Can’t-see TV: 16 sweet shows that aren’t on DVD or Hulu (Commentary)

I noticed that whatever company distributes “Roswell” DVDs recently repackaged them with Katherine Heigl prominently featured on the cover art. Artistically, it’s ridiculous, because Heigl’s Isabel was the fourth-most-important female character on the show, behind Liz, Maria and Tess. But as a marketing move, it’s smart. If it gets “Grey’s Anatomy” fans to discover a great show like “Roswell,” I’m all for it.

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Fall TV 2009: 7 new developments on old shows (Commentary)

Here are seven plot developments I’m looking forward to on old favorites this fall season. (Technically, TV’s best show, “Friday Night Lights,” is a fall returnee — Oct. 28 on DirecTV — but I’ll be blogging about Season 4 next spring when I see the episodes on NBC. I’m very interested to see what Coach Taylor does with his new team.)

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Fall TV 2009: 6 new shows to watch (Commentary)

Here are six new shows you might want to check out:

1. “Community” (8:30 p.m. Central Thursdays on NBC, starts Sept. 17) — When I first heard about this show about a hodgepodge of students at a community college, I thought it’d be like a lower-class “Bedford Diaries.” It turns out, though, that it’s a half-hour sitcom, not an hour-long drama.

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Fall movie preview: 3 with Jason Bateman, and 4 others (Commentary)

Here are seven fall films you wouldn’t have to drag me to:

“Extract” (Friday) — This is “Office Space” turned on its head: Here the bosses are sane, and the employees are nuts. So, obviously, this is less realistic than “Office Space,” but it’s still from Mike Judge and it stars Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”) and Mila Kunis (adorable in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”).

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A ‘True Blood’ primer for ‘Buffy/Angel’ fans: 10 differences between the vampire mythologies (TV commentary)

I’ve watched most of the first season on DVD, and I can safely say I’m a fan of “True Blood.” Being a huge “Buffy/ Angel” fan, I have trouble liking other vampire stories because I compare them to Joss Whedon’s work.But I like Alan Ball’s “True Blood” because it’s its own thing — the iconic vampire show of the late-Oughts is quite different from the iconic vampire franchise of the late-’90s.

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Entertainment I discovered after getting a tip from someone: A top 15 list (Commentary)

Part of the purpose of this blog is to let you know about cool stuff in the entertainment world. The blog’s main purpose, of course, is it gives me something to do. But also, it’s nice to think that I might encourage someone to look into a good TV show or movie or band or book every now and then.

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