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Mixed Notes - Aug. 17

By Rich Heldenfels Published: August 17, 2012

"Boss" begins its second season on Starz tonight. Although I drifted away from the first season after two episodes, a look at the beginning of the second season found plenty to like, including Kelsey Grammer's performance as a Chicago mayor with a debilitating illness and the way it portrays political scheming. It looks even better in the context of USA's "Political Animals," which wraps up its first season on Sunday night with an ongoing ludicrousness. "Boss" has its flaws, including dialogue that aims for the Shakespearean and instead often sounds pompous, and the overuse of Grammer's hallucinations, one of which proves pivotal in tonight's telecast. Still, I watched far more of the new season than I originally planned, and am very curious about where all the maneuvers will lead. 

My full review of the new "Sparkle" is here. Today's print HeldenFiles is here. And "Breaking Bad" fans will enjoy this: an accused real-life meth dealer named Walter White.

I am hoping to write a long post later about "Copper," the new BBC America series, which I like very much.

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