‘Parenthood’ is hit-and-miss, but the hits are really good (TV review)

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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New TV movie ‘Turtles Forever’ is a love letter to old-school fans (Review)

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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‘Buffy’ has comic edge, but ‘Angel’ is starting to catch up (Comic book commentary)

 

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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Early evidence points to Jacob being evil, Man in Black being good. Discuss (TV commentary)

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has a nice chart comparing the “Lost” (8 p.m. Central Tuesdays, ABC) characters’ lives in the Island World to their lives in the Sideways World. The evidence points to Jacob being the bad guy and the Man in Black being the good guy — which is the opposite of what one would initially assume.

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My new favorite show is an ‘Unexpected’ pleasure (TV commentary)

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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On the ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ DVDs, the song doesn’t remain the same (and that’s a problem) (TV commentary)

Normally, my blog talks about positive things in the world of entertainment. But I want to bring up one big negative, for the sake of warning you. CBS DVD has put out a series of “Beverly Hills, 90210” DVDs (the ninth of the 10 seasons was recently released) that do not contain the original music from the show.

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A lot more than 7 great words in George Carlin’s autobiography (Book review)

I wouldn’t be capable of starting a successful religion; I don’t have the requisite charisma, ambition or ability to deceive. But I do have my own private religion, and I call it Carlinism, based on the idea that happiness is found by emotionally removing yourself from the human race and viewing it all as entertainment. Another tenet is that if you don’t vote, you preserve your right to complain; if you DO vote, you helped caused the problem, and you have no right to complain.

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