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Taking a break but leaving behind a cavalcade of reviews

The boss at unclebarky.com -- me -- has decided that it’s sole employee -- me -- could use a little respite as the Easter season approaches. But we’ve left behind a wealth of reviews of upcoming new series and notable documentary films in addition to a review of the Season 7B opener of Mad Men. Most of the newcomers are bunched on Easter night. But two others are coming early next week. Here’s the complete list, with links to all of our reviews:

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (HBO, Sunday, March 29)

Weird Loners (Fox, Tuesday, March 31)

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (Lifetime, Easter Sunday, April 5)

Wolf Hall (PBS, Easter Sunday)

A.D. The Bible Continues (NBC, Easter Sunday)

American Odyssey (NBC, Easter Sunday)

Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All (HBO, Easter Sunday and continuing Monday)

Mad Men (AMC, Easter Sunday)

Ed Bark

PBS' Wolf Hall very slowly re-draws Henry VIII/Thomas Cromwell

PBS’ latest Masterpiece presentation, the six-chapter Wolf Hall, takes its own good time -- and then some -- in again retelling the story of King Henry VIII and his hold on consigliere Thomas Cromwell. Premiering on Easter Sunday, it stars Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis of Homeland fame. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

More whacks with Lifetime's The Lizzie Borden Chronicles

Lifetime’s swingin’ new series, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, picks up four months after the network’s hit movie, Lizzie Borden Took An Ax ended with her acquittal. But in this eight-episode treatment, premiering on Easter Sunday, she’s clearly guilty as sin and still intent on chopping more than broccoli. Christina Ricci again stars, and our review is here.

Fox's Weird Loners seeks viewer commitment

Fox has regrouped in recent months by reaping a ratings bonanza with Empire while also scoring with another midseason entry, The Last Man On Earth. But it seems highly unlikely that its latest new comedy, Weird Loners, will make it a winning threesome. Our review is here.

Also, Thursday’s NCAA hoops-infused D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is in.
Ed Bark

Seeing is believing in HBO's bravura Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

The buzz over HBO’s The Jinx is still among us. But now comes the network’s arguably even more startling Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. It premieres on Sunday, March 29th, and our review is here.
Ed Bark