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From the irreverent Seth McFarlane comes … a brainy mind-expanding exploration of the universe?! Believe it. Of course, let's not give the Family Guy guy too much credit: Cosmos is a copy and paste of Carl Sagan's classic Science Is Awesome! 1980 series, albeit embellished with lavish production values and hosted by the formidable Neil deGrasse Tyson. The premiere is overview: Big Bang theory, the organization of the universe, historical understanding of creation. The emphasis on how Christians persecuted early rebels of reason feels like subversive score-settling. Tyson‘s sincere share about Sagan's personal impact sets a better tone. Cosmos captures the imagination anew by celebrating imagination itself as an essential tool to a deeper, more truthful understanding of life.
Let's not say goodbye let's just mumble about the pointlessness of life and make tin men from empty beer cans.
At the start of this fantasy drama a young boy wakes up in a rice paddy in China. The twist? He was last seen 32 years before. In Missouri. Dead. If less spookily atmospheric than the Sundance Channel's not dis¬similar Returned, Resurrection handsomely frames its ''What the Hell?'' premise. B
Not so long ago, I found myself waiting for an elevator in a New York office block next to Lindsay Lohan who, after she was recognized by a third party, announced apopos of not much ''Don't believe everything you see on TV!'' There is, however, something very believable-looking about this reality show whose sizzle reel highlights the apparently Lohan-provoked frustrations of director Amy Price and OWN chief Oprah Winfrey as much as it does the travails of its subject. ''This is exactly what everybody said was going to happen,'' bemoans Oprah ''and I believed differently.'' The good news? Lindsay has 7 more episodes to prove O really is infallible.