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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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Problem of Evil

Television | Well-written, well-acted series may do too good of a job
by Jim Hill & Jeff Judson
Posted 2/13/20, 05:04 pm

Does evil exist? Can science explain everything? Does prayer make a difference? In a siloed society, people with different worldviews rarely discuss these questions. CBS’ Evil (Season 1), a fresh science-versus-supernatural series, could provide thoughtful opportunities for both the faithful and the skeptical. But so far it’s a little too evil.     

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Real unreality

Television | Some critics may be looking too closely at The Man in the High Castle
by Shayla Ashmore, Mark Closson & Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/13/20, 04:02 pm

The Man in the High Castle’s opening show in 2015 was Amazon’s most-watched ever. Viewers and critics relished the premise—an alternative reality where Germany and Japan won World War II—but after 10 episodes of Season 4, it’s now over. All 40 episodes are available for streaming via Amazon Prime.

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