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    Guiding Light

    Guiding Light

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    CBS (ended 2009)
    The late soap journalist Christopher Schemering once wrote that soap operas are not just dramas; "they're little pockets of American history." So it's only fitting to consider that at one time, The Guiding Light,-the longest running program in broadcast history, spanning 71 years-- brought fifteen-minute bits of escapism to war-weary housewives, as their men trudged off to fight the indignities of WWII. It brought social awareness to a nation that began to think about the big picture beyond their picket fences and suburban streets. Soap opera is a truly dynamic genre that reflects life as it is lived, the quintessential American art form. Although berated and belittled, the soap opera has an illustrious lineage, with no less than the books of Charles Dickens as an inspiration. Created by the legendary, if not iron-fisted Irna Phillips, The Guiding Light began its life on January 25, 1937. Originally, the show focused on the Chicagoan suburb of Five Points, a bustling enclave of German-Jewish immigrants hoping to find their own piece of the American dream. Giving them the hope and inspiration they needed was a kindly minister named Reverend John Ruthledge (voiced by Arthur Peterson of Soap fame). The Reverend's sermons of hope and forgiveness made such an impression that a bestselling book was published of his most popular homilies. The Reverend's message could be summed up by his favorite mantra from Edwin Markum "There is a destiny that makes us brothers, none goes his way alone, all that we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own." On the desk near his window, the minister placed an old lantern, a "guiding light" to those parishioners passing in the cold, hopeless night. In the 1940's the Reverend Ruthledge enrolled as a chaplain to do his part of the war effort. However, when the production of the show moved to the west coast, Peterson refused to join them, so Irna Phillips had the minister die when his plane was shot down overseas. His "friendship lamp" went too with the production move to the town of Selby Flats, California. Reverend Matthews took over for the late Rev. Ruthledge as the center of hope and inspiration. However, by the time that the show was slated to move to television, the religious undertones of the show were virtually gone and the focus was moved yet again to the family Bauer. * Guiding Light was cancelled on April 1, 2009 and the last episode aired on September 18, 2009.moreless
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    MasterChef Australia

    MasterChef Australia

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    Network Ten
    Based on the British reality program of the same name, MasterChef airs from Sunday through to Friday. The contestants will be led through challenges by host Sarah Wilson which will give chefs from around the country the ultimate once in a lifetime opportunity to develop and broaden their cooking skills. Their weekly challenges include; off-site challenge, mystery box, celebrity cheff challenge and masterclass. Each week there will be two eliminations; one decided by the contestants, and the other by the judges.moreless
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    Harper's Island

    Harper's Island

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    CBS (ended 2009)
    Harper's island is a murder mystery show where a group of people go a secluded island for a wedding- and for death. It turns into a struggle for survival, where every episode someone is killed and every person is a suspect. At the end of the 13 episodes, all questions are answered and only a few survive.moreless
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    Hotel Erotica

    Hotel Erotica

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    Cinemax
    A hotel is the setting for numerous sexual enounters in this adult show on CineMax (though produced by HBO). Filmed in Moab, Utah.
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    Pitbulls and Parolees

    Pitbulls and Parolees

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    Animal Planet
    This show is about Tia Maria Torres and her self founded Villalobos Rescue Center, the largest Pit Bull rescue in the United States, in Los Angeles California. In August 2012, Villalobos Rescue Center (VRC) had a life changing experience. They moved their entire operation from Los Angeles County, Calif, where they had been residing for almost 20 years to….New Orleans, Louisiana. Tia's passion for pitbulls and genuine care for people goes far beyond her rescue center. She has numerous programs centered around her Rescue Center, the largest one being "The Underdawgz" This program offers jobs to parolees just released from prison looking for a second chance at life. The parolees learn typical ranch hand duties such as construction work, plumbing, electrical, auto mechanics, etc while also trying to be a productive part of society again.
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    Dead Like Me

    Dead Like Me

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    Showtime (ended 2004)
    18-year-old George Lass (Ellen Muth) dies when a toilet from the MIR space station falls from the sky and hits her. However, soon she discovers that afterlife really does exist... she becomes a reaper - she helps in catching the souls of people moments before they're destined to die. Then she meets a group of reapers who collect people's souls. The main reaper is Rube (Mandy Patinkin), who is always playing smart, Roxy (Jasmine Guy), a reaper with an attitude, Mason (Callum Blue), a confused and funny reaper and Daisy (Laura Harris), a beautiful reaper full of mysteries. The other characters include George's family - mother Joy (Cynthia Stevenson), father Clancy (Greg Kean) and sister Reggie (Britt McKillip), who each have their own way to deal with George's death. Now that she has a new life, George will try to deal with her new job as a reaper and the fact that she is dead. While learning some important lessons, George gets a job at Happy Time, a office lead by Delores Herbig (played by Christine Willes), a funny woman who is always optimistic and tries to be everybody's friend while leading a perfect life. The other recurring characters include Crystal (Crystal Dahl), a Happy Time secretary that does not talk much and Der Waffle House's waitress Kiffany (Patricia Idlette). The only bad move was Rebecca Gayheart's removal from the show. Apparently, she was unable to renew her contract so her character was sadly written out of the show. The main description for the show could easily be described as "funny and morbid". It debuted on Showtime in 2003. The show quickly became an absolute hit and some people even paid to view Showtime just to watch the show that everyone talks about. However, just a year after, when season 2 finished, the show was unexpectedly canceled by Showtime, which was one of the worst moves ever for a TV station like that. Then, MGM tried to sell the show to another station, but the attempt failed and the show was left dead.moreless
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    Reunion

