Bizarre Fox series lives near the ‘Fringe’

September 6, 2009 

“Fringe: The Complete First Season” Grade B: If this Fox series continues to blend tales of the weird with intriguing characters it could become the “X-Files” replacement for which fans have been waiting.

The first season featured plenty of bizarre moments that seemed to be rather random. The season finale revealed the common link.

Executive producer Jeff Pinker says, “We have decided that though science acknowledges a multiverse and an infinite number of universes, we are only going to tell a story about two, here and what we are referring to internally as ‘over there.’ ”

If the talk of multiple dimensions is a little mind boggling, pick up the DVD set. It will help to get ready for the second season opener Sept. 17.

“Parks & Recreation: Season One” Grade D-: Lightning did not strike twice for Greg Daniels and Mike Schur, executive producers of “The Office.” Their other NBC series, this one starring a bored-looking Amy Poehler, has all the appeal of a seven-day long filibuster by Fran Drescher.

Poehler plays Leslie Knope, deputy chairwoman of the Department of Parks and Recreation Department in Pawnee, Ind. Her political inabilities wear thin before the end of the first episode.

You would be better off going to a park for some recreation that picking up this dud.

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at rbentley@fresnobee.com or (559) 441-6355. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.

Coming to DVD on Tuesday: “Valentino: The Last Emperor”: A peek inside the world of fashion from director Matt Tyrnauer.

“The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1”: HBO’s detective series starring Jill Scott.

“Important Things with Demetri Martin: Season 1”: Comedy from the “Taking Woodstock” star.

“Crank 2: High Voltage”: A man must keep getting electrical jolts to continue his pursuit of a Chinese mobster who stole his nearly indestructible heart. Jason Statham stars.

“Worst Week: The Complete Series”: Kyle Bornheimer headlines this CBS comedy about a man who is having really bad luck.

“Dance Flick”: Dance movies are parodied. Damon Wayans Jr. stars.

“The Office: Season Five”: Steve Carell is the center of the madness on in the NBC comedy.

“True Jackson, VP: Season 1, Volume 1”: Keke Palmer stars in the Nickelodeon series.

“Criminal Minds: Season 4”: Crime drama about an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze twisted criminal minds.

“Nitro Circus: Season One”: MTV series filled with wild stunts and poor judgment.

“Martini Movies: Wave 3”: Titles include “Model Shop” (1969), “The Buttercup Chain (1970) and “Summertree” (1971).

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