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W. Kamau Bell Helps FX Reinvent Late Night

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (11 p.m. Thursdays) features news commentary with humor from a quickly rising comic. Bell, named best San Francisco comedian by SF Weekly (among other publications), is known for his unique approach to race, politics and other social issues in stand-up.
  

Ten Seasons of 'Making It Work'

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 31, 2012
“You’re either in, or you’re out.” In addition to cranking out catchphrases, Heidi Klum has kept her infectious runway reality show going for nearly a decade. Project Runway pits designers against each other as they create ensembles to be shown on the catwalk and judged by big names in fashion.   

IFC Keeps it Weird with 'Comedy Bang! Bang!'

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
When one of the guys behind Mr. Show and Between Two Ferns creates a podcast-turned-television series, you can’t expect a modern day Johnny Carson. Scott Auckerman's Comedy Bang! Bang! playfully spoofs the conventional talk show format, featuring interviews, shorts and skits  

'Small Town Security' Surprises With Big Time Entertainment

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
An unscripted series about a family-owned private security company in Ringgold, Ga., might be an unlikely follower to AMC’s grippingly dark Breaking Bad. But those who stuck around and actually watched the series premiere of Small Town Security (11 p.m. Sundays, AMC) got a glimpse at true TV gold.  

Walter White Explores Meth and Mortality

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 10, 2012
When high school chemistry teacher/part-time car washer Walter White was faced with this grim conundrum, he sought out a former student-turned-delinquent and created a new formula of crystal meth to pay for his medical bills and provide a safety net for his growing family. A six-time Emmy-winner, Breaking Bad goes beyond your standard good-person-gone-bad/drug-related drama. The writing is outstanding and each character’s performance is spot-on.  

Showtime's Baddest Mom Is in the 'Weeds'

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 4, 2012
During the past seven years, audiences have seen Mary-Louise Parker’s Nancy Botwin transform from loveable, suburban pot-dealing widow/mom to arsonist to Mexican cartel queen to prison lesbian and back again in Weeds.  

Existentialism in a Dog Suit

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2012
While there’s plenty of hilarious human-dog hijinks (verbalizing dog thoughts/characteristics never gets old), it’s the deep, psychological undertones that give Wilfred a dark edge not found in many other current shows (and makes it a great lead-in to Louie). While American remakes of shows tend to dumb down or lighten up, our Wilfred (with the same actor, Jason Gann, playing the title character) takes even more disturbing turns than its Australian counterpart.  

Sorkin's Series Goes Behind the Scenes of Nightly News

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
From writer/producer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball) comes a new series about the people behind nightly cable news. The Newsroom (10 p.m. Sundays, HBO) follows journalist Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and his journey from fair-and-balanced News Night anchor to cable rebel after a revealing and potentially career-ending public outburst in which he shares his opinions about news and politics.   

'One Nation Under Dog' Kicks Off HBO Summer Doc Series

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
HBO’s Documentary Films Summer Series presents a different intriguing, timely film each Monday through July 30. The series covers a vast array of topics, from social issues to pop culture, each with a unique perspective. First up is One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss and Betrayal (9 p.m. Monday), a three-part documentary that sheds light on America’s complicated relationship with canines.  

Doin’ Bad Things in Bon Temps

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A few seconds of True Blood’s opening credits (set to Jace Everett’s “Bad Things”) are all it takes to set the mood and excite audiences of the intoxicating vampire drama, which returns for a fifth season Sunday (9 p.m., HBO). With flashes of alternating sexual and religious, gritty, Southern-fried, swampy images, this intro perfectly encapsulates what fans love about the show without even mentioning vampires.  

Let's Get Weird: 'Workaholics' Fully Torqued for Season Three

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Comedy Central’s Workaholics (10:30 p.m. Tuesdays) might not be ground-breaking, but the stoner comedy will expand your vocabulary, or at least make you feel better about your crappy job.
  

Writing and Romance On the War Front

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2012
HBO’s latest television film follows the professional and romantic journey of literary great Ernest Hemingway and legendary journalist Martha Gellhorn. Starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman as the title characters, Hemingway & Gellhorn is on at 9 p.m. on Mondays.
  

Summer TV Preview

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Ever since the days of Stick Stickly (Nickelodeon’s popsicle stick seasonal host of the ’90s), I’ve loved me some summer television. When you get burnt out on bikinis and barbeques, crank up the AC, crack open a beer and check out these summer shows.   

Institute of Medicine, HBO Team Up For Heavy Documentary

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The ignorant, beer-bellied McDonald’s masticator: It’s a punchline of American society. But the fact that nearly 70 percent of American adults are overweight or obese is not a joke — and the makers of The Weight of the Nation (8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, HBO) show that it’s more detrimental to our country than many believe.   

The Comedy Awards Highlight Hilarious Humans

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2012
When selecting television bits to feature in this column, I’m constantly trying to balance out all the funny programs I love with dramas and other options. To me, comedy is like pizza — whether it’s simple or sophisticated, cheesy or over-the-top, there’s something for everyone and it’s usually pretty good.