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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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Posted April 30, 2014in On The Tube

Jack Bauer, criminal

Counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) returns for another season of “24,” but not as a hero this time (Monday, 8 p.m., Fox). Bauer has been a fugitive during the series’ four-year hiatus, hunted by the U.S. and Russia for a vengeful killing spree. He turns up in London during

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Posted April 23, 2014in On The Tube

Medication, no; hallucination, yes

Dr. Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) is a world-renowned neuroscientist who specializes in bipolar disorder and who, unbeknown to her colleagues or her boyfriend, suffers from the disease herself. It’s hard to believe she’s kept it secret, given that she often skips her meds with dramatic results. In her manic phases,

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Posted April 16, 2014in On The Tube

A portrait of the artist as a young mensch

Billy Crystal performs his Tony-winning one-man play “700 Sundays” before a live audience, telling the story of his wonderful, horrible Long Island childhood (Saturday, 8 p.m., HBO). He stands in front of a brick façade that evokes his modest abode, with home movies and photos from the 1950s and ’60s

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