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Ellen and Iggy Pup (What Would Angelina Say?)

Oh, MAN! If there are two things I can’t stand, it’s seeing pets in peril and nice people cry. Ellen DeGeneres is a nice people. She is. Nicer than most people I know … and I know a lot of nice ones. The lady wears her heart on her sleeve without making you want to barf, and her show is a bigger bucket of happy and dancing and presents and people having a good time and nice conversation than everything else on TV combined. Like Barney for grown-ups, but with better music. Take two episodes of Ellen — except yesterday’s […]

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Comedy

Countdown To Extinction Week 3: A “Cavemen” Recap

Like “The Onion” once did with John Leguizamo’s abysmal sketch show “House of Buggin’,” we’re going to provide weekly recaps of “Cavemen” until it gets canceled. Another week, another recap. And this one’s got caveboobs. It’s hardly a stretch to say that the first two episodes of Cavemen were awful. But, this week, for the first time in the show’s brief history, the funniest punchline was in the show — not the show itself. That’s not to say that there’s an Emmy in Cavemen‘s future, or even that the show won’t be canceled by week’s end, but for the first […]

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Drama

Dexter, Episode 3: Heading to the dark — and human — side?

Posted by Elaine B. Our hero, a.k.a. the “Bay Harbor Butcher,” now finds himself in hot water with the suddenly cold Rita. She can deal with her boyfriend’s role in her husband’s death but not with living with an addict. So, in what has to be the funniest moment this season, Dexter attends his first open meeting of NA, where, as people discuss their addiction, he contemplates the state of his knives and stock of duck tape. It’s all very boring until Lila, the dark and hot and vaguely gothic beauty a few rows in front of him, takes him […]

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Drama

There’s No “Cane” In “Cancer!” Oh, Wait — Yes, There Is … A Recap

Posted by Sarah Much as I’d like to put another Jimmy Smits picture up here, this episode really belongs to Pancho. It’s been promoted all week as “The episode you can’t miss,” and it lives up to its hype. Alex wakes up to find Isabel not in bed with him, but rather glaring at him from the chair by the window. She accuses him of keeping things from her, and confronts him with the gun she found in the safe. He lies through his teeth and says he’s not keeping anything from her. The gun’s just a nostalgic thing. Ri-i-ight. […]

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Action

“Chuck” Recap: If You Are Beautiful, You Too Could Be A Secret Agent!

Two of the better shows this television season consist of underachievers whose love-lives suffer from the same shortcomings as their jobs. They’re guys who are capable of so much more, yet settle for so much less, simply because they don’t go after anything. I’m talking about the CW’s Reaper as well as NBC’s Chuck. Enter some intervention, whether it’s the Devil himself on Reaper or the classified information that has been implanted into Chuck’s brain courtesy of a frenemy’s brain-hacking. I’m hooked on Chuck and hope it hangs around this season. It’s like that kid in school who was never […]

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Comedy

“How I Met Your Mother” Recap: Little Boys

Before we start this week’s recap, there’s something that needs to be said: Something is not quite right about the third season of How I Met Your Mother — and I’m not talking about Robin’s lame storylines (yet). Maybe I was too distracted by hot early-season guest stars Mandy Moore and Danica McKellar to notice it until now, but everyone on the show looks considerably worse than they did during the first two seasons. Before, Robin was always hot enough that you could understand why Ted went to such lengths in pursuing her. Lily’s bangs and Marshall’s side part are — […]

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Sports

Can “E:60” Bring Journalistic Cred Back To ESPN?

ESPN’s highly touted E:60 sports newsmagazine series premieres Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7pm ET. E:60 features a combination of investigative reports, profiles of intriguing sports personalities, compelling features on the best stories in sports, and cutting-edge stories on innovations in the sports world, including emerging sports and new technology. Correspondents include Jeremy Schaap, Lisa Salters, Tom Farrey, Rachel Nichols and Michael Smith — and “The Sports Guy” Bill Simmons will be a special contributor. In addition to reporters’ segments, viewers will also get a behind-the-scenes look at how these stories are covered — from the initial pitch to developing the […]

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Magazine Archive

Alicia Witt Continues Evolving With A “Ridiculously Perfect” Role On TV

Regardless of how long the Law & Order franchise, particularly Criminal Intent — which came dangerously close to cancellation earlier this year before NBC decided to move it to cable — lasts, its newest cast member certainly will keep on moving ahead. When CI shifts over to USA Network to begin its seventh season on Oct. 4, Alicia Witt joins the team in a six-episode story arc (replacing Julianne Nicholson, who is on maternity leave). Witt plays detective Nola Falacci, whom the actress laughingly describes as “sort of a hip chick.” In other words, not your average, buttoned-down TV detective. […]

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Animation

Deep In The Heart Of Texas — A "Family Guy" Recap

Posted by Sarah We open with the Griffins watching Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her new show, Now, It’s Just Getting Sad. Brian doesn’t want to pee outside because it’s raining, so he asks to go inside on the paper. Good thing, because as he’s spreading it around the living room floor, he notices the ad that will get the plot rolling: The church is hiring a new organist. Lois auditions, as do the pirate (playing an amazing rendition of “Great Balls of Fire” with all 4 pegs) and the creepy old man (singing the Waitresses classic, “I Know What Boys Like”). […]

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Comedy

“The Office” Recap: Launch Party

Warning: It’s about to get all stupid up in here. One would think that — a week after driving his rental car into a lake at the command of his GPS navigation system —Michael Scott would put a little more forethought into his actions. One would be wrong. “Launch Party” starts out innocently enough, with the employees gathered in the conference room, seemingly hanging on Michael’s every word but really just rooting for a little animated cube to land in the corner of the TV screen. From there, it all goes downhill for Michael. Ryan has issued a release announcing […]