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Herc’s Thursday TV Talkback!! An Hour-Long LOUIE Finale!! New SNL PRIMETIME, OFFICE, PARKS, X FACTOR & GLEE!! Vince Gilligan On COLBERT!! Neil Young On LETTERMAN!! The Returns Of 2 1/2 MEN, BIG BANG, PERSON OF INTEREST, GREY'S & More!!

FX says “New Year’s Eve,” the hour-long season finale of “Louie,” featuring Amy Poehler:

Louie struggles through the holidays.

I'm impressed with “The Office’s” reclamation of the Jim and Andy characters last week, and the sense that the series is again headed somewhere interesting and significant.

NBC says of “Roy’s Wedding”:

Pam and Jim go to Roy’s wedding — David Denman guest stars. The wedding toast of Pam’s ex-fiance Roy causes Pam and Jim to examine their relationship for buried secrets. Dwight stubbornly protests Nellie’s mandatory charity initiative by supporting the Taliban and agreeing to live by their severe laws. Clark hits on Erin by dangling a fake newscaster job; Andy also takes the bait.

Scenes deleted from “Ms. Knope Goes To Washington”:

Tonight’s premieres:

Elementary (10pm CBS)

Grey’s Anatomy (9pm ABC)

Last Resort (8pm ABC)

Person of Interest (9pm CBS)

Scandal (10pm ABC)

Two and a Half Men (8:30pm CBS)



Thursdays, July 26-Sept. 20, 2012
(18-49 finals; repeats in grey; prior weeks in parentheses)
3.5 (3.1) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) The X Factor
3.0 (3.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) NFL NFLN
2.9 (3.1) (0.6) (0.8) (0.7) (---) (0.5) (0.5) (0.6) Glee
2.3 (1.9) (2.0) (1.6) (2.0) (2.1) (1.4) (1.4) (2.2) Big Bang Theory
2.1 (---) (---) (0.6) (0.7) (0.7) (---) (---) (0.7) The Office
1.8 (1.5) (1.8) (1.3) (1.7) (1.8) (1.2) (1.4) (2.0) 2½ Men
1.7 (---) (---) (0.5) (0.6) (0.7) (---) (---) (0.6) Parks and Recreation
1.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) SNL Primetime
1.3 (1.0) (---) (---) (1.1) (1.0) (0.7) (0.8) (---) Person of Interest
1.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Up All Night
1.2 (1.1) (1.4) (1.1) (1.5) (1.6) (1.2) (1.4) (2.2) Wipeout
1.1 (1.0) (---) (0.7) (1.0) (0.9) (0.8) (0.7) (0.8) Awkward
1.1 (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Grey’s Anatomy
1.1 (1.4) (---) (---) (1.1) (1.0) (---) (---) (0.8) Rock Center
0.9 (0.8) (0.8) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Impractical Jokers
0.9 (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Scandal
0.8 (---) (0.7) (0.6) (---) (0.6) (0.5) (0.5) (0.7) The Daily Show
0.8 (0.8) (0.8) (1.0) (1.0) (0.9) (0.7) (0.7) (---) Project Runway
0.7 (0.4) (0.8) (1.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) College Football
0.7 (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.3) (0.5) (0.4) The First 48
0.6 (---) (---) (0.6) (0.6) (0.7) (0.7) (---) (---) Childrens Hospital
0.6 (---) (0.7) (0.7) (---) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) Colbert Report
0.6 (0.5) (0.8) (0.8) (0.7) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) Counting Cars
0.6 (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Texas Car Wars
0.5 (0.4) (---) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) Braxton Values
0.5 (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) Conan
0.5 (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Real Housewives Miami
0.4 (0.3) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) House Hunters Intl
0.4 (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) Impact Wrestling
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Tamar & Vince
0.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Bret Baier
0.3 (0.3) (0.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.2) (---) The Five
0.3 (0.4) (---) (0.8) (0.2) (0.2) (---) (---) (---) Hannity

0.3 (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (---) (0.4) House Hunters
0.3 (0.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Lawrence O’Donnell
0.3 (0.2) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (---) (---) (---) The Next
0.3 (0.4) (0.3) (0.6) (0.2) (0.3) (0.2) (0.2) (0.3) O’Reilly Factor

0.3 (0.4) (0.3) (0.3) (---) (---) (0.3) (0.2) (0.4) Vampire Diaries
0.2 (0.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Rachel Maddow
0.2 (0.3) (0.4) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Van Susteren

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  • Sept. 27, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by Beau

    Louie Louie Louie Louieeee

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Why didn't the Office...

    by Dan

    add the new kids last season instead of mostly wasting Robert California? Spader was great, but too Alan Shore-like...meaner than funny... Glad to see Andy is back; makes for a terrible boss. And Jim and Pam are no longer cringe-worthy douchers. Not yet anyway.

