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Posted July 09, 2014in On The Tube

Catching your death of cold

Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) co-wrote and directed the first episode of “The Strain,” a stylish thriller about a virus with vampiric origins (Sunday, 9 p.m., FX). Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), head of a Centers for Disease Control unit in New York City, is called in to investigate the

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Posted July 02, 2014in On The Tube

Home is where the heart isn’t

In the opening scene of “Finding Carter” (Tuesday, 9 p.m., MTV), 16-year-old Carter (Kathryn Prescott) shares a tender moment with her mother over frozen yogurt, then heads off to party with her friends. A bit of low-level recklessness lands them briefly in jail, but the authorities don’t release Carter along

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Posted June 25, 2014in On The Tube

Bodies of evidence

With “Reckless,” CBS tries to create a sexy summer series — and succeeds (Sunday, 8 p.m.). Jamie (Anna Wood), a gorgeous Yankee lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina, is introduced in stiletto heels first, the camera practically drooling as it pans up to her tight miniskirt. You might think that’s offensive,

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Posted June 18, 2014in On The Tube

In the face of evil

State government prepared for the students’ arrival by buying armor-plated tanks and machine guns. White supremacists stocked up on nooses. Mainstream Mississippi politicians thundered about “crushing the enemy,” meaning outsiders who dared to question racist practices. And they meant “crushing” quite literally, evident in the murder of three activists at

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Posted June 11, 2014in On The Tube

The baby or the badge?

The season premiere of “Rizzoli & Isles” (Tuesday, 8 p.m., TNT) proves why it’s one of cable’s most popular series. As opposite types — Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) rough and rude, Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) posh and pedantic — they tease each other mercilessly. But they also have a sisterly

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Posted June 04, 2014in On The Tube

Career woman, interrupted

April (Italia Ricci) is an ambitious young reporter proving her mettle at a Boston newspaper. She has an eye on the publication’s gorgeous, sensitive, super-cool arts-and-entertainment writer (Richard Brancatisano), and he seems to like her, too. Given her talent and charm, it looks like April has it made. But then

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Posted May 28, 2014in On The Tube

Don’t knock the rock

You can roll your eyes over the idea of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — I have myself at times. But this year’s induction ceremony (Saturday, 7 p.m., HBO) will wipe the sneer right off your face. It’s a three-hour compendium of passionate words and soulful music that

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Posted May 21, 2014in On The Tube

Pretender to the throne

Give Fox credit for a diabolical dating-show conceit. “I Wanna Marry Harry” (Tuesday, 7 p.m.) features a dead ringer for Prince Harry, fourth in line to the British throne. His real name is Matt, and he works as a ditch digger. But when installed in a castle with a retinue

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Posted May 14, 2014in On The Tube

The newswoman as newsmaker

Jay Leno’s recent departure from “The Tonight Show” didn’t feel too culturally significant, did it? But Barbara Walters’ retirement is a true TV milestone. On Friday, ABC airs her farewell to “The View” (10 a.m.), followed by a special on her storied career (8 p.m.). It’s hard to imagine how

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Posted May 07, 2014in On The Tube

Happy multiple-mothers day

As a Mother’s Day present, ABC’s “Trophy Wife” offers a holiday-themed episode involving the sitcom’s multiple moms (Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.). While Pete (Bradley Whitford) deals with a disaster at work, his former wives (Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins) extend a surprising offer to current wife Kate (Malin Akerman), whom they

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