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My Emmy nominee predictions in all major categories: Here's what you can expect tomorrow

The Emmy nominations will be announced tomorrow morning, and you know who’s going to do well with multiple noms? Modern Family! Mad Men! 30 Rock! Boardwalk Empire! And what shows won’t get enough of the respect they deserve? Fringe! Justified! Community! But it doesn’t take a wizard to hazard those guesses, does it? So I’m going to take a much deeper dive into speculating on just which shows will fill out the nominations in every major category. Ready? It’s a long list. I’m pretty confident about these predictions. Hold your nose and take the plunge with me. READ FULL STORY

ABC's Fall schedule, night by night: 13 shots at greatness!

ABC announced it will launch 13 new shows, and the network needs all the new blood and experimentation it can afford. The network is stuck in two primary styles — the nighttime soap (Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy) and the family sitcom (Modern Family, The Middle), with Dancing With the Stars its always-potentially-wobbly sure-thing. (That is to say, yes, people will tune in, but their weekly commitment depends on each season’s casting.) READ FULL STORY

NBC's Fall schedule, night by night: Can you get a bigger audience by combining Playboy bunnies with 'Parenthood'?

I sure hope the fall schedule NBC announced today does better than the fall shows NBC has given us in recent years, because aren’t we all tired of making jokes about the latest Law & Order spin-off, fretting over Chuck, and reminding each other that this used to be the home of Friends, Seinfeld, and Cheers? READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation' and its wonderfully charming Jonathan Franzen-'Freedom' joke

On the first of its back-to-back episodes this week, Parks and Recreation made an impeccable joke about Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. It was all the more impressive for being (a) a throwaway line that didn’t call attention to its own smartness, (b) not a dig at Franzen or his novel, and (c) totally in keeping with Leslie Knope’s character. READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock' and 'Parks and Recreation': Two opposing views of the world in which we live

Season finales always have the potential for surprise. I was struck by how low-key, for example, Justified chose to close out a superbly acted season; I was a little disappointed that it withheld the pleasure of a good old Western shoot-out that would have forced Raylan Givens to give in to his held-in-check violent side and dispatch one or two of the season’s memorable antagonists. Similarly, last night’s 30 Rock surprised me for the almost bleak finale it presented, which  READ FULL STORY

One great moment each from 'Community,' 'The Office,' 'Parks and Recreation,' and '30 Rock'

Thursday night’s comedy lineup was full of good laughs and honest emotion. I’m picking the single best moment from four of these shows. Tell me if you agree with my choices.

Community: Abed’s description of being an extra on Cougar Town. Wonderful — truly: skilled and subtle acting from Danny Pudi delivering a long, nuanced monologue.

The Office: How about that proposal? The candles! Michael and Holly walking past the procession of office workers! Their reaction when Michael told them of his future!

Parks and Recreation: I’m tempted just to hand it to the “German muffin,” but Tom’s kickin’-it camping tent/entertainment center wins.

30 Rock: The walk-‘n’-talk scene between Liz Lemon and Aaron Sorkin–brilliant.

(Oh, and P.S.: NBC is managing to make me hate The Voice even before it begins by running those horrible, taking-up-the-lower-quarter-of-the-screen ads with the likes of Christina Aguilera.)

Agree? Disagree?

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'Parks and Recreation' review: Why 'Harvest Festival' got to the heart of this show

If one episode can sum up why a series is first-rate, Thursday night’s “Harvest Festival” was the one for Parks and Recreation. Which is odd, in a way, because it was an atypical half-hour, taking place primarily outside of the Parks and Rec office where much of the show’s comedic drama usually occurs. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation': Your (almost) spoiler-free preview of the new season

The new, third season of Parks and Recreation starts Jan. 20. I’ve watched the first few episodes, and am here to tell you it’s going to be a terrific one. Get ready for Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope to take on Rob Lowe, the Twilight books, and the flu, as well as making a great Scott Bakula/Quantum Leap joke.

Clearly, the new season has accepted the challenge of making READ FULL STORY

Golden Globes TV nominations: 'The Walking Dead'! 'Boardwalk Empire'! Other surprises and disappointments!

The Golden Globes TV nominations found room for zombies and bootleggers this year, as The Walking Dead and Boardwalk Empire were among the new names on the television list. The biggest loser: Lost.

In keeping with a tradition of rewarding HBO shows, Boardwalk Empire‘s nominations included Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald as well as the show itself. More surprising was the inclusion of The Walking Dead, which despite its late-in-the-year premiere and a mere half-dozen episodes managed to impress the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Other newcomers included READ FULL STORY

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

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