Saturday, October 18, 2008

Casualty of war

On Cinemax tonight, the first casualty of war will be ratings, as the channel foolhardily schedules not one but two of last fall's Iraq/war on terror flops, The Kingdom and In the Valley of Elah as they migrate to cable. A deadlier double feature is hard to imagine. Turn to sister channel MMax, and there's no end in sight: The utterly predictable Rendition airs in prime time. Test patterns will grab more viewers. Shock and awe return to the lineup afterwards, as Max goes back to its roots with Zane's Sex Chronicles ("Dirty Laundry") and The Girl with the Sex-Ray Eyes. Pictured is Rendition star Reese Witherspoon, frantically arranging pay-per-view options for the long siege ahead.

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