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  • In 'Killing Jesus,' the secular outweighs the spiritual
    In 'Killing Jesus,' the secular outweighs the spiritual

    Like its predecessors "Killing Lincoln" and "Killing Kennedy," "Killing Jesus," from the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, has become a National Geographic Channel TV movie. It premieres Sunday, surely not by coincidence a week before Easter.

  • HBO's 'Going Clear' a remarkable glimpse into Scientology
    HBO's 'Going Clear' a remarkable glimpse into Scientology

    Although it is not the case in most places on Earth, it is hard to live in Los Angeles, especially in Hollywood, and not be aware of the Church of Scientology. It has stamped its name, hugely, on some of the city's most visible classic buildings, including the former Christie Hotel, the...

  • 'Harvey Beaks': Sunny with a chance of bad behavior
    'Harvey Beaks': Sunny with a chance of bad behavior

    At first glance "Harvey Beaks," the new animated series from Nickelodeon, looks like a children's storybook. The lushly painted backgrounds have a real comfort to them, evoking the lighthearted tales of our own youths.

  • 'Big Time in Hollywood, FL' a weak shot at absurd comedy
    'Big Time in Hollywood, FL' a weak shot at absurd comedy

    Created by Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf, whose online series "Next Time on Lonny" was "discovered" by Ben Stiller, Comedy Central's new series, "Big Time in Hollywood, FL," chronicles the lives of two online filmmakers longing to be discovered by someone like Ben Stiller.

  • 'Full Circle's' in a sticky situation with Chicago cops
    'Full Circle's' in a sticky situation with Chicago cops

    The first season of "Full Circle," which returns Wednesday on DirecTV's Audience Network, was written by the playwright Neil LaBute and based loosely on Arthur Schnitzler's play "La Ronde." Each episode was an encounter between two characters, one of whom went on to encounter another...

  • In 'Bloodline,' dark business is afoot in the sunny Florida Keys
    In 'Bloodline,' dark business is afoot in the sunny Florida Keys

    "Bloodline," whose first and probably not last season appears all at once Friday on Netflix, comes from Glenn and Todd Kessler and Daniel Zelman, creators of the celebrated FX/DirecTV Glenn Close legal thriller "Damages."

  • 'iZombie' is smart, scary and fun
    'iZombie' is smart, scary and fun

    It seems like you can't spit without hitting a supernatural crime fighter nowadays. But there is the herd, and there are those who stand out from the herd; there is the mainstream, and there is that funny little pond over there, full of its own kind of life.

  • 'Community' is back in session, this time on Yahoo Screen
    'Community' is back in session, this time on Yahoo Screen

    When last we saw "Community" nearly a year ago, Greendale Community College had narrowly missed being sold to Subway, the sandwich people. Typically, it was a metaphor for the show itself, which had struggled to survive throughout the years; "Save Greendale!" was the fifth season's hashtaggy...

  • Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield pay tribute to Elliott Smith
    Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield pay tribute to Elliott Smith

    The challenge of covering Elliott Smith's songs is that they are so singular to Smith. His melodies have a clarity and musicality that feel endlessly inviting and replayable. But they're so tied to his inventive pop progressions and quietly virtuosic guitar work that doing anything else with...

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