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20 Feb 2009 // 6:14 AM

Taking Chance

You don't see Chance Phelps die in Taking Chance. You do see how his body becomes meaningful for many others.

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Survivor: Tocantins: The Brazilian Highlands

In the first episode of Survivor: Tocantins, we learned that temperatures in the Brazilian Highlands are often in excess of 120 degrees.

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19 Feb 2009 // 2:30 AM

Mistresses: Series Premiere

Mistresses represents the 21st century version of the BBC’s “provocative” quality programming.

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18 Feb 2009 // 4:20 AM

RuPaul’s Drag Race

RuPaul's Drag Race is the illegitimate offspring of Project Runway and Make Me a Supermodel.

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The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306

In the Oscar-nominated The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306, Reverend Billy Kyles recalls seeing Martin Luther King, Jr's death.

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Frontline: Inside the Meltdown

Part investigation, part damn scary story, Frontline: Inside the Meltdown suggests that events unfolded as they did largely because of the personalities involved.

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Right America: Feeling Wronged: Some Voices from the Campaign Trail

Right America constructs a sort of intimacy with the "other side" while also maintaining its own recognizable political sensibility.

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12 Feb 2009 // 4:35 AM

Dollhouse: Series Premiere

Even as Dollhouse sounds like other TV shows and movies, it is also utterly strange, its premise literally ridiculous and intriguingly metaphorical.

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11 Feb 2009 // 4:55 AM

Gang Nation: Series Premiere

"They look like a bunch of scared lads to me," says Ross Kemp of the MS 13 members he meets. Their longstanding poverty, he adds, belies the standard story that they're trafficking millions of dollars worth of cocaine.

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Independent Lens: Tulia, Texas

As Tulia, Texas follows the many turns of the Drug Task Force case, from the initial convictions to investigations of undercover agent Tom Coleman, it becomes a cautionary tale.

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American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln tracks the converging paths of the president and his killer, then tracks and draws connections between their last journeys, in the forms of Lincoln's funeral train route and Booth's desperate efforts to escape.

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Independent Lens: Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene

As Adjust Your Color recounts, Petey Greene used his groundbreaking radio and television talk shows to influence millions, winning two Emmy awards and varieties of adulation over the years.

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Frontline: My Father, My Brother, and Me

My Father, My Brother, and Me leaves the ethical and religious debates over Parkinson's disease mostly untouched, focusing instead on immediate issues, specifically, how to "live with" the disease.

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2 Feb 2009 // 5:12 AM

The Trials of Ted Haggard

Though Ted Haggard says he chooses not to be "a man of disrepute," The Trials of Ted Haggard suggests this is not his choice to make.

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2 Feb 2009 // 3:15 AM

House: 100th Episode

Dr. Miller's decision to choose selfish fulfillment over the greater good somehow instigates small epiphanies for the rest of House's team.

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28 Jan 2009 // 3:30 AM

Lost: Season Five Premiere

As the fifth season begins, the structural fluidity that makes Lost so exciting and unusual has been pushed to the forefront. That's right: we're officially talking time travel.

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27 Jan 2009 // 2:20 AM

Bromance

While most of it is typical MTV reality fare, Bromance's cultivation of male drama queens makes this show especially queer.

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The Closer: Season Four Return

The fourth season return of The Closer finds fresh ways to mine the tensions between work and private life endured by LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick).

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26 Jan 2009 // 2:20 AM

Trust Me: Series Premiere

The essential tension of Trust Me lies in two ad men who are creative, quick, and sardonic, ambitious and insecure.

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21 Jan 2009 // 4:01 AM

Lie to Me: Series Premiere

The start of Lie to Me introduces the expected tensions and identifications. The bomb is literally ticking, the villain is sincerely awful, and the doubters are rubes.

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