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New Shows (2013): November 4 - 9

Not a whole lot to write about this week, but a couple of shows worth checking out.

The color code: red means don’t bother; blue means maybe; green means good; magenta means great. As a reminder, the shows with an asterisk will be part of a special JFK column once all the shows have aired.

Tales From the Organ Trade (HBO)
A well balanced documentary about the buying and selling of kidneys on the black market. The film doesn’t try to convince the viewer to take one side of the debate or another; it simply lays out the pros and cons of both. I found it very interesting and it forced me to think through my own feelings on the subject.

*JFK: Inside the Evidence (Reelz)
Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin’ (PBS)
Although I am a huge fan of music, I am less so of Jimi Hendrix. I do admire his talent and believe that his rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock was game changing, but a lot of his music just doesn’t speak to me. Same with this documentary. I didn’t learn anything I didn’t already know and, mostly it was just stories from other rock musicians. If you are a fan, by all means don’t miss this. If you are not, watch it while you do something else.

*Killing JFK: Fifty Questions (Reelz)

Mother Up! (Hulu)
An animated feature about a music executive who flees to the suburbs to raise her kids after she is caught in a scandal (she has been hunting children to land a client). Exactly what you expect, except that the writers tried far too hard. In an effort to push the envelope, they settled on extreme examples of tired clich├ęs. This wasn’t funny, just boring.

Elder Skelter (Investigation Discovery)
Guy Court (MTV2)

Macklemore’s Big Surprise (E!)

Stephen Sondheim’s 'Company' with the New York Philharmonic (PBS)
Admittedly, Company is not my favorite musical so I went into this with the idea that I would listen to it while I did some other work. Neil Patrick Harris leads an all star cast that was simply astonishing. Before I knew it, I was glued to my television set and had completely forgotten about all the other things I was meant to be doing. The singing was formidable; the jokes were perfectly delivered; the story was less depressing than it sometimes is. Catch this if you can.

The Lylas (WE)

*50 Years of Questions: The JFK Assassination (Fox News)
Beast of the Bering Sea (Syfy)
A Country Christmas Story (Lifetime)
Jobs That Bite! (National Geographic Wild)
Snow Bride (Hallmark)

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