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The ‘Password’ is… IDIOT!

Well, it’s Sunday night, and my usual televised staples — "The Amazing Race," "Celebrity Apprentice," football (yes, I do watch football) — are nowhere to be found; so what did I do? No, I didn’t read that book that my…

May 31, 2009

Bravo’s ‘Miami Social’: A Cure for Reality Fatigue?

To quote the prolific Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, “You gotta get a gimmick if you want to get ahead.” That axiom applied to the strippers in the Broadway musical, and it also applies to producers and networks trying…

May 31, 2009

Edd Hall Recalls Glory Days with Jay Leno

Among those who were in the audience tonight for Jay Leno’s final “Tonight Show”: Edd Hall, Leno’s announcer for the first 12 of his 17 years as host of the NBC late-night show. Besides making the show’s introductory announcements, Hall,…

May 31, 2009

Brit Sci-Fi Roundup: Latest on ‘Who,’ ‘Torchwood’

The TARDIS is about to get another traveler. 21-year-old unknown Karen Gillan has been cast in season five of “Doctor Who,” where she will star alongside incoming series lead Matt Smith, who replaces David Tennant as the Doctor when Tennant…

May 30, 2009

Taking a Chance on Fox’s ‘Human Target’

I really wanted to like FOX’s new procedural drama Human Target, which launches on the network next year, but found myself wondering about what the series could have been rather than what it actually is. Based on a DC comic…

May 29, 2009