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"Good girls" do bad things in grocery stores and in Hollywood

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After weeks of people swooping down hills, we're definitely ready for something new from NBC. It has a lot of shows to offer, some very good ("Rise"), some quite bad ("A.P. Bio") and one that's flawed but interesting. That's "Good Girls," which debuts Monday (Feb. 26); here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Decades in the making, "Holy Hell" offers insights into cult world

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(Earlier this afternoon, I sent papers a story about "Holy Hell," a compelling documentary -- coming to CNN on Sept. 1 and 3 -- from someone who spent 22 years in a cult. As it happens, a short time later, CNN got a belated response to the film from the group's leader, Michel Rostand. The story is here, with Rostand's response now at the end.)

 

By Mike Hughes

Hurd's harrowing world -- zombies after us, aliens amonst us

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At one end of her career, Gale Anne Hurd was making now-classic movies, led by "Terminator" and "Aliens." At the other, she's fuelling cable with "Walking Dead" and now "Hunters," which debuts on Monday, April 11, and reruns daily. She's a sci-fi master ... erasing all those early doubts. Here's the story I sent to papers:

Silent Stardom? For "Blacklist" actor, that was a start

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Most of us have trouble handling one job. Then there's Hisham Tawfiq, the actor, firefighter and ex-Marine -- a guy who's good at dialog and at silences. He's in "The Blacklist," which has a strong season-opener Thursday (Oct. 1); here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Life keeps giving
Hisham Tawfiq new duties.

Vet school: Kittys and camels and cows and more

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Yes, the big-budget shows are arriving soon, with the networks' fall season officially starting Monday (Sept. 21). While we're waiting, however, there are pleasant-enough cable choices. That includes "Vet School," which debuts Saturday (Sept. 19), against light competition. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

There may be times
when a veterinary student envies the medical-school crowd.