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Fall TV preview 2016: 15 most promising new fall shows
FX's "Better Things," Netflix's "Luke Cage," Amazon's "Good Girls Revolt," Fox's "Pitch" and the CW's "Frequency" are among the 15 brightest fall newcomers. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Critics have only seen the pilot episodes for most new fall TV shows, so there's not enough evidence to conclusively identify the best new shows. But here are 15 newcomers from across the programming spectrum that look incredibly promising. "Pitch" (Fox, premiering Thursday, Sept. 22): Kylie Bunbury is a young star to watch in this engaging drama about the first woman to pitch for a Major League Baseball team. "The Exorcist" (Fox, premiering Friday, Sept. 23): It's a scary and suspenseful addition to TV's robust horror field. "Better Things" (FX, premiered Sept. 8): Co-created by Louis C.K., this wonderfully hard-edged comedy stars Pamela Adlon as a divorced and struggling actress with three children - and the struggle is evident in every scene. "Frequency" (The CW, premiering Wednesday, Oct. 5): Although a reworking of the 2000 film starring Jim Caviezel, the riveting drama starring Peyton List feels remarkably fresh and smart. "Marvel's Luke Cage" (Netflix, premiering Friday, Sept. 30): Marvel has another winner with this series starring Mike Colter as Luke Cage, the fugitive rebuilding his life in Harlem. "Good Girls Revolt" (Amazon, premiering Friday, Oct. 28): Set in the 1960s, this stylish drama stars Joy Bryant as Eleanor Holmes Norton, the lawyer hired to represent women working at Newsday. "Atlanta" (FX, premiered Sept. 6): Donald Glover ("Community") created this incredibly complex and clever comedy-drama mix set around the Atlanta rap scene (he plays Earn, a rap manager with big dreams and big obstacles). "Queen Sugar" (OWN, premiered Sept. 6): Oprah Winfrey's channel has its strongest scripted show yet with this drama about three siblings (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Rutina Wesley and Kofi Siriboe) reuniting at their father's Louisiana sugar plantation. "This Is Us" (NBC, premiering Tuesday, Sept. 20): The feel-good drama follows four storylines that ultimately connect (making an emotional connection with viewers). "Chance" (Hulu, premiering Wednesday, Oct. 19): Hugh Laurie has found another marvelous TV role, playing a San Francisco forensic neuropsychiatrist in this series based on the novel by Kem Nunn. "The Good Place" (NBC, premiering Monday, Sept. 19): The pilot episode is better than good, providing winning roles for Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. "One Mississippi" (Amazon, premiering Friday, Sept. 9): Comedian Tig Notaro plays a fictionalized version of herself, traveling home to Mississippi after the death of her mother. "The Crown" (Netflix, premiering Friday, Nov. 4): Claire Foy has top billing in this 10-part British-American series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. "Designated Survivor" (ABC, premiering Wednesday, Sept. 21): The scripts need work, but another strong prime-time vehicle for Kiefer Sutherland. "High Maintenance" (HBO, premiering Friday, Sept. 16): The web series about a nameless marijuana delivery man becomes an HBO series, and a pretty good one, if a times a little slow and choppy.
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Ohio Republican congressmen battle DC assisted suicide law
Cincinnati's Brad Wenstrup is trying to kill a new District of Columbia law that lets doctors prescribe suicide medication to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives. Watch video WASHINGTON, D. C. - Republican members of Congress - led by Cincinnati's Brad Wenstrup - are trying to kill a new District of Columbia law that lets doctors prescribe suicide medication to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives. The states of California, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Montana and Colorado have similar laws on the books. Wenstrup - a physician who served as a combat surgeon in the Iraq war - has authored a resolution that would invoke Congress' rarely used power to overturn laws passed in the nation's capital. Wenstrup says the DC "Death with Dignity Act" that became law in December has flaws that range from failing to protect patients from abuse or coercion, to failing to account for the uncertainty of diagnosing terminal illnesses and predicting life expectancy. I co-wrote an op-ed with @RepBradWenstrup to highlight some of the many problems with DC's 'Death with Dignity' law: -- Dr. Phil Roe (@DrPhilRoe) February 3, 2017 In a House of Representatives floor speech, Wenstrup described how his sister was told she had incurable cancer 22 years ago and would soon die. But she survived after getting a bone marrow transplant her insurance company said it wouldn't cover. Wenstrup expressed fear the new law might end up limiting care, making assisted suicide the cheapest option for patients facing expensive treatments. "This attitude reminds me of a comment from the movie, 'It's a Wonderful Life,' when Mr. Porter says to George Bailey: 'George, you're worth more dead than alive," said Wenstrup. "That is not who we are, folks." Wenstrup's measure is cosponsored by dozens of Republicans, including Ohioans Bob Gibbs of Holmes County, Jim Renacci of Wadsworth, Jim Jordan of Champaign County, Mike Turner of the Dayton area, Bob Latta of Bowling Green, Steve Stivers of the Columbus area, and Warren Davidson of Troy. Earlier this week, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform  signed off on Wenstrup's bill in a 22 - 14 vote that largely went along party lines. RT if you agree with Del & want the @GOPoversight to keep its #HandsOffDC #leaveusalone #DCValues -- MurielBowser (@MurielBowser) February 14, 2017 While the committee's top Republican, Jason Chaffetz of Utah, said the law could lead to coercion of patients, Democrats on the committee called it hypocritical for Republicans to interfere with a local law when they pontificate about the need to prioritize local control instead of federal authority. The District of Columbia's non-voting delegate to Congress - Eleanor Holmes Norton - said the committee action "shows contempt for democracy and flies in the face of what we had always thought to be bedrock Republican principles." Despite the committee's vote, Wenstrup's proposal has scant chances for passage because federal law gives Congress just 30 legislative days to keep a new District of Columbia law from going into effect, and the clock is rapidly running out. Because of the deadline, the full House and Senate would have to pass the measure and President Donald Trump would have to sign it by Friday, which isn't likely. Jordan, a member of the Committee that signed off on Wenstrup's bill, said Chaffetz and House Speaker Paul Ryan could have expedited its passage, but failed to do so. "We hope leadership brings it up to the floor," Jordan said Tuesday. Spokesmen for Ryan and Chaffetz did not respond to requests for comment on Jordan's statement. Rep Jason Chaffetz is blocking the protection of DC's vulnerable & weak: -- Brad Mattes (@BradMattes) February 15, 2017
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