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One Tree Hill: The Slippery Slope Continues 4

Posted by: haro1d It’s so involved being one of the characters from One Tree Hill. This week’s descent into the maelstrom took the gang three years back, to the pivotal time after high school when everyone was making big decisions that would govern the courses of their lives. Lucas decided to make a fool of himself, jetting to L.A. to propose to Peyton (whose gig at the record company has her fetching coffee instead of doing A&R), who turns him down — for now. Brooke has to make the decision to answer her mom’s siren call in the name of […]

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“The Wire”: Transitions

Posted by SH Say it ain’t so, Prop Joe. The wily veteran finally found himself in one situation he couldn’t negotiate his way through. That would be his weaselly nephew Cheese having sold him out to Marlo, and Prop Joe taking a slug in the back of the head, never seeing his killer’s face. But there’s Marlo, the most ruthless character in a show full of them, telling Joe to relax, close his eyes, and it won’t hurt at all. After the shot, there’s the young buck smiling, delighted that his plan has worked, and the world is now his. […]

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One Tree Hill: The Slippery Slope Continues 3

A lot o’ junk happened last night in Tree Hill: Haley browbeat her husband into mentoring for paragon of humility, Quentin. Mouth laid into his boss in front of his co-workers, which naturally got him laid (again) in her office — and now, based on his “job performance,” it looks like a promotion may be in the works. Brooke’s “C/B” store opening in Tree Hill flopped when no one bought any of the pricey pieces, and her mom threatened to take the store away from her. Peyton got into it in the studio with Jason (you know, K-Fed) and brought […]

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“The Wire”: Not For Attribution

Posted by SH McNulty’s serial killer concoction drew some traction after he stumbled upon an old vagrant murder where the victim had a red ribbon tied around his wrist. After a couple of unauthorized additions to old casefiles and planting one on a corpse in the morgue — hark! — a madman is loose in the streets of Baltimore! It even says so in the pages of the Baltimore Sun, thanks to McNulty stroking the ego of ambitious reporter Alma Gutierrez, who’s ready for big-time stories after recently being spurned from the front page. The problem for both of them […]

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It’s New! And It Ain’t Reality! It’s Almost Time To “Break Bad.”

I am excited about Breaking Bad. Really excited. Like, people-are-picking-on-me excited. And I want you to promise me you will watch it. Why? Well, click on “online exclusives” and read all about it … or, hell, just tell me who you are. X-Files fans, watch it because it’s from the dazzlingly imaginative mind of Vince Gilligan. You know you’ve been waiting… Mad Men fans, watch it because it’s on AMC … and it’s every bit as brave and cool and sly. Malcolm In The Middle fans … Cranston’s back. And so are his underpants. Deadwood fans, Anna Gunn. No corset […]

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Moonlight: Mick Vamps Out

One thing I understand is those bloodsucking night hunters (heck, after writing so many novels about them, I ought to). But until recently, I did not have much love for Moonlight vampire Mick St. John. But the writers strike has a way of making marginal series far more interesting and I’ve been paying closer attention to this series of late (what else is there to pay attention to when I’m ready for an hour that doesn’t involve looking at a computer monitor?) and the timing is right because this series just keeps getting better.

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One Tree Hill: The Slippery Slope Continues 2

Posted by: haro1d For what my wife calls a filler episode, a lot of cute little things happened on this week’s episode: Peyton set up shop for her new record label and signed her first band. Lucas and Skills made the Ravens run laps until they decided to get their free throws down. Lindsay handed out lucky bamboo plants to all of Lucas’ ex-girlfriends. Mouth got fired and then got laid. Haley had a bad day, Brooke impulse-bought a house on the water — oh, and her mom finally showed up after all of these seasons away — and Nathan […]

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“The Wire”: Unconfirmed Reports

Posted by SH Oh no he di’int! Was that our good and faithful Detective Jimmy McNulty rearranging a murder scene to make it look like a serial killer is on the loose in Baltimore? Well, what else can you do when city hall just won’t cough up enough cash to let the police do their job? As Freamon says, if it were 300 white people who were killed every year in the city, the National Guard would be deployed immediately. Don’t count on public outcry to help, either, because apparently the problems in Bodymore pale compared with a blonde girl […]

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“One Tree Hill”: The Slippery Slope

Posted by: haro1d I can’t believe that it’s back. Really. I can’t BELIEVE that it’s back — that “One Tree Hill” could survive into a fifth season is a testament to something, but I still can’t figure out what. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you know that tonight’s two-hour season premiere put the “Tree Hill” gang four years ahead of when we last saw them groping each other at senior graduation. The biggest surprise? That there was NO surprise. I have to say that for a show this creatively incredible (READ: ludicrously fictitious), I find the trajectories on which […]

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“The Wire”: More With Less

Posted by SH OK, first off, not a fan of Steve Earle’s version of “Way Down in the Hole.” Normally, Earle does all right, but he’s bland here. Like, Rascal Flatts bland. This is not the musical sendoff this monumental show deserves. Bring back Tom Waits, please. Otherwise, the final season kicks off with a typically enthralling episode that shows a police force in crisis (having to go without OT pay and a bunch of other niceties, like operational cars), a neophyte mayor clumsily trying to wheel and deal his way out of the budgetary mess, a surveillance unit facing […]