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I am – Hercules!!

A super-hacky hourlong from writer Chris Murphey (the SciFi Channel TV-movie “Dead Lawyers”) about a former neurosurgeon who solves crimes, “Body of Proof” stars Dana Delany (“China Beach,” “Desperate Housewives”) as Dr. Megan Hunt, medical examiner.

It’s a terrible show, perhaps the last to stagger out of the long-dead regime of ousted ABC programming quisling Steve McPherson, and redeemed only a bit for affording us the opportunity to gander again at Dana Delany, likely the hottest 55-year-old alive.

Find what the critics said here.

CBS’ disappointing new “Hawaii Five-0” comes to us from writer-producer Peter Lenkov (“CSI NY”) as an uninspired buddy-cop caper. It’s maybe trying to be a white-boy “Bad Boys” but doesn’t clear that fairly low bar.

It’s a very loose remake of CBS’ old anti-hippie Jack Lord series. As the new pilot begins, Five-0 agency does not exist; the phrase “Five-0” (or even the number “50”) is never uttered.

Steve McGarrett here is a young Oahu native and Navy officer with a background in intelligence and the SEALs. He’s suddenly charged by the Hawaiian governor (Jean Smart) with forming a new state police task force.

Dan Williams is now a divorced New Jersey police detective who relocated to Hawaii to be closer to his daughter. Chin Ho Kelly is a disgraced ex-Honolulu cop who worked with McGarrett’s terrorist-victim father. And the mountainous Kono Kalakaua is now a hot skinny girl fresh out of the police academy.

So a new team is forged on something like the template of the “Untouchables” movie: the new leader gathers together an outsider, somebody who knows the Hawaiian way, and a kid new to the force.

Alex O'Loughlin (“Moonlight,” “Three Rivers”), who plays the new McGarrett, is a good-looking stiff. He evokes a Nicolas Cage with all the important edges sanded off. Scott Caan seems more surefooted as Danno, but the bickery banter given these supposedly mismatched crime fighters is bush league. “Lost” icon Daniel Dae Kim doesn’t get a lot to do as Chin in the opener.

The best thing about the hour is the tan body of skinny, sexy Grace Park (“Battlestar Galactica”). Her lanky cadet character is introduced in a bikini, then later finds herself forced to strip down to her bra and panties by a human trafficker. Park’s physique is almost reason enough to give this pilot a look; CBS will want to keep her half-naked at all times. Let’s hope the producers continue to find excuses.

Also attention-getting are two nifty CGI-enhanced vehicular stunts: one with McGarrett sliding on the hood of a crashing car; another with a thug getting violently smooshed by a large, fast-moving truck. But I don’t think CBS has made a “Five-O” promo yet that didn’t feature these two fleeting moments, so there’s now no reason to sit through an hour of tepid procedural to get to them.

Find what the critics said here.

A not-bad highly serialized new sitcom from “Entourage” writer-producer Rob Weiss and somebody named Ian Edelman, “How To Make It In America” is about late-20s clothes-folder trying to start a designer jeans business because successful guys are getting all of New York’s hottest young women.

It has an urban contemporary soundtrack and stars thirtysomething Bryan Greenberg (“October Road”), Victor Rasuk (“ER”), Lake Bell (“Surface”), Shannyn Sossamon (“Moonlight"), Luis Guzman (“John From Cincinnati”), Martha Plimpton (“Surface,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and Eddie Kaye Thomas (“Til Death”).

The pilot’s too-arty early minutes nearly convinced me I would hate this show, but the project’s virtues came to turn me around.

It works better than the last couple seasons of “Entourage,” which has gotten lazy with increasingly sitcommy plotlines and largely let its characters collapse into caricatures. “How” feels less like a sitcom like “Bored To Death” and more like an above-average big-screen indie chopped up into half-hours. Guzman’s loan shark is funny, and you’ll find other interesting supporting characters if you stick with the series beyond its pilot. Also, the female characters are richer than “Entourage’s,” which I like.

I don’t like the series’ title, which is too long and too generic, and makes this scripted comedy sound like an HBO documentary about the crack trade.

