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Jun 23, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

What else can you say about the brilliant last season of one of the most spectacular TV series of all time? Well, if you haven’t yet seen The Shield, it’s all on DVD now, and if you’re a fan of high drama and cop shows, then this show is a must. More

Jun 22, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

It makes total sense for Buena Vista to release the first two seasons of Lost to coincide with Father’s Day. Though the show begins with a plane crash on a tropical island with many mysteries, its themes often delve into the chaos, dysfunction, and sometimes horrible personal choices made as a result of daddy issues. From Jack to John Locke to Kate to Penny to Sun, few major characters are immune to this trope; Lost creator J.J. Abrams, who directed the excellent Lost pilot, brought similar themes over from Felicity and Alias and even into his feature version of Star Trek. More

Jun 03, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

USA Network original shows generally do not suck. As the newest in the network’s character-driven series, Royal Pains does not suck, either. Mark Feuerstein plays Dr. Hank Lawson, who is dismissed and blackballed after a judgment call at his hospital that costs a major donor his life. After endless days of television watching and apparently not showering, his brother, Evan (Paulo Constanzo) drags Hank out to the Hamptons for a weekend break. More


Fox, May 19th at 9 PM

May 19, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

The etymology of the word glee is appropriate in discussing FOX's one-hour preview of its high school musical comedy that shares the title. Executive producer/writer/director Ryan Murphy shoehorns plenty of "entertainment, mirth and jest" into his Glee but its creators sense of the latter is what keeps this unoriginal series from being merely another high school comedy. Sure, there's a lot of material lifted from Election, Bring It On, The Breakfast Club, and Freaks and Geeks in this charming pilot but these misfit highschoolers (and adults) sometimes stand without aides. Murphy's work on Nip/Tuck is certainly more inspired but this one-shot preview, airing after tonight's over-inflated American Idol finale, gets more things right than wrong. More

Modern Toss

IFC, Tuesdays, 11/10 Central

May 09, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

The producers of Modern Toss, the odd, ineffective little cartoon/live action hybrid being deposited on IFC viewers, seem to have confused the fact that shows like South Park are both rude and funny with the idea that rude is funny. But irreverence, or simple profanity, is no substitute for actual content. Promoters will try to argue that the show is too edgy for some, but in fact it’s too simple for most. These are half-clever sketches, done in an admittedly creative style, that amount to very little. More

Sit Down, Shut Up

Fox, Sundays, 8:30/7:30 Central

Apr 25, 2009 TV

Fox seems to be attempting to lick Arrested Development fans’ old wounds with the underwhelming Sit Down, Shut Up. The live-action/animation comedy, reshuffled from a hit live-action Australian sitcom, is untidily sandwiched between The Simpsons and Family Guy. More

Feb 01, 2009 TV Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

Jill Scott is the central figure in this series, and its pilot was the last thing to be directed by the late Academy Award winner Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain). More



Feb 01, 2009 TV Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, returns with Eliza Dushku, an alum of both shows, for Dollhouse. More

Nov 01, 2008 TV Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

A definite improvement over its first season, Torchwood season two features more ambitious and emotionally involving stories. The Doctor Who spin off centers around a secret team of government agents who investigate the strange encounters that happen in Cardiff, Wales, which has a rift in space and time running through it. More