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TNT Is Remaking Dallas. Why Are You Remaking Dallas, TNT?

TNT has ordered ten episodes of a remake of Dallas, to start airing next year. Why?

I should issue the standard disclaimers. It’s all in the execution; I loved the Battlestar Galactica reboot; I hope to eat my words, &c. But Dallas seems to be less in need of remaking than even the usual unnecessary remake. (Cough! upcoming ABC …

TV Weekend: Curb Your Enthusiasm Lives to Kvetch Again

Spoiler alert: in this season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, a lot of people get really mad at Larry David.

All right, the spoiler alert is probably not necessary. When David and Jerry Seinfeld created Seinfeld, their mantra “No hugging, no learning” was a reaction against the good-hearted, sentimental sitcoms of the Cosby era. For the past …

TV Tonight: Torchwood: Miracle Day

I remember once watching a sketch* about an all-you-can-eat restaurant that hid a horrible secret: the diners were not allowed to eat all they wanted to, but rather forced to eat all they could physically hold. The premise of Torchwood: Miracle Day, the Americanization of the British Torchwood series that debuts tonight on Starz, is a …

NBC Sets Its Dates for Fall

NBC became the last of the major broadcast networks to announce its fall premiere dates yesterday, and it like its peers (despite NBC’s ratings, I’ll still use the term “peers”) is debuting most of its new shows in the traditional late-September premiere week. Among the shows not on this schedule is 30 Rock, which, as announced long …

Chewed Up, Spitzered Out at CNN

The bad news: Eliot Spitzer has lost another job. The good news: there’s no legal investigation involved this time! In a big shakeup of CNN’s trouble primetime lineup, the former New York governor’s In the Arena has been cancelled, to be replaced, beginning Aug. 8, with Anderson Cooper’s AC 360, now at 10 p.m. ET. In the fall, CNN will …

The Morning After: Combat Fatigue

The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is coming up in two months, and there will be no shortage of tributes and specials designed to remind us how far we have or haven’t come since then. (I just received screeners for the final season of Rescue Me, one of the signal post-9/11 series, which is timing its finale to the anniversary.) …

Casey Anthony Is Acquitted; the Media Trial Is Just Beginning

You could have watched the Casey Anthony verdict on another channel besides HLN,* but that would have been like watching election returns on ESPN.

Other networks covered the trial, some more fervently than others — notably TruTV, formerly known as Court TV. But it was HLN that threw itself into the trial with lust and bloodlust, that …

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