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Letters to Calendar: Faint praise of two TV shows, and forgiving Cuba Gooding Jr.

Critic's faint praise is unkindest cut of all

Networks that serve up shows shamelessly pitching undiluted sex and/or violence should beware the journalistic wrath of Mary McNamara. In her deft, devastating deconstructions of "Game of Silence" [April 12] and "The Girlfriend Experience" [April 9], McNamara still tries to say something positive about such dramatic drivel.

For "Silence," it's how "liberating" some viewers may find incredulously contrived violence that "dispenses with the depth" of most TV dramas.

For "Girlfriend" it's how ably Riley Keough portrays an intriguing emotional journey in...