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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 […]

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Pret-tay, Pret-tay Good Return.

With Tony Soprano whacked (come on, do you really want to debate me on this?) and Entourage on hiatus until ’08, I was all excited about canceling my HBO subscription. Then, a few weeks ago, I heard that quirky theme song with “New Episodes in September” taunting me. Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Sunday night, after a Sopranos-esque two-year hiatus, Curb Your Enthusiasm made a pret-tay, pret-tay good premiere. Larry and Cheryl are woken in the middle of the night by a smoke alarm on the fritz. Of course, the malfunctioning smoke alarm […]

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Tales From TCA — July 12 (Cable Day 1)

More announcements from TCA: LIFETIME * Side Order of Life — Premieres Sunday. A young magazine photographer (Marisa Coughlan) rethinks her life and impending marriage after receiving a “wake-up call from the universe.” Jason Priestley co-stars in the original series. * State of Mind — Premieres Sunday. Lili Taylor plays a therapist whose personal problems rival those of her patients and discovers her husband is cheating on her with their marriage counselor. * America’s Psychic Challenge — Premieres Oct. 12. Amateur psychics compete to see whose abilities are the greatest. * How to Look Good Naked — Premieres January 2008. […]