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Link Tank: TV Blog Coalition Roundup for April 10-12

Televisionary is proud to be a member of the TV Blog Coalition. At the end of each week, we'll feature a roundup of content from our sister sites for your delectation.

This week, after thinking about a particularly shocking character death this week, I talked to former BSG and Buffy writer and current Caprica showrunner Jane Espenson and some other television industry insiders about the role of death on television today.

I had advance reviews of NBC's new comedy Parks and Recreation (and offered a Talk Back), ABC's new drama The Unusuals, NBC's latest police drama Southland, the return of Fringe on FOX (and offered a Talk Back), and ABC's new comedy Surviving Suburbia.

I also discussed the most recent episodes of ABC's Lost, NBC's Chuck, NBC's 30 Rock, BBC America's Last Restaurant Standing, and shared news about FOX's Dollhouse getting its episode order cut down to twelve (sort of) and Leonard Nimoy being cast on FOX's Fringe.

Elsewhere in the sophisticated TV-obsessed section of the blogosphere, members of the TV Blog Coalition were discussing the following items...
  • Buzz got to wondering about the TV shows that are sort of the opposite of guilty pleasures, the ones you don't even like very much but can't seem to quit watching. (BuzzSugar)
  • Not willing to let go of the show without a fight, Give Me My Remote dedicated the week to Chuck. We had special features, polls, soundtrack listings and viewer testimony. Did you lend your voice? Here's top hoping NBC orders a third season soon. (Give Me My Remote)
  • Rescue Me was back in fine form with its fifth season premiere. And as an added bonus: an Alex P. Keaton sighting. (Scooter McGavin's 9th Green)
  • In case you didn't know, Vance goes to the theatre a lot, and then blogs about it. He also likes to stalk celebrities like James McAvoy after the show. (Tapeworthy)
  • Sara was all aflutter over the BBC reality show Any Dream Will Do, which is possibly the campiest thing she's ever seen. Hear that Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber? (TiFaux)
  • Kate was oh-so-pleasantly surprised by Southland. (TV Filter)
  • Matt didn't love the premiere of Parks and Recreation. But he won't give up on it yet! [TV Fanatic]
  • This week, the TV Addict wondered if casting Leonard Nimoy in FRINGE is well, highly illogical (The TV Addict)

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