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October 22, 2014

What to Watch: TV Picks for August 29 - September 4

CTV News - Thursday September 1, 11PM ET, CTV Iconic Canadian anchorman Lloyd Robertson signs off after his final newscast tonight. After 60 ears on the air, the guy has definitely earned his retirement. True fans can tune in an hour earlier for a documentary called 'Lloyd Robertson - And That's the Kind of Life It's Been' which was directed by his daughter Lisa....

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'Pan Am' and 'The Playboy Club': Obsessive, Miniaturist and Yes, Sexist

I always thought I was a fan of period pieces -- 'Merchant & Ivory,' HBO's 'Rome', Austen adaptations -- but I wish the '60s would go away. Not the '60s as they happened, the '60s as they've been reconstructed by pop culture. Nostalgia for this version is so tedious. The clothes are so specific and so binding, the important historical figures and dates are capital-"I" important, and the...

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What to Watch: TV Picks for August 22 - 28

Dan For Mayor - Sunday August 28, 7:30 pm ET/PT, CTV As sure a sign of the end of summer as Labour Day, it's the season finale of 'Dan For Mayor' and its partner show, 'Hiccups' (following at 8:30). It means CTV is gearing up to dedicate its airwaves once more to shows about hot doctors, hot housewives and coming soon, hot stewardesses -- in other words, American shows. Tonight, Dan signs off...

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What Reality TV Teaches Us About Love and Marriage

The conclusion of another season of the 'The Bachelorette' and last night's debut of the dirty after-party called 'Bachelor Pad' got me thinking about the state of marriage -- at least on reality TV. My parents got married at City Hall. My mom was wearing a caftan over her baby bump (I was born a few months later) and my dad wore a V-neck sweater, high-heeled boots and five o'clock shadow. It...

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What to Watch: TV Picks for August 8 - 14

Karaoke Battle USA - Friday August 12, 9 PM ET/PT All the televised singing competitions have suffered the slings and arrows of being called nothing but a karaoke contest. Finally, a show that actually is just a karaoke contest. If you're lucky, you live in a town with a popular karaoke night with a couple of truly talented regulars -- you know, the whole bar roots for them and enjoys the...

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'The Firm': The Creepiest TV Cast of All Time?

After years in development hell, a television version of hit film and novel 'The Firm' is slated for a 2012 mid-season debut on NBC in the U.S. and Global in Canada. It's been 20 years since the book topped best-seller lists and 18 since the film added to the oeuvre of films that feature Tom Cruise running. It's hard to say if this time-lapse will be a boon to the show (at least it doesn't feel...

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What to Watch: TV Picks for August 2 - 7

Take the Money and Run - Tuesday August 2, 9PM ET/PT, CTV/ABC Finally, a new idea in reality television, even though the 'nets are calling this a mix of 'The Amazing Race' and 'CSI.' I think that comparison does a disservice to this very cool idea. A pair of competitors -- in the season premiere it is the hilariously named brothers Raul and Paul Bustamante of San Francisco -- are given one...

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All in the Family: Incest on TV

I suppose it says something about where we're at with incest that I barely blinked when 'Game of Thrones' introduced us to Queen Cersei and her brother Jamie Lannister, only to show them in flagrante during the first 50 minutes of the show's premiere. If confronted with this sort of behavior from real people, I'm pretty sure I'd say more than, "But isn't that her twin brother? Ohhhhhh." But when...

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What to Watch: TV Picks for July 25 - 31

Into the Dragon's Lair - Wednesday July 27, 7 PM ET, Animal Planet Two renowned nature cinematographers head into the crocodile-infested water of the Nile, armed with cameras and a spear gun, to try to capture the life of the crocodile while it's underwater. The 'dragons lair' of the title is actually tunnels through and under the papyrus reeds of the river, created by crocs and hippos, where...

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When TV Works Online: Web Series We've Actually Heard Of

Lisa Kudrow's new comedy 'Web Therapy' debuts this week on Showtime, and if the title didn't tip you off, the show is a 30-minute reworking of a web series Kudrow started in 2008. The simple premise worked beautifully in the miniature format. Kudrow plays Fiona Wallice, a therapist who thinks 50 minutes is too long for a therapy session, and conducts her mini-sessions via webcam. Of course,...

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