Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
Tim Allen returns to TV with "Last Man Standing," and while critics bash the predictable plot, some say the 58-year-old actor saves the show.

Last Man Standing: How bad is Tim Allen's new sitcom?

As critics almost uniformly pan the Home Improvement star's new man-championing comedy, others find a kernel of promise in Allen's performance

Fall TV 2011 : The List
Sorry, Free Agents, but you might be the next unlucky contender on the fall TV cancelled list, which already includes NBC's The Playboy Club.

The Playboy Club cancellation: What TV show is next?

NBC's critically reviled look at the early days of Hugh Hefner's bunnies is the first fall series to get the axe. Here are five more that could soon follow

Sesame Street : Opinion Brief
The new impoverished Muppet, Lily: Too "upbeat"?

Sesame Street's new 'poverty-stricken' Muppet

In an upcoming special, the kids show will introduce Lily, a purple puppet who doesn't always know where her next meal will come from

The 'Glee' Phenomenon : Opinion Brief
Heather Morris (center) delivers a "rousing" performance of Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)" in Tuesday's episode of "Glee," which some critics are touting as the series' best.

'Asian F': Glee's 'best episode ever'?

A poignant, but still hilarious, outing may redeem the show to fans who bemoaned the series' dip in quality last season

Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
Dylan McDermott plays a psychologist who moves his family into a haunted L.A. mansion in FX's new psycho-sexual thriller "American Horror Story."

American Horror Story: The 'scariest thing on television'?

Glee creator Ryan Murphy's new psycho-sexual thriller — packed with disturbing imagery and graphic spooks — seems to be the exact opposite of Glee

Fall TV 2011 : Burning Question
Claire Danes plays CIA operative Carrie Matheson in the spectacularly tense new Showtime drama "Homeland."

Homeland: The 'next great cable drama'?

In Showtime's new series, Claire Danes is earning raves as a conflicted CIA operative who suspects that a returning soldier may have been turned by terrorists

Fall TV 2011 : By the numbers
The 9.2 million viewers who tuned in for the "New Girl" season premiere would not have been enough to keep the critically acclaimed Claire Danes' series "My So Called Life" alive in 1994.

Why today's TV hits would once have been considered bombs

With 9 million viewers, New Girl is considered a success — but not long ago, those numbers would have got it cancelled. A guide to the ratings-standard shift

Fall TV 2011 : Best Column
Prime time shows like "2 Broke Girls" are already trafficking in explicitly sexual material, points out Gavin Polone at New York.

Why the f-word belongs on TV

The forbidden four-letter word is far less offensive than the risqué language already permitted on air, argues Gavin Polone at New York

Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
Tessa (Jane Levy, right) is the new girl in town and Dalia (Carly Chaikin) is the resident mean girl in ABC's "Suburgatory," a new sitcom either smart or unwatchable, depending on which critic you ask.

Suburgatory: Fall's most divisive new comedy?

ABC's new family sitcom sends up life in the cul de sac, and critics can't agree if it's among the best shows of the new season — or the worst

Fall TV 2011 : Winners and Losers
"New Girl" Zooey Deschanel and her fellow TV funny women come out on top after a big week of fall premieres.

Fall TV premiere week: Winners and losers

Following TV's flurry of season premieres and series debuts, a look at which shows broke out — and which flopped spectacularly

Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
Fox's new time-traveling drama, "Terra Nova," may include eye-popping CGI dinosaurs, but some critics say it's otherwise flat.

Does the $20 million Terra Nova live up to its hype?

The pilot for the Fox drama — rumored to be the costliest in TV history — boasts CGI dinosaurs, Steven Spielberg, and more buzz than any other new series

Fall TV 2011 : Analysis
ABC's glossy and glamorous retro-drama "Pan Am": As evocative as "Mad Men," if more superficial.

Pan Am: A 'Mad Men ripoff' done right?

ABC's new drama premiered Sunday night, offering a lush look at the young, independent women who worked the airline's jet-age flights

Fall TV 2011 : Burning Question
James Spader joined "The Office" on Thursday night's season premiere, but critics are still divided on whether the show can thrive without Steve Carell.

Does The Office work without Steve Carell?

The hit NBC sitcom begins life without Michael Scott, and hopes to prove that it doesn't need the Golden Globe-winning star to bring the laughs

Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
Minka Kelly (center) stars as one of three butt-kicking agents in "Charlie's Angles," a classic TV remake that some say is already doomed.

Can Charlie's Angels escape the remake curse?

Will ABC's update of the kitschy '70s hit repeat the success of CBS' Hawaii Five-O reboot — or go the way of Bionic Woman 2.0?

Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
Ashton Kutcher's curiosity-provoking debut helped earn "Two and a Half Men" 28 million viewers, but some critics credit lingering fascination with Charlie Sheen.

Two and a Half Men's record ratings: Is Charlie Sheen 'still winning'?

Not only did an astounding 28 million viewers tune in for Ashton Kutcher's debut on the CBS sitcom, but Comedy Central's roast of Sheen was its highest-rated ever

The 'Glee' Phenomenon : Opinion Brief
The third seasons of "Glee" started off with a bang Tuesday night, earning mostly rave reviews.

The 'fantastic' Glee premiere: Is the show back on track?

A witty, energetic, and focused kick-off to season three encourages critics who'd lamented that the hit Fox series had lost its mojo

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