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TV Online Tonight: 30 Rock

The TV networks are making critics feel less special all the time. Here I thought I was all that because I’d seen a DVD of 30 Rock’s (very good) premiere episode airing next week. And then NBC goes and puts it on Hulu / MySpace Primetime:

NBC also sent me the second episode. So I still have that to cling to.

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TV Poll: Grand (and Not So Grand) Finales

I don’t know if I’m supposed to tell you this, but I have seen the series finale of The Shield. For fear of spoilerizing anything, I’m not going to so much as fleetingly characterize it for now—sorry—but anyone who watched this week’s episode can see that Shawn Ryan is paring down the storylines and setting up the final episodes for …

Bernini at the Getty

Portrait of Cardinal Scipione Borghese (detail), Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1632/Museo e Galleria Borghese – Photo: Arrigo Coppitz

If you’re in the L.A. area, there are still three days left to see the phenomenal show of Bernini’s portrait busts at the Getty Center, which I caught up with a few weeks ago. (Next stop Ottawa, its only other …

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The Morning After: Runs, Hits, Errands

David M. Russell/The CW

Last night, most of America watched the first game of the World Series on Fox. Some of the less athletically minded of us watched Stylista on The CW, in which young fashion aspirants compete to become an assistant at Elle magazine. Being a go-fer for a fashion magazine is actually probably about exactly as …

Is Calatrava’s Spire Expiring?

Chicago Spire (proposed), Santiago Calatrava, 2007/Image: Shelboune Development

It looks like the real estate slowdown is creating problems for the Chicago Spire, the super-sized condo tower designed by Santiago Calatrava. Planned to top out at around 115 stories, it will be the tallest building in America — if it gets built. The

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