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    CBS Evening News

    CBS Evening News

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    CBS
    The CBS Evening News is a TV institution, having some of the most well-known journalists in the world anchor it through its many decades on the air. The show was at it's peak when it was hosted by the iconic Walter Cronkite from 1962 to 1981. Dan Rather took over and was the anchor until 2006.

    The show is currently anchored by Katie Couric, who takes over from Bob Schieffer. The half hour show covers both international and domestic news.moreless
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    Frontline

    Frontline

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    PBS
    Since it began in 1983, ‘Frontline' has been airing public-affairs documentaries that explore a wide scope of the complex human experience. Frontline's goal is to extend the impact of the documentary beyond its initial broadcast by serving as a catalyst for change.moreless
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    Nature

    Nature

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    Nature is a wildlife documentary program that has been airing on PBS since 1982. Its longevity is explained partly by its quality; Nature has won numerous Emmy awards. Documentaries have explored a multitude of different animals, plants, and other aspects of the natural world. Subjects vary from "Africa" to "Yellowstone Otters." Some documentaries have featured celebrities, such as "Wild Horses of Mongolia with Julia Roberts" and "John Denver: Let This Be a Voice." While the documentaries vary in creator, style and narrator, they are all educational and suitable for the entire family.moreless
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    This is Your Life (UK)

    This is Your Life (UK)

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    BBC (ended 2003)
    Each week, a celebrity guest of honour is surprised and presented with a 'Red Book' by the show host. The host conducts a biography of the guest with the help of family members, friends, and acquaintances.moreless
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    NOVA

    NOVA

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    Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Each week NOVA takes an in depth look at a particular topic or individual in the science field. NOVA's topics cover all branches of science and engineering. NOVA's unique way of presenting each topic can be interesting to both those with no prior knowledge or those whose life's work is being covered.moreless
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    Cosmos

    Cosmos

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    PBS (ended 2005)
    Carl Sagan brings us the Cosmos, everything that ever was and ever will be, in an approach that is easily accessible even for those of us that are not science wizards. This 13 part series covers everything from the history of astronomy, the challenges it faced at its creation, how the universe was created and how it all might end, to the evolution of life on Earth, and the nature of the human brain. First aired in 1980 by the Public Broadcasting Service, Cosmos has seen multiple versions over the years. When the series was released on home video in the late 1980s, a 14th episode was included, which consisted of an interview between Dr. Sagan and Ted Turner. Dr. Sagan taped new epilogues for the 10th anniversary version in 1990, in which he addressed new discoveries and alternate viewpoints. The Science Channel rebroadcast the series on its 25th anniversary in 2005 with enhanced computer graphics. The series was awarded an Emmy and a Peabody Award. It has been broadcast in 60 countries and has been seen by an estimated 500 million to 1 billion viewers worldwide.moreless
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    The Joy of Painting

    The Joy of Painting

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    PBS (ended 1994)
    The Joy of Painting was a television show dedicated to the art of the late Bob Ross, during this half an hour television show, Bob would do his best to teach everyone, from the most talented painter, to casual art type, his special techniques. Bob was famous for his landscapes and "Happy little trees" that would be our little secret.moreless
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    Biography

    Biography

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    A&E
    This show provides an in-depth profile of the lives of people throughout history who have captured our imagination.
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    Austin City Limits

    Austin City Limits

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    PBS
    Austin City Limits has established a reputation for showcasing great live musical performances. The show's studio allows for intimate and engaging performances by independent, mainstream, critically acclaimed, and popular artists. The show was originally created to display the emerging talents of the alternative country music scene in Austin, TX in the 1970s. Soon, however, the show branched out to include all types of music: alt country, pop rock, bluegrass and zydeco are just a few. Many television historians attribute MTV, CMT and VH1'a success to the contributions of this groundbreaking musical series. On Wednesday, November 12th, 2003; President Bush presented ACL with the National Medal of the Arts. ACL was the first television show (ever) to win the award.moreless
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    National Geographic Channel Specials

    National Geographic Channel Specials

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    CBS
    A series of documentary specials that covers a diverse number of subjects including the natural world of wild creatures, native cultures, historical discoveries, etc. The specials range from a Nazi Expedition to Monkey Hunters, all the way to the Penguin Death Zone, and exploring the Year of the Hamster.

