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Salon's guide to what to watch on Friday and this weekend: The PBS "NOW" special "Child Brides: Stolen Lives" is a sobering look at the lives of girls sold into marriage.

Published October 12, 2007 10:00AM (EDT)

Weekend Pick

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If you're at all squeamish about being identified as a feminist because you figure men and women today are on pretty equal footing, we strongly recommend that you tune in for the "NOW" special "Child Brides: Stolen Lives" (Friday at 8:30 p.m. EDT on PBS, check listings), a not-so-gentle reminder that women across the globe are still treated as commodities. It's easy enough to shrug off dramatic cultural differences as unavoidable, at least until you hear the experiences of young girls whose entire lives were mapped out for them by the age of 7. The hour-long film explores the menial work, poverty and violence these girls often face when they're sold into marriage by their families at such a young age.


On Friday, "Women's Murder Club" finds Angie Harmon and three other lady friends putting their heads together to solve crimes (premieres at 9 p.m. EDT on ABC), followed by the return of Anne Heche's Northern overexposure, "Men in Trees" (10 p.m. EDT on ABC). If you're in the mood for something a little more odd, flip over to Lifetime and watch "America's Psychic Challenge" (10 p.m. EDT), in which 16 psychics compete against each other, followed by the premiere of the vampire series "Blood Ties" (11 p.m. EDT). On Saturday, Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn will mesmerize you in "The African Queen" (8 p.m. EDT on TCM). On Sunday, those who love bickering families might enjoy "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" (10:30 p.m. EDT on E!). For a slightly higher-brow, Irish-American flavor of bickering family (The McBickersons?), tune in for Showtime's largely ignored drama series "Brotherhood" (airs Sunday at 10 p.m. EDT).

On the talk shows -- Friday

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Janet Jackson, Eva Mendes, guest co-host Jeff Probst

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Angie Harmon, Doris "Granny D" Haddock, Sara Evans

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Jerry O'Connell, Malin Akerman, Gretchen Wilson

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Transgender Families

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Erik Prince

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT


David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Halle Berry, Bill Hader, Spring Snake Symphony

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Christina Applegate, Bill O'Reilly, Alicia Keys

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Deepak Chopra, Monique Harden

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Anne Heche, Tom Anderson, Q-Tip

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Emma Watson, Patton Oswalt, Mark Ronson

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Lt. Col. Kevin Robbins, They Might Be Giants

Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Eryn Loeb, Amy Reiter

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