<p>Karl Urban and Michael Ealy in &quot;Almost Human.&quot;</p>

Karl Urban and Michael Ealy in "Almost Human."

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Review: FOX's 'Almost Human' a formulaic cop show with a robot twist

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Come for Michael Ealy, stay for... not much else at this point

Science fiction has a long tradition of robots, computers and other logic-driven beings having more fully-rounded and beloved personalities than the humans around them. Among "Star Trek" fans, Data and Mr. Spock are more revered than their shipmates from Earth. In "2001," the only character with an identifiable personality at all is the HAL 9000. If you pick up one of Isaac Asimov's robot novels, you're sure not reading them for the well-drawn human characters. This isn't a surprise, since those who write and consume sci-fi are drawn to it precisely for the characters and ideas that differentiate those worlds from the one outside our windows.

That tradition continues to an extreme with FOX's new cop show "Almost Human" (it debuts Sunday at 8 before moving to Mondays at 8 the next night) where the humans are forgettable to varying degrees and and the robot is the only reason to watch at all.

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<p>John C. McGinley and Skylar Astin in &quot;Ground Floor.&quot;</p>

John C. McGinley and Skylar Astin in "Ground Floor."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Ground Floor'

What did everybody think of the new TBS comedy?

I posted my review of TBS' "Ground Floor" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched one or both of the episodes tonight, what did you think? Do you mind that John C. McGinley is just playing Dr. Cox in a suit, or have missed his innate Cox-iness? Did you like Skylar Astin and/or Briga Heelan as our young lovebirds? Did you enjoy colorfully-nicknamed supporting characters like Harvard or Threepeat? Were you bothered that episode 2 ignored Harvard's previous shenanigans with the fancy chairs from episode 1? If you're a single-cam comedy fan, did the studio audience laughter bug you, or seem to be at an appropriate volume? And will you watch again?

As I said in the review, "Ground Floor" gets better as it goes (the fourth and final episode TBS sent out for review was by far the best). In general, this isn't the sort of show I have things to write about weekly, but I'll try to check in from time to time over the course of this first season.

Have at it.

<p>Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope as Buttercup in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope as Buttercup in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Filibuster/Recall Vote'

Leslie fights to keep voters enfranchised, then waits for their results

"Parks and Recreation" came back from a short break with a double-feature tonight, and I have a review of both episodes coming up just as soon as I find some amazing new conflict-free paella recipes...

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<p>Say goodbye to &quot;The Daily Show,&quot;&nbsp;John Oliver, now that you've signed to do an HBO&nbsp;series.</p>

Say goodbye to "The Daily Show," John Oliver, now that you've signed to do an HBO series.

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John Oliver leaves 'The Daily Show' for HBO series

After his summer run filling in for Jon Stewart, his own show was inevitable

Danger! Danger! John Oliver has parlayed his superb turn as fill-in host of "The Daily Show" into a new weekly topical comedy series for HBO.

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<p>FXX&nbsp;has canceled &quot;Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.&quot;</p>

FXX has canceled "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell."

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FXX cancels 'Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell' talk show

With 'Biased' canceled and 'Chozen' staying on FX, what exactly is the new channel about?

FXX, the new FX spin-off channel, has its first cancellation: "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," as first reported by Defamer and confirmed by HitFix. There will be original episodes tonight and tomorrow, and the series will end with one final "Mixtape" edition on Sunday night.

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Firewall & Iceberg, episode 210

Dan and Alan also review HBO's Mike Tyson special and the new season of 'Raising Hope'

The

Time for a mid-week installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I review a new comedy, a new drama, a returning comedy and a filmed performance of a one-man stage show, all while opening the mailbag. And, once again, please vote for us in the Podcast Awards.

Warning: Dan uses a word you can't say on broadcast television (but can say on "Ground Floor") in the final listener mail segment.

The rundown:

"Ground Floor" 00:02:10 - 00:17:05
"Raising Hope" 00:17:10 - 00:30:40
"Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth" (00:30:40 - 00:42:45)
"Almost Human" (00:42:45 - 00:55:55)
Listener Mail - International audience (00:56:15 - 01:01:00)
Listener Mail - Singling out "SNL" for race problems (01:01:05 - 01:10:55)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.

 
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
<p>On &quot;New Girl,&quot;&nbsp;Coach&nbsp;(Damon Wayans Jr.), Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;and Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;sample some Chinese delivery.</p>

On "New Girl," Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.), Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) sample some Chinese delivery.

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Morning TV Round-Up: 'New Girl' and 'The Mindy Project'

Coach tries to whip Nick into shape, while Mindy has a sleepover at Danny's

It's (late) morning round-up time, with quick thoughts on last night's "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I say it with words and say it with the Ghostbusters thing...

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<p>Craig T. Nelson as Zeek in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Craig T. Nelson as Zeek in "Parenthood."

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HitFix First Look: On 'Parenthood,' Zeek and Sarah enjoy a snack

Coach and Lorelai Gilmore doing Whip-its? What more do you need?

On last week's episode of "Parenthood," Zeek Braverman was left home alone after wife Camille decided to take a month-long trip to Italy without him. Zeek and Camille's rift has been one of this season's better story arcs, but it's mostly been played for pathos so far. This clip (exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours) from tomorrow night's episode, "The Ring," suggests at least a few laughs are in store for Zeek as he comes to find some advantages to living life Macaulay Culkin-style, with some supplemental food help from kids like Sarah.

Enjoy. "The Ring" airs tomorrow night at 10 on NBC.

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<p>Briga Heelan and Skylar Astin in &quot;Ground Floor.&quot;</p>

Briga Heelan and Skylar Astin in "Ground Floor."

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Review: TBS' 'Ground Floor' a retro comedy treat

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Opposites attract comedy from Lawrence & Malins a reminder that multi-cam can be fun

Sometimes, when I suggest a show is aspiring to be "the best new sitcom of 1979," it's meant to suggest that the newcomer leans too much on old storytelling ideas that have outlived their usefulness. Some old ideas, though, get left behind through no fault of their own, and can be awfully valuable to the person who remembers to pick them up. When "NCIS" debuted, for instance, it felt like the best new drama of 1983, but for all the right reasons.

The sitcom "Ground Floor," which debuts with back-to-back episodes Thursday night at 10 on TBS, is the latter kind of retro. It's a traditional multi-camera sitcom, shot on a stage in front of an audience, featuring lots of punchlines and big physical comedy. Aside from a few uses of profanity — because it's a cable show that airs after 10 o'clock in the year 2013 — you could send these episodes back in time to NBC in the mid-late '90s and it would instantly be one of the better comedies outside that top tier of "Seinfeld," "Frasier" and "Friends."

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<p>Andy Samberg and Stacy Keach in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Stacy Keach in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Old School'

Jake tries too hard to impress a hard-boiled reporter from the '70s

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I choke a hippie to death with his own ponytail...

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