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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
 NCIS: Los Angeles succeeds the old-fashioned way

The new spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles doesn't try anything fancy. No gimmicks, no strenuously original ideas -- just a pair of agents (Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J) going undercover to catch the bad guys against a backdrop of L.A. skyscrapers, with a high-tech team assisting at HQ. >More
 Latin Music USA traces a remarkable progression

After all the dreadful series that have premiered in the last month, it's downright therapeutic to watch Latin Music USA. Here, finally, is a well-made production, full of humor and drama. >More
 UW Prof. Bill Cronon stars in Ken Burns' The National Parks on PBS

What happens when a city's media are subjected to wave after wave of staffing and budget cuts? One consequence is that even obvious, important and interesting stories fall through the cracks. >More
 Curb Your Enthusiasm arranges a Seinfeld semi-reunion

Everybody dreams of a Seinfeld reunion, and this week we get one -- sort of. Seinfeld writer/co-creator Larry David stars in his own Seinfeld-like show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and he brings on Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander as special guest stars. >More
 Cougar Town wallows in perversion

Courteney Cox was one of the funniest actors on Friends, one of the funniest sitcoms ever. So how can she be the least funny actress of the new TV season? >More
 The Good Wife deals with a bad husband

The opening scene of The Good Wife is all too familiar: A politician ensnared in scandal faces reporters as his wife stands by his side wearing pearls and an ashen expression. >More
 The Vampire Diaries hops on the fang fad

Pop culture has done wonderful things with vampires lately, from the Twilight movie to HBO's True Blood. Then there's The Vampire Diaries. The CW's new series is nothing more than a turgid teen soap opera -- Gossip Girl with sharper fangs. >More
 The new Melrose Place is sleazier than ever

I didn't hear anybody clamoring for a new version of Melrose Place, but here comes another crop of beautiful young adults living and loving in an L.A. apartment complex. The remake wants very badly to be wicked. >More
 Iraq vets fight their addictions in Intervention

A&E's Intervention is never easy to watch, but a special episode on addiction among Iraq War veterans is especially heartbreaking. We meet Marines who stood tall in a war zone and then crumbled as soon as they returned to the U.S., succumbing to alcohol and drug abuse. >More
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