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Television | Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist may be another foray into the “Glee-verse”
by Maryrose Delahunty
Posted 3/26/20, 12:46 pm

NBC’s latest musical drama, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, reflects the network’s attempt to achieve Fox’s Glee-like success with a modern, TV update to the musical. But lightning rarely strikes twice in the same place.

The network’s previous attempts include Smash, Rise, and Perfect Harmony. Smash aired for two seasons. NBC canceled Rise and Perfect Harmony after only one each. Zoey’s chances depend on whether audiences hunger for more “glee.”

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Tightrope daredevil tackles volcano

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/05/20, 11:02 am

“The King of the High Wire” took on his highest, longest challenge yet. ABC on Wednesday aired Nik Wallenda’s successful trip across the crater of the active Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua on live television. His wife, Erendira, also performed aerial ballet on a wire suspended over the volcano.

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Cookie-cutter courtroom drama

Television | New TV series For Life has a premise full of promise, but it needs lifelike characters and stories without an agenda
by Megan Basham
Posted 2/27/20, 04:16 pm

On its surface, it’s hard to imagine a timelier TV series than ABC’s newest prime-time show, For Life. Law and Order may boast that it’s ripped from the headlines, but this new inspired-by-a-true-story legal drama feels as if it owes its existence to the campaign trail.

Part of Donald Trump’s pitch to black voters at the State of the Union Address on Feb. 4 came from his administration’s backing of reforms to mandatory sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders.

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