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Mixed Notes Thursday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: January 31, 2013

New today is my interview with Pauil Reiser about his return to standup, including a gig in Cleveland this weekend. And there is my review of "Amour," Oscar-nominated for best picture and other awards. This week's mailbag is here. And, if you missed the news yesterday, there's a piece about James Renner's novel getting a movie deal.

I has planned to write longer about "30 Rock," which ends its run tonight. Part of the challenge in doing so is that NBC sent out an extensive list of things it asked not be talked about, including some of the funniest bits. So let's leave it at this: The finale -- an hour of two back-to-back episodes -- is nicely done, with a number of callbacks to the show's past -- as well as a reference to series finales generally, so keep watching until the very end. I have gone hot and cold on the show, especially last season, but have been back more frequently of late, and enjoyed this wrapup.

Also tonight is "Do No Harm," NBC's reworking of the Jekyll-Hyde saga in ways that reminded me a lot of the British "Jekyll" -- which I also liked more than this new rendition. Steven Pasquale of "Rescue Me" plays a doctor who has kept his Hyde side at bay for a long time, only to discover that his preventive measures are not working anymore, and that his Hyde is interesecting his carefully Jekylled life.

Pasquale is good enough at playing both sides of his character, and the show has a decent move or two when it asks us to consider situations where we would be better off as Hyde than Jekyll. That said, I never really got invested in the series, especially not when it's up against "Scandal" and "Eleentary."

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