Ask Alan: Who is TV's greatest wordsmith?

Episodes without any regular castmembers in them, and a better title for Terriers
Ask Alan: Who is TV's greatest wordsmith?

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Happy Friday, everybody! Time for a new Ask Alan, where I discuss the rare phenomenon of ongoing shows doing episodes where none of the regular castmembers appear, try to untangle my usual list of TV's greatest writers of oratory, and respond to yet another suggestion for a better Terriers title. 

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Why it's a good thing that Fox has renewed 'The Simpsons' again

Homer and company will be around at least through season 30 now
<p>The Simpsons</p>

The Simpsons

Credit: Fox

Earlier this fall, The Simpsons aired its 600th episode, a staggering number of any era of television, but especially for the era in which it was created, when shows typically produced only 22 episodes a season. (The more recent 13 and even 10-episode seasons of shows shudder at the thought of making that many.) And now the show is about to break a record that seemingly seemed unbreakable: Fox has renewed the animated comedy through its 30th season, which will also bring it to its 669th episode, blowing right past the 635 episodes Gunsmoke produced from 1955-75. 

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Review: Adam Scott d-bags it up in another wonderful 'The Good Place'

The two Eleanors come face to face in "...Someone Like Me as a Member'
<p>Kristen Bell in The Good Place</p>

Kristen Bell in The Good Place

Credit: NBC

A review of tonight's The Good Place coming up just as soon as I try to eat without listening to hardcore porn...

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I'm loving the 'Addams Family' vibe from the new 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' teaser

“Well-read people are less likely to be evil.”
I'm loving the 'Addams Family' vibe from the new 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' teaser
Credit: Netflix

Jim Carrey played Count Olaf in the film adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. What will Neil Patrick Harris do with the role? If this new Netflix series teaser is any indication, blow us all away?

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GLAAD reports the highest ever percentage of LGBTQ characters on TV

Keep the discussion going!
GLAAD reports the highest ever percentage of LGBTQ characters on TV
Credit: The CW

GLAAD has released their annual "Where We Are on TV" report which looks at lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer characters (and beyond) in broadcast television. While their report on film this year marked a historic low, turns out there's more LGBTQ representation on TV than ever.

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Review: 'Rectify' catches up with Daniel's family in 'Yolk'

Aden Young sits out for the week for a spotlight on the supporting cast
<p>Abigail Spencer as Amantha in Rectify</p>

Abigail Spencer as Amantha in Rectify

Credit: Sundance

A review of tonight's Rectify coming up just as soon as I go to the big flashlight store...

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Review: On 'You're the Worst,' Jimmy builds a treehouse & Lindsay makes a choice

'Talking to Me, Talking to Me' is a well-balanced ensemble episode
<p>Chris Geere in you&#39;re the worst</p>

Chris Geere in you're the worst

Credit: FXX

A quick review of tonight's You're the Worst coming up just as soon as I try to eat an area rug...

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Honest Trailers takes on Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock, obviously

THAT RUN
Honest Trailers takes on Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock, obviously
Credit: BBC

Honest Trailers capitalizes on Benedict Cumberbatch's debut as Doctor Strange this weekend by going all in on BBC's Sherlock.

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'The Flash' finally discussed something that's been bugging me about the show

I wonder...
'The Flash' finally discussed something that's been bugging me about the show
Credit: The CW

Something has been nagging at me about The CW's fantastic superhero show, The Flash. I hadn't been able to put it into words until last night...just before a character did. Why aren't more metahumans using their powers for good?

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Review: Uneasy lies the head that wears 'The Crown' in great new Netflix drama

Claire Foy is the young Queen Elizabeth, and John Lithgow the aging Winston Churchill
<p>Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown</p>

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown

Credit: Netflix

"And, if I may: never let them see the real Elizabeth Windsor," Winston Churchill warns his young queen in Netflix's new drama The Crown. "Never let them see that carrying the crown is often a burden. Let them look at you, but let them see only the eternal."

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