There are plenty of good TV shows out there, and fans of Fox's "24" are some of television's most fervent. But I'm not convinced. Kiefer Sutherland's anti-terrorism shtick -- every season he has to save the world in one day -- seems tired. How many bad days can this guy have? "24" just doesn't stack up to television's other great dramas. Does it match the visual panache of "Lost"? No. Does it match the intricate storytelling of "The Wire"? No. Does it match the break-neck intensity of "Damages"? Nope again. "24" is good. But is it great? I don't think so.
Hip-hop's current top star is Lil Wayne, who has been lauded for his against-the-grain, nonsensical weirdo raps. But at the end of the day, he's not that revolutionary -- and mainstream hip-hop is still as bland as ever. For real nutso raps, look no further than the underground's Doom. The New York rapper -- who always wears his trademark metal mask -- has made a career out of producing his own grimy music and rhyming hilariously about being a supervillain. His new album, "Born Like This," features other left-of-center acts including Ghostface Killah and Minneapolis' own Slug of Atmosphere. Why no major music publications have hailed this guy as a genius on the level of Lil Wayne is beyond me.