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John Leonard

January 15, 2007
Chinese Prison vs. Cell-Phone Hell

It’s a new day for 24, but the show seems to suffer from even more credibility issues. And is Jack Bauer feeling guilty or what?

January 8, 2007
You Watch That Trash?

There is little new to stare at in Courteney Cox’s smooth Dirt—save for the show’s troubled paparazzo.

December 18, 2006 |
The Year in TV

Spike Lee’s Katrina documentary proved that not all tragedies are matters of foreign policy, a sci-fi show with robots taught us about Iraq, The Closer sizzled, Emmitt Smith shimmied, and Helen Mirren was regal even while playing a drunk.

December 11, 2006
Tossed and Turned

The mini-series Tsunami reveals what was lost, and what remained.

November 20, 2006 | Feature
Watch This Instead

If you prefer television that puts something into your brain instead of cutting something out, there are three worthy documentaries all airing on Tuesday, November 14.

November 9, 2006
It’s Not Exactly Brain Surgery

3 Lbs. joins Grey’s Anatomy in the sexed-up hospital genre: plenty of sin, skin, and scalpels.

November 13, 2006
Iron Maiden

With the final installment of Prime Suspect, Helen Mirren says good-bye to her greatest role.

October 30, 2006
Things That Go Clunk in the Night

Here come the TV screamies: quickie horror flicks that put the “low” in “Halloween.”

October 16, 2006
Pearl Before Swine

A documentary about Daniel Pearl and his murderer charts a tragic collision between two surprising men.

October 9, 2006
Heroes

If they weren’t in New York to begin with, you can bet that this gang—the Japanese salaryman who teleports, the Indian genetics professor with a superpowers theory, the Las Vegas stripper with a guardian-angel doppelgänger, the beat cop who hears what people think, the high-school cheerleader who can walk through fire, the male nurse who can fly, and the drug-addicted artist who is painting the horrific future—would wind up in this city together.

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