    Reunion

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    FOX (ended 2005)
    "Reunion" is an original concept in television that follows six close friends from their high school graduation in 1986 to their twentieth high school reunion in 2006. Each episode covers a year in their lives. It's a murder-mystery that promises stories of love and loss, marriage and death, triumph and scandal as it depicts both the hopes and dreams of 18-year-olds as well as the realities that mark those lives two decades later. The show was supposed to have 21 episodes, but it was canceled in the middle, having only 13 episodes, so the show never had an ending and the killer's identity was never revealedmoreless
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    Felicity

    Felicity

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    The WB (ended 2002)
    This coming-of-age drama tracked the experiences of the naive Felicity Porter (Keri Russell), who moves across the country to New York to attend college and pursue her high school crush, Ben Covington (Scott Speedman). The show followed Felicity and her new friends as they made the transition to adulthood and dealt with an endless slew of crises. The show aired 4 seasons and showed the main characters' four years attending college. Although now off the air, it remains one of the WB's best shows, giving the audience a realistic portrayal of the world of young adults.moreless
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    Robin Hood

    Robin Hood

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    BBC (ended 2009)
    Robin, Earl of Huntingdon, has returned home from the Holy Wars under orders from King Richard, to recuperate from injuries sustained in battle. He soon finds that the real battle for England needs to be fought against the Sheriff and his excessive taxation and corrupt administration. Along with an assortment of Outlaws, he outwits the Sheriff and his right hand man Guy of Gisbourne as he fights for the safety of the people of Nottingham.moreless
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    Jonathan Creek

    Jonathan Creek

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    BBC
    Welcome to the Jonathan Creek guide at TV.com. While writing a piece about the death of a prominent artist, investigative journalist Madeline Magellan enlisted the help of Jonathan Creek, a man who makes a living inventing tricks for magician Adam Klaus, and who has a brilliantly lateral mind. The pair worked together to solve the case and struck up a friendship as they went on to solve a series of baffling murders. When Maddy became a successful writer, Creek enlisted the support of theatrical agent Carla Borrego as he carried on his freelance investigations. Carla got married to get Jonathan out of her system, but he soon crossed paths with paranormal investigator Joey Ross.moreless
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    Profiler

    Profiler

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    NBC (ended 2000)
    Sci-fi cop drama about a forensic psychologist with an eerie talent — she `sees' crimes being committed after probing the murder scenes. She not only envisions what happened, but does so through the eyes of both the victims and the killers.moreless
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    The Border

    The Border

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    CBC (ended 2010)
    In this post-9/11 world the once "undefended border" that divides Canada and the U.S. is no longer considered soft. This CBC programs lifts stories from the headlines to fuel an action-packed dramatic series about maintaining security in today's world. The series follows the Immigration and Customs Security (ICS) main team lead by Major Mike Kessler.moreless
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    Obsessed

    Obsessed

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    A&E
    A&E delves into the lives of individuals who suffer from chronic anxiety disorders in this documentary-style reality series. These people have agreed to seek help through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which puts the patient face to face with their fears. We follow these individuals through therapy and see what this aggressive form of therapy does for them in end.moreless
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    Chicago Hope

    Chicago Hope

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    CBS (ended 2000)
    This medical drama focuses on the personal and professional trials and tribulations of the medical staff of Chicago Hope Hospital.
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    The Starter Wife

    The Starter Wife

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    USA (ended 2008)
    The Starter Wife, based on the best-selling novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer, chronicles the events of one woman's life following her divorce after years of marriage to a Hollywood studio executive. Debra Messing (Will & Grace, Ned and Stacy) stars in the six-hour mini-series. Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon (Runaway Bride, 3 Men and a Little Lady) wrote the screenplay, and the Emmy-nominated Jon Avnet (Uprising, The Burning Bed, Fried Green Tomatoes) has directed and produced the event. The premiere is a two-hour event, followed by four weekly hour-long episodes.moreless
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    Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

    Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

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    NBC (ended 2007)
    Aaron Sorkin, the mastermind behind "West Wing" and "Sports Night" brings NBC's next great drama, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Featuring an all-star cast in front of and behind the camera, such as "Friends" alum Matthew Perry, "West Wing" alum Bradley Whitford, plus the talented Amanda Peet, D.L. Hughley, and veteran Ed Asner. Sorkin, who will handle much of the writing duties, makes sure this vehicle promises to be the fall's most buzzed about new drama.

