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Six Picks: Recommendations from the Monitor staff

Revel in newly restored "Pinocchio" on DVD, crack up reading Gil McNeil's latest novel, test your trivia with a new video game, and more.

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A 'hero' for our times

Is America ready for divinely anointed kings and princes inhabiting the modern-day kingdom of Shiloh – a glistening, skyscraper-filled city that looks remarkably like Manhattan? Tune in for this updated biblical story of a young David Shepherd and King Silas Benjamin on NBC at 8 p.m, March 15. With an A-list cast that includes Ian McShane (Golden Globe winner for HBO's "Deadwood") and Susanna Thompson ("Once & Again"), Kings is a gamble for the peacock network, but the dramatic series based on the history and politics of an earlier, God-centered time might be the distraction that a recession-weary populace will embrace.

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