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Dec 20, 2010 TV HBO

World War II veterans who fought in the Pacific theater finally get their time in the spotlight with HBO’s The Pacific. When Americans depict WWII in films, TV, or video games, we often gloss over the fact that thousands of soldiers died on the Pacific islands. We rush straight to Nazis, The Holocaust, D-Day, and Pearl Harbor. These pivotal events are at the forefront of our knowledge of The Greatest Generation.


Dec 12, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

Carrie Fisher has lived an extraordinary life. Her likeness has appeared on a U.S. postage stamp. Paul Simon has written songs about her. Her second husband revealed that he was gay after they had a child together, and five years ago, a gay Republican operative died in her bed.


Dec 01, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

Much of Psych’s humor is centered on references to the ’80s and early ’90s, so it’s no surprise that the show about fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer (played by James Roday) and his partner Burton ‘Gus’ Guster (played by Dulé Hill) would spend a whole episode paying homage to cult classic TV show Twin Peaks (which ran from 1990-1991).


Oct 26, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

There’s no reason to review the sixth season of Lost as a home video release for two reasons: if you’ve watched the first five seasons of Lost, you’ve already seen the sixth season and have probably already made up your mind about how you feel regarding the way things panned out. If you haven’t seen the first five seasons (and really, you should see all five if you’re in it for the long haul), then there’s absolutely no reason you should pick up this disc. Nothing will make sense. It barely does either way.


Oct 07, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town didn’t put him on the covers of Time and Newsweek; 1975’s Born to Run did. Darkness didn’t give him his first Top 10 single; 1980’s The River did with “Hungry Heart.” Darkness didn’t inspire a tribute album, as 1982’s Nebraska did. And these days, indie artists are more apt to cover songs from Springsteen’s 1984 blockbuster Born in the U.S.A. than anything from Darkness. So why is an hour-and-a-half documentary on the making of Darkness on the Edge of Town premiering on HBO tonight?


Oct 01, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

In the first seconds of this new IFC comedy, the character Todd Margaret looks thoroughly beaten as he sits, shackled, in a British courtroom while his charges are being read: “Funding a terrorist organization, possession of biological weapons, blackmail, possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute…”


The Simpsons: The Complete Thirteenth Season DVD/Blu-ray

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Sep 30, 2010 TV Matt Groening

Most longtime fans of The Simpsons believe the show is past its prime after being on the air for 22 seasons. Haziness comes when the topic of “when” the decline started comes up. All things considered, season 13 is a tipping point that can’t be ignored.


Sep 27, 2010 TV ABC

When we first meet the Powells, their familial foundation is crumbling. After 16 years of marriage, Jim and Stephanie’s relationship is on the rocks. That changes with an impulsive trip to Brazil, and a plane crash into a phosphorescent Amazon River.


Sep 24, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

The funniest show on television returns for a second season in an entirely new place: The return of Kenny Powers opens with the former major league pitcher in Mexico, having run away from the woman of his dreams.Eastbound creators Jody Hill, Ben Best, and Danny McBride have found some new magic south of the border, and they let Powers enjoy all the drugs, booze, and racism he can possibly stomach, then let him puke and rally for more.