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Sean Hannity's Smear of Mustard

On the drive down, we stopped at a TGI Friday’s and I ordered a cheeseburger. When the waitress brought the food I asked her if she had any Dijon mustard. Dan [legislative aide Dan Shomon] shook his head.

“He doesn’t want Dijon,” he insisted, waving the waitress off. “Here”—he shoved a yellow bottle of French’s mustard in my

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State Your Case! Castle

For the uninitiated, State Your Case! is a regular feature on Tuned In (I’ve kept this one alive two straight weeks, people!) in which I take up a TV show that I have given up watching and invite arguments as to why I should watch it again.

The intent of State Your Case! is to find shows that deserve a second look because they …

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TV Tonight: Designer Knockoff

I feel as if I’m expected, on principle, to hate The Fashion Show, which debuts tonight on Bravo. It is certainly, whatever Bravo says, a shameless, tactical ripoff of Project Runway, which left Bravo and debuts this summer on Lifetime. That may be distracting to viewers. And it may well be a strategic mistake for Bravo’s larger …

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David Simon Gets Big Easy for HBO

Wire fans, get excited: HBO has picked up David Simon’s next series, Treme, hopefully to run begin production in the fall. [Update: HBO tells me the THR report was incorrect on the start date; the show will air next year.] The series, set in New Orleans post-Katrina, stars Wendell “Bunk” Pierce (a Nawlins native) as well as The Wire’s …

A “New” Leonardo?

You may have read recently that an American specialist in the art of the Italian Renaissance is proposing a major reattribution. He’s arguing that two figures in a small 15th-century silver altarpiece by Andrea del Verrocchio were actually the work of Verrocchio’s precocious apprentice, Leonardo da Vinci. Any time I hear about …

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The Morning After: Change for a Hundred

I spent last night at the swanky Time 100 gala, held at the Live at Lincoln Center theater in the Time Warner building. (Fun fact: you may know this glass-encased room as the arena where King Silas held court in Kings.) Above, you can see my iPhone photo, from my perch in the nosebleed seats, of John Legend‘s performance. Rather …

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Judging American Idol: The Final 4

This was rock night on American Idol, which meant a visit from Slash, and, in the great tradition of Spinal Tap’s Stonehenge, a pre-show stage accident that kept the Final Four from singing a run-through. In addition to the solo performances, each Idol sang a duet—an Idol performance night first—which makes it a little confusing to …

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