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HBO's Which Way Is The Front From Here? profiles extraordinary photojournalist Tim Hetherington

HBO examines the all-too-brief career of a brilliant war photographer in Which Way Is the Front From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington (Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.). Hetherington was a British journalist with movie-star looks who died covering the Libyan civil war in 2011. He packed a few lifetimes' worth of experiences into his 40 years, plunging into the white-hot center of conflicts in Africa and the Middle East. >More
 Alien races try to coexist in the post-apocalyptic Defiance

Syfy boasts that Defiance marks the first convergence of TV and online gaming. The drama will unfold as both a series and a multiplatform videogame, with connections between the two mediums. That's an intriguing gimmick -- but luckily there's nothing gimmicky about the TV premiere, which stands on its own as richly imagined science fiction. >More
 A brilliantly absurd sitcom explains How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)

How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) is the rare sitcom where everyone in the cast is a great comedian, down to the child actor. Polly (Sarah Chalke) is a basket case who, nevertheless, wants to be a good mom to her young daughter. >More
 WYOU in limbo: The community-access TV station may collapse if it can't update its equipment

What is Madison's riskiest business these days, if by "risky" you mean "likely to disappear"? Traditional media outlets are top contenders. So are nonprofit organizations, especially those whose funding has been slashed. WYOU is both of these things: a nonprofit, community-access TV station that nearly vanished following the passage of the Video Competition Act in 2007. >More
 'Mr. Selfridge' turns a department store into the greatest show on earth

Jeremy Piven provides Masterpiece Classic with a jolt of American energy, rousing the series from its recent Downton Abbey lethargy. In the eight-part "Mr. Selfridge," Piven plays the real-life Harry Gordon Selfridge, a brash Chicago huckster who pioneered the modern department store in turn-of-the-century London. >More
 Phil Spector tries to humanize the notorious music producer

Phil Spector has a startling premise: that the freaky music producer might be a human being. Against the backdrop of his 2007 trial for murder, writer-director David Mamet tries to figure out what makes Spector tick. The movie forces viewers to confront their prejudices about the oddballs in our midst, especially the artist-oddballs. >More
 Bates Motel is an appealingly eccentric prequel to Psycho

One has misgivings about a prequel series based on Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror masterpiece about a misfit's murderous fixation on his mother. But the eccentric Bates Motel offers reason for hope, starting with the actress cast as the mother: Vera Farmiga of Up in the Air. >More
 The Client List features the most wholesome prostitute ever

I like shameless soap operas as much as the next guy, and The Client List is more shameless than most. Jennifer Love Hewitt plays Riley, a former Texas beauty queen who works as an erotic masseuse (read: prostitute) to support her two kids. In the season-two premiere, Riley's no-good husband needs an expensive lawyer, and you know what that means. She has to earn more money at the massage parlor, fulfilling clients' fantasies in lacy lingerie and a sexy smirk. >More
 Enlightened seeks transcendence in its season finale

In Enlightened, Amy (Laura Dern) is a troubled woman making crazy-ass stabs at transcendence. This season, she has committed herself to doing something meaningful on this Earth by exposing corruption at the company where she works. Friends and relatives think she's out of her mind, and Amy can't help wondering if they're right. "Am I an agent of change or an agent of chaos?" she asks in the dreamy prologue to the season finale. >More
 Good cop, bad cop: In Golden Boy, they're the same person

Golden Boy is a new cop drama that takes an original approach to its protagonist. Walter Clark (Theo James) is not only a smart, capable police officer with a vulnerable streak (nothing new there), but an opportunist. He has a lean, hungry look, watching for the main chance at all times. That's not necessarily an attractive quality. >More
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