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October 31, 2014

Is This the Last Season of 'Battle of the Blades'?

It would be really unfair to say that CBC's skating-with-the-stars show 'Battle of the Blades' is failing -- yet that's the word I'm hearing about the show from fellow critics. Unfair because the show is still one the highest-rated on the network, and it's not the CBC show in the worst shape (almost every returning CBC show has fewer viewers this season). But 'BoB's diminishing returns most...

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What to Watch: TV Picks for November 7 - 13

Glee - Tuesday November 8, 8PM ET/PT, Global/Fox The episode title is 'The First Time' so that should give you a hint of some of the big developments that happen at McKinley High this week. Blaine and Rachel may be partially motivated to heat things up in their private lives when Artie tells them they have zero sexual chemistry as Maria and Tony in the school production of 'West Side Story'. So...

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Fall TV: A Mid-Season Report

It's always tempting at this time of year to look for patterns where perhaps none exist. With four confirmed cancellations ('Charlie's Angels,' 'The Playboy Club,' 'How to be a Gentleman' and 'Free Agents') and several on-the-bubble new shows ('Pan Am,' 'Prime Suspect,' 'Body of Proof'), the only real theme (besides being awful) is a tendency to take themselves too seriously. I do take some...

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What to Watch: TV Picks for October 31 - November 6

America's Next Top Model - Thursday November 3, 9PM ET/PT, CTV Two/CW If you've ever wondered what happened to former Eminem protege of dubious street cred The Game, Tyra has the answer. For one thing, they just call him Game now. (It is tough to have the definitive article before your name -- just ask The Situation.) I wonder what Jayceon Terrell Taylor thinks of his strange fortunes -- which...

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Spook Yourself on Halloween with 'Paranormal Witness'

This Halloween, if you want to give yourself a good scare, you've got options. You can get down with AMC's flesh-eating 'The Walking Dead' on Sunday, or take in the Canadian debut of 'American Horror Story' on brand-new FX Canada channel on Monday, but for my money, the most genuine chills to be had are over on Space (Mondays at 10PM), with 'Paranormal Witness.' Quietly growing its audience...

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What to Watch: TV Picks for October 24 - 30

Allen Gregory - Sunday October 30, 8:30PM ET/PT, Global/Fox Tonight marks the series premiere of a new animated series with the sweetest timeslot of the week. Voiced by Jonah Hill and French Stewart, it combines plot elements form 'Family Guy,' 'My Two Dads' and oddly, 'Frasier.' Hill plays Allen Gregory, a super-smart home-school kid who gets plopped into public school when the economy goes...

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Walking Dead Comic vs. Show: Is One Better?

I had to pull out my zombie pillow within the first ten minutes of the season two opener of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' this past Sunday. What, you don't have a zombie pillow? Allow me to explain. It's large enough that when held tightly in your arms at waist level, the top edge is about eye level, where it can easily be shifted into a view-blocking position in times of particular stress. If your...

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What to Watch: Oct 17 - 23

Recipe to Riches - Wednesday October 19, 9 PM ET/PT, Food Network Canada Hosted by 'Bachelor' Jesse Palmer, this new series has 21 home-cook contestants competing to create a recipe that can be mass produced, preserved and sold in grocery stores. Instead of conducting their R&D in labs or test kitchens or what-have-you, Jane's Family Foods is doing it on TV, offering a $250,000 prize to the...

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Rosie O'Donnell Returns to TV -- and the Forecast Isn't Good

I hear Rosie O'Donnell has leagues of devoted fans, but I've never met one. I hope for Oprah Winfrey's sake that she asked her staff to produce evidence of these throngs of Rosie-lovers before she gave Rosie five live hours per week on her network. Me, I never had very strong feelings about O'Donnell, at least not while she was enjoying her reign as the Queen of Nice. I admit I enjoyed the...

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What to Watch: TV Picks for October 11 - 16

The Office - Thursday October 13, 9PM ET/PT, NBC/Global We all knew when Steve Carrell left 'The Office,' other actors and characters would move to the forefront. Tonight we get a closer look at Andy, as he throws a garden party in a bid to impress Robert. The guests include his parents, played by Stephen Collins and Dee Wallace, and by a stroke of incredible inspiration, his brother is played...

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