Ask Alan: Can a great 'Walking Dead' premiere make the finale better in hindsight?

What shows are ideal to watch on your phone? Will a streaming show win a best drama Emmy before another network show does?
Ask Alan: Can a great 'Walking Dead' premiere make the finale better in hindsight?

Happy Friday, everybody! Time for a new Ask Alan, where I discuss shows that are ideal to watch on your phone (even if I would always rather watch something on as big a screen as possible), predict whether a streaming show will win an Outstanding Drama Series Emmy before another broadcast network one does, and discuss whether a great 'Walking Dead' premiere has the potential to retroactively make that awful season finale seem better.

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Review: Ted Danson shines on 'The Good Place,' but the flashbacks can go

Eleanor gets to hang with Michael in 'What We Owe to Each Other'
<p>Ted Danson and Kristen Bell in The Good Place</p>

Ted Danson and Kristen Bell in The Good Place

Credit: NBC

A review of tonight's The Good Place coming up just as soon as I get you a painting of Frank Caliendo...

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David E. Kelley and Billy Bob Thornton mount impressive comebacks in 'Goliath'

Amazon presents an underdog legal drama from the creator of 'The Practice' & 'Boston Legal'
<p>Billy Bob Thornton in Goliath</p>

Billy Bob Thornton in Goliath

Credit: Amazon

In his day, Billy McBride was the best damn lawyer his colleagues had ever seen, a courtroom virtuoso and founding partner of one of the biggest law firms in the world. Now, though, he's an alcoholic who lives in a motel, works out of the bar next door, and is either a joke to those who only know him like this or a sad cautionary tale to those who remember his glory days.

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Review: Ben Folds crashes a crowded 'You're the Worst' funeral

A busy episode with great work from Chris Geere
<p>Ben Folds on You&#39;re the Worst</p>

Ben Folds on You're the Worst

Credit: FXX

A quick review of tonight's You're the Worst coming up just as soon as I bring some of my famous pork shoulder...

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The unnerving 'Channel Zero: Candle Cove' is a horror anthology worth tuning in for

Syfy's six-episode series benefits greatly from the talents of director Craig Macneill
The unnerving 'Channel Zero: Candle Cove' is a horror anthology worth tuning in for
Credit: Syfy

Last night I watched the first episode of Syfy's new horror anthology series Channel Zero: Candle Cove, and while it occasionally dragged in spots, director Craig Macneill (who helmed 2015's excellent budding-sociopath horror-thriller The Boy) managed to establish a quietly unnerving tone that feels unique to anything else on TV right now. Based on an internet "creepypasta" written by Kris Straub, the show created by Nick Antosca (Hannibal) is a little bit X-Files with more than a dash of Stephen King, shot through with Macneill's off-center sensibilities.

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How 'Halt and Catch Fire' went from imitation quality drama to the real thing

The show's creators look back at the end of their penultimate season
<p>Lee Pace and Scoot McNairy in Halt and Catch Fire</p>

Lee Pace and Scoot McNairy in Halt and Catch Fire

Credit: AMC

Halt and Catch Fire just wrapped up its third season — which we know won't be the last, thanks to yesterday's renewal for a fourth and final season on AMC. I reviewed the finale here, and I have an interview with the show's creators coming up just as soon as my apron says "Kiss the Cook" in binary code...

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Review: 'Halt and Catch Fire' looks to the future in its remarkable season finale

What could have been a great epilogue for the show instead becomes prologue for the final season
<p>Kerry Bishe and Mackenzie Davis in &quot;Halt and Catch Fire&quot;</p>

Kerry Bishe and Mackenzie Davis in "Halt and Catch Fire"

Credit: AMC

A review of the two-hour Halt and Catch Fire season finale coming up just as soon as I give you this Cisco wrist rest...

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Review: 'Atlanta' turns into a lost 'Chappelle's Show' episode with 'B.A.N.'

A fake talk show and brilliant commercial parodies
<p>Atlanta</p>

Atlanta

Credit: FX

A review of tonight's Atlanta coming up just as soon as I'd like to be as smart as a baby dolphin...

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Review: 'This Is Us' moves beyond twists as we meet 'Kyle'

The third episode suggests a solid foundation for the family drama going forward
<p>Mandy Moore in This Is Us</p>

Mandy Moore in This Is Us

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A few thoughts on tonight's This Is Us coming up just as soon as I tell you about the time I met Jason Momoa at Seth Green's house...

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' & 'New Girl' stage a half-hearted crossover

Jess pops up only briefly on 'Brooklyn,' and both shows do better with their regular casts
<p>Zooey Deschanel and Andy Samberg</p>

Zooey Deschanel and Andy Samberg

Credit: Fox

Some thoughts on tonight's Brooklyn Nine-Nine/New Girl crossover — and why it only occasionally lived up to the idea of being a crossover — coming up just as soon as we watch five full seasons of The A-Team together...

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