Monthly Archives: June 2012

Saturday TV: Bigfoot Brings Two Together

After producing movies like “Dinocroc,” “SuperGator,” “Sharktopus,” “Frankenfish” “Arachnoquake,” and later tonight, “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid” (Syfy, 11 p.m.)., Syfy has no need to combine names for its newest original movie. “Bigfoot” (Syfy, 9 p.m.) combines stars from two old kitschy shows, “The Partridge Family” and “The Brady Bunch,” Danny Bonaduce and Barry Williams as […]

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Friday TV: Chasing UFOs, ‘XIII’

It isn’t so much the truth as it is a cool TV show they’re seeking in the new series “Chasing UFOs” (National Geographic Channel, 9 and 10 p.m.). A team of UFO chasers follow up on reports of sightings and try to find out if there could have been some saucers involved. First stop is […]

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Managing Sheen’s ‘Management’

Charlie Sheen’s first new sitcom since he imploded his career at “Two and a Half Men” isn’t terrible. But it plays out as if he’s doing penance before a live studio audience. “Anger Management” (FX, 9 p.m.) is the series names that seems to pertain to one of Sheen’s top personal issues (and have nothing […]

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Regarding the Other FX Comedies

The real gem amid the FX comedy lineup is “Louie” (FX, 10:30 p.m.). After a season where Louis C.K.’s comedy took some equally dramatic turns, the third is brimming with more of that same mix – not trying for the obvious laugh and not avoiding the touchy dramatic content. Let’s avoid the nonword dramedy to […]

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Also on Thursday: ‘Twenty Twelve,’ ‘POV’

It’s less than a month now before the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics. And things are likely at a frenzied stage getting finishing touches done on the east End. It’s a very different pace, 1,000 days out, when the very funny British faux documentary “Twenty Twelve” (BBC America, 9 p.m.) begins. There’s still time […]

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George Clinton on the Mall

“Can you believe this?” George Clinton called out to the crowd on the Washington Mall. The man who once sang “Paint the White House Black” was now singing “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker” for the flagship concert of the 2012 Folklife Festival sponsored by the Smithsonian. This particular concert Wednesday was co-sponsored by the […]

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Wednesday TV: ‘Final Witness,’ Another ‘Real World’

The line between true crime documentary re-enactment and true crime docudrama gets further blurred with “Final Witness” (ABC, 10 p.m.). Like a lot of shows on the edges of cable, on networks like truTV and Investigation discovery, this one retells sordid crimes through the voice of the murdered victims. In this, it’s like another ABC […]

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Tuesday TV: Dental Crisis, Crafting Competition

As the Supreme Court readies its decision on the constitutionality of health care reforms, it’s instructive that “Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m.) takes a look at free market effects of dental care. States where Medicare payments for dental care are miniscule, private clinics are springing up – including outfits like Cool Smiles – where their for-practice […]

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Another Way Newspapers Are Failing Us

The decline of American newspapers is a sad thing to watch, especially for those of us who were trained to go into an industry we had the impression would be around at least until our retirement. Well, that pipedream is gone, and along with amazing shrinking staffs and lighter-weight content, there is the item of […]

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Monday TV: Leave Britney Lover Alone

If you know the name Chris Crocker at all, it’s likely from the viral video that made him famous for less than five minutes in 2006 when he cried out, “Leave Britney Alone!” According to the new documentary “Me @ the Zoo” (HBO, 9 p.m.), he was already a modestly successful YouTube presence even before […]

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