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Cheers & Jeers: Not-So-Amazing (Nancy) Grace

Nancy Grace, Swift Justice

Jeers to Swift Justice.

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No, I'm not talking about Taylor Swift's VMA revenge on Kanye West — although I'd rather watch those two mudwrestle than this new syndicated Judge Judy not-gonnabe with Nancy Grace. Can someone please explain this browbeating brute's appeal? As if she doesn't have enough time on her nightly hourlong self-titled HLN jeremiad to badger would-be witnesses, now she's appointed herself judge, jury and executioner on small-claims cases brought by plaintiffs and defendants naïve — or attention-starved — enough to allow Grace to make a final, binding decision... read more

Cheers & Jeers: My Boys to Men?

Jordana Spiro

Jeers to TBS for burying one of TV's most enjoyable sitcoms, My Boys.

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The "Very Funny" cable network burned off the whopping nine-episode season of its sly charmer about Chicago sportswriter PJ (Jordana Spiro) and her pals on Sundays opposite such sky-high-profile cable competition as Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Mad Men — whose costar Joel Murray, aka rehabbed alky Freddy Rumsen, guested on Boys as the owner who sold the gang's hangout, Crowley's, to Brando (Reid Scott) in the season finale. read more

Cheers & Jeers: A Killer Nikita

Nikita

Cheers to Nikita for putting the boot in reboot.

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Lots of action franchises have been revamped in recent years, with mixed results (Bionic Woman, we hardly knew ye). But with a sizzling star (Maggie Q), a sleek visual style and a sly sense of humor about itself, the fourth incarnation of La Femme Nikita may be the sexiest — and most successful — yet. Paired with The Vampire Diaries, this rogue assassin could kick serious butt for the CW on Thursdays... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Can Tyra Banks Revamp Top Model?

Tyra Banks

Jeers to Tyra Banks for trying — and failing — to remodel America's Next Top Model.

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After falling short of finding the show's goal 14 times, the supermodel states repeatedly that she's "raising the bar" for Cycle 15, bringing in top-name designers... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Sons of Anarchy Adopts Hal Holbrook

Katey Sagal and Hal Holbrook

Cheers to Hal Holbrook for his stunning performance on Sons of Anarchy.

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The octogenarian character actor classes up the third season of FX's biker drama as Katey Sagal's Alzheimer's-addled dad. His work as a widower is even more heartbreaking when you realize Holbrook recently lost his real-life wife, Designing Women star Dixie Carter.

Deservedly Oscar-nominated for 2007's Into the Wild, Holbrook could be the one to break SOA's Emmy jinx... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Dallas Roberts Does Rubicon

Dallas Roberts

Cheers to Rubicon for giving Dallas Roberts a role he can run with.

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The Juilliard-trained actor (who, ironically, is originally from Houston) has spent the summer swiping scenes on AMC's paranoid thriller as American Policy Institute wonk Miles Fiedler. Whether he's flirting with a coworker or fretting over a security breach, Roberts makes his character's squirreliness compelling... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Project Runway — Always the Bridesmaid...

Michael Costello, Project Ruway

Cheers to Project Runway for taking the fashion equivalent of chicken bleep and turning it into chicken salad.

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The 11 remaining designers on Lifetime's creatively resurgent reality show were presented with real-life women (read: not models) in real-life bridesmaid's gowns (read: monstrosities) and asked to turn them into something chic. The results ranged from the high-stylish ... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Top Chef Takes a Victory Lap — in Orbit!

Padma Lakshmi and Buzz Aldrin

Cheers to Top Chef: D.C. for following up its first-ever Emmy victory over The Amazing Race with one of its most amazing episodes ever.

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The five remaining chef-testants were charged with... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Mad About Miss Blankenship

Randee Heller

Cheers to Randee Heller for creating the summer's hottest breakout character: Mad Men's Miss Blankenship.

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Don Draper's incompetent yet snark-tastic new secretary — perhaps the first one ever at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce whom he doesn't want to sleep with, and vice versa — has stolen every scene she's been in. Even her smallest gestures, like adjusting her wig or barking "I don't work for you!" at a hungry job seeker, drive viewers mad with laughter. No wonder she's got her own... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Is Rizzoli & Isles Full of Beantown?

Angie Harmon

Jeers to Rizzoli & Isles for committing the biggest crimes against Boston since Bill Buckner and "Bucky F---ing Dent."

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TNT's hit summer drama is ostensibly set in Beantown, but most of the stock L.A. locales where the show is actually shot look more like Malibu than Massachusetts. It's too bad R&I couldn't shoot on location, like the vastly superior mystery adaptation Spenser: For Hire did back in the '80s, but apparently it's cheaper to fake it on a backlot.

Even worse, Angie Harmon's Texas twang keeps slipping through her stab at a Boston brogue.... read more

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