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Herc’s Seen Tonight’s First New PARENTHOOD Since February And The First ANARCHY Of 2012!! Plus New SHIPPING WARS!! TEEN MOM, DANCE MOMS & COLLECTION INTERVENTION Finales!! The Premiere of BOMB GIRLS!! Kenan Thompson on Fallon!! Tuesday TV Talkback!!

“Parenthood,” which routinely makes me laugh and cry, is masterminded by the same guy who masterminded “Friday Night Lights.” It could be NBC’s highest-rated drama.

When we last left the Bravermans way back in February:

* Crosby married Jasmine after he tended to her marshmallow burn. IF you know what I mean.
* Sarah’s son Drew boned his girlfriend during the wedding party.
 * Sarah’s daughter Amber decided to go back to work with her almost-boyfriend, city council candidate Bob Little.
* Adam’s daughter Haddie got into Cornell.
* Adam’s son Max befriended another differently abled kid.
* Sarah got proposed to by a high school teacher.
* Adam engineered a deal to sell Crosby’s recording studio, an act that would make them both millionaires.
* Julia and Joel adopted Victor, who looked like he might be older than daughter Sydney.

NBC says of the fourth season premiere, “Family Portrait”:

The Braverman family gathers for a family portrait before Haddie departs for college, while Kristina, Adam and Max have a hard time digesting the new change. Meanwhile, Julia and Joel struggle to adjust to their newly adopted son's behavior and worry about their family's future. Newlyweds Jasmine and Crosby disagree on the spiritual beliefs they should teach Jabbar. Mark proves his commitment to Sarah by altering a Braverman tradition, while she attempts to prove her worth as an assistant to photographer Hank Rizzoli. Also, Amber navigates a new job at The Luncheonette.

Notes in the text invisible:

* The season premiere picks up about five months after Crosby’s wedding.

* City council candidate Bob Little is not referenced at all in the first two episodes. Did the election already happen? If Kristina is still working for him, this goes unmentioned.

* In any case, Amber is no longer working for Bob Little. (She’s hanging around handsome rock stars instead.)

* Adam and Crosby are not millionaires this season, but somehow $60,000 was still scraped together to pay for Haddie’s first year at Cornell.

* We learn early on in the season opener that Sarah did give Mark an answer to his proposal.

* Photographer Hank Rizzoli is played by Ray Romano. He’s back next week, a recurring player. I like his character a lot. Though he doesn’t really blossom until next week, he does get perhaps the funniest line of the premiere: “No, leave it.” Made me laugh.

* The “Braverman tradition” referenced in the logline was precipitated by an old girlfriend of Crosby’s.

* Drew’s storyline doesn’t really get going until next week’s installment.

* The episode ends with Haddie getting on a plane to New York. She’s not around next week; has Sarah Ramos has left the series? Or does the second episode’s cliffhanger bring her back?

* Next week: a face familiar to fans of “Big Love.”


10 p.m. Tuesday. NBC.

Tonight’s fifth season premiere of “Sons of Anarchy” sees Jimmy Smits and Harold Perrineau join the cast.

It’s a great ride featuring unexpected incident and an unforgettable father/daughter scene.

Series mastermind Kurt Sutter may cry like a little bitch every time this show fails to pick up an Emmy nomination, but he did some fine scripting for tonight’s installment.

Keep your eye on Kim Coates as Tig Trager.

10 p.m. Tuesday. FX.


Also premiering tonight:

Bomb Girls (10pm Reelz)

Go On (9pm NBC)


Last week's Democratic National Convention was a boon to MSNBC and its Rachel Maddow-anchored coverage, while Fox News ratings shriveled up to almost nothing.

