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Miss perfect

I know what you're thinking: " Another Emma ? Didn't we just have a bushel of Jane Austen adaptations for TV?" Well, WGBH did give us four new Austens, but that was all the way back in 2008, a Jane-ite eternity.
The new BBC/WGBH Emma gets a 10
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 15, 2010
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Deal with It

When I was seven, I had a winter coat with flashes of neon so bright they glowed in the dark.
Revisiting the nightmares of a four-hour, made-for-TV Stephen King miniseries
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 30, 2009
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Review: Taking Woodstock

If there ever was a way to inject fresh interest into events that most people born after the baby boom couldn't care less about, it's to involve Eugene Levy and a shame-to-fame plot line made for reality television.
Ang Lee sums up the counterculture in style
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 28, 2009
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Our Don Drapers, Ourselves

This Sunday is the premiere of the third season of Mad Men (AMC, 10 pm), the Emmy-winning show that made fans of good television have to figure out where AMC was on their basic-cable schedules.
The Mad Men mystique
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 14, 2009
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Our Don Drapers, Ourselves

This Sunday is the premiere of the third season of Mad Men (AMC, 10 pm), the Emmy-winning show that made fans of good television have to figure out where AMC was on their basic-cable schedules.
The Mad Men mystique
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 14, 2009
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Going Mental

Fox's new drama Mental (Thursdays at 9 pm on Fox) is House with a thoroughly likable doctor at its center, but it won't have half the shelf life of its predecessor.
Fox's new psych-doc drama
By DAVID KRONKE  |  May 29, 2009


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Review: Dollhouse

Joss Whedon continues to fight the darkness
Joss Whedon continues to fight the darkness
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 09, 2009
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I love the ’90s

When the CW did not send out screeners of the pilot of 90210 some observers took that as a bad sign.
The CW’s new 90210
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 16, 2008
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Sight unseen

Hollywood writers are no longer walking picket lines, but their 14-week shutdown of TV production reverberates through the 2008-’09 fall season.
The fall TV season flies without pilots
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  September 08, 2008
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Spirit of '76


Swingtown takes a hit of Tab
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 27, 2008
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Fools rush in

If you think Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Daniel Day-Lewis, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, and Judi Dench are all hopelessly overrated, then WGBH/ITV has your TV movie.
WGBH remakes A Room with a View
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 2008


Life in cartoon motion

Welcome to the Public Broadcasting System’s new show, What Were You Thinking, You Idiot?
Politics and ohter mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 30, 2008
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Dancing queens

Conceived as a spinoff from the vintage BBC kids’ show Doctor Who , Torchwood has since come into its own
BBC America’s Torchwood
By JAMES PARKER  |  January 22, 2008
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Masterpieces and mysteries

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that there cannot be too many Jane Austen adaptations for film and television.
‘The Complete Jane Austen’ on WGBH, and making book on the Austen detectives
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 14, 2008

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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 09, 2008
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Lost World

Moments into the first episode of MTV’s The Real World: Sydney, Dunbar Flinn proudly confesses, “I summed everyone up quickly — who’s worth looking at, and who’s not.”
MTV’s The Real World: Sydney
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  August 15, 2007


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Reality ingenue

What is it about MTV’s top-rated reality show The Hills , premiering its third season August 13th?
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By ELLEE DEAN  |  August 13, 2007
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Judee Sill

If Judee Sill’s story isn’t fodder for a Lifetime TV movie, then nothing is.
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By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  August 07, 2007
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Background chatter

Thanks, Ricky Gervais, for getting the dread “A” word into the open: ATHEIST!
Ricky Gervais’s hilarious Extras
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 06, 2007
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Smart girls

In its third year, Veronica Mars , late of UPN, joins the new CW network as the most critically praised show on its roster.
Veronica Mars and 30 Rock go to the head of the class
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  December 12, 2006
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Houses of pain

Stay tuned, motherfuckers. Watch a preview for the second season of Meerkat Manor (YouTube)
A tough week in reality TV
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 19, 2006


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Why must I be a teenager in love?

Hysterical teenagers don’t edit their journals to make them sound less like life. Neither does Degrassi . A tribute to the couples of Degrassi (YouTube) Teen screams: five other shows that pushed the envelope. By Ryan Stewart
Degrassi and South of Nowhere put the dirt back in teen soaps
By SHARON STEEL  |  October 04, 2006
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Deconstructing Dwight

Nobody expected this.
How NBC's The Office silenced the snobs
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 26, 2006
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Mick and more

Everyone’s coming out of the woodwork this season. Ted Danson, Calista Flockhart, John Lithgow, and Amanda Peet are among the actors prepping for an effusive back-to-TV homecoming, and even Mick Jagger will be on screen.
The TV stars — and Jagger — come home to roost
By SHARON STEEL  |  September 19, 2006
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Bookworms

“Under Cover” is one of those lucid, edifying shows the Harvard museums excel at.
Sketchbooks at Harvard, dead bird at the Gardner
By GREG COOK  |  August 28, 2006
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Earning his wings

Delroy Lindo is only 6’3”, but he plays a lot bigger on screen.
The career of Delroy Lindo
By RYAN STEWART  |  August 11, 2006


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Revenge of the nerds

GameLife has a certain something: an unabashed geekiness that’s real, engaging, and endearingly awkward. GameLife : Episode Six (YouTube)
Three gamer geeks from Needham made a vid-cast that was slagged mercilessly on the web — and then MTV called
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 09, 2006
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It’s a boy's world

The third season finds the Entourage entourage continuing their pursuit of sex and toys.
Entourage ’s Hollywood playpen
By JON GARELICK  |  June 06, 2006
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Tuned out

Disney’s tweenpop smash is now the fastest selling TV movie on DVD, ever. Here’s five reasons not to hate the most disgusting show on television.
A guide to surviving High School Musical
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  June 02, 2006
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Ten classic season finales

It's May, and couch jockeys everywhere know what that means: season finales.
Cliffhangers, attempted murders, and obscene amounts of money
By RYAN STEWART  |  May 25, 2006