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    Vice

    Vice

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    HBO (Returning March 14th, 2014)
    Assassination Nation Politics in the Philippines is a dangerous occupation. An estimated 1200 politically-motivated murders in the 10 years between 2001 and 2010 and hundreds of incidents of torture and detention make the political system one of the most dysfunctional in the world. The crew follow Esmael Mangudadatu as he carefully navigates his way to the election office to file hiscertificate of candidacy for governorship. The last time he tried to run for office of governor, his family and friends went off to the offices to file the candidacy for him but were brutally murdered and dumped in a mass grave. Whilst horrific that is just a small example of the political violence that grips the Philippines. Every politician seems to have a private militia, and every militia seems to have dozens and dozens of kids fighting under their banner. Killer Kids Of The Taliban Follow the VICE crew as they go into Afghanistan to cover the recent epidemic of Taliban child suicide bombers.moreless
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    Judge Mathis

    Judge Mathis

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    The CW
    Judge Mathis is entertaining Court TV inspired by the troubled childhood of the judge of the same name. Judge Greg Mathis leads the court for an hour long session. Cases in the court are anything but dull. The litigants in each case are typically comical in their own right each with a lengthy story to tell. But Judge Mathis holds his own against the revolving guests, as he can always be counted on to offer a witty statement or instigation from the bench. And his two cents is constantly appreciated by the viewers and the spectators of the court. Lately the television judges of today are straying further from the 'stern-faced' no nonsense judges of the past and the intimidation role of such persons like Judge Judy. Instead, it looks as if the judge of today aims to display this "I want to be your friend" sort of demeanor – which often comes across as strained or scripted. But not with Mathis. When Judge Mathis laughs it up from his post on the bench, or heckles a litigant that was caught cheating on his girlfriend – it doesn't seem scripted, but downright genuine. Mathis seems to gather just as much amusement listening to the stories from his ruling position as the viewers gather from their posts at home. Of course, Judge Mathis isn't based upon an entire platform of humor. Present is the sporadic second of blatant seriousness. No times for laughs, but time for the spotlight to shine as Greg Mathis addresses a courtroom guest about straightening up their life. For importance adds his 'been-there-done-that' point of view about how life on the streets, drugs, and 'thuggin' will get you nowhere but in prison, or dead. The moment of unsmiling monologue is easy to digest – Mathis never goes over the top, he keeps it short and like a flash he moves on and the ho-hum 'scared straight' moment is lifted. Judge Mathis is 60 minutes of entertainment. Underrated against other shows of its genre, it remains a highly favored show among staunch fans. But the show doesn't go completely unnoticed. In 2004 and 2005, Judge Mathis was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding TV News, Talk or Information Series or Special.moreless
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    Deadly Women

    Deadly Women

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    Investigation Discovery
    This show exposes some of the most notorious women in crime, their histories and why they committed the crimes they are most well-known for.
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    Flip or Flop

    Flip or Flop

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    Behind The Music

    Behind The Music

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    VH1
    "Behind The Music" chronicles the personal lives of many of the most popular musical acts of the rock era, and occasionally strays into related subjects, such as Woodstock, Hair and radio pioneer Alan Freed, as well as 'year' episodes, which tell the events and issues of certain years through the music of the time. The series was born following the success of a VH1 documentary about heroin abuse. The producers strictly follow a policy of having complete cooperation from their subjects, even when delving into embarrassing issues, which prevents the show from falling into the pitfall of tabloid sleaze. They hunt down possible interviewees, sometimes using detectives, and ask direct, probing questions, which prompt revealing, and brutally honest (we hope) responses. Nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series for four consecutive years, BTM has established a rigid formula. We explore humble beginnings, meteoric rises, major setbacks, personal struggles, crippling vices, devasting falls, and climaxes that include revivals, deaths, and career changes. Unfortunately (for us), success has crept in. As BTM became VH1's top-rated show, it also has become a vehicle for commercialism. In 2000, the market was flooded with BTM books, CD's, and videos, and the recording industry started to realise the direct influence the show has on music sales. Vanilla Ice reportedly sold four times more albums after his episode aired, and many back catalogue sales have increased. So the later episodes have veered away from the 'classic' artists, and feature trendy, marketable newer acts. Hence, there sometimes is precious little drama to the artists' stories, and the series has turned rather uneven. Still, there is an occasional worthy tale, though VH1 produces only three or four new episodes per season these days. It's sister show, "VH1's Storytellers", has also been revived .moreless
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    How Do They Do It?

    How Do They Do It?

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    The Science Channel
    There is technology in almost every aspect of our lives. How Do They Do It exposes this technology and gives you an in-depth look at how things work. From airport baggage handling to space shuttle lift off, How Do They Do It will show you how it all happens.moreless
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    Taboo

    Taboo

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    National Geographic
    For what may be grotesque or barbaric to some of us, to others, it is their custom and their way of life. Taboo takes the viewer into the realm of these cultures from around the world.

