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Corporate Press Release Theater: More Celebrity Rehab

American Idol may run out of qualified applicants, but Dr. Drew never will:

VH1 has once again partnered with Dr. Drew Pinsky for a second season of the hit reality series “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” The series, consisting of eight one-hour episodes, is slated to premiere October 2008.

Similar to the first cycle, the second

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Test Pilot: Fringe

Torv (center, wearing brain-melding gizmo) with Noble and Jackson. / Mark Ben Holzberg/FOX

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

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The Morning After: The Rest Is Still Unscripted

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I haven’t regularly followed any edition of The Bachelor/ette since, oh, the Trista era. Nor am I any more inclined to watch it now that the show is two freaking hours long. (Did we really lose that many narrative subtleties at an hour’s length?) But I checked in on last night’s Bachelorette long enough to see DeAnna and her date …

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The Morning After: Rockets' Red Glare

So the thing I was skeptical about before watching Discovery’s When We Left Earth in HD was: why exactly would old film benefit from high definition? Grainy footage is grainy footage, right? But comparing it with the standard-def version I screened, there does seem to be a difference: HD can’t make blurry footage crisp, but HDTV (and, …

The Cool School

I caught an early look at The Cool School, a documentary about the West Coast art scene in the 1950s and ’60s. Directed by Morgan Neville, co-written by him and Kristine McKenna, it premieres Tuesday at 10 P.M. on PBS.

It’s built around the focal point of L.A. art in those days, the Ferus Gallery, Ur-institution of the West Coast art …

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TV Weekend: To the Moon! (Etc.)

Yes, I have a picture of a Titan booster rocket on my blog, and yes, I am happy to see you. / NASA

Discovery’s next big docu-showcase, When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions, is another example of the technological limitations of contemporary TV criticism. The multi-night history of the space program, beginning Sunday night, arrived in …

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Lost Discussion Group: Second Thoughts

It’s been a week since the Lost finale, which makes this an opportune morning to relaunch the summer Lost Discussion Group. I don’t have a topic for you, but I have a good reason for that: I forgot.

But I’m going to spin that as a good thing, because maybe the best way to kick off is simply to re-evaluate how the season 4 finale looks …

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I Love L.A.

The city of Los Angeles is suing Tuned In’s soon-to-be-former corporate sibling, Time Warner Cable, for shoddy customer service. Mind you, I’m not a lawyer and can’t judge the validity of the suit one way or another. But I have to enjoy the idea of anyone creating headaches for a cable-company customer-service department, rather than …

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