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UPDATED 03/28/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 03/28/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT


Starz, April 1, 10 p.m. ET |

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In this new take on the medieval legend, wizard Merlin wants young Arthur on the throne-but Arthur's half sister, the sorceress Morgan, covets the crown too. As Merlin, Joseph Fiennes is more like a trainer-dietitian than mentor, but he's lively. Eva Green, as Morgan, is coldly beautiful and magnificent in Camelot couture. She's enchanting. But I don't see Jamie Campbell Bower's Arthur having the resolve of a king. He looks as if he'd need a macchiato before strapping on his breastplate.

Four of a Kind

Lifetime, Tuesdays, 11 p.m. ET/PT |

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This odd little show is about Calli, Kendra, Megan and Sarah Durst: 18-year-old identical quadruplets who look like four young Laura Linneys and live with their divorced mom. The girls are seen usually moving around in loose huddle formation and commenting on each other and the day's events in a fast, intensely pitched, overlapping dialogue. When one girl, Kendra, has a tantrum and storms outside to cool off, the others continue to murmur. ("Don't look at me like that, 'cause I didn't do anything-she's so negative!" "You are the main contributor to her!") This is the only reality show I can think of that comes with its own Greek chorus.

Sister Wives

TLC, Sundays, 9 p.m. ET/PT |

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Polygamist Kody Brown, who suggests a forgotten Bridges brother who wandered off alone onto the plains, is going to see how willingly America welcomes his controversial lifestyle on season 2 of this fascinating reality hit. On the March 13 opener, he and his four wives headed to Manhattan for a Today interview. Kody's mind blanked at the first question. Well, he'll have to think faster. The season promises an unusually pointed study of how Brown's golden faith in the show fares when other realities intrude-starting with the police investigation prompted by his public coming out in season 1.

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