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Lock 'N Load - A show about the people who actually buy guns. - Slate Review

Lock 'N Load (Showtime, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET) is a lighthearted docu-series about gun culture and customer service as practiced in Denver. Practically an infomercial for a mom-and-pop weapons emporium called The Shootist, it celebrates small business (Wal-Mart gets disparaged by name on a few occasions) and big stopping power. Our guide stands-and, on occasion, dances for four or six beats-behind the counter. "I'm Josh. I'm a gunslinger," he says by way of introduction. Josh works a restrained rockabilly look, with statement sideburns and chain wallet. His chunky belt buckle conceals an ultra-compact pistol. Josh is a loud talker but a good listener and very highly Red Bull'd. He displays the fast-adapting charm of an ace salesman, dishing out hip-hop slang to youngsters, Eagle Scout diligence to military types, historical knowledge to the collectors, Hebrew to the orthodox Jews, and flirtation to the grannies. He strikes just the right gangster-leaning pose in attending to the youngsters who come in wearing T-shirts depicting Al Pacino as Tony Montana in Scarface. (Such clothing might be appropriate attire for a mid-level coke deal, but in the context of a legitimate gun shop, it just looks gauche.) "It's just like working in a bar," Josh says, referring to the essential part of the job in which he tends to his patrons' desire to make small talk, share anecdotes, and express feelings of mortal terror. Read the rest

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As the premieres of the new fall shows approach, we'll be giving you a peek at this fall's newbies and our opinions on each network's new shows all week! Since the cable networks premiere almost all of their new shows in the summer, there are only a few premiering this fall, but they're certainly worth getting the scoop on below! Also check out our network fall previews: The CW Fall Preview , FOX Fall Preview , NBC Fall Preview , ABC Fall Preview , and CBS Fall Preview . The Best: Bored to Death - Premieres September 20th on HBO This show has two factors that guarantee it'll be a fantastic new quirky comedy: it's on HBO which has an amazing success rate for great original shows, and it stars Jason Schwartzman of Rushmore, I Heart Huckabees , The Darjeeling Limited and more who is a dark comedy genius! The series features Schwartzman as Jonathan Ames, a down on his luck alcoholic writer who begins to moonlight as a detective. From the HBO promo , it looks like he'll be surrounded with a wonderful cast of quirky (but not annoyingly so) characters, and the plot will be fun, but in the more tragic way of a dark comedy done right, unlike the supposed dark comedy that was the weirdness of Hung this summer. This promises to be a much more quality and actually funny comedy that here at SideReel we can't wait to love! The Wild Card: White Collar - Premieres October 23rd on USA Network USA always delivers when it comes to the light dramas, so we're expecting this newbie to fall in place with the likes of Monk , Burn Notice , and the others, but the wild card part of this review comes from the fact that it seems almost too light and to be taking itself too seriously at the same time. I shall explain. If you check out the promo , you'll see it has the drama of needing to solve a big important case, and it provides the humor from the helpful criminal (Matt Bomer of Chuck and Tru Calling ) who's just plain sexy, clever, and somehow humorous in his mysteriousness. His character seems like an interesting one, but like he's not quite a funny enough actor to be the comic relief, and the other main character, the FBI agent (Tim DeKay of Tell Me You Love Me and Carnivale ), seems too stiff to play off of. While this one may surprise us with better character dynamics than we're expecting, for now, it falls into our pile of maybe a hit for what it's worth, or maybe just a flop for not measuring up to cable fall standards. The Worst: Lock 'N Load - Premieres October 21st on Showtime Lock 'N Load is a light documentary that is the "fly on the wall" in a gun shop. The Showtime promo actually makes it look somewhat interesting, but honestly, watching that promo is about all the entertainment I can get from people buying and shooting guns. Given it's clearly not all people who are just going to shoot their own feet in the middle of the night when they think there's an intruder, so that may make things more interesting. But, in general, I think it's fair to say there's only so long (about 5 minutes) most Showtime viewers would be entertained by this unless it has an actual plot beyond showing us why real people buy guns. Saved for Late Fall: Neighbors From Hell , TBS Which of new cable shows will you be checking out? Check out the Fall 2009 TV Calendar here