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March 6, 2014

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A& E | SCREEN Say what you will about Seth MacFarlane's comedy empire, at least he's used his massive clout as creator and/or producer of Fox series Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show and Dads to get the network to bank- roll Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, an update of the late Carl Sagan's ground- breaking 1980 PBS docu- mentary series. Hosted by astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson, the new version of Cosmos is a big-budget scientific jour- ney, exploring the origins of the universe and humankind's efforts to understand it. Produced by a team including MacFarlane, Sagan's widow (and original Cosmos producer) Ann Druyan and Star Trek veteran Brannon Braga, Cosmos uses daz- zling special effects, a bombastic score and beautifully rendered animated sequences to present its vision of scientific discovery. The first episode offers a tour through the known universe, a look back at persecuted astrono- mer Giordano Bruno and a literal brief history of time, which is a lot to cram into an hour. Cosmos' grand scope and upscale production values can sometimes seem a lit- tle excessive, but it never lacks ambition. With the premiere airing simultane- ously on 10 different networks and all episodes repeating weekly on National Geographic Channel, Cosmos has the chance to draw an entirely new audience to the wonders of science. Thanks, Seth MacFarlane. –Josh Bell THE FINAL FRONTIER Cosmos explores the mysteries of the universe THE BORING DEAD > THE NEW SAGAN Neil deGrasse Tyson drops some science. Zombies are so over. Dead people returning as shambling, lesh-eating corpses has been done to death, so now the undead are coming back as totally normal people. First it was on Sundance's French import The Returned (being remade in English for A&E), and now on ABC's Resurrection, in which a small Missouri town experiences the return of two people who died years earlier. It's a small-scale phenomenon in the two episodes provided for review, and the show is less focused on big mysteries than on how people deal with suddenly seeing what appear to be their long-dead loved ones. The problem is that the characters are dull and the pace is slow, so that the only exciting moments come from the rudimentary plot twists. It's refreshing for a serialized supernatural drama like this to be focused on personal interactions, but it would help if the people interacting were a little more interesting. –Josh Bell T V aaacc COS MOS: A S PACETIME ODYSS EY Sundays, 9 p.m., Fox. T V aabcc RE SURRECTION Sundays, 9 p.m., ABC. EMPIRE RECORDS ALL 90S EXPERIENCE - NO COVER SMASHING ALICE - NO COVER METALACHI DOORS AT 11PM TRUCKFIGHTERS W/ CROBOT - NO COVER REVEREND HORTON HEAT W/ TSOL, DEKE DICKERSON EMPIRE RECORDS SMELLS LIKE NIRVANA AN ACOUSTIC EVENING W/ SEVENDUST BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB W/ ROYAL CANOE GRAVEYARD W/ BOMBOS WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS W/ LIEF VOLLEBECK MAR 07 MAR 14 MAR 15 MAR 21 MAR 28 MAR 29 APR 05 APR 12 APR 13 APR 21 MAY 27 ANDREW DICE CLAY THE TOM GREEN SHOW MAR 07-10 & 14-17 MAR 06, 08, 09, 13, 15, 16 18+ 18+ LONDON GRAMMAR W/ VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC SAT MAR 22 10 YEARS ACOUSTIC W/ HELLBOUND GLORY THU MAR 20 W/ DIRT NO COVER - LATE SHOW "ALL 90S EXPERIENCE" NO COVER - LATE SHOW 45_Screen_ 2_20140306_CB.indd 45 3/5/14 3:57 PM

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