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'The Wire' Creator Calls for More Socialism

'The Wire' Creator Calls for More Socialism

TV producer David Simon has just produced a very long and passionate essay for The Guardian in which he argues that economic inequality in the United States has increased to the point that there are two Americas today, in socioeconomic terms, and that Karl

USA's Thursday Night Lineup Rivals Cable's Best Dramas

USA's Thursday Night Lineup Rivals Cable's Best Dramas

It’s Thursday, and that means USA Network’s two best currently running series have new episodes: “Burn Notice” and “Suits.” Here are some thoughts on the shows, which you can watch beginning at 9 p.m. EST tonight. Halfway through its sixth season, “Burn

ABC's 'Castle' Recovers From Shaky Season 4 Premiere

**Spoilers ahead** Monday night’s episode of the ABC crime series “Castle,” the second of its fourth season, signified a return to the show’s winning, quirky formula after the near-stumble of its season premiere. I’ve praised “Castle” in the past, and

ABC's Smart Sci-Fi Series 'V' Returns Tonight

After a long hiatus, ABC’s sci-fi drama series V returns to the network’s regular lineup tonight at 8 EST. It’s a show well worth watching. Based rather loosely on a 1980s limited-run series from NBC, the new show tells the

'Chase' Review: Smart New Bruckheimer Series Deserves a Chance

Both NBC and Jerry Bruckheimer Productions have hit some hard times in recent years. Bruckheimer’s signature programs–notably the CSI franchise–are past their prime, and recent series such as The Forgotten and The Whole Truth have failed to generate the hoped-for

'Better With You' Review: Likable Characters, Good Concept

As ABC attempts to solidify its popular block of Wednesday sitcoms, the new show Better with You premiered last night, nestled comfortably between returning ratings successes The Middle and Modern Family. Thematically, Better with You makes sense as a transition

'Hawaii Five-O' Review: Nothing Retro About Reboot

Although CBS’-TVs new cop show Hawaii Five-0 is a reboot of a highly popular 1970s CBS series that entered the poplar lexicon (with police departments across the nation being popularly referred to as Five-O), there’s nothing old-fashioned about the current

TNT Crime Dramas Push Political Points

I have long argued that contemporary U.S. entertainment offers a much greater variety of ideas and points of view than conservatives usually seem to realize, pointing out that many TV shows, movies, and music releases convey very sound values and

More Anti-Christian Propaganda From 'Law & Order'

Law and Order: Criminal Intent, the long-running spinoff of the recently canceled TV crime drama mainstay Law and Order, has on fairly regular occasions manifested the overt progressivist and anti-Christian bias of its forebear This week’s episode is one of

REVIEW: 'Justified' Rejuvenates Old-Fashioned Hero Type

Fox’s FX channel has a history of pushing the boundaries of “free cable” programming, with shows such as Nip/Tuck, The Shield, Rescue Me, Dirt, Damages, Sons of Anarchy, The League, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. But although “edgy” material

Slow Start for 'Kick-Ass' Shows Perils of Pandering

Producers of popular culture tend to evince the belief that the public strongly desires titillation, vulgarity, obscenity, violence, sexual references, and depictions, and other such lurid matter. It is true, of course, that a little spice makes for a tastier

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