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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
 Friday Night Lights gets you rooting for small-town football

Critics have gone wild over Friday Night Lights, a series about high school football in small-town Texas. Audiences haven't gone wild, but it's time to start, people. NBC has begun airing the fourth season at an unconventional time, just as 2009-10 is winding down for other dramas. >More
 'Yo-yo master' Kenny Strasser also struck in Madison

Everybody loves yo-yo tricks, right? That's what a guy known as Kenny "K-Strass" Strasser was banking on as he managed to get himself booked on several morning television shows in Wisconsin and, most recently, Missouri over the past month. Video from some of those appearances have started to spread online, particularly after posted some Monday, and they feature an appearance on a Madison station. >More
 Tom Selleck hits rock bottom in Jesse Stone: No Remorse

Tom Selleck returns as a depressive small-town police chief in Jesse Stone: No Remorse. In the latest installment, Selleck's Jesse Stone is down in the dumps -- just where we like him -- after being suspended from the force. >More
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