One-season wonders: ‘The Lone Gunmen’ (2001) (TV review)

While few “X-Files” fans will dispute the greatness of the two Lone Gunmen-themed episodes, the actual series “The Lone Gunmen” (2001, Fox) gets mixed reviews. I love the fact that three funny-looking dudes starred in a network TV series and I was sad when it was canceled, but I admit that “The Lone Gunmen” was a work in progress that never totally gelled through 13 episodes.

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Far from a parody, ‘Paul’ is a celebration of classic sci-fi concepts (Movie review)

One of the hosts of the Force Cast (at forcecast.net) recently argued that sci-fi fans should rebel against the term “nerd” because nerds are mainstream now and don’t deserve to be diminished with such a label. Many listeners have disagreed with him, though, noting that this once-derogatory term is now a descriptor rather than a put-down.

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First episode (of new season) impressions: ‘Friday Night Lights’ (TV review)

“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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Meta to the max: If it’s all been done before, then what’s left to say in ‘Scream 4?’ (Movie review)

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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‘LOLA’ returns with cast shake-ups, but it’s still ‘Law & Order’ (TV commentary)

“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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