Tuesdays, July 24-Sept. 4, 2012
(adults 18-49; previous weeks in parentheses; repeats in gray)
2.7 (2.8) (2.4) (2.4) (0.9) (0.9) (2.5) MasterChef
2.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (2.6) Hell’s Kitchen
1.2 (0.8) (1.0) (1.0) (---) (---) (---) Counting Cars
1.2 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) DNC NBC
1.2 (1.2) (1.2) (1.1) (1.0) (1.0) (1.1) NCIS
1.1 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) DNC MSNBC
1.1 (1.7) (1.4) (1.6) (1.4) (1.2) (1.0) Teen Mom
1.0 (0.8) (1.0) (0.9) (0.9) (---) (0.8) Dance Moms
1.0 (1.1) (1.1) (1.1) (0.9) (1.0) (1.1) NCIS LA
1.0 (0.9) (1.1) (0.9) (---) (0.9) (0.9) White Collar
0.9 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) DNC CNN
0.9 (0.9) (0.8) (1.0) (0.8) (0.9) (0.8) Hardcore Pawn
0.9 (0.7) (0.9) (0.8) (---) (---) (---) Top Gear
0.8 (0.7) (0.9) (0.9) (---) (0.7) (1.0) Covert Affairs
0.8 (0.7) (---) (0.8) (0.7) (0.5) (0.8) The Daily Show
0.8 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) DNC ABC
0.8 (0.7) (0.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) Face Off
0.8 (0.6) (0.8) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) Happy Endings
0.8 (0.8) (0.8) (0.8) (0.7) (0.6) (0.8) The Middle
0.8 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Pawn Stars
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) DNC CBS
0.7 (0.8) (0.8) (0.8) (0.6) (0.5) (0.7) Last Man Standing
0.6 (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (0.4) (0.4) (---) Chopped
0.6 (0.6) (---) (0.5) (0.5) (0.3) (0.6) Colbert Report
0.6 (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.5) Conan
0.6 (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) Don’t Trust/Bitch
0.5 (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Abby & Brittany
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Coma
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Flipping Out
0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (1.0) (1.4) Tosh.0
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) DNC Fox News
0.4 (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (---) (0.4) House Hunters
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Property Virgins
0.4 (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) Week Women Went
0.3 (0.5) (0.2) (---) (---) (---) (0.2) Hannity
0.3 (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (---) (---) (0.4) House Hunters Intl
0.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Love It Or List It
0.3 (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) 19 Kids/Counting
0.3 (0.4) (0.3) (0.3) (---) (---) (0.3) O’Reilly Factor
0.2 (0.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) The Next

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  • Sept. 11, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by jay2517

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 5 p.m. CST


    by Metroid_Fetish

    I'm better than you, by one.

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    cant wait for soa

    by jsfithaca

    itll be a nice appetizer for boardwalk empire this sunday

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Full Pilot for Last Resort on Yahoo

    by GeptaOO1

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    thanks, mcgoo. i read it and ur a GOOD man also :)

    by jay2517

    be well, amigo!!

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by jay2517

    .....DAMN U!!! if i could only count!

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    no prob, pa!!

    by jay2517

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 9:46 p.m. CST


    by MrLongbaugh

    You are all good guys!!! Hope your days were as beautiful as mine. The weather couldn't have been any nicer. Take care all!!

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Same as last week, there is no new Storage Wars.

    by RyaSKre

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Storage Wars ended their season a few weeks back.

    by Shermdawg


  • Sept. 12, 2012, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Don't know how they do it, but SOA gets better and better

    by Uncle Pooky

    Damon Pope: not to be fucked with.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 1 a.m. CST

    baugh...u still up for The Walking Dead cookouts?

    by jay2517

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Hey Amigos

    by Paul

    My wife checked out Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close from the library. Its actually a pretty great 9/11 movie about a Father who dies in the towers and his kid finds a key in hi closet and goes on a search to find the keyhole that it goes to. Its quirky, but well written.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 3 a.m. CST

    SOA is gonna be kick ass this season

    by Dkev00

    Tig about to go fucking postal.

  • So fucking good. Jesus.

  • Was the show merely an experiment? I'd much prefer a more knowledgeable host; and one not so intent on challenging those collectors to buy only vintage material. I started out very skeptical of the whole idea for the show, but came to love the showcasing of some of those nerd hoards. And nearly every episode, you could pick out the SDCC exclusives in fresh Warner Brothers bags. I really wish Sci-Fi would drop the judgemental vibe and start celebrating some of those amazing collections. The rockabilly dude with his drive-in movie posters and vinyl albums was just jaw-droppingly awesome; whereas most of the modern toy collectors were super-sad. Oh, and Face Off is the best thing Sci-Fi has done since Battlestar.

  • Love this show

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Okay...that was a season opener...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I have to say the last two seasons of SoA had left me feelings as though this was a show in decline, but last night's premiere was extremely high quality. The scene with Tig's daughter was quite possibly the most painful scene to watch ever produced for television. Certainly the most painful I can remember.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    And I agree, happibunni...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...the amount of plot and character development packed into that episode was just breathtaking. Don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't seen it, but the scene with the baby monitor coming after the lecture to Jenna was just beautiful parallel construction, especially considering the specific diary entry we got in the Jax voiceover at the start of the episode. The show devoted at most ten minutes to the entire construction and it conveyed so much. Just great storytelling, a whole mini-arc out of Jax tossing off a sentence of commentary about an old cliche, Jenna being told she can't be trusted with children, and a bandaged hand holding a joint.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Red Ned... it's Gemma

    by Uncle Pooky

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Should I start SoA?

