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By Joe Diliberto Posted: Jun 9, 2009
When a show opens by quoting T.S. Eliot you know it has aspirations (or a nerdy scriptwriter), and Showtime's NURSE JACKIE definitely wants to go somewhere — but it ain't there yet. Monday night's premiere suffered from what I call "pilot-itis":
By Joe Diliberto Posted: Jun 8, 2009
When Kristina bluntly propositioned Jason on Friday's show, it was shocking — but probably not in the manner GENERAL HOSPITAL was hoping.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: Jun 5, 2009
In what universe can irredeemable crap like I'M A CELEBRITY GET ME OUT OF HERE co-exist with series of dazzling quality like RESCUE ME and BREAKING BAD? Ours, I guess. But the same week that brought us the odious bungle in the jungle also saw the return of BURN NOTICE and the debut of ROYAL PAINS on USA.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: Jun 2, 2009
If you're like me, you were blown away by this week's season finale of BREAKING BAD on AMC. Well, we aren't the only ones. I had a long talk with Bryan Cranston, who stars as chemistry teacher-gone-bad Walter White, and he explained why basic cable is such a haven for high-quality hour-long dramas.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: Jun 1, 2009
I have been waiting 13 weeks since the season premiere of BREAKING BAD to find out how a scorched, one-eyed pink teddy bear came to be floating in Walt's swimming pool. And now we know: It plummeted from the sky after the midair collision of two small planes high over Albuquerque.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 29, 2009
Everybody knows that soap cops only arrest innocent people for heinous crimes. It's a truism that the more aggressively they pursue a suspect, the more innocent they are, and thus more likely to stand trial for a crime they didn't commit.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 27, 2009
On RESCUE ME last night, Lou characterized Tommy as "a selfish, spiteful hit-the-nail-on-the-head kind of guy." That's a harsh assessment, but it sounded like Lou hit the nail on the head. Tommy is the undisputed star of the series, but he is no hero.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 19, 2009
So … what just happened on the two-hour season finale of 24? We know what appeared to be about to happen, but did it? Kim was just about to donate stem cells to save Jack's life. And Renee was about to murder Alan Wilson.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 18, 2009
Surely you've noticed what an ordeal is it to ... er, survive the season finales of SURVIVOR? Well, SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS — THE BRAZILIAN HIGHLANDS was no different. I love the premiere installments, but I usually just groan and labor through the finales, or even just skip them entirely. (The only thing worse is a BIG BROTHER denouement.)
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 15, 2009
SUPERNATURAL's season finales always deliver — from the shocking wreck of the Impala at the end of season one (Okay, yeah, the Winchesters were inside...) to Dean being dragged to hell last season — and this week was no different.