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A young journalist contends with leukemia in Chasing Life

April (Italia Ricci) is an ambitious young reporter proving her mettle at a Boston newspaper. She has an eye on the publication's gorgeous, sensitive, super-cool arts-and-entertainment writer (Richard Brancatisano), and he seems to like her too. Given her talent and charm, it looks like April has it made. >More
 Pop musicians justify their art form with a Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the ages

You can roll your eyes over the idea of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame " I have myself at times. But this year's induction ceremony will wipe the sneer right off your face. It's a three-hour compendium of passionate words and soulful music that makes a case for pop as art. >More
 Animal House meets ER in the hot-to-trot hospital series Night Shift

At San Antonio Memorial Hospital, the night shift is like a fraternity party. Doctors strip off their shirts to reveal hot bods, and a plastic surgeon demands sexual favors in exchange for an MRI. "Forget all the stuff you learned in medical school," counsels physician/party hound TC (Eoin Macken). >More
 Barbara Walters earned her celebrity-journalist status

Jay Leno's recent departure from The Tonight Show didn't feel too culturally significant, did it? But Barbara Walters' retirement is a true TV milestone. On Friday ABC airs her farewell to The View, followed by a special on her storied career. It's hard to imagine how a mere day's worth of programming can do justice to her five history-making decades. >More
 Happy multiple-mothers day: To celebrate the holiday, Trophy Wife revels in extended-family follies

As a Mother's Day present, ABC's Trophy Wife offers a holiday-themed episode involving the sitcom's multiple moms. While Pete (Bradley Whitford) deals with a disaster at work, his former wives (Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins) extend a surprising offer to current wife Kate (Malin Akerman), whom they despise. >More
 Jack Bauer, criminal: In the new season of 24, our hero becomes a villain

Counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) returns for another season of 24, but not as a hero this time. Bauer has been a fugitive during the series' four-year hiatus, hunted by the U.S. and Russia for a vengeful killing spree. >More
 Black Box glamorizes bipolar disorder

Dr. Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) is a world-renowned neuroscientist who specializes in bipolar disorder and who, unbeknown to her colleagues or her boyfriend, suffers from the disease herself. It's hard to believe she's kept it secret, given that she often skips her meds with dramatic results. >More
 In 700 Sundays, Billy Crystal explores the forging of a Jewish comedian's soul

Billy Crystal performs his Tony-winning one-man play 700 Sundays before a live audience, telling the story of his wonderful, horrible Long Island childhood. He stands in front of a brick façade that evokes his modest abode, with home movies and photos from the 1950s and '60s flashing on the walls. >More
 Fargo the flop: The movie's genius is lost in the translation to series TV

There's only one word for the Coen Brothers' 1996 movie Fargo: genius. It creates a parallel universe where a desperate family man contracts with criminals and gets tripped up by a cop who's shrewder than she looks. The Coens keep comedy and carnage, satire and suspense, in perfect balance. As I said, genius. >More
 A techie strikes it rich in the brilliant satire Silicon Valley

With Beavis and Butt-head, Mike Judge established himself as the bard of mumbling, antisocial, all-American nerds. But Judge tops himself with Silicon Valley, which locates the nerve center of modern-day nerd culture in the San Francisco area's tech industry. >More
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