<p>Don (Jon Hamm)&nbsp;and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss)&nbsp;enjoy the spectacle of the firm's Christmas party.</p>

Don (Jon Hamm) and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) enjoy the spectacle of the firm's Christmas party.

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'Mad Men' - 'Christmas Comes But Once a Year': Holiday spirits

The holidays bring humiliation for several SCDP staffers.

Another new "Mad Men" tonight. You can find my reviews of previous seasons at my old blog, and I have a review of the latest episode - along with a note about the altered schedule of future reviews - coming up just as soon as I'm in the middle of a seven-day beauty plan...

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<p>James Badge Dale as Will Travers in &quot;Rubicon.&quot;</p>

James Badge Dale as Will Travers in "Rubicon."

Credit: AMC

'Rubicon' - 'Gone in the Teeth' & 'The First Day of School': Puzzle palace

Slow and steady wins the race in the debut?

Press tour time demands are going to prevent me from writing much about the two-hour "Rubicon" premiere beyond what I wrote in Thursday's pre-season review. But even if I had unlimited time, I'm not sure what else I'd have to say at this point. I love James Badge Dale, love the look (courtesy of Michael Slovis), love the atmosphere and the idea of intelligence analysis as something that will drive you nuts, and am waiting for the plot to materialize.

For both people who watched the pilot when AMC sneak-previewed it and those who came to both episodes for the first time tonight, what did you think? And given that creator Jason Horwitch left after the pilot and was replaced as showrunner by Henry Bromell, did you notice a significant difference in tone, story or anything else between the two episodes?

<p>Romany Malco and Michael Chiklis in &quot;No Ordinary Family.&quot;</p>

Romany Malco and Michael Chiklis in "No Ordinary Family."

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Press tour: 'No Ordinary Family' co-star Romany Malco skats and chats

The scene-stealing actor has a surprising musical background

I plan a lot of my press tour interviews out well in advance based on what shows I like, what actor or producer's career interests me, etc. Sometimes, though, the best interviews are the ones that happen by accident, where perhaps someone on a panel delivers a throwaway line during an answer that begs for 17 follow-up questions.

I had one of those moments this afternoon during ABC's day. The panel for "No Ordinary Family" had just ended, and I was on my way to talk about comic books with co-creator Greg Berlanti (an epic collage of nerditry that I hope to get transcribed in the next day or two) when I saw another reporter interviewing Romany Malco, who plays Michael Chiklis' best friend/sidekick/Alfred. Good as Michael Chiklis is, Malco is the stand-out in the "Family" pilot: so funny and human and surprising that I was grateful whenever the story shifted back to his character. As I had a few minutes pre-Berlanti, I decided to get my recorder out and see what Malco had to say. And within moments, I realized this was going to be one of those great press tour happy accidents, which I'll expound upon after the jump...

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<p>You may be surprised to hear that Dax Shepard from &quot;Parenthood&quot; did a fine job hosting the TCA&nbsp;Awards last night.</p>

You may be surprised to hear that Dax Shepard from "Parenthood" did a fine job hosting the TCA Awards last night.

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Press tour: Highlights from the TCA Awards

Tom Hanks, Damon Lindelof and Dax Shepard all get big laughs

As I've mentioned previously, the night of the TCA Awards is usually my favorite of every tour. Even when I don't agree with the winners, the choices and the speeches are always interesting, everybody seems to enjoy the absence of cameras, an orchestra to play you off, etc. It's a mostly off-the-record night, so the winners will often stick around to schmooze and tell good stories, or to fraternize with people from other shows, and everyone seems to have a great time. (That, or any actor talented enough to win a TCA Award is good enough to fake it.)

(*) I believe I've shared the story in the past about Vincent Kartheiser from "Mad Men" and Jamie Hector from "The Wire" swapping phone numbers and me having to resist the urge to bust out my Lester Freamon impression.

I posted the list of winners last night, and after the jump, some highlights of the evening...

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<p>Michael Imperioli and &quot;Detroit 1-8-7&quot;&nbsp;will be first up at ABC's day at TCA.</p>

Michael Imperioli and "Detroit 1-8-7" will be first up at ABC's day at TCA.

