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August 15, 2009 | Laura King
Most fledgling poets would be thrilled if their work were to be broadcast on one of Afghanistan's premier cultural television programs. Roya was terrified. Her unemployed brother, who doesn't think women should take part in public activity of any kind, was at home that evening, watching television with her and her mother. "I was afraid if he saw me reading my work at a conference that was televised, he would kill me," she said. Mercifully, he was bathing when the program came on. She was in agony until it ended, torn between the thrill of hearing her own words and the fear of discovery: "My heart was beating so hard!"
July 31, 2009 | Denise Martin
"Jon & Kate Plus 8" returns from hiatus Monday night, and TLC wants you to know that the network has taken "great care and thoughtfulness" as it shoots the couple in the middle of a highly publicized divorce. "It's a subject many, many Americans are familiar with," President and General Manager of TLC Eileen O'Neill said Thursday during the semiannual gathering of the Television Critics Assn. in Pasadena. "And we're dealing with it in a respectful and sensitive way." Otherwise, the episodes remain "works in progress," she continued and offered at least one big change for the cable show that drew more than 10 million viewers as the couple's strained relationship became tabloid fodder earlier this year.
June 4, 2009 | Maria Elena Fernandez
The tribe has spoken. Sort of. Well, stay tuned. Whether it's from the privileged enclaves of Southern California or the bug-infested jungles of Costa Rica, reality show superstars Heidi and Spencer Pratt continue to rattle pop culture's cage with their well-publicized on-again, off-again antics. On Wednesday, the Pratts pleaded on live television to be allowed to rejoin NBC's "I'm a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!," despite having abruptly quit the newly launched show Tuesday night.
May 23, 2009 | Maria Elena Fernandez
The five broadcast TV networks have made their decisions for next season, and the official schedules have been announced. In all, 32 scripted series have been ordered -- 21 dramas and 11 comedies. Of the 32 shows, 12 come from outside production studios, meaning that most of the new shows are owned by the networks that are airing them. That practice was barred by the federal government for antitrust reasons, but the prohibition was lifted in 1993. CBS, which ordered five dramas and one comedy, has one drama from Warner Bros.
May 21, 2009 | Scott Collins; Maria Elena Fernandez
When they roll out their fall schedules, TV networks typically make their biggest headlines with new series. But CBS -- the only broadcaster to enjoy ratings gains in an otherwise glum television season -- on Wednesday raised eyebrows with gutsy moves for two returning shows. The network will shift "The Mentalist," television's most-watched new show this year, from Tuesday to a prominent Thursday spot behind "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
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