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 29, 2011 Claire Danes' latest role has her hunting terrorists in the Showtime series Homeland. Troubled CIA analyst Carrie Mathison believes an Iraqi war hero might be part of an Al Qaeda plot. Danes explains why the role appealed to her, and what she hopes the series can accomplish.
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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.
A screen grab from ESPN Films Catching Hell, Alex Gibney's look at the story of Steve Bartman.
September 27, 2011 ESPN Films uses sports documentaries to look at mass culture, and tonight's Catching Hell, about Cubs fan Steve Bartman, presents a terrifying story of mass hysteria and media goading.
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.
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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ABC's Charlie's Angels stars Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh, and Rachael Taylor.
September 22, 2011 The new Charlie's Angels isn't just a bad show. It's a show nobody even wants to be good, and that's what makes it so depressingly, offensively bad.
September 21, 2011 Critics laud the British crime series Prime Suspect for paving the way for smart television roles for women. NBC's remake stars Maria Bello as the strong-willed detective Jame Timoney. Bello talks about her role and what she hopes the remake will bring to American audiences.
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September 21, 2011 Simon Cowell of American Idol fame is back on Fox with the debut of The X Factor. On NBC, two new shows air for the first time: Free Agents and Up All Night which stars Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. David Greene talks to Kim Masters of the Hollywood Reporter, and she also hosts The Business on member station KCRW.
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The TMZ Tour promises "Secrets and Celebrity Hot Spots," all seen from the comfort of a bus that seats 24.
September 20, 2011 For decades, tourists have come to Los Angeles from all over the world to go on "star tours," where they could drive past Grauman's Chinese Theatre or get a glimpse of a favorite celebrity's mansion. But in the new world of 24-7 star-filled gossip, a new TMZ tour bus has stepped up to the plate.
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