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Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
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
Easy Green: 10 quick ways to make money in college

Easy Green: 10 quick ways to make money in college

College Issue 2014: Sell clothes. Plato’s Closet is a great place to take your gently worn apparel in exchange for cold, hard cash. They accept clothes, shoes and... By Brittany Minor 8/18/2014
Food security conference to take on SA's food deserts

Food security conference to take on SA's food deserts

News: Our state ranks next to last in food security, meaning that in 2010 over 4 million Texans experienced outright hunger or ditched healthy food for cheap... By Michael Barajas 5/9/2012
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013

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Jon Hamm or Russell Brand for MTV's Best Dirtball?

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MTV Movie Awards (8pm Sun, MTV)

As always, February’s stiff Oscar ceremony tried to dress the movie industry in an ill-fitting tuxedo. The MTV Movie Awards, by contrast, reminds us that the medium is supposed to be fun.

The ceremony recognizes wondrous performances that didn’t meet Oscar’s phony-baloney standards, like Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids, Elle Fanning in Super 8, and Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover Part II. It also skips editing and cinematography awards for categories that actually matter to moviegoers: Best Kiss, Best Fight, Best Onscreen Dirtbag.

Jon Hamm (Bridesmaids) is a favorite in the Dirtbag category, though tonight he may get a run for his money from host Russell Brand, who’s no slouch in that department himself.

Melissa & Joey (7pm Wed, ABC Family)

 “Melissa & Joey was recorded in front of a live studio audience.”

That old-school voiceover at the beginning of each episode is disarming. It lets you know that the laughter you hear throughout is real — i.e., earned. It also lets you know that Melissa & Joey will affirm the sitcom genre’s verities: a brisk pace, a pleasant tone, a setup/punchline rhythm. This is just what the doctor ordered after all those broadcast-network sitcoms that strain to be hip and edgy and just end up making you squirm.

I’m all for hip and edgy sitcoms that actually work (see Girls), but in the meantime I’m happy to while away 30 minutes the old-fashioned way with Melissa & Joey. Melissa Hart and Joey Lawrence are sitcom veterans who know how to deliver a joke with the proper snap. She’s a high-powered professional, he’s her live-in nanny, and season two finds them still in the insult-banter phase of their relationship.

The season’s first episode didn’t exactly make me laugh out loud, but my smiles were real.

Longmire (9pm Sun, A&E)

Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) lives in the modern age, but he comports himself like Wyatt Earp as sheriff of a Wyoming county. Walt shuns cell phones and computers in favor of stalking crime scenes in a cowboy hat and tersely demanding answers.

We’re supposed to admire this old-school machismo, but I couldn’t help thinking, “No cell phones or computers?” I mean, there’s manliness, and then there’s stupidity. It doesn’t help that Taylor has only one mode: flinty. He communicates no warmth, no humor, no humanity, despite the script’s attempt to give him a tragic widower’s backstory. (It’s very possible that his wife died of boredom.)

“I’m only gonna wait so long for you to crack a smile,” says Walt’s Native American pal (Lou Diamond Phillips).

He could well wait all season.

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