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Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! A Plane! Jesus?

COMICS
Here’s to good intentions. DC Comics has announced that the comic book giant will be releasing a new parody series based on Jesus Christ through the companies DC Vertigo line. The adult graphic novel was written by Mark Russell with artwork created by Richard Pace and will arrive on store shelves on March 6, 2019.

A far cry from earlier religious comics from Spire in the 1970's, this new one will be tried out as a limited series but could becoming a regular one if it becomes popular. Second Coming is described by DC as follows:

“Witness the return of Jesus Christ, as He is sent on a most holy mission by God to learn what it takes to be the true messiah of mankind by becoming roommates with the world’s favorite savior: the all-powerful super hero Sun-Man, the Last Son of Krispex! But when Christ returns to Earth, he’s shocked to discover what has become of his gospel—and now, he aims to set the record straight.”

At this point, it’s hard to know if Russell, who has written a …

Can You Beat Shazam?

Beat Shazam TV game show
Beat Shazam premieres on FOX tonight. (Michael Becker/FOX)

TV

Jamie Foxx is back on FOX for the summer beginning tonight for a whole new game show, Beat Shazam. FOX describes the program as a “interactive game show that pits teams of two against the clock and each other as they attempt to identify the biggest hit songs of all time. In the end, the team with the most money banked will outlast the competition and go against Shazam, the world’s most popular song identification app, for the chance to win a million dollars.” The show is sort of a Name That Tune with the best contestants playing against a machine.

Jamie Foxx and Mariah Carey (FOX)
If you are unfamiliar with Shazam, it works something like this. Say, you are at the mall and you hear a catchy tune playing in your favorite shop and you want to know what it is. You simply use Shazam, a music identification app, and … SHAZAM! You’ll get the name and who (most likely) is singing that version of the song. The app has been downloaded more than 1 billion times, and has exceeded 30 billion total Shazams since its launch, while users Shazam more than 20 million times each day. And the new show is bound to serve as an hour-long commercial for the app every week, but we’ll see. Since one of the show’s producers is Mark Burnett (who created Survivor and The Amazing Race reality competition shows), it will hopefully be a fun ride.

During each episode of the series, the teams will go ear-to-ear for the chance to Beat Shazam. In each round, Foxx will present a choice of two music categories, ranging from “’80s Favorites” to “Beyoncé Hits.” Teams will hear a song and try to identify its correct title before all the other teams. As the rounds progress, quicker pairs will continue building their banks, while players with the lowest dollar amount will be eliminated until only one team remains. That team will play man-versus-machine and attempt to Beat Shazam.

Tonight's premiere begins at 8:00 p.m. on FOX and features guest star Mariah Carey.



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