June 21, 2001 |
Rocio Calvillo was on summer break from her teaching job when, bored, she started channel surfing. She came upon a show that hooked her like a powerful drug. It wasn't a soap opera, but reality television showing people in excruciating pain, shedding all dignity and overcoming challenges that no man could endure. It was a show about women in labor. Simple enough, as old as time, and yet for Calvillo, there was something entrancing about watching actual births, starring real-life couples.
May 24, 2001 |
Geoff Mackley doesn't look like one of the planet's most daring adventure cameramen. He could show you photos of himself holding on to a rope for dear life in a 200-mph Pacific cyclone. Or standing in a heat suit at the lip of a lava-spitting Italian volcano. Or stalking a tornado with his trusty $25,000 Panasonic digital video camera.
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August 11, 2000 |
The first part of a documentary on Children's Hospital of Orange County will air on the Learning Channel at 9 p.m. Monday. The documentary will look at the lives of doctors, patients and families inside the hospital.
April 22, 2000 |
Prince Andrew's 1986 marriage to Sarah Ferguson may have ended in divorce, but their televised nuptials--a ratings success--had a lasting effect. The royal wedding's huge ratings illustrated a valuable point for TV executives: Young women like to watch real people get married on television. That sparked the idea for the Learning Channel's "A Wedding Story"--a daily half-hour "lifestyle documentary" series that chronicles the days leading to a real-life couple's wedding and the ceremony itself.
April 17, 1999 |
The Learning Channel's new documentary on the human body, "The Ultimate Universe," begins with a stunning visual trope. The camera pans across a human chain of being, composed of dozens of naked people standing shoulder to shoulder, each person a year older than the one before, from birth to dotage: Squirming, squalling, shy, bold, firm, fat, pubescent, pregnant, pendulous, bald, muscular, flabby, round, short, tall and senescent.
April 16, 1998 |
Among the new movies premiering this weekend are a comedy directed by "Friends" star David Schwimmer, a Canadian miniseries featuring a former regular on "Law & Order" and a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation. Schwimmer stars in and directed the ABC movie "Since You've Been Gone," Saturday at 8 p.m. on Channel 7. The comedy, set at a high school reunion from hell, also stars Teri Hatcher and Lara Flynn Boyle.