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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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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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Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars

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

Dec 18, 2009 TV David Tennant

“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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