Can’t-see TV: 16 sweet shows that aren’t on DVD or Hulu (Commentary)

I noticed that whatever company distributes “Roswell” DVDs recently repackaged them with Katherine Heigl prominently featured on the cover art. Artistically, it’s ridiculous, because Heigl’s Isabel was the fourth-most-important female character on the show, behind Liz, Maria and Tess. But as a marketing move, it’s smart. If it gets “Grey’s Anatomy” fans to discover a great show like “Roswell,” I’m all for it.

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Fun with ‘The Clone Wars’: Guessing Ahsoka’s fate (TV commentary)

Don’t mix up “Clone Wars” and “The Clone Wars.”

“Clone Wars” was the spin-off fiction produced from 2002-07; it included nine collected volumes of comic books (plus 10 volumes of the lighter “Clone Wars Adventures”) and several novels, and the centerpiece was the series of short episodes that aired on Cartoon Network. Key events included Anakin becoming a Jedi Knight, Dooku’s recruitment of Ventress, Anakin killing Ventress and Grievous’ kidnapping of Palpatine.

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‘Glee’ is the first successful scripted music show, but maybe we shouldn’t be surprised (TV commentary)

Why is “Glee” (8 p.m. Central Wednesdays on Fox) the first widely popular scripted music show? I’m almost certain the answer is “random chance,” but that would make for a rather short blog post, so I’m going to theorize a bit further.

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‘V’ for political parable (TV review)

If “V” (7 p.m. Central Tuesdays on ABC) was just another alien invasion show, we could dismiss it out of hand. After all, there are only two alien invasion stories: 1, the aliens are evil, and we get punished for being too trusting (see “Independence Day”), or 2, the aliens are friendly, and we get punished for not being more welcoming (see “E.T.”).

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‘Donnie Darko’ helmer is still thinking outside ‘The Box,’ but that’s not necessarily a good thing (Movie review)

See, this is what I meant in my “Paranormal Activity” review about how good actors can add a lot to a movie. Cameron Diaz is completely adorable in “The Box,” and she has a wonderfully loving rapport with James Marsden, who plays her husband. I have no doubt this duo could’ve made “Paranormal Activity” better.

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