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A new 'Parenthood' returns tonight: Is Crosby really that bad, as a father, as a man?

Parenthood returns with a new episode tonight, and among the show’s many wonderfully emotional, intricate subplots, the Crosby-is-a-bad-dude one fascinates me, and perhaps you. READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife' recap: Kalinda's bombshell: Who saw THAT coming?

In a season characterized by more twists than a lesser drama goes through in its entire series run, The Good Wife upped the stakes pretty amazingly — and riskily — with this week’s episode, titled “Ham Sandwich.” READ FULL STORY

'Bethenny Ever After' premiere review: 'Sometimes she pushes it way too hard'

Bethenny Frankel is arguably the best product manufactured by Bravo’s Real Housewives factory. She’s smart, funny, and self-aware. She’s also aggressive, argumentative, and drives a hard bargain, whether it’s with her Skinnygirl business or her marriage to Jason Hoppy. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family': A wedge salad and how marriages fail

One of the best things Modern Family does is… oh, wait a sec, you do know what a wedge salad is, right? It’s a piece of iceburg lettuce, sliced into the shape of a wedge, most often smothered in blue cheese dressing, some tomato, maybe some crumbled blue cheese and bacon. READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife' recap: Satirizing 'The Social Network,' getting serious about Alicia, Will, Kalinda, and Blake

CBS kept promoting this week’s The Good Wife as the episode in which Alicia and Will would bare their souls — at the very least — after that cell-phone message miscommunication so long ago. What we got was both a little less than that and a lot more. READ FULL STORY

'Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story' review: Mawkish, melodramatic, but completely compelling

It’s not a surprise that Monday night’s Lifetime network production Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story would attract a substantial audience: It was a fact-based story about a nightmare that any parent might both fear as a reality and revel in as entertainment. The tale of Tiffany Rubin (Taraji P. Henson, excellent in a carefully calibrated performance) and her search for the son her ex-husband essentially kidnapped, was compelling, all the more so for being based on true events. READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey' is the best original 'Masterpiece' since 'Prime Suspect.' Did you watch it?

Downton Abbey began its four-episode run on Sunday night, and it is crisp, daffy, intricate fun, a sort of Upstairs Downstairs as conceived by a cross between Angela Thirkell and P.G. Wodehouse. Their literary love-child is screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has us following tense aristocrats and brisk servants in the early 20th century, as both social classes seek money, love, and respect. READ FULL STORY

Sarah Palin sneers at 'conservationists who write me nasty letters': A 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' review

Sarah Palin visited a logging camp, picked up a chainsaw, and helped cut down a tree during this week’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Later, after playing a spirited game of “Eskimo bingo” with some loggers’ families, Palin sneered at “conservationists [who] write me nasty letters because I support [logging], usin’ their pretty little pencils and their pretty little stationery, not realizin,’ where do you think your pencil and your stationery comes from? It came from a tree that was harvested!”

As usual, Palin’s pluckiness was impressive. She READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife' recap: 'My marriage is none of your f--ing business'

Oh, The Good Wife, how I missed your complicated heart. Returning with a new episode titled “Nine Hours” on Tuesday night, Wife was tense, dense, and immensely satisfying. The central plot turned on the scant few hours Alicia’s law firm had to get a stay of execution for a condemned man, but the show also worked its time-management magic by cramming in stories that included Peter Florrick’s live, televised campaign debate; Kalinda investigatin’ and prevaricatin'; a “moment” between Alicia and Will; and everyone being worried that daughter Grace might be getting religion. (The Good Wife is the only series on broadcast television in which a glimpse of a girl at prayer is cause for shocked alarm by the show’s  humanist heroes.)

At the start of the hour, Alicia received a call from a clerk asking about a detail regarding a death-penalty case her firm had lost. She correctly interpreted the brief conversation as READ FULL STORY

'Sarah Palin's Alaska' met the whining fury of Kate Gosselin: 'She bitched the moment she got off the plane'

Last week, Sarah Palin shot a caribou; this week, Sarah Palin might have, at the very least, used a taser gun on Kate Gosselin and I doubt that even Aaron Sorkin would lodge so much as a complaint.

The idea was a TLC match made in heaven, or hell: Put its two biggest stars, Palin and Gosselin, in one episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska. In theory, it made sense. Gosselin is READ FULL STORY

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