The Magazining of TV News

As daily coverage dwindles, prime-time shows thrive

Looking for hard-hitting drama, classic battles between good and evil, stories that make your skin crawl and your blood boil? Prime time has plenty to offer. In the space of one week, you could visit a psychiatric hospital that (so the story claimed) confines teenage patients with fraudulent diagnoses so it can rake in the insurance money; watch an undercover investigator expose a sleazy gas-station operator who has been cheating customers; glimpse the glittery world of two bogus Hollywood producers charged with bilking investors; and meet a creepy forensic pathologist who is accused of falsifying autopsy reports and who keeps blood...

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