<p>John Goodman, Clark Johnson and friends in Amazon's &quot;Alpha House.&quot;</p>

John Goodman, Clark Johnson and friends in Amazon's "Alpha House."

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Binge or hold? Amazon tries both with 'Alpha House'

John Goodman political comedy will debut with three episodes at once, then go weekly

Back in the spring, Amazon tried to find a solution to the TV business' broken series development process by crowd-sourcing reaction to a group of new comedy pilots (some for adults, some for kids). All of the traditional networks do audience focus testing of their pilots, but not on this scale: all of the pilots were available to anyone with a good internet connection.  Decisions on which shows would be picked up would be based in part on how highly Amazon's customers rated them, and how many rated them, period.

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<p>Michael Sheen and Caitlin FitzGerald in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Michael Sheen and Caitlin FitzGerald in "Masters of Sex."

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Brave New World'

Allison Janney is fantastic as Mrs. Scully turns to Masters and Johnson for help

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I turn you in for 12-year-old library fines...

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<p>Rick (Andrew Lincoln)&nbsp;and Carol (Melissa McBride) on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Carol (Melissa McBride) on "The Walking Dead." 

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Indifference'

Two different road trips go poorly for Rick, Carol, Bob and the others

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as the color brings out my eyes...

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<p>On &quot;Boardwalk Empire,&quot;&nbsp;Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright)&nbsp;and Nucky (Steve Buscemi)&nbsp;go to the Cotton Club together.</p>

On "Boardwalk Empire," Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright) and Nucky (Steve Buscemi) go to the Cotton Club together.

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Marriage and Hunting'

Van Alden, Chalky and Narcisse have all had just about enough, thank you

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as Mr. Roebuck apologizes to me personally...

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<p>Claire Danes as Carrie in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Claire Danes as Carrie in "Homeland."

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'Still Positive'

Carrie tries to turn the tables on Javadi, and Dana decides it's time for a change

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I take a taxi to a CIA safe house...

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<p>Jurnee Smollett, Peter Krause and Monica Potter in &quot;Parenthood,&quot;</p>

Jurnee Smollett, Peter Krause and Monica Potter in "Parenthood,"

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'The M Word'

Kristina scores at the debate, Crosby hates his minivan and Amber considers eloping

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I tell you I'm moving to Europe...

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<p>Lily, Barney and Robin may be gone, but the bar would remain in a reported &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;spin-off.</p>

Lily, Barney and Robin may be gone, but the bar would remain in a reported "How I Met Your Mother" spin-off.

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Who wants a 'How I Met Your Mother' spin-off?

Does the world want or need an unrelated show called 'How I Met Your Father'?

How do the "How I Met Your Mother" creators plan to follow up a season misguidedly set entirely at Robin and Barney's wedding weekend? Reportedly, with a "HIMYM" spin-off.

According to Deadline, "HIMYM" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are collaborating with Emily Spivey ("Up All Night" creator and "Parks and Rec" alum) for a spin-off that, if picked up, would be titled... wait for it... "How I Met Your Father."

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<p>In &quot;The Returned,&quot;&nbsp;a dead girl comes back to life, but her family isn't universally happy about it.</p>

In "The Returned," a dead girl comes back to life, but her family isn't universally happy about it.

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Review: Sundance's 'The Returned' brings the dead back to life

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The French import series continues Sundance's impressive move into scripted drama series

I first heard "The Returned" described as "a French zombie series," which is inaccurate. Though people rise from the dead, they are as they appeared and behaved before their initial demise. Though all are ravenously hungry when they reappear, it's for normal food and not brains.

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<p>&quot;The Walking Dead&quot;&nbsp;has been renewed for a fifth season.</p>

"The Walking Dead" has been renewed for a fifth season.

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AMC renews 'The Walking Dead' for season 5

You can't stop the enormously-rated zombie drama

AMC has renewed "The Walking Dead" for a fifth season, in a move so obvious that AMC's president Charlie Collier called it "one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever."

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<p>Should &quot;Marvel's Agents of&nbsp;S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;&nbsp;be leaning so heavily on Brett Dalton and Chloe Bennet?</p>

Should "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." be leaning so heavily on Brett Dalton and Chloe Bennet?

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What's W.R.O.N.G. with 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'?

Bland characters, forgettable stories and a tenuous connection to Marvel

No new show arrived this fall with more expectations — or punctuation — than ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." It was a spin-off of the wildly successful Marvel Comics films. It had Joss Whedon attached as a co-creator (even if he wasn't going to be around much due to his Marvel movie commitments). ABC was so confident in the thing that it scheduled it opposite "NCIS" and built an entire night of all-new programming around it, under the belief that "S.H.I.E.L.D" would cast a powerful halo around any shows placed near it. It was going to be a blockbuster akin to "Avengers" or "Iron Man," drawing in viewers from all demographics — and enough of them who weren't already watching TV in that hour that it could stand on its own opposite TV's most-watched drama.

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