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PBS Reopens Century-Old Crime

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Prime Time, Reality, PBS, Video,

On Monday night, will be digging into Georgia’s old case files to present The People v. Leo Frank, the story of a factory supervisor who was tried for the murder of a young girl who worked at the plant.

The case sparked national media attention, the trial carrying on for days and days until eventually Frank was convicted of the crime. A Yankee, a Jew, an outsider and a convenient target, Frank was charged with the terribly brutal murder of Mary Phagan, 13. After he was interred in jail, local citizens formed a vigilante squad to forcibly remove Frank from captivity. They took him to the outskirts of town, where a lynch mob waited. An unknown man later gave Frank’s wedding ring to his wife, ostensibly Leo’s last request.

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TV on DVD: October 6, 2009

Bones Season 4 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday.

  • Ally McBeal (Season 1, Complete Series)
  • Blood Ties (Season 2)
  • Bones (Season 4)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas  **Blu-ray**
  • The F Word (Series 3)
  • Get Smart (Season 4)
  • The Hills (Season 5, Part 1)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas  **Blu-ray**
  • Ken Burns: The National Parks - America’s Best Idea
  • Lark Rise to Candleford (Season 1)
  • Man v. Food (Season 1)
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season 5)

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Mad Men…as Done by Sesame Street

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Daytime, Kids, PBS, Video,

This may be the widest range of emotions I’ve ever seen “Don Draper” display.

For their show’s 40th season, the characters of parody the execs of Madison Avenue.

What would it look like if the advertising sycophants tackled a honey account? Watch EMC’s version of and find out!

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TV Extensions, Renewals and Cancellations (9/8)


Here’s an update on the shows you will and won’t be seeing in the months to come:


  • Giuliana & Bill (Style) - Season 2
  • Leverage (TNT) - Season 3
  • Mad Men (AMC) - Season 4
  • The Singing Bee (CMT) - Season 2


  • Reading Rainbow (PBS) - The program aired its last episode on August 28.
  • Rescue Me (FX) - The seventh and final season will air in 2011.

(To get a look at TV Envy’s 2009 Fall Programming Schedule, click here.)

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Michelle Obama Takes a Walk on Sesame Street

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Daytime, Kids, PBS, Video,

That large white residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue might be impressive, but it’s not the most exciting place ‘s been to this year. Earlier this week, the First Lady reached out to children everywhere with a PSA she recorded on Sesame Street. The clip, which also features that oh-so-cute red guy, stresses the importance of good eating.

An ecstatic Obama shared her joy with diplomats and staff members at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. “I’m thrilled to be here, but I was just at —I’m sorry. And I never thought I’d be on Sesame Street with Elmo and Big Bird and I was thrilled. I’m still thrilled. I’m on a high,” she said. “I think it’s probably the best thing I’ve done so far in the White House. But we were there talking about nutrition and healthy eating, and it’s just been a thrill.”

Obama is not the first FLOTUS to appear on the classic children’s program. Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton have both guested as well.

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This Week on TV (1/5-1/11)


(You can view TV Envy’s Midseason Programming Schedule here.)



Other Premieres: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel), Antiques Roadshow (PBS), DietTribe (Lifetime), Superstars of Dance (NBC/Monday premiere),

  • The Bachelor (ABC, 8pm):  Season 13 premiere. “Single dad searches for a mate among 25 young women. In a new wrinkle, the bachelorettes get to vote for a competitor they’d like to see leave, but Jason has the final say.” Maybe the kid should have the final say. After all, he’s the one who’ll eventually call her “evil stepmom.”
  • Gossip Girl (CW, 8pm):  “Blair tries to get accepted into a distinguished ladies club and Jenny returns to school.” Just to clarify - Blair is hoping join a ladies club, not the gentlemen’s kind.
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family, 8pm):  Series return. “After Amy hears that she needs to find a job, she and Ben decide to get married.” Unfortunately, she later realizes that she still needs to find a job.
  • True Beauty (ABC, 10pm):  Series premiere. “Beginning an eight-episode elimination contest in which 10 gorgeous people face challenges to determine the most beautiful—and inner beauty counts as much as physical attractiveness—while they live together in an LA mansion.” Welcome to the future of the Miss America pageant.

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Let the Arguments Begin: Debate Schedule Released

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Prime Time, Reality, Specials, CBS, PBS, Features,

John McCain and Barack Obama

Both sides have met, looked over their schedules, and finally come to a conclusion. That’s right, America’s two greatest political parties have at long last worked together to reach a decision: after weeks and weeks, they’ve finally agreed to a schedule for the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates.

The interrogation begins in September. The 26th of the month, to be precise, the first Presidential debate will take place in Oxford, Mississippi at the University of Mississippi. You can view the arguments on PBS, as the event will be moderated by Jim Lehrer (The NewsHour). The time is scheduled for talk on foreign policy and national security, i.e. the war in Iraq.

October 2 will see the Vice Presidential debates, which I fully expect will score record this year. This takes place in St. Louis, Missouri at Washington University and can also be viewed on PBS. The moderator is Gwen Ifill, also of The NewsHour.

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TV on DVD: July 15, 2008

Birds of PreyHere are some of the options available this Tuesday.

  • America’s Test Kitchen (Season 8)
  • Aquarion (Season 1, Part 2)
  • Birds of Prey (Complete Series)
  • Dallas (Season 9)
  • Eureka (Season 2)
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Complete Collection)
  • Reno 911 (Season 5)
  • Saving Grace (Season 1)
  • Swamp Thing: The Series (Volume 2)

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Ken Burns Tackles National Parks in 2009 Offering

Ken BurnsMark out some time in 2009. says it will air Ken Burns new documentary on America’s national parks sometime in the fall of that year.

The 12-hour, six-part documentary is called “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”.

According to the Associated Press the series traces the origins and growth of the national park system over 150 years. The series will highlight both the lofty idealism that lead to their creation and the opportunism of some who sought to make money on some of America’s most majestic natural locales.

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The Opposite of the Grammy Awards: ‘Masterpiece Theater’s Pride and Prejudice’

Posted by Jacci Lewis Categories: Drama, Mini Series, Prime Time, BBC, PBS, Editorial,

Pride and PrejudiceIf you are looking for an alternative to the Grammy Awards tonight (live at 8 p.m. ET on CBS) here is one, no actually here is the absolute opposite of the Grammy Awards: .

Okay before you frantically click to close this story consider this: one of the best adaptations of a Jane Austen book begins tonight on the venerable series.

’s 1995 version of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice begins it’s three part run tonight on PBS at 9 p.m. as part of Masterpiece Theater’s The Complete Jane Austen series.

The series has already presented admirable new versions of Persuasion, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey as well as Miss Austen Regrets, a film biography that tells the story of Jane Austen’s lost loves and why she herself, never married. Miss Austen Regrets stars of The Sixth Sense (1999) and Rushmore (1998) fame. All of these Austen titles are well worth the time and effort it would take to seek them out on DVD or even read them!

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