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    Review: “The Good Wife” finale and “The real-life good wife.”

    They didn’t have to spell it out, but they did. WCBS, the local New York station, went from the end of The Good Wife to its lead late news story, which it called, “The real-life good wife,” a Shriver-Schwarzenegger report. The station had teased the report during last night's Good Wife with “Next –...

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    Review: Oprah’s Doc Club Begins with Transgender Chaz Bono Film

    Becoming Chaz, which follows Chastity Bono though hormone therapy and the surgical removal of her breasts until she physically and legally becomes a man named Chaz, is a remarkably intimate, unsentimental view of that transition.

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    TV Review: What "Bhutto" Reveals About Pakistan Today

    Bhutto, a documentary about the life and assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the daughter of privilege and violence twice elected Pakistan’s prime minister and twice forced out of office on corruption charges, is in many ways frustratingly out of touch with today’s news. Even though Bhutto’s life was f...

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    Keeping Up With The Borgias

    “The wolves are bearing down on the papal states.” There are few people other than Jeremy Irons who could make that line sound so deliciously sinister yet plausible as Rodrigo Borgia, aka Pope Alexander VI, explains the family’s political danger to his middle son, the hot-headed soldier Juan. If you...

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    Review: South Park's Season Premiere Makes You Gag

    What’s the delicate way to say this? Those South Park guys have a taste for poo, so if you’ve been put off by their recurring character of Mr. Hankey – the walking, talking turd in a Santa cap – your gag reflex would really have been set off by last night’s season premiere.

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    TV Review: One Person’s Verite Was Another’s Cinema

    Typical biopics, even good ones, end by flashing images of the real people who have been turned into fiction on screen; Cinema Verite dares to reverse that ploy. From the start and scattered throughout we glimpse Bill and Pat Loud and their five children as they appeared on An American Family, the j...

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    Review: Brash New Twists in "House" As Thirteen Is Sprung From Prison

    At the start of tonight’s bold new episode of House, we learn that Thirteen, who mysteriously fled last year, has been in prison. (No real life surprise: Olivia Wilde was off filming Tron). As she walks through the prison gates, she is astonished to find House waiting with a martini -- what more ca...

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    TV Review: "Game of Thrones" Has A Heart of Geek

    “I am a khaleesi of the Dothraki!” If that sentence makes you say “Huh?” or “I don’t care,” I am here to tell you that you can live the rest of your life quite happily without ever watching Game of Thrones, HBO’s superhyped, superexpensive new fantasy miniseries.

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    Less Froth, More Nazis: A Darker “Upstairs Downstairs”

    The new Upstairs Downstairs is as visually glittering as you might want. The camera swirls around a crystal chandelier in the opening credits; the stylish young owners of 165 Eaton Place have painted the walls in the entry hall a beautiful peacock blue. And glamor? Wallis Simpson drops by a cocktail...

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    Why "The Good Wife" is Smart Where Other Shows Are Stupid

    From the start, The Good Wife has been one of the sharpest series on television, as it reveals heroine Alicia Florrick’s (Julianna Margulies) tangle of personal and political drama – does she forgive the politician husband who publicly humiliated her by going to prostitutes? – with her own legal car...

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