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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
 In Surviving Jack, hapless '90s teens make room for daddy

Fox had the brilliant idea of building a sitcom around Christopher Meloni's hard-guy routine. In Surviving Jack, the veteran character actor (42, True Blood) does what he does best: finding the humor in a fearsome authority figure who's exasperated by the idiots in his midst. >More
 John Leguizamo tells his tragicomic life story in Ghetto Klown

In a stunning one-man show called Ghetto Klown, John Leguizamo presents a "cautionary tale." He details his progression from a poor Latino boy to a showbiz star to a jerk. Leguizamo may be the most appealing jerk in Broadway history. >More
 In Crisis, criminal masterminds use teenagers to take over the world

An icy CEO (Gillian Anderson), a troubled ex-CIA analyst (Dermot Mulroney) and other D.C. parents drop off their kids at an elite high school for a field trip. Before long, the bus is ambushed by criminal masterminds who blackmail the well-connected parents to do their bidding. >More
 A 10-year-old savior goes on the run in Believe

A 10-year-old girl named Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has extraordinary powers, along with being extraordinarily cute. She can see the future, control nature and even save the world " that is, if the bad guys don't kidnap her for their own nefarious purposes. >More
 Psycho's creepy killer commands the small screen in Bates Motel

The acclaimed Bates Motel adapts Alfred Hitchcock's horror classic Psycho, as Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and troubled son Norman (Freddie Highmore) run a motel in a town with more than its share of unexplained murders. The second-season premiere contains all the perversity you'd expect while still exercising an admirable Hitchcockian restraint. >More
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