We’re in a curious situation right now where 94 percent of the country supports pro-war presidential candidates yet other polls show that the majority of people are against war (although most of Congress is pro-war). Of course, war is a complicated issue, and I don’t pretend to understand all of it (although I certainly respect soldiers’ views, which tend to lean anti-war, in my experience). But because of the mainstream media’s focus on the two major parties, the raw fact of our involvement in the Middle East is generally not questioned — rather, the questions are about the details of how to conduct the wars.
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Although “Revolution” has the sexier sci-fi concept, “Last Resort” (7 p.m. Central Thursdays, ABC) is this fall’s new show most worthy of watercooler buzz. It starts off with a gripping 20 minutes that deftly introduces us to the characters and the shocking mystery that all future events will be based on: Why did the United States order the USS Colorado submarine to fire nuclear missiles at Pakistan?
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Ah, fall TV. And, in a nice old-school twist, the Entertainment Weekly Fall TV Preview issue highlighted a single show on its cover rather than using a collage (the featured show: “Homeland,” which seems worthy, although I’ve never seen it). The fall lineup isn’t particularly deep this year, but it’s pretty respectable at the top. I’ve picked out five new shows to watch and five returning shows I’m excited about (“Parenthood” returns tonight!). All times are Central.
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