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Elementary - why do we need this?

    by georgecauldron

    Tired of remakes of superior foreign shows.

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to new episodes of "Person of Interest"

    by jim

    Amy Acker on tonight?

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Samuel L. Jackson has a new video message for you, motherfuckers!!!!!

    by Michael Lunney

    Great new Samuel L Jackson video riffing on the children’s book, “GO THE FUCK TO SLEEP, which Jackson also narrated. “Say hell no, motherfuckers!

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    yea Big Bang!

    by katchoo67

    love the show no matter what the bottom feeders here have to say.

  • ...cuz this lame-ass shit is killing me.

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Purple Words on a Grey Background ...

    by DrMorbius

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Elementary.... why we need it.

    by Raptor Jesus

    There is NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH GOOD SHERLOCK HOLMES. Should we not have had bbc 'Sherlock' because we had 'House'? Should we not have had RDJ movies because we had bb 'Sherlock'? Hey, wait a minute, maybe I'm onto something here...

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by jameskpolk

    I'm the most interested in Person of Interest. The season finale cliffhanger episode was one of the best episodes of any show I've ever seen. We had our good guy trapped in a high rise with both the CIA men in black and the dirty cops squad stalking him. Meanwhile two different people are working to get him out each with no knowledge of the other. And Amy Acker.

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Louie's an hour long tonight!?

    by Shermdawg

    I thought they were just re-airing the finale at 10:30. It was just listed as two episodes without any info other than "Season Finale" when I set it to record. Thanks for the heads up, Herc.....gotta go set the DVR.

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

    That 'Wake the Fuck Up' skit is seriously the FUNNIEST campaign ad ... umm ... EVER! I have posted the shit out of it on Facebook ... The right can have Dennis Miller - we're more than happy to get Samuel Jackson!

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 7:18 p.m. CST

    I'm going through Archer withdrawal

    by thelordofhell

    Hurry up and make those computers animate faster........I want my Archer!!!

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST


    by Andrew Coleman

    Only bottom feeders and soccer moms watch Big Bang... Please go get laid or never return here again.

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    The Office was damn good tonight

    by Beebop

    Creed killed, as per usual. Also, Erin was ridiculously hot in that low-cut red dress. The most adorable woman on television.

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    I'm watching POI later. Don't spoil it for me.

    by kabong

    I'm getting out of here.

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Was Louie actually an hour long? My DVR only recorded a half-hour

    by pollaxt

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 11:44 p.m. CST

    I came here to ask the same thing

    by Chase Mitchell

    All the sites said "hour long" and touted the Poehler appearance, so now I don't know what to think. Were both episodes the same? I could see Louie pulling some thing where, in the second version, he doesn't see Liz and goes to Mexico.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Man Person of Interest was great tonight

    by Paul

    Looks like theres a new big bad, should be kind of cool seeing the hunt for Finch, wonder if its going to end after a few episodes of last for the season. It was great seeing Ken Lueng again since Lost. Love the addition of Bear the dog also.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 12:56 a.m. CST

    And about Samuel L Jackson

    by Paul

    I'v often heard that people resort to swear words ether because of a lack of intellegence or they are having a hard time coming up with something worthwhile to say. Sounds like a great chioce of endorcement.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Hey Amigos!!

    by MrLongbaugh

    @McGoo That was some seriously funny shit. Hope both you guys are doing well.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Hey Amigos!!!

    by Paul

    Hope that your doing well and are in good health. New Fringe tomorrow and Young Justice Saturday!!!!!

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:44 a.m. CST

    I'm seeing everywhere that Louie was only 30 mins tonight.

    by happybunni

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:56 a.m. CST

    IGN picks their Top 10 Fringe Episodes

    by Paul

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Nice to see Miles on POI

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Laughed out loud when they cut to an exterior shot of the warehouse, then we saw the guy getting thrown through the window.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Amgos!- thanks guys-

    by Michael Lunney

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 11:11 a.m. CST

    good stuff with louie and POI

    by Rakesh Patel

    good stuff. special guests galore on both. good seeing Ken Leung, dude deserves a regular gig. Amy Acker doesnt seemed to have aged a bit. ialso lol'd when that guy flew out the wind and the guys walked out with the dog behind. Poor Louie. the kids toys had me in stiches. pity parker posey had to kick it as well. rough stuff :( all this and new girl as well!

