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These TV Shows Actually Were Real

5/3/2015 2:00pm EDT
TV Shows So Insane You Won't Believe They're Real
We're in the middle of a TV golden age right now. Have been for the last decade and a half, really. But for every "Breaking Bad" or "Game of Thrones" or "Mad Men," there are just as many masterpieces of TV terribleness out there.

Shows so awful, so hare-brained, so obvious-to-anyone-with-a-pulse stupid that they have no right to exist. But they do, because at no point during the creative process did anyone stand up and say, "A sitcom about Hitler? Please don't."

And yes, there is a Hitler sitcom on this list (the title's a doozy). Plus nine other TV shows that will have you frantically Wi...

'Golden Boy' Review: More Bite Than Bark

2/27/2013 10:10am EST
Golden Boy
CBS’s mid-season show, “Golden Boy,” a crime drama about a brash cop's turbulent journey to become the youngest police commissioner in New York City history, doesn’t reinvent the shield, but it does offer more promise than puffery.  

This is not another paint-by-numbers procedural that CBS has mass-produced for the past decade. “Golden Boy” follows the impressive career of Walter Clark, played with a beguiling intensity by Theo James.  After a heroic firefight that saves dozens of lives, Clark is promoted to homicide detective, and has to navigate the murky politics of police work, especia...

'Golden Boy' Offers Nothing New But Shows Potential

2/26/2013 9:49am EST
Golden Boy Pilot
Golden Boy isn't different from any other police procedural airing on CBS. The look of the show is identical to Elementary and, even, Person of Interest. The New York setting seems to entice directors to use grey filters and sterile lighting. Scenes set in the police station are aesthetically unappealing. The majority of CBS dramas are a slog to get through. Hawaii Five-0 is less of a slog than the other shows--because of its beautiful Hawaiian setting--but it is still a slog nonetheless. So many of the stories, so many of its characters, and its beats, have been done before on television, ...

'Suits' 1.12 'Dogfight' Review

9/10/2011 3:21am EDT
The last four episodes of Suits have been the best scripted TV I've seen all summer. The accomplishment also raised my expectations for the season finale - expectations which were met in an hour that seemed to slide the last pieces into place.

Picking up where "Rules of the Game" left off, "Dogfight" sees Harvey try to free the innocent Clifford Danner (Neil Brown, Jr.) from prison, while Mike tries to keep a handle on his messy personal life. One of them succeeds, and the other, not so much. What that gives us is an episode that pays off last week's plot development in fine fashi...

Dearly Departed: Eulogizing 'The Chicago Code' & 'Human Target'

5/11/2011 9:45am EDT
The Chicago Code
FOX, I'm not talking to you anymore. Not after you cancelled my two favorite series, The Chicago Code and Human Target.

No, this article is directed at the people still coming to terms with the network's decision to bring the hammer down on those two series Tuesday night. This is for the dismayed fans, for the casts and crews that are now in need of other jobs. I had the pleasure of working on both Code and Human Target for their entire runs. (In addition to fellow victim Lie To Me this season.) I wasn't just a critic, I was also a fan. I'm just as upset as the viewers, and I sure a...

'Human Target' Is Cancelled

5/10/2011 10:43pm EDT
Human Target
Entertainment Weekly has reported that Human Target has been cancelled. Unfortunately, thanks to my Human Target Fan Club position, I can verify that cancellation personally.

Target, which starred Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley, had long been considered unsure to return, despite a massive revamp between its first and second seasons. Despite changing showrunners and adding two new cast members (Indira Varma and Janet Montgomery), its numbers still struggled and it was roundly named as one of three shows that could be axed by the network, after narrowly escaping canc...

Interview: Tracie Thoms Chats Stage, 'Wonder Woman' & 'Cold Case'

3/25/2011 4:19pm EDT
Tracie Thoms
Around these parts, we know Tracie Thoms best from her recent run as Detective Kat Miller on CBS' Cold Case. She's been busy since the show left the air last year, though: she turned up as Winston's ex-wife on our beloved Human Target, has a role in NBC's much talked about Wonder Woman pilot, and is currently gracing the Los Angeles stage in For The Record: Baz Luhrmann, which celebrates the music of the Moulin Rouge director. Tracie sat down with me recently to discuss the new ventures that are part of an already prolific career.

You're back on the theater scene again. What can you tell u...

Save 'Human Target,' Again

2/16/2011 3:00pm EST
Human Target
Stop me if you've heard this one before: FOX's Human Target is on death watch, and it needs the viewing public to save it.

Yes, the Mark Valley-led action series is in pretty much the same position it was this time last year. I still remember the waiting, the worrying, the rumors that the network was going to choose between Target and Lie To Me. It wasn't a pretty sight, and I knew that we were lucky to see a second season. Yet even after an overhaul both behind and in front of the camera, we're still back in the same tough position.