    Taboo explores the various cuisines, tribal rituals, religious believes and even sports that crosses the border from your comfort zone.moreless
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    Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks

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    HBO
    Hard Knocks on HBO presents viewers with an inside look at NFL training camps. From the top coaches to the rookies trying to make the team, Hard Knocks will showcase what it takes to be in the NFL.moreless
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    The FBI Files

    The FBI Files

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2006)
    Through re-enactments of high profile cases involving the FBI, the show reveals how agents solve these crimes behind the scene. The show producers work with FBI special agents and examiners in high tech crime labs to portrait each case accurately. You will learn how the FBI protects the lives of Americans and brings the most notorious criminals to justice. The FBI was originally established to address crime that covered cities, counties, and spread across state lines. The country needed a federal law-enforcement entity to do those investigations. And over the years, as the country has grown and as the world, by the same token, has grown smaller, the FBI’s mission has changed to meet the various threats. The show is hosted by James Kallstrom, the former director in charge of the FBI's New York office. Along with The New Detectives, the FBI File is one of Discovery Channel's highest rated series. The FBI Files is also available on international televisions. Globally, key outlets include RTL 2 in Germany, Channel 5 in the UK, TVDanmark, and the Discovery Channel in the UK, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Selected regional showtime: Discovery Channel (U.S.): weekdays at 3PM EST / PST Discovery Asia: Friday at 11PM Discovery Australia: Wednesday at 7:30PM AESTmoreless
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    Disappeared

    Disappeared

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    Investigation Discovery
    This show follows the ups and downs of missing person cases, showing the progression of cases that are opened to try and find out why people disappear.
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    30 for 30

    30 for 30

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    ESPN
    This series will feature 30 documentaries over several months geared towards showcasing a variety of sports topics that have occurred in the past three decades. They will feature celebrity guests and acclaimed documentary filmmakers.moreless
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    Human Planet

    Human Planet

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    Discovery Channel
    An epic yet intimate celebration of the incredible diversity of human life on the planet we call home. Experience a first-hand look at people living in unusual ways, from African tribes to Western farmers - these ways of life are sure to shock, intrigue and inspire. Episode settings include: Arctic, Rivers, Mountains, Ocean, Jungles, Grasslands, Desert and Urban.moreless
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    Mobsters

    Mobsters

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    The Biography Channel
    Mobsters is a documentary TV series developed by the Biography Channel that puts the spotlight on some of history's most infamous gangsters and all that went on during their reigns. Learn about just what made these mobsters the head of the roost, including the deviousness of the Irish punks the Westies, the former foot-soldier turned gang boss Tony Accardo, and even the Mafia Don, Santo Trafficante, a suspect in the assassination of J.F.K. While known for their crimes, some mobsters are known for their downright eerie ability to manipulate those around them. Like James "Whitey" Bulger. One of the most legendary Boston gangsters for more than twenty years, his machinations and elusiveness led to FBI's "Deal with the Devil", an informant ring that had kept him free and clear of jail time. Frank Nitti had been merely an enforcer until Al Capone was sent away for tax evasion. With Capone gone, Nitti became an expander, eventually pushing the influence of the Mob into the labor field and even Hollywood studios. Mobsters were an influential part of American culture and the Biography Channel does all it can to share the impact of these few well-known men.moreless
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    Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...

    Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...

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    Sundance Channel
    Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... fuses the best elements of talk radio and music television, inviting viewers to enjoy rare musical performances and intimate conversations between the award-winning host and his iconic guests - each of whom is an influential figure from the world of music, politics or film. Explaining his approach, Elvis said, "I'm not interested in extracting some dark secret. I'd rather hear about a bright secret, a deep love or a curiosity that might be otherwise obscured by fame. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk in complete thoughts about music, movies, art or even vaudeville - then frame it with unique and illustrative performances." Guest artists, who run the gamut from legendary performers to notable newcomers, demonstrate the development and creation of their music - often by playing new, stripped-down, acoustic, impromptu or solo versions of some of their best and most popular songs. Elvis and The Imposters perform interpretations of songs either by or associated with the featured guests. In addition, the show features extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime musical collaborations. Spectacle airs on the Sundance Channel in the U.S., Channel 4 in the U.K. and CTV & Bravo in Canada. Elsewhere, FremantleMedia distributes the show worldwide. In addition, Season 1 of Spectacle is now available on iTunes and a DVD/Blu-ray box set was released throughout North America on November 17, 2009. The show is recorded before a live audience at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater in New York City and Toronto's historic Masonic Temple.moreless
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    The Young Icons

    The Young Icons

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    This inspiring series profiles kids across America who are making a real difference in their communities and the country. Young athletes, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, writers and artists discuss their motivations, goals and early success.moreless
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    Food Tech

    Food Tech

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    The History Channel
    Bobby Bognar hosts "Food Tech" where he looks for the origins of food and how they are produced.
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    Man vs. Wild

    Man vs. Wild

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2011)
    Bear Grylls travels around the globe to find the most dangerous tourist locations and environments, in order to show us how to survive in them. With his simple survival techniques and his knowledge of the wildlife, he is able to give handy tips that could effectively save lives. Whether it's traversing across volcanoes or stuck on a desert island, Bear is always one step ahead when it comes to survival of the fittest.moreless
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    The Universe

    The Universe

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    The History Channel
    Introducing absolutely everything. The beginning of history starts here. There are 50 billion galaxies in the universe. 95% is still uncharted. This series examines the mysteries of everything, from black holes to how our sun functions. Is our planet as insignificant to the cosmos as a drop of water is to the ocean? This series will investigate the uncharted frontiers of space and explore the possible existence of life-supporting worlds beyond our own.moreless
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    Dual Survival

    Dual Survival

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    Discovery Channel
    Imagine being thrown into the wilderness, do you think you could survive? Experts think that having basic survival skills such as finding food, shelter, water and finding help are important. Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin take on surviving through some of the hardest conditions, proving that having the right skills and thinking out of the box can save you.moreless
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    Gangland

    Gangland

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    Spike TV (ended 2010)
    The History Channel takes an in depth look at American street gangs, their effect on their communities and some of the most famous gangs throughout American history. Gangland will explore gang community, gang rivalry as well as gangs based upon racism.moreless
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