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Go On is a sitcom based on grief

On Friends, Matthew Perry created one of the funniest TV characters of all time in the neurotic quipster Chandler Bing. Perry hasn't clicked in any starring vehicle since then, but not for lack of trying. After the doomed Mr. Sunshine and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, he returns in Go On, playing a sports broadcaster named Ryan who's sent to a grief-counseling group to deal with his wife's death. >More
 You'll avoid doctors after watching Coma

Ridley and the late Tony Scott have produced an effectively creepy update of Coma, originally a 1977 novel and 1978 film. Lauren Ambrose is plucky and smart as Susan Wheeler, a medical student at Peach Tree Memorial Hospital. Susan notices that an unusual number of Peach Tree's patients are slipping into comas, after which they're sent to a mysterious facility called Jefferson. >More
 Face Off looks at gooey special-effects creations

In its third season, the delightful reality competition Face Off features a fresh batch of special-effects makeup artists, all determined to make a mark in Hollywood. These artisans are obsessed with aliens and monsters, and we get to watch them work wonders with glue, foam and clay. "I really know how to gross people out," one contestant says with justifiable pride. >More
 The Inbetweeners identifies a unique high school demographic

Based on a British series, The Inbetweeners puts its finger on high school's "in-between" cohort. Our four male heroes fit somewhere in between the lowest and highest social strata, and they're forever attempting to boost their status. These attempts inevitably end in humiliation, making them the object of derision for the jocks and popular girls. >More
 Hotel Hell lays waste to innkeepers' dreams

British chef Gordon Ramsay has made a specialty of yelling at food-service folks in the reality series Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef and Kitchen Nightmares. Looking to expand his yelling franchise, he branches out to hoteliers in the entertaining Hotel Hell. Ramsay travels the country to help struggling innkeepers -- a.k.a. sitting ducks. >More
 Breaking Bad heads toward a grim conclusion

I hope you're not letting the Olympics distract you from Breaking Bad's final season. This is TV history in the making, folks. The series is a profound investigation of corruption -- the corruption of a single man's soul. And the new episodes suggest that Breaking Bad will work out its morality play with brutal integrity. >More
 Zombies at the London Olympics? Expect the unexpected at the opening ceremony

I was put off by the militaristic strain in Beijing's opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympics, complete with goose-stepping soldiers. But it didn't dampen my enthusiasm for Olympics opening ceremonies in general. I love the parade of nations, the torch ceremony, the sense of epic dramas waiting to unfold. >More
 A documentary pays tribute to gay-rights pioneer Vito Russo

Vito Russo isn't a household name, but he still deserves a spot on the Mount Rushmore of pioneering gay heroes. The documentary Vito tells the story of a boy who grew up with outrageous prejudice in the 1950s and '60s, then became an indomitable activist in the 1970s and '80s. Russo was a key figure in organizing a gay rights movement following the 1969 Stonewall Riots, aided by tremendous charisma and eloquence. >More
 Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen puts his foot in his mouth in The Franchise

Showtime's The Franchise takes us behind the scenes of a sports franchise, right in the middle of a season. This year it's the Miami Marlins, who were expecting big things for 2012. They have a new stadium, a new name, new uniforms, new stars and a new manager in the foul-mouthed Ozzie Guillen. Owner Jeff Loria hoped the Marlins would be the talk of baseball. >More
 The Closer pours on the steam in its final episodes

The Closer returns for one more season of detective work, and it looks to be a doozy. Deputy chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick), of the LAPD's major crimes division, burns a hole in the TV screen in the very first scene of the premiere episode. >More
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