Jason Katims, whose resume includes “My So-Called Life,” “Roswell” and “Friday Night Lights,” is now on that short list of producers where you have to check out all of his products, ’cause it’s gonna be good. His latest project, “Parenthood” (9 p.m. Central Tuesdays on NBC) follows three generations of Bravermans. Two episodes in, about half of the plotlines are really good and half are merely OK.
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This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie, which isn’t the truest and best incarnation of the Turtles (that would be the early issues of the comics, which began in 1984), but it is the truest and best adaptation of the original vision.
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If someone picked up the latest issues of Dark Horse’s “Buffy” (Issue No. 32) and IDW’s “Angel”(Issue No. 30) as their introduction to post-TV events, they’d hardly recognize these worlds. The story has certainly moved forward in comic-book form.
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Now that 5,000 years of “Star Wars” lore have been mapped out, from the earliest days of the Sith and Jedi to the generation after Luke Skywalker, it’s not surprising that time-travel tales are starting to be told.
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I’m not surprised that “Life Unexpected” (8 p.m. Central Mondays, The CW) is good — after all, the cast is incredible and exec producer Liz Tigelaar boasts an impressive resume with “What About Brian” and other credits — but I am surprised that I love it as much as I do only five episodes into its run. Already, it feels like a fully formed series with distinct locations in rainy Portland, Ore., and a wealth of characters and possibilities.
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Ki Adi-Mundi (in “The Phantom Menace”): “The Sith have been extinct for a millennium.”
Yoda (later in the same movie): “Two there are always, a master and an apprentice.”
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Are TV shows getting dumber or am I getting smarter? I’m not talking about TV as a whole, because obviously it’s dumber than it was 10 years ago. This is because of the influx of cheap TV — reality shows, game shows and talk shows — taking over primetime slots.
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