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The Jackson family creates a shameless reality series

Last spring, members of the Jackson family decided to create a reality series. Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon would reunite the Jackson 5, even though an important member -- actually, the only important member, Michael -- had opted out. This was garden-variety Jackson tackiness, but they outdid themselves by continuing the project after Michael's sudden death in June. >More
 The Closer overdoes it, again

The world has rightly taken notice of the awesome actresses headlining cable TV series: Glenn Close in Damages, Holly Hunter in Saving Grace, Mary-Louise Parker in Weeds, and several others. The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick gets lumped into this group, but I find both her performance and her show less compelling. >More
 Steven Seagal becomes a real cop in Lawman

According to the reality series Lawman, second-tier action star Steven Seagal has spent the last 20 years quietly working as a sheriff's deputy in Louisiana's Jefferson Parish. Now that he's aged, gained weight and lost access in Hollywood, he's apparently decided to stop being so quiet about it. >More
 Men of a Certain Age grows old gracefully

The broadcast networks' fall series gave TV a bad name, but Men of a Certain Age makes you fall in love with the medium all over again. Ray Romano co-created this masterful drama about middle-aged friends who've lost their mojo. >More
 Tribesmen visit the U.S. in Meet the Natives

Meet the Natives heads to the small South Pacific island of Tanna, where the tribesmen are naked except for grass tassels covering their penises. Five of these primitive people -- including a chief, a medicine man and a translator -- agree to visit the United States with a camera crew in tow. >More
 The Beatles bring down the Evil Empire

The Beatles racked up a lot of achievements in their musical career, but now we have to add one more: destroying the Soviet Union. >More
 WWII in HD brings the battles into sharper focus

WWII in HD presents rare footage of World War II, found during a two-year global search through basements and archives. The footage was translated into high definition, then artfully edited to convey the sense that we're experiencing the events of 1939-45 as they happened. >More
 SpongeBob SquarePants celebrates 10 surreal years

It's official: Everybody loves SpongeBob SquarePants. You can tell by all the stars who line up for cameo appearances in the cartoon's 10th anniversary special, including Robin Williams, Pink, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Craig Ferguson, LeBron James and Rosario Dawson. >More
 Aliens are the new terrorists in V

Suspicious-looking aliens come to Earth in ABC's remake of the 1980s series V. They resemble humans and claim to have peaceful intentions. Ominously, their leader announces that her race doesn't believe in negative feelings. >More
 A gorgeous pair save White Collar

No, White Collar is not set in the real world. USA specializes in this kind of crime-solving fantasy, but the new series lacks the magic of Monk or Psych. >More
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