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“A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair at The New York Times”: A first-rate documentary about a  true sociopath reveals just how much Blair got away with while working for the paper of record. In one year alone, he had 23 corrections. Blair still seems unable to take complete responsibility for his egregious behavior. Despite that, he now makes a living as a life coach. He claims to have more than 200 clients.

“Fargo,” the TV series: The movie is one of the 20 best ever made, so the idea of a TV spin-off didn’t appeal to me. I can’t say the series is exceptional — in fact, I’m still not completely sold. But Billy Bob Thornton’s character is so compelling it overcomes any other shortcomings.

“Silicon Valley”: From Todd in “Beavis and Butthead” to Dale Gribble in “King of the Hill” to Milton in “Office Space,” Mike Judge has a knack for creating memorable supporting characters. Peter Gregory, the angel investor in “Silicon Valley,” was just the latest, but Sunday’s episode was his last. Christopher Evan Welch, the actor who portrayed Gregory, died in December from lung cancer.

I could do without landlord Erlich Bachmann, played by T.J. Miller. He’s a huge drag on the show — annoying and unfunny.





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