<p>Gilmore Girls</p>

Gilmore Girls

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Ask Alan: One-shot guest stars, product placement, and small-town dramedies

Will there ever be another 'Gilmore Girls' or 'Ed'?

Happy Friday, everybody! You already heard me talking at length earlier this week with Fienberg, and now it's time for Ask Alan, where I deal with three questions: TV's best guest appearance where they only appeared on the show once, my favorite use of product placement on TV, and what happened to quirky small-town dramedies like Gilmore Girls and Ed.

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<p>Orange Is the New Black</p>

Orange Is the New Black

Credit: Netflix

6 things to know about 'Orange Is the New Black' season 4

The Netflix prison drama is darker — and better — than ever

Men plan, God laughs, then Netflix releases 13 episodes of a show all at once.

My intention was to watch between four and six episodes of the new season of Orange Is the New Black, write an advance piece on where the show stands as it enters its fourth season, then watch the rest after it debuts tomorrow (technically, tonight at midnight Pacific) and do a spoiler-filled piece after I had seen the whole thing(*).

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

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Sepinwall & Fienberg: A reunion conversation

Two ex-podcast partners get together in Austin to talk O.J., 'Game of Thrones' & more

It has been 257 days since Fienberg and I published the final installment of that podcast we used to do together. And in that time, each of us has received far more than 257 queries about whether the podcast might live again down the road. While we can't offer you a full-scale resurrection, we were just in Austin together for a long weekend (made a bit longer due to travel mishaps), and we thought we might do an early celebration of Dan's birthday (which happens to be today, so be sure to tweet him your best wishes) by recording a conversation that may in some way resemble the ones we recorded together in another life. 

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<p>Person of Interest</p>

Person of Interest

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Review: Did 'Person of Interest' bring the Samaritan war to a strong close?

And was the 'It's a Wonderful Life' material a great idea for the penultimate episode?

A review of last night's Person of Interest coming up just as soon as I remember what happened to that fat German kid in Willy Wonka...

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Our prayers have been answered: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' to return for season 9
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Our prayers have been answered: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' to return for season 9

Larry David changed his mind, five years after the last episode

Pretty, pretty, pre-tay great news: Curb Your Enthusiasm will be returning for a ninth season.

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These shows would make great Emmy nominees

These shows would make great Emmy nominees

'The Americans' and 'The Leftovers' get a lot more love here than they probably will from the real voters

Yesterday, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences opened voting for this year's Emmy nominations, including the public release of ballots showing who submitted themselves and in what categories.

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Game of Thrones' spins its wheels with 'No One'

One of the show's least memorable episodes ever

A review of tonight's Game of Thrones coming up just as soon as anyone not drinking is disrespecting our queen...

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<p>Veep</p>

Veep

Credit: HBO

Review: Selina heads to 'Camp David' on another riotous 'Veep'

The huge stable of recurring characters has helped the show weather middle age

A quick review of tonight's Veep coming up just as soon as you surround me with trees to make me look human-sized...

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<p>Silicon Valley</p>

Silicon Valley

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Review: On 'Silicon Valley,' Erlich faces (more) public humiliation

In 'Bachman's Earning's Over-Ride,' will Richard ruin Erlich for the sake of Pied Piper?

A review of tonight's Silicon Valley coming up just as soon as I tell you I'm a pescepescetarian...

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<p>Preacher</p>

Preacher

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Preacher' explores 'The Possibilities' of his new powers

But is a more coherent 'Preacher' a better 'Preacher'?

A review of tonight's Preacher coming up just as soon I go with the John Travolta explanation...

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