<p>Pete (Vincent Kartheiser)&nbsp;and Roger (John Slattery)&nbsp;have a tense moment in the &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;conference room.</p>

Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) and Roger (John Slattery) have a tense moment in the "Mad Men" conference room.

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'Mad Men' - 'The Chrysanthemum and the Sword': Turning Japanese

Betty and Roger hold onto old grudges, and Don tries to outwit a new foe

A review of the latest episode of "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I figure out how to close Fifth Avenue...

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<p>Sam back in the bad old days on &quot;True Blood.&quot;</p>

Sam back in the bad old days on "True Blood."

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'True Blood' - 'I Smell a Rat': What a long, dull trip it's been

Sam's past life, Jason's guilt and Sookie's latest bad decision

On tonight's "True Blood," we learned several things, including where Sam got the money for the bar (and who he's used his temper on before), what exactly Sookeh is (other than someone really, really not bright) and just how long a Lafayette/Jesus V-trip could last (a very very, very, very, very, very, very long amount of time, it seemed).

What did everybody think of the episode?

<p>James Badge Dale and Arliss Howard in &quot;Rubicon.&quot;</p>

James Badge Dale and Arliss Howard in "Rubicon."

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'Rubicon' - 'Connect the Dots': Don't forget your umbrella

The puzzle pieces start to come together

A review of tonight's "Rubicon" coming up just as soon as I begin to lose my hair in Finland...

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<p>Not only is Isaiah Mustafa The Man Your Man Could Smell Like, he's The Man Whose Commercial Won an Emmy Over Betty White's.</p>

Not only is Isaiah Mustafa The Man Your Man Could Smell Like, he's The Man Whose Commercial Won an Emmy Over Betty White's.

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Emmys: The good and the mostly bad and ugly from the Creative Arts ceremony

Hooray for John Lithgow and Betty White, but the 'Nurse Jackie' music? Really?

The Emmys, like always, are split into two separate presentations: the one with most of the big awards that NBC will air a week from tonight, and the Creative Arts Emmys, a ceremony that features a lot of technical categories the average viewer doesn't care about, plus some more prominent awards like guest acting, reality show host, and more.

The Creative Arts ceremony took place last night in LA (Fienberg has a complete list of winners, plus a red carpet gallery that includes three different Christina Hendricks pictures, if you happen to enjoy that sort of thing), and I was glad, as usual, to have it take place when it did. This way, I have a week to remind myself that the Emmys are silly, that if the award goes to the most deserving person or show, it may be by accident, that the people who work in television don't have much time to watch television, and that it's not worth elevating my blood pressure over these things.

Some specific thoughts on the good and the (mostly) bad and ugly of the Creative Arts Emmys coming up after the jump...

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<p>Jesse may not be hanging at Madeline's house much after last night's &quot;Burn Notice.&quot;</p>

Jesse may not be hanging at Madeline's house much after last night's "Burn Notice."

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'Burn Notice' - 'Blind Spot': Chuck vs. Charles

Chuck Finley is forever as the summer season winds down

A quick review of last night's "Burn Notice" coming up just as soon as I score 1420 points at canasta...

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<p>Bunny and Bubbs survey what's left of Hamsterdam in &quot;The Wire&quot; season 3 finale.</p>

Bunny and Bubbs survey what's left of Hamsterdam in "The Wire" season 3 finale.

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'The Wire' Rewind: Season 3, Episode 12 - 'Mission Accomplished' (Veterans edition)

Several wars come to an end along with the third season

And so we've come to the end not only of these reviews of "The Wire" season three, but of my out-of-sequence reviewing of the series in general. (You can find reviews of all the other seasons at my old blog.) I'll have some thoughts on that at the end of this post, but as we've been doing all summer, we're approaching each episode in two slightly different versions: one for people who have seen the entire series and want to be able to discuss how these episodes fit into the story from later seasons, and one for people who haven't made it all the way through yet and don't want to be spoiled on what's to come for them. This is the veteran version; click here for the newbie-friendly one.

