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Homeland (9pm Sun, Showtime)
Homeland could have been a serviceable new drama about a Marine (Damian Lewis) who either did or didn’t defect to Al Qaeda after eight years of imprisonment in the Middle East. But it’s not at all serviceable with Claire Danes in the role of a CIA agent who breaks all the rules to discover the truth.
I’ve pulled for Danes ever since her winsome teenage turn in My So-Called Life. Still, I have to admit that she has been wrong in every role she’s played since then, including her overrated performance in Temple Grandin. For some reason, though, Danes continues to enchant casting directors. I have no idea why someone thought she’d be a good fit for Homeland, since she doesn’t look or talk anything like a tough CIA agent. She looks and talks like the girl from My So-Called Life, with only a single expression of brow-furrowing concern.
I predict casting directors will go wild for the performance.

2 Broke Girls (7:30pm Mon, CBS)
Kat Dennings was making a nice career for herself in the movies, specializing in the tart-tongued hipster girl (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, The 40 Year Old Virgin, etc.). But Dennings took a wrong turn into television and is now stuck playing the tart-tongued hipster girl in a crummy sitcom. In 2 Broke Girls, she’s a Brooklyn waitress in an odd-couple friendship with a ditzy blond socialite (Beth Behrs) who’s fallen on hard times. The script grasps for edginess with lots of bad jokes about sex and drugs.
Movies, please take back Kat Dennings before it’s too late!

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