Daily Archives: September 23, 2011

The Weird ‘All My Children’ Finale

It’s probably not the best thing to tune into a show for the first time at the end of a 41 year run. But the series finale Friday of “All My Children” is something that is a TV history marker – another death of a show that spanned generations, in a genre that is ever-more […]

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‘Big Bang’ Bests ‘X Factor’

The ballyhooed fall “Idol” replacement “The X Factor” did about the same for its Thursday night edition as it did for its Wednesday debut – about 12 million. It was beaten by the nerds on “The Big Bang Theory” with 14.4 million for its season premiere. That led to 13.2 million sampling the new drama […]

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The New Fall Season: Fridays

We’ve been looking at the new network fall TV season night by night. One more time, Friday gets the short shrift. NEW SHOWS “A Gifted Man” (CBS, 8 p.m., tonight). There’s always a place for ghost stories (and whisperers) on Fridays, and here is this year’s model. Peter Wilson, right, plays a successful though cold-hearted […]

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Also on Friday: Return of ‘Fringe,’ ‘Supernatural’

It’s the night when the supernatural most infuses network shows – so a couple of them drift there. Not just the literal “Supernatural” (The CW, 9 p.m.) in its third  season. But also “Fringe” (Fox, 9 p.m.), the often overlooked show that is the best of the remaining J.J. Abrams shows on TV. But is […]

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James Spader Crashes ‘The Office’

“The Office” has always been so full of comic talent and singular characters that the loss of Steve Carell would never threaten the future the show the way, say, Ricky Gervais’ absence would have sunk the British version. So with Carvell gone in Thursday’s season premiere, a movie star was inserted, just as one had […]

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