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WNET Reinstates POV, Independent Lens After Viewers Rally

Local New York station WNET has changed its mind and put PBS' new episodes of documentary showcases Independent Lens and POV back on its schedule after previously deciding to remove them from their Mondays at 10 p.m. time slot, PBS announced Monday. WNET had planned to air repeats of PBS arts programming instead.

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Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States, offering first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing both the students and their families, as well as educators and community leaders.

Free | PBS Posted: 5/7/2014

This film reveals the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked The New York Times and the entire world of journalism. As an important chapter in the history of journalism, the Jayson Blair scandal is also a complex story about power, ethics, representation, race, and accountability in the mainstream media.

Free | PBS Posted: 5/2/2014

Este programa explora los problemas mas urgentes de la educaci n de hoy a trav s de los ojos de seis estudiantes latinos por todos los EE.UU. El primer episodio: 'Las J venes' presenta a Stephanie, una activista en ciernes en el Sur de Chicago; Chastity, una adolescente de una familia sin hogar en el Bronx; y Darlene, una estudiante de Tulsa regresando a los estudios despu s de quedar embarazada.

Free | PBS Posted: 5/2/2014

A journey into the heart of East Africa, where Ugandan pastors and their American counterparts spread God s word and evangelical values to millions desperate for a better life. Inspired by his own African American Baptist roots, director Roger Ross Williams explores a place where religion and African culture intersect.

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WNET Reinstates POV, Independent Lens After Viewers Rally

Local New York station WNET has changed its mind and put PBS' new episodes of documentary showcases Independent Lens and POV back on its schedule after previously deciding to remove them from their Mondays at 10 p.m. time slot, PBS announced Monday. WNET had planned to air repeats of PBS arts programming instead.

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The Monday Playlist: Meh Men Sours CBS Lineup

Whatever the male species did to deserve the recent run of lousy comedies that neuter them into a bland, whiny pudding — the trajectory of Man Up through Guys With Kids to CBS's new and painfully bland smarm-com We Are Men (8:30/7:30c) — can I just collectively say on behalf of the entire gender: We're sorry! Haven't we suffered enough?

Apparently not, because Men hits new lows in bromance abuse, cheapening the whole idea of "band of brothers" with its soggy account of male bonding at an apartment complex for jilted and/or unhappily divorced losers. The new kid on the block, Carter (Chris Smith), is left at the altar in a reverse-Graduate gag that's the cleverest part of the pilot. Such a milquetoast he makes How I Met Your Mother mensch Ted Mosby seem as dangerous as Ted Bundy, Carter is adopted by an unappealing threesome that includes middle-aged horndog Frank (Tony Shalhoub, slumming), sad sack Gil (Kal Penn, who's almost as hilarious here as he was as a wet blanket during HIMYM's dark period, which means not at all) and arrogant Stuart, overplayed by Jerry O'Connell, who parades around shirtless in a rainbow of Speedos that flaunt what some might call manhood. But they would be wrong.

These Men of no certain age and character aren't so much bad influences as terribly unfunny company.

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The Monday Playlist: Castle, 90210 and Other Finales

Time for some serious soul-searching on the usually glib Castle, so it must be the end of another season. "With any luck, this could be your last case," crows the tone deaf-as-usual Capt. "Sir" Gates as the boss lady celebrates the prospect of Kate Beckett being "headed for bigger things" — or so promises the FBI Deputy Director (guest star Kyle Secor) who recruits the sultry homicide pro for a federal task force based in Washington, D.C. And what would that mean for Beckett's still budding but not quite defined romance with Castle? "I think our plot just thickened," quips the mystery writer-turned-crime solver — though he's talking about the week's murder case, not yet aware of his squeeze's big opportunity. With Castle fuming over trust issues that expose doubts in both parties, Beckett is left at an emotional crossroads: "What happens when the music stops? What if all we were in love with was the dance?" ABC dropped the last minutes of the episode (Monday, 10:01/9:01c) from the advance screener, so it's anyone's guess what their next step will be.

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Thursday TV in Review: Scandal, Community, Being Elmo and More

With a title like Scandal, surely you didn't expect subtlety to be on the menu of Shonda Rhimes' latest ABC potboiler. But as a companion piece to her enduring and still entertaining breakthrough Grey's Anatomy, it's just what the doctor ordered. If your doctor happens to be an indulgent "Dr. Feelgood" ...
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Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, Dec. 20, 2010

The Sing-Off
8/7c NBC
NBC's holiday singing competition wraps up its second season tonight after two weeks of spirited performances by some of the country's top a cappella groups. In the finale, the winning group — which receives $100,000 and a Sony Music recording contract — is named, and surprise special guests perform. — Brie Hearn

Read on for previews of Martha and the Christmas Tree, Million Dollar Money Drop, Monday Night Football, Independent Lens, The Closer and True Life. read more

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Premiered: August 09, 1999, on PBS
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