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The Emmy Awards: OK, I only predicted half the winners, but it was a terrific show, because...

To anyone who placed bets based on my Emmy Awards choices for “who will win,” I offer a half-apology: of the 12 categories on my ballot yesterday, I was correct in only six. I foresaw the victories of Modern Family, Jane Lynch, Jon Stewart, Edie Falco, Jim Parsons, and Temple Grandin.

But I — and you — have a lot to be happy about anyway:

• How great that Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston won acting awards for my favorite TV series of the year thus far, Breaking Bad.

• How wonderful that quality triumphed over READ FULL STORY

'Work of Art' season finale review: As inevitable as death and horses?

There was so much self-conscious irony, art-world-insider chattiness, and reality-TV posturing during this energetic first season of Work of Art: The Next Great Artist that it was almost inevitable that the show would end by striking one of its rarest poses: sincerity.

The hour began with the Project Runway-style gimmick that’s always better than a gimmick: visits READ FULL STORY

Christopher Hitchens and Anderson Cooper talk about cancer, God, and suicide

Last night on CNN, Anderson Cooper conducted a terrific interview with Christopher Hitchens, who was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer while promoting his excellent new autobiography Hitch-22.

Hitchens is famous for, among other things, being a blunt-talking atheist and a ferocious dismantler of cant language. While it makes one’s heart ache to see Hitchens without his thick thatch of hair, he’s quietly funny in his lucid explanations of why he’ll try to avoid any death-bed conversions and READ FULL STORY

'The Real Housewives of D.C.' premiere: Housewives desperate. Very desperate.

After seeing the first episode of The Real Housewives of D.C., I say to Whoopi Goldberg: Congratulations to you, good woman. Who would not want to do a little cussing, a little READ FULL STORY

'Work of Art' recap': Two eliminations from 'art inspired by nature'

Tasked with making “art inspired by nature,” the remaining five contestants on Work of Art: The Next Great Artist were shuttled out to a Connecticut woodland, there to get in touch with their inner Rousseaus, their lurking Walton Fords. It was a double-elimination night, so the stakes — and the gravel, and the sea shells — were high.

Suspense was provided early on READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': Here's an idea: Cancel it.

With the news that Ellen DeGeneres is leaving American Idol close on the heels of Simon Cowell, the conversation surrounding the show is all about who’ll replace who, and when. I have an alternative idea: Why not just cancel American Idol, since it’s looking more and more as though it’s going to be a hollow shell of its hollow shell?

Oh, I know, that’s READ FULL STORY

'Work of Art' recap: One artist gets naked (again), one judge cries (a first!)

The challenge for this week’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist was to create “pieces with opposing themes,” with the artists paired in teams. Abdi and Nicole’s theme was “order and chaos”; Peregrine and Mark’s was “heaven and hell”; Miles and Jaclyn’s was “male and female.”

One thing that’s making Work of Art better TV with each succeeding week is that READ FULL STORY

'Work of Art' recap: 'I wanted to throw up and sneeze at the same time'

This week’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist began rather frighteningly. The show’s mentor/Swiss popinjay, Simon de Pury, told the contestants that they were going down to SoHo and was greeted with blank stares. “I didn’t know where we were going,” Miles confided to us, which means that unless he’s a victim of bad editing, he had no idea that the area is full of art galleries, and, as Simon explained, as though to a group of children, artists such as “Basquiat and Warhol” worked in that vicinity.

Speaking of children, they inspired the challenge: Taking READ FULL STORY

'Teen Mom' and 'If You Really Knew Me' reviews: Life is hard, happiness is possible, but elusive

No matter what you may think of the choices the young people in Teen Mom have made, you can’t accuse the series of taking the easy way out: As the Tuesday-night season premiere proved once again, everyone has READ FULL STORY

'Work of Art' recap: Judge to Erik: 'Why?' 'Why?' 'Why?'

I’m ambivalent about the way things worked out on Work of Art: The Next Great Artist this week. Yes, the hour was the most dramatic to date, with fascinating exchanges in particular between Miles and Erik. These young men grappled with the big questions, vigorous debates that went to the very heart of what it means to be an artist: Miles called Erik READ FULL STORY

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