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London police turn against their own in Luther

Luther features Idris Elba as the hulking London detective John Luther, whose crime-solving intensity sometimes leads to questionable tactics. Season three begins with a scary scene that made me put my hands over my eyes. I won't divulge the details so you can enjoy the terror as much as I did. >More
 Escape from Polygamy looks inside a creepy religious sect

You'd expect a TV movie called Escape from Polygamy to be a predictable docudrama. It's true that the title gives away the ending, but this Lifetime production offers plenty of surprises in its story of a teenage girl trapped among religious fundamentalists. >More
 The abominable Kirstie Alley makes a memorable villain in Baby Sellers

Baby Sellers goes inside the criminal operations that provide infants for the adoption market. The TV movie is efficiently written and directed to evoke maximum outrage. >More
 Clear History is a feature-length showcase for Larry David's masochism

All of us Curb Your Enthusiasm fans were suspicious when writer-star Larry David suspended the series to work on an HBO movie. But we needn't have worried. Clear History is like an extended episode of Curb, with even bigger and better humiliations for the Larry David stand-in. >More
 Lisa Kudrow and friends crack each other up in Web Therapy

Web Therapy is a series where comedians amuse each other and, more often than not, the viewers. Lisa Kudrow plays a dumb, vain, manipulative therapist named Fiona, who communicates with people via web chat. Each half-hour episode consists of a double-screen image, with Kudrow on one side talking to stars like Megan Mullally and Steve Carell on the other. >More
 Axe Cop wants to be the most awesome cartoon ever

Fox premieres Animation Domination High-Def, a block of late-night cartoons featuring Axe Cop and High School USA! It's the product of the network's new digital animation studio, which aims straight for the pleasure centers of 14-year-old boys. Not to mention former 14-year-old boys. >More
 Breaking Pointe chronicles bad behavior in a real ballet troupe

The CW, home of teen soaps like Gossip Girl, goes in a different direction with Breaking Pointe. Beginning its second season, the docuseries peeks behind the scenes of Salt Lake City's Ballet West, where dancers dedicate themselves to an exacting art form. >More
 The Newsroom just got good

I hated the first season of The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin's attempt to create a smart, fast-talking show about cable news. Sorkin's journalism setting didn't feel authentic, as his White House setting did in The West Wing. And Jeff Daniels made for a smug, unlikable hero as the anchor Will McAvoy. >More
 Dexter meets the woman who made him a killer

In episode two of Dexter's nail-biting final season, our psychopathic hero (Michael C. Hall) makes a troubling discovery about his past. A renowned expert on psychopaths, Dr. Evelyn Vogel (Charlotte Rampling), reveals that she's the one who worked behind the scenes to help him focus his homicidal urges as a young boy. Due to her efforts, she says, he learned to kill "only those who deserved to die." >More
 Anna Nicole shows surprising compassion for scandalous model Anna Nicole Smith

The TV movie Anna Nicole imputes a soul to the late Anna Nicole Smith, the model and gold digger who flaunted her self-destruction in the media. Anyone who remembers the barely sentient Anna Nicole will have a hard time buying that proposition. And yet the movie works hard for our sympathy and finally wins it. >More
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