Find what the critics said here.

The pilot for “Law & Order: Los Angeles” was scripted by Blake Masters, who masterminded Showtime’s excellent “Brotherhood.” Joining subsequent to the cancellation of the original “Law & Order” is longtime “Law & Order” writer-producer Rene Balcer.

The new show is nothing like “Brotherhood” and exactly what its title promises: an L.A. “Law & Order” with a new set of detectives and prosecutors who behave very much the same way their counterparts did back in New York. There’s a lot of overburdened expositional chit-chat I associate with the cancelled series, like “Mom shoots a burglar. Daughter holds a press conference. I love L.A.”

The West Coast version stars Skeet Ulrich (“Jericho”), Corey Stoll (“The Number 23”), Alfred Molina (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”), Regina Hall (the “Scary Movie” series), Rachel Ticotin (the “Traveling Pants” movies), Peter Coyote (“The 4400”), Terrence Howard (“Iron Man”), Megan Boone (“Sex and the City 2”) and Teri Polo (“The West Wing”).

Some of the cast rotates in and out, and Howard, Boone, Coyote and Polo don’t turn up in the first episode. The bald and mustachioed Stoll stands out among all the “where were you on the night of the attack?” questioning and more famous actors.

Lindsay and Dina Lohan are so obviously the inspiration for episode one that virtually every critic is obliged to mention the troubled mother-daughter team by name.

TMZ is referenced so many times in the first episode you half-expect to see Harvey Levin listed as one of the producers.

Next week’s installment focuses on a Manson-y cult, so I guess this series can do stories torn from the headlines of 1969.

If you were still watching “Law & Order” when NBC cancelled it, I doubt you’ll find anything offensive here. If you weren’t a fan, I can’t imagine this will make you one.

Find what the critics said here.

A laughtrack sitcom from writer-producers Chuck Lorre and Mark Roberts (“Two And A Half Men”), “Mike & Molly” follows a couple of Overeaters Anonymous members, a fat cop and a fat 4th-grade teacher. It stars Billy Gardell (“Yes, Dear,” “My Name Is Earl”), Melissa McCarthy (“Gilmore Girls,” “Bridesmaids”), Katy Mixon (“Eastbound and Down”), Swoosie Kurtz (“Pushing Daisies”), Reno Wilson (“The Chronicle,” “Blind Justice”) and Tucker Albrizzi (“Big Time Rush”).

It’s about as funny as what I’ve seen of “Two and a Half Men,” and gets a lot of mileage out of the likeable stand-up comedian Gardell, a fat guy who knows how to sell a joke. I can’t say the jokes are strong enough to make me watch, but I do judge this as likely the funniest of last fall’s new sitcoms.

Find what the critics said here.

The third sitcom about poor people from wealthy writer-producer Greg Garcia (“Yes Dear,” “My Name Is Earl”), “Raising Hope” follows a pool cleaner suddenly thrust into the role of single fatherhood.

The pool cleaner barbeques on a grocery cart. He meets a cute supermarket checker who likes to rebel by drawing faces on produce. The pool cleaner’s dad likes to push people down while they’re trying to pee. The pool cleaner’s ancient grandma likes to wander around topless and make out with her grandson. The infant gets to watch her mother get electrocuted. There’s a lot of vomiting.

Martha Plimpton plays the pool cleaner’s mom. I still find Martha Plimpton sexy, even as a grandmother.

I laughed a time or two. Not enough to want to stick with it, but I’m not much of a sitcom guy. This might play well to the cannabis-saturated Adult Swim crowd that enjoys “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” Or not.

Find what the critics said here.

Herc’s Popular Pricing Pantry

The season-five Blu-ray of “The Universe,” $29.99 last year and $18.99 in July, has momentarily plummeted to an all-time low of $9.99!! (65% Off!!)
From the creators of “24”!! Most seasons of “La Femme Nikita,” $75.99 last week, have momentarily plummeted to an all-time low of $15.99!! (65% Off!!)
Each Blu-ray season of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” $55.99 last year and $38.99 last month, has momentarily plummeted to an all-time low of $21.99!! (69% Off!!)
The second season of the brilliant “Veronica Mars,” from the creator of “Cupid” and “Party Down,” has momentarily hit $13.39!! (78% Off!!)

