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'Community' and 'Prime Suspect' tonight: A video review of support, and a plea

Both Community and Prime Suspect are on tonight with new episodes. You know why I’m pairing them, right? Because come January, NBC is putting Community “on hiatus” to make way for the return of 30 Rock. Community is said to return at “an unspecified date” but NBC has “halted production” on Prime Suspect, which means it is effectively canceled. Community has been especially good in recent weeks, and, if it helps NBC and those of you who don’t watch it to say this, very accessible and audience-friendly while retaining its densely layered comic appeal. READ FULL STORY

'All-American Muslim' premiere review: A show that insists, 'Muslims, they're just like us!'

Where cable’s TLC is usually the Learning Channel that teaches us ordinary people, when placed in front of TV cameras for long periods of time, can become extremely freakish (Jon and Kate Plus 8; Toddlers and Tiaras), its new series, All-American Muslim, is determined to assure its audience that Muslims are ordinary, non-extremist Americans. That such a need even exists suggests a problem that the show is disinclined to address. READ FULL STORY

Tonight's 'Green Lantern: The Animated Series' premiere: Better than that Ryan Reynolds movie?

The Cartoon Network’s Green Lantern: The Animated Series premieres Friday evening with an hour-long special that’s a lot of fun for both dedicated GL fans and newcomers, thanks to the clever animation and storytelling of executive producers including Bruce Timm and Sam Register (Batman: The Brave and the Bold). READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation' move to ABC, after 'Modern Family': I had a dream; 'Fringe' was in it too: VIDEO

Parks and Recreation is at a high point in its creative life, but it’s not doing too well in the ratings. In my dream, it would air on Wednesday nights, move from NBC to ABC, and follow Modern Family. READ FULL STORY

'Beavis and Butt-Head' premiere review: Lashing out at reality; are you glad they're back?

They sit in judgment. Well, actually, they sprawl in judgment, their sneers at the ready. Beavis and Butt-Head may be the best TV critics ever, at least for a certain kind of TV. In the ’90s, they dissected the visual signs and verbal disconnects of music videos with the rigor of semioticians (Beavis and Butt-Head and Barthes). READ FULL STORY

'Prime Suspect': a preview clip and video, 'Parenthood'!

Prime Suspect is on tonight — it’s the best episode to date, “Carnivorous Sheep,” about a convicted sex offender suspected of kidnapping a little girl, with unexpectedly tragic results, as Maria Bello’s Jane Timoney takes the hour in a different direction at its climax. READ FULL STORY

Sheen says he 'adores' Obama, criticizes 'corporate America' for not 'investing back'

Describing President Obama as “still the only adult in the room,” Martin Sheen will tell Joy Behar tonight that liberals in Hollywood should hold back on criticizing the President: “Steady, steady,” he warns recent celebrity Obama critics such as Michael Moore and Matt Damon, “you’re talking about a very special man.” READ FULL STORY

'Prime Suspect' reminder: This is a very good show; please watch it tonight.

Prime Suspect is struggling in the ratings. NBC is doing the best it can to get people to watch, airing reruns on Mondays this month (i.e., tonight) in place of the canceled Playboy Club as well as its usual Thursday time period. Below is my recent review/conversion-experience piece. Make a deal with you: Start watching the show and I’ll stop pestering you about it, ‘K? READ FULL STORY

'Community' tonight: Don't miss this one!

Maybe you don’t watch Community. (Seems likely, since this very funny, smart show is getting creamed by Big Bang Theory this season.) Maybe you don’t watch because you think it’s too in-jokey and ironic. (Which is sometimes a fair complaint; in fact, I thought the past couple of weeks have been a little too obvious with the in-jokes about poor ratings and the obsessive mythology of the show.) But here’s my pitch: Watch tonight, because this episode, titled “Remedial Chaos Theory,” is one of the best episodes of Community to date, and one that gives any newcomer very clear delineations of all the main characters’ personalities. READ FULL STORY

'Last Man Standing' premiere review: Tim Allen's new sitcom, a home improver, or doomed to extinction?

Last Man Standing is one of those junky, by-the-numbers sitcoms I know that, as a critic, I’m supposed to dislike and put down in a ruthless manner. But I can’t bring myself to do it. When I look at the now-rounded softness of Tim Allen, and note once again how his sandpaper voice contrasts winningly with his hopeful eyes, it’s impossible to plunge a shiv into this series, which premiered with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday night. READ FULL STORY

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