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MMA-themed 'Kingdom' hits all the right spots
MMA-themed 'Kingdom' hits all the right spots

As one perhaps genetically indisposed to enjoy sports in which people whomp the stuffing out of one another, I wouldn't expect to care much for a drama built around mixed martial arts, in which the whomping comes in more ways than usual. And yet here I am, about to write a good review of just such a show. A new drama premiering Wednesday on DirecTV, "Kingdom" bumbles a bit at first; the first episode, especially, seems dangled as bait to the hormonal young men who not only make up much of the audience for MMA but whose attention networks compulsively seek. There is the usual modicum of undressed female window-dressing. Each of the first three lines in the series contains a...

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