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'Friday Night Lights,' 'Lost,' 'Glee'...Are the Writers Guild Awards our dream come true?

I feel a little like the Writers Guild Award nominees, announced yesterday, were downloaded directly from my own brain. Or at least my DVR list. And knowing what I know about what shows PopWatchers tend to get all message-boardy about, I’m guessing you feel the same. There in the drama category are Breaking Bad, Dexter, Friday Night Lights (pictured), Lost, and Mad Men. In comedy we have 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glee, Modern Family, and The Office. And as if all that weren’t enough, we have the new series category: Glee, Modern Family, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, and Hung. First and foremost, I’m thrilled when any awards are smart enough to recognize the brilliance that is Friday Night Lights — a show that, by premise, could’ve been lame at best, but instead manages to wring tearful drama from grounded-in-reality situations every week that it hangs on despite its ratings challenges. I’m also thrilled when any awards are smart enough to get Lost, as well, which basically does the opposite — makes utterly ridiculous, barely comprehensible plotlines hit us in the heart (oh, Sawyer and Juliet!) despite their reliance on string theory. It’s nice to see Glee up for its first big awards, too — it’s just plain not easy to write a musical every freaking week and make it work, and while the dialogue and plotting occasionally gets heavy-handed, it still works — and ditto for Modern Family, the funniest new show this season. (Love 30 Rock and Mad Men, too, but even the Emmys have been onto those for a while.)

I’m a writing-first kind of TV watcher, so it makes sense that I’d like this list. (The awards, by the way, will be given out Feb. 20.) But what’s missing? How I Met Your Mother is the only one I can think of off my own DVR list — what do you think, PopWatchers? Was Grey’s Anatomy good enough? Did Gossip Girl hold up for you? Did FlashForward get dissed?

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'Seinfeld': A happy ending?

curb-your-enthusiasm_lLast night on Curb Your Enthusiasm, we got to catch up with the Seinfeld gang 11 years after they were rotting in prison and wow, it was so good to see them.

In the show-within-a-show plot, Larry David staged a Seinfeld reunion only because he wanted to win back his ex-wife Cheryl by giving her a part in the show. (Got that?) The Curb plot, which unfolded as rehearsals for this reunion show, was classical twisty Seinfeld: Elaine had a baby courtesy of  Jerry’s donated sperm. George got rich inventing an iToilet app for the iPhone, but lost all his money to Bernie Madoff. To add insult to injury, George’s ex-wife, Amanda (played by Cheryl Hines), still had her hefty divorce settlement, so naturally he wants to win her back. Oh, and Newman was there, too (still a postman). So was George’s mom (still hysterically shrill). Next week’s Curb finale promises even more details on the characters. Did you watch Curb last night? Are you more satisfied with this ending than the old series finale? –Henry Goldblatt

Curb recapLast night on Curb Your Enthusiasm, we got to catch up with the Seinfeld gang 11 years after they were rotting in prison and wow, it was good to see them. In the show-within a show plot, Larry David stages a Seinfeld reunion only because he wants to win back his ex-wife Cheryl by giving her a part in the show. (Got that?) The Curb plot, which unfolded as rehearsals for this reunion show, was classical twisty Seinfeld: Elaine had a baby courtesy of a turkey baster and Jerry. George got rich inventing an iToilet app for the iPhone, but lost all his money to Bernie Madoff. To add insult to injury, George’s ex-wife, Amanda (played by Cheryl Hines), still has her hefty divorce settlement, so naturally he wants to win her back. Oh, and Newman was there, too (still a postman). So was George’s mom (still hysterically shrill). Next week’s Curb finale promises even more details on the characters. Did you watch Curb last night? Are you more satisfied with this ending than the old series finale?

Sound Bites: Best TV clip of the week?

Why watch an entire week’s worth of TV when you can just watch EW.com’s Sound Bites? There are so many reasons. Thousands, really. But watch this anyway. My name is @EWAnnieBarrett and I happen to enjoy showing people clips of Larry David wearing women’s panties.

'Sound Bites': Your favorite TV clip this week?

This week, in an extra-creepy Sound Bites: Michael Scott can’t suit his way out of inadequacy, Castle pays homage to Firefly, Natalie Portman trips out on Top Chef, 30 Rock‘s Jenna spoils the secret behind Lost, and much more. Oh, and everyone gets to dress up for Halloween, even delusional entertainment writers who think half-baked Dancing With the Stars costumes are fabulous. Vote for your favorite featured clip after the jump, or nominate your own in the comments! If you have noms for next week’s show, email me or tweet them to @EWAnnieBarrett. Boo.

'Curb Your Enthusiasm': What was the cringe-iest moment last night?

curb-your-enthusiasm_lLast night’s Curb Your Enthusiasm was even more cringe-y than usual, right? Office assistant Maureen’s misguided choice in cropped tees was uncomfortable enough (Top o’ the muffin TO YOU!”); even I, a longtime fan, was surprised when the only somewhat-accomplished weight-loser ended up saving Larry’s life as he clutched her ample love handles from two stories up. Larry’s done the “bald people all look the same to you” lament before, but never in the context of a police lineup to prove that black-bald is as indistinguishable from white-bald as Wheelchair Wendy is from Denise Handicapped. And the pissing-on-a-Jesus-painting gag (literally, I am gagging) was pretty far-out, even for Curb. How exactly were Maureen and her hallucination-prone mom going to avoid drip-age or slide-age on that thing, not to mention evaporation (~shrinkage) on their Human Waste Miracle road show? And seriously? NAPKINS? Yes? Okay. I’ve been known to swipe stacks of paper towels from the EW kitchen. Gee, I hope no one is reading this!

Any scene with Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David just talking was the best, though, and as Jerry astutely pointed out during a discussion of the upcoming Seinfeld reunion, “What’s real got to do with what we do” anyway? My own favorite scene was when Larry and Jerry took so long deliberating who would have to scoot over in the diner booth and give up the “executive suite” so that poor Richard Lewis could join them that Lewis ended up just walking away. And whatever you thought of the Jesus-splashback fiasco, anything that prompts Larry’s line “I think every erection is a miracle” is fine with me. Let us know your own favorite line for this week’s Sound Bites in the comments or via Twitter (@EWAnnieBarrett) and vote below!

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