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John Leonard

July 21, 2008
The Closer

Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda Johnson is back for another summer season at the Los Angeles Police Department.

July 21, 2008
Burn Notice

You don’t have to be the least bit interested in which clandestine government agency decided that Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) wasn’t worth his spy-craft cover story.

July 21, 2008
A Messy Benjamin Bratt Insists on Cleaning Up Others

And shadowy detectives run amok across the cable dial.

July 14, 2008
HBO’s Terrific Summer Buzz Kill

From the folks who brought you The Wire, a Baghdad dystopia that’s bleaker than Baltimore.

June 23, 2008
Witness Protected

Will this summer’s sexiest slam-bang drama make it out alive?

June 9, 2008
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Yes, his mother perished in the Holocaust. Yes, his wife was murdered by the Manson gang.

June 9, 2008

Sybil asks us immediately to accept shattered crystal and Russian matryoshka dolls as twin images of a fine mind broken into jagged fragments and secret selves nesting inside one another.

June 9, 2008
Wife Swap, the Early Years

It’s 1976, and CBS’s Swingtown is stoned on Thorazine.

May 26, 2008
Final Approach

Dean Cain, plays a defrocked FBI agent who must save a passenger plane from a white-supremacist terrorist cult.

May 26, 2008
The Andromeda Strain

This mini-series actually improves on the original 1969 Michael Crichton sci-fi non-thriller.

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