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John Leonard

November 3, 2008

it’s possible that Crash, will end up saying something interesting.

November 3, 2008

Woe is Defoe. Rather than bother with his novel, the producers of this swashbuckling series settle instead for pastiche.

November 3, 2008 | Feature
Desperate Measures

Returning dramas up the emotional ante in lieu of good ideas. Plus, Crusoe and Crash.

October 27, 2008
Good Slater, Bad Slater

My Own Worst Enemy makes the most of its erratic star, but Eleventh Hour sadly wastes its own.

October 13, 2008
Life on Mars

Even after the novelty wore off the BBC original of this time-traveling cop show, there was a remarkably squalid Manchester to contemplate

October 13, 2008
Kath & Kim

Copycatted from an Australian TV template, Kath & Kim wants to be a combo platter of Absolutely Fabulous and Gilmore Girls.

October 13, 2008
Another Night, Another Psychic

The Mentalist floats (or sinks) on the charms of its star, Simon Baker.

September 22, 2008
New Abnormalities

Flesh eaters from J.J. Abrams and bloodsuckers from Alan Ball. Oh my.

August 25, 2008
More Lawyers With Libidos

Steven Bochco’s Raising the Bar lowers it further.

July 21, 2008
Saving Grace

If you were paying attention to the bonus episodes of Holly Hunter’s police-detective series in December, you now know that the biggest issue in Grace Hanadarko’s disorderly life was her childhood molestation by a Roman Catholic priest.