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HBO's look at Thurgood Marshall: Exceptional TV

I don't do a lot previews here, but when a production is exceptional, I try to use this space to give readers an early heads-up.

HBO's "Thurgood," a film version of the one-man play starring Laurence Fishburne as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, is not to be missed when it premieres Feb. 24. George Stevens, Jr. wrote the play and serves as one of the executive producers. His son, Michael, produced and directed. This is the acclaimed "Kennedy Center Honors" team, and the play was filmed in that fabulous venue.

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I'm working on a piece for Sunday's Sun that will include interviews with Stevens, the playwright, and former Washington Post columnist and current Fox News analyst Juan Williams, who wrote the definitive biography of Marshall. What they have to say truly opened the film up in news ways for me. Please stop back for that piece. I'll post the online version on this blog over the weekend.

I have not seen a film with this kind of razor-sharp social conscience in a long time. But don't decide to watch just because you think it will be good for you. "Thurgood" is just plain good -- entertaining, engaging and ultimately one of the most illuminating discussions of race I have ever seen on TV.

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Here's video of me talking about the HBO production.

Please stop back here after you see it, and let me know what you think.

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