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V's Great, If You Like Aliens, Politics

Obama parallels and standard plot bother some critics

(Newser) - Most critics agree that ABC’s much-hyped alien drama V is a well-made show with good acting. But does this remake of the 1983 miniseries feel original? Is it a conservative screed? Here’s what they’re saying:
  • Who cares if V is believable (it’s not)? All Heather Havrilesky
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Cougar Town Deserves Scorn, Not Yuks

Courteney Cox's new show has everyone watching—but why? Masochism?

(Newser) - Cougar Town is our nation’s newest guilty pleasure—“‘guilty’ in this case meaning ‘it makes you want to stick your head in the oven’ and ‘pleasure’ referring to the feeling humans get from having their fingernails ripped off one by one,” writes Heather Havrilesky... More »

Office Wedding Draws Cheers, Tears, Few Jeers

Jim and Pam's nuptials tug on critics' heartstrings

(Newser) - Jim and Pam's wedding on The Office last night was a bit syrupy, but that's A-OK with most critics. And an ingenious twist made a YouTube gag bearable—even funny. Spoilers ahead:
  • "Dunder Mifflin's golden couple managed to pull it off," Tanner Stranksy writes for Entertainment Weekly, and
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Vampire Diaries Bloody Good Fun

CW series knows the teen mind

(Newser) - The Vampire Diaries, which premieres tonight on the CW, has its finger on the pulse of American youth, delivering a teen-vampire love story that gives Twilight a run for its money:
  • “Let the other franchises sniff with disdain at moldy old genre conventions,” writes Mary McNamara in the
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Melrose Still Fun, Still Bad

Relaunch as trashy as ever, critics agree

(Newser) - Horrible and dramatic people once again fill the halls of Melrose Place, this time with a glossier look and a whodunit plot. Here’s what the critics are saying:
  • Reluctant longtime fan Linda Stasi of the New York Post was surprised that “the new tenants actually made me forget
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Thirtysomething Hits DVD— But Is It Still Good?

Former fan would prefer an escape over this tedious show

(Newser) - Thirtysomething is finally on DVD, much to the excitement of baby boomers everywhere—and Seth Stevenson, who, inexplicably, loved the show as a 14-year-old boy. “I wondered: Would I find it even more compelling now that I’d actually reached my 30s?” he writes for Slate. But, though the... More »

Kourtney and Khloé a 'Mindless Pleasure'

Yes, it's vapid, but go ahead and enjoy it anyway

(Newser) - You might have heard that Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian are famous for being famous. “False! They are primarily famous for being the sisters of Kim Kardashian,” writes Troy Patterson for Slate—and now they have their very own reality show. “In these days of pseudo-celebrity and rampant... More »

Colbert: The New Bob Hope

Iraq stint brings back predecessor's 'easy-going' style

(Newser) - Taping his show in Iraq this week, Stephen Colbert channeled Bob Hope in an "unexpectedly charming" series of shows, writes Alessandra Stanley in the New York Times. Colbert largely stayed in ultra-right character, though he let it slip in places. His interviews were “pleasant, not barbed,” and... More »

Falco Makes a Naughty, Irresistible Nurse Jackie

Edie soars; script needs a doctor

(Newser) - She's addicted to painkillers, cheats on her husband with a pharmacist, and punishes a diplomat who stabbed a hooker by flushing his ear down the toilet. In Showtime's Nurse Jackie, debuting tonight, Edie Falco is no Carmela Soprano, but a sarcastic, no-nonsense nurse who's better, critics say, than the show... More »

This Ain't Your Dad's Tonight Show

(Newser) - It certainly wasn’t the same old Tonight Show that came on at 11:35 last night. Here’s what the critics are saying:
  • From the hilarious open on, Conan announced he “is not as interested in filling Jay's shoes as in buying a much newer pair,” writes
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Goode Family Not Great

A few good jokes, but show's aim seems off

(Newser) - The Goode Family, an animated series about an eco-obsessed, passionately politically correct family that airs tonight on ABC, is fairly funny, but leaves reviewers scratching their heads:
  • It “feels aggressively off-kilter with the current mood, as if it had been incubated in the early to mid-’90s,” writes
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