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TV offers a cascade of Mary Tyler Moore memories

By Mike Hughes

Memories of Mary
Tyler Moore are being rushed back to TV. In many cases, they'll have
her fans finding new locations – digital-TV, satellite, streaming
services and beyond.

British-style drama -- one man, one voice, one complex mosaic

Here are two key things about many cable dramas: 1) You really have to pay attention; they get complex and confusing; and 2) You really want to pay attention; they get compelling.

The latest example is "The Honorable Woman," which debuts Thursday on the Sundance Channel. Here's the story I sent to papers:


Somehow, great TV emerges from these rooms

TV's best moments often start in rooms where semi-obscure people scramble for quick answers. Now cable's "The Writers' Room" will talk with those people; here's the story I sent to papers:


Here's reassuring news about TV's best

These people, it seems, are like you
and me: They have to make it up as they go along.

"Top of the Lake" is top of the line

After a brief pause, TV is interesting again. Monday (March 18) ranges from the light-hearted (see my previous blog on the start of "Dancing With the Stars") to the intense "Top of the Lake."

The latter is a thickly layered mystery that will remind you of "The Killing" and "Twin Peaks," with one key difference: After six weeks and seven episodes, we're promised, it will end and mysteries will be solved. Here's the story I sent to papers:


It's a Quirky way to do business

We have to admire anyone who daydreams productively during math class. So now Ben Kaufman -- whose cable show "Quirky" debuts Tuesday -- is our new hero. Here's the story we sent to papers:


OK, kids should probably pay attention
in class. If they must daydream, however, they could follow Ben
Kaufman's example: