Fall TV 2011 : Slideshow
The Playboy Club

The fall's worst TV shows: A slideshow

Tim Allen's castrated comedy and a "dismal" take on the Playboy Club's 1960s roots are among the lowlights of the upcoming TV season

Fall TV 2011 : The List
The fall line-up features two related trends: Confused men ("Last Man Standing") and empowered women ("Whitney").

Fall TV's gender wars: 6 talking points

From an emasculated Tim Allen on Last Man Standing to an unromantic Whitney Cummings, the upcoming TV season promises to be a battle of the sexes

Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
"2 Broke Girls," starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behr, shows a lot of promise, though some critics hope the show's writers veer away from cheap shock-laughs.

2 Broke Girls: A 'modern day Laverne and Shirley'?

Kat Dennings' acid-tongued waitress and Beth Behrs' Manhattan princess may be the next great female comedy duo — if their new  writers rise to the occasion

Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
Ashton Kutcher made his debut as sad-sack billionaire Walden Schmidt on "Two and a Half Men" Monday, getting most of his laughs by repeatedly disrobing.

Two and a Half Men premiere: How did Ashton Kutcher do?

The actor sheds his clothes — repeatedly — in an attempt to win laughs in his first go as Charlie Sheen's replacement on the hit CBS sitcom

Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
NBC's 'The Playboy Club': Sigh.

NBC's The Playboy Club premiere: Scandalously dull?

Forget accusations that NBC's new drama may be too steamy for TV. According to some critics, its real offense is being plain old "dismal"

Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
Will Arnett and Christina Applegate star in "Up All Night," an NBC sitcom in which the comedic vets play newbie parents.

Up All Night: TV's 'funniest family sitcom'?

Watch out, Modern Family? In NBC's rival sitcom, Christina Applegate and Will Arnett play new parents rattled by their impolite baby's nocturnal demands

Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
Hardcore "Buffy" fans may be celebrating Sarah Michelle Gellar's return to TV, but her new CW drama "Ringer" isn't exactly winning over critics.

Ringer: Sarah Michelle Gellar's 'disappointing' return to TV

The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star tackles the roles of identical twins — a socialite and a stripper — in The CW's melodramatic new nighttime soap

Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
Zoey Deschanel in Fox's new fall comedy "New Girl" may be adorable, but for those who aren't a fan of her trademark cuteness it may be too much to bear.

Zooey Deschanel's New Girl: Fall's best new TV show?

The awkward-but-lovable actress headlines Fox's new comedy, which is earning high praise for the "fully adorkable" star

Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
In Tuesday's season premiere of "Sons of Anarchy," the gang returns to its fictional California town after a detour to Northern Ireland last season.

Sons of Anarchy's season premiere: A return to excellence?

Fans disappointed by the biker drama's third season hope that Tuesday's premiere will prove that the acclaimed show has found a winning formula again

Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
Many fans are furious that transgender contestant Chaz Bono will dance with a woman on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars."

Chaz Bono: Is DWTS ready for a transgender contestant?

Angry commenters flood ABC's message boards to declare their outrage over Bono's inclusion on the celebrity dancing show

Fall TV 2011 : The List
Ashton Kutcher man be the new man in CBS's "Two and a Half Men," but the writers have to deal with a gruesome death before they can get to his plotline.

Two and a Half Men after Charlie Sheen: 5 new details

What's in store for America's top-rated sitcom when it returns this fall with Ashton Kutcher as the lead? Here's what we know so far

Fall TV 2011 : Opinion Brief
TV courtroom queen Nancy Grace will join the 13th season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," outraging many critics of her sensational HLN show.

Nancy Grace: A 'calculating and exploitative' choice for Dancing With the Stars?

Fresh from the Casey Anthony media circus, the controversial HLN host will compete with other B-list celebrities on ABC's popular dancing show

The 'Glee' Phenomenon : Opinion Brief
Samuel Larson and Damian McGinty were shocked to find they had both won seven-episode roles on the Fox hit "Glee."

Will The Glee Project winners revive Glee?

As Gleeks fret over the looming departure of their favorite characters, a reality series crowns new singers who will join Glee next season

The New Improved Conan : By the numbers
Conan O'Brien may be earning big bucks as host of his late night TBS talker, but the show's viewership has taken a 60 percent dive since its 2010 debut.

Conan O'Brien's career flop: By the numbers

Despite a promising start last year, Conan O'Brien's TBS talk show has steadily lost viewers — and TBS is investing heavily to stop the slide

Mad Men : Opinion Brief
"The Hour" is a 1950s period-drama set in the BBC newsroom during the rise of investigative journalism, a media shift comparable to the advertising "creative revolution" that backdrops "Mad Men."

The Hour: The next Mad Men?

A moody stylized period drama airing on BBC America could make Mad Men fans forget their frustrations over Don Draper's prolonged hiatus

The 'Glee' Phenomenon : Controversy
"Glee: The 3D Concert," a filmed version of the FOX series' live concert tour, features a cameo by a certain Oscar-winning star.

Glee's 'opportunist' 3D concert movie

Is "Don't Stop Believing" on the big screen just a shameless ploy to mine the series' rabid fanbase for some extra cash?

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