PBS follows immigrant workers’ activism in Made in L.A.; MyNetworkTV debuts Court TV’s Inside American Jail

MyNetworkTV, which seems to exist just to air programs from other networks (the channel is also airing Fox Reality’s series The Academy starting tonight), airs Court TV’s documentary series Inside American Jail tonight at 9 p.m. ET. However, they’re calling the show Jail, and they’ve changed the theme song, although they haven’t bothered to include anything on their web site about the series except a brief TV commercial that mentions it.

MyNetworkTV’s incompetence and ridiculous name aside, CourtTV describes the show as “an inside look at some of the world’s toughest city and county jails, seen through the eyes of the Corrections Officers who work the front lines.” The half-hour series was created by John Langley, who also created Cops. It’s currently airing on Court TV at 8 on Thursdays.

Later, at 10 p.m. ET, PBS debuts Made in L.A. as part of its P.O.V. series. Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar’s documentary “follows the remarkable journey of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles’s garment factories and their struggle for self-empowerment as they wage a three-year battle to bring a major clothing retailer to the negotiating table,” according to the network. While it touches on undocumented workers, the New York Times’ Andy Webster says it “is about basic human dignity.”

Inside American Jail [Court TV]
Made in L.A. [PBS]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.