‘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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Everyone’s a Critic: Celebrating failure
October 12th, 2011
02:15 PM ET

Everyone’s a Critic: Celebrating failure

So, who had “The Playboy Club” in the cancellation pool for this fall’s new series? Don’t all raise your hands at once, and don’t think the NBC show is alone.

“The Playboy Club” was the first to get the ax, but not the only one. Broadcast networks have lowered the boom on “Free Agents,” “H8R” and “How To Be a Gentleman.”

And I’m willing to bet at least some of you out there had the same response I did: Total lack of surprise.

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Everyone’s a Critic: Autumn overload
October 5th, 2011
11:10 AM ET

Everyone’s a Critic: Autumn overload

Today, I have a message for all the movie studios, television networks, record labels and book publishers out there: Give me a break.

That’s not the start of a sarcastic rant, it’s an honest plea: I need a break!

The arrival of the autumnal season brings with it an array of special moments. The leaves start to change; school is back in session; we have an excuse to use the word “autumnal.”

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Everyone’s a Critic: Juggling judges
September 27th, 2011
05:35 PM ET

Everyone’s a Critic: Juggling judges

Last week saw the highly anticipated debut of “X Factor,” the latest entry into the singing competition genre.

The two-hour premiere gave us talent, drama, tears… and five judges?!?

Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid are filling three of the four judges’ chairs. The fourth seat was originally intended for U.K. singer Cheryl Cole. She was dropped during the show’s audition rounds and replaced by singer Nicole Scherzinger.

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Likable actors prop up ‘Hart of Dixie’
September 27th, 2011
12:43 PM ET

Likable actors prop up ‘Hart of Dixie’

The new CW dramedy “Hart of Dixie” uses a formula that has succeeded previously on screens both big (“Doc Hollywood”) and small (“Northern Exposure”): A big city doctor who's fish-out-of-water in a quaint small town.

In the new show, Rachel Bilson plays Zoe Hart, a young doctor whose dreams of being a cardiothoracic surgeon are derailed by her emotionless approach to medicine, forcing her to head south to Bluebell, Alabama for a year as a general practitioner.

(Before we go any further, know that we’re going to mention one big spoiler. So if you haven’t watched yet and plan to, stop reading now.)

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‘Whitney’ a dud in any era
September 23rd, 2011
11:35 AM ET

‘Whitney’ a dud in any era

Whitney Cummings may be Hollywood’s “It” girl of the moment, with two new shows premiering this week that she both co-created and co-produces.

But there’s a good chance that spotlight will flame out after last night’s debut of her self-titled sitcom on NBC.

It’s “Whitney,” the worst new show of 1998!

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