    The NGC specials is a collection of educational documentaries presented by the National Geographic Society that first began it's telecast on CBS Primetime Specials from 1964 until 1973. From 1973 to 1975, it was on ABC Primetime Specials. PBS began telecasting the NGC specials at various times between 1975 to 1985. In 1985 and onwards, the programmes were telecast on various cable networks including the National Geographic Channel.moreless
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    American Experience

    American Experience

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    Since 1988, PBS has broadcast a series that focuses on the history of the United States and what has made it unique. Called American Experience (originally titled The American Experience), the program examines the people, events, technology, and natural resources that have shaped the country. Hosted by David McCullough until 2002 and narrated by a number of well-known personalities - American Experience uses historians and authors, period images and film, music, dramatic re-enactments, and contemporary context to set the stage for its topics.

    The series continues to this day with a variable number of installments produced each year. Episodes are generally 60 minutes in length, but some longer episodes and multi-part series have also been produced. The show airs at different days and times on local PBS stations.

    Though American Experience has used many films from independent film makers and has been assisted by various PBS stations throughout the country, it has always been spearheaded by WGBH in Boston.moreless
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    Diamonds

    Diamonds

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    Global (ended 1989)
    Once upon a time, actors Michael Devitt and Christina Towne starred together on a hit television show called "Two of Diamonds", about two private eyes married to each other. Eventually, the two co-stars married in real-life, but when their marriage floundered, so did the show. Divorced, and unemployed, Mike decides to open a real private detective agency, and convinces Christina to join him. They call the agency "Two of Diamonds." Michael is the impulsive, instinctive one, and Christina is the more reserved one, methodical, logical, pragmatic. Suffice it to say that sparks of a rather romantic nature occasionally took flight in this Canadian production that smells a bit like Moonlighting, although, for the most part, Mike and Christina kept it strictly business. It was clear they still cared for one another, but it didn't degenerate into a overly sappy and soggy "will they/won't they?" storyline. Aiding and abetting the on-again, off-again twosome is Michael's cousin, Lieutenant Lou Gianetti, a member of the York (Toronto, actually, trying once more to be New York) police force, and René, a former collegue and one of the best special effects men in the business.moreless
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    Lifestyles of the Rich And Famous

    Lifestyles of the Rich And Famous

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    (ended 1995)
    This hour-long series looked at how much money Hollywood celebrities spend on homes, cars, and other rewards.
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    Joseph Campbell: Mythos

    Joseph Campbell: Mythos

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    Joseph Campbell: Mythos is a multi-part documentary television series consisting of lectures by Joseph Campbell, which originally ran on PBS for 4 seasons, totaling 20 episodes, and was produced by the Joseph Campbell foundation. The series investigates popular myths, delving into surprising facts about the human mythic impulse in terms of psychology, ethnology, and comparative mythology. In the last 6 years of his life, Campbell delivered these lectures to share his life’s findings about the subject of myths, a phenomenon that has been around for all of recorded human existence. Campbell discusses why myths exist, how they differ, but also resemble one another, across cultures, and what they did to shape mindsets and civilization. He discusses why certain myths took on different forms and played more heavily with certain themes at different times, as well as why myths are important at all. Joseph Campbell: Mythos varies along three major themes: the shaping of our mythic tradition, the shaping of eastern tradition, and the shaping of western tradition. For an informative lecture series about a fascinating topic, check out PBS’s Joseph Campbell: Mythos.moreless
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    The Nature of Things

