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25 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Gilmore Girls

Without Palladino, Gilmore Girls will certainly be different... it just might be better.

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24 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Runaway

Runaway splits the difference between basic family drama and the serial thriller.

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24 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Class

Because so much was going on, the pilot episode had the feeling of a 30-minute trailer: "Here are our characters, tune in next week to see what happens."

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21 Sep 2006 // 3:02 AM

Survivor: Cook Islands

"I saw the chicken," said Jonathan. "I grabbed the chicken because the chicken was free."

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21 Sep 2006 // 2:23 AM

Shark (CBS)

Shark opens on James Woods. This is right, for he is the reason to watch.

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21 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Amazing Race

The race began on Kite Hill in Seattle's Gas Works Park, a perfectly photogenic place, but also the scene of the most unpopular victory in the show's history.

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21 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Men in Trees

Imagine Sex and the City set up on a blind date with Northern Exposure, and you have a pretty good take on Men in Trees.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Americas Next Top Model

In all likelihood, Melrose just doesn't understand the rhythms of a reality TV season: she should have saved her breakdown for Week Eight.

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19 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Kidnapped

Rather than manipulate our established fears by way of the threat to personal security, this show asks us to examine what makes us individuals in the first place.

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19 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Jericho

The citizens of Jericho want Jake to save them. Even in their cynicism, they seek a very old-fashioned solution.

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19 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Wire

This is the consequence of America's broken systems: a young boy staring into the darkness, wondering what else his future might bring.

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19 Sep 2006 // 1:47 AM

Smith

Faces are hard to read in Smith. Sometimes, this inscrutability is obvious, even exaggerated.

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18 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip plays a lot like a lip-glossed The West Wing. Not a bad thing necessarily, but not a radical rethinking of primetime TV either.

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14 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Path to 9/11

The motives and actions of the heroes transcend reproach; the bad guys are so inscrutably evil, they come across as the beady-eyed mole people in B-grade science fiction movies.

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CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

Couric asked, "What do you fear most?" Bush said he fears someone will slip into the country and kill Americans. If Couric expected another answer, I'd love to hear it.

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13 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sunday Night Football/Monday Night Football

John Madden is the ultimate broadcaster, in spite of his occasionally nonsensical commentary. He and Al Michaels mesh better than anyone else in the game.

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13 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Genius: A Dr. Sanjay Gupta Primetime Special

An all too brief look at the smarty-pants of the world.

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12 Sep 2006 // 1:24 AM

nip/tuck

Through the various clients' histories and desires, nip/tuck inquires into current arrangements of social power.

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12 Sep 2006 // 12:50 AM

Standoff

The first episode included a good deal of Where Is This Relationship Going, a little of Isn't My Floppy Fringe Just Fantastic, and a couple of hostage situations.

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10 Sep 2006 // 11:30 PM

Prison Break

Much as the Scofields despise the abject corruption that got them into this fix, they plainly feel less affinity for shadows than full-on righteousness. They believe they can get even.

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