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A day in the life of press tour: ABC

A new network president and a lot of new shows the old guy ordered

Last night was the TCA Awards, which were a lot of fun, as always (and not just because Damon Lindelof's acceptance speech included the phrase "Sepinwall, you bastard"), and while I hope to do a longer write-up of the evening at some point today, right now I need to start getting ready for ABC's day at the tour. ABC's the next-to-last broadcast network to present at TCA this summer (Fox is tomorrow), and like NBC on Friday, they have a very, very busy day - plus a brand-new president thanks to Steve McPherson's abrupt resignation last week. My rundown of the schedule after the jump...

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<p>&quot;Glee&quot;&nbsp;took home three TCA&nbsp;Awards.</p>

"Glee" took home three TCA Awards.

Credit: Fox/Adam Rose

'Glee' dominates Television Critics Association Awards

Other winners include 'Lost,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family'

One of the best nights at press tour every year is the presentation of the Television Critics Association Awards. Because it's a group award, I don't agree with every choice (if you've read me long enough, you'll be able to tell which ones I don't agree with here, particularly if you look at some of the other nominees), but it's always an interesting and eclectic group, and the speeches (by both the winners and the critics introducing them) tend to be good. The ceremony is just ending as I publish this, and if anything particularly memorable was said, I'll do a second post tomorrow morning before Fox's day. The winners after the jump...

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<p>&quot;The Office&quot;&nbsp;producer/co-star Paul Lieberstein had a lot to say about how the show will move on without Steve Carell.</p>

"The Office" producer/co-star Paul Lieberstein had a lot to say about how the show will move on without Steve Carell.

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Press tour: 'The Office' plans for life without Steve Carell

Paul Lieberstein on the succession plan, possible candidates, and other stories for the new season.

Though he's best-known to fans of "The Office" as ineffectual human resources rep Toby Flenderson, Paul Lieberstein's more important job is as the executive producer responsible for the series' creative direction and day-to-day operations. This year, Lieberstein and "Office" developer Greg Daniels will be responsible for handling the show's biggest challenge: writing out Steve Carell, and choosing someone to fill Michael Scott's chair.

I talked to Lieberstein at NBC's press tour party about how it will work story-wise, whether he'd prefer an internal or external successor and who the internal candidates are. We also looked back on this past season (Lieberstein was fonder of it than I was) and looked ahead to some other upcoming storylines, including a guest arc for Timothy Olyphant from "Justified." Various mild season seven spoilers coming up after the jump...

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<p>The Riggins family enjoys a happy moment on &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

The Riggins family enjoys a happy moment on "Friday Night Lights."

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'Friday Night Lights' - 'Laboring': Toothpicking against the spread

Tensions mount in the season's penultimate episode.

Once again, I reviewed all the episodes for this season of "Friday Night Lights" on 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: "Laboring," in which a new Riggins joins the family, Vince considers revenge and the Panthers decide to use a bazooka as a fly-swatter in a feud with the Lions. So go read the review and - keeping in mind that we will not be discussing, or even hinting at, anything that happens in the finale  - tell me what you thought.

<p>Blair Underwood is the President of the United States in &quot;The Event.&quot;</p>

Blair Underwood is the President of the United States in "The Event."

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Press tour: 'The Event' producers want your trust

How satisfying will the sci-fi-tinged thriller be?

What is "The Event"?

No. I'm serious. What is "The Event"? Or, rather, what is "the event" that characters keep referring to in the pilot for NBC's much-hyped but potentially troublesome new thriller? And how much faith should I put in the producers of a show who ask me to trust them implicitly?

Some thoughts on the panel, and the pilot, coming up after the jump...

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<p>NBC&nbsp;will have to deal with &quot;The Office&quot;&nbsp;without Steve Carell.</p>

NBC will have to deal with "The Office" without Steve Carell.

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Press tour: Post-gaming NBC's executive session

Is the Peacock ready to rebuild?

NBC's executive session with entertainment president Angela Bromstad and chairman Jeff Gaspin just concluded. Fienberg has the full play-by-play in his liveblog, and after the jump, I have some thoughts on what it was they had to say.

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