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  • Fox's 'Shots Fired' lumbers through its big issues but is diverting as a cop show

    Fox's 'Shots Fired' lumbers through its big issues but is diverting as a cop show

    Styled an “event series,” Fox’s “Shots Fired” seems to want to get to something big about Who We Are As a People — to engage, like ABC’s “American Crime” or FX’s “American Crime Story,” with big ideas about race and class and justice. (The credits feature an American flag whose stripes are made...

  • New Seeso comedy 'Shrink' has heart without getting sentimental

    New Seeso comedy 'Shrink' has heart without getting sentimental

    Created by Ted Tremper and Tim Baltz, who also stars, “Shrink,” which began online some years ago, wasn’t the first series to play with improvised encounters between a person playing a therapist (Baltz) and a person playing a patient. (Showtime’s “Web Therapy,” starring Lisa Kudrow, was one.) Now...

  • The verdict is in: NBC's 'Trial & Error' is solid, funny and fanciful

    The verdict is in: NBC's 'Trial & Error' is solid, funny and fanciful

    In the new NBC comedy "Trial & Error," the mockumentary sitcom as once practiced by "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" meets the true-crime legal procedural, as lately exemplified by "The Jinx" and the podcast "Serial." It was bound to happen. The particular reference here, not that you need...

  • Visually rich 'Samurai Jack' is back in search of closure on Adult Swim

    Visually rich 'Samurai Jack' is back in search of closure on Adult Swim

    Nearly 13 years after it ceased production, Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated epic "Samurai Jack" returns for a fifth season Saturday, to conclude its business. Originally broadcast on Cartoon Network and now presented in the framework of its late-shift channel-mate, Adult Swim, the Emmy and Annie...

  • CNN’s 'Believer With Reza Aslan' could use a little more enlightenment itself

    CNN’s 'Believer With Reza Aslan' could use a little more enlightenment itself

    Imagine something like Anthony Bourdain’s show “Parts Unknown.” Now replace Bourdain with religious scholar Reza Aslan and instead of a look at food culture, picture a glimpse of various sects, cults, rites and rituals around the globe and you have CNN’s “Believer With Reza Aslan.” The six-episode...

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