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Hotel Alcatraz Isn't Exactly Like The Prison

A few lucky visitors are getting to spend a night in Hotel Alcatraz. This version of the legendary prison is in London. It's part of a promotion for the sci-fi series Alcatraz that debuted in Britain this week.
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Sonja Sohn: Changing Baltimore Long After 'The Wire'

For five seasons, actress Sonja Sohn played Detective Shakima "Kima" Greggs on the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire, which chronicled life and death on Baltimore's toughest streets. When the series ended, Sohn stayed in Baltimore — to help young people straighten out their lives.
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TV Networks Roll Out Spring Replacement Shows

The TV show Missing, starring Ashley Judd, debuts Thursday night. It's part of a crop of shows that are starting mid-season on the networks. Tampa Bay Times TV critic Eric Deggans says the series is part of a new trend: shows that are more experimental and edgy.
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Film Aimed At Getting Bystanders To 'Speak Up'

As many as a quarter of U.S. students report being a victim of bullying. This Sunday, the Cartoon Network will air Speak Up, a new documentary that shares the stories of victims. Host Michel Martin speaks with bullying expert Duane Thomas and Aaron Cheese, a student featured in the film.
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'Foodistan' Takes India-Pakistan Rivalry To The Kitchen

The cooking show, which will have its semi-finals next week, pits Indian chefs against Pakistani chefs. It exploits the long rivalry between the two countries — something that has rarely been a joking matter.
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Bravo's Latest Reality Show: 'Shahs Of Sunset'

Once Persian-American reality meant escaping post revolutionary Iran. Now it also means being part of American reality TV culture. Ryan Seacrest has teamed up with Bravo to create Shahs of Sunset — a reality show about the affluent lifestyles of Persian Americans in Beverly Hills.

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