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The fab four

I gagged over ABC's Big Shots, a male-bonding drama about four competitive business types. But I adore ABC's Cashmere Mafia (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), a female-bonding drama about four competitive business types. >More
 Heavy metal

For my New Year's resolution in '07, I vowed to trash every adaptation from one medium to another. I gave thumbs down to TV series turned into movies and movies turned into TV series. But that can't be my New Year's resolution for '08, because Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Sunday, 7 p.m., Fox) rocks! >More
 Body blows

Carson Kressley is on a mission to make women feel better about their bodies. In How to Look Good Naked (Friday, 8 p.m., Lifetime), the funny one from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy gives himself five days to turn a specimen from self-loathing to self-loving. >More
 Home for the holiday

As much as I'd like to go out on New Year's Eve, I feel obligated to stay home watching TV as a service to you, the reader. (I also have nothing better to do.) Luckily, the night is filled with wonders, offering something for everyone. Well, everything except human companionship. >More
 Elf everlasting

Elf (Saturday, 7 p.m., CBS) has been popping up on TV every Christmas. Does the movie deserve classic status, up there with Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life? It certainly takes a Capra-style approach, with a holy innocent from the sticks (à la Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) humanizing a jaded city. >More
 Queens of spleen

I love beauty pageants for taking themselves so seriously. The straighter they play it, the more unintentionally funny they are. With a name like Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants (Wednesday, 8 p.m., CW), I was afraid that this mother-daughter reality series would wink at pageant camp. But folks, I'm thrilled to report that both the CW and the contestants are completely committed to hair helmets, tears, plastered-on smiles, earnest Q&A's and gender politics out of the 1950s. Let the derisive laughter begin. >More
 Holiday spirits

You can immediately tell that Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day (Sunday, 8 p.m., ABC) is a meaningful movie. For starters, the title name-checks not one, but two very important people. During the opening credits, a piano tinkles in a minor key, and a violin saws with mournful regret. I settled in to be deeply moved. >More
 Mr. Warmth: Racist or genius?

on Rickles is a comic institution who requires discussion. Is his act hilarious or racist? Or both? >More
 Let's get serious

I always thought Sci Fi's Battlestar Galactica was a downer. It shot for "solemn" and ended up just depressing and dull. But a two-hour special episode called Battlestar Galactica: Razor (Saturday, 8 p.m.) has won me over. It is solemn, in the best way: a tale of warriors enduring the onslaught of an evil enemy. >More
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