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29 February 2008 @ 02:09 pm
Must-retch TV  
Tim Goodman reviews two new shows today.

"Unhitched":
The laughs that come in the first wave on "Unhitched" are bracingly, winningly stupid. If you're uptight about things like, say, a man being raped by a monkey or a woman who has a "skin tag" that looks exactly like a piece of shrimp, well, you'll need to really lower your expectations here.

"Dirt":
In Season 2, starting Sunday, "Dirt" solves that problem quickly, with one of the smartest (and one could argue, most obvious) tweaks on television. "Dirt" is now going to take a page from "Law & Order" and do ripped-from-the-headlines stories each week.

Duh - it's perfect. Celebrity obsession (mostly with their scandals) is at an all-time high and a bevy of stars are doing their best to feed the machine on a daily basis. A series like "Dirt" couldn't ask for a better or more convenient cottage industry. When you can spoof real celebrities with thinly masked story lines about lurid and sensational stories everybody knows about, it's a lot easier than fabricating plots whole from designer cloth.
So: Avoid both at all costs. Check and check.
 
 
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