'Ugly Betty,' 'Heroes,' and 'My Name is Earl'
America Ferrera of "Ugly Betty," Masi Oka of "Heroes" and Jason Lee of "My Name is Earl" star in shows that have found a middle ground that speaks to a range of ages above 13. (ABC/Karen Neal, Trae Patton/NBC, Hopper Stone, NBC) ABC/Karen Neal, Trae Patton/NBC, Hopper Stone, NBC
Critic's Notebook

Sugar-free TV

Let's hear it for prime-time shows that arefamily-friendly without being sickeningly sweet

By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / December 3, 2006

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Last month, Steven Spielberg complained to the board of the International Emmys about blood and guts. The networks need to be more cautious about what airs in those hours when kids might be watching TV, he said: "I'm a parent who is very concerned." (Full article: 1416 words)

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