    The Nature of Things

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    CBC
    This multi-award-winning show has been broadcast in more than 80 countries, including the United States, on The Discovery Channel and PBS. On the air since 6 November 1960, it is one of the longest-running television shows in Canada. Biologist and geneticist David Suzuki has hosted the show since 1979.moreless
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    Crimewatch UK

    Crimewatch UK

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    BBC
    Crimewatch UK is a BBC television appeal programme that helps police all over the UK solve cases with calls from viewers. The programme features various appeal request methods such as CCTV footage and reconstructions. In the 26 years, Crimewatch UK has been airing it has featured over 2500 cases and as a result of viewers calls providing information many arrests/convictions have been made. Nick Ross and Sue Cook originally presented the show, which began airing weekly in 1984. The pair continued presenting until 1995, when Sue left, replaced by Jill Dando. Jill herself became subject of the show, after been murdered in 1999. From here onwards, Fiona Bruce presented alongside Nick. In 2007 both Nick and Fiona left the show. From January 2008, the show began airing with a new look, presented by newsreader Kirsty Young, with Rav Wilding hosting segments of the show, as he has done since 2004, and the addition of a co-presenter in the form of Matthew Amroliwala. The show currently airs two episodes in the last week of each month, the first features the months cases and airs between 9pm and 10pm on BBC One. The second airs after the local news between 10.35pm and 10.45pm, and features updates on the cases featured in the earlier show.moreless
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    The Gangster Chronicles

    The Gangster Chronicles

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    NBC (ended 1981)
    Despite winning an Emmy and a great cast, The Gangster Chronicles could not compete against NBC's Hill Street Blues. Fact and fiction were often blurred in this story of how "the mob" was invented and progressed.moreless
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    Primetime Live

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    Welcome to the PrimeTime Live guide at TV.com. Today's headlines come together on Thursday evenings with hard hitting investigative reports and undercover reporting that has, over the years, made a difference. Primetime, an American news magazine show on the ABC network, began August 10, 1989 with Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer. The early name for this show was actually "Primetime Live", but that changed when Sam Donaldson left, was replaced by Charles Gibson and was then called "Primetime Thursday". When the 2004-05 season began, ABC again reinvented this series with Chris Cuomo, Cynthia McFadden and John Quinones replacing Charles Gibson. Diane Sawyer has been the only regular anchor throughout this long-run series. On July 2005, the name was again altered to be simply, "Primetime", although some references have slipped through still calling it "Primetime Live". Interviews, human interest features and events that touch our lives are found here with people we've come to trust. Investigative reporting includes reports on insurance scams, bogus and dangerous botox injections, examination of how Iraq war veterans return home to lives of poverty. Other stories included Charles Gibson's report on the efforts to separate conjoined Virginia twins. Also hard hitting, Quiones' looked at the spiritual healer called "John of God," who has attracted millions of desperate victims and Sawyer's telling report from behind bars in a women's maximum security prison. Plus, of course, current events that have yet to happen.moreless
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    Shark Week

    Shark Week

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    Discovery Channel
    Discovery Channel's Shark Week is an annual series of investigations into the characteristics and habits of the dangerous and often misunderstood marine predator. It is also cable television's longest-running programming event (it premiered in 1988). In Shark Week 2006, host Mike Rowe takes a closer look at one of the ocean's most feared creatures as well as the lives of the researchers, scientists and documentarians who work to find out more about them.moreless
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    Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

    Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

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    PBS (ended 1988)
    Bill Moyers interviews legendary scholar and teacher Joseph Campbell about the origins and meanings of mythology. Using history, art, Jungian psychology, and even modern cinema, Campbell demonstrates the origins of mythic images in the deepest parts of our psyche and the power of myth in our daily lives. Most of these conversations were filmed at George Lucas' 'Skywalker Ranch.' Lucas volunteered the use of the buildings to thank Professor Campbell for the role his work played in shaping Lucas' Star Wars films.moreless
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