Machine Age

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS
Fridays at 9 p.m. on Oxygen

I'd forgotten how fabulous they really are, the bitchy, reckless women of Ab Fab who were snickering about the double binds of female existence long before Sex and the City hit the airwaves. In this new season, Edina continues to wrangle with her body and failing career. Patsy's so heavily Botoxed she can barely move her lips to hiss a withering word at Edina's daughter, Saffy, who returns to the fold pregnant. Yet they still manage to mock cultural trends with their trademark zaniness.


CHAPPELLE'S SHOW
Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central

Welcome to the second season of Dave Chappelle's jovial comedy series, a mishmash of stand-up and skits that combines the self-deprecating pop parodies of the ill-fated Ben Stiller Show and the more in-your-face style of The Chris Rock Show. Chappelle constantly flirts with racial humor (his Leave It to Beaver-style sketch features a white family called the Niggars), but he softens his satire with goofiness.


SHELTER DOGS
January 27 at 7:30 p.m. on HBO

Just as New York City is struggling to eliminate euthanasia from its animal rescue system, documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade brings us a provocative portrait of an upstate shelter whose owner, Sue Sternberg, believes that's the kindest option for many unwanted dogs. Neither a zealot nor hard-hearted, Sternberg looks at the world through canine eyes, finding the idea of life in a cement cage akin to torture. We watch her decide, on a daily basis, which dogs to nurture and which to put down.

 
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