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Lori’s List: New Yorkers cut up, Lizzie Borden cuts deep

 
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IlanGlazer (left) Abbi Jacobstake spthrough New York “Broad City” Comedy Central show based their web series. | ALI GOLDENSTEIN/COMEDY CENTRAL

Ilana Glazer (left) and Abbi Jacobson take a spin through New York on “Broad City,” a Comedy Central show based on their web series. | ALI GOLDENSTEIN/COMEDY CENTRAL

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Updated: February 21, 2014 6:04AM



“BROAD CITY” (9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Comedy Central): This outgrowth of a cult-hit web series is a lighter, wackier and often funnier version of HBO’s “Girls.” Upright Citizens Brigade talent Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson put themselves out there as underachieving, uninhibited twentysomething New Yorkers looking for a good time — and giving one to the audience in return. It’s a sweet story of friendship coated in a tart tale of arrested development, spiced up by the likes of guest stars Fred Armisen (as an unforgettable man-baby), Chicago stand-up comic Hannibal Buress and co-executive producer Amy Poehler. Rating: ★★★½

“RAKE” (8 p.m. Thursday, WFLD-Channel 32): Greg Kinnear’s pitch-perfect portrayal of a lovably damaged, morally unscrupulous criminal defense attorney is the reason to tune in to Fox’s new legal dramedy. Kinnear plays Keegan Deane, a divorced dad and self-destructive addict with a life full of chaos and a docket full of cases that no one else wants. Based on an Australian series by the same name, it’s a fun, entertaining spin on the legal procedural and an ideal showcase for Kinnear’s rakish charm. Rating: ★★★

“LIZZIE BORDEN TOOK AN AX” (7 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime): Christina Ricci does a haunting turn as notorious hatchet swinger Lizzie Borden, the young woman accused of butchering her father and stepmother in their Massachusetts home in 1892. It’s a straightforward look at a cold-blooded killer set in a time when society couldn’t accept that women can be just as capable as men when it comes to murder. A hip, modern soundtrack breathes new life into this legendary American horror story. Rating: ★★★

“BLACK SAILS” (8 p.m. Saturday, Starz): “Transformers” executive producer Michael Bay brings big-screen theatrics to Starz’ new swashbuckling series. A winsome opportunist (Luke Arnold), a ruthless captain (Toby Stephens) and a tough-talking tavern owner (Hannah New) are just a few of the colorful characters involved in a brutal power grab in the 18th century Bahamas. True to Starz’s form, this very adult pirate adventure has already been re-upped for a second season. Rating: ★★★

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