September 30, 2011 TV critic David Bianculli says most shows on TV this fall are a big disappointment. But three offerings this upcoming Sunday night — Prohibition, Dexter and Homeland — are all excellent, invigorating and exceptionally intelligent.
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September 30, 2011 Kevin Shea is a retired New York City firefighter with an unorthodox home. He lives in a 93,000 cubic-foot-geodesic dome, equipped with solar panels, a wind turbine, and a geothermal system. The home is on the grid, but outside the box.
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Brennan Hunt performs in front of the judges on The X Factor.
September 30, 2011 On this week's show, we've got Paula Abdul, movies about sneezing, countertenors, and a game that will call upon your vast knowledge of famous injuries in pop-culture history.
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September 29, 2011 The new film Dream House is not screening for critics. So we are left to speculate about what might happen in a scary movie with that particular title. Evil wine refrigerator, anyone?
David Hornsby and Kevin Dillon star in CBS's How To Be A Gentleman.
September 29, 2011 Television's obnoxious relationship with femininity is legendary. But with tonight's launch of CBS's How To Be A Gentleman, it demonstrates that its relationship with masculinity may be even worse.
Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy star in ABC's Suburgatory.
September 28, 2011 ABC's Suburgatory seems like a cardboard cutout show about how the city is cooler than the suburbs. But at its heart is a well-articulated relationship between a loving dad and his wary daughter.
Matthew Morrison and the rest of the cast of Glee are up against the wall after a very soft premiere episode last week.
September 26, 2011 We can begin to discern a few things about the new fall season. Comedies — both old ones and new ones — are coming on strong, aging reality franchises are flagging, and NBC just keeps trying to figure it out.
September 25, 2011 Most girls play dress-up in private. Not Tavi Gevinson. By the time she was 13, her blog, Style Rookie, had earned her a front-row seat at Paris Couture fashion shows. Host Audie Cornish profiles Gevinson, now 15 and a veteran of the fashion world, writing for Harper's Bazaar and launching her own online magazine.
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The original Rin Tin Tin was born in 1918 and died in 1932.
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September 24, 2011 Susan Orlean's new book about one of cinema's great dogs argues that Rin Tin Tin wasn't just a dog doing tricks, but an actor who could emote and affect audiences.
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September 23, 2011 With our usual host on injured list, the Pop Culture Happy Hour team cobbles together a discussion of the Emmys, fall TV shows we think will succeed, and a motley array of happy-making things.
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Taraji P. Henson is a rare woman of color on a fall network show, on CBS's Person Of Interest.
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September 23, 2011 Commentator Sarah Ventre says that the biggest problem with last week's Emmy Awards wasn't how lacking they were in cultural diversity, but how little she saw that problem discussed.
Rainn Wilson and James Spader in "The List," the season premiere episode of NBC's The Office.
September 23, 2011 The Office has officially started its first season without Steve Carell. A new boss, a new star, and some old-fashioned physical comedy contributed to a strong Thursday night return.
Susan Lucci's character, Erica Kane, has served time for kidnapping, been accused of murder and cheated on her fifth and sixth husband, Travis, with his brother, Jackson — who later became Kane's 10th husband.
September 23, 2011 Fans have been following the drama of Pine Valley — the fictitious Philadelphia suburb where the show takes place — since 1970, and much of that drama has revolved around Lucci's character, Erica Kane. But her reign comes to an end Friday as ABC airs the soap's final episode.
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September 22, 2011 Georgia executed Troy Davis Wednesday night for the shooting death of a police officer, despite widespread opposition to the execution and Davis' innocence plea. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's new book says the Obama White House was a hostile workplace for women. And Dominique Strauss-Kahn confesses to "moral failing." The Beauty Shop women weigh in.
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Ted Danson and Marg Helgenberger search for clues on the CBS drama CSI.
September 22, 2011 Ted Danson and James Spader join the casts of CSI and The Office this season — and Simon Cowell returns to TV with an Americanized version of his British hit The X-Factor. Critic David Bianculli says the three TV vets each bring something else to their roles: a likability factor.
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