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    Cops

    Cops

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    Spike TV
    Now known as the original reality series, COPS hit the airwaves in early 1989, putting camera crews in police cars all across the United States. Adopting the Cinema Verité style of documentary filming, COPS uses no narration, depending completely on the police officers and the footage shot as it happens to tell the story. Each COPS camera crew consists of a camera operator and a sound mixer. The officer is mic'd with a wireless mic directly to the camera and the sound mixer captures the suspects, witnesses and other officers with a boom mic. Multiple crews can be stationed in one area as well as crews working different cities across the country at the same time. Still one of the most popular television shows on the air, COPS moved from the FOX network to Spike TV in the fall of 2013, keeping it's original 8pm time slot on Saturday nights.moreless
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    Crook and Chase

    Crook and Chase

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    Spike TV (ended 1993)
    Crook and Chase was the original name of the popular television series that focused primarily on the country music scene in Nashville, Tennessee. It was hosted by television personalities, Lorianne Cook and Charlie Chase. Crook and Chase began airing on April 1, 1986 on the Nashville Network. Every week, the hour-long program would explore what songs and artists were enjoying the most popularity on the country music charts. Crook and Chase also regularly featured musicians on the show, who would talk with the hosts and often perform their chart-topping hits. They also speculated about forthcoming albums and new artists who were making a splash in Nashville. The tone of the show was generally very light and positive, and artists were seldom asked difficult questions. Though many critics dismissed Crook and Chase as a lightweight copy of mainstream shows such as Entertainment Tonight and Extra, the program remained a hit with country audiences throughout its long run. moreless
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    Country Kitchen

    Country Kitchen

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    Spike TV (ended 1991)
    Country Kitchen is a cooking show hosted by a well-known southern American actress. The Nashville Network follows America's favorite TV mom, Florence Henderson, as she travels through the back roads of the Deep South to find the nation's best-kept secret family recipes. Florence heads to Greensville, AL in the first episode to talk to a 90-year-old resident, Elsie Burkman, about her top-secret Hot Corn Dip sauce. The host also shows up in New Orleans to get pointers from Chef Alex Foreman as he makes his Creole Meatball Po'boy. Boiled peanuts and fried catfish appear on the show's menu after Florence decides to go fishing with pro-fisherman Dale Williams from Lakewood, TN. Country Kitchen profiles famous southern chefs throughout the series, including Evette Brady from Arkansas, who makes her famous biscuits with honey and Louisiana's John Folse, who gives audiences his seafood gumbo recipe. As Florence continues further south, people who hardly ever see film crews in their hometown welcome her with open arms, giving her their family food secrets from 200 years ago. moreless