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The Mad Men mystique
This Sunday is the premiere of the third season of Mad Men (AMC, 10 pm), the Emmy-winning show that made fans of good television have to figure out where AMC was on their basic-cable schedules.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 12, 2009


Mr. Peepers in Mumbai

Can Chris Kattan be a Bollywood Hero?
Here's something Chris Kattan probably rarely hears in real life: "In Night at the Roxbury, you were awesome!" Such, however, is the encomium proffered by two young Indian fans toward the beginning of IFC's somewhat random but not altogether terrible new mini-series Bollywood Hero .
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  August 05, 2009


Boys' life

Hung and Entourage measure success
The premise for HBO's new half-hour comedy Hung (Sundays at 10 pm) is so over-the-top as to be cringe-worthy: high school basketball coach Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane), divorced and broke, starts whoring himself to ladies on the basis of his giant schlong. I know: ugh.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 14, 2009


Going Mental

Fox's new psych-doc drama
Fox's new drama Mental (Thursdays at 9 pm on Fox) is House with a thoroughly likable doctor at its center, but it won't have half the shelf life of its predecessor.
By: DAVID KRONKE  |  May 27, 2009


Gag reel

Sit Down, Shut Up needs to take its own advice
The Devil's in the details in Fox's new animated series, Sit Down, Shut Up , but I wish he'd gotten more involved in the main elements as well — like stories.
By: DAVID KRONKE  |  April 14, 2009


Botswana beauty

HBO does Alexander McCall Smith proud
As any fan of traditional mysteries knows, a good detective must pay attention to details. And Precious Ramotswe, the founder of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, finds that truer than most.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  March 16, 2009


Interview: Joss Whedon

Cult of personality
When I first reach Joss Whedon — the director, writer, and producer who is perhaps best known as the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — at his office at Fox Studios in Los Angeles, it's about 9 am his time, and it sounds as if I'd caught him before his coffee had kicked in.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 09, 2009


Review: Dollhouse

Joss Whedon continues to fight the darkness
Joss Whedon continues to fight the darkness
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 09, 2009


Media misfits

News from waaay outside the mainstream
The series grew out of an excellent 1999 documentary directed by author Arthur Bradford ( Dogwalker ) and produced by South Park 's Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  February 09, 2009


Faking it

MTV's The City never gets real
if you were Whitney Port, the colt-legged, honey-haired, cow-eyed star of The City , you might not think that what Herman Rosenblat did was so terrible.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  January 06, 2009


Christian’s folly

His Own Worst Enemy
Two men. One body. It sounds like the title of a squeamish sequel to “Two Girls, One Cup.” But the good news is it’s just the premise of My Own Worst Enemy , Christian Slater’s foray into the world of crappy small-screen dramas that use a lexicon of jargon in order to sound “sciency.”
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  November 06, 2008


Secret-agent meh

NBC’s Chuck is a concept in search of a show
Though Chuck is programmed as a comic-action hybrid, it doesn’t do either particularly well.  
By: RYAN STEWART  |  October 21, 2008


Bad girls

Fashion deathmatches on Stylista and The Rachel Zoe Project
One of the accepted truths of the fashion world is that it’s utterly bizarre.  
By: SHARON STEEL  |  October 29, 2008


The good news

David Alan Grier fills "TV's black hole" with Chocolate News
When David Alan Grier promises that he’s “filling TV’s black hole” with his chocolate flavor, you know it’s gonna be good.  
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 08, 2008


Robot love

Terminator ’s wonder years
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles  is ostensibly sci-fi action adventure. It may be the best teen drama for adults on TV.  
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 01, 2008


To Hell and Harry

Hell Girl, The IT Crowd
American hetero pornography is, most often, a fantasy celebration of exhibitionist sluttiness, itchy whores on their knees, opening their legs, without a moment’s hesitation or a flicker of shame.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  September 24, 2008


I love the ’90s

The CW’s new 90210
When the CW did not send out screeners of the pilot of 90210 some observers took that as a bad sign.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  September 16, 2008


Sight unseen

The fall TV season flies without pilots
Hollywood writers are no longer walking picket lines, but their 14-week shutdown of TV production reverberates through the 2008-’09 fall season.
By: JOYCE MILLMAN  |  September 11, 2008


Science? Or fiction?

J.J. Abrams’s oddball   Fringe
“It’s not an exact science,” Dr. Bishop says. His wise-ass son Peter interjects: “It’s not even science.”
By: RYAN STEWART  |  September 08, 2008


Blood sucks

HBO does the ‘Southern Vampire’
With regard to this whole nouveau vampire thing, this revitalized appreciation for the undead, I should declare myself at the outset a more or less complete philistine.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  September 02, 2008
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