The Spoils of Babylon

2014, TV Show

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Free | Xfinity Posted: 4/18/2014

Legendary author Eric Jonrosh, the undisputed master of dramatic fiction, introduces audiences to the brilliant adaptation of his best-selling novel.

Free | Xfinity Posted: 4/17/2014

Cynthia tries to comfort an inconsolable Devon as he mourns his greatest loss.

Free | Xfinity Posted: 4/12/2014

A confrontation between lovers past and present stirs the waters of Devon's underwater lab.

Free | Xfinity Posted: 4/9/2014

With his mother ailing, Winston takes control of Morehouse Conglomerated.

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Thursday Review: IFC's Spoils of Babylon; More (and Better) Comedy on Network TV

Here's the thing about satire: Parody has a sharper sting if what's being ridiculed is actually relevant. And while it looks like everyone's having a grand time lampooning the old-school histrionics of the classic TV miniseries "epic" in IFC's elaborate all-star Funny or Die put-on The Spoils of Babylon, I'm afraid the fun isn't all that contagious, in part because the joke is such a stale one to begin with.

The whole enterprise, which consists of six half-hour chapters (the first two airing back-to-back starting Thursday at 10/9c), has the musty whiff of one of those movies derived from so-so Saturday Night Live sketches. Each installment opens with a staged intro, featuring a heavily made-up Will Ferrell as a rotund Orson Welles-like egomaniac impresario (described as "author, producer, actor, writer, director, raconteur, bon vivant, legend, fabulist" — and that's just the first episode's credits) who sinks further and further into his (wine) cups as he reflects on his lost late-'70s "masterpiece," which he self-financed as if he were Scrooge McDuck.

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Top Videos: Spoils of Babylon, "Between Two Ferns" Holiday Special

This week, Katy Perry was awkwardly caught lip-syncing when her backup track failed at an awards ceremony in France, while Paul Rudd and Kate McKinnon premiered their new web series Hudson Valley Ballers. Someone adorably re-created the movie Elf using pugs, andZach Galifianakis hosted a holiday edition of "Between Two Ferns." Also, Sarah Silverman,Michael Cera and other comedians launched an ugly sweater charity campaign for Stand Up to Cancer, and the first scene of the Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire miniseries The Spoils of Babylon premiered. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best onlinevideos:

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Premiered: January 09, 2014, on IFC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A multigenerational chronicle of romance, relationships, war and the oil business.

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