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Monday, July 14 2003

Project Greenlight

The new directors press on and are, by turns, stupid, silly, arrogant, conciliatory, and astonishingly clever.


The Dating Experiment

Why didn't the producers find an exotic dancer who was comfortable, or at least confident, with her line of work? Or find a guy less uptight about exotic dancers?


Monday, July 7 2003

What Not to Wear

For those remade on What Not to Wear, the experience is a bit like being punk'd by Ashton Kutcher.


Paradise Hotel

Take the Big Brother house, plunk it down in the middle of Temptation Island by way of Love Cruise, and you've pretty much got the idea.


Chuck Woolery: Naturally Stoned

In an ostensible effort to enliven the proceedings, the show offers snippy, postmodern commentary, not unlike the little voices that ABC lays over the clips on America's Funniest Home Videos.


Tuesday, June 24 2003

Last Comic Standing: The Search For The Funniest Person in America

'I could never go back to a 9-to-5 job, being on-stage telling jokes.'


Law & Order: Crime & Punishment

The strangeness of the trials -- owing in no small part to the strangeness of the defendants -- undercuts the seriousness of the case.


Faking It

It is essentially a documented sting operation, but it is a harmless and quite enjoyable one.


Monday, June 9 2003

Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under's challenging third season reminds us that the gulf between it and rest of the widgets that pass for television shows is monumental.


Keen Eddie

Keen Eddie is breezy summer fun: fast-paced, quirky, and, a rarity in summer TV, intelligent.


Fame

Through these auditions, viewers are introduced to the one element that distinguishes Fame from similar series -- compassion.


Tuesday, June 3 2003

44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout

On the morning of 28 February 1997, the LAPD had no idea what they were in for.


Da Ali G Show

Ali G misses that Americans prefer their humor compartmentalized, prefer the joke to have a beginning and end.


Monday, June 2 2003

Martha, Inc.: The Martha Stewart Story

Dissing Martha is, apparently, a good thing.


Wednesday, May 28 2003

Secret Agent aka Danger Man

John Drake, is about as unlike Bond as it's possible to be, the kind of agent who actually paid attention in spy school.


Monday, May 12 2003

Crank: Made in America

Offers only disparate pieces of a large and complex puzzle, resulting in yet more evidence that 'drugs' inspire infatuation in outsiders.


Complicated Women

Broads, dames, chicks: whatever you call them, women in film have historically gotten a bad deal.


Monday, May 5 2003

Angel

Tim Minear's fourth season finale of Angel makes elegant, self-conscious commentary on the ways that corporate structures frame (if not ordain) life decisions.


Monday, April 21 2003

Strange Fruit

A meditation on the song of the same name that chillingly relates the story of a lynching.


Real Time with Bill Maher

A provocative, dead-on, and hilarious political roundtable.


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