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Lt. Governor Race: the \'Luchadora\' vs. the Tea Party radio host

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News: A few Saturdays ago, I spent several hours hanging around a Texas Realtors Association conference in San Antonio, trying to catch state Sen. Dan Patrick... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 9/17/2014
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy Disappear into ‘Eleanor Rigby’

Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy Disappear into ‘Eleanor Rigby’

Screens: “If you’re going to start, you might as well start big,” an ambitious person once said. Ned Benson must have been paying attention, because for his first... By Cameron Meier 9/17/2014
Daniela Riojas’ Photographic Studies in Self-discovery

Daniela Riojas’ Photographic Studies in Self-discovery

Arts & Culture: Daniela Riojas explores ideas of the figure in art, Latin American rituals, letting go of the past, and Jungian archetypes in... By Tom Turner 9/17/2014
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I’ll admit that the couples seem happy with his work in the series’ new season. But when they look at their wedding albums 10 years from now, I bet they’ll feel a bit strange that almost every shot is of Tutera.

America’s Supernanny (8pm Tuesday, Lifetime)
Nanny reality series wallow in misbehavior, with the nanny expressing stagy horror at the chaotic household she’s come to rescue. The nanny is usually a self-aggrandizing British scold, using the series as a commercial for her superior child-rearing skills.

Not so with the wondrous Deborah Tillman of Virginia. In her new series, Tillman arrives at a troubled home in an elegant dress and a warm yet businesslike mood. She doesn’t condescend to the clueless parents or bully the out-of-control kids, but instead sets to work making things right with common sense and courtesy. She institutes techniques like “The Calm-Down Corner,” where kids can get a break from their overheated emotions. Tillman shows a remarkable sympathy for children, no matter how unpleasant they are. And she admits to a personal stake in creating loving parents, given that her own father abandoned her at age 12.

Storage Wars: Texas (9:30pm Tuesday, A&E)
This new series offers all the — ahem — excitement of A&E’s Storage Wars, but now with Texas accents! It comes on all badass in the title sequence, with an electric guitar grinding out slow blues as we meet bargain-hunters nicknamed the Rangers, the Boss, and the Outsider. If you’re wondering how the concepts of “badass” and “bargain-hunters” go together — well, they really don’t, no matter how many times our heroes say things like “that’s how we roll.”

The would-be players show up at Texas storage units to bid on their contents, hoping to make a few more bucks than they spend by selling the junk to collectors. For example, one of the “Rangers” waddles up to a storage unit in shorts, black socks, glasses, and a baseball cap, his shirt hanging over his enormous belly. He spots action figures and a copy of Lord of the Rings among the former owners’ garbage.
“These guys were card-carrying nerds!” he cackles.

Look who’s talking.

Dean Robbins covers television entertainment for the Current. Read his longer complete column each week, only at sacurrent.com.

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