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‘Underground’: The ‘Roots’ of a New Generation?

Underground is a new series on WGN America centered on the planned escape of slaves from a Georgia plantation in 1857. Given the virtual absence of television series focused on American slavery since Roots in 1977, one can’t help but make comparisons. Underground is, obviously, a period drama, but unlike Roots, its production elements are decidedly modern. The soundtrack is ... Read More »

‘Lucifer’ on Fox – Sympathy for the Devil

Lucifer Fox

Is it sacrilegious to sympathize with the devil? Is it legitimate to humanize Lucifer under the pretense that he has “retired” from running hell and is now slumming with the humans as a nightclub owner in Los Angeles? Most transgressive of all, is it acceptable to present the scheming Fallen Angel as a seeker of justice and champion of personal responsibility? That’s exactly what Fox is doing with its new show Lucifer, Mondays at 9/8c. Read More »