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Clear Eyes, Empty Sets

The most painful casualties of the TV war.


DVD & TV
It pains me to have to put together this list, surely something more wistful and somber than you have any right to expect right after the onslaught of family and fruitcakes. But with talks between the ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 Daniel Carlson

Showdown on Sci Fi


DVD & TV
Tin Man has got to be the weirdest thing I’ve seen on the Sci-Fi Channel in a while, and not merely because it’s a mildly disturbed reimagining of The Wizard of Oz as filtered through th ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Daniel Carlson

The Office

Note to Jim and Pam: stop being such smug little jerks.


DVD & TV
So, I'll admit, I was pretty worried about The Office there for a while. And it wasn't just the shakiness of the much-discussed hour-long format—though that's part of it, and I'll get to it in a ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 Daniel Carlson

Pushing Daisies

The best new show of 2007.


DVD & TV
Getting to the point: Pushing Daisies the best new series of the season, and another idiosyncratic triumph for Bryan Fuller—last producing the cancelled Wonderfalls. The following are notes and ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 Daniel Carlson

TV Roulette

Rooting for the winners and nailing the losers of TV’s fall lineup.


DVD & TV
There are nearly 30 new shows debuting on television this fall. Maybe a half dozen or so will stick around, and maybe one of those won’t suck. Maybe . I say this not as a bitter man, nor as some ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2007 Daniel Carlson

My Boys of Summer


DVD & TV
Summer is generally a bad time to be a TV fan. After the rush of excitement that accompanies that heady two- or three-week period in May when all your favorite shows air their season finales, the majo ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 Daniel Carlson

DON'T RESPECT THIS COCK

The Pickup Artist fashions his empty clones.


DVD & TV
Frank "T.J." Mackey has nothing on Mystery, and not just in the self-anointed nickname department. The scheming womanizer brought to life by Tom Cruise in P.T. Anderson's Magnolia was a self-deluding ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 Daniel Carlson

Cathouse: Happy Hookers?


DVD & TV
HBO was forbidden in my household when I was a child, so I would not be exposed to what my youthful brain imagined to be a cornocopia of naked women. In true American form, my well-meaning parents wer ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Daniel Carlson

Mad Men


DVD & TV
It's more than a little ironic that AMC is attempting to go legit with an original drama about soulless ad execs, when the network itself has had a notoriously hard time selling itself to the viewing ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Daniel Carlson

What Kind of Show Has it Been?

Studio 60 is dead. It's too late for therapy, so here's an autopsy.


DVD & TV
Aaron Sorkin has always been dangerously neurotic, but it didn't catch up with him until Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, a weak comedy-drama but a fascinating study of what happens when one man decides ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 Daniel Carlson
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