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May 12, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

In the case of Daria Morgendorffer, absence surely makes the heart grow fonder. Since MTV’s Daria finished its fifth and final season in 2002, the series spent years caught up in red tape regarding use of its original score.

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Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour (Season Five Premiere)

(BBC America, Saturdays, 9/8 Central)

Apr 15, 2010 TV Doctor Who

The Doctor is back and he’s in very good hands. Nervous Doctor Who fans can all breathe a collective sigh of relief, safe in the knowledge that, based on the fifth season premiere, Matt Smith will be a charming and spirited Doctor, and new executive producer Steven Moffat will bring a fresh and dark fairy tale-like whimsy to the show.

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Apr 10, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

Set three months after the ravage of Hurricane Katrina, HBO’s new series Treme doesn’t hang all of its drama on that crisis. David Simon (The Wire, Generation Kill, The Corner) and Eric Overmyer’s (Homicide, The Wire) know that the New Orleans disaster is already clear in their viewers’ minds. Instead of dismantling the heartache of the crisis, they pen a love letter to the city and its determined citizens. Thankfully, the series is rarely schmaltzy or heavy-handed in its agenda.

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Mar 28, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

Timothy Olyphant finally found a vehicle that made the most of his charm and talents in HBO’s lamentedly short-lived Deadwood, and FX and producers Graham Yost and Elmore Leonard intelligently cast him in a similar role in Justified. Based on some of Leonard’s short stories, Olyphant stars as U.S. Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens, who in the premiere, is forced to return to his hometown in Kentucky after shooting a criminal he’s given 24 hours to leave town.

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Mar 20, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

For those who have missed out on the first two seasons of this Emmy-winning AMC original, here’s the one sentence recap: When Albuquerque high school chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he goes in to business making high-grade methamphetamine with former student turned dealer Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) in order to secure a financially stable future for his family before he dies.

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Mar 13, 2010 TV Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

Abnormal family shows are the new normal. Fox’s mid-season comedy, Sons of Tucson, takes the unconventional beyond Malcolm in the Middle territory. The show centers around three boys whose mother is long gone and whose father is a successful-jailbird-banker.

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Parenthood

NBC, Thursdays 10/9 Central

Mar 02, 2010 TV Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

Twenty-one years after the movie and one aborted attempt at a television show in 1991, NBC is giving Parenthood a second try. The 2010 version has infinitely more potential with updated storylines and (major) star power. The genuineness and grit of the original, however, is intact.

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How to Make It in America

HBO, Sundays 10/9 Central

Feb 14, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

“If I can make it here, I’ll make it anywhere.” Frank Sinatra’s statement in “New York, New York,” sums up HBO’s latest show, How to Make It in America, from the producers of Entourage. A group of 20-somethings, led by the lackluster Ben (Unscripted‘s Bryan Greenberg) and the terrier-like Cam (Raising Victor Vargas’ Victor Rasuk), are chasing their dreams, and being tripped by their foibles.

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Jan 19, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

Kathy Griffin has become a grand commenter on mass media who seems to somehow invade every aspect of our lives. She’s also elevated herself from D-list status to something so much more, moving past just being a stand-up comedian and showing up on nearly every talk show.

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