'Grimm' a genre hybrid that doesn't quite work
October 29th, 2011
10:16 AM ET

'Grimm' a genre hybrid that doesn't quite work

On Friday's series premiere of "Grimm," we were introduced to our second take on fairy tales in less than a week's time, this one a little more of a police procedural.

Nick Burkhardt is a detective who suddenly finds himself having inherited the power to see certain people's "true selves": creatures from Grimm fairy tales.

This first episode saw him pursuing a monstrous predator who went after women and young girls wearing red (gee, I wonder which fairy tale that's about?).

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Critics claim '2 Broke Girls' uses racial stereotypes
October 25th, 2011
08:00 PM ET

Critics claim '2 Broke Girls' uses racial stereotypes

New CBS comedy series “2 Broke Girls” is attracting criticism for their portrayal of a Korean character and their alleged use of racial stereotypes.

The character of Korean immigrant Bryce (Han) Lee, as played by Matthew Moy, runs the diner where the “2 Broke Girls” (played by Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs) are employed. As we mentioned in our recap back in September, the only drawback to the series premiere was that Moy's character certainly "walked the line of turning into a stereotype."

CNN's Henry Hanks called it "truly disappointing to see this on an otherwise smart show," and other critics have since chimed in.

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‘Once Upon a Time’ is almost magical
October 24th, 2011
11:02 AM ET

‘Once Upon a Time’ is almost magical

Imagine if the characters from all of your favorite fairy tales lived in the real world.

That’s the basic setup for “Once Upon a Time,” one of this season’s two new shows that use classic fables for their inspiration. (The other, “Grimm,” premieres later this week.)

“Once” splits its time between the real world (let’s call it RW for short) and fairy-tale land (FT). Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) got married, but they certainly didn’t live happily ever after.

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'Man Up!': So, real men don't use pomegranate body wash?
October 19th, 2011
12:47 PM ET

'Man Up!': So, real men don't use pomegranate body wash?

On Tuesday night, ABC continued its curious examination of gender norms with another sitcom bemoaning the apparent dearth of "real" men.

Up until this fall TV season, I had no idea that I was living amongst a bunch of "pantywaists," but someone out there in comedy development seems to find that to be true.

If Tim Allen's ranting about being the last rough-and-tumble "Man Standing," he's doing it for the three male stars of "Man Up!": Husband and father Will (Mather Zickel), his brother-in-law Kenny (Dan Fogler) and their friend Craig (Christopher Moynihan), all of whom represent the breed of video-game playing modern guys that Allen's character can't stand.

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Getting to know 'Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America'
October 13th, 2011
04:35 PM ET

Getting to know 'Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America'

If you watched last Thursday’s episode of “Parks and Recreation,” you saw the release of Leslie Knope’s complete guide to Pawnee called “Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America.”

We wanted to chat with Knope herself about this extensive text on Pawnee's history and the sites to see, but she wasn't available. So, we went with "Parks and Rec" co-creator Michael Schur.

Schur explained that writing a book about Pawnee "seemed like a natural fit," since they have "a lot of back-stories for different aspects of the town that we don’t have time to put in the episodes."

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Is baseball ruining your TV viewing life?
October 13th, 2011
12:08 PM ET

Is baseball ruining your TV viewing life?

Just when "X Factor" viewers thought they were maybe going to see the inside of Paula Abdul's house, baseball got in the way.

A two-hour rain delay for Wednesday night's American League Championship game meant Simon Cowell and Co. got the boot from their 8 p.m. time slot. That canceled two-hour "X Factor" episode will now air tonight at 8 p.m. (unless there's a rain delay for tonight's game, but let's not focus on that for now).

To play catch-up, the episode intended to air tonight has been rescheduled for Sunday at 8 p.m....as long as there isn't a game seven. If everything goes according to plan, the third part of the "judges' home" round will air next Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET.

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