TV-on-Disc Calendar

This Week

Body of Proof 1.x

Castle 3.x

Celebrity Ghost Stories

Dalziel & Pascoe 4.x

Dick Van Dyke Show: Fan Favorites

Happy Endings 1.x

Hawaii Five-0 1.x

Hawaii Five-0 11.x

How To Make It In America 1.x

How To Make It In America 1.x (Blu-ray)

Hung 2.x

Hung 2.x (Blu-ray)

Judge John Deed 4.x

The Kennedys: The Complete Miniseries

The Kennedys: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray)

Law & Order: Los Angeles: The Complete Series

Mad 1.x Vol. 1

McMillan 6.x

The Mentalist 3.x

Mike Hammer: The Complete Series

Mike & Molly 1.x

Mike & Molly 1.x (Blu-ray)

Modern Family 2.x

Modern Family 2.x (Blu-ray)

Raising Hope 1.x

The Red Green Show 2003-2005

River Monsters 3.x

Rugrats: Halloween

SpongeBob's Runway Roadtrip

September 27
Adventure Time: 6 Episodes
Army Wives 5.x
Aspen: The Complete Miniseries
Aspen: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray)
Call Me Fitz 1.x
Carlos: The Complete Miniseries

Carlos: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray)
The Cleveland Show 2.x
CSI 11.x
CSI 11-Season Pack
CSI Miami 9.x
CSI Miami 9-Season Pack
CSI NY 7.x
CSI NY 7-Season Pack
Degrassi The Next Generation 10.x Vol. 2
Holly's World 1.x/2.x
The Hour: The Complete Miniseries

The Hour: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray)

How I Met Your Mother 6.x
Jake And The Never Land Pirates 1.x Vol. 1
Kendra 2.x/3.x
Kojak 2.x
Law & Order SVU 12.x
The Looney Tunes Show 1.x Vol. 1
The Middle 2.x
The Monkees 1.x

The Monkees 2.x
New Tricks 5.x
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: Four Episodes
Queer As Folk: The Complete U.K. Collection
Roseanne: Tricks & Treats
Sister Wives 2.x Vol. 1

October 4
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters 1.x
According To Jim 5.x

Antiques Roadshow: Best Of <--- NEW!!

Beavis & Butthead: Mike Judge's Most Wanted

The Bionic Woman 3.x
Bored To Death 2.x

Bored To Death 2.x (Blu-ray)
Boy Meets World 7.x
Dinky Dog
Drinking Made Easy 1.x
Elvira's Haunted Hills
Elvira's Movie Macabre: Lady Frankenstein / Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter
Elvira's Movie: Scared to Death / Tormented

Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series
The Honeymooners: Lost Episodes 1951-1957
In Treatment 3.x
The League 2.x
The League 2.x (Blu-ray)
Lie To Me 3.x
The Lone Ranger
The Lucy Collection
Meet The Browns 2.x
Melissa & Joey 1.x Vol. 2
The Mighty Hercules
The New Adventures of Zorro
Perry Mason 6.x Vol. 1
The PJs 3.x
Planet Earth: Special Edition

Planet Earth: Special Edition (Blu-ray)
Planet Earth: Limited Edition

Planet Earth: Limited Edition (Blu-ray)
Prohibition: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray)
Roadrunner & Wile E. Coyote: Supergenius Hijinks
The Smurfs: Holiday Celebration
Tom & Jerry: Fur Flying Adventures Vol. 3
Transformers Beast Wars 2.x/3.x
Upstairs Downstairs 5.x

Walking Dead 1.x Special Edition (Blu-ray) <--- NEW!!

