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Jane by Design peddles fashion-industry fantasy

The new series Jane by Design is a wish-fulfillment fantasy for ordinary teen girls who think they just might wind up in the glamorous fashion industry one day. Jane (Erica Dasher) introduces herself as "a dateless high school zero" who's taunted by the popular girls and ignored by her longtime crush. Oddly enough, nobody seems to have noticed that she's really an Anne Hathaway-level beauty whose perfect figure is draped in stunningly sexy clothes. >More
 Have the Leverage con artists met their match?

Leverage is Mission: Impossible with a sense of humor about itself. In every episode, Timothy Hutton's gang of thieves and hackers pull off a difficult task to help some underdog. They also pull off the difficult task of entertaining us, making it look easy. >More
 Impractical Jokers wallows in embarrassment

Impractical Jokers begins with these words: "This program includes scenes of graphic stupidity among four friends who compete to embarrass each other." Don't say they didn't warn you. >More
 We all scream over Stephen King's Bag of Bones

The miniseries Stephen King's Bag of Bones wastes no time scaring you to death. With horror movies, I can usually keep my wits about me at least through the credit sequence, but not this time, thanks to merciless music, editing and imagery. >More
 Moms say I Hate My Teenage Daughter; we hate them too

It's hard to believe that Fox, the same network that premiered New Girl this fall, now gives us I Hate My Teenage Daughter. Where New Girl is a sophisticated take on the sitcom genre, I Hate My Teenage Daughter is painfully old-fashioned, with cornball punchlines that drive the laugh track mad. >More
 Kim Kardashian karries on

I got caught up in the excitement of Kim Kardashian's whirlwind romance with basketball player Kris Humphries, which played out on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. True, Kim and Kris had known each other only for a few months, but come on -- his name started with a K, the same as all the Kardashian sisters. >More
 Woody Allen calls himself a failure in a revealing documentary

More than a decade after the disappointing Wild Man Blues, American Masters gives Woody Allen the documentary he deserves. Allen has long been a remote figure, loath to grant interviews or make personal appearances. The two-part "Woody Allen: A Documentary" allows us to get as close to the writer/actor/director/standup comedian/clarinetist as we ever have and probably ever will. >More
 Chuck expertly mixes spy action and comedy in its final season

Despite its awesomeness, the comic spy series Chuck has been under threat of cancellation ever since it premiered in 2007, and NBC has finally decided to pull the plug after the current season. But until then, we can enjoy the adventures of Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi), the lowly retail clerk who became a superspy when an "Intersect" downloaded amazing skills into his brain. >More
 Hell on Wheels is a ripping frontier yarn

Hell on Wheels is the rare contemporary Western that actually registers as credible. The subject is the construction of the transcontinental railroad after the Civil War. That may sound prosaic, but the production has the epic quality of genre classics like The Searchers and High Noon, digging into the blood-red guts of our frontier history. >More
 Wild boars get the upper hand in American Hoggers

Truth be told, the title American Hoggers didn't fill me with anticipation for this new reality series. But it turns out to be a fascinating look at boar hunters in Texas, where the feral beasts are terrorizing landowners. Veteran hog expert Jerry Campbell and his kids come to the rescue with horses, lassos and hounds equipped with GPS tracking systems -- and despite all the weaponry, it's still a fair fight. >More
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