January 08, 2007 12:00 PM

FX (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET)


Courteney Cox Arquette, in her first regular role since Friends, stars in a Nip/Tuck-y drama about the dark and decadent world of Hollywood journalists, publicists and stars. It’s one big paella of cynics and sinners! Cox plays Lucy Spiller, editor of not one but two gossip magazines, one respectable, one not. Cox, who often looks like Famke Janssen’s twin sister, doesn’t have the right vulgar relish to hold the show together. She needs a tiny Jeremy Piven perched like a parrot on her shoulder and squawking naughty words to urge her on. A storyline about Spiller’s shrewd exploitation of a failed indie-movie star (Josh Stewart) has bite, but an awful lot of time is spent on a paparazzo named Don Konkey (Ian Hart). Konkey is schizophrenic and lost in delusions about a dead actress and a cat. This isn’t dirt, it’s the unconscious, and it doesn’t make much sense.

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