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Tuning in: On TV this week.

By M.S. Mason / April 22, 2005



Sunday April 24

Cold Case: Kensington (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): Scores for cinema and television affect the tone of the stories and color viewers' emotions.This fine episode of the police-procedural drama uses the music of John Mellencamp ("Small Town," "Walk Tall") to evoke the blue-collar environment of Kensington, a town that was the scene of a murder when textile mills were being shut down in the early 1980s. Detective Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris) and her team reopen the case after she hears new evidence from an imprisoned admirer - one she had arrested.

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Tuesday April 26

Bleep: Censoring Hollywood? (AMC, 10-11 p.m.): Consumers already have the capability of self-censoring movies with the click of a button (mute, fast-forward, skip scenes, etc.). But several new companies actually edit existing DVDs and videos to suit family audiences - cutting out nudity, sexual content, violence, and strong language. This excellent and balanced documentary probes the issue of whether such doctoring of these films is an act of censorship or an infringement of copyright. It also probes the ongoing culture wars.

Thursday April 28

Stories of the Innocence Project: Fingered with a Print (Court TV, 10-11 p.m.): This documentary series is as enthralling as any law drama on TV. This installment examines the case of a young African-American who was accused of shooting a police officer. The wounded officer later picked him out of a lineup. A single fingerprint near the scene of the crime helped convict him. But Stephen Cowens was innocent, as his new lawyers proved beyond a shadow of a doubt (sadly, only after he had spent six years in prison). So how did that fingerprint nail him to begin with?

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