Slowpoke: One Nation, Oh My God!

Slowpoke: One Nation, Oh My God!

In the foreword to her third collection, “Slowpoke” cartoonist Jen Sorensen, Charlottesville resident and C-VILLE regular, argues that political comic strips retain their relevance even years after initial publication. As if to underscore her point, one of the first few strips in One Nation, Oh My God! indirectly references the Swift Boat scandal that surrounded […]

Wax on, wax off

The Karate KidTuesday 8pm, AMC It tickles me that Ralph Macchio’s magnum opus is now considered an “American Movie Classic.” (Although, Species is showing on the cable channel later this week, so maybe that designation is a little more, er, flexible than I imagined.) Relive all those wonderful moments when wee Danny became the knight […]


“America’s Next Top Model”Wednesday 8pm, CW We’re down to our final six, and at this point we can call it: Cycle 10 is the best this show has been in years. That’s not to say that the girls are as pretty. In fact, Tyra selected some broke-ass bitches this time around. But jeebus, do they […]

Feeling the heat

“Top Chef”Wednesday 10pm, BravoWith last week’s stunning news that “Project Runway” is jumping ship to Lifetime (and seriously, how nuts is that?), Bravo desperately needs to keep its second-best reality competition at the top of its game. Thankfully, “Top Chef”’s fourth season is plenty spicy. Never have I seen a surlier bunch of cooks in […]

Worth your Schrute bucks

“Secret Talents of the Stars”Tuesday 10pm, CBS It’s no “Circus of the Stars,” but in these post-ironic times, it’ll have to do. A dozen or so marginally famous people will amaze and astound you, and debase themselves for your viewing pleasure, as they show off talents other than the ones that made them, well, marginally […]

San Francisco for the win

“The Real World Awards”Wednesday 10pm, MTV An entire master’s thesis could be (and probably has been) written on “The Real World,” analyzing its pop culture relevance as grandpappy to the reality TV craze and its early focus on legitimate social issues facing late-20th-century youth, and then dissecting its descent into a televised Petri dish filled […]

Tracey takes on…America

“Battlestar Galactica: Revisited”Thursday 10pm, Sci-Fi Channel This half-hour special gives you everything you need to know about the critically acclaimed sci-fi show, conveniently airing before its fourth and final season begins next week. Countless critics (myself included) have praised “Galactica,” and it really is a fantastic show. People get spooked by the “sci-fi” banner, and […]

It's Britney, bitch

“The Riches”Tuesday 10pm, FXThis show is fantastic, but it stresses me out. The amazing Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver play Wayne and Dahlia Malloy, a married couple that are part of the Irish Traveler community. While fleeing their con-man tribe, they caused an accident that resulted in the death of Doug and Cherien Rich, a […]

Return of the Gutt

“Human Giant”Tuesday 11pm, MTV Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer are two of the more reliably funny contributors on VH1’s increasingly inconsistent “Best Week Ever.” The two of them, along with award-winning stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari, make up comedy troupe Human Giant. Giant is kind of the next permutation of the sketch show, very much in […]

Hello, Goodbye

“New Amsterdam”Tuesday 9pm, Fox This supernatural cop drama was initially slated as part of Fox’s fall schedule, but it got unceremoniously dumped to midseason before it ever aired. The show has a couple things working against it, specifically a no-name cast and a fairly out-there concept. It’s like something Anne Rice would’ve cooked up before […]

The Big O

“Big Brother”Tuesday 9pm, Wednesday & Sunday 8pm, CBS Due to the strike (which is over! Yay!), CBS brought back its tacky summer reality staple early this year. The twist this time around is “’Til Death Do You Part,” meaning that the players have been grouped into couples via personality tests, and then forced to play […]

Trophy case

“Make Me a Supermodel”Thursday 10pm, Bravo I was initially disappointed with Bravo’s latest reality talent competition. The fact that it’s being taped right now—so that America can vote on which pretty people stay or go—gives each episode a manic feel that I first found off-putting. But I’ve slowly gotten over it, and now I’m completely […]

Many happy returns

“Jericho”Tuesday 10pm, CBS “Jericho” had one of the coolest premises of the 2006-07 season: small Midwestern townspeople struggle in postapocalyptic America while trying to figure out what the hell happened. Unfortunately, the execution was uneven and the ratings reflected that. CBS canceled the drama at the end of Season 1, which prompted a fierce petition […]

