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Fox's 'Touch' = A smoldering Sutherland, pseudo-religious hokum, and a 'magical Negro'new

TV networks have always had a weakness for mysticism, from The Twilight Zone to The X-Files to Lost.
San Antonio Current  |  Dean Robbins  |  04-02-2012  |  TV

Comedy Central's 'Workaholics' Doesn't Worknew

Basically, they're the kind of guys most of us wish would just hurry up and go extinct.
Boise Weekly  |  Damon Hunzeker  |  04-20-2011  |  Reviews

'The Confession': A TV Show That Doesn't Require A Pesky TVnew

The Hulu-only show fits more substantive dialogue into seven minutes than the entire DVD collection of Grey's Anatomy.
Boise Weekly  |  Damon Hunzeker  |  04-13-2011  |  Movies

Home Again: 'Parenthood' on NBCnew

Though it now bears a more-than-passing resemblance to ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family, Parenthood does quite a few things right. The cast, for starters, is impressive.
Weekly Alibi  |  Devin D. O’Leary  |  03-30-2010  |  TV

Playing Our Culture’s Stupid Narcissism For Laughsnew

Pretty Wild, E!’s latest effort to document the strange and beautiful life forms that inhabit the least-charted latitudes of Fame, is as real as a fake boob — which is to say it’s the most accurate and illuminating depiction of how we live now currently airing on TV.
Hartford Advocate  |  Greg Beato  |  03-26-2010  |  TV

Chef and TV Host Anthony Bourdain Dishes on the Food Scenenew

Anthony Bourdain turned his kitchen tales into a career, eating his way around the globe for Travel Channel audiences. It's been years since Bourdain worked a long shift over a stove at Manhattan's Les Halles brasserie, which still refers to him as its "chef-at-large."
Gambit  |  Will Coviello  |  01-06-2010  |  Food+Drink

The Year of Staying In: In Lean Times, TV is a Saving Gracenew

You've got to laugh to keep from crying, and in 2009, as bad news streamed constantly on the cable news channels, I valued sitcoms more than ever. Thank God there were comedies worthy of our time.
INDY Week  |  Danny Hooley  |  12-31-2009  |  TV

How to Save CNN

When Ted Turner invented cable news in 1980 with the launch of Cable News Network, he said he wanted the news to be the star, not the talking heads. It's been almost 30 years now and the monster he created is killing its creator.
The Inlander  |  Ted S. McGregor Jr.  |  11-24-2009  |  Movies

'The Prisoner' Should Make Us Feel Right at Homenew

Let's welcome back one of the granddaddies of the paranoid genre, The Prisoner, which has been revamped for AMC in an effort to keep us tuned in now that another season of Mad Men has passed. Verdict: Yes, we'll stay tuned.
INDY Week  |  Danny Hooley  |  11-12-2009  |  TV

Tears of a Clown: On the Glenn Beck Phenomenonnew

The ex-Top 40 disc jockey, recovering drug addict and alcoholic, convert to Mormonism and the National Rifle Association, is American popular culture at its most incomprehensibly weird and offensive. He's also a huge success, a hit, a phenomenon -- a star.
INDY Week  |  Hal Crowther  |  10-30-2009  |  Media

'Bored to Death' is Full of Listless Ironynew

Since HBO's genuinely funny Flight of the Conchords is likely gone for good, the network could really use some original programming with a goofy sense of humor. Unfortunately Bored is far too smug and weak-willed to actually be funny, but at least it's sometimes light on its feet and has few pretensions to profundity.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Josh Bell  |  09-18-2009  |  TV

What Happened to the NYC Teenager?new

The recent Bravo reality show about elite prep schools espouses a glam lifestyle, but as I remember it, high school was way more boring.
New York Press  |  Emma Allen  |  08-20-2009  |  Culture

The YouTube-ification of Public-Access TV in San Francisco is About to Beginnew

California has joined some 20 states in largely letting cable companies off the hook for funding public-access TV. Dozens of cities have lost their stations altogether, and in San Francisco, the operating budget has been hacked to a fifth of its former level. And the old cast of kooky cable programmers doesn't like it one bit.
SF Weekly  |  Lauren Smiley  |  08-12-2009  |  Movies

Two New TV Nurses Snort Percocet, Shutup Coworkers and Rail Against Lunacynew

While the truth of the occupation lies somewhere between these polar extremes, HawthoRNe and Nurse Jackie represent breakthrough television on multiple levels.
San Antonio Current  |  Jim McFarlin  |  07-22-2009  |  Movies

The Search for 'America's Biggest Asshole'new

This week in Boston, Spike TV held auditions for its new sub-low-culture program, America's Biggest Asshole. You're right -- all reality show tryouts are essentially auditions for America's Biggest Asshole, but this one is transparently egregious, as if the NHL re-named hockey "Kill the Man with the Puck."
Boston Phoenix  |  Chris Faraone  |  07-15-2009  |  TV

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