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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")
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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