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By admin Published: October 4, 2009

Tonight includes the premiere of "Three Rivers," a CBS medical drama, and the beginning of the "Seinfeld" reunion arc on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Notes after the jump. You can find today's DVD column -- "Anvil: The Story of Anvil," "Ally McBeal" and other topics -- here. And I apologize for not getting around to blogging about last week's "Mad Men"; it was one of those weeks. I'll do some doubling up after tonight's show.

I did check out "Three Rivers," which stars Alex O'Loughlin, who got new fans from his sexy-vampire stint on CBS's short-lived "Moonlight." The show is awful. Set at a heart-transplant clinic in Pittsburgh (and with some scenes set in Cleveland in the premiere), it follows the team dealing with dire situations. It does so slowly, with wooden dialogue and bland performances even from actors like Alfre Woodard and Katherine Moennig who have been much more interesting elsewhere. (The medicine also looks as if it involves enormous dramatic license.) I was checking the clock pretty quickly in this thing, and longing for it to be over well before it was. Not something I'm going to waste DVR space on.

I haven't been the biggest fan of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," although I have checked on it from time to time, and occasionally found it funny. I did go back for a preview of tonight's episode, which begins an arc of Larry trying to get the big four from "Seinfeld" together for a reunion. And tonight's show is pretty good, for a lot of reasons. For one, it does not forget that this is still "Curb," so the reunion story is part of other issues -- including Larry's reason for agreeing to a reunion show, and a dining conflict with Jason Alexander.

It's also interesting for the way it portrays the Jerry-Larry relationship, with Jerry clearly now having the upper hand. That goes beyond Larry's need to get Jerry back; Jerry has the arrogance that comes with great success. Indeed, all the cast members approach the reunion idea in a way that demonstrates how much time has passed, and how their careers have gone since then. Very entertaining, as well as funny. I expect to be back next week.

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