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UW Prof. Bill Cronon stars in Ken Burns' The National Parks on PBS

What happens when a city's media are subjected to wave after wave of staffing and budget cuts? One consequence is that even obvious, important and interesting stories fall through the cracks. >More
 Curb Your Enthusiasm arranges a Seinfeld semi-reunion

Everybody dreams of a Seinfeld reunion, and this week we get one -- sort of. Seinfeld writer/co-creator Larry David stars in his own Seinfeld-like show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and he brings on Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander as special guest stars. >More
 Cougar Town wallows in perversion

Courteney Cox was one of the funniest actors on Friends, one of the funniest sitcoms ever. So how can she be the least funny actress of the new TV season? >More
 The Good Wife deals with a bad husband

The opening scene of The Good Wife is all too familiar: A politician ensnared in scandal faces reporters as his wife stands by his side wearing pearls and an ashen expression. >More
 The Vampire Diaries hops on the fang fad

Pop culture has done wonderful things with vampires lately, from the Twilight movie to HBO's True Blood. Then there's The Vampire Diaries. The CW's new series is nothing more than a turgid teen soap opera -- Gossip Girl with sharper fangs. >More
 The new Melrose Place is sleazier than ever

I didn't hear anybody clamoring for a new version of Melrose Place, but here comes another crop of beautiful young adults living and loving in an L.A. apartment complex. The remake wants very badly to be wicked. >More
 Iraq vets fight their addictions in Intervention

A&E's Intervention is never easy to watch, but a special episode on addiction among Iraq War veterans is especially heartbreaking. We meet Marines who stood tall in a war zone and then crumbled as soon as they returned to the U.S., succumbing to alcohol and drug abuse. >More
 Project Runway takes a long, strange route to its sixth season

The sixth season of the fashion series Project Runway had been in limbo for the past year. But it's hard to believe the rancor won't seep into the series itself. >More
 Why Woodstock worked

Everyone knows that 1969's Woodstock festival was three days of peace and music. As MC/cook/nurse/mascot Wavy Gravy put it at the time: "We're gonna try to be groovy, and to spread that grooviness to everyone." >More
 Monk begins its final season on a high note

I'm crushed that Monk will end after this season. As if to make me feel worse, the detective series begins its final run with a classic episode: funny, poignant and suspenseful. USA, you really know how to hurt a guy. >More
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