<p>Anna Torv on &quot;Fringe.&quot;</p>

Anna Torv on "Fringe."

Credit: FOX

'Fringe' - 'The Abducted': The Candyman can

A self-aware Olivia tries to help Alt-Broyles on the way home

A quick review of last night's "Fringe" coming up just as soon as a new church pops up...

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<p>Steve Carell and BJ&nbsp;Novak on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Steve Carell and BJ Novak on "The Office."

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'The Office' - 'WUPHF.com': Master of your domain name

Another airless episode in a season that's had too many of them

A review of last night's "The Office" - which might be moving out of the regular blog rotation - coming up just as soon as I own a decommissioned lighthouse...

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<p>Jack McBrayer and Alec Baldwin on &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Jack McBrayer and Alec Baldwin on "30 Rock."

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'30 Rock' - 'College': Donaghy, undeclared

Liz and Jack try to recreate the college experiences they didn't have in an uneven episode

A quick review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I minor in Bible sexuality...

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<p>Annie (Alison&nbsp;Brie), get your gun on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Annie (Alison Brie), get your gun on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design': The Mayors of Blanketville

Jeff and Annie travel down a rabbit hole in a slight but fun episode

A review of last night's "Community" coming up just as soon as someone sends me a tiny, thoroughly underwhelming message...

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<p>Dan Byrd and Brian Van Holt on &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Dan Byrd and Brian Van Holt on "Cougar Town."

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'Cougar Town' - 'Little Girl Blues': Ever-lasting Cobb-stopper

Does Jules go even more overboard than usual in dealing with Travis' new girlfriend?

A quick review of last night's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I put a seatbelt on my hammock...

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<p>Rico Rodriguez as Manny on &quot;Modern Family.&quot;</p>

Rico Rodriguez as Manny on "Modern Family."

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'Modern Family' - 'Manny Get Your Gun': Flash into me

Season two gets its first standout episode as everyone races to Manny's birthday party

A review of last night's "Modern Family" coming up just as soon as I cheat on you with choreography...

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<p>Britt (Michael Raymond-James)&nbsp;faces Hank (Donal Logue)&nbsp;in an unusual setting on &quot;Terriers.&quot;</p>

Britt (Michael Raymond-James) faces Hank (Donal Logue) in an unusual setting on "Terriers."

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'Terriers' - 'Sins of the Past': When Hank-y met Britt-y

A dark and powerful flashback episode shows the beginning of the end of Hank's job and marriage

Earlier today, I posted my plea for the survival of "Terriers." Now I have a review of tonight's episode, coming up just as soon as I'm the worst sponsor ever...

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<p>Christopher Chance (Mark Valley)&nbsp;gets an early look at Ilsa Pucci (Indira Varma).</p>

Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) gets an early look at Ilsa Pucci (Indira Varma).

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'Human Target' - 'Ilsa Pucci': Meet the new boss

The action drama welcomes new castmembers Indira Varma and Janet Montgomery

In yesterday's column, I offered my thoughts on the revamped "Human Target" based on the new season's first three episodes. The premiere just finished airing on the East Coast, and while it's largely setting up new showrunner Matt Miller's altered status quo, it does give you a sense of how he wants the three original leads to interact, and also some of the dynamics between them and new regulars Indira Varma and Janet Montgomery.

So now that you've seen it, what did everybody think?

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<p>Bruce Springsteen on &quot;Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.&quot;</p>

Bruce Springsteen on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

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Fallon on Springsteen, Ferguson on 'Doctor Who,' and the joy of theme episodes

The late late talk shows have fun spending an hour on a single topic

This blog tends to focus on primetime scripted series because that's where my interest lies, but the two shows from yesterday's network slate that interested me most were in late night.

As I wrote about in my Conan pieces last week, the late night talk show is a format that I don't much care about anymore, even though I quite like all the current late night hosts other than Leno. But in the case of last night's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," what we got weren't two traditional late night talk show episodes, but wacky, joyful single-topic theme shows - on, respectively, Bruce Springsteen and "Doctor Who." (And I hope you saw the "Doctor Who" Christmas news earlier today.)

Bruuuuuce was Fallon's only guest (other than a couch cameo by Steve Van Zandt). He joined him on stage for one of Fallon's Neil Young impressions, and even dressed as the '75 version of himself, did a long interview and did two songs with The Roots backing up him, Van Zandt and E Street Band keyboard player Roy Bittain.

Ferguson, meanwhile, had only two guests, and one of them was frequent collaborator Chris Hardwick to answer "Doctor Who" viewer questions, while the only traditional guest was Matt Smith, the current Doctor. Ferguson had a Dalek on stage standing next to his robot sidekick Geoff, carried a sonic screwdriver with him at all times, and even tried to open the show with an elaborate dance number scored to the "Doctor Who" theme, only for it to... well, you can watch the clip below to see what happened. (And at the end of the episode, he brought those same dancers out to apologize to them, and serenade them with "Rainbow Connection." A damn charming moment from the most charming guy in the field.) 

Now, I'm a Springsteen fan, and a "Doctor Who" fan, so I got an added kick out of both of these, but what was great about both these episodes was that they did away with the all-things-to-all-people problem that often takes over talk shows. (Though Ferguson has mercifully always marched to his own drummer. And it's not surprising that the weakest part of Fallon's show was a straightforward, non-Springsteen-related monologue about the day's headlines.) Though Springsteen had a new box set to promote, there was never a sense that either episode was being done for business reasons; they were being done because Jimmy Fallon worships Bruce Springsteen, and Craig Ferguson frickin' loves "Doctor Who." Plain and simple. 

So after the jump, I have the full Fallon show (if you just want to see the Neil Young duet, our own Melinda Newman embedded it on her blog), plus the first big chunk of Ferguson's show. Hopefully, they'll give you the same amount of pleasure they gave me.

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<p>Karen Gillan and Matt Smith in &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

Karen Gillan and Matt Smith in "Doctor Who."

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BBC America to premiere next 'Doctor Who' film on Christmas Day

US fans won't have to wait for (or illegally download) the next movie

I was in the middle of watching Craig Ferguson's all-"Doctor Who" episode of "Late Late Show" from last night (look for a post on that and Jimmy Fallon's all-Springsteen ep in a bit, schedule permitting), when my e-mail inbox got a good bit of "Who"-related news: 

"A Christmas Carol," the next of the series' special Christmas films, will actually air here in the States at 9 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Usually, there's been a lag between when "Doctor Who" episodes and specials air in the UK and when we get to see them - a lag that only encourages the hardcore US fans to illegally download the episodes - where here the only lag will be about time zones.

As a guy who likes to write about this show on my blog, I can only hope this continues for the next season of the show, as well, since the gap between viewers watching US telecasts and those who were way ahead by legal or illegal means made it hard to have a good discussion.

The Dickensian "Christmas Carol" will be written by "Who" showrunner Steven Moffat, and pair stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan with the great Michael Gambon. The BBC America press release describes it as "what may be the Doctor’s most Christmassy adventure yet."

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