And I'm still of the belief that this show needs t...

'Human Target' 2.13 'Marshall Pucci' Recap And Review

2/10/2011 1:01am EST
Human Target
I'm having a really strong sense of deja vu. It's another Human Target season finale, and we're in the same place: wondering if the show is going to make it, watching as people speculate it's not long for this world. It's not a fun place to be in, but I console myself with remembering that we all thought the same thing last year and here we are in season two.

We semi-pick up from the end of last week's episode. Ilsa's still drunk, still brooding, and flashing back to a year earlier, when her husband (Steven Brand) told her not to come to Africa and in so doing, saved her life. We no...

'Human Target' 2.11 'Kill Bob' Recap And Review

2/1/2011 12:00am EST
Human Target
Tonight begins the week-and-a-half push toward Human Target's second season (potentially series?) finale. FOX is fast-tracking the final three episodes, starting with tonight and ending with the season finale just nine days away. That's a whole lot of Chance to enjoy in a short period of time. Let's get right to it, shall we?

Bob Anderson (Todd Grinnell) didn't get the memo that white guys shouldn't attempt dancing to rap music, even if it's in your car while stuck in traffic. Maybe that lack of taste is why a mysterious person on a motorcycle tries to kill him. After that, he turns ...

'Human Target' 2.07/2.08 'A Problem Like Maria'/'Communication Breakdown' Advance Review

12/29/2010 6:03pm EST
I know, it's a downer that tonight's Human Target is a rerun (both of them). Don't worry, though, as I have a cure for you: a sneak peek at next week's two all new episodes, "A Problem Like Maria" and "Communication Breakdown." The episodes comprise a two-part event, the first for Human Target.

If you didn't guess it from the title, "A Problem Like Maria" involves the return of Chance's ex-flame Maria (Leonor Varela), last seen in "Salvage & Reclamation." She needs his help dealing with a South American dictator who's kidnapped a friend. (Not unlike the general premise of "The Return o...

'Human Target' 2.06 'The Other Side Of The Mall' Recap And Review

12/23/2010 12:05am EST
Human Target
I've quipped a time or two that I wouldn't mind getting Christopher Chance for Christmas - well, I finally got my wish. Kind of. Close enough.

Unlike me, Chance is not in the Christmas spirit (that's right, it's Chance and not Winston who's the cranky one), so he's glad to get a new case in the form of Richard Applebaum (John Michael Higgins), who's become a whistleblower against the pharmaceutical company that he works for, and has since found his life and the lives of his family in danger. How's the team going to handle this one? By integrating themselves into middle-class suburb...

'Human Target' 2.05 'Dead Head' Recap and Review

12/16/2010 12:19am EST
Human Target
This week's Human Target takes a pretty different tack. Chance and Winston are waiting to have an overdue meeting with a man who claims he's being targeted by just about everyone. As usual, Winston is disgruntled, and Chance is unbothered by Winston being disgruntled. Their new client's proven right, however, when they have to rescue him from a car bomb right in front of the restaurant where they're waiting for him. As a result of the car accident, the client has amnesia, meaning they have zero idea about what they're getting into. Yet since when has that ever stopped Chance? He fak...

'Human Target' 2.03 'Taking Ames' Recap And Review

12/1/2010 10:16pm EST
Human Target 2.03
The writers of Human Target are a crafty bunch. Last week, they responded to all of our thoughts and fears about the new cast additions by writing almost all of them into the episode; this week, they continue their campaign to win us over by devoting an entire episode to newcomer Ames.

Ames does a favor for her oldest and dearest friend Brody (J.D. Pardo, who played Sean on FOX's short-lived Drive), and by "favor" I mean that she helps him steal explosives and then literally blow out the back door. Her regression into her criminal past shouldn't be surprising to anyone. It's certain...

Fox Announces New 2009-10 Shows; Renews 'Dollhouse,' 'Fringe' & More

5/18/2009 1:06pm EDT
Mark Valley stars in Human Target
After a special preview event airing Tuesday, May 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), "Glee," the distinctive new comedy starring Jane Lynch will enter its freshman year this fall. Combining biting humor with a soundtrack of hit music from past to present, the inventive series follows an optimistic high school teacher who against all odds attempts to restore McKinley High's fading Glee Club to its former glory, while helping a group of underdogs realize their true star potential.

Two additional new comedies will premiere this fall. From the producers of Family Guy, comes The Cleveland Show. The ...

Art Imitating Life Imitating Art: Q&A With 'Pushing Daisies' Writers Chad & Dara Creasey

1/9/2009 11:31am EST
Pushing Daisies
At first the tale of this up-and-coming Hollywood power couple sounds like the plot to one of the romantic comedies they've made their "bread and butter on." They met in the Peter Stark producing program at USC, started writing together, fell in love, got married, started writing for television, moved to a house in the Hollywood Hills and lived happily ever after. Not bad for a couple in their late twenties. How did "a pseudo-intellectual Jew from the Upper East Side," and a man "from the plains of Colorado" get so lucky?

