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Carnivale

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An apocalyptic tale set in the Dust Bowl that blends elements of "Twin Peaks," "The Exorcist" and "The Grapes of Wrath" doesn't seem a good fit for a pay cabler with an acumen for urban-based dramas…

  • TV

The OC

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In the beginning and on the surface, it was a glossy teen sudser set in the upper tax brackets of Southern California. Almost a year later, "The OC" has emerged as a critical and ratings darling for…

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Best of the best

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Who says all the real TV drama these days happens on reality shows? You can have your Omarosa breakdowns or "Survivor" sexual harassment claims. Scripted dramas still have the power to move, frighten…

  • TV

Deadwood

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When David Milch was co-creating "NYPD Blue" with Steven Bochco in 1993, the pair saw it as an opportunity to push boundaries, while keeping true to the job of the men and women in blue. Network…

  • TV

Laughing on the margins

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Cries from the critics bemoaning the demise of traditional situation comedies now that "Friends" and "Frasier" have finished their long network runs seem somewhat beside the point. These days the…

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