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Salon's guide to what to watch on Wednesday: "The Anchorwoman," a nasty little gem of a reality show about broadcast news, premieres on Fox.


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Salon Staff
August 22, 2007 2:00PM (UTC)

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Ah, what a twisted self-hating web Rupert Murdoch weaves. In the ultimate postmodern, snake-eating-its-own-tail turn, Fox premieres a nasty little gem of a reality show about the frivolous, idiotic nature of broadcast news. In reality-comedy hybrid "The Anchorwoman" (premieres 8 p.m. EDT on Fox), a small news station in Tyler, Texas, KYTX, hires Lauren Jones, a buxom former "Price Is Right" beauty, to anchor the nightly news in order to boost ratings. Needless to say, the female news anchors at the station are less than thrilled about it ("A swimsuit model fills Annalisa Petralia's shoes?" Petralia, one of the more self-important anchors at the station, asks her boss incredulously), and the crew takes bets on whether Jones will tank or not on her first night on the air. "It's not like I'm a bimbo," Jones tells Petralia. "It's a lifelong thing I've had to prove." We'll just see about that, little lady!

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Who says TV can't be a religious experience? On Wednesday night at 9 p.m. EDT, CNN airs the second of its three-part documentary "God's Warriors" (Part 3 airs Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT), in which Christiane Amanpour confronts religious leaders who are fighting in the name of faith. Wednesday's installment focuses on Muslims, Thursday's on Christians. And PBS offers a look at religion in Spain in the Middle Ages in "Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain" (9 p.m. EDT). Plus -- late night watch -- Sen. Barack Obama is scheduled to appear on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m. EDT on Comedy Central).

On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Sienna Miller, Daniel Radcliffe, Lakisha Jones, Zac Efron (repeat)

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Nicollette Sheridan, guest co-host Sherri Shepherd (repeat)

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Patrick Dempsey, the Indigo Girls, 11-year-old lizard whisperer Lily Capehart (repeat)

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Viewers' Favorite "Oprah Show" Moments (repeat)

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Joel Klein, Judith Rodin, Joel Fleishman, Matthew Bishop

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT

Preempted by CNN documentary "God's Warriors"

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT

Sen. Barack Obama

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Richard Branson

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Richard Gere, Tom Dreesen, Velvet Revolver

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Sandra Bullock, Chris Matthews, Suzanne Vega (repeat)

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Talib Kweli

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Marc Anthony, Katee Sackhoff, Jim Norton (repeat)

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Luke Wilson, Oscar Nunez, Blone Redhead (repeat)

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Tom Lennon, Elizabeth Perkins, Wendy Kamenoff

Contributors: Matthew Fishbane, Heather Havrilesky, Amy Reiter


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