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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 HBO

“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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Human Target

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

Jan 17, 2010 TV DC Comics

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.

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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.

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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.

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