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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
 The cops look like supermodels in Rookie Blue

Tell me if ABC's new Rookie Blue sounds familiar: A group of young cops who look like supermodels graduate from police academy and pair up with crotchety veterans. The veterans have little patience for the rookies' mistakes, but the rookies try hard to redeem themselves. They succeed right before the last commercial break. >More
 Hot in Cleveland is a sitcom classic

Every year, the broadcast networks try to produce new sitcoms in the classical mode: laugh tracks, three-camera setups, punchlines, etc. These shows almost never work, despite massive infusions of money and stars. You begin to think the art form is dead until a series comes along and makes it look easy. >More
 True Blood is the anti-Twilight

Forget about The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. HBO's True Blood is the vampire series that really matters this summer. It's the anti-Twilight, eschewing chaste undead romance in favor of depraved sex, bloody violence and pitch-black humor. >More
 Mismatched cops go for laughs in The Good Guys

We know Bradley Whitford can be funny because of his stint on The West Wing. But he's miscast in The Good Guys, a new series about an idiotic veteran detective paired with a young go-getter (Colin Hanks) on the lowly property-crimes beat. >More
 E! celebrates 20 years of celebrity worship

E! marks its 20th anniversary with special programming. E! Celebrates 20 Years of the Celebrity Revolution, for example, looks back at the star-centric culture the network has covered and, to some degree, created. >More
 American Idol's winner will be a loser

At the start of American Idol's season, my big concern was the judges. Paula Abdul left, and Simon Cowell announced his impending departure. In the meantime, last year's new judge, Kara DioGuardi, hadn't proved she belonged at the table, and incoming judge Ellen DeGeneres didn't have a musical background. I smelled disaster. >More
 The latest on Kenny Strasser, yo-yo master

Kenny "K-Strass" Strasser showed up on Chicago's WGN Tuesday morning alongside his replacement as Zim Zam Yo-Yos' spokesperson, Eric Stringer, who bills himself as the "Garth Brooks of yo-yos." >More
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