<p>Adam Driver and Lena Dunham in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Adam Driver and Lena Dunham in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Dead Inside'

A death doesn't affect Hannah as much as Adam would like, while Jessa learns another death was anything but

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I place one crumb of human compassion in this fat free muffin of sociopathic detachment...

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<p>On &quot;True Detective,&quot;&nbsp;Maggie (Michelle Monaghan)&nbsp;enjoys a night out with Marty and Rust.</p>

On "True Detective," Maggie (Michelle Monaghan) enjoys a night out with Marty and Rust.

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Review: 'True Detective' - 'The Locked Room'

Cohle and Hart try to double date, and Cohle makes a beer can man

A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I cut up this beer can...

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<p>Geoff Stults and Parker Young in &quot;Enlisted.&quot;</p>

Geoff Stults and Parker Young in "Enlisted."

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Review: 'Enlisted' - 'Pete's Airstream'

Pete tries to deal with his emotions, Jill makes new friends and Randy gets naked

A review of tonight's "Enlisted" coming up just as soon as we have a mini-seminar on mole people...

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<p>Sam Jaeger as Joel in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Sam Jaeger as Joel in "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'You've Got Mold'

Joel moves out, Kristina hates Max's school and Zeek and Camille make a big decision

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as the baby's eating the kitty litter...

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<p>Paul Rudd and Adam Scott meet Adam Scott and Paul Rudd in &quot;The Greatest Event in Television History&quot;&nbsp;take on &quot;Bosom Buddies.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Paul Rudd and Adam Scott meet Adam Scott and Paul Rudd in "The Greatest Event in Television History" take on "Bosom Buddies." 

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Adam Scott and Paul Rudd reunite for 'The Greatest Event in Television History'

The longtime pals channel Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks in 'Bosom Buddies'

Adam Scott had himself a big night of television last night. He directed his first episode of "Parks and Recreation" (which I reviewed here), and at midnight, Adult Swim debuted the fourth and final installment of his pointlessly wonderful "Greatest Event In Television History" series, this time with Scott and Paul Rudd recreating the opening credits to "Bosom Buddies."(*)

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<p>In &quot;Rake,&quot;&nbsp;Greg Kinnear celebrates a big gambling win.</p>

In "Rake," Greg Kinnear celebrates a big gambling win.

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Series premiere talkback: 'Rake' - 'Serial Killer'

What did everybody think of Greg Kinnear in the new FOX legal drama?

I posted my review of FOX's "Rake" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did you find Greg Kinnear charming and/or funny? Was the legal case with Peter Stormare of interest? Did you feel any of the touch of Sam Raimi in the directing? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Troy and Abed separaaaaaating!</p>

Troy and Abed separaaaaaating!

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Review: 'Community' - 'Geothermal Escapism'

Another game turns Greendale into chaos as Troy prepares to say goodbye

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as we do the Reverse Danny Thomas...

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot;&nbsp;April (Aubrey Plaza)&nbsp;helps Andy (Chris Pratt)&nbsp;prepare for a new kind of gig.</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," April (Aubrey Plaza) helps Andy (Chris Pratt) prepare for a new kind of gig.

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Farmers Market'

Ben tries to erect a firewall with new underling Leslie, Andy plays a kids party and Ann vents to the staff

A review of tonight's Adam Scott-directed installment of "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I go back to rabbinical school...

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<p>Zach McGowan and Toby Stephens as rival pirate captains in &quot;Black Sails.&quot;</p>

Zach McGowan and Toby Stephens as rival pirate captains in "Black Sails."

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Review: Starz's 'Black Sails' a draggy, landlocked pirate saga

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Lots of talk, minimal action in new Michael Bay-produced series

"Black Sails," Starz's new Michael Bay-produced pirate adventure series (it premieres Saturday at 9 p.m.), opens with an elaborate battle sequence between two ships at sea. Cannons roar, swords flash, bodies go flying through the air, and if there isn't a chyron saying, "Look at all the money we put on the screen!," it's at least implied.

This sense of epic, expensive swashbuckling action lasts about five minutes, an elaborate bait-and-switch before "Black Sails" settles into landlocked tedium, as the series suggests a pirate's life for me, you or anyone else involves far more bureaucracy than pillaging.

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<p>Greg Kinnear in FOX's &quot;Rake.&quot;</p>

Greg Kinnear in FOX's "Rake."

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Review: In FOX's 'Rake,' Greg Kinnear is bad — but only to a point

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A 'House'-esque legal drama can't decide how rough-edged it wants to be

Networks used to make changes to pilot episodes all the time between when they ordered them and when they aired them, and TV critics often got to see both versions. And, by seeing what was added or removed, we could also get a sense of what the network and/or creative team wanted a particular show to be.

Often, reshoots led to improvement. The original "West Wing" pilot was so one-sided in its depiction of the religious right that it felt like piling on. (Or like a preview of Aaron Sorkin's work on "Studio 60.") A new scene was shot featuring Leo talking to a sensible and decent reverend that put things much more in balance, and pointed the way forward for a show that, while a liberal fantasy, at its best had fun depicting the other side as smart and passionate in its own right. When Lauren Graham replaced Maura Tierney in "Parenthood" Due to Tierney's health issues, producers didn't just reshoot Tierney's scenes, but added a couple of new ones, including one featuring the four Braverman siblings hanging out by themselves, which helped center the series and establish the mix of light and dark tones it uses so well. (Tierney was far and away the best part of the uneven original pilot; ironically, her exit made the whole thing much better.)  Sometimes, though, shows get worse: each iteration of the "Terra Nova" pilot was blander and more dumbed-down than the one before, suggesting the people in charge had no sense of their own show's strengths and weaknesses.

These days, production budgets are so lean that significant pilot reshoots are rare, even when they make sense. ("New Girl" didn't simply reshoot all of Damon Wayans Jr's scenes with Lamorne Morris taking over his role, for instance, which led to several years of complications before Wayans could finally return.) FOX's new legal drama "Rake," though, not only got an entirely new pilot, but several other episodes set prior to the events of the original pilot (which will air later in the first season). The first pilot was already emblematic of the struggle to do cable-style weirdness and moral ambiguity in a broadcast network context; the new pilot (it debuts tomorrow night at 9) sands off several of the edges that survived the first time.

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