Now that I have returned from my California sojourn, this week is all screeners all the time for the blockbuster television weekend that kicks off on Sunday. In between returning players like “Game of Thrones” and “Veep,” and the gratifyingly strong debut of Mike Judge’s “Silicon Valley,” not to mention “Mad Men,” which mercifully returns on April 13, and “Call the Midwife,” which is already back in full swing, Sunday nights are more of a pileup than ever.
* I will have many more thoughts on this tomorrow, but for now, read Emily Nussbaum on “All In The Family” and Norman Lear so that we can discuss her ideas about the moral virtues of television, and the extent to which sympathetic bigots can — and cannot — effect social change.
* Anne Helen Peterson writes about Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Kim Kardashian and the work that goes into becoming a celebrity, pondering if we prefer women who work incredibly hard in the public eye to hone their talents, or stars who seem to possess a talent that is unavailable to the rest of us.
* Amazon makes its pickups of new series official.
* The storyboards for “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” are, in fact, lovely.
* Mother Jones, in a long piece on International Business Times, the company that now owns Newsweek and that has ties to the Community, a Christian ministry founded by David Jang, reports that “Jang sees Community-affiliated media organizations, including IBT, as an essential part of his mission to build the kingdom of God on Earth. He has said that media companies affiliated with the Community are part of a new Noah’s ark designed to save the world from a biblical flood of information.” The piece has some discussion of clickbait and a plagiarism scandal, but it would be very interesting to know what information Jang thinks is worth saving from the deluge, and whether that vision is showing up in Newsweek’s editorial strategy.