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Those people again

It's as dumbed-down as the schoolroom filmstrips young boomers saw in the 1950s, with lame jokes, clichÃd observations and clunky images. >More
 Writer's block

The pilot slathers on the wistfulness and nostalgia, hoping we'll feel Nick's longing for the home he once knew. Instead, we get distracted toting up the nonsensical plot points. >More
 Here come the brides

On his good days, David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal) keeps quirkiness and poignancy in perfect balance. On his bad days, he creates The Wedding Bells (Friday, 8 p.m., Fox). >More
 A star is born

So does Corddry have the comic genius of Carell and Colbert? In a word, yes. Right out of the gate, he proves himself a sitcom master, with perfect timing and a gift for physical comedy. >More
 Beauty and the beasts

The new season features more contestants who are pretty on the outside and grotesque on the inside, with personalities that practically crack the camera lens. >More
 Bush vs. the media

The Bush administration believes in keeping secrets, and it has shown contempt for the national media who represent the public's right to know. >More
 Post-Survivor

Last season, Survivor reached its apotheosis.Brains won, settling the philosophical question that has plagued Survivor (not to mention mankind) from the beginning. >More
 Gidget gone wild

Like its predecessors, The Sarah Silverman Program (Thursday, 9:30 p.m.) uses TV conventions against themselves, creating a parody that's truly, deeply dangerous. >More
 There she is...but who is she?

Miss America is, hands down, our most hapless beauty pageant. After being criticized as a demeaning meat market, it added a talent competition to show that it viewed women as more than a set of body proportions. But then it was laughed at for being a meat market with very bad piano playing. >More
 Dark and stormy

I'd never seen a TV show or movie that did justice to Charlotte BrontÃ's 1847 novel Jane Eyre. But Masterpiece Theatre's new adaptation (Sunday, 8 p.m., PBS) has changed all that. Reader, I loved it. >More
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