<p>Steve Zissis</p>

Steve Zissis

Credit: HBO

'Togetherness': The life comedic with Steve Zissis

'The whole show was created by Jay to make me more famous and to make me lose weight.'

For the most part, the excellence of HBO’s “Togetherness” isn’t surprising. Co-creators Mark and Jay Duplass have a long track record with films they either wrote and directed themselves or supported in some way, Melanie Lynskey and Amanda Peet have lots of fine performances on their resumes, and even Mark Duplass himself has turned out to be an interesting and versatile actor as his career has evolved.

The one unknown is the man who is in many ways the reason the show exists: co-star and co-creator Steve Zissis, a longtime friend and collaborator of the brothers Duplass who hasn’t had many prominent roles outside of their films. As Alex, a talented but underemployed actor crashing on his best friend’s couch, Zissis gets to be funny, charming, and at times heartbreaking over the course of this eight-episode first season. (Four episodes have aired so far; HBO recently ordered a second season.)

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

Series premiere review: 'Better Call Saul' - 'Uno': Good luck, Chuck

What did everybody think of the 'Breaking Bad' prequel's first episode?

"Better Call Saul" is finally here. I already published my initial review and interviews with creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and with Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks, and now I have thoughts on the first episode coming up just as soon as I translate this review into Finnish...

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<p>Tyreese on The Walking Dead</p>

Tyreese on The Walking Dead

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'What Happened And What's Going On': Struggling man

Tyreese and Noah have a very bad day in Virginia

"The Walking Dead" is back for the second half of its fifths season, and I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I make use of this model airplane...

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Cubbies': Honk if you're horny

Things get worse for Hannah in Iowa, Marnie gives Desi an ultimatum, and Shosh and Ray go shopping

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as we get back to my story about a robot horse...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine Nine

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Windbreaker City': Shoot the hostage?

It's Andy Samberg vs. Nick Kroll in another action movie spoof

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I buy a multi-surface cleaner to impress you...

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Credit: Cinemax

Review: 'Banshee' - 'Tribal': Assault on precinct Cadi

Chayton's army attacks the police station in a thrilling hour

A review of last night's "Banshee" coming up just as soon as I explain all these white supremacist tattoos again...

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

'Better Call Saul!' stars: 'Your Breaking Bad DVDs will not be erased'

No worries about the legacy, but lots of excitement about more Saul and Mike scenes

You’ve already read my optimistic review of “Better Call Saul!” And you’ve read my interview with creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould . Now it’s time to hear from the stars of the thing, and the only regular actors to carry over from “Breaking Bad,” in Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks. At press tour, we spoke about their eagerness to revisit Saul Goodman (or, as he’s called here, Jimmy McGill) and Mike Ehrmantraut, how they did or didn’t attempt to look six years younger than they did on the previous show, and whether they feel any pressure to live up to the legacy of that show.

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Credit: NBC

Review: With 'Allegiance,' NBC plays the TV imitation game

Hope Davis and Scott Cohen do what they can to elevate 'Americans'-esque spy drama

For the past few weeks, my Twitter mentions have been filled with indignation over the existence of "Allegiance," the new NBC drama starring Hope Davis and Scott Cohen as Russian deep cover agents who are pressured to recruit one of their kids to the cause. Most of them go something like this:

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<p>Matthew Rhys in The Americans</p>

Matthew Rhys in The Americans

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Baggage': The suitcase

Elizabeth helps Philip pack up a problem, Oleg and Stan reunite, and Nina adjust to prison life

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I enjoy a Milky Way...

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<p>Charlie Day</p>

Charlie Day

Credit: FX

How 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' made its unintended 'Birdman' homage

How did the crew create the illusion of a single take when the bar interior and exterior are in different places?

When I first saw tonight's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," I instantly had questions for the episode's director, Matt Shakman, about how they pulled off the various technical challenges involved in "Charlie Work." He was kind enough to provide a detailed explanation, coming up just as soon as I bang the stool on the floor three more times...

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