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Doctors with heart

Television | NBC show New Amsterdam features a compassionate medical team and secular perspectives
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 2/14/19, 12:17 pm

New Amsterdam, an NBC medical drama, stars Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) as a status-quo-busting medical director, Dr. Max Goodwin. Now in the second half of its first season, the show grew out of Eric Manheimer’s 2012 memoir of his time as director at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

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Chasing the wind

Television | Amazon’s Vanity Fair shows the folly of striving after fleeting things
by Megan Basham
Posted 2/14/19, 11:51 am

Perhaps the rumors are true that Amazon wants to develop a few cleaner series that don’t feature the sex, violence, or profanity common to streaming and cable dramas. Although Vanity Fair, the famous “Novel Without a Hero,” offers numerous opportunities to visually capitalize on the adulterous affairs and other unbecoming conduct William Makepeace Thackeray merely hinted at, Amazon’s gorgeous, wonderfully acted seven-part series (rated TV-14 with some minor profanity) wisely resists the bait.

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Busted bubble

Television | Valley of the Boom clumsily spotlights the greed behind the dot-com bubble
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 1/31/19, 12:43 pm

Valley of the Boom tells the story of the dot-com boom in Silicon Valley, but the show itself is a miserable bust.

In the early days of public investment in internet companies, anyone with a high-tech sounding name and confusing technology had an opportunity to bamboozle the public.

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