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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 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | August 13, 2013 |

“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.

Genevieve Burgess is a Features Contributor for Pajiba. You can follow Genevieve Burgess on Twitter.

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