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Stand-up guys

Tim and Eric’s 15 minutes
“In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world,” wrote Schopenhauer, “and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.”
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 04, 2007

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Hell on earth

The Devil and Darfur
How does the Devil get his work done? With the greatest of ease, seems to be the answer.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  November 27, 2007

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First impressions

Can Frank TV save a tired comedy staple?
Say you’re at a party and some guy comes up to you.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  November 19, 2007

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Freakin’

Tila Tequila’s ass-ets
Tila Tequila terrifies me.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  November 13, 2007

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Rock bottom

Cavemen  bad!
Everyone knew it would be bad.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  November 06, 2007

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Intimacy issues

Pushing Daisies  hides its feelings; HBO can’t get it up
There’s a fine line between “whimsically surreal” and “Oh God please make it stop.”
By: JOYCE MILLMAN  |  October 30, 2007



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Taken under

A close look at the ‘dismal trade’
Blessed are the undertakers, for they take care of it.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  October 23, 2007

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Sad and lonely

Aliens in America’s bracing look at high-school misery
Not all varieties of teen angst are created equal.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  October 16, 2007

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Heart to heart

David Grubin looks at our most important muscle
We don’t hear too much any more from the people who think heart transplants are a bad idea.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  October 09, 2007

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Mean girls

Digging the Gossip
Josh Schwartz loves filming scenes where his simpático underdog punches a nasty and absurdly rich Yeah Dude in the face.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  October 01, 2007

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Uncertain Fey-t

30 Rock gives it another go
This time last year, who would have guessed that Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip would be dead by Emmy time and Tina Fey’s 30 Rock would be an Emmy winner?
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  September 25, 2007



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Paler than thou

Jim Gaffigan’s off-white superheroes
Comic-book-style superheroes have been a staple of TV since George Reeves put on Superman’s red cape and blue tights in 1951.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 19, 2007

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The War is swell

Ken Burns captures reflections in ‘Hell’s own cesspool’
Sometime in the late ’80s, I was sharing some Iron City with my father at the bar of a Pittsburgh American Legion post.
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  September 18, 2007

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Hero worship

In praise of Stan Lee’s reality-TV gem
The lesson of the Sci-Fi Channel’s Who Wants To Be a Superhero? might seem obvious.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  September 12, 2007

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BBC America?

The networks put some English on the fall TV season
The British are coming! And they have American accents!
By: JOYCE MILLMAN  |  September 12, 2007

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Bull market

Flipping Out  on Bravo, plus Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge and Meerkat Manor
Jeff Lewis is real, baby.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  September 04, 2007



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Up on the roof

Will Sox Appeal appeal to Sox fans?
Given the relentlessness with which it was hyped in the months prior to its August 1 premiere, you’re probably familiar with the concept.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  August 27, 2007

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Blown dry

The Hills  have hair
When Lauren Conrad is blow-drying her hair before her camera crews arrive, does she ever consider giving up and allowing her tresses to frizz into a rat’s nest?
By: SHARON STEEL  |  August 21, 2007

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Lost World

MTV’s The Real World: Sydney
Moments into the first episode of MTV’s The Real World: Sydney, Dunbar Flinn proudly confesses, “I summed everyone up quickly — who’s worth looking at, and who’s not.”
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  August 15, 2007

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Reality ingenue

Lauren Conrad on MTV's The Hills
What is it about MTV’s top-rated reality show The Hills , premiering its third season August 13th?
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  August 13, 2007

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Nice package

Mad Men practices truth in advertising
The seductive new drama series Mad Men re-creates the beginning of the advertising industry’s shiny modern era of bullshit.
By: JOYCE MILLMAN  |  August 08, 2007


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