<p>Scream Queens</p>

Scream Queens

Credit: FOX

Let's talk about the 'Scream Queens' premiere

What did everybody think of Ryan Murphy's latest foray into the world of horror?

FOX made both hours of tonight's "Scream Queens" premiere available for critics to review. I made it through the first before deciding it was aggressively not for me. Slasher films (which this whole season is a riff on) are generally not my favorite, and on the whole leaned more towards the end of the Ryan Murphy spectrum that I have little patience for. (In particular, the sheer amount of hateful invective hurled by the Emma Roberts character — which co-creator Ian Brennan described at press tour as "my great joy of life" to write — was exhausting to sit through.) Though I enjoyed Jamie Lee Curtis and laughed at the gag involving Ariana Grande and texting, I knew I wasn't going to want to see more, and moved on.

But that's me. Based on the continued ratings for "American Horror Story," Murphy and company continue to have their fans, and I assume some of you are among them. So for those who watched tonight, what did you think? Was the sorority satire aspect of it funny or grating? Were you scared when the show wanted you to be? How did it feel to have Curtis be part of a comic riff on the genre that made her a star? And will you watch again?

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<p>Kermit the Frog</p>

Kermit the Frog

Credit: ABC

Did ABC's 'The Muppets' thrill you or ruin your childhood?

What did everybody think of the 'real' versions of Kermit and friends?

I published my review of ABC's "The Muppets" last week. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched it tonight, what did you think? Did the mocukmentary format feel like a good way to use Kermit and friends? Did you feel what Bill Prady has described as the "real" versions of these characters were appreciably different from (and/or true to) what we know from the previous movies and shows? Are you pro or anti the Kermit/Piggy break-up? Were the human guest stars well-used? Did it feel too raunchy, or were those jokes properly concealed from younger viewers? And will you watch again?

Have at it. I'm going to watch for a while in hopes that Prady and Bob Kushell figure out the right balance (particularly with Kermit and Piggy).

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<p>Taraji P Henson as Cookie in Empire</p>

Taraji P Henson as Cookie in Empire

Credit: FOX
B+

Review: Cookie and friends still delicious as 'Empire' begins season 2

FOX's smash hit hasn't fallen victim to the disease of more just yet

Instant success in television can be a wonderful thing. It creates stars, generates conversation, inspires imitators, and is just fun to see — particularly in an age like this one where almost nothing is a big hit right out of the gate, particularly on the broadcast networks. But instant success in any era can have unfortunate repercussions. Actors can fall prey to what former Lakers coach Pat Riley liked to call "the disease of more," and are suddenly insisting on more money, more screen time, even better coverage at a cast photo shoot. But even if the stars remain level-headed about where they are and how they got there, breakout hit shows can suffer from the disease of more in a different way, as they try to double down on everything the audience loved at the start — More plot twists! More guest stars! — even as it throws the whole enterprise out of balance and transforms it from phenomenon to forgettable. (Take, for instance, "Glee.")

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<p>Blindspot</p>

Blindspot

Credit: NBC

What did everybody think of NBC's naked tattooed amnesia lady show 'Blindspot'?

Time to talk about one of the new season's goofier premises

Last week, I published my review of "Blindspot." Now it's your turn. For those who watched tonight, what did you think? Does the mystery of how and why Jane Doe got her tattoos and lost her memory intrigue you, or does it seem like much more trouble than it's worth for both the people who did it and the people making the show? If you're a "Strike Back" fan, does this seem like a good use of Sullivan Stapleton? Did the Terror Threat of the Week interest you? Did any of the characters interest you at all? And will you watch again?

Have at it. I imagine I'm much more likely to watch a second episode of the other NBC show with a "Strike Back" alum, since "The Player" is also dumb, but in a fashion that calls attention to its dumbness a bit less often. But we can talk about that later in the week.

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<p>Minority Report</p>

Minority Report

Credit: FOX

Let's talk about the 'Minority Report' premiere

What did everybody think of the sequel to the Spielberg/Cruise movie?

I published my review of "Minority Report" last week. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched FOX's latest attempt at a sci-fi police procedural, what did you think? Did it feel like a worthy sequel to the Spielberg/Cruise movie, or a cynical undermining of it? Did Meagan Good and/or Stark Sands interest you as leads? Or did the whole thing make you wonder why FOX bothered canceling "Almost Human," given how similar the two shows are?

Have at it.

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<p>Life in Pieces</p>

Life in Pieces

Credit: CBS

Let's talk about the 'Life in Pieces' premiere

What did everybody think of CBS' very 'Modern Family'-esque new comedy?

I didn't have time to write a review of CBS' "Life in Pieces," though Dan and I discussed it — and the many ways it resembles "Modern Family" — on last week's podcast. For anyone who watched tonight, what did you think? It's a great cast, but do you think they were given funny things to do? Do you think the structure of telling one short story at a time differentiates it enough from "Modern Family," even with Jason Winer directing, or was it too slavish a rip-off? And will you watch again?

Have at it. I wasn't particularly amused by this pilot (the funniest part was Jordan Peele's cameo, and I don't expect him around every week), but I like these actors enough that I may revisit the show later in the season — assuming the "Big Bang Theory" audience doesn't just reject it outright.

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<p>Gotham</p>

Gotham

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Review: 'Gotham' finally picks a direction for season 2, but is it a good one?

'Batman' prequel has gotten darker and more sadistic, but is it better?

When "Gotham" debuted a year ago, it was busy trying to be five different shows at once, including a police procedural, a mob war epic, a very very very premature Batman origin story, and a slightly less premature series of origins for Batman's future villains. It was doing too many things at once, and doing few of them well enough to make them stand out in a cluttered, tonally confusing show. Eventually — right after the show introduced Cameron Monaghan as its latest potential Joker — I decided that the parts of the show I didn't enjoy were continuing to far outweigh the parts I did, and I stepped away.

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<p>Peter Dinklage</p>

Peter Dinklage

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Emmys 2015: HBO sweeps, Hamm finally wins, and new rules make new winners

An unpredictable night, if at times a puzzling one

So let's tally up some of the highs and lows of tonight's Emmy awards (here are all your winners):

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<p>Fear the Walking Dead</p>

Fear the Walking Dead

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Review: 'Fear the Walking Dead' - 'Not Fade Away': Who guards the Guardsmen?

Peace temporarily comes to the neighborhood, but what's coming after it?

A few thoughts on tonight's "Fear the Walking Dead," and the first season so far, coming up just as soon as I decline your nice offer of methadone...

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<p>The Muppets</p>

The Muppets

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Why does ABC's 'The Muppets' seem to miss the point of the Muppets?

Presenting the 'real' versions of Fozzie, Miss Piggy, et al, seems to be missing the point

Long before he co-created "Big Bang Theory," Bill Prady broke into show business as a low-level Jim Henson Co. staffer, working in licensing and other tangential Muppet-related departments before eventually getting to write for Gonzo and company himself. Now, his career has come full circle, as co-developer (with Bob Kushell) of "The Muppets," a new primetime series featuring Kermit and the gang that debuts on ABC on Tuesday night at 8.

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