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  • TV Picks: '@midnight,' 'Cosmos' times two

    TV Picks: '@midnight,' 'Cosmos' times two
    "@midnight" (Comedy Central, weeknights Monday through Thursday). Busy Chris Hardwick, the alt-Allen Ludden (I might have said "indie Gene Rayburn" or "left-field Dick Clark" just as well), hosts this late-night comedy game show with a social media theme. It's one of those series, in the long tradition of "Information Please," "My Word," "The Match Game" and "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" and Stephen Fry's "QI" (as critic-picked this week by Mary McNamara) whose main purpose is the display of celebrity wit. (Points, which are somewhat beside the point, are awarded largely at the discretion of the host.)
  • TCA: Betty White is off the hook in “Off Their Rockers” panel

    While on Thursday night, PBS ended its Television Critics Association (TCA) 2012 Winter Press Tour presentations with a performance from 85-year-old Tony Bennett, NBC Universal kicked off its two days of panels on Friday with soon-to-be-90-year-old comedy...

    Television review: When troubadours were the scene in L.A.

    Television review: When troubadours were the scene in L.A.
    "Troubadours: Carole King, James Taylor and the Rise of the Singer-Songwriter," a presentation of "American Masters" that airs Wednesday on KOCE, tells the story of the crowd that haunted Doug Weston's Troubadour in the late '60s and early '70s, the music...