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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
 The Teen Choice Awards lies!

The Teen Choice Awards is shiny and exciting on the outside, corrupt and evil on the inside. Teens are whipped up into a frenzy over their ability to "choose" their favorite movies, music and TV shows, not realizing that elderly marketing millionaires are actually foisting these choices on them. >More
 Rachel Zoe is, like, betrayed!

Rachel Zoe, a fashion stylist to the stars, finds yet another reason to feel victimized as The Rachel Zoe Project begins a new season. Rachel is shocked to discover that her extravagantly nasty assistant Taylor has acted extravagantly nasty -- who'd have thought? -- and screwed over the business. She reacts to this betrayal the way she reacts to everything: like a petulant teenage valley girl. >More
 Self-help guru Tony Robbins helps himself in Breakthrough

Tony Robbins is a hulking self-help infomercial guru with frighteningly perfect teeth. And by "self-help," I mean that his empowerment empire is designed to help himself -- to glorify him as the man who makes your dreams come true. Note the title of his new NBC reality series: not just Breakthrough, but Breakthrough with Tony Robbins. >More
 The past comes back to haunt Eureka -- literally

It's season four for Eureka, the SyFy series about a secret community of geniuses assembled for top-secret government research. Even good shows start to sag in the fourth year, but Eureka has come up with a clever way of refreshing its storyline. A group of town residents travel back to 1947 (hey, I said they were geniuses), and when they return, things they've done in the past have slightly changed the present. >More
 Children's Hospital rips dopey doctor shows

I hereby proclaim Rob Corddry America's most underrated comedian. He killed on The Daily Show; he killed on the short-lived sitcom The Winner; and he killed in Hot Tub Time Machine. So what thanks does he get? A late-night extended-basic-cable timeslot for his latest series, Children's Hospital. >More
 Warehouse 13 keeps magic in stock

In Warehouse 13, two Secret Service agents (Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly) work with the caretaker (Saul Rubinek) of a top-secret government storage facility that houses mysterious relics. They investigate supernatural activity and wander through elaborate green-screen sets. Last year, I gave the series premiere a negative review, but the second-season premiere strikes me as a minor masterpiece. What the hey? >More
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