<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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<p>&quot;The Cosby Show.&quot;</p>

"The Cosby Show."

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Can Bill Cosby save NBC comedy?

The Peacock reaches out to one of its biggest stars ever to fix the comedy brand

On "30 Rock," fake NBC executive Jack Donaghy once declared that the network's number two priority was to "Make it 1997 again through science or magic." Based on the news that the real NBC has cut a deal with Bill Cosby to star in a new sitcom — on the heels of an expensive and unsuccessful deal this season with Michael J. Fox, along with failures from other past NBC stars like Sean Hayes and Matthew Perry — it appears that the current administration has its eyes set on making it 1987 again, if not earlier.

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<p>Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Birthday'

Nick tries to surprise Jess with a party, Coach and Winston have a bake-off, and Schmidt helps Cece tend bar

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I arrange for somebody to clear my internet history...

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<p>On &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine,&quot;&nbsp;Terry Crews gets back in action.</p>

On "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Terry Crews gets back in action.

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Ebony Falcon'

Jake gets too protective of Terry, and Gina's apartment is robbed

A review of last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as we play Wife or Dog...

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<p>Joelle Carter and Walton Goggins in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Joelle Carter and Walton Goggins in "Justified."

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Good Intentions'

Raylan's new home gets unwanted visitors, while Boyd shows off his tattoos

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I have curb appeal...

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<p>Time to break out the balloons?&nbsp;&quot;Enlisted&quot;&nbsp;just got a new timeslot.</p>

Time to break out the balloons? "Enlisted" just got a new timeslot.

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FOX swaps 'Enlisted' and 'Raising Hope' timeslots

Military comedy will now air Fridays at 9, after 'Bones'

"Enlisted" just got a minor promotion, from a Friday at 9:30 timeslot to Fridays at 9.

Starting this week, the first-year military comedy (which I like a lot) will swap timeslots with "Raising Hope," which gets bumped to 9:30. 

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<p>Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie in &quot;Sleepy Hollow.&quot;</p>

Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie in "Sleepy Hollow."

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Season finale review: 'Sleepy Hollow' - 'The Indispensible Man'/'Bad Blood'

Ichabod sees his enemy's true face and Abbie learns more about her past

Geoff Berkshire has been doing a fine job covering "Sleepy Hollow" for us all season, and here's his take on the two-hour season finale. I have a few brief thoughts on that, and the season as a whole, coming up just as soon as I complain about my GPS app...

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<p>On &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;Marshall (Jason Segel)&nbsp;and Lily&nbsp;(Alyson Hannigan)&nbsp;enjoy a moment of passion.</p>

On "How I Met Your Mother," Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) enjoy a moment of passion.

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Talkback: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Unpause'

Marshall and Lily resume their fight, and a drunken Barney reveals all

On one end of things, tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" was a clearinghouse for unanswered questions about Barney, and Robin, and about Ted and the Mother's future children, as well as an opportunity for random stealth quoting of "Knuffle Bunny" when Barney went past Jabba the Hutt drunk. On the other end, it dealt with the current crisis in Marshall and Lily's marriage by revisiting their biggest schism of the whole series.

What did everybody think of it? Were you amused by all the Barney revelations? Did you enjoy the 2017 scenes? Do you think the show is being fair about the issues, past and present, in the Eriksen marriage? And how 'bout those names?

Have at it.

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