State of Television Address, Part 3: ‘Glee’ provides a ray of hope for the fall (TV review)

This is the post where I’m supposed list the new fall shows I’m looking forward to, but after watching clips of the five networks’ 28 newcomers over at Zap2It (scroll down the list to find the pages for each network), I can’t say that anything really jumped out at me.

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State of Television Address, Part 1: Departed shows I’ll miss – ‘Privileged’ and ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ (TV review)

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Here’s an honor that no one wants to get and that I hate to bestow: The best show that was canceled too soon. This year’s winner is “Privileged.”

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‘Terminator Salvation’: Cool chases and explosions, but a muddied mythology (Movie review)

“Terminator” creator James Cameron felt the story was done after two movies, but of course, where there’s money to be made, there are stories to tell. So then we had comics, novels, another movie, a TV series, and now the first post-Judgment Day movie … and plot holes you could pilot a Hunter-Killer through.

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‘Beverly Hills,’ that’s where I want to be. (But the new ‘90210?’ Not so much) (TV review)

The CW seems to think that giving its shows the names of hit shows from the past is a way to build a network. It renewed “90210” — a show that has notoriously struggled to find an identity — and added the spinoff “Melrose Place” to its fall schedule.

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Where were you in ’98?: ‘Fanboys’ will make ‘Star Wars’ fans smile (Movie review)

At the beginning of “Fanboys,” two of the titular characters argue about Boba Fett’s degree of coolness, the Fett-hater noting that the Rocketeer also had a jet pack, so that can’t be a point in his favor. I was never the type of geek to argue the pluses and minuses of fictional characters, but I did notice “Wookiee” is spelled wrong in the DVD special features, so I guess I’m some degree of fanboy myself.

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Is ‘The Office’ making Michael into a good boss? (TV commentary)

“The Office” is five seasons old, so this is about the time you’d expect it to fall apart, but it’s as funny as ever. It’s also the time you’d expect the writers to morph Michael Scott, the archetypal Worst Boss Ever, into a good boss. They are doing that, but rather than ruining the show, it has made it easier to embrace.

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Maybe ‘The Phantom Menace’ was ‘just a movie’ after all (Commentary)

Ten years ago today, I was waiting in a sun-drenched line at West Acres Cinema in Fargo, N.D., to buy a ticket for the midnight debut of “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,” a movie that was supposed to change cinema as we knew it. One could make a case that it succeeded, at least in one sense: All “Star Wars” movies push the technology that makes fake things look real, and “Episode I” was no exception.

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