Hill Of A Documentary

Staff Writer
The stars of Ivy Meeropol’s cable miniseries, “The Hill,” are a real congressman and three of his aides. It’s set in their Capitol Hill and district offices, and there is no script. But don’t call it a reality show. “Reality shows manufacture situations, they manipulate and take things out of context,” says Meeropol, insisting this is a documentary series. “We’re following the action, filming what is happening. We didn’t interfere.”

Yenta, She Ain’t

Assistant Managing Editor
‘We’re not looking for gold-diggers,” Patti Stanger tells a prospective contestant in the opening minutes of her fast-paced reality show. But given that the show is called “Millionaire Matchmaker” and features Stanger fixing up highly successful men with less-advantaged women, her indignation may be misplaced. As in Stanger’s full-time business, men get on the show primarily because they’re rich, while women go through the wringer.

Surfing The Jewish Channel

Assistant Managing Editor
Ever wake up at 2 a.m. longing for a good Jewish documentary? Can’t find a good Israeli film on Netflix? If “Seinfeld” reruns, public access and Mel Brooks movies aren’t filling your need for Jewish programming, the newly launched Jewish Channel could scratch your itch.

Open Sesame!

Staff Writer
The children on the television program seen climbing a slide in a playground look like any kids one might see on "Sesame Street" in the United States except for one thing: they speak in Hebrew, Russian and Arabic. Welcome to "Rechov Sumsum," Israel's version of "Sesame Street."
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