October 11
Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 1.x
Bonanza 2.x Vol. 2
Bonanza 2.x
Bonekickers (Blu-ray)
Readers Talkback
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  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:54 a.m. CST


    by CB Chap


  • Sept. 20, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Just a Reminder

    by Aquatarkusman

    The older, beefier man in Dalziel & Pascoe was once Dim in A Clockwork Orange.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    another edition of Walking Dead?

    by Bloo

    Jesus, AMC

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Dana Delaney...TOTAL MILF

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And the sexiest Lois Lane of all time.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Raising Hope - funniest new show last year

    by jim

    Sorry to say Hercules, not being a part of the cannabis-saturated Adult Swim crowd that enjoys “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.”, I can not help you with your query as to whether or not they will like it. But I do.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST is terrible to its workers.

    by Voice O. Reason

    In a better economy, not as many people would line up for jobs that pay $11 or $12 an hour moving inventory through a hot warehouse. But with job openings scarce, Amazon and Integrity Staffing Solutions, the temporary employment firm that is hiring workers for Amazon, have found eager applicants in the swollen ranks of the unemployed.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    by Voice O. Reason

    The rest of the article

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    More about

    by Voice O. Reason

    An emergency room doctor in June called federal regulators to report an 'unsafe environment' after he treated several Amazon warehouse workers for heat-related problems. The doctor's report was echoed by warehouse workers who also complained to regulators, including a security guard who reported seeing pregnant employees suffering in the heat.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Mad Men season 4 is NOT $9.99

    by dukeroberts

    Only season 1 is. Season 4 is $29.49. Bummer.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Martha Plimpton....

    by pk68

    sexy? Gross!! I just threw up after reading that. Good actress but she Sandra Bernhardt ugly.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Disagree w/ above Hawaii 5-O reviewer

    by Wazoo

    I like the show quite a bit. I had low expectations going in as TV reboots typically are not very good. But I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    You seriously have no sense of humour

    by Dharma4

    if you have a laugh or two while watching Raising Hope.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Martha Plimpton

    by dukeroberts, she is not attractive in the slightest. She has not aged well at all.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    I 2nd Raising Hope

    by The Minn

    Herc, its fucking hilarious. The Season 1 finale, to me, was the best of the season. Followed closely is the Halloween hugging episode. Show kills me (premieres tonight)

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    The new "Hawaii 5-0" is a travesty

    by dukeroberts

    That is all.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Hey, Herc!

    by dukeroberts

    Did you change the headline because season 4 of Mad Men is not $9.99?

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    New Hawaii Five-0 actually got quite good

    by Steve Rogers

    The pilot reviewed above wasn't so hot, but once the Wo Fat showed up and the actual big arc came together the show became pretty damn awesome. Also the cast eventually gelled really well together.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    new 5.0 is very entertaining

    by Steve weaver

    The slow mo action scenes are hilarious

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    I never knew the MAD cartoon show existed? Is it any good?

    by 3D-Man

    I LOVED the magazine as a kid.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    I 3rd Raising Hope

    by slone13

    And Martha Plimpton's cute. Fuck you if you don't think so.

  • Sept. 20, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    The problem with all of the reviews above...

    by NativeGaijin that they all seem to be referring only to the pilot episodes of series that have been on the air for a year now. As a result, they don't take into account the possibility that the shows have changed/improved since then. Hawaii Five-O has gotten better since the pilot, most notably by introducing villain Wo-Fat, played by Mark Dacascos. He gives the character a sense of being physically dangerous as well as being the head of international criminal syndicate. Something that was lacking in the old series. I also like that they were willing to dig further into Chin Ho's back story about his trouble with corruption charges and dismissal from HPD. In the old series (which I'm old enough to remember from its first run), even after 10 years you never got to know much more about the supporting characters than you did when the series began. But what makes the new Hawaii Five-0 especially enjoyable for my wife and I is the fact that the modern version gets the "feel" of living in Hawaii pretty much right. We were both born and raised in Hawaii, so we're always conscious of stereotypes about island life. Sure, some of the "locals versus haoles" stuff in Five-0 can be heavy-handed at times, but the relationship between Chin Ho, Kono and their families and extended families (which includes McGarrett and Williams at this point) rings very true, at least for us.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Dana Delany

    by corporategohan616

    God i miss her voicing Lois Lane.. She's grade-A cougar material...

