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Why NBC's Thursday-night sitcom schedule is out of order... and how I predicted that 'Parenthood' move

The announcement that NBC is going to fill its Thursday night with wall-to-wall sitcoms made me look at that wall closely, and I notice a few misplaced bricks.

The 8-11 p.m. schedule as of Jan. 20, 2011, goes like this: Community, Perfect Couples (a new show), The Office, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, and Outsourced.

Community is having a fantastic season in terms of creativity, but READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' recap: 'I knew my Jimi Hendrix wah-wah pedal would come in handy'

Boy, one thing you cannot accuse Fringe of is doling out information in teasing little bits. Last night’s episode titled “6955 kHz” presented a large amount of information that I’d call an info-dump if that phrase didn’t mar the elegance, the inventive wit, of what we witnessed.

The hour began with quick scenes of three people, one each in Maine, New York, and New Hampshire, communicating via chat-room about a series of numbers, and just as they seemed on the verge of making a collective discovery about the pattern in those numbers, they suffered sudden attacks READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' is back and recapped: 'If I get ambered, just leave me in there'

As soon as Fringe introduced the notion of its alternate universe containing areas where people are encased in amber to prevent further disruption to its universe, it was inevitable that there would be a story line — or as proved to be the case this week, an entire episode, entitled “Amber 31422″ — devoted to the novel technique.

Early on, we saw two guys break into READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' recap: Shapeshifters, LSD, love, death, and lies

This week’s Fringe contained everything I love about the show, from LSD to the great villain Thomas Jerome Newton. The hour called “Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?” didn’t use its Philip K. Dick-shifted title as a coy joke — it really was about the dreams of shapeshifters, dreams and hopes which took a variety of forms.

The episode began with Peter and the duplicitous, other-world Olivia flirting in a restaurant in a time-honored way: By making up stories about READ FULL STORY

The Fall TV season that failed us: Are you hooked on any of the new shows?

All the new fall TV shows have premiered. Have you put season passes on your favorites yet? Have you been discussing new shows the morning after with your friends and co-workers?

I’ll bet you haven’t.

This has proven to be the least buzzed-about TV season in recent memory. Among people I talk to, within and outside of EW, not one network show has inspired passionate affection. Sure, most people who’ve seen Raising Hope agree that it’s funny. I enjoyed the pilot of Hawaii Five-O, but I can’t say I’m hooked. Ditto No Ordinary Family, which has possibilities as the show begins to balance its light and dark elements. But the one series so many READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' recap: 'Real is just a matter of perception'

In the alternating schedule of the alternating-universe season of Fringe, this week’s hour took place on the “other side,” where our Olivia has been steadily absorbing the memories of her swaggering counterpart. We followed a Fringe Division case all the way through the hour, about a man who can start chain reactions that result in death.

Most of the mythology aspects of the episode were front-loaded at the start of the hour:

So the Secretary/Walternate has clued in Col. Broyles (is it my imagination, or does Lance Reddick get more buff with every episode?) to the idea that he’s keeping Olivia here because she can cross back and forth between worlds, and he wants to extract this knowledge from her. If, in the meantime, she can be used to solve Fringe cases, so much the better, right?

This week’s episode, entitled “The Plateau,” was at once cool-looking, heart-tugging, and pretty simple, compared to first-rate previous Fringe heart-tuggers such as “White Tulip,” the Peter Weller dilly last season. In this one, Milo, who’d been subjected to READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' recap and review: William Bell sends Walter a message and 'The Box'

This week, Fringe was set in our universe, with the red-headed, swaggering, alternate-universe-Olivia using dyed blonde hair and a more sober mien to impersonate our Olivia. What a terrific episode it was, with a tremendously clever game-changer of an ending.

So, from the top: Pre-credits, we saw a family tied up, held captive while three intruders sought a box in the basement. Two of the guys doing the digging unearthed it, and couldn’t resist opening what they’d been hired to find and bring back to their employer. Bad idea: They went all stiff, their eyes turned READ FULL STORY

'Fringe' season premiere review: 'She's our Olivia now'

Grace be unto you and peace, Fringe admirers, Cortexi-fans, and Frewbies; the third season of the great parallel-universe saga has finally made itself manifest. The episode entitled “Olivia” was both superb and surprising. After last season’s slam-bang, two-part “Over There” finale, I expected the producers to do one of two things: offer either another sinuous sensory overload to match that finale, or a let’s-build-our-base, Beginner’s Guide to Fringe catch-up episode.

Instead, we got something different: a READ FULL STORY

Exclusive 'Fringe' first look: 'Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys?' Clues here...

The anticipation for the third season of Fringe just keeps increasing; I don’t know about you, but Sept. 23 can’t come quickly enough for me. The Fringe folks were kind (and devilishly teasing) enough to send us this preview of READ FULL STORY

Emmy predictions: Here's who'll win best drama and comedy series

If you are engaged in a little friendly competition with your friends about who’ll take home two of the biggest prizes during this Sunday’s Emmy awards, you’ve come to the right place. I think I’ve figured out who’s going to win. See if you agree with me.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Breaking Bad
Dexter
The Good Wife
Lost
Mad Men
True Blood

Will win Lost. I think READ FULL STORY

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