30 Days

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Morgan Spurlock Developing a Documentary Series for CNN

Morgan Spurlock

Documentarian Morgan Spurlock has teamed up with CNN for a documentary-style show that will begin airing in the spring.

Spurlock will host and produce the series, called Inside Man, which "will provide an insider's view into rarely-seen sectors of American life that include gun lovers, marijuana growers, migrant farm workers, and end-of-life caregivers," the network said in a statement.

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Watercooler: Bob Saget's Strange New Show

Strange Days With Bob Saget

Well, he's no son of anarchy, that's for sure.

Last night, while SAMCRO was tearing it up in their season finale over on FX, Bob Saget revved up ... read more

Gay Pride, and Awareness, on Cable

Even if it weren’t Gay Pride month, with all of the parades and hoopla typically associated with the festivities this time of year, California’s recent same-sex marriage ruling has put gay issues back on the cultural front burner. This week, two especially notable cable programs take a very personal look at what it means to be gay in today’s society.First up is FX’s 30 Days (airs Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET, following the Rescue Me “mini-sode”), with a compelling and emotionally grueling hour spotlighting same-sex parenting. Like a less exploitative Wife Swap, this episode of Morgan Spurlock’s walk-in-another-person’s-shoes reality show invites Katie, an outspoken Morman mom with two adopted sons—who was herself adopted—to leave her California family to spend a month in the Michigan farmhouse of Dennis and Tom, who are raising four adopted sons of their own. Her beliefs are challenged, but not exactly swayed, at watching two loving men rais... read more

Cheers: Morgan Spurlock's Life Swap

30 Days courtesy FX

Cheers to Morgan Spurlock for bringing back TV's best reality show (yeah, I said it), FX's 30 Days. The third-season premiere sent the Supersize Me documentarian back to his home state of West Virginia to spend a month working as a coal miner. He faced dangers ranging from split underwear to cave-ins and convinced his boss to take a long-overdue test for black lung disease (sadly, spots showed up in both lungs). Plus, he took a truly fair and balanced look at energy issues, interviewing both a coal-industry lobbyist and an environmentalist. Funny and moving, entertaining and educational, 30 Days deserves an Emmy or a Peabody or, most of all, more viewers. • Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Morgan Spurlock Gears up for Another 30 Days

Morgan Spurlok by Ray Mickshaw/FX

Hold on to your hard-hats because Morgan Spurlock is back with another round of life-changing stories on the FX documentary show 30 Days beginning June 3 In the premiere episode Spurlock returns to his home state of West Virginia to spend 30 days as a coal miner The filmmaker lived with the mine supervisor Dale and his wife Sandy and worked eight-hour shifts 15 miles underground Its dark cold wet and extraordinarily dangerous Not only do miners face daily exposure to coal dust that causes black lung they also deal with possible explosions or collapse at any time But when TVGuidecom asked Spurlock which one of the six stories from the new season moved him the most he immediately spoke of his time at the mines Not only was Spurlock moved by being immersed in the environment and surrounded by the people who affected his life as he grew up he also felt it was kind of eye opening Its a profession that none of us really know much about or know what go read more

Justice League on Blu-ray and Other Announced Releases

Justice League courtesy Warner Home Video

New releases announced today, April 30:30 Days - The Complete 2nd Season will be coming out July 1 House of Payne - Volume 2: Episodes 21-40 will be coming out July 1 Justice League - Season 1 on Blu-ray Disc will be coming out August 19 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

Spurlock's 30 Days Continue in June

Morgan Spurlock by Randy Tepper/FX

FX has announced a Tuesday, June 3, premiere date for Season 3 of 30 Days. This time around, series creator/host Morgan Spurlock will toil at a coal mine and live with a family back home in West Virginny. Other entries, says Variety, will find former NFL player Ray Crockett spending 30 days in a wheelchair, and Spurlock living on a Native American reservation. read more

FX Digs More Dirt, Covets More Riches, Moves Rescue

FX has ordered second seasons of both Dirt and The Riches, "two highly original series that have resonated with our audience as strongly as The Shield and Rescue Me," says the cabler's president and general manager. Speaking of Tommy Gavin, FX also announced that Rescue Me will reclaim its original Wednesdays-at-10 time slot when it kicks off its new season on June 13.Also, a July 24 premiere has been set for Glenn Close's Damages; Season 3 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia arrives in early September; Nip/Tuck braves L.A. in the fall; and 30 Days continues in late 2007. read more

First Look at Glenn Close's New FX Drama

Glenn Close by Larry Riley/FX

One of the boldest forces in TV drama, the FX network, is at it again. At a press upfront lunch gathering Wednesday afternoon, the risk-taking cable network screened the pilot episode of its much-anticipated new legal thriller Damages, starring Glenn Close. Premiering this July, it looks like a winner, reminiscent of the early days of David E. Kelley’s masterwork The Practice, before it descended into grotesque silliness and evolved into the ridiculous, sophomoric cartoon that is Boston Legal.Damages is a dark melodrama to be sure: tough and gritty, not even pretending to be earnest on the surface, with wild plot twists that make you wonder if there are any heroes in this picture. The closest thing to a truly sympathetic figure is Ellen Parsons (Australian ingenue Rose Byrne), the new not-as-naive-as-she-looks protégé of cunning high-stakes litigator Patty Hewes, played by Close as an elegant tigress who devours rather than suffers any fools in her path. Does Patty se... read more

Short Cuts: Tiger Woods, Queer of the Year and More!

The Biography Channel hails Tiger Woods in its Biography of the Year special, premiering Thursday, Dec. 21, at 9pm/ET.... FX has ordered a third, six-episode season of Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days, to begin shooting in the spring.... Per Variety, Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson has inked a two-year deal to develop prime-time programming for CBS Paramount Network Television.... WGAY-TV, which touts itself as "the first, free gay TV station," wants your votes for Queer of the Year at WGAY.tv.... Noggin has announced a Jan. 6 premiere for the second season of Jack's Big Music Show. read more

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Premise: People spend a month in an environment antithetical to their regular way of life in this documentary series from `Super Size Me' director Morgan Spurlock.



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