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Monday Night

By RD Heldenfels Published: June 12, 2006

I didn't see as much of the US-Czech Republic soccer match as I had hoped, but by the time I got to it, the Czechs were up 2-0 and things were pretty settled anyway. I'm saving my ''Hell's Kitchen'' comments until after I watch tonight's second hour; a review disc I had included only the first. And, while the invective hurled was intermittently entertaining, I want to see if it there's anything different in the second hour.

I'll save ''Friday Night Lights'' for extended consideration later, not only because it deserves such treatment (and praise), but because it's looking even better after I sat through some of Fox's pilots tonight -- ''Vanished,'' all right but I'm already beginning to wonder if I could sit through a season; ''Justice,'' where if nothing else I liked seeing Victor Garber play someone who both enjoys his own nastiness and understands the price of it, and ''The Wedding Album,'' which was better than I expected though not quite as good as I thought it was becoming. And, after those intermittent enthusiasms, I still liked ''Friday Night Lights'' better than the lot, so I want to take some time to explain why. For future reference, it involves a prayer.

And I expect to post fairly soon about Anderson Cooper's book, ''Dispatches from the Edge,'' at least as soon as I read it. So far (about 70 pages in), he has me thinking a lot about Joan Didion, and Michael Herr, and of course Anderson Cooper.

So that's where I've been, and where I am. A good remainder of the night to one and all.

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