"Chad and I come from extremely different backgrounds," said ...

Head of the Class: Best and Worst TV Principals

3/4/2008 2:00pm EST
Boston Public principal Steven Harper
Television enthusiasts have encountered a number of fictional school principals over the years. Some made weekly occurrences as regular cast members, while others stole the show in guest or recurring roles. Overall quality of these TV administrators varied greatly, and over the years series' have produced principals on both ends of the spectrum, as well as many in between. We have taken a closer look at some favorites from years past, and come up with a list of the best and worst of the bunch.

The Best

Principal Snyder - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Some may claim that this a...

10 Worst TV Shows Of The Last 10 Years

1/25/2008 1:52pm EST
According to Jim
There have been some truly phenomenal television shows produced over the last 10 years. Works of art that will continue to be appreciated and discussed for years to come. But what's the fun in talking about that?

For each great show created since 1998, there have been at least five or six terrible ones. Often these truly odious programs have a mercifully short lifespan. Occasionally, one will unexpectedly survive and thrive, shining proudly on screen and mocking the infinitely more creative, entertaining and intelligent programs that it has outlasted.

Acknowledging the fac...

'Pushing Daisies' Season One: Redefining the Word 'Charming'

1/15/2008 10:46am EST
Pushing Daisies
My dear sweet Pushing Daisies, you left us far to soon. One might say the strike has caused you to be...pushing daisies! Oh that was clever. Bad puns aside, we're left without new episodes of one of this season's best new offerings. Even though it barely had time to hop off its training wheels, let's take a look at this modern-day fairy tale.

Wait, so Ned can make zombies?

Not exactly. Ned (Lee Pace) has the ability to bring the dead back to life. The catch is that if they are alive for more than one minute someone else dies in their place. Oh and if he touches them again they die...

'Pushing Daisies' is Odd, But Ultimately Endearing

1/8/2008 10:29am EST
Pushing Daisies
It's Not 'CSI: Couer d'Couers'

In the current TV era, truly original shows don't appear all that often on the broadcast networks. If and when they do, they usually aren't around for very long. "Pushing Daisies," a quirky amalgamation of a fairytale and film noir, is the latest offbeat offering to bow on the Big Four. Comparatively speaking, it has done fairly well thus far.

"Daisies" comes from the creative mind of Bryan Fuller, whose unique body of work includes the odd "Wonderfalls" and darkly comedic "Dead Like Me." It is the story of a pie maker named Ned (Lee Pace), who as a...

Capsule Reviews Of Broadcast Networks' Five New Series Premiering The Week Of Oct. 1

9/29/2007 9:49am EDT
Aliens In America
Five new prime-time TV series premiere the week of Monday, Oct. 1 (all times Eastern):

''Aliens in America''

What: A sitcom that mines humor from the miseries of adolescence as well as America's post-9/11 anxiety.

Where: The CW

When: Mondays at 8:30 p.m.

Who: Dan Byrd, Adhir Kalyan, Amy Pietz, Lindsey Shaw, Scott Patterson.

Why: As a reminder that everyone is alienated from some group - until they connect.

How: Justin Tolchuck (Byrd) is a sweet, bright kid who happens to be a social pariah at his Wisconsin high school. So his mom (Pietz) and dad (Patterson...

Seven New Dramas & Four New Comedies Join ABC’s Slate Of Returning Shows

5/15/2007 9:08am EDT
Michael Vartan stars in Big Shots
Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment, today outlined ABC's plans for next season and unveiled the network's 2007-08 fall schedule. Scheduled to debut next season are four new comedy series: "Carpoolers," "Cavemen," "Miss/Guided" and "Sam I Am"; along with seven new drama series: "Big Shots," "Cashmere Mafia," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Eli Stone," "Private Practice," "Pushing Daisies" and "Women's Murder Club." Alternative series "Oprah's Big Give(tm)" is also slated to debut.

In addition to the new series, ABC previously announced season renewals for "Brothers & Sisters," "Men In...

Episodes of 'The Nine' To Be Streamed Online & Be Available for Download

9/13/2006 12:36pm EDT
The Nine
Following its October 4 premiere on ABC, episodes of The Nine will be available on's ad-supported broadband player for approximately four weeks. In addition, consumers can purchase episodes the day after broadcast on a variety of digital download platforms.

"The Nine" is a complex character drama series that will unravel the mystery of what transpired during a 52-hour hostage situation in chronological flashbacks that open each episode. But the heart of the series is how that harrowing experience impacted the key characters in their present day lives as they continue to intert...