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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
 Con artists experiment with psychology in Mind Games

Clark (Steve Zahn) is a disgraced academic with bipolar disorder. Russ (Christian Slater) is his perpetually exasperated con-man brother, just out of prison for fraud. This odd couple start an ethically questionable business that can alter the way people act, based on Clark's experimental research on "adrenalized implantation." In the pilot of Mind Games they test out their method to help a sick kid who's having problems with the medical establishment. >More
 Star-Crossed is a misfit-teen story featuring aliens

After aliens crash-land on Earth, the military herds them into a detention camp. They look just like humans " indeed, the gorgeous alien teenagers could easily be mistaken for stars of a CW series " but most Earthlings despise them. As an experiment in integration, the authorities allow seven alien kids to attend a normal high school. >More
 Alice Walker, for and against: American Masters profiles the controversial writer

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth tells the unlikely story of a poor African American sharecropper's daughter who dedicates herself to changing the world and, against all odds, does. Walker immersed herself in the civil rights and women's liberation struggles of the 1960s and wrote about them in poems and novels. >More
 The Gabby Douglas Story is a real-life gymnastics tale with a stunning conclusion

On the eve of the Winter Olympics, Lifetime dramatizes one of the greatest stories from the 2012 summer games. Gabby Douglas (Sydney Mikayla, Imani Hakim) became the first African American to win the individual all-around gold medal in artistic gymnastics, while her mother, Natalie (Regina King), offered conspicuous emotional support from the stands. >More
 You go, Girls: The comedy's third season justifies the 'voice of a generation' hype

Everyone without HBO keeps asking me: Is the third season of Girls any good? Does the series hold up as a satire of post-collegiate millennials grasping for meaning in New York City? Is creator-writer-star Lena Dunham really the voice of her generation? >More
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