<p>Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio and <span class="st">Stephanie Beatriz in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;<br />
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Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio and Stephanie Beatriz in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

What did everybody think of the new FOX sitcom?

I published my review of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those who watched the new FOX sitcom tonight from the "Parks and Recreation" guys, what did you think? Did you buy Andy Samberg as a cop, and like him in a relatively human role, or did you find his character too smug? How did you feel Andre Braugher did in a 100% comedy setting? Outside of those two and Terry Crews, did any of the supporting characters make an immediate impression on you? Did you laugh? And will you watch again? 

I intend to cover this show regularly, whether on its own or in a round-up with "New Girl" and any other Tuesday comedies I stick with. As I said yesterday, it's not great yet, but I see a lot of potential (and laughed at various bits like the "SNL" cameo, "Detective Terrible Detective" and Braugher's response to the robot voice), and in general I trust Mike Schur when it comes to fine-tuning a comedy with good raw material.

<p>Seth Green and Peter Riegert in &quot;Dads.&quot;</p>

Seth Green and Peter Riegert in "Dads."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Dads'

What did everybody think of the new FOX sitcom from Seth MacFarlane and friends?

Still recovering from my appendectomy (a lot of what's being published on the blog this week was written well in advance), which meant I wasn't able to do a full review of FOX's "Dads" in advance of tonight's premiere. I'll say that while the Seth MacFarlane brand of humor can translate into live action at times ("Ted"), for the most part there are things that Peter Griffin or Quagmire can get away with saying that Peter Riegert or Martin Mull can't without seeming really really nasty. And by putting MacFarlane humor into a multi-cam sitcom format, you get the studio audience hooting and cheering their approval whenever one of the dads says something inappropriate, which undercuts the producers' arguments that they are not necessarily endorsing these things.

The whole thing's such a mess that FOX wound up running one of the stranger "pay no attention to the critics" ads I've ever seen (which Fienberg wrote about at length yesterday) to deal with the harsh advance buzz. Now the thing's aired, so what did you all think? Did it live up/down to all the negative commentary? Did it seem not worth the fuss? Will you watch again?

<p>Against so many &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;men, does &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;co-star Adam Driver have a shot?</p>

Against so many "Modern Family" men, does "Girls" co-star Adam Driver have a shot?

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Emmys 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actor for Comedy/Drama

Can Jonathan Banks beat co-star Aaron Paul? And which 'Modern Family' man will be feted this year?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

Next up, we're dealing with the comedy and drama supporting actor categories. The former is dominated as usual by "Modern Family" men, albeit not quite as dominated as the last few years, while the latter features four former Emmy winners (albeit only two of them for their current roles).

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<p>Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane in &quot;Sleepy Hollow.&quot;</p>

Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane in "Sleepy Hollow."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Sleepy Hollow' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the crazy new FOX drama?

On Friday, I published my review of "Sleepy Hollow." Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Too crazy, not crazy enough, just right? Did you enjoy Tom Mison and/or Nicole Beharie? How did you feel about how Clancy Brown and John Cho were used? Does the mythology interest you at all, and/or does it seem like gibberish? Once you've seen the Headless Horseman pouring automatic weapons fire into a police car, how much stranger can you imagine the show getting? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

<p>Is Maggie Smith from &quot;Downton Abbey&quot;&nbsp;an Emmy lock again?</p>

Is Maggie Smith from "Downton Abbey" an Emmy lock again?

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Emmys 2013 Predictions: Supporting Actress for Comedy/Drama

Will Julie Bowen repeat in a seven-woman field? And can Anna Gunn beat Maggie Smith?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

Next up, we're dealing with the comedy and drama supporting actress categories. The former is one of a few categories featuring seven nominees due to ties, while the latter pits the upper-class wit of "Downton Abbey" versus the dirty meth dealings of "Breaking Bad" (among others contenders).

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<p>Andre Braugher and Andy Samberg in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andre Braugher and Andy Samberg in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Review: FOX's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' a fun police comedy

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The 'Parks and Recreation' team pit 'comedy McNulty' vs. the former Frank Pembleton

At this time of year, it's important to remind you that writing advance reviews of TV shows is often as much fortune-telling as science. We are usually asked to analyze the merits of a new series based on a single episode, maybe two if we're lucky, for all the new network shows. (Cable channels work on schedules that often have entire seasons in the can before they air; I have access to six episodes of Showtime's upcoming, very promising, "Masters of Sex," for instance.) So we can look at the pilot episode and say what works and what doesn't, but there's also a lot of mysticism and guesswork involved: Will the writers sidestep the five obvious pitfalls laid out for them? Can this actor do more with their character than they show here? Is there any story to tell beyond this episode, or is it all downhill from here?

All of which is a roundabout way of saying that FOX's police comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is one of my favorite new shows of the fall as much for what's promised down the road as for what's actually delivered in the episode you can see tomorrow night at 8:30. As comedy pilots go, it's not an instant classic — though those are far more rare in comedy than drama(*) — but there are enough promising signs, both on-screen and off, to suggest it can get there in time.

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<p>Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in "The Newsroom."

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Season finale review: 'The Newsroom'

The staff of 'News Night' learns its fate in an episode that plays like a series finale

A review of "The Newsroom" season finale coming up just as soon as I get the Allman Brothers back together...

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<p>Skyler (Anna Gunn)&nbsp;tries to protect Holly in &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Skyler (Anna Gunn) tries to protect Holly in "Breaking Bad."

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Review: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Ozymandias'

Things fall apart in the series' most devastating episode ever

A quick review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I sell that hideous crying clown...

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<p>Jeffrey Wright joins &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;as Dr. Valentin Narcisse.</p>

Jeffrey Wright joins "Boardwalk Empire" as Dr. Valentin Narcisse.

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Resignation'

Jeffrey Wright makes a huge first impression as Dr. Valentin Narcisse

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as

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<p>The &quot;Q&amp;A&quot;&nbsp;episode of &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;should do well at the Emmys.</p>

The "Q&A" episode of "Homeland" should do well at the Emmys.

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Emmys 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Comedy/Drama Writing

Can 'Q&A' lose? And which series finale has a better shot at the comedy award?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

Next up, we're dealing with the comedy and drama writing categories. The former has a pair of series finales going against "Louie" and "Episodes," while the latter has the episode that could single-handedly lead to another huge night for "Homeland."

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