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October 10, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Enlightened," which premieres Monday on HBO, is to my mind the most interesting and ambitious series of the fall season. (And when I say ambitious, I mean emotionally ambitious, though it is beautiful to look upon as well.) You can't really reckon it by anything else on television. Co-created by Laura Dern, who stars in it, and Mike White, who wrote it, it is a satire shot through with poetry. (The two previously worked on White's "Year of the Dog. ") Its directors include White, co-executive producer Miguel Arteta ("Cedar Rapids" and White's collaborator on "Chuck & Buck" and "The Good Girl")
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September 17, 2010 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The participation of Martin Scorsese as an executive producer and the director of its pilot episode would make HBO's big new "Boardwalk Empire" — which premieres Sunday — an event, regardless of whether it were any good. (As it happens, it is good, though perhaps not great; cable shows make their meaning known slowly, and even the six episodes I've seen seem too few to know.) Scorsese is not the first famous director of Filmland to have worked on the small screen, but among his generation he is the weightiest, and the pairing of the maker of "Goodfellas" and "Casino" with a writer from "The Sopranos" — Terence Winter, that series' busiest writer after its creator, David Chase — would seem as natural as that of spaghetti and meatballs.
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January 28, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
There are two things ? at least two things ? to like about "Working Class," the first sitcom from CMT. (The letters stand for County Music Television, but there is nothing particularly musical or country about the series, which premieres Friday and is set in an upscale suburb of Chicago.) The first is its star, big, blond Melissa Peterman, who is already the host of the network's popular "The Singing Bee," and was an extravagant foil to Reba McEntire on "Reba. " She plays a wonderful mix of sweetness, resolve, reserve and raunch and holds down her central spot with confident musicality.
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