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The Year in TV


Debut
Anna Friel, Pushing Daisies
Although the critics love Pushing Daisies (ABC) more than the public does, there can be no disagreement about Anna Friel, who brings a pure heart, nimble leg, and lascivious eye to her role as love interest. I’m tempted to say, “Not since Carole Lombard”—so I will.

Stinker
John from Cincinnati (HBO).
From the David Milch who gave us blue cops and dead wood and the Kem Nunn who invented the surf-noir cult novel, we may have expected to be perplexed, even confounded, but probably not embarrassed. And yet, whatever could have gone wrong with a dramatic series about surfing, angels, and heroin addiction promptly did so.


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