    by I am_NOTREAL

    I think at least the first few seasons are on Netflix. I resisted Breaking Bad for years, when I finally gave in it turned into one of my favorite shows ever. From what I can understand, SoA doesn't match up to BB, but hits some pretty high notes all the same. With 2 little kids my TV time is fairly limited, especially adult fare...but I do love a good continuing adult drama and maybe SoA can fill the void a bit while BB ramps up to its final episodes next year. Of course I do have Homeland and Boardwalk Empire imminent also.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Uncle Pooky...

    by Red Ned Lynch my wife tells me every night we watch the show. Don't be sad when you need to tell me the next time.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch opinion? The first season was really good. The second season was very close to as good a television gets. The third season was the weakest. The fourth season (especially the second half of the fourth season) is much better than the third. At the show's worst it was still solidly in that second tier of the best shows on television. At SoA's best it might not match BB but it certainly isn't shamed by comparison.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Oh notreal...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...even moreso than Breaking Bad, SoA must be enjoyed outside the presence of children. Seriously. I've got a ten year old and a fourteen year old. I'm pretty liberal with what I let my kids watch. SoA...nuh-uh.

  • ...but the final product just doesn't taste as good as you're expecting. It's not bad at all...just short of greatness, though, and I can't quite figure out why. The scene last season where Amber's absentee dad sent her cards for all the birthdays he missed was great. But the show only occasionally hits that kind of high for me. I've always liked Peter Krause and Dax Shepherd is good in the show. Some of the younger actors are also very strong. I just don't know...I'm sure I'll watch this season but I'm expecting this to be the last year, and I won't miss it much when it's gone.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST


    by Lando Griffin

    totally agree with your Parenthood recipe assessment. The wife and I still watch mainly out of routine/obligation and when it ends I probably won't muster more than a shoulder shrug. Its certainly by no means a bad show but I often get the feeling that they are trying to hard to hit a dramatic homerun and it rarely ever works. My minor quibbles are the kid that plays Max is just annoying, the character of Jasmine has always come off as an annoying, wishy-washy shrew and every episode there are at least two or three scenes where there is a roomful of Bravermans all arguing and talking over each other. Every. Episode. Just seems like a lazy crutch to show "hey look they're a regular family, they argue and fight but they still love each other." We get it already!</p> Didn't watch the Parenthood premiere last night but did watch SOA and man what a great premiere. Really looking forward to see how the season plays out

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    SOA was fucking awesome!!!!

    by Norman Colson

    I didnt watch the show early on like my brother did, but i jumped in at season 3, the recap gave me enough information so it was easy to pick up on. Last night's episode was fucking excellent!!!! And the whole tig watching his daughter die was heart wrenching even for tv. I thought the shield was gruesome, I mean i felt for tig but tig killed this guys (pope's) daughter he had to know something like this was gonna happen sonner or later you dont just kill random people and expect no consequences! I felt sorry for pope too. he lost his daughter for nothing. but what was even worse was that tig's daughter was alive when they killed her. Damn. This season is gonna be fucking crazy!

  • more people need to watch it. always consistent. great writing, great acting.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 1:34 a.m. CST

    holy shit soa

    by Matthew

    that was an insane episode of soa , I think the best one yet, I get the feeling nothing will go well for anyone ever, no happy ending. I felt so bad for Tigs daughter, and Tig who killed the other guys daughter. I was horrified but couldn't look away, the show is nothing but tragedy now, no hope for anyone. How about Tig only went out for revenge that killed the ice cream eating frightening black gangster guy because he thought the 9ers shot up Clay, but Opie shot Clay because Clay killed his Dad, but not out of self defense which he lied about to the rest of the crew (Clay also gave the order that killed Opie's wife, the order carried out by Tig) I think I have all that right

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 6:54 a.m. CST

    I thought the scene with Tig's daughter was acted pretty badly

    by Monolith_Jones

    Tig's anguish was severely underplayed IMO, and it took me completely out of the scene. Good episode overall but whatever flaws SOA has ate still apparent. I just recently caught up with Breaking Bad and am also re-watching The Wire with my wife and after those two shows SOA seems like a cartoon.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    damn good soa

    by jsfithaca

    however, to the people saying the shit with tig and his daughter was the saddest shit on tv, need to watch the sopranos and the wire. can't wait for next week though that was crazy. what the fuck was that stuff at the end with unser?

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    just watched the preview for next week.

    by jsfithaca

    holy fucking shit

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    that damon pope is one sick fuckin' dude!!!

    by Jared Parker

    SOA is NUTS!!!!! FUCKING NUTS!!!!!

  • Sept. 14, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    I've read several people on other sites complain about Kim Coates

    by Dr Gregory House

    "underacting" during THE scene. To me, the initial shock of seeing THAT happen to a loved one would not be one of extreme rage (that did somewhat come later) but a more subtle reaction of disbelief, denial, shock, ect. The aftershock of what happened will lead to some serious shit for the duration of season 5, I'm sure.