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6 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Celebrity Duets

As Michael Bolton oozed across the floor, my interest began to go south faster than a carpetbagger on roller skates.

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6 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The MTV Video Music Awards 2006

To think: the most water-cooler-worthy moment of VMA 2006 was done by some guy pulling a prank. Maybe there is hope for next year's show, after all.

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6 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Justice

'Justice', as defined by the series, is directly proportional to spin, and spin costs money.

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4 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Million Dollar Listing

All you really need to know about Million Dollar Listing is that it's brought to you by the same people who conceived Showbiz Moms & Dads and Showdog Moms & Dads.

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27 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Vanished

Even aside from Agent Kelton's personal angst, Vanished is weighed down by clichés.

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23 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Ultimate Fighter

We all know that boys will be boys. According to Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter, we should also know that men will kick the shit out of each other.

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22 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Hill

Unlike so much reality TV, The Hill actually respects its subjects.

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When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

When the Levees Broke, elegant and anguished, encourages you to see, and more importantly, to care about and act on what you see. It is political in the most significant sense, and won't let you forget it.

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15 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Weeds

Once more, Mom slips into her "Godmother" persona, wades into the tall weeds of moral ambiguity, ready to make one more compromise, one more sacrifice.

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15 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Metalocalypse

As Spinal Tap's David St. Hubbins says, 'It's such a fine line between the stupid and the clever.' Metalocalypse, unfortunately, waffles between the two.

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14 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Gene Simmons Family Jewels

Once again, a seemingly antisocial and arrogant rock icon turns out to be a sharp, smart businessman with a solid family unit and a soft and cuddly offstage demeanor.

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9 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

So You Think You Can Dance

Less deliberately confrontational than Nigel Lythgoe, the other, merely aggravating judges also solicit viewers' contempt, aligning them with relatively sympathetic contestants.

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9 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Three Moons Over Milford

Yet another 'quirky small town' series, Three Moons over Milford offers conventional characters: newly divorced mother, troublesome but good-hearted kids, and attractive love interest.

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2 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Feasting on Asphalt

Alton Brown's recipes usually work, but he uses flow charts and slide rules to figure out serving sizes and cookie diameters.

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Who Wants to be a Superhero?

Being mere mortals, contestants are not expected to leap tall buildings, stop bullets, or outrace locomotives. Instead, they are tested on the human qualities of heroism: compassion, intelligence, attentiveness, and selflessness.

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1 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

30 Days

It's not an earth-shattering revelation that illegal immigrants are people too. But 30 Days turned a debate too often reliant on PR spin or faceless statistics into affecting drama.

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30 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Garth Marenghis Darkplace

British comedian Matthew Holness is one of the rare individuals who can put together an intentionally dreadful entertainment.

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26 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Chappelles Show: The Lost Episodes

Hearing that Chappelle was worried about who was laughing and why is upsetting. His comedy had always seemed "inclusive," making racism "safe" to explore in front of mixed audiences.

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24 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Eureka

Named for the town that houses this community -- a kind of Epcot for savants -- the pilot episode began with a bang, dragged a bit, then finished with events pilfered from the Roland Emmerich School of Specious Apocalypse.

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18 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

DMX: The Soul of a Man

This has always been the thing about X, his capacity to feel, hugely, completely, publicly. He hardly needs reality tv to exploit that about him.

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