<p>Fred Savage in The Grinder</p>

Fred Savage in The Grinder

Credit: FOX

Why Fred Savage put directing on hold to star in 'The Grinder'

The child star turned director never intended to return to acting full-time

"The Grinder" debuts tomorrow night at 8:30 on FOX as the most promising new network sitcom this fall. Some of that's just by default — as I've said, this is a poor freshman class — but some of it's the fun of watching Rob Lowe (playing a former TV legal drama star who returns home to Idaho to help out the family law practice) at his most cheerfully self-parodying, and much of it is the pleasure of having Fred Savage back in front of the camera in his first regular series role since the short-lived "Crumbs" back in 2006.

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

Credit: Showtime

How did Showtime's 'Masters of Sex' lose its way?

Yet another Showtime drama that was great in its first season, but struggled after

A few thoughts on the end of "Masters of Sex" season 3 coming up just as soon as the Little Brown man is back...

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<p>Priyanka Chopra in Quantico</p>

Priyanka Chopra in Quantico

Credit: ABC

What did everybody think of Priyanka Chopra in the 'Quantico' premiere?

Is the show a fun Shonda Rhimes imitator, or a bad rip-off?

I have to admit I found "Quantico" much more interesting as a business case study than as a bit of filmed entertainment.

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<p>Last Man on Earth</p>

Last Man on Earth

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Last Man on Earth' smartly goes back to basics for season 2 premiere

Phil's once again using the post-apocalyptic world as one big playground

A quick review of the "Last Man On Earth" season 2 premiere coming up just as soon as I address the White House press corps...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Credit: FOX

Review: Bill Hader, romance and... pigeons? liven up 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' premiere

Jake and Amy take a stab at romance as the cop comedy returns

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is back for its third season, and I have a quick review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I carry the gene for webbed feet...

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Credit: CBS

How I was very very wrong about the success of 'CSI'

Before Sunday's series finale, looking back to when the whole franchise was a longshot bet

Earlier this week, IndieWire's Sam Adams interviewed me, Mo Ryan, and Tim Goodman about the increasingly strange and outdated practice of reviewing new shows based just on the pilot episode. At one point, Sam asked what was the wrongest I ever was about a show's quality based on the pilot episode. 

I didn't have a great answer for that one, since I have a pretty good Spidey sense about when pilots aren't to be trusted (case in point: "Studio 60"), but I did think of an answer to a related question: What show was I most wrong in predicting its commercial success based on the pilot?

The answer to that one's easy, and timely, because the show in question is airing a series finale special Sunday night at 9: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

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<p>Black Mirror</p>

Black Mirror

Netflix revives 'Black Mirror' for season 3

"Black Mirror," the chillingly prescient UK sci-fi anthology series created by Charlie Brooker, has been back in the news lately because the gossip about David Cameron and a pig closely resembles the plot of the series' very first episode. As Brooker himself joked:

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Credit: HBO

Ask Alan: Shows not on disc/streaming, 'Ray Donovan' & the legacy of 'Oz'

Does HBO's first drama get enough credit all these years later?

Time for another installment of Ask Alan, where I try to offer rapid-fire answers to your questions about TV. As always, you can send questions — the more concisely-worded the better — to askalan@hitfix.com.

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<p>The Player</p>

The Player

Credit: NBC

What did everybody think of 'The Player' premiere?

Is it the better of NBC's two 'Strike Back' alum shows, or even dumber than 'Blindspot'?

I published my review of NBC's "The Player" earlier today. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? If you're a "Strike Back" fan, did this seem a good use of Philip Winchester? (Also, do you still need getting used to him using his real accent?) If you're a Wesley Snipes fan, how did you feel he was deployed? Does the idea of a conspiracy by wealthy people to predict and gamble on crime seem fun, or an unnecessary (and silly) complication to watching Alex Kane kick ass and take names? Did it seem more or less stupid than "Blindspot"? And will you watch again?

Have at it. I can see this one as something I watch in the background for a few weeks; if nothing else, I'm curious to see what happens when "Strike Back" director Michael Bassett comes in to shoot one of these. (I believe his episode is the fourth.)

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<p>Heroes Reborn</p>

Heroes Reborn

Credit: NBC

What did everybody think of the 'Heroes Reborn' premiere?

Did it remind you of the best or worst of 'Heroes' original recipe?

I published my review of "Heroes Reborn" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those who watched the two-hour premiere, what did you think? Did it remind you of the more fun early days of "Heroes," or the more non-sensical later seasons? Did you like any of the new characters, or were you longing for HRG to be reunited with more familiar faces? Whose new powers were most interesting? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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