March 26, 2011 10:15 PM

Aaron Barnhart | New TV series on mining, ‘Coal,’ doesn’t dig too deep

While Barbara Kopple made a brave film, “Harlan County, U.S.A.,” about mine workers fighting for a better life and future for their families, “Coal,” a new series on Spike, is a formulaic, context-free hour about hazardous duty that shuttles the viewer brilliantly from one adrenaline rush to the next.

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