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Interview: Paula Deen

Storming the Bean
"I'm just looking so forward to coming up there. And having lobster. In some butter. Did I mention I like butter?"
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  August 26, 2009

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West coasting

Is Project Runway walking in circles?
As I watched this season's 16 Project Runway hopefuls squinting into the setting sun during their champagne reception atop the Title Guarantee Building in Los Angeles, it was hard not to view the scene as a sad little metaphor for the state of the show. What's supposed to feel like the beginning of something new sure looks a lot more like the end of something old.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 26, 2009

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Our Don Drapers, Ourselves

The Mad Men mystique
This Sunday is the premiere of the third season of Mad Men (AMC, 10 pm), the Emmy-winning show that made fans of good television have to figure out where AMC was on their basic-cable schedules.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 12, 2009

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Mr. Peepers in Mumbai

Can Chris Kattan be a Bollywood Hero?
Here's something Chris Kattan probably rarely hears in real life: "In Night at the Roxbury, you were awesome!" Such, however, is the encomium proffered by two young Indian fans toward the beginning of IFC's somewhat random but not altogether terrible new mini-series Bollywood Hero .
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  August 05, 2009

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Madcap laffs

The Mighty Boosh comes to DVD
Come with us now, on a journey through time and space to the world of the Mighty Boosh.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  July 15, 2009

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Boys' life

Hung and Entourage measure success
The premise for HBO's new half-hour comedy Hung (Sundays at 10 pm) is so over-the-top as to be cringe-worthy: high school basketball coach Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane), divorced and broke, starts whoring himself to ladies on the basis of his giant schlong. I know: ugh.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 14, 2009



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Interview: Russell T Davies

Davies on atheism, American TV, and five decades of Doctor Who
"I certainly knew from Queer as Folk that gay male stories attract a lot of women viewers."
By: ROB TURBOVSKY  |  July 24, 2009

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Going Mental

Fox's new psych-doc drama
Fox's new drama Mental (Thursdays at 9 pm on Fox) is House with a thoroughly likable doctor at its center, but it won't have half the shelf life of its predecessor.
By: DAVID KRONKE  |  May 27, 2009

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Engine notes

Top Gear hits heavy traffic
The big question with Top Gear, the popular British consumer-car show (in perpetual reruns on BBC America), is this: will it succeed in denting my colossal lack of curiosity about cars?
By: JAMES PARKER  |  May 05, 2009

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Gag reel

Sit Down, Shut Up needs to take its own advice
The Devil's in the details in Fox's new animated series, Sit Down, Shut Up , but I wish he'd gotten more involved in the main elements as well — like stories.
By: DAVID KRONKE  |  April 14, 2009

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Lost tribes found

'GBH puts a human face on history
Nobody likes a guilt trip. That's why filmmaker Ric Burns's 1995 Manifest Destiny documentary The Way West was such a drag.
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  April 07, 2009



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Review: MI-5

Breaking new ground with old tools
When in 2002 BBC1 launched Spooks , from independent producer Kudos Film and Television, it must have been something of a courageous act.
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  March 31, 2009

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Hard times

Life and debt in Dickens's Little Dorrit
When last year the BBC interrupted its broadcast of Little Dorrit — which hinges on the downfall of a Bernie Madoff–like figure — for a tawdry true-crime documentary, thousands of viewers complained: don't leave us hanging!
By: JUSTINE ELIAS  |  March 24, 2009

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Botswana beauty

HBO does Alexander McCall Smith proud
As any fan of traditional mysteries knows, a good detective must pay attention to details. And Precious Ramotswe, the founder of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, finds that truer than most.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  March 16, 2009

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Proud to jump the shark

Macho, loopy, and entertaining as hell, The Unit is prime Mamet
Who but David Mamet would have the macho audacity to name his TV show after the male genitalia?
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 25, 2009

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Review: Honey West

Femme fantastic
I didn't see Honey West during its one-season, 1965-'66 prime-time run on CBS.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  February 17, 2009



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Interview: Joss Whedon

Cult of personality
When I first reach Joss Whedon — the director, writer, and producer who is perhaps best known as the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — at his office at Fox Studios in Los Angeles, it's about 9 am his time, and it sounds as if I'd caught him before his coffee had kicked in.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 09, 2009

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Review: Dollhouse

Joss Whedon continues to fight the darkness
Joss Whedon continues to fight the darkness
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 09, 2009

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Media misfits

News from waaay outside the mainstream
The series grew out of an excellent 1999 documentary directed by author Arthur Bradford ( Dogwalker ) and produced by South Park 's Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  February 09, 2009

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Review: The L Word

Final fling
I'll admit I've been hazardously vocal around the office about my enthusiasm for The L Word , which will wrap itself up for good over the course of a scant seven remaining episodes. Can you blame me?
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 20, 2009

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Faking it

MTV's The City never gets real
if you were Whitney Port, the colt-legged, honey-haired, cow-eyed star of The City , you might not think that what Herman Rosenblat did was so terrible.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  January 06, 2009


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