• Hectored By Hollywood: Joyless Oscars Were Hard To Endure
    The Oscars nominated a movie named "Joy," but the Oscar telecast was joyless. Instead, it felt like an exercise in ceaseless hectoring. Listening to all the talk about racial snubbing was like being jabbed repeatedly with a sharp stick.
  • Roll Over, Beethoven -- History Channel Is In The Comedy Business
    There's a comedy glut in late-night TV -- from the late-night talk shows and snarky newscast parodies to the syndicated sitcom reruns seen all over the place.
  • Fats Domino Documentary Reinforces TV's Role In The Birth Of Rock 'n' Roll
    The thing I love best about these occasional documentaries about the early days of rock 'n' roll -- such as "American Masters" on Fats Domino -- is the role that television plays in each and every one of them.
  • Get Ready For The Academy Awards Of Race Relations
    Whether he relishes being placed in this position or not, host Chris Rock will be expected -- if not obligated -- to wisecrack wickedly on the state of race relations in Hollywood.
  • Couples Therapy: Snooki And Hubby Are TV's Newest Home-Repair Duo
    The durability of the couples concept in home-renovation programming is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of "Nicole & Jionni's Shore Flip," premiering Wednesday on cable channel FYI.
  • As 'Downton Abbey' Nears Finish Line, The Claws Come Out
    The old spark returned to "Downton Abbey" last night with vim, vigor and vinegar. The second-to-last episode was so rich, it played like a finale right up to the final scene.
  • Make Mine A Double: Surviving 'Kocktails With Khloe'
    Khloe Kardashian had some good advice for anyone tuning in to her new cocktail party "reality" show this past Wednesday night. "Pick up a drink and enjoy the show!"
  • Teachers Behaving Badly: Cable Sitcoms Go Back To School
    Two sitcoms on different networks take basically the same approach to their depiction of teachers. Take a group of teachers and have them behave immaturely and irresponsibly as if they're still teenagers.
  • Big Data Blowhards Predict Information Age Will Save Planet
    In this PBS documentary, which premieres next week, experts promise that Big Data can head off epidemics, get potholes filled and ensure the survival of premature babies.
  • History Channel, Craig Ferguson Join Forces For Late-Night Laughs
    This week's premiere of the new History Channel talk show "Join Or Die with Craig Ferguson" not only features Ferguson as host, but Jimmy Kimmel as a guest.
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