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July 24, 2006
Life on Mars

Manchester police detective Sam Tyler (John Simm) is in hot pursuit of a serial killer who’s kidnapped Tyler’s girlfriend when he’s hit by a car and knocked all the way back into 1973, where the cops are innocent of cell phones, DNA profiles, and scruples about roughing up suspects and planting evidence.

July 24, 2006
Eureka

Eureka’s cast works overtime to charm its materials—characters, ideas, and paranormalities left over from Northern Exposure, Twin Peaks, and Picket Fences—into whimsical sentience.

July 24, 2006
Was It Like a Prayer . . . Come True?

This week Madonna, bearing cross, hits the Garden for a return engagement. We asked concertgoers at the first set of New York shows what they thought of her dancing, singing, Christian-baiting, and S&M equestrian ensembles.

July 24, 2006
Reality-TV Index

A recurring guide to which shows are worth investing in, and which ones to avoid.

July 24, 2006
Extra! Extra!

A reality show colonizes the Daily News, where—surprise—hard reporting, not gossip, makes for the best TV.

July 24, 2006
Perusing the Bookshelf of the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

Our books buzz and backlash report.

July 24, 2006
Winkie

Winkie, Clifford Chase’s bizarre first novel, is far more than a one-note indictment of human-rights abuses. It’s also a parable, a bedtime story, and a phenomenal character study of a teddy bear.

July 24, 2006
Curious Georges

Georges Simenon, prolific genius of literary reduction, takes readers on a very bad road trip.

July 24, 2006
Ever-Changing-Mood Music

The genre-busting cult musician Theo Bleckmann tries his hand at the great American songbook.

July 24, 2006
The Approval Matrix: Week of July 24, 2006

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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