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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“Fringe” (8 p.m. Central Thursdays on Fox) has become such a good show in its own right that it goes beyond being a good “X-Files” rip-off. Even if that’s all it was, I’d love it — I was that one guy who watched “FreakyLinks,” “Miracles,” “Night Stalker” and “The Inside” before they were duly canceled.
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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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“Terminal Freeze” is another Lincoln Child book about a monster on the loose. I might sound like I’m bored with the idea, but actually Child’s books are like comfort food to me, and “Terminal Freeze” is pretty tasty.
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“Medium” falls into that category of shows that are half-procedural, half-character drama. Another way of putting it: half of the episode is what keeps it on the air (in this case, Allison Dubois solving hideous, teaser-friendly murders via her dreams), and the other half is why we actually like it (in this case, the drama of Joe Dubois’ job struggles and the children’s issues at school).
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