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The 'Fringe' fourth-season renewal: 'It has begun,' and what 'it' means

The news that Fringe has been renewed for a fourth season came as a shock: When was the last time a network saved a quality cult show it had heretofore shown little sign of even understanding, let alone promoting? But then, the renewal is in keeping with the spirit of the series itself, with its themes of life everlasting and hope springing eternal. READ FULL STORY

Rating this season's 'Saturday Night Live' episodes: Has this been a good or bad season for the show?

Tonight’s Saturday Night Live is a rerun (from January, Jesse Eisenberg host), so I thought it would be a good time to pause and take stock of season 36 of SNL. READ FULL STORY

Is 'Harry's Law' the worst show David E. Kelley has ever created?

Harry’s Law, one of the few new show ratings successes in recent months, looks as though it is filmed on a cheap studio set, and features dialogue so mawkish and florid, it reminds me of an earlier Monday-night-TV standby, the WB’s spiritual-family-show 7th Heaven. Indeed, the clunky rhythms of Harry’s Law make 7th Heaven sound like Paradise Lost by comparison. Despite the presence of Oscar winner Kathy Bates in READ FULL STORY

'Fringe': Save this show! A guide (and a plea) for new fans.

The bonds of family, the ecstasy of romance, the exhilaration of intellectual inquiry, and a secret government agency working to protect you from all kinds of crazy, weird stuff. If I told you there was a TV series featuring all of that, plus great acting and superb action sequences, wouldn’t you want to watch that?

Sure you would. And people who are watching Fringe now know  READ FULL STORY

'Firefly' came back: This is the role Nathan Fillion was born to play: A flawed leader of men and women

Firefly, the Joss Whedon-created sci-fi Western that came and went in 2002, is back on the Science Channel, its two-hour premiere on Sunday night reminding us how good the show was, and why it was pretty much doomed from the start. READ FULL STORY

Tonight's 'Fringe' is HUGE.

Let me just add to what Sandra Gonzalez has said over in her Spoiler Room: Tonight’s Fringe is a do-not-miss, revelatory episode, crossing time and space and allowing us to see Olivia and Peter as children. The hour is crammed with references to READ FULL STORY

'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' premiere review: Forest Whitaker kept 'body, mind, and spirit in balance.' Will you keep watching this show?

In the spin-off series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, we are spared the trademark Criminal Minds voice-over recitation from some Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations-level philosopher. But we’re not spared the reason viewers by the millions tune in to the original Minds: To watch the suffering of the helpless, rescued by the earnest, the brave, and the eccentric. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' with Russell Brand hosting: Your opinion is desired.

Russell Brand will host Saturday Night Live tonight. The musical guest is Chris Brown. Given Brand’s penchant for naughty ad-libbing, this could be READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' with host Dana Carvey: Your opinion is desired.

Dana Carvey will host Saturday Night Live this week (it will be his fourth time as host), with music guest Linkin Park. They’re ready READ FULL STORY

Watch 'Craig Ferguson' tonight: Talking black history, slavery, the right and left wings, 'Huckleberry Finn' with Cornel West, plus funk music with George Clinton

Tonight, Craig Ferguson will devote his Late Late Show to Black History Month — specifically, to a long, engrossing conversation with Dr. Cornel West and music by the great George Clinton. It’s “my attempt to know my country better,” says relatively new citizen Ferguson. “One of the advantages of doing a show the network barely knows exists is that I can do whatever the hell I want.” READ FULL STORY

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