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Ken Burns' Prohibition a Long, Tall Drink

'A Nation of Drunkards' is the best episode: reviewers

(Newser) - Ken Burns' latest mega-documentary, Prohibition, starts a three-night run tomorrow on PBS. Reviewers are praising the 5 1/2-hour survey of America's war on booze, but warn that it's a bit slow and may reveal its best stuff in the first episode:
  • "It's a great subject with
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Sweet, Womanizing Kutcher a Fine Stand-in for Sheen

Critics not gushing, but they're mostly pleased with premiere

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen’s character “exploded like a balloon full of meat,” another character explained last night as Two and a Half Men premiered and finally killed him off. Meanwhile, Ashton Kutcher also debuted as Walden Schmidt. What the critics are saying:
  • Turns out Schmidt is “sweet, unsarcastic
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Joan & Melissa an Embarrassment

Critics: New reality show 'upsetting,' 'uncomfortable'

(Newser) - Joan Rivers’ new reality show on WE, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, follows the 77-year-old comedian as she moves in with her daughter in Los Angeles. It’s as artificial as the botox Rivers extols:
  • The show is “upsetting,” writes a pained Linda Stasi in the New
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MTV's Skins Sees Teens as 'Monsters'

Critics: New drama is heavy on sex and drugs, little else

(Newser) - MTV debuted its new series Skins last night, an American version of a British teen drama rife with sex and drugs. Not everybody's a fan:
  • Richard Lawson, Gawker : It goes even further than the Brit version in pushing the idea that teens are "messy jumbles of extremes with very
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Dear Golden Globes: Please Get Rid of Gervais

Critics not impressed with Ricky Gervais' antics

(Newser) - Hollywood’s celebrities certainly were not happy with Ricky Gervais’s hosting gig at last night’s Golden Globes—but how did the critics feel about it? Read on:
  • "Are we at war with England? If not, then why have we been subjected to two years of Gervais hosting
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Sarah Palin's Alaska: Good Branding, Bad TV

At least haters can fantasize she'll get eaten by a bear

(Newser) - Sarah Palin seems to be out for a fresh start with her new reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska. “In this well-staged reboot, the less you know about her—or, in some cases, shuddered to think about her—then the better the show gets, writes Hank Stuever of the... More »

The Big C Will Make You Cringe

Laura Linney's new series doesn't impress everyone

(Newser) - Critics are split on The Big C, Showtime's Laura Linney-starring comedy about a woman with cancer living out the last year of her life, which debuts tonight:
  • The cast is perhaps a bit large for a half-hour show, writes Mary McNamara in the Los Angeles Times , and the whole thing
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Why Glee Matters

Moments of actual sincerity shine through

(Newser) - Glee, which took its season-ending bow last night, might seem like a meaningless confection, but it’s actually an important piece of popular art, writes Matt Zoller Seitz of Salon , calling it “one of the most stylistically bold broadcast network shows since Twin Peaks.” Because in between its... More »

HBO's Treme Does Justice to New Orleans

'Wire" creator David Simon scores with new series set in Big Easy

(Newser) - Critics seem thrilled with Wire creator David Simon's new HBO series Treme, about post-Katrina New Orleans:
  • Dave Walker, New Orleans Times-Picayune : "This is the screen depiction that New Orleans deserves, has always desired, but has been denied."
  • Locals want to know two things: "Is it real? and
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Jessica Simpson Eats Bugs, Stays Ditsy

The 'Price of Beauty' premiere offers some funny moments

(Newser) - Jessica Simpson’s new reality show debuted last night, and it put her in a few disgusting situations. In the first episode of VH1’s The Price of Beauty, Simpson attempted to eat a bug in Thailand—because they boost metabolism—and later found herself using a facial cream made... More »

The Pacific Lives Up to Band of Brothers

Critics impressed with miniseries from Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg

(Newser) - The Pacific, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s 10-hour World War II miniseries, debuts on HBO Sunday—and critics are, with few exceptions, impressed:
  • The Pacific is “absolutely worth watching in its 10-hour entirety,” writes Robert Lloyd in the Los Angeles Times , although it does have a few
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Old-Fashioned Oscars Draw Lukewarm Reviews

Baldwin and Martin wow, but show somehow lacked fun

(Newser) - Were the 82nd Academy Awards any good? The critics are split, but, hey, that’s the point. “We all think we know how to do a better Oscar night,” writes Hank Steuver of the Washington Post . “When really all we know are recipes for queso dip.”... More »

Zach Galifianakis Spices Up SNL

Star of 'The Hangover' proves a good fit for late night

(Newser) - Zach Galifianakis provided a bright spot in an up-and-down season of Saturday Night Live, critics agree. The star of The Hangover brought his stoner demeanor and—for most of last night's episode—bounteous beard to Studio 8H. Some reactions:
  • The opening monologue "was pretty much just Galifianakis doing his
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Leno Offers Same-Old in Tepid Return

Critics left cold by victorious host's Tonight Show return

(Newser) - Jay Leno made his triumphant return to the helm of the Tonight Show last night. Critics say it was like he never left, although they're split on whether that's a good thing:
  • The back-to-the future Tonight Show had "neither pop, nor sizzle, nor surprise, and no amount of cheerleading
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Parenthood Has Room to Grow

Series has potential, but there's a lot going on

(Newser) - Can the new Parenthood, a remake of the Ron Howard flick of the same name, help repair NBC’s 10pm timeslot? Maybe, critics say, but it’s got some problems. Here’s what they’re saying about the show, which premieres tomorrow:
  • It’s a “credible dramedy with the
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JLo-Hosted SNL 'Craptacular'

Critics split on Jennifer Lopez as host, agree on singer as musical guest

(Newser) - The Jennifer Lopez image-rehab train pulled into Saturday Night Live station last night, to mixed reviews.
  • "Her appearance on the show—bizarro Hallmark lyric songs included—was a very obvious attempt at rebranding herself as a down-to-earth, un-diva-like sweetheart, but it just came across as weird and overly acted,
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Temple Grandin a 'Captivating' Look at Autism

Claire Danes shines in title role as animal behavior expert

(Newser) - Temple Grandin, the renowned animal behaviorist who credits her achievements to her autism, values "tangible results" over emotion—and so does her HBO biopic. The eponymous film, debuting tomorrow, "avoids the mawkish clichés" so typical of made-for-TV movies, instead delivering "a movie that is funny, instructive,... More »

Don't Miss Men of a Certain Age

Star turns from Romano, Braugher, Bakula buoy new TNT dramedy

(Newser) - The male midlife crisis is hardly a groundbreaking subject, but Men of a Certain Age doesn’t need novelty to augment the poignant and hilarious truth it deals in. The new TNT series “proves a powerful yet mercifully amusing experience—bittersweet, poignant, and wise," Tom Shales writes. "... More »

Poehler's Parks Show Has Gotten Good

NBC sitcom is refreshed in second season, but lacks viewers

(Newser) - Television critics far and wide, including Jonah Weiner, are coaxing viewers to tune in to Parks and Recreation, the underdog of NBC’s Thursday night comedy block. It “has gone from an erratically funny nonevent to astonishingly good,” Weiner writes in Slate , and if you watched during the... More »

Wanda Sykes Show: Working Hard, Hardly Working

Clichés drag down late-night debut

(Newser) - Viewers expecting something fresh and new out of The Wanda Sykes Show—as the unlikely combination of Fox and an African-American lesbian might seem to promise—were sorely disappointed, writes Ken Tucker . The comedian and actor "is terrific: at ease and bawdy," he writes for Entertainment Weekly. But... More »

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