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Globes picks and '24' returns

Well, to toot my own horn: I picked every one of the Golden Globes TV winners, if you give me the fact that I wrote that Alec Baldwin “should” win instead of putting him in the “will” win column–come on, you’ll give me that, right?

Meanwhile, how ‘bout that 24 premiere? My colleague Dandy Dan Snierson gives you the TV Watch you need here, but I just want to add that I really like the action so far.

For a series that’s been hammered for its supposed sympathy to torture, 24 did a shrewd job of raising the subject last night, addressing it as Jack began to give his Senate hearing, and then demonstrating it knows what we want when, by the end of last night’s two hours, Jack Bauer was poised to plunge a pen into the eardrum of a bad guy to get the info he wanted. There’s a big difference between screen thrills and real-life behavior, and I’m weary of the let’s-blame-24 argument; it’s a new day for Jack and America, so let’s move on. Last night, 24 proved that it knows what it is: pulp adventure that works as both a pulse-racer and a Monday-morning discussion-starter.

What did you think of the Golden Globes wins, and about 24’s return? Which show did you watch, or did you flip back and forth?