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Test Pilot: Modern Family

Test Pilot is a semiregular feature sharing my first impressions of the pilots for next fall’s shows. These aren’t reviews, since these pilots can be rewritten, recast and retooled before airing, and the shows that eventually get on the air can prove much better or worse. But, premature opinions are why God invented the Internet, so

Gehry in Brooklyn: He’s Out of Brooklyn

Earlier this week I posted about Frank Gehry’s departure as architect of the NBA arena planned as the centerpiece of the giant Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn. At the time I noted that he was still identified as “master planner” for the overall project — 17 buildings on a 22-acre site, including office towers and apartments. …

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Is the Media Soft on White Male Terrorism?

Suppose two men committed separate acts of extremist murder in the United States within a month. Suppose the gunmen attacked a church and a national landmark, motivated by politics and religious prejudice, targeting a nationally controversial figure and innocent civilians. Suppose there was a history of attacks by similarly motivated men …

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TV Tonight: Top Chef Masters

The business of food is the business of brand extension. If you have a successful restaurant, next comes the cookbook. The cooking show. The Vegas branch. The casual-bistro spinoff. The line of frozen dinners.

In that spirit comes Top Chef spinoff Top Chef Masters, debuting tonight on Bravo. If you are hoping for Top Chef Masters …

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Lost Discussion Group: Reunion Island

The history of Lost is the history of its characters being scattered, brought together, re-scattered, re-brought together, re-scattered, etc. Season 5, of course, had the various Lostaways scattered more than ever, separated not just by space but by 30 years of time—and that’s not even counting Desmond, out in a separate orbit of his …

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Mad Men Returns August 16

I feel like that date was out there already, but it’s possible that it was on the down-low, or that I simply dreamt it. In any case, there you have it.

For those who need to catch up, AMC is offering season one on-demand as of today, season 2 beginning July 20. Season 2 will also marathon on-air—according to AMC, “Sunday, August …

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