<p>The &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;gang dealt with a zombie attack on Halloween.</p>

The "Community" gang dealt with a zombie attack on Halloween.

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'Community' - 'Epidemiology': Behind-the-scenes of zombie-land

The Halloween zombie movie parody took longer to put together than most episodes

We're going to do something a little different for this week's "Community." Rather than a straight review, I'm going to offer some behind-the-scenes tidbits about the conception of this episode - tidbits that, as I'll explain, would be more detailed if I wasn't a complete spaz. But I got to hang in the "Community" writers room for an afternoon while Dan Harmon and the staff worked on the outline for "Epidemiology," and I got to see a later draft of the script, and I got to interview Harmon about it (which we'll get back to in a moment), so rather than a review - and I did laugh a bunch of times, even after hearing most of the jokes in multiple stages previously - I've got some making-of tidbits, all coming up just as soon as I'm accidentally handsome in a costume...

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<p>&quot;Big Love&quot;&nbsp;will end after its fifth and final season.</p>

"Big Love" will end after its fifth and final season.

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'Big Love' to end after fifth season

HBO announces final year will premiere January 16

Good news for "Big Love" fans: HBO gave a specific premiere date for the fifth season, which will debut on Sunday, January 16.

Bad news for "Big Love" fans: HBO also said that the fifth season will be the show's last.

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<p>Courteney Cox and Ken Jenkins on last night's &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Courteney Cox and Ken Jenkins on last night's "Cougar Town."

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'Cougar Town' - 'You Don't Know How It Feels': Can a guy in a bear suit hug his daughter?

Ken Jenkins stops by for a terrific Halloween episode

A review of last night's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as my car smells like conch...

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<p>Britt (Michael Raymond-James)&nbsp;got stuck in Mexico in tonight's &quot;Terriers.&quot;</p>

Britt (Michael Raymond-James) got stuck in Mexico in tonight's "Terriers."

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'Terriers' - 'Agua Caliente': Spam, spam, spam, spam...

Britt, Hank and Mark all wind up south of the border thanks to Britt's ex-partner

A review of tonight's "Terriers" coming up just as soon as I show on the anatomically correct doll where the bad bearded man touched me...

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<p>Paula Malcomson on &quot;Caprica,&quot;&nbsp;which Syfy canceled today.</p>

Paula Malcomson on "Caprica," which Syfy canceled today.

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The 'Caprica' cancellation: what went wrong?

Many factors went into the "Battlestar Galactica" prequel's failure.

Two unusual things happened with Syfy's decision to cancel "Caprica," effective immediately: First, we had a cable channel pulling a show off its schedule before its current run of episodes had finished (though the remaining five are supposed to air sometime next year). Second, rather than try to downplay the news - say, by sending out a schedule update press release that briefly mentions at the end that Cheap Filler Program X is replacing the previously-scheduled Canceled Show Y - Syfy put out a press release putting the cancellation upfront, complete with a frustrated quote from executive Mark Stern, who noted, "Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, ‘Caprica’ has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.”

Neither move is unprecedented, but both are unusual. Their convergence at the same event speaks both to how much Syfy wanted "Caprica" to succeed, and to how badly the show failed. This was a continuation of the channel's prestigious (if not always highly-rated) "Battlestar Galactica" franchise, and the most obvious symbol of the channel's new "science fiction doesn't mean spaceships" ethos, and its ratings were so poor that they couldn't even stick with it for an extra five weeks.

So what went wrong?

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<p>Andrew Lincoln filming a scene for &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Andrew Lincoln filming a scene for "The Walking Dead."

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Interview: 'The Walking Dead' producer Gale Anne Hurd

On finding the right home and approach for Robert Kirkman's zombie epic

When it comes to credibility among sci-fi and horror movie fans, it's hard to do better than Gale Anne Hurd. She co-wrote the first "Terminator" film (and executive produced all of them), and has been a producer on "Aliens," "The Abyss," "Alien Nation," "Tremors," both recent Hulk films (odds are you liked one or the other) and a lot more.

Hurd's TV resume is skimpier - one season of the syndicated drama "Adventure Inc." with Michael Biehn - but she should make a much bigger splash with her new project, the zombie epic "The Walking Dead," which debuts on AMC on Halloween night at 10 p.m.

Based on the long-running comic book series by Robert Kirkman, "The Walking Dead" tells the story of Kentucky cop Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who's shot in the line of duty, goes into a coma and wakes up to discover that zombies have overrun the world, with only small pockets of frightened and angry human survivors left. Hurd helped writer/director Frank Darabont find a home for the project after he'd spent five years unsuccessfully trying to sell it. And the two of them - working with a large creative team that includes acclaimed horror makeup master Greg Nicotero and Robert Kirkman himself - have had to figure out how to make the zombie apocalypse work for TV, which parts of Kirkman's opus to fit into the six episodes that will comprise the first season (and when to deviate from the text), and a lot more.

I spoke with Darabont about the project back at Comic-Con, and last week I got on the phone with Hurd to get her take on "The Walking Dead":

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<p>Michael B. Jordan and Sarah Ramos in last night's &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Michael B. Jordan and Sarah Ramos in last night's "Parenthood."

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'Parenthood' - 'Seven Names': You're fired

Adam has a tough assignment, Julia struggles to play primary parent, and the truth unintentionally hurts Amber

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I build the Eiffel Tower out of popsicle sticks...

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<p>&quot;Ride-Along,&quot;&nbsp;with Jennifer Beals and Jason Clarke, is now called &quot;The Chicago Code.&quot;</p>

"Ride-Along," with Jennifer Beals and Jason Clarke, is now called "The Chicago Code."

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Shawn Ryan on how 'Ride-Along' became 'The Chicago Code'

Name change meant to make it seem like more than just a cop show

On last week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, Dan and I talked with producer Shawn Ryan about whether "Terriers" had been hampered at the start with a name that, as Shawn put it, made some people think it was a reality show about dogfighting. The key, he said, was to find a title that intrigues viewers, and he feared that "Terriers" just wound up confusing people.

"Terriers" was one of two new shows Shawn has for this season. The other is a mid-season drama for FOX, initially called "Ride-Along," starring Jennifer Beals and Jason Clarke (from "Brotherhood") as a pair of Chicago cops (she's the new superintendent, he's a detective) trying to clean up a corrupt department and city. So when I heard that "Ride-Along" had been rechristened "The Chicago Code," I immediately wondered if the "Terriers" experience had scared him and/or the executives at FOX into a title change.

Not the case, he told me by e-mail.  Rather, the plan was to emphasize that the show was as much about the city as its police force.

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<p>The &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;&nbsp;from Charming and Belfast meet up.</p>

The "Sons of Anarchy" from Charming and Belfast meet up.

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'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Lochan Mor': SAMCRO vs. SAMBEL?

Jax and company finally make it to Belfast in a 90-minute extravaganza

A review of tonight's extra-long "Sons of Anarchy" - as well as a sort of state of the season address - coming up just as soon as I give you a small business loan...

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<p>Paul (Gabriel Byrne)&nbsp;asks Adele (Amy Ryan)&nbsp;for a prescription on &quot;In Treatment.&quot;</p>

Paul (Gabriel Byrne) asks Adele (Amy Ryan) for a prescription on "In Treatment."

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'In Treatment': Week one in review

Paul greets three new patients, and gets a new therapist of his own

I gave a general review of "In Treatment" season three over the weekend, and I said my approach to reviewing each week was going to be to offer brief sketches of the four episodes after they all air. So thoughts on week one of Paul Weston's new year coming up just as soon as I sound like Miriam Webster...

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