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Tony Danza earns an A in the reality series Teach

You can't help but groan hearing the premise of Tony Danza's new reality series, Teach: Tony Danza. The aging TV actor sets himself up as a 10th-grade English teacher in an urban Philadelphia high school, with a camera following his every move. Is it fair to make these poor kids pawns in Danza's late-career vanity project? >More
 Boardwalk Empire peers into America's corrupt soul

HBO has been ridiculed for passing on Mad Men, but Boardwalk Empire ought to shut up the haters. You want a drama that peers deep into America's soul, exploring sex, commerce, gender relations, race relations, politics, culture, crime and ethnicity while evoking a particular time and place? Boardwalk Empire, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, finds even better dramatic material in 1920s Atlantic City than Mad Men does in 1960s Manhattan. >More
 Outlaw's lawyer hero is bizarrely divorced from reality

Outlaw features Jimmy Smits as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice -- but unfortunately, not one from planet Earth. Unlike any known justices, Cyrus Garza causes a ruckus at casinos and flagrantly comes on to every hot woman he meets. >More
 Selfish meets selfless in the fabulous Running Wilde

Could the people behind Arrested Development possibly come up with another outside-the-box sitcom that single-handedly redeems the genre? Yes. Running Wilde has you laughing from beginning to end at its tale of a rotten millionaire still in love with the poor do-gooder he fell for as a child. >More
 A con man in pushes his luck in Lone Star

Lone Star gives me hope for the 2010-11 season. Bob (James Wolk) lives his life as a con artist, with pressure from his dad (David Keith). He's set up oil-and-gas scams in Houston and Midland, Tex., while also creating fake identities and romantic relationships in each place. The thing is, Bob wants to stop faking it, against dad's wishes. >More
 Nikita unleashes a sexy assassin

In Nikita, a killer with supermodel looks -- you know, the deadliest kind of killer -- is rescued from death row by a super-secret government agency and trained to be an assassin. Nikita (Maggie Q) discovers the agency's corruption, escapes its clutches, and vows revenge. >More
 Losing weight hurts in Thintervention with Jackie Warner

Jackie Warner is a workout guru, shameless self-promoter and reality-series repeat offender. In Thintervention with Jackie Warner, she oversees a group of overweight people interested in losing weight. "Workouts are not painful," she assures them. "They are pleasure!" >More
 The Emmys cap an amazing year for TV

Which is better, movies or TV? I think we can settle the question at Sunday's Emmy Awards. The Hurt Locker, which won the Best Picture Oscar this year, was good. But was it great? I don't think so. >More
 Kim Kardashian plugs her own PR in The Spin Crowd

Here are the six scariest words in TV: "From the Mind of Kim Kardashian." The airhead socialite has become famous for doing nothing, aside from playing herself in the reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. And how hard could that be, since her life basically consists of standing around in tight clothes? >More
 Laura Linney makes the best of terminal cancer in The Big C

The Big C joins the ranks of brilliant cable series that are beating the pants off most theatrical movies. Start with one of the greatest American actresses, Laura Linney, and give her a meaty character in extreme circumstances. She plays Cathy, a Minneapolis schoolteacher who reassesses her life after a terminal cancer diagnosis. >More
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