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Human Target

FOX, Premiere: Sunday 8/7c; Wednesdays 9/8c

Jan 17, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

The eyebrows of comic book geeks everywhere no doubt raised with the prospect of Fox adapting DC's Human Target series into a high-octane, 24-esque thriller. I was certainly one of the fans of the fun comic book series and graphic novel that centered on Christopher Chance impersonating his clients, while investigating who wants to bump them off. Fox's version is a wholly different proposition. More

Life Unexpected

CW, Mondays 9/8 Central

Jan 17, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

Slogging through the CW's pilots this past summer, the range went from blatantly derivative to gratuitously salacious. And then there was Parental Discretion Advised, now retitled as Life Unexpected. Do not expect another sudsy and scandalous CW staple like Gossip Girl or 90210. But do expect a higher quality program along the lines of Gilmore Girls and Everwood. More

Jan 11, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

You've got to hand it to Andy Richter: He really did try to go it alone after departing from Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 2000. After striking out with the high-concept Andy Richter Controls the Universe in 2002, he returned with another series in 2007, the comedic detective series Andy Barker, P.I.


Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars

(BBC America, Saturday, December 19, 9/8 Central)

Dec 18, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

"Don't drink the water, don't even touch it, not one drop" warns one character in The Waters of Mars, which returns Doctor Who to form after the last two good, but not great, special episodes (The Next Doctor and Planet of the Dead). The welcome dark tone is driven by a moral dilemma faced by The Doctor, one specific to time travelers. It's rare to find The Doctor so indecisive, so reluctant to step in, and David Tennant plays the character with the complexity and gusto we've come to expect since he took over the mantle of the long-running and iconic character in 2005. This is the last of three episodes to star Tennant as The Doctor before Matt Smith takes over the part next year and The Waters of Mars reminds viewers why he's a fan-favorite and how much he'll be missed. More

Nov 18, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

Tonight's final two segments of The Prisoner will provide endpoints for each of the major storylines, give the history and function of the Rovers, as well as reveal the location and true nature of the Village. More

Nov 17, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

Things get a whole lot weirder in the second night of The Prisoner as the ruminations on paranoia, betrayal, family, desire, and dreams become both subtler and more jarring. More

Nov 14, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

AMC's three-night, six-episode, miniseries remake of Patrick McGoohan and George Markstein's late 1960s touchstone is the first true television event of the season. And, thankfully, it gets off to a strong start. More

Nov 04, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

Since we're possibly nearing the end of the DVD/physical media format, studios are emptying their vaults to try to get a last grab of cash before we transition to watching everything with memory implants. And when it comes to comic books and how they occupy a huge chunk of popular culture, no stone is left unturned. This animated 13-episode run of Superman from the late 1980s is an example of something that probably should have been forgotten but has been resurfaced to wrestle dollars from completists. More

Nov 03, 2009 TV Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

V was a beloved '80s miniseries and series about an alien race that comes to Earth preaching peace but hiding darker motives (and lizard-like bodies under their fake human skin). ABC's remake is faithful in premise and slicker in presentation. More