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The Kardashians conquer all

The Kardashians emerged on the national scene as a stunningly irrelevant reality-TV family from Los Angeles. But those were the devil-may-care days of 2007, so we let it pass. Slowly, the Kardashian sisters began showing up everywhere, from awards shows to talk shows to commercials, despite having no talent and nothing to say. Did we sit up and pay attention when E! premiered Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami, even though the title made the goal of conquest explicit? No, we didn't. >More
 Harry's Law gets cutesy in court

In Harry's Law, Harriet Korn (Kathy Bates) is a hotshot patent lawyer who can't face another boring day on the job. "I'd sooner look into the mirror and watch my teeth rot," she says. >More
 The Cape offers old-school superhero pleasures

As a kid, I enjoyed watching deadly-earnest superhero shows and then fighting criminals in a bath-towel cape. Back then, I would have loved The Cape, with its serious approach to masks and secret identities. To be honest, I love it now. It's nice to see a superhero production that isn't ultra-ironic or ultra-violent, but just a straightforward story of a square-jawed dude with an odd fashion sense saving his city from ugly French and British baddies. >More
 Despised contestant Brad Womack returns to The Bachelor

Three years ago, Brad Womack made one of the most sensible moves in reality-TV history: He rejected both women in the Bachelor finale. "I can't look you in the eye and tell you that I love you," he said with admirable clear-headedness. The alternative, of course, was going through with the charade of "proposing" to some random, unappealing stranger from a group chosen by ABC producers. >More
 Pianist Glenn Gould's brilliance came with a price

Classical pianist Glenn Gould was a genius and an eccentric, and American Masters spends two hours trying to penetrate the mysteries of his life. In the early 1950s, Gould burst onto the international classical scene out of nowhere (i.e., Toronto), shaking up the established ways of doing things. He had James Dean looks, astonishing technique and a highly personal way of playing canonical music. >More
 Leverage steals an election

TNT's Leverage is a funnier Mission: Impossible, in which Timothy Hutton's merry band of thieves, con artists and hackers set up elaborate stings to thwart that week's bad guy. The series makes expert use of cheesy accents, stagy disguises and unlikely gizmos, not to mention wisecracks at the tensest moments. >More
 Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking turns catastrophe to comedy

Like most people, I developed a crush on Carrie Fisher after seeing her as Princess Leia in Star Wars. My crush faded over the years as Fisher made headlines for bad marriages, drug addiction and mental-health problems. Eventually, I stopped reading the headlines. In the one-woman show Wishful Drinking Fisher tell us what happened to her and why. >More
 The Sing-Off features a very unlikely contestant: Soul great Jerry Lawson

What if American Idol had been around in the 1950s and Elvis Presley entered the competition? Would the judges have simply crowned him the winner after one episode? The new season of The Sing-Off faces a similar situation. >More
 Bob Saget, bad-ass

Bob Saget inspires a surprising amount of hostility. For years, he's been a punchline for viewers and snarky TV critics because of his stint as a goody-goody dad on the sitcom Full House. I always considered this unfair, given the comic skill with which he played the role. Saget must consider it unfair, too, since he's tried so hard to run away from his squeaky-clean image in the years since. >More
 John Lennon, human being

Masterpiece Contemporary's "Lennon Naked" is one of the best Beatle dramatizations ever. The need to sort through the sheer number of epochal events in John Lennon's life from 1964 to 1971 would sink most biopics, but this one handles the exposition elegantly. Beatlemania, the Maharishi debacle, the tumultuous affair with Yoko Ono, the band's breakup and other key incidents pass across the screen, but they don't interfere with the primary drama: Lennon's internal struggle as a man and an artist. >More
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