National Public Radio's long-running documentary series makes the leap to TV, telling stories culled from all across the nation. Host Ira Glass (who's pulling double-duty on the TV show as he's also the host on radio) and a team of filmmakers spend months on the road finding stories they think would be interesting to viewers -- stories involving Iowa pig farms, an Illinois hot-dog stand and a man who spends several hours a day in his family's mausoleum, among other tales. Many of the stories featured on the show were originally told on the radio show, with video added for the TV audience.
People are mortal, which is a point driven home by this series that follows people who are facing their imminent death. The ill people on "Time of Death" are supported by family, friends, health care professionals, and hospice workers. The stories told include those of a single mother with invasive breast cancer; a psychotherapist specializing in death and dying but who, herself, has pancreatic cancer; a veteran with a rare form of cancer; and a young woman who has metastatic melanoma.
Comedian Andrew "Dice" Clay attempts a career resurgence in this semiautobiographical scripted comedy series. Living in the Las Vegas suburbs, he tries to balance living a normal life with trying for a comeback to the glory days when he was at the height of his fame. Now, though, he has other things to worry about, including repaying gambling debts, managing his son's heavy metal band and fending off pumped-up fans. With the show's setting being Las Vegas, it features a bevy of guest stars, including comedian Michael Rapaport, legendary crooner and Vegas mainstay Wayne Newton, and illusionist Criss Angel.
In the 21st century, most people use the Internet on a daily basis, but there is more to the worldwide network than what is at its surface. This documentary series explores that often-disturbing darker side of the Internet. The dark web, as it's known, was originally intended to be a hidden area where members of the intelligence community could privately meet, but it is increasingly being exploited by online predators and criminals. Each half-hour episode details a particular theme, which include cyberkidnapping, digital warfare, online cults and pornography addiction. "Dark Net" intends to raise thought-provoking conversations about technology and privacy.
A politically active couple are tested while trying to form a radical underground cell in 1970s London, an explosive time in the U.K. Marcus and Jas decide to fight back against the injustice and prejudice that they face on a daily basis, with their ultimate target being the Black Power Desk, a secretive counter-intelligence unit within the Special Branch. What they don't realize is they have caught the attention of authorities, with officer Nicholas Pence and his deputy leading the investigation of Marcus and Jas, whose actions have lasting consequences.
Comic Paul Provenza assembles a panel of his fellow comedians to talk about a wide variety of provocative subjects. Using a roundtable setting and filmed before a studio audience, Provenza's panel includes some of the biggest names in comedy, including Drew Carey, Robert Klein, Sandra Bernhard, Roseanne Barr, Jonathan Winters, Eddie Izzard and others. No subject is taboo, and no comments are censored.