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TV Review: CBS Jumps Into Employment Reality with ‘The Job’

CHICAGO – Is it odd to anyone else that there’s an entire subgenre of reality TV shows — we could call ‘em employment reality — about people trying to find work? There’s “The Apprentice,” “Shark Tank,” “Fashion Star,” and even “Project Runway” & “Top Chef” are essentially job interviews.

TV Review: ABC’s ‘Expedition Impossible’ Offers Boring Journey

Expedition Impossible

CHICAGO – Have all reality shows merely become hybrids of programs that came before? Doesn’t it feel like it? Put two to three former hits in a blender and try and create a new hit. This week’s latest mash-up (and we’ll have another much-more-obnoxious one in a few days) combines elements of “The Amazing Race” and “Survivor” into ABC’s “Expedition Impossible,” another mediocre summer offering.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Expedition Africa’ Not Worth the Trip

Expedition Africa

CHICAGO – Mark Burnett is a man who knows no shame. The phenomenal success he’s found with shows such as “Survivor” and “The Apprentice” have cemented his reputation as the Jerry Bruckheimer of television.

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  • The King of Comedy

    Something always felt a bit out of place for me in Martin Scorsese’s brilliant “The King of Comedy”, just released on Blu-ray for the first time. I couldn’t put my finger on it but chalked it up to it being thematically ahead of its time in its investigation of the cult of personality that defines modern entertainment.

  • 47 Ronin with Keanu Reeves

    CHICAGO – If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a director and a producer, let “47 Ronin” explain how the hierarchy of creativity hinders the evolution of even the most straightforward-sounding pitches. “47 Ronin” is the type of samurai movie set in Japan that features native actors speaking only English, while Keanu Reeves stars as an outsider clearly plunked into the picture for stateside star power.

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