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Medical miracles keep happening in Building 10

Deidra Williams recalls decades of crises. She had “pretty much
from birth lived in the hospital system.”

Then she found a
sort of superhospital, the subject of a new cable series. Simply
called “Building 10” of the National Institutes of Health, it
seeks new approaches.

In a tiny, quiet space, the Unabomber created horror

The Television Critics Association sessions have started now, filled with fascinating people and stories. Here's the first one I'm sending, on a mini-series that starts Tuesday, Aug. 1:

Bettany was walking through someone else's life.

It wasn't a long
walk. This building – a re-creation of the cabin where Ted
Kaczynski became “the Unabomber” -- is prison-cell small.

Real-life cops: Passion and a downhome drawl

One person told me that as he watched the new "Killing Fields" show, he simply assumed this was an actor in a scripted series. The central character was a police detective, sitting in his undershirt in his Louisiana yard, talking in a deep drawl; he seemed like perfect casting. Except that this isn't an actor at all: It's Rodie Sanchez, a real-life cop tackling a real-life murder case. "Killing Fields" has new episodes at 10 p.m. Tuesdays on Discovery; here's the story I sent to papers:  

Even on TV, it's a long, cold winter

OK, I really had no gnawing need for more winter in my life. In the first three official weeks of the season, I'd had an 18-inch snowfall, a minus-13 low and an ice storm that brought four days without heat or electricity. (It turns out that I REALLY like electricity and, especially, heat.)

Still, TV is about to divert us with some serious winter. "Klondike" starts Monday (Jan. 20) on the Discovery Channel and runs for three nights and six hours. Here's the story I sent to papers:

A plane crash -- passengerless, of course -- can be good television

I like planes a lot (and boats and trains more), dislike plane crashes, but rarely think about them. Now comes a surprisingly interesting TV special that showed people spending millions to crash a former airliner and study the results. Here's the story I sent to papers:



For anyone who has toyed with a model
plane or a remote-control car, this was the ultimate adventure.

A busy day for moon memories

For one day, viewers can forget current troubles and enjoy a long-ago triumph. Today (Monday, July 20), TV celebrates the first anniversary of man's walk on the moon. That includes:

-- Wolf Blitzer's "Situation Room," at 4 p.m. ET on CNN. At 4:17 p.m. -- precisely 40 years after the landing -- Blitzer plans to talk to Buzz Aldrin, who was the second man (after Neil Armstrong) to step out of the lunar module that day and walk the moon.