After last year's rightfully mocked experiment with youthful hosts, the 84th Academy Awards pivoted entirely in the opposite direction, into the comforting arms of Billy Crystal.
Frankly, his whole opening bit felt tired, and not just because the host had to labor to work in nine nominees this time around
"Awake" star Jason Isaacs is an appealing leading man in a show that feels trapped in its own duality.
Because the National Basketball Assn. labor lockout disrupted the regular season, the league's All-Star Game was delayed, by happenstance airing opposite the Academy Awards.
Just because you're making a show for kids doesn't spare producers from needing to exhibit basic elements of coherence, which would be where Disney XD's latest live-action experiment, "Lab Rats,"…