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Couch Patrol: Inside Story

Under The Dome

Monday, 10 p.m. (CBS)

CBS’ new series Under The Dome is premised on a beautifully simple “what if” scenario: What if an invisible dome descended on a small town, cutting it off from the outside world?

In this Stephen King adaptation, the residents of Chester’s Mill…

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Couch Patrol: Vampire Inferno

True Blood

Sunday, 9 p.m. (HBO)

The modern-day vampire series True Blood begins its sixth season in ghastly fashion. Bill (Stephen Moyer) dies, then returns to life as something else—something bloody and horrible. He emerges from a burning building and shoots into the sky “like a naked evil Superman,”…

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Couch Patrol: Zombies Are People Too. Sort Of.

In The Flesh

Thursday-Saturday, 10 p.m. (BBC America)

The British miniseries In The Flesh takes its place with the greatest zombie movies of all time. Like 1968’s Night Of The Living Dead, the granddaddy of the genre, it’s both a gross-out horror story and a grim satire. In this…

by   |  06/05/2013  |  Comments Off

Couch Patrol: The Modern-Day Brady Bunch

The Fosters

Monday, 9 p.m. (ABC Family)

Social conservatives will not be happy with ABC Family’s new series The Fosters, which lays down a challenge to the Ozzie And Harriet paradigm. The rest of us will appreciate it as a reflection of modern-day reality, featuring characters familiar from our…

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Couch Patrol: The Real Liberace

Behind The Candelabra

Sunday, 9 p.m. (HBO)

In Behind The Candelabra, HBO assembles high-quality artists to tell the story of a low-quality one: the glitzy piano player Liberace. Steven Soderbergh directs, Michael Douglas camps it up as the inexplicably popular musician, and Matt Damon throws himself into the role…

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Couch Patrol: May The Best Sibling Win

The Goodwin Games

Monday, 8:30 p.m. (Fox)

In Fox’s promising sitcom The Goodwin Games, three estranged siblings reunite after their father (Beau Bridges) dies, only to learn that he has set up a series of competitions to determine which one of them will win his fortune. This questionable approach…

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Couch Patrol: Master Of The Mockumentary

Family Tree

Sunday, 10:30 p.m. (HBO)

Christopher Guest earned a place in my pantheon by pioneering the mockumentary with his script for 1984’s This Is Spinal Tap. Since then, as a writer-director, he’s perfected the style in one big-screen gem after another: Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, A

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Couch Patrol: The Wonder Of Me

Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous

Thursday, 10:30 p.m. (MTV)

Viral-video star Bo Burnham is well cast as a would-be viral-video star in Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous. He plays Zach Stone, a motormouth high school dork obsessed with his post-graduation plan: making a reality show about his…

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Couch Patrol: Novelty Night

American Idol

Wednesday & Thursday, 8 p.m. (Fox)

The American Idol season is heading into its final stretch, but it’s not the must-see tv of yore. Ratings are dropping, rival singing competitions are coming on strong, and the last half-dozen winners have been nondescript. We’ve been around the block…

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Couch Patrol: Crime Of The Century

All The President’s Men Revisited

Sunday, 9 p.m. (Discovery)

You couldn’t ask for a better reevaluation of the Watergate scandal than All The President’s Men Revisited. Robert Redford narrates the story of President Richard Nixon’s downfall, drawing on interviews with the journalists who broke the story (Bob Woodward, Carl…

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