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Judging American Idol: The Final 8

Before we get to the reviews of American Idol‘s Songs from the ‘Year You Were Born’ Night, I want to issue an apology to America on behalf of the 1980s. I was a teenager at the time, but I feel partly responsible for the decade’s popular music catalog. We all made choices we weren’t proud of. Just be thankful you were spared Paula …

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TV Tonight: Rescue Me; Manly, Yes, But I Like It Too

At the last minute last week, I shifted gears from doing a writeup for season 5 of Rescue Me in favor of reviewing In Treatment for the print TIME. Then other things came up, so I never got through my full batch of screeners of the Denis Leary show, which returns tonight on FX. But a quick recommendation: even if you got tired of it …

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Jon Stewart Has Not Finished Jim Cramer Yet

According to a CNBC announcement, stockpicker and Jon Stewart punching bag Jim Cramer celebrates his 1,000th episode tomorrow. (CNBC actually went to the trouble of counting the number of “boo-yahs” on Mad Money—over 1,500, a surprisingly low figure.) Judging from the reaction to the recent Daily Show smackdown of Cramer, many other …

More Talk About the Venetians

Let’s finish up that conversation with Frederick Ilchman, who co-curated the smart and hilariously lustrous new show at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, “Rivals in Renaissance Venice: Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese.”

LACAYO: In the fall of 2006 your museum reached an agreement with the Italian culture ministry to give back to Italy 13 …

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The Morning After: Any Port in a Storm

I’m not sure when or if I’ll have a chance to blog much of this weekend’s TV—Breaking Bad, Dollhouse, In Treatment, the United States of Tara finale—so consider this an open thread in the meantime. I also wanted to put in a word for Kings, whose episode last night was the first I hadn’t been sent in advance by NBC. Though the ratings …

Talking About the Venetians (And Other Things)

I was up in Boston last Thursday and Friday, mainly to look in on “Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice”. That would be the very pleasurable new loan show at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts about the ways that the Big Three of 16th-century Venetian painting pushed each other’s buttons for decades. It remains …

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It's a Time.com Reunion! (On the Radio.)

Former Swamplander Ana Marie Cox is guest-hosting on Air America from noon to 3 p.m. E.T. today, and I’ll be on with her somewhere around 1:30, talking about matters TV-related.

I’m told the interview will be available on something called a “radio.” If you don’t have one handy, and are not near an antiques shop, you can find a live …

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