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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
 Happy Town is sweet on the surface, scary underneath

Happy Town is the latest attempt to recapture Twin Peaks magic. A young woman moves to a small town with sinister secrets under its quaint surface. A serial killer named the Magic Man had committed a string of annual murders that stopped five years ago, but suddenly a new corpse appears. >More
 You Don't Know Jack humanizes Dr. Kevorkian

You Don't Know Jack tells the story of Jack Kevorkian, the retired pathologist who became known as Dr. Death for his involvement in assisted suicide during the 1990s. Kevorkian is one of the most extraordinary American men in recent history, and only the most extraordinary American actor could bring him alive onscreen. In other words, this is a job for Al Pacino. >More
 Died and gone to Riverworld

The ambitious Riverworld almost reaches so-bad-it's-good status. The four-hour TV movie has many of the hallmarks: a preposterous script that earnestly reaches for profundity; awful actors who seem to think they've been cast in a serious work of art; and a general misplaced sense of gravitas. >More
 Anne Frank lives!

After reading The Diary of Anne Frank, you really can't get anything done for the rest of the day. Anne's account of hiding from the Nazis gives you a profound sense of The Best and The Worst of the human race. >More
 United States of Tara: Me, myself and them

Diablo Cody's United States of Tara makes Showtime a must-subscribe premium station, just as The Sopranos did for HBO. The subject is the mutability of modern identity. >More
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