<p>Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar are &quot;Franklin &amp;&nbsp;Bash.&quot;</p>

Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar are "Franklin & Bash."

Credit: TNT

Review: TNT's 'Franklin & Bash' mixes frat boy humor with legal drama

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer turn on the smarm as buddy lawyers

It's not that I hate "Franklin & Bash," the new TNT legal drama that debuts tomorrow night at 9. Nor is it that I don't understand what the point is. The problem with "Franklin & Bash" is that the point seems more trouble than it's worth to attain, and unlikely to happen given the show's mostly obnoxious execution.

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<p>Linden and Holder make a discovery on &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Linden and Holder make a discovery on "The Killing."

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'The Killing' - 'I'll Let You Know When I Get There': Family men

The show's still a disappointment, but some positive signs this week

A review of tonight's "The Killing" coming up just as soon as I call my mom "Bev"...

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<p>Toni (Melissa Leo)&nbsp;takes Colson (David Morse)&nbsp;to a second-line on &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Toni (Melissa Leo) takes Colson (David Morse) to a second-line on "Treme."

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'Treme' - 'Feels Like Rain': I write the songs

The season hits its compelling mid-point

A review of tonight's "Treme" coming up just as soon as I curse you out in Dutch...

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<p>Dany (Emilia Clarke) and friends in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Dany (Emilia Clarke) and friends in "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' - 'You Win or You Die': The boar war

The game gets very, very serious in the most exciting episode yet

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I tell you I got caught stealing a wheel of cheese...

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<p>Vince, Tinker and Hastings ponder the Lions' record on &quot;Friday NIght Lights.&quot;</p>

Vince, Tinker and Hastings ponder the Lions' record on "Friday NIght Lights."

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'Friday Night Lights' - 'Perfect Record': Bitter rivals

Things seem perfect for Eric and Vince - a little too perfect - as the Lions prepare for the Panthers game

(I originally posted this review back when "Friday Night Lights" was doing its exclusive DirecTV run. The comments from that period have been preserved. For the sake of people who are watching the episodes as they air on NBC, I will ask anyone commenting from this point forward to only discuss plot events up to the episode in question. Do not discuss, or even allude to, anything that has yet to air on NBC. Thank you.)

A review of tonight's "Friday Night Lights" coming up just as soon as I host a morale-building barbecue...

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<p>Jeff Conaway as &quot;Taxi&quot;&nbsp;actor Bobby Wheeler.</p>

Jeff Conaway as "Taxi" actor Bobby Wheeler.

RIP, 'Taxi' and 'Grease' star Jeff Conaway

Drugs derailed his career and life, but the man had moments

Growing up, I had thought of Jeff Conaway's career as star-crossed. But in the final years of his life - which ended today when he was taken off life support after years of struggling with drugs - it became clear that some of the problems in Conaway's career lay not in the stars, but in himself.

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<p>Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson in the &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson in the "Modern Family" finale.

Credit: ABC

'Modern Family' - 'The One That Got Away': Birthday magic

The uneven second season closes on an effectively sweet episode

A quick review of the "Modern Family" season finale coming up just as soon as I use a baseball mitt to take this torte out of the oven...

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<p>What does &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;saloon keeper Al Swearengen (Ian McShane)&nbsp;have to do with this blog this summer?&nbsp;Plenty.</p>

What does "Deadwood" saloon keeper Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) have to do with this blog this summer? Plenty.

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Are you ready for the summer? (2011 edition)

Lots of returning cable favorites to discuss, plus some DVD classics

Guess what, boys and girls? The TV season is over!

The 2011-12 network TV season officially ended last night at 11, and back in the ancient mid-90s days when I started covering TV for a living, that would essentially be time for TV critics and TV viewers alike to take a nice, relaxing (albeit at times tedious) three-month siesta. There was original summer programming, but not a lot of it, in part because the networks still made money on repeats in those days, in part because cable channels weren't producing original content at remotely the volume they are today.

Now, though, I look at the premiere schedule for the next few months and it's easy to imagine I'll be writing and watching nearly as much as I did when the season was in-season.

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<p>Dan Byrd and Busy Philipps in the &quot;Cougar Town&quot; finale.</p>

Dan Byrd and Busy Philipps in the "Cougar Town" finale.

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'Cougar Town' - 'Something Good Coming': The Hawaii way

The gang goes on vacation for a terrific one-hour season finale

A review of the one-hour "Cougar Town" finale coming up just as soon as I'm not Coolio...

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<p>Oprah Winfrey said goodbye to her talk show - and her flock - today.</p>

Oprah Winfrey said goodbye to her talk show - and her flock - today.

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Review: The preachy farewell to 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'

Oprah delivers an extended sermon in her final episode

There were no guests on the final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." There was, for that matter, no chair, nor a couch or any other piece of comfy furniture. There was only Oprah herself, standing and addressing her audience.

Of course that's all there was. Because this wasn't a talk show farewell episode, not really. Oprah got her big goodbye in the star-studded United Center episodes that aired earlier this week.

No, this was an occasion for which a guest, or the possibility of sitting, seemed inappropriate.

This was a sermon - the last sermon Oprah will ever deliver from the lofty, powerful pulpit of the talk show she hosted for 25 years.

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