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My Bold, Bold Move

With scant seconds to go to the festivities, it occurs to me you might want my own predictions for the Emmys. I don’t have any — frankly, nearly every year that I try, I lose my own in-house pool to my wife. I’m not embarrassed by that; though I watch TV for a living, I feel that my job is not to be able to prognosticate winners and …

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Live Blogging the Emmys

If you’re like me, whenever you spend a perfectly good Sunday night watching a predictable awards show, you say to yourself, "You know what would make this night even better? Reading a TV critic’s opinions about this predictable awards show on his blog!" Well, wait no more: if my six-year-old laptop doesn’t melt on me, I’ll be posting

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Reunited, and, Well, Frankly, It Could Feel Better

It sounds like the concept for a romantic comedy. A pair of divorced actors, both of them long in the tooth and carrying a few extra pounds, each get a comeback on separate shows on a youth-oriented network, opposite much younger actors. They’re so close, yet so far, separated only by their time slots. Then one day, they see each other

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Survivor Gets Survivorer

If you haven’t watched the premiere of Survivor: Guatemala and don’t want to know this season’s twist, stop reading. If you watched, I hope you’re as offended as I am. As promised, two past players returned to join the new tribes: they turned out to be the two last players standing from the decimated tribe in Survivor:

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Rescue Me … From Spoilers?

This is as good a time as any to discuss the spoiler policy of this blog. It used to be that once a TV show aired, whoever wanted to watch it, had. But, as David Bianculli recently discussed in the New York Daily News, we live in the era of time-shifting. People use TiVo, they watch the multiple weekly reruns of cable shows, they wait

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Head Cases' Hebrew Hammer

If there were a special Emmy award for Acting That Is Much Better Than the Series Being Acted In, there would be some excellent entries this season. Fox’s Bones, which debuted last night, is an inexcusably cheesy CSI ripoff. But Emily Deschanel gives an unnecessarily honest, striking performance as a brusque scientist who is great

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Not the Same Girl I Used to Know

The problem with Martha Stewart—even before ImClone and prison—was supposed to be the coldness, the distance, the all-business, I’m-your-teacher-not-your-best-friend attitude. For me, though, that was reason number one to love Martha. Unlike almost any other daytime host, she did not care whether you liked her. She did not

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