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April 23, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has expanded his reach beyond the basketball court, writing pop-culture essays on his blog at the Huffington Post . The six-time NBA champion takes on reality television in a thoughtful, critical analysis of the genre. "Those who refuse to watch, based on some misguided cultural snobbery, aren't just missing great entertainment, they are overlooking the best social insight into the American psyche since Huck Finn and Jim explored the soul of America on a raft of lost innocence," writes Abdul-Jabbar.
March 18, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 17 - 23, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Splash Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, comic Louie Anderson, reality star Kendra Wilkinson are among the stars competing on this new celebrity diving competition. 8 p.m. ABC Pretty Little Liars The teen-themed drama ends another season, followed by a sneak peak at the pilot episode of the summer series "Twisted.
March 4, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"LA Shrinks" debuts Monday on Bravo, which may be broadly described as a network on which people who really do not need the money star in reality programs. It focuses on three therapists, hopping from one to the other -- they don't interact -- and following each in and out of the office. In contrast to the house style, the principals are relatively likable and well adjusted, though not without their challenges. For the space of the opening episode, at least, none of them scream. Our practitioners: -- Dr. Venus Nicolino, who lives and works in a big, marbled Bel-Air mansion, with a husband and four kids, two their own and two nephews under "permanent guardianship" (reason unstated)
February 18, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON - When Jessica Bravo came here this month to talk to her congressman, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), about expanding rights for illegal immigrants, their meeting ended in a shouting match and tears. Bravo, an 18-year-old community college student at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, was smuggled over the border from Mexico by her parents when she was 3. She recently joined hundreds of other young illegal immigrants in a campaign to confront members of Congress and ask them to vote for a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.
December 5, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Bravo has established itself as a birth site for reality TV touchstones -- through franchises such as "Real Housewives" and "Top Chef" -- but it really, really wants to get in the scripted game and has picked up two new scripted shows to pilot to help make that their reality . The pilots are expected to start production early next year.  "Rita," produced by Fox Television Studios, "is an adaptation of a Danish series that centers on...
November 20, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 18 - 24 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Criminal Minds : A busload of children goes missing on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., Sending Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and the BAU team into action in this new episode. Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness also star (9 p.m. CBS). Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:   When detectives investigate reports of sexual abuse at an elite private school, decades of secrets are exposed in this new episode (9 p.m. NBC)
November 12, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
David Murray isn't skin deep - - even if he at least initially seemed that way on television. The 29-year-old engineer created a real buzz after confessing to numerous plastic surgeries including a hair transplant and a nose job in the first episode of the new Bravo reality series "Start-ups: Silicon Valley. " (The second episode airs Monday night). But he also packs some serious high-tech punch. Murray has a triple degree from Carnegie Mellon and a master's degree in computer science from Stanford and he started out his career as an associate product manager at Google.
November 9, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
After just one episode, Bravo's new reality TV series on Silicon Valley has already gotten a lot of grief for how it portrays women in technology. Executive producer Randi Zuckerberg said she was aiming to get young women excited about becoming entrepreneurship and technology. Some people feel the show has missed that mark . But cast member Kim Taylor, 30, seems -- at least at the outset -- to be acting the part of female role model in tech (and less like the Silicon Valley version of "Real Housewives")
November 6, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Bravo's reality television series "Silicon Valley: Start-ups" has been getting a bad rap for how unreal it is. There may be nothing more unreal than the real life of cast member Dwight Crow. Crow -- who made quite the impression in the first episode, which aired Monday night, by ripping sheets off someone's bed for a toga and drunkenly debating obscure algorithms -- is a brainy 26-year-old "brogrammer" with a degrees in chemical biology and computer science who lets Bravo's cameras follow him around as he tries to rev up his startup.
November 2, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - It was only a matter of time before reality show producers trained their cameras on Silicon Valley. High-tech's promised land has money, power and more ambition per square foot than just about anywhere on the planet. "Start-ups: Silicon Valley" is a new series chronicling the lives of six young entrepreneurs that will debut on the Bravo network Monday. But tech insiders here are fuming that the reality show is more silicone than silicon. Unlike New Jersey, which has embraced the tequila-chugging, spray-tan zeitgeist of Snooki and the 'Jersey Shore' gang, or Southern California, where every waiter is a reality-show wannabe, Silicon Valley takes itself seriously.
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