Broken record

“Survivor: Micronesia —Fans vs. Favorites”Thursday 8pm, CBS The surprisingly resilient reality competition shakes things up again for its 16th season, bringing in 10 new famewhores and bringing back 10 previous competitors. Given how poorly the previous “all-stars” edition was received, it’s probably a smart move for CBS and the newbies. But you have to wonder […]

Prophets and pigskin

“Eli Stone”Thursday 10pm, ABC This new dramedy features a premise that could go very wrong very quickly, but its pedigree suggests that it could actually pull it off. Johnny Lee Miller plays Eli, a vicious, high-powered attorney who starts experiencing baffling visions, such as George Michael performing live in his living room (hey, it beats […]

Experiments in genre

“Moment of Truth”Wednesday 9pm, Fox I suspect that America will love this show, and that makes me deeply uncomfortable. “Moment of Truth” is already an international hit, and now Fox is bringing it to America. It’s essentially the game show from hell. Contestants are hooked up to a lie-detector machine and asked a series of […]

The song remains the same

“American Idol”Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm, Fox And so it begins again. The “Idol” machine has been getting some bad press lately, as several of its underperforming stars—Season 2 champ Ruben Studdard, Season 5’s Taylor Hicks and Kat McPhee—have been dumped by their labels, while last year’s Idol, Jordin Sparks, had the lowest-selling debut for a […]

Big screen to the small screen

“Masterpiece Theatre”Sunday 9pm, PBS The barometer for classy TV is about to get downright hip, as Agent Scully herself, Gillian Anderson, comes on board as the new host of “Masterpiece Classic.” That’s right; the show will now feature three mini seasons (the other two are devoted to mysteries and contemporary fare), and Anderson will introduce […]

New year, new shows

"Cashmere Mafia"Thursday 10pm, ABC If this new lady-centric drama feels a bit like "Sex and the City," that’s because it is. The show is produced by "Sex"’s Darren Star and follows four highly successful Manhattan women as they try to navigate both love and life. Lucy Liu ("Ally McBeal," Charlie’s Angels) plays the upgrade of […]

Home for the holidays

A Christmas StoryTuesday, TBS It’s not quite the Yule Log, but it’ll do. TBS replays the 1983 holiday classic back to back to back until 8pm Christmas Day. A Christmas Story is right up there with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Scrooged as ’80s holiday movies I have to watch every year. (…Yes, I have […]

The year of living famously

The year of living famously

It seemed like only yesterday that the most incendiary Hollywood scandals were Man-Eating Actress A snatching up Milquetoast Actress B's husband, Leading Man C getting caught diddling the help, or Has-Been Z wandering through the Valley claiming to be the reincarnation of a space god …

What the kids are watching

"Handy Manny"Weekdays 9:30am, Disney Channel Easily the best thing Wilmer Valderrama has done, ever. Although since his previous credits include playing Fez on "That ’70s Show," producing MTV’s odious insult competition "Yo Momma" and allegedly deflowering Mandy Moore and Lindsay Lohan, that isn’t saying much. But "Handy Manny" really works. It’s easy to look at […]

The strike hits home

"Crowned"Wednesday 9pm, The CW How do you make a reality competition about wannabe pageant girls even campier? By making it a competition featuring the girls and their mothers, of course. This sounds like a train wreck—a glorious, tiara- and tantrum-filled train wreck. Note that the girls and their mothers are not competing against each other. […]

"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier"

"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier"

comics Prior to its publication last month, "The Black Dossier" had become almost as legendary as the mysterious tome in its title. This third volume detailing the adventures of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—a team made up of Victorian literature’s most colorful heroes and anti-heroes—had been delayed for more than a year, and will not […]

Spice up your life

"Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show"Tuesday 10pm, CBS I’ve been pondering who exactly this program is aimed at. Since it’s supposed to sell overpriced bras and panties, you’d presume that it’s women. But since the unmentionables are worn by unspeakably hot women (Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Marisa Miller and The Klum among them) parading about in high […]

Way, way over the rainbow

"Christmas in Rockefeller Center"Wednesday 8pm, NBC The big tree will be lit. Roker will host. But what really makes this annual special, well, special this year is that both Celine Dion and Barry Manilow will take the stage to sing holiday tunes and the like. And also probably bring about the end of the world, […]