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Great episode of Person of Interest

    by jim

    Loved the quick recap at the beginning that tied into Finch's flashbacks. I think I'm done with Up All Night. Not nearly as enjoyable as it was last year.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Yeah, what's with FX shows (SPOILERS)...

    by Shermdawg

    ...killing off great characters this week? Opie was the only Son I honestly liked, and I wanted more Parker Posey on Louie next season. Kinda bummed.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Louie (SPOILERS)

    by Loosejerk

    I just don't get it. I kinda get it. Just not ALL of it. I saved the episodes with Posey because they were fantstic. Even his search with Sevigny was good. I wasn't expecting her to appear in the finale, so that was quite exciting....only to have her disappear almost as quickly....for good. Hopefully Louie will answer "why" in interview. I could see him killing her off to bring the viewer down to the level of sadness/hopelessness that Louie was experiencing, yet he really didn't have the reaction I expected. Sleep it to China. Maybe he rationalized her unexpected death due to her pre-existing medical issues. I don't know. Just didn't hit me as....right.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    POI is riding high. That was goooooooooooooood!

    by kabong

    Even putting a dog in it was good. <P> The fight scenes are crisply implemented. <p> Lionel Fusco is a delightful unwilling good guy.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    that louie was so fucking funny

    by jsfithaca

    that scene with his daughters in their 20s talking about how lonely louie was had me laughing for so long. definetely one of the best of the season. also great POI, parks and pretty solid office. those town hall meetings are always so funny

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Big Bang Theory: now the comic book story guy is gay??

    by MGTHEDJ

    BBT season 1-3: a show written by a 45 year old nerd who worked for Jim Henson while in his 20's. The girl across the hall is the outsider. Central premise: Nerds are weird, but smart, and yeah, horney. Surprise for the audience: when nerds do have sex with a woman they are really good at it. BBT season 4 to now: a show written by former douchbag fratboys and mean girls in their late 20's and early 30's. The nerds are now the outsiders. Central premise: nerds are creepy and annoying, especially the Jewish one who has a nagging mother straight out of central casting in Brooklyn. Surprise for the audience: Nerds are really homosexuals. When does Community return?-----later-----m

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    That should be Comic Book Store Guy

    by MGTHEDJ

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by MGTHEDJ

    And Amy Acker has never looked more beautiful. When the Aryan thung asked Reese "Who do you think you are" I expected him to say "I'm Batman." The warehouse window gag was brilliant in it's choreography. Now I just wish there was something good on Tuesdays besides Sons of Anarchy.-----later----m

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Er, mgthedj

    by Loosejerk

    "Season 4 to now:...Central premise: nerds are creepy and annoying, especially the Jewish one who has a nagging mother straight out of central casting in Brooklyn." So, Howard and his mother weren't introduced until Season 4? You pretty much have his M.O. since the beginning and now he isn't as creepy and annoying since bagging Bernie.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    mgthedj - NAILS IT!

    by Dan

    GOD I hate this show! It's like Nerd blackface... insulting and severly unfunny... Its writen by people who might know a nerd/geek, but have no clue what it means to really be up the stereotypes...use cliches... A nagging Jewish mother? Really?

  • Now she's on at least 13 eps a year, if not more.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Leonard told Sheldon he was annoying last night

    by MGTHEDJ

    Leonard never did anything that mean, direct, and "on the nose" in the first 3 years. Co-creator and head nerd Bill Prady would come up with a more clever way, sometimes using a character in geek-loved fiction. What really got my goat was the game of h-o-r-s-e from last season. They were showing them completely exhausted and not having made a basket? The better joke would have been they were tied after 2 hours because they had NOT missed a shot. The guys were using trigonometry and physics calculations to make insanely difficult shots.----later-----m

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Thanks for explaining "Big Bang Theory" to me

    by professorjack

    I never thought it was a great show, but when it first started I enjoyed it as decent laugh track sitcom. The last two years, however, I found the show just awful. Getting worse and worse with every episode. With all of them getting girlfriends? I was worried that I was just being a "too-cool-for-the-room" asshole because the show has gotten so popular. Glad to see that there is an actual reason and its just not me.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    The show to me says...

    by Dan

    because you are good at math and science you are a self-centered geeky, weakly ass. Sitcoms live and breathe on Stereotypes; have no qualms with that, but why not use the funny ones instead of the obvious...? In old days skirt-chasing alcoholic would be made to be likable (Sam Malone, anyone?) Or an ignorant old bigot you actually felt sorry for and rooted for him? Archie Bunker... Could you imagine if Archie was done today, the show would have to be on HBO... all effort would be made to make him edgy and hip... forgetting to be funny. Why is Charlie Sheen funny for disrespecting, cheating on and basically degrading women? That's all he seemed to do on that terrible show while an impressionable kid lived in the house... and then his brother is made to look like a skeezy stooge because he's none of that... Why is that funny?

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Person of Interest

    by severianx1

    Is actually interesting again. I had all but given up on it, but this new wrinkle has caught my interest again. I didn't even see last season's finale, but now I want to watch it. So either Amy Acker's character is just batshit crazy, or the machine is some sort of self aware AI, or maybe both. Either way it's going to make for some interesting viewing. Come to think of it, both Reese and Finch are a little bit nuts themselves, which is all part of the charm of the show.

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Tired of remakes of superior foreign shows.

    by thefreshestthing

    Stupidest comment ever.