The Simpson's may cause children to smoke, report
One of TV's most enduring cartoons, The Simpsons, may cause children to consider smoking because of its many scenes depicting the habit, according to a new study. The CBC reports.
Celebrity Rehab is the first television series to chronicle the dramatic, unscripted real life experiences of a group of actual celebrities as they make the life-changing decision to enter themselves into a drug, alcohol and addiction treatment program with the sincere desire to achieve true rehabilitation and recovery.
Find the show's website here.
A blogger recaps each episode of the experiment here.
(Thanks to Trysh Travis for the links).
Trysh Travis writes:
HBO's critically-acclaimed drama The Wire (David Simon, writer/producer) is best known for its thoughtful portrayal of the political economy of narcotics trafficking and the dismal interdiction strategy known as the "war on drugs." Episode two of what will be the final season just aired on 13 January, and the last chapter in Simon's narrative is shaping up to give what should be a similarly nuanced depiction of addiction and recovery. The former is the path of Baltimore cop Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West), the latter that of Bubbles (Andre Royo), a street hustler and sometime informant for McNulty's squad. Country singer Steve Earle, himself a recovering narcotics addict, appears as Waylon, Bubbles's sponsor. Earle's stripped-down cover of Tom Waits's "Down in the Hole" serves as the show's appropriate opening theme.
More information on air times, episode guide, etc., at http://www.hbo.com/thewire/.
Reno leaders try to tackle meth problem with TV documentary
When it comes to methamphetamine use, Nevada holds a dubious distinction.
The state leads the nation in the number of people who have used meth in their lifetime as well as in the past year and last 30 days, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Now, community leaders are trying to fight back with the help of a 30-minute documentary, "Crystal Darkness: Meth's Deadly Assault on Nevada's Youth," to be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on nearly every Reno television station.
The Las Vegas Sun reports.
Britain and the bottle
"No one who saw Tuesday's BBC2 documentary, Rain in my Heart, could have been left in doubt about the destructiveness of alcohol," writes a commentator from The Guardian. "By exposing the personal stories of four alcoholics, two of whom died during filming, the programme made the point more powerfully than statistics ever could."
Find the full commentary here.
TV ad aims to stop young drinkers
Hard-hitting TV adverts showing the dangers people face from drinking to excess are to be screened in the UK. The BBC reports.
More prime-time shows go for a drink
Whether characters are bellying up to Joe's Emerald City Bar in Grey's Anatomy or swigging a martini at MacLaren's on How I Met Your Mother, booze is getting a bottle full of free exposure on prime-time TV this fall.
Cocktails have replaced coffee as pop culture's elixir of choice, with liquor making cameo appearances in shows including CBS' Two and a Half Men, Fox's Happy Hour and the pilot of ABC's Brothers and Sisters.
"The new programs show individuals or small groups drinking as part of the cocktail culture that had its renaissance in films like Swingers and rediscovery of Rat Pack cool," says John Rash, a senior vice president of media for ad agency Campbell Mithun, Minneapolis.
"They're saying, in effect, that a cocktail after work is still an accepted part of the socially sanctioned American experience."
But the Parents Television Council says that such fare is too prevalent during early hours when kids tune in.
USA Today reports.