Here are six new shows you might want to check out:
1. “Community” (8:30 p.m. Central Thursdays on NBC, starts Sept. 17) — When I first heard about this show about a hodgepodge of students at a community college, I thought it’d be like a lower-class “Bedford Diaries.” It turns out, though, that it’s a half-hour sitcom, not an hour-long drama.
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Here are seven fall films you wouldn’t have to drag me to:
“Extract” (Friday) — This is “Office Space” turned on its head: Here the bosses are sane, and the employees are nuts. So, obviously, this is less realistic than “Office Space,” but it’s still from Mike Judge and it stars Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”) and Mila Kunis (adorable in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”).
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“District 9,” which immediately earns a spot among modern sci-fi classics, started off as a “Halo” video game adaptation. When that fell through, the filmmakers decided to make something cooler.
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“Terminal Freeze” is another Lincoln Child book about a monster on the loose. I might sound like I’m bored with the idea, but actually Child’s books are like comfort food to me, and “Terminal Freeze” is pretty tasty.
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“Star Wars” fans didn’t like midi-chlorians — microscopic cells within one’s body that heighten Force sensitivity — when they were introduced in “The Phantom Menace.” But I’d argue that George Lucas was making a subtle commentary on religion, especially when I think about how prequel-era stories have portrayed the Jedi as a religious sect fallen on hard times.
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Jake Lloyd is now 10 years older than he was in “Star Wars: Episode I,” so he’s the same age Anakin Skywalker was in “Episode II,” when the role was taken over by the age-appropriate-at-the-time Hayden Christensen. We now see that Lloyd doesn’t look much like Christensen.
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“Fate of the Jedi” is the third multi-author “Star Wars” series from Del Rey, following the Yuuzhan Vong series and the Jacen-turns-evil series. The first two can be labeled interesting experiments, but the format is really clicking this time around.
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