of Musical Beers and a giant inflatable blue gorilla - continued that upward trend, but I unfortunately don't have time to write about it today (nor will I tomorrow). So go read the Lawrence interview if you didn't already, and then tell me what you thought of "Breakdown."

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<p>&quot;Lost&quot;&nbsp;producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.</p>

"Lost" producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

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Exclusive interview: 'Lost' producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse talk 'Across the Sea'

Darlton answer questions about a polarizing episode and look ahead to the series finale.

Last night's "Lost" review appeared to put me in the minority in enjoying the episode. And "Lost" showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are certainly aware of the polarizing reaction to "Across the Sea," and we talked about that - and about certain details of the episode, and complaints fans have had about the season, and even about my own personal obscure "Lost" obsession - in a wide-ranging phone interview this afternoon.

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