Amish youth are the subject of UPN’s “Amish in the City,” a controversial new “Real World”-style reality show premiering Wednesday with back-to-back episodes. Five Amish teens come to live in Hollywood and interact with big-city kids, and in the end the city kids learn as much as the visitors. The series stirred criticism from politicians and others even before it aired. UPN and New Line TV quietly produced the show and are now quickly getting it on the air.
Politics in Beantown
John Kerry and John Edwards star in the big show from Boston as the Democrats convene to endorse their selections for the next president and vice president. While most broadcast networks are limiting coverage because they view it as one big infomercial for the politicians, cable TV offers gavel-to-gavel coverage for those who don’t want to miss a thing. For a list of who is showing what, see Page 3. For a rundown of media parties, see Blink, Page 2.
Halle Berry as the title character in “Catwoman” may be loose in theaters this week, but she isn’t the only female superhero. That’s the point of “Look! Up at the Screen! It’s Superheroes on Television: Girl Power,” a new series being presented by the Museum of Television & Radio in both New York and Los Angeles beginning July 30.
The National Cable Television Cooperative, a programming and hardware buying organization that represents more than 1,000 independent cable operators, holds its 20th annual Members Meeting in Orlando, Fla., beginning Aug. 1.