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'Phil Spector' tries to humanize the notorious music producer

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Chris Porco (Matt Barr) is a college student accused of murdering his father with an ax, and trying to murder his mother the same way. She survives and argues for his innocence, to the dismay of the investigating detective (Eric McCormack). The other women in Chris’ life stick by him as well, thanks to his smooth-talking ways.

Obviously, they’ve never seen a Lifetime true crime movie, or they would have known better.

Chupacabra vs. the Alamo
Saturday, 8 pm (Syfy)

This entry in Syfy’s series of wonderfully awful monster movies features dog-like beasts called chupacabras, who maul most of San Antonio before a final showdown at the Alamo. But the chupacabra isn’t the only strange creature on screen here. There’s also Erik Estrada, the aging ‘70s TV star, cast as the charming tough guy who must save the city.

With his minimal acting chops, Estrada has trouble communicating either charm or toughness. And his action-hero one-liners are simply puzzling. “Chupa this!” he snarls at a chupacabra before plugging it full of lead. Say what?

Chupacabra vs. the Alamo has everything it takes to please a bad-movie aficionado such as myself. There are enough cheesy special effects, disposable victims, and stupefying conversations to pass a Saturday evening. You know you’re in for a good time when Estrada earnestly tells a dying man with most of his neck chewed off, “You’re gonna be all right!”           

Chupa this? Don’t mind if I do.

Married to Medicine
Sunday, 8 pm (Bravo)

Bravo’s latest batch of misbehaving rich people are doctors and doctors’ wives in Atlanta. As usual, they live in high-class settings while indulging low-class behavior: cursing, bragging, throwing crockery. Before the hair-pulling commences, they offer each other helpful advice: “Start acting like a doctor’s wife instead of a whore!”

Married to Medicine is a lot of fun, with explosive personalities and conflicts. It’d be a lot less fun if you lived in Atlanta and recognized your own doctors on screen. These medical personnel are a bit distracted, to put it mildly.

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