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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I used to describe Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child as “like Michael Crichton, only better.” I now know that’s a simplistic comparison, but it’s still useful. The late, great Crichton’s “Lost World” came out in 1995, and earlier that same year, Preston and Child made their collaborative debut with “Relic.” Crichton’s book was a theme piece about dinosaur society; Preston and Child’s book was a wild ride about — as it turned out — a guy who basically turned into a dinosaur.
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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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“True Blood” makes it look easy. Start with sharply written characters, mix in a plot that’s never predictable, try a few new things here and there, and you have a tasty concoction.
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Twenty-five years after “Revenge of the Nerds,” girl nerds are now represented equally (perhaps more than equally) in pop culture. Inspired by the new Alexis Bledel movie, I decided to make a list of the 10 cutest TV nerds — the types of girls who I like to think would be compatible with me if they existed in reality.
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“Post Grad” isn’t the movie where Alexis Bledel breaks out of her Rory Gilmore mold and shows her range. But I’m not complaining. I’ve pretty much been in love with Rory/Alexis since the first episode of “Gilmore Girls” aired in 2000. Bledel basically plays Rory again here, and she is just as gorgeous (only a bit more freckly) on the big screen as on the small.
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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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