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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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Posted April 09, 2014in On The Tube

‘Fargo’ the flop

Only one word best describes the Coen Brothers’ 1996 movie “Fargo”: genius. It creates a parallel universe where a desperate family man contracts with criminals and gets tripped up by a cop who’s shrewder than she looks. The Coens keep comedy and carnage, satire and suspense, in perfect balance. As

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Posted April 02, 2014in On The Tube

King of the nerds

With “Beavis and Butt-head,” Mike Judge established himself as the bard of mumbling, antisocial, all-American nerds. But Judge tops himself with “Silicon Valley” (Sunday, 9 p.m., HBO), which locates the nerve center of modern-day nerd culture in the San Francisco area’s tech industry. Our hero is, at first glance, anything

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Posted March 26, 2014in On The Tube

The dark and damp side of polygamy

For the life of me, I will never understand polygamy. Never mind that I watch TV for a living and thus am both intellectually and physically undesirable to a woman not vying for American citizenship and destined to be a bachelor for life. I won’t pretend that is by choice,

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Posted March 19, 2014in On The Tube

Latino boy makes good, then bad

In a stunning one-man show called “Ghetto Klown” (Saturday, 9 p.m., HBO), John Leguizamo presents a “cautionary tale.” He details his progression from a poor Latino boy to a showbiz star to a jerk. Leguizamo may be the most appealing jerk in Broadway history. He gets the live audience laughing

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