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5 Shows After Dark: Not Often the End of a Career is So Clearly Captured

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | August 13, 2013 | Comments ()


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“Nine for IX - Runner” on ESPN at 8:00pm ET. In the 1984 Olympics American runner Mary Decker collided with South African Zola Budd during the 3,000 meter medal race. A promising career ended with a stumble to the track. This is the story of what led up to that moment, and what has happened since.

“Fixing Juvie Justice” on PBS at 9:00pm ET. An examination of the juvenile justice system involving two cases were offenders under 18 were tried as adults and two cases where they were tried as juveniles. You can read more about it here.

“Catfish” on MTV at 10:00pm ET.

“Doomsday Castle” on National Geographic Channel at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. A new series about some of those people who are prepping for that whole doomsday thing that people have been anticipating basically since there were people. But, you know, it’s totally right around the corner! It’s not like you can dig up news stories from literally any other era that showed absolute proof that the world would end in the immediate future! There is no way these people will spend their last years filled with bitter regret. That or triumphantly living out their lives with no contact with humans outside their group in a desolate wasteland in a world the likes of which we can’t actually imagine at this point. I’m so jealous!

“Heroes of Cosplay” on SyFy at 10:30pm ET. A new reality series all about people who cosplay on extremely serious levels. I’d be interested in watching this if I thought they’d spend a lot of time on the design and construction of the costumes, because I do sew but not anything like some of these people do, and if I could learn something new that’d be fun. But I get the sad sense it’s going to be more about artificially created deadlines and personality clashes like, you know, every other reality show on TV.

Genevieve Burgess gets into personality clashes with her sewing machine sometimes, but they wouldn’t play very well on TV.



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  • TCH

    ESPN has really steped up its game when it comes to documentaries.

  • e jerry powell

    I'm not completely convinced that you mean that. There's been a lot of backlash about female athletes in general, and particularly about ESPN's coverage of women's sports. NINE for IX has been pretty good, but it also feels kind of smashed in and rushed because all the films have been constrained to an hour each, where some of the subjects in the first season of the parent series 30 for 30 (and most of the second season) were allowed more time for deeper exploration.

  • Wrestling Fan

    Even tho I've seen commercials for it, can Doomsday Castle please be the fake show?
    something that bad shouldn't be allowed to be real.

  • MisterMJ

    I remember a Decker interview: "Her foot got tangled in my foot ..." Um, don't you mean the other way around? After all, Decker was BEHIND Budd when they bumped - I thought running etiquette calls for the person in the back to watch out. And as much grief as Budd received for this ... Decker conveniently failed to let go of the blame game until years after.

    Also, Decker was the perfect, perfect, perfect (can't emphasize this enough) US Olympian going into 1984. Blonde, child prodigy, human-interest-comeback story, commies not attending ... she's really milked this for close to 30 years. And I doubt they'll cover her failed drug test in the 90s.

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    Mary Decker Whiny

  • BlackRabbit

    Apparently "Heroes of Cosplay" does look at the costume construction aspects, from what I've heard.

  • Milly

    Though South African, Zola Budd was representing Great Britain then and over here that incident is viewed as the end of her promising career. And the blame is put on Decker for the incident, for hamming it up and for turning the crowd against Budd.

    But yeah, put some shoes on you hippy.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I remember hating Zola Budd for her stupid name and her no shoes thing. My mom loved Mary Decker, I didn't even get what was happening at the time. I just remember blaming that woman.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    I know, right? Weirdo with the no shoes. That's pretty much all I remember too.

  • Meg

    I'm hoping the cosplay show will be okay, but mostly it just reminds me that Face Off is back so WOO!

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