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TV Picks: 'The Chair,' 'Cinderella,' 'NOVA: Vaccines,' 'Doctor Who'
TV Picks: 'The Chair,' 'Cinderella,' 'NOVA: Vaccines,' 'Doctor Who'

"The Chair" (Starz, Saturdays). Reality shows sometimes bill themselves as "experiments," to sound as if something surprising were going to happen, some new thing would be learned that the producers hadn't already accounted for in their memos and pitches. But what happens in "The Chair," a new "filmmaking experiment" from Starz, feels fresh and instructive and revealing, if not entirely original -- it is essentially a cinematic twist on "Top Chef" and "Project Runaway," in which contestants are given certain materials and certain constraints and sent forth to create. The focus here, as two first-time feature directors...

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