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23 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

American Inventor

Maybe George Foreman and Suzanne Sommers are the engine that drives our economy and what this country needs is another Big Mouth Billy Bass to shake us out of doldrums.

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21 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Cheerleader Nation

If one of Cheerleader Nation's many home sequences had revealed that Terri and Amanda were mutant lizard sleeper agents waiting patiently for the return of V, I wouldn't have been at all surprised. Well, maybe a little.

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20 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Miracle Workers

Perhaps the most objectionable aspect of Miracle Workers is its invocation of the charity model of disability management, conjoined with its lottery logic.

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16 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Sopranos

The 'circle of life' refers to how, in The Sopranos, the dead continuously circle the living.

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16 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Modern Men

The problem here is that the show presumes from the outset that there are essential differences between men and women, and if men could only learn to embrace their feminine sides, the war of the sexes would finally be over.

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15 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Top Chef

Stephen insists on the importance of the wine to any meal, how it brings out the flavors of a dish when appropriately paired. He's right, but he's so prissy about it that you can't help but hate him.

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15 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Black. White.

The premise is almost fatally flawed. No matter the truism, it's impossible to experience another existence by merely 'walking in someone else's shoes'.

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The Biggest Loser: Australian Edition

The Blue Team's bullshit, taking too much screen time, reminds us that this is a ratings-first program, no matter the good it eventually does.

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14 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Sons & Daughters

Sons & Daughters, ABC's new 'wacky family' show can't help but suffer from comparisons to Arrested Development.

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The New Adventures of Old Christine

What Susan Faludi has called the 'backlash' against women is still in full effect, if not even Julia Louis-Dreyfus can get a character on air who even tries to break free.

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13 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Apprentice

The show delivers emotional carnage, and as voyeuristic fare goes, that's the top.

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9 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Unit

It's a show about the Army's clandestine counter-terrorist unit, called The Unit and created by David Mamet. What more do you need to know?

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8 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Invasion

It's in the consideration of race and race differences that Invasion has emerged in its first season as one of television's most insightful terrorism-scare shows.

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The Amazing Race - Season Nine

While I wish Desiree hadn't described herself and her mother Wanda as 'sexy little tamales', their Team Boricua is both charming and competent, but doomed to fail on a physical challenge.

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2 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Conviction

If you wonder whether the rookie lawyer will stick with his grim new gig, you must not know much about TV pilots.

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21 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Arrested Development

Arrested Development went down uncompromised, with guns a-blazing and showing no remorse over its own potential demise.

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20 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Real Time with Bill Maher

Material can turn scandalous, even scatological. Bill Maher is often the first to drag the focus into the social sewer, and he loves to play the non-PC card.

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13 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Trick My Truck

A make-over show for Mac trucks is a stellar concept. Too bad CMT went for the good old boy instead of the gearhead.

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8 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

There & Back

Though Ashley is not as pitiful as his old bandmates -- he has a recording contract and this MTV series -- the first few episodes indicate he is not getting the respect (or the advances) he wants from Soul Power Productions.

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7 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Get This Party Started

Takes insipid voyeurism to new heights, proffering pseudo-celebrity culture as a panacea for whatever ails you, whether that's being displaced by hurricane Katrina, recovering from cancer, or wondering what to do for your birthday.

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