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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
 Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution takes corndogs off the menu

In Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, the British chef arrives on our shores to change the way we eat, beginning with the statistically proven "unhealthiest city in America": Huntington, West Virginia. It sound like an annoyingly self-aggrandizing project, but Oliver is no British reality-series showboat on the order of Simon Cowell or Gordon Ramsay. >More
 High Society finds the worst people in the world

Reality series have long been engaged in a race to the bottom, each trying to showcase the most repulsive specimens of humanity. Barring the appearance of The Real Housewives of the Third Reich, however, the CW's High Society will likely be crowned the winner. Or should I say the loser? >More
 The Pacific recycles World War II clichés

Producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg collaborated on Band of Brothers, a miniseries about U.S. soldiers fighting in Europe during World War II. They follow up with The Pacific, another miniseries following the action in the Pacific theater. >More
 The Oscars won't suck

I say this every year, but I really think the Academy Awards will be better than usual. The producers are reportedly studying film of past disasters to weed out the deadliest elements (why has no one ever thought of this before?), and hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin are sure to be an improvement over last year's Hugh Jackman. >More
 Jay Leno rightfully returns to The Tonight Show

Jay Leno returns to The Tonight Show after the failed experiment of his primetime talk show, displacing successor Conan O'Brien. NBC has been savagely attacked for this series of moves, but I really can't see why. >More
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