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 6:12 a.m. CST

    I 4th Raising Hope

    by thepoohguy

    That show is HILARIOUS! Agreed, that the pilot was a little weak, but the rest of the season was pure comedy genius. The Halloween episode mentioned was awesome, but I think my favorite was when he taught Hope how to crawl, and maw-maw had to play Jenga in the shed, along with They Might Be Giants playing in the background. AWESOME!

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Body of Proof improved; anit-Amazon article

    by Himbo

    Once they got past the procedural aspect, and increasingly show Dr. Hunt trying to make her life better, the show improved. It's like the opposite of HOUSE. House never really tries to improve his life, and when he does, it's clunky and sour. Dr. Hunt realizes that she cannot continue the way was going, and is actively trying to change her nature, but lacks many of the necessary skills. The fact that she starts to bond with the asshole detective going through a divorce was a little endearing. Jeri Ryan in a supporting role... Christina Hendricks appeared as a guest star... And CH's husband is a cast member of the show. One look at him should give ANY reader of this site hope that there is a hottie out there just waiting for YOU! I'm glad Sonja Sohn is working. Saw her on this season 1, then watched The Wire this Summer. Hope Sohn gets more work. Also, Dana Delany was the voice of the Love interest in Batman Mask of the Phantasm. ******************* As for the con-Amazon article: baby go 'waaaa'. Warehouse work is miserable during a heatwave? Shocker. The article writer likely has an axe to grind. Was there any mention of conditions at other warehouse facilities? Or a comparison of Agricultural heat-related illness. Or heat problems in the general population. No doubt that situation sucks. I remember my own time working in a text book warehouse one Summer. Yes, it was HOT. Yes, it sucked. Yes, it was temporary. It was also a job I got with a high-school diploma. Then I remembered what it was like working Hay and tobacco in Summer on farm. THAT was some miserable work. Farming and coal-mining where some of the only options for my forebears. I feel sorry for those workers whose only option is warehouse work, especially if they have no other career exits. But that is not amazon's fault. Of course, I only have my perspective. But then the article only embraces the stories of a few workers, without considering prevailing conditions. There is no objective indication amazon work sucks more than other employers. But thank you for presenting the article. If a better-written article indicates the danger/burdens of Amazon exceed other similary-situated employers, then I'll gladly reconsider my purchases. However, after tracking every package I've had from Amazon, none have gone through Allentown. Of the warehouses who handled my products, I have known employees: some of whom started temp and went permanent. They did the job a couple years before moving on to better opportunities. But they were happy to feed their families at the time.

  • I think if Hercules doesn't like the pilot there's little chance he'll watch any more episodes of the show. So pretty much any negative, or less than positive, review of a show's season set DVD will be nothing more than a repost of his pilot review.

  • Sept. 21, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Season 4 is available for $9.99

    by J Biesterfeld

    Check out the link link for 73 new for 9.99, this takes to you where you can buy it for $9.99 with listed as seller

  • "My Name is Earl" was the same way. The pilot seemed weak, but that's really because they had to lay a foundation and only had 22 minutes within which to do it. As you get later into the series, a certain amount of continuity builds up. You can't have call back jokes or personality patterns on a first episode. Also, the characters really don't feel familiar since neither the actors nor the writers have voices for them yet. That's just sorta the way it is with pilots. Worst pilot ever? Seinfeld. I'm actually re-watching it on TV right now. It was truly awful. 50% plot. 50% stand-up. No Elaine. Kramer that wasn't Kramer. Sets and fashion that REALLY rode high on that last bit of what was the 1980s. The stand-up jokes were decent, but the core writing wasn't even all that interesting. Based on the pilot, I'm surprised that it ever got picked up. By comparison, Raising Hope's pilot was far, far more polished.

  • That's pretty much what he said about the pilot when it aired, and makes no mention to the show past that, which is a shame as it picks up after a few episodes and turned into an enjoyable series with an actually pretty decent arc all they way up to the finale of the first season.