    So come take a fascinating look behind the scenes of Studio 60, a fictional sketch-comedy series on the NBS broadcast network. Problem is the series seems to be going down the tube fast. Everyone involved with the late-night dud seems to have one problem or another, including the current Executive Producer, who just had an on-air mental meltdown, and time is running out fast.

    Enter the network's Chairman of the Board (Steven Weber) and a new network president (Amanda Peet) looking to make her mark on the net. Her answer is move is to bring in a pair of fresh-faced writers (Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford) to try and save the series. Will it work?moreless
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    Carnivale

    Carnivale

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    HBO (ended 2005)
    Carnivale. The credits alone were the most costly and timely to make. The show does not lack in the quality that the credits bring. Set in the 1930s Dust Bowl, 18-year old Ben Hawkins finds himself all alone in this world when his mother passes on. But a travelling Carnivale takes him in. We also see the story of Brother Justin, a priest who is trying to find his way in the world. Little do Ben and Justin know, but they are to fight in a biblical battle. With help on the side (Ben with the carnie folk (Sofie, Libby, Apollonia, Ruthie, Samson, Lila, Lodz, Management) and Justin with his sister, Iris) they find out which side each are on and try to battle with the other for what they believe.moreless
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    Huff

    Huff

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    Showtime
    Dr. Craig "Huff" Huffstodt (Hank Azaria) is a very successful psychiatrist who is thrown into turmoil after a 15 year old patient commits suicide in his office. Huff's family consists of his son Byrd (Anton Yelchin), brother Teddy (Andy Comeau), his antagonistic mother Izzy (Blythe Danner), who is critical and nosey, but means well, and his strong-willed wife Beth (Paget Brewster). Huff's best friend, Russell Tupper (Oliver Pratt), makes frequent appearances to provide a different perspective. This is the story of a psychiatrist who has spent his entire life helping others find peace and clarity while his own state of mind is in constant question. The suicide of his patient has now forced him to re-evaluate everything. We watch as a midlife crisis erupts into brief outbursts of delusion. The series is interspersed with fantasy sequences which expose Huff's take on his family and work as he struggles with his daily life.moreless
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    Tru Calling

    Tru Calling

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    FOX (ended 2005)
    What would you do if you could relive a day? If you're TRU DAVIES (Eliza Dushku), you'd save lives. Tru is a smart and sexy recent college graduate who - when her high-powered medical internship falls through - finds herself working the midnight shift at the city morgue. One night, Tru questions reality when she thinks she hears a murder victim asking for her help. But the next morning, our heroine wakes up to find that she is back at the beginning of that very same day - twelve hours before a death that only she knows about is set to take place. Now with the clock ticking, Tru is compelled to traverse the city over the next twelve hours to try to prevent this tragedy, while at the same time trying to rescue members of her own family from their dangerous and self-destructive lives. With the sexiness and speed of "Run Lola Run," plus the ticking clock suspense of 24, Tru Calling puts a stylish new spin on the procedural crime format as Tru uses her newfound ability to try to stop tragedies before they actually happen. In the series, Tru is surrounded by HARRISON (Shawn Reaves), her handsome and charming younger brother who has a knack for finding trouble; MEREDITH (Jessica Collins), their older sister who has a great career and money, but battles drug addiction; LINDSAY (A.J. Cook), Tru's loyal but unsuspecting best friend; and DAVIS (Zach Galifianakis), the quirky morgue staffer Tru works with on the graveyard shift. In the middle of the first season, we were introduced to a new character named Jack Harper(Jason Priestly), who plays a new morgue attendent, who seems to have a strange effect on Tru's abilities when he's around. Tru discovers that he also has the power to go back in time...only he is her true universal opposite, which means he wants the people to STAY dead... The pilot episode was directed by renowned filmmaker Phillip Noyce. Tru Calling is a production of 20th Century Fox Television and Original Film and was created by executive producer/writer Jon Harmon Feldman. Marty Adelstein, Neal Moritz, Dawn Parouse and R. W. (Bob) Goodwin are also executive producers. Theme Song: "Can Somebody Help Me?" - Full Blown Rose Original Title: Tru Show Type: FOX Drama First Telecast: October 30th, 2003 Last Telecast: April 21, 2005moreless
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    Locked Up Abroad

    Locked Up Abroad

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    National Geographic
    Vacations don't always live up to our lofty expectations, and for some they turn into the worst nightmares imaginable. This National Geographic program focuses on true stories of travelers in trouble in other countries.moreless
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