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Wellness

Searching for perfect health care
“In America,” says Hong-Jen Chang politely, “it’s not really a . . . a system you can copy. It’s a market."
By: JAMES PARKER  |  April 08, 2008

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Soul control

James Brown rescues Boston, and a whole lot more
Just as an attention getter, the title of VH1’s new rock-doc treatment of James Brown’s April 5, 1968, concert at Boston Garden — The Night James Brown Saved Boston — is hard to beat.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  April 02, 2008

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Bring the drama

High School Confidential ’s missed opportunity
In the current œuvre of celluloid adolescent misadventures, it’s difficult to find a show that stands apart.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  March 24, 2008

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Reignite your rage

Bush’s War  almost tells the whole story
It’s tempting, five years into the Iraq War, to regard that conflict with fatalistic resignation.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  March 18, 2008

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Almost funny

Unhitched  just isn’t gross enough
The more I watch shows like Unhitched , the more resentful I am that shows like Arrested Development get cancelled.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  March 11, 2008

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Everybody’s Irish?

Tommy Tiernan, Lil’ Bush
Tommy Tiernan is an Irishman, a son of Erin.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  March 04, 2008



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Steaming

The Millionaire Matchmaker  delivers
Patti Stanger, a “third-generation matchmaker,” describes her work as a service to God.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 25, 2008

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Recovery school

Celebrity Rehab  does it all for you
Dr. Drew Pinsky himself, sleekly acerbic co-host of radio’s Loveline , wields his diagnostic jargon like a switchblade.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  February 20, 2008

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Iraq’s My Lai?

Looking at Haditha
Five years after the first bombs fell on Baghdad, the fog of war still roils thick in Iraq.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  February 12, 2008

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Lipstick bungle

The Candace Bushnell-based series is no better than a cheap knock-off
It’s impossible to discuss Lipstick   Jungle  without making comparisons to Sex and the City.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  February 11, 2008

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Try, try again

The jackhammer comedy of The Whitest Kids U’ Know
When, not too long ago, I was belatedly introduced to the Whitest Kids U’ Know, I felt the same way I did when I first saw The Simpsons in 1991.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  February 05, 2008



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Abs of steel

American Gladiators does the gym proud
A wonderfully campy, oddly comforting motivator that suggests anyone with the guts and desire can become a modernized version of a Roman warrior.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  January 28, 2008

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Dancing queens

BBC America’s Torchwood
Conceived as a spinoff from the vintage BBC kids’ show Doctor Who , Torchwood has since come into its own
By: JAMES PARKER  |  January 22, 2008

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Foodie fest

Chowing down on the road
Bourdain’s lifestyle as a gleeful gourmand may be taking its toll on his health, but it’s entertaining for the rest of us.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 16, 2008

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Masterpieces and mysteries

‘The Complete Jane Austen’ on WGBH, and making book on the Austen detectives
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that there cannot be too many Jane Austen adaptations for film and television.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 14, 2008

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Media matters

The Wire’s final season
No matter which side you’re on, you’re wading in a very strong, unpredictable, and treacherous current.
By: DAVID BIANCULLI  |  December 31, 2007



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Tru opportunity

Will the real reality show please stand up?
With scripted television in limbo thanks to the Writers Guild of America strike, network bosses have been relying on reality programming to soften the blow.
By: NEELY STEINBERG  |  December 19, 2007

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Fashion weak

Project Runway ’s slump
My roommate Mike enjoys watching reality television that depicts people with actual skills.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 11, 2007

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Three Wise Women

The Girls Next Door bring their gifts to the Playboy Mansion
Watching the show is like falling down the bunny hole ― everything socially acceptable (monogamy, independence, daywear) is naught.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  December 12, 2007

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Never-see TV

Writing wrongs
The Writers Guild of America strike, now in its fifth week, has exacted a serious toll.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 05, 2007

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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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