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The Locator: A Father's Amends, a Daughter's Last Hope (season premiere)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 14th 2009 5:01PM
The Locator, Troy DunnThe Locator is not a show I would have found on my own. I rarely bother to see what's going on on the WE network, because... well, let's face it, it's not marketed to me. Even in the world of cable networks, WE is still a pretty small fish trying to make their mark. It's something my wife stumbled upon during one of her random TV watching days, and I'm really glad she did.

The Locator is a show about hope and second chances. Troy Dunn, who built a business around reuniting disconnected people, does just that. The stories focus on lost sons, daughters, mothers and fathers looking for loved ones. Through a network of agents, Troy finds them and stages a surprise reunion for the cameras.

It may sound a little hokey, and at times it is, but nothing takes away from the genuine moments of human interaction that the show is all about. The Locator came back for a second season, featuring two stories of daughters and fathers separated.

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NBC reunites a doctor and his family in their new sitcom Nathan vs. Nature

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 15th 2009 8:08PM
Troy DunnSomebody over at NBC must watch WE's The Locator. That's a reality show where Troy Dunn helps real people find family members they've either lost or been lost from. From reality to comedy, NBC just gave a big green light to Nathan vs. Nature, a new sitcom about a 35-year old guy who reconnects with the family that gave him up for adoption. He's a successful heart surgeon. His siblings, who weren't given up for adoption, aren't nearly as successful. Hijinks ensue. Culture clash on a sitcom ... unheard of!?

There's been no casting announced yet, nor any more specifics about Nathan/Griffin's real family. I'm hoping for the Clampetts before they headed for Beverly ... Hills, that is. It's time television re-embraced its poking fun at country people roots. They poke fun at New Yorkers and Los Angelinos and big city folk all the time. Why not rednecks? They make such great targets. Or just make it the Hickeys and this can be the unofficial spin-off of My Name Is Earl.

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What to Watch Weekend March 21-22

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 21st 2009 5:00AM
Big Love'Big Love'
(Sun., 9PM, HBO) 3rd season finale
For three seasons, Bill Henrickson has struggled to break free from his past, namely dealings with prophet Roman and his plotting, thuggish in-laws, the Greenes.

Bill thinks he's finally found a way, via a legal ally, to rid himself of the whole bunch all at once, though, as always, Roman will be at his wily best when the heat is on.

Meanwhile, as Sarah finally settles on post-high school plans, Nicki has a surprise reunion, Alby struggles to hold on to control of the compound and one character – a major character – becomes the second shocking 'Big Love' death of the season.

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What to Watch Weekend, Sept. 6-7

by Kim Potts, posted Sep 6th 2008 5:00AM
'True Blood'
(Sun., 9PM, HBO) series premiere
You've gotta hand it to 'Six Feet Under' creator Alan Ball for one of the season's most clever new drama premises: Vampires no longer thirst for human blood, thanks to Tru Blood, a synthetic drink available at the vamps' local supermarket.

That leaves the undead free to (try) to join the mainstream ... if curious, but suspicious humans will allow it. Bayou waitress Sookie (Anna Paquin) is certainly willing, especially when vamp hottie Bill walks into her bar.

But Bill and his kind have a new concern: while vampires are off human blood, humans have discovered that drinking vampire blood makes for a great high, meaning the hunters have now become the hunted.

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