Is the killing of a human being ever a cause for celebration? That question came to mind when I saw sports fans celebrating the death of 9/11 terrorist attack mastermind Osama bin Laden on Sunday night during the Mets-Phillies game.
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For as long as I can remember, TV has served up an epic season finale or two every May. In recent years, up until 2010, there were the season-enders of “24” and “Lost.” Before that, we had “Buffy” and “The X-Files,” just to scratch the surface.
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“Friday Night Lights” (7 p.m. Central Fridays on NBC) continues to do the little things well: In the fifth-season premiere, Landry goes through his own version of “American Graffiti,” playing one last show with Crucifictorious, saying goodbye to Matt’s senile grandmother (who thinks he is going to SMU, not Rice), reminiscing in the Alamo Freeze parking lot with Julie, and then ultimately — in a bit of bittersweet randomness — ending up at a Dillon strip club.
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Eleven years after “Scream 3,” the casting director of “Scream 4” had a lot of lost time to make up for. While the original film in 1996 brought big-screen attention to “Party of Five” star Neve Campbell and “Friends” star Courteney Cox, this installment isn’t content to pick out a couple Next Big Things.
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“Law & Order,” and now its spinoff “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (9 p.m. Central Mondays on NBC), have never been character-centered, but there were at least four major character developments in this week’s two-hour “LOLA” midseason premiere.
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I found “Star Wars: Red Harvest” (December 2010, hardcover) to be a disappointment both as a “Star Wars” fan and as a horror fan. Despite short chapters that should’ve made it an even breezier read than the 244-page count would suggest, I found it to be a slog.
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