One-season wonders: ‘Privileged’ (2008-09) (Review)

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Like all TV fans, I’ve been known to complain when a show I like gets canceled. I’ve been doing less complaining in recent years, partly because I realized something that is never mentioned by mourning fans: Every time a show ends, another begins, and sometimes the replacement becomes our new favorite show. If you think about it, absolutely every show that’s on TV now (including your favorites) exists because its forerunners were canceled.

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The top 10 episodes of ‘Millennium’ Season 1 (1996-97) (TV review)

Still hankering for an “X-Files” fix after rewatching all nine seasons of Chris Carter’s most famous show, I decided to finally check out “Millennium,” which in my head was like a second-rate, but still good, “X-Files.” (It is also technically part of “The X-Files” universe due to the Season 7 crossover episode.)

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First episode impressions: ‘Falling Skies’ (TV review)

Watching “Falling Skies” (8 p.m. Central Sundays on TNT) is like buying a greatest hits album where you already own all the songs. The opening scenes of the resistance fighters hiding in abandoned tunnels and buildings from the aliens and their mechanized drones is straight out of “Terminator.” And the “harnesses” the aliens put on the backs of children to turn them into slaves cribs from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

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‘The Killing’ season finale: A great surprise or a silly twist? (TV commentary)

AMC’s “The Killing” has repeat-viewing value that’s rare among crime-solving shows: There’s a certain pleasure in soaking up the pitch-dark murder mystery and the troubled characters the same way the streets of Seattle soak up the rain and wash out the color.

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‘Super 8’ gets derailed by crashes and monsters (Movie review)

It’s such a cliched truism that special effects don’t make a movie better that you’d think it wouldn’t have to be said ever again. And yet, “Super 8” — which features a wonderful cast of believable kids that has drawn favorable comparisons to “The Goonies” and “Stand By Me” — shifts its focus from the people to the alien monsters and computer effects for the final act, and it all falls apart.

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First episode impressions: ‘The Nine Lives of Chloe King’ (TV review)

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The title character in “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” (8 p.m. Central Tuesdays on ABC Family) combines the powers/curses of my two favorite X-Men: Similar to Rogue, when Chloe kisses someone, they are paralyzed or they die; and similar to Wolverine, she has extendable claws and she’s very hard to kill.

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‘X-Men’ prequel ‘First Class’ goes to the head of the class (Movie review)

Sure, there are probably dozens upon dozens of comic books that explore the early friendship between Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lensherr (Magneto). But in the “X-Men” movie franchise, that relationship had only been illustrated by the allies-turned-enemies regretfully reflecting on their former friendship.

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