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September 22, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In 1961, CBS premiered a show called "The Defenders" that starred E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as father-and-son lawyers tackling big-issue cases of the day — abortion, euthanasia, censorship — through exquisite understanding of the law. On its website, the Museum of Broadcast Communications describes it as perhaps the most socially conscious series the medium has ever seen. Almost 50 years later, CBS is introducing another show called "The Defenders," which stars Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell as a father-and-son-like team of Vegas lawyers who, when not struggling with, respectively, an ugly divorce and a penchant for fly-by sex, take on kind of tough cases and use cheap showmanship and contrived last-minute breaks to win them.
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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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June 1, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
If there exists some alternative universe in which "Sex and the City" is set in Mahwah, N.J., it might look a little like Oxygen's "Jersey Couture." The ascendancy of the Garden State on reality television — "Jersey Shore," "Real Housewives of New Jersey," "Jerseylicious" — seems to boil down to an American desire to watch Italian Americans with Holland Tunnel accents yell at each other. And as the success of "Sex and the City 2" amid a welter of terrible reviews proves, we never tire of looking at pretty dresses.
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