<p>Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in <em>slightly </em>better days on &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in slightly better days on "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' star Alfie Allen on Theon's torture

What was it like spending most of season 3 strapped down and abused?

Alfie Allen has had a whiplash-inducing experience on “Game of Thrones.” As Theon Greyjoy, boy hostage of the Stark family, he was a relatively minor player in the first season. Then in the second, he had one of the most prominent, clear and interesting character arcs, as Theon betrayed the Starks to get back in the good graces of his cruel father, only to overreach (and murder innocent children) in his attempts to impress dear papa. And he spent virtually all of the third season strapped to a large X-shaped cross, suffering physical and psychological torture at the hands of the sadistic Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon), who ultimately mutilated Theon and redubbed him Reek.

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<p>Mindy Kaling in &quot;The Mindy Project&quot; and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in &quot;Veep.&quot;</p>

Mindy Kaling in "The Mindy Project" and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Veep."

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Review: 'The Mindy Project' & 'Veep' return stronger than ever

Various tweaks have enhanced both the FOX comedy and the HBO one

Television shows are evolving organisms, which is one of the most exciting things about them, but also one of the scariest. Mediocre pilots can one day lead to great series, and vice versa. Brilliant shows can abruptly fall off a cliff, and mediocrities can stun you with leaps forward. Characters can die, settings can be abandoned, and even genres aren't sacrosanct. You just never know.

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<p>Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti in the &quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot; series finale.</p>

Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti in the "How I Met Your Mother" series finale.

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Series finale review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Last Forever'

The series concludes with a variety of awful decisions that were likely hatched years ago

Well, here we are at the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," and I have a review of everything that went down, coming up just as soon as I post the Boner Joke of the Day...

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<p>Jack Gleeson as Joffrey in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Jack Gleeson as Joffrey in "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' producers Benioff & Weiss on approaching 'the halfway point'

At this stage, how do they balance the show's many characters and stories?

The job of running any of today’s ambitious cable drama series is hard, but “Game of Thrones” bosses David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s jobs come with an added degree of difficulty, because they’re adapting a series of beloved, enormous books by George R.R. Martin. So they have to mostly stay faithful to Martin’s stories, and that means incorporating dozens of significant characters, and almost that many separate plots that take place across two different continents, with characters sometimes spending whole seasons just traveling from one location to another. And because of the production logistics involved in filming the HBO drama in multiple countries, Benioff and Weiss say they can realistically only make 10 episodes a season. So even if they’re taking two seasons to cover a particular book — as they are with the third book, “A Storm of Swords,” which will span the third and upcoming fourth season of the show — they have to be very judicious in how much time any one story gets in an episode, or a season.

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<p>Andrew Lincoln as Rick in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Andrew Lincoln as Rick in "The Walking Dead."

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Season finale review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'A'

After a bloody encounter, Rick finally makes it to Terminus

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" season finale coming up just as soon as my hunger is a 28 on a scale of 1 to 10...

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<p>On &quot;Hannibal,&quot; Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) sports a familiar look.</p>

On "Hannibal," Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) sports a familiar look.

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Mukozuke'

Will reacts very poorly to news of Beverly Katz

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as my demographic is murderers and people obsessed with murderers...

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<p>Geoff Stults as Sgt. Pete Hill in &quot;Enlisted.&quot;</p>

Geoff Stults as Sgt. Pete Hill in "Enlisted."

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Why 'Enlisted' deserves better from FOX

Delightful military comedy has been buried on Fridays with minimal support

The fictional story told in FOX's "Enlisted" is about Sgt. Pete Hill, a super-soldier who's punished for striking a superior officer by being reassigned to a rear detachment unit, forced to do unglamorous work in a remote location far from the action that he cares about. But he's told repeatedly that Rear D is a necessary part of the Army and slowly learns to love his new role — or, at least, to love the company he's now in, which includes his msifit younger brothers Derrick and Randy.

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<p>Christopher Meloni and Connor Buckley in &quot;Surviving Jack.&quot;</p>

Christopher Meloni and Connor Buckley in "Surviving Jack."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Surviving Jack'

What did everybody think of the new FOX comedy?

I didn't publish a full review of FOX's "Surviving Jack," but I did offer a few thoughts on the show — specifically about the strength of Christopher Meloni's lead performance — at the start of the long Meloni interview I published the other day. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? How would you compare it to either "The Goldbergs," "Growing Up Fisher" or the previous attempt to make a sitcom about Justin Halpern's father, "Feces My Dad Says"? Did you enjoy the period references? Did you find Connor Buckley funny as the kid? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>The &quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot; gang in their younger, better years.</p>

The "How I Met Your Mother" gang in their younger, better years.

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'Slap Bet,' 'Ten Sessions' & more: The 10 best 'How I Met Your Mother' episodes ever

Before the finale airs Monday, revisit some great moments from the show's early glory days

"How I Met Your Mother" comes to an end on Monday night with a one-hour episode that will finally show us the eponymous meeting between Ted Mosby and his future wife, that will resolve the question of whether she's still alive in 2030 when he's telling his kids the story of that meeting, and no doubt tell us more of what's to come for Marshall, Lily, Robin and Barney.

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<p>Richard Thomas and Noah Emmerich in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Richard Thomas and Noah Emmerich in "The Americans."

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'The Deal'

The Soviets try to arrange a trade, while Elizabeth goes to calm down Martha

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I'm the Kenny Rogers of Haifa...

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