Ayad Akhtar's debut novel, American Dervish, tells the story of a Pakistani-American boy in Milwaukee coming to terms with his religion and identity. Akhtar drew on his own experiences exploring the Muslim faith as a teenager growing up in Wisconsin.
Two more shows to add to your 2012 list: Justified, which returns to FX Tuesday night for its third season, and Alcatraz, a new Fox drama and the latest from Lost producer J.J. Abrams. TV critic David Bianculli explains why they're both worth watching.
Television has a long history of trying to make classic films work as a series. Some are successful — think M*A*S*H — while others are flops. Critic Eric Deggans reviews the latest attempts to turn successful movies into TV show: The Firm and Napolean Dynamite.
The Golden Globes have equally good comedy and drama masks this year. Sunday's musical or comedy contenders make up a strong bunch that could give their best-drama cousins at the Globes a run for their money come Oscar time.
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