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"Deception" and Other Notes

By Rich Heldenfels Published: January 7, 2013

Time Warner Cable and Roku have made a deal where Roku box owners who are TWC subscribers can get TWC programming through their Roku box. Am trying to determine when this will be available locally and what it might mean. I considered Roku some time ago but ended up getting a smart TV instead. But if a Roku box provides an altenative to a monthly TWC box charge ...

This week's video column is here.

I keep trying to say something interesting about "Deception," the mystery-soap premiering tonight on NBC, and it just makes me tired. All right, I'm tired anyway, since I spent most of yesterday resting from a mild bug that is fading now. But "Deception" is the kind of show where, I thought, someone could have pulled out a phone, done a quick web search and ended the show's central deception even before it got started. Instead, there's a prolonged, "Revenge"-like attempt to balance the doings of a bunch of troubled and unscrupulous rich folks with the perceptions ot an outsider who has entered their world. The twists aren't that twisty (a big one is obvious long before it's revealed), the plotting is increasingly nonsensical and I barely made it through the pilot, let alone to the additional episodes made available for preview. Save yourself.

I expect to be more positive tomorrow, when I write about the return of "Justified." (Yay!) And when I dip into "Zero Dark Thirty," which I saw last week.

Has this ever happened to you? One weekend night, the bride and I sat down to watch a movie -- and, three movies later, gave up. First was "End of Watch," which I found interesting but she was not enjoying. Then came a couple of supposed comedies: "Guns Girls and Gambling" and "Hit & Run," both of which seem very impressed by their own cleverness, and neither of which felt very clever.

NBC has ordered a new series, "Camp." The official word: NBC has picked up the sly new drama series “Camp” for 13 episodes for broadcast in Summer 2013, it was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.

This summer, NBC invites you to camp.  In the tradition of “Meatballs” and “Dazed and Confused,” Little Hawk Family Camp is a wicked slice of lake-side heaven. In the one-hour drama, parents decompress with gin while teenagers make gleeful mischief and fall in and out of love.  Little Hawk Family Camp – where mother nature and human nature collide.

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