The inevitable ‘Glee’ backlash: Is it here already? (TV commentary)

A friend of mine recently said he hates “Glee” (the first-season finale will air at 7:59 p.m. Central Tuesday on Fox). He shared his opinion after the episode that featured two KISS songs, and he’s a big KISS fan, and I think it might have been the first episode he watched, but still, he makes a valid point: Why perform songs if they are going to be inferior to the original version?

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Fond farewell: ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ (TV review)

“10 Things I Hate About You” (7 p.m. Central Monday on ABC Family, one hour)

On air: 2009-10, one season

Why it was great: For some reason, traditional sitcom humor works for me only if it’s teenagers delivering the lines. When it’s adults, it all seems so juvenile. There’s something likable about teens who are quick with a quip yet also trapped in a high school setting (which can be absurd without sacrificing reality).

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Fond farewell: ‘Law & Order’ (TV review)

“Law & Order” (9 p.m. Central Monday on NBC)

On air: 1990-2010, 20 seasons

Why it was great: It ripped about one-third of its stories from the headlines. I’m not a big news-watcher — I find it depressing — but I am a big entertainment guy, so when I can be entertained and keep up with current issues by accident, that’s cool. Watching the detectives and prosecutors at work drove home the thrill and the value of doing something important with your life.

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Happy 30th anniversary to ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ (Movie commentary)

On Friday, “The Empire Strikes Back” marks its 30th anniversary. That’s right, 30 years ago, the movie industry was capable of putting out a Memorial Day weekend blockbuster that people wanted to see and that was not only worth the price of admission, but was so good that we’d talk about it 30 years later.

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