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Drama

Praising “Cane”: A Recap/Review

Posted by Sarah Last night was the series premiere of the new CBS drama Cane. I’ve been looking forward to this show for a month or so now, ever since I dreamed that I watched the entire series in one night. My excitement had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Jimmy Smits (pictured right) is a fine-lookin’ man. My hopes were further raised when I saw that the premiere would be shown “with limited commercial breaks,” thanks to a generous corporate sponsor who has monopolized the limited ad time. Well! Maybe that kind of thing happens pretty often, […]

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Documentary

The War: “A Deadly Calling”

Tonight’s episode of The War, airing on PBS at 8pm ET/PT, covers the months from November 1943 up until June 1944, and is titled “A Deadly Calling.” It’s an apt title, coming from one veteran’s recollection of how he (and most others) came to accept their duty to kill in this now total war, where once they had subscribed to “Thou shalt not kill.” It also describes how the American public came to realize just how deadly this calling was. Through the first two years of the war, even though the dreaded and heartbreaking telegrams to wives and mothers kept […]

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Comedy

“How I Met Your Mother” Recap: Wait For It

… dary! We waited all summer for those two syllables, and as expected, Barney delivered. This is so going in my blog! Now on to the rest of the episode. Robin returns from her post-breakup vacation in Argentina with a new boyfriend named — Kyle? Gail? Girl? — Gael (played by the moleless-since-2003 Enrique Iglesias), who’s so perfect he makes Robin, Lily and even Marshall swoon. He’s a masseuse, a musician and major wake-up call to Ted, who realizes that Robin has moved on and that it’s time for him to do the same. Now determined to “win” the breakup, […]

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Reality TV

The Hills: I Just Really Don’t Want to Throw Up.

Posted by ButtonKnows Here’s a hint: If you’re a cast member on The Hills and you get invited to a party? Like, at the apartment of another cast member of The Hills? And you don’t already live with them? Go clubbing instead. Because otherwise, something weird is going to happen to you. Guaranteed. Like, you’re going to part ways with your girlfriend. Or boyfriend. Or roommate. Or Spencer. Or you’re going to find out that your current or former girlfriend or boyfriend or roommate or Spencer is doing something with a member of the opposite sex that you aren’t going […]

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Animation

“The Simpsons” Season 19 Premiere Recap

Posted by Mike (who is aroused … and confused) If you’re like me, you loved the Season 19 premiere of The Simpsons. Of course, if you’re like me, that means you’re also a rabid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Joe Jackson (not the one who played for the Chicago White Sox) — all of whom were featured in the episode. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Simpsons is one of the only shows on television that offers its viewers something new each week during its opening credits, and this week’s sequence was reworked to include […]

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Animation

The Force Is With The "Family Guy" Season Premiere — A Review/Recap

Posted by Sarah The season premiere had everything we love about Star Wars — the sound effects, the score, Obi-Wan’s Dirty Dancing musical number … With tracing-paper-accurate scenes and some of the best writing the show has ever had, Family Guy did as clever a send-up of the sci-fi epic as Robot Chicken did a few months ago.

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Drama

Dexter vs. Doakes

Posted by: Elaine B When last we saw our favorite antihero, Dexter was absorbed in the fantasy of being hailed as a hero by the citizens of Miami for dispatching the Ice Truck Killer. This season takes up where the last left off, with Dexter in a funk and missing his brother who, with no adherence to the Code of Harry, might have been the ideal person to dispatch Dexter’s ongoing headache, Sergeant Doakes, who is stuck on Dex like a duck on a junebug. We can surmise that, in the case of Doakes, it takes a killer to see […]

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Reality TV

Ewww … Is There a “Singing Bee” On Me?

Buzzing back into action is NBC’s The Singing Bee. Originally scheduled for September, the second season of this singalong series (like all that alliteration, do ya?) now premieres October 2 at 8pm ET and airs Tuesdays. Toni Basil joins the ranks of former ’80s stars who just can’t leave well enough alone by showing up in the premiere episode, which is devoted to One Hit Wonders. Yamma, hamma … let’s hope she doesn’t try to put on that old cheerleader uniform. October 9, John Lennon’s birthday, features a tribute to the music of Lennon and Paul McCartney, and, unsurprisingly, Sir […]

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Documentary

Ken Burns’ Necessary “War”

In the first episode of The War, Ken Burns’ incredible new miniseries premiering this Sunday on PBS, a veteran of World War II describes that conflict as “a necessary war.” History has proven that to be correct. And history should also determine that Burns’ documentary is a very necessary and worthwhile endeavor, as it manages to put on film valuable recollections of that monumental moment in world, and particularly American, history. With many from that “greatest generation” now passing away each day, it is crucial to gain whatever information from them that we can. As the introduction to each episode of […]

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Reality TV

Survivor: China: Week 1 Recap: Mmmmm — Tastes Like …

Yesterday on … Survivor: After being whisked from Shanghai and through the Chinese countryside, the contestants arrive at a 400-year-old temple and go through a Buddhist welcome ceremony (well, most of them go through it — Leslie the Christian talk show host decides that despite assurances that the ceremony isn’t worship, she can’t participate. I’ve gotta say: When a decision involves weighing Jeff Probst’s assurances on one side against the stirring in your soul on the other, I’d go with the soul-stirring, too.). Courtney, the petite New York City waitress who looks like a cross between Gwen Stefani and Winona […]