Fall TV 2009: 6 new shows to watch (Commentary)

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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What show will make Entertainment Weekly’s Fall TV Preview cover? (Commentary)

I’ve already picked up the fall TV previews from TV Guide and Sci Fi magazine (yeah, it’s still called that, even though the channel is called SyFy). It’ll be a couple weeks before I get my Entertainment Weekly Fall TV Preview (I haven’t even gotten this week’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”/”Seinfeld” cover yet), but EW can afford to be last, because it has secured its place as the best.

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Fall movie preview: 3 with Jason Bateman, and 4 others (Commentary)

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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Another attempt to defend the ‘Star Wars’ prequels: Midi-chlorians as an explanation of religious faith (Movie commentary)

“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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‘Star Wars’ meets ‘Jurassic Park’ in Christie Golden’s ‘Fate of the Jedi: Omen’ (Book review)

“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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