<p>The Walking Dead</p>

The Walking Dead

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'The Distance': Is it safe?

A new group invites Rick's people to join them, but is their offer too good to be true?

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as we're a dance troupe on Friday nights...

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<p>Adam Driver in Girls</p>

Adam Driver in Girls

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Girls' - 'Close Up': Those who can't...

Hannah seeks new direction, Mimi-Rose surprises Adam, and Ray gets political

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I'm the girl who gets killed in a Lifetime movie...

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Credit: Cinemax

Review: 'Banshee' - 'You Can't Hide From the Dead': I am a camera

Another technical marvel as the actors double as cameramen for a heist

I'm swamped today, but I got a chance to watch tonight's "Banshee" on my lunch break and was once again impressed with how the show keeps finding new ways to present scenes I feel like I've seen a million times before.

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

Orange Is the New Black

Credit: Netflix

Emmys change eligibility rules, but does that solve all the category confusion?

All 'comedies' will be 30 minutes, guest stars can't be in majority of seasons, etc.

As scripted television programming has both exploded and evolved rapidly over the last few years, the Emmys have seemed at a loss for how to keep up. What's a drama these days? What's a comedy? What's a miniseries? Who's a guest star? How can we make room for all the great shows being made at the same time?

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<p>Ben Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio</p>

Ben Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio

Credit: NBC

'Parks and Recreation': Ben Schwartz's memories of Jean-Ralphio

'I just did the scene with what looks like a small Jewish dog on my head'

With “Parks and Recreation” only a few days away from ending, we’ve been running a lot of stories about the show’s history, including Jim O’Heir recalling the strange life of Garry Gergich, and Mike Schur explaining the show’s weird recurring characters and running gags . One of those weirdoes was Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, Tom Haverford’s best friend and a monstrous human being. Earlier this week, I emailed actor Ben Schwartz a few questions about how he got the part, the origin of Jean-Ralphio’s hair, love of singing, and more.

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<p>The Odd Couple</p>

The Odd Couple

Credit: CBS

Review: CBS' 'The Odd Couple' remake feels even older than the source material

Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon are trapped in a museum piece sitcom

The latest version of "The Odd Couple" will premiere tonight at 8:30 on CBS, a few weeks shy of the 50th anniversary of Felix Unger and Oscar Madison's Broadway debut. In the five decades since, Neil Simon's play has proved remarkably flexible, capable of working as a movie and a sitcom, as well as a play, with different actors as compulsive cleaner Felix and unrepentant slob Oscar, even at times change the characters' race or gender.

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<p>Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer as Burt Macklin in &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;</p>

Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer as Burt Macklin in "Parks and Recreation"

Credit: NBC

'Parks and Recreation' history, Part 2: Bill Murray, Burt Macklin & more

Plus talk of DJ Roomba, Li'l Sebastian, calzones, bacon, Duke Silver & Detlef Schrempf

Yesterday, I published the first half of a long email exchange with “Parks and Recreation” co-creator Mike Schur looking at the origins and evolutions of some of the show’s most memorable supporting characters and running gags. That discussion concludes today with talk of DJ Roomba (who came very close to never being a part of our lives), Li’l Sebastian, Burt Macklin and a lot more. But we start out with the first — and last — appearance of Pawnee’s greatest mystery man.

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<p>Annet Mahendru in &quot;The Americans&quot;</p>

Annet Mahendru in "The Americans"

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Dimebag': Phil, get off the babysitter!

Elizabeth and Philip's cold war over Paige gets complicated when he has to recruit another teenage girl

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as my tickets for Debussy's Symphony in B minor are available for pick up at the box office...

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<p>The Flash</p>

The Flash

Credit: CW

Review: 'The Flash' - 'Fallout': The fury of Firestorm

General Eiling returns, and so does an old friend of Dr. Wells

A quick review of last night's "The Flash" coming up just as soon as I order a pineapple pizza...

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<p>Parks and Recreation</p>

Parks and Recreation

Credit: NBC

'Parks and Recreation' history, Part 1: Perd, Joan and the other Pawnee crazies

Co-creator Mike Schur looks back on characters big and small

A few weeks ago, while working on my review of the “Parks and Recreation” episode “Save JJ’s,” I asked people on Twitter for the name of one of the show’s weirder recurring characters, the creepy, heavily-tattooed owner of Pawnee’s pawn shop. My followers identified him as Herman Lerpiss — and, better, pointed out that there have been a lot of characters named Lerpiss in Pawnee over the years, often with far more elaborate biographies than has ever been suggested on the show itself.

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