A review of the season three finale, "Mission Accomplished," coming up just as soon as you get a look at my samurai sword collection...

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<p>Bunny and Bubbs survey what's left of Hamsterdam in &quot;The Wire&quot; season 3 finale.</p>

Bunny and Bubbs survey what's left of Hamsterdam in "The Wire" season 3 finale.

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'The Wire' Rewind: Season 3, Episode 12 - 'Mission Accomplished' (Newbies edition)

Several wars come to an end along with the third season

And so we've come to the end not only of these reviews of "The Wire" season three, but of my out-of-sequence reviewing of the series in general. (You can find reviews of all the other seasons at my old blog.) I'll have some thoughts on that at the end of this post, but as we've been doing all summer, we're approaching each episode in two slightly different versions: one for people who have seen the entire series and want to be able to discuss how these episodes fit into the story from later seasons, and one for people who haven't made it all the way through yet and don't want to be spoiled on what's to come for them. This is the newbie version; click here for the veteran-friendly one.

A review of the season three finale, "Mission Accomplished," coming up just as soon as you get a look at my samurai sword collection...

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<p>John Slattery had a triumphant directorial debut with last week's &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

John Slattery had a triumphant directorial debut with last week's "Mad Men."

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Interview: John Slattery on his 'Mad Men' directorial debut

What was it like for Roger Sterling to step behind the camera?

Last Sunday's "Mad Men" episode was John Slattery's debut as a director. Not just directing for TV, but directing anything. And it was such a success - as I said in my review, it was a bright and funny episode that still managed to shift gears for big emotional moments involving Peggy and Pete - that when another director dropped out of directing this season's penultimate episode, Slattery wound up filling the slot.

Slattery is in the middle of directing and acting in that episode this week, but he took a few minutes to talk with me about how he got the gig, what he learned, how his co-stars responded to his direction, and more. All of that coming up after the jump...

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<p>Bruce McCulloch, second from left, plays obese ex-hockey star Ricky Jarvis, among other characters, in &quot;Kids in the Hall:&nbsp;Death Comes to Town.&quot;</p>

Bruce McCulloch, second from left, plays obese ex-hockey star Ricky Jarvis, among other characters, in "Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town."

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Interview: Bruce McCulloch talks 'Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town'

As head writer, 'I had to make everybody happy'

The Kids in the Hall reunite on American television with tomorrow night's debut of "Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town," an eight-part murder mystery spoof set in a small Canadian town called Shuckton. While I didn't love the miniseries, I was such a big fan of the troupe that I interviewed both Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch when they were at press tour earlier this month.

The Thompson interview ran yesterday, and after the jump I talk to McCulloch (who came up with the idea for "Death Comes to Town" and was head writer and producer) about his own memories of the old show, how the creative process evolved, why he doesn't act much, and more.

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<p>&quot;Burn Notice&quot;&nbsp;will be back in November.</p>

"Burn Notice" will be back in November.

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USA announces premiere dates for 'Burn Notice,' 'Psych,' 'Facing Kate' and more

'Burn' & 'Psych' to return in September; 'Kate,' 'Royal Pains' & 'White Collar' set for January

USA announced some of its major programming decisions for fall and early winter, including when "Psych," "Burn Notice," "Royal Pains" and "White Collar" will return after their summer seasons wrap, and when new drama "Facing Kate" will debut.

"Psych," which wraps its summer run in early September, will be back on Wednesday, November 10, and will air an "It's a Wonderful Life" parody on December 15. "Burn Notice," which airs its summer finale on Aug. 26, will follow on November 11.

"Royal Pains" and "White Collar" fans will have to wait a bit longer, as both shows will return in January (specific dates to be announced), along with the debut of USA's newest character-driven series, "Facing Kate."

Described by its creator as an "anti-law drama," "Facing Kate" stars Sarah Shahi ("Life," "The L Word") as a lawyer who becomes disenchanted with the justice system and embarks on a new career as a mediator, helping people settle disputes outside of a courtroom. Michael Trucco from "Battlestar Galactica" plays her ex-husband.