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NBC destroys the world in The Storm

In the Great Depression of the 1930s, Hollywood pumped out screwball comedies to cheer us up. In the current depression, NBC takes the opposite approach, trying as hard as it can to create fear and anxiety. >More
 Dark Blue goes where many cop shows have gone before

Tell me if you've heard this one before: A brilliant law-enforcement type with a tragic past and perpetual stubble leads a team of extraordinary undercover operatives outside the boundaries of police jurisdiction. >More
 Antiques Roadshow returns to Madison and sifts through trash and treasure

It looked like a mass moving day as Madisonians filed into the Alliant Energy Center on Saturday. PBS's Antiques Roadshow was in town to appraise our old stuff, and people walked through the parking lot with carts, suitcases and arms loaded with objects that might be worth a lot of money -- or a little, or maybe nothing at all. >More
 A model switches souls with a lawyer in Drop Dead Diva

Drop Dead Diva is so enjoyable that I wished my own soul would migrate into the body of a plump, plain guy with no life to speak of. Wait a minute...I guess that's already happened. >More
 The Great American Road Trip sends families cross-country

Many of us can't afford to travel this summer, but there's nothing to stop us from watching a travel series on TV. In The Great American Road Trip, families drive cross-country on Route 66, engage in a series of competitions and face weekly eliminations. >More
 A well-endowed jock falls on hard times in Hung

In Hung, Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane) is one of those square-jawed men with huge ambitions and huge penises who used to own the world. But the old value system is crumbling, and so is Ray. >More
 The Cleaner takes a unique approach to addiction

Back for a second season, The Cleaner follows William Banks (Benjamin Bratt) as he helps people overcome addictions. William takes a kind of Zen approach to his business, letting troubled clients find him and pay what they can. Why would he do such a thing? >More
 When did True Blood get so good?

Last year, I bailed on the vampire series True Blood after the first episode. It struck me as contrived, straining after black humor, depraved romance and Southern gothic horror. But something must have happened while I was gone. >More
 A doctor tends to the filthy rich in Royal Pains

In Royal Pains, a brilliant Manhattan ER doctor named Hank cares so much about saving lives that he takes on too many patients one day, leading to tragedy. He loses his job, his fiancée and his money, then sinks into lethargy. Enter his horndog brother with a plan to crash the beautiful-people scene in the Hamptons. >More
 The MTV Movie Awards are the antidote to the Oscars

Countering the Oscars' proud deadliness is the MTV Movie Awards. MTV isn't afraid to acknowledge that movies can be fun and thrilling and work brilliantly on their own pop-culture terms -- witness the nominations for Iron Man and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. >More
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