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Matt's Guide to Tuesday TV: A Glee High Note, New Girl, and More

WHEN YOU'RE A GLEEK: (Apologies to the "Jet Song," as we prepare our audition for West Side Story — or in Kurt and Blaine's case, West Hollywood Side Story?) The best way to enjoy Glee these days is to accept and even when possible to embrace its imperfections. Kind of like the way the characters get past their own perceived shortcomings and insecurities to embrace their inner star. (Just watch Mercedes blossom this week into full-blown diva mode, for better and inevitably for worse. It's pretty thrilling.) You can tell, from last week's and especially this week's impressive "Asian F" episode (Fox, 8/7c), that Glee is trying awfully hard to improve from the mess of last season. The music is better integrated into story, the story is better integrated into character, and sometimes the characters even make sense.
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Matt's Guide to Tuesday TV: A Glee High Note, New Girl, and More

WHEN YOU'RE A GLEEK: (Apologies to the "Jet Song," as we prepare our audition for West Side Story — or in Kurt and Blaine's case, West Hollywood Side Story?) The best way to enjoy Glee these days is to accept and even when possible to embrace its imperfections. Kind of like the way the characters get past their own perceived shortcomings and insecurities to embrace their inner star. (Just watch Mercedes blossom this week into full-blown diva mode, for better and inevitably for worse. It's pretty thrilling.) You can tell, from last week's and especially this week's impressive "Asian F" episode (Fox, 8/7c), that Glee is trying awfully hard to improve from the mess of last season. The music is better integrated into story, the story is better integrated into character, and sometimes the characters even make sense.
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The Biz: The Onion's TV Appeal

There's a secret to how Onion News Network anchor Brooke Alvarez keeps a straight face delivering stories like "Hundreds of Miners Still Trapped in Mining Jobs" or reports on a congressman having an affair with a horse.

"We keep her in an isolation chamber where she's cut off from the world so she thinks these stories are real," says Will Graham, exec producer of ONN, IFC's news satire show...
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IFC Renews Onion News Network; Orders Four New Series

IFC has renewed Onion News Network for a second season and has green-lit four new original series, the network announced Tuesday.

Onion News Network, based on The Onion, the fake weekly newspaper and website, will return for a 16-episode second season — the largest order ...
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Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

Fringe
9/8c Fox
With Walter's well-known love for music and drugs, it figures that his Euterpean tastes tilt toward progressive and psychedelic rock. And prominent in his vinyl collection is a band called Violet Sedan Chair, so Walter is in for a treat when he meets Roscoe Joyce (Christopher Lloyd), the group's keyboardist. Also of note is the show's move to Friday, and the episode's title, "The Firefly," is likely a nod to Joss Whedon's sci-fi cult classic "Firefly" that floundered on Friday nights. — Joe Friedrich

Read on for previews of Kitchen Nightmares, Medium, Onion News Network, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Portlandia and Comedy Central Presents. read more

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