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Things Will Escalate, for Certain

TV: ‘Preacher’

Will you like “Preacher,” a new AMC series that blends black comedy, drama, horror and the supernatural? I bet you’ll be able to tell within the first three minutes of the pilot. 

In the Mood for a Tense Spy Thriller? Well, Here It Is

TV: ‘The Night Manager’

Many television shows must produce more than 20 hour-long episodes a season. At that rate, there’s bound to be some weeks that fall flat. But “The Night Manager,” a six-part miniseries on AMC, doesn’t suffer from the need to produce extra filler to pad the season. Every scene is beautifully composed to pull us into the life of Richard Roper, the most hated man in the world.

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Drama as Marketing Ploy

TV: ‘The Walking Dead’

In October last year, during New York Comic Con, I watched the season six première of “The Walking Dead” at Madison Square Garden.

It was the highlight of my convention experience. The venue was filled with props from the show. The cast was on the stage for a question-and-answer session. Norman Reedus (aka Daryl Dixon) rode through the stadium on a motorcycle. That’s how you make an entrance.

Podcasts: What a Concept

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dove into the world of podcasts last year, thanks to the engrossing first season of Sarah Koenig’s “Serial.” I couldn’t stop listening to the nonfiction series as Koenig investigated the 1999 death of high school student Hae Min Lee and interviewed Adnan Syed, the ex-boyfriend who was found guilty of Lee’s murder. The show is in its second season, which focuses on the story of Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier who was held for five years by the Taliban.

Wanting To Believe

TV: 'X-Files'

I had a lot of fun attending New York Comic Con last October, but one of the highlights of the convention was getting to see the first episode of “The X-Files” revival three months before it debuted on television.

A Must-See

TV: ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’

This 10-episode television series on Starz, “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams — heroic slayer of demons, would-be Lothario, and a dab hand with a chainsaw.

You need to see it. Here’s why:

1. All 10 episodes stay true to the first rule of horror flicks, as codified by Joe Bob Briggs: Anyone can die at any moment. Especially the stupid self-righteous Aussie hiker guy.

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Hubris and a Flawed Justice System

Television: ‘Making a Murderer’

spent New Year’s Day binge-watching “Making a Murderer” on Netflix. Every time the credits rolled on an episode of the 10-part documentary series, I watched the next one. By the time it was over, I was overwhelmed by anger, frustration, sadness and the desire to share this series with others.

Making a Bright Holiday of Light

Festive Cheer

For the first time ever, my wife and I attempted to put holiday lights on a tree in our backyard. We climbed a ladder and carefully wrapped the string of bulbs around the 19-foot beast, straining to reach as close to the top as possible. 

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Violent, Complicated, Over

Television: ‘The Bastard Executioner’

“The Bastard Executioner” has been dragged into the town square and beheaded, the blood splattering onto a small crowd of horrified onlookers.

At least, that’s how the news of the show’s demise would have played out on the screen. The violent medieval FX series — which tells the tale of a 14th-century Welsh warrior who assumes the identity of an executioner — has been canceled after one season by the series creator himself, Kurt Sutter, and FX Networks CEO John Landgraf.

Giving the Fans What They Want

Television: ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’

After more than 30 years, chainsaw-wielding Deadite slayer Ash Williams is back on the small screen Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” Hail to the king, baby.

If you’re not familiar with this immature monster hunter portrayed by Bruce Campbell, he’s the anti-hero of the “Evil Dead” trilogy of films. Ash and a group of friends stay in a cabin in the woods, they find a Book of the Dead — you get the idea.