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December 2010

‘Sons of Anarchy: Season Three’: SAMCRO Takes Belfast

Sons of Anarchy took a trip to Ireland this season for a biker version of Banged Up Abroad.


‘Sherlock’ Is Divorced from Reality, Yet Deeply In-Tune with an Irresistible Alternate Reality

The modern Sherlock Holmes is so compelling because he is a modern intellectual appealing to audiences who, for the most part, live in a world dissociated from intellectualism.


November 2010

‘Jeeves and Wooster’, A Very Funny Show About Nothing

P.G. Wodehouse’s “Jeeves stories”, much like the serialized novels of Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, have a narrative zing seemingly tailor-made for the television format.


Kelly Cutrone: Televising Her Revolution

Having just signed on to be Dr. Phil's newest correspondent, Kelly Cutrone will continue to urge young people to abandon emotional neediness and pursue their career goals with diligence and hard work.


Patti Stanger Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple and Her Clients

The appeal of The Millionaire Matchmaker is that instead of just watching crash and burn date moments, you also get to watch Patti verbally lay out her clients.


Ex and the City: Lip Service

Despite the vaguely sexy word-association, Lip Service is that surprisingly ubiquitous creature; a series obsessed with sex that is hopelessly devoid of the erotic.


How to Look Good Naked: Shedding Clothes, Gaining a BFF

The value of How to Look Good Naked is not in its attempt at a populist therapeutic cure to negative self-perception or a quick ‘before and after’ transformation.


Will America Spoil Its Version of Skins? Probably.

MTV has made the decision to stay true to UK Skins by using young, unknown talent and writers. However, how much writing they actually need is debatable.


‘Glee’: Grilled Cheesus—That’s a Sandwich Jesus Christ Wouldn’t Eat

The show’s writers just cannot seem to push their themes far enough to meld Glee’s cultural touchstones into something that doesn’t simply reproduce the social order that it's attempting to reorganize.


October 2010

Is ‘The Walking Dead’ a Dead Zombie Walking?

If you like zombies, you're going to be excited about this show: the pilot is a solid hook for a television series. If you're mostly indifferent to the undead, the pilot is worth a watch and the content may keep you coming back for a few weeks before you throw in the towel.


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