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Filed Under:Entertainment / Television
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Archived Since:June 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Roseanne's Nuts reviewed: Roseanne Barr's new reality series is the second-worst show on television.

The new worst show on television debuted Wednesday night on Lifetime—Dance Moms, an ugly docu-circus featuring a megaton bully of a Pittsburgh dance instructor, the little princesses she costumes as lunatic street whores, and a quorum...Show More Summary

Alphas reviewed: David Strathairn stars in a new superhero show.

Alphas (Syfy, Mondays at 10 p.m. ET) stars David Strathairn as one Dr. Lee Rosen, who, in any fair ranking of the directors of leagues of extraordinary ladies and gentlemen, would fall below Professor X but well above most schoolmarms attending to gifted and talented classes. Show More Summary

The Nine Lives of Chloe King reviewed: A teenage girl (Skyler Samuels) discovers that she belongs to a race of cat people.

Based on a series of novels by Liz Braswell, The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET) continues its network's fine tradition of demolishing the distinction between adolescent wish fulfillment and adult fantasy about teen life. Show More Summary

The Canadian Wire: Watch Intelligence soon, OK?

If one experience prepared me to enjoy the Vancouver crime series Intelligence, it was a Toronto wedding I attended several years ago, where the groom's father, a kind and soft-spoken lawyer embarking on a second career as a history teacher, digressed from the ceremonial pleasantries to remind me that, in the War of 1812, Canada humiliated her American invaders.[more...]

Necessary Roughness reviewed: A fine summer show combining therapy, pro football, and Long Island.

The USA Network continues its successful run of producing featherweight hour-long entertainments--more a gambol than a run, really--with Necessary Roughness (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET). Light as foamed skim milk and tasty as almond syrup,...Show More Summary

Countdown With Keith Olbermann reviewed: Can he pull off nonannoying liberal television?

The nightly introduction to the new Countdown With Keith Olbermann (weeknights at 8 p.m. ET)—which debuted this week on Current TV, five months after its host's departure from MSNBC—prompts one important question: Why are you yelling? I'm right here. Show More Summary

Wilfred reviewed: Elijah Wood in a surreal comedy about a depressed lawyer and a talking stoner dog.

The title character of Wilfred (FX, Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET) is a dog. Though I have sat raptly through the Australian comedy series on which it is based and--somewhat less raptly--through three episodes of the thing itself, I am not certain what sort of dog Wilfred is meant to be. Show More Summary

Ice Loves Coco reviewed: The state of the American backside is strong.

Ice Loves Coco (E!, Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET) is a new reality show. It being that the program is above average both as a confectionary comedy about domestic life and as an artifact of our delirious pop culture, its title bears parsing.[more...]

I attempt to cookalong with Gordon Ramsay.

Always an innovator, the celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay last night expanded his repertoire of emotional abuse beyond raving filthily at the incompetents of Kitchen Nightmares and the ambitious masochists of Hell's Kitchen. The fresh harassment arrived under the title Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live (Fox). Show More Summary

Why I love the Rockette holiday show.

After a successful national tour in 2008, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is again scooting across North America this holiday season. Having deep faith in the Rockettes, I believe that whichever 36 troupers stride your way in Dallas or Seattle will give you their merry all, their smiles as white as searchlights and as generous as Santa himself. Show More Summary

Douchebags gone wild.

The New York Times sauced up page A1 of its Nov. 14 edition with "More Than Ever, You Can Say That Word on Television," an article greeted with such widespread ridicule as to achieve instant notoriety. "On many nights this fall," itShow More Summary

Glenn Beck's Christmas show.

Beyond his profuse talents as a hard-right media star—as a master of the paranoid style, a fear-mongering clown, a skilled entertainer basing his act on a deliberate misunderstanding of Enlightenment thought—Glenn Beck has a soft side. Show More Summary

Alice reviewed.

(Notice: In July, the Sci Fi Channel rebranded itself as Syfy. This writer joins the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in boycotting this unsupportable offense against orthography.)[more...]

Food television shows: MasterChef, The Next Food Network Star, and Rocco's Dinner Party reviewed.

The publicity people at Fox, adepts at mailing out cheesy, clever, or otherwise notable promotional items, may have outdone themselves for aptness in announcing the new second season of MasterChef by sending an oven mitt that's as black as malice and composed of space-age plastic. Show More Summary

Teen Wolf reviewed: MTV updates the classic teen movie with more scares, more sex, and lacrosse.

Teen Wolf, adapted from the collective unconscious by way of early-period Michael J. Fox, will air regularly on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET, but MTV is launching it on Sunday, just after the blessed pseudo-event of the MTV Movie Awards. The...Show More Summary

4th and Forever reviewed: Can more drama be wrung out of high school football?

As the clock runs down on NBC's airing of the last season of Friday Night Lights, it's clear that Peter Berg's fantastic show has upended and imaginatively exploited any number of sports-drama clichés—and also inspired a few new ones. Show More Summary

Dynasty: Revisiting the primetime soap's surprisingly arty debut season.

1981 gave America its first female Supreme Court justice, its first test-tube baby, a resolution to the Iran hostage crisis, and, most important of all, Dynasty. At first only modestly popular, the series eventually became the top-rated show on television, and its excesses became synonymous with those of the decade. Show More Summary

Too Big To Fail reviewed: William Hurt is exceptional as Treasury secretary Hank Paulson.

Too Big To Fail (HBO, Monday at 9 p.m. ET), adapted by director Curtis Hanson and screenwriter Peter Gould from a book by journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin, is a decent movie with a stellar title, one catchier than MC Hammer's "Too Legit...Show More Summary

CW upfront 2011: Sarah Michelle Gellar returns with Ringer.

The challenge CW faces as the fifth and final broadcast network to deliver its upfront presentation is to find a way to stimulate ad buyers who've been doggedly overstimulated for three straight days without aggravating their hangovers. Show More Summary

CBS upfronts: Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen, 2 Broke Girls, and How To Be a Gentleman.

Compared with the upfront presentations of NBC (which is starting a gut renovation), Fox (which is tinkering loudly with experiments), and ABC (which is firing off a birdshot spray of 13 new shows), the sales pitch that CBS put together this week was quite straightforward. Show More Summary

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