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WE Empowers Women

In the most recent cable upgrade from Comcast, we were presented with a new channel – We. Now I thought that I had heard of it before, and what I thought I had heard was that it was a ‘women’s channel,’ similar to Oprah’s Oxygen or the grandmommy of them all, Lifetime. Their website even says WE Empowers Women. Upon looking at their schedule, I’m not so sure.

Their weekend programming seems to be composed of nothing but old “48 Hours” reruns, something called “Rescue Mediums” – about female psychics who make housecalls, and “John Edward Cross Country.” Seems more like a psychic network to me, and wasn’t John Edward revealed as a fraud a few years back, and wasn’t that why he was taken off the air? Perhaps I’ve heard wrong on that, but I still don’t trust this snake oil salesman. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t want to believe I have dead relatives following me around, watching me, all the time, even when I’m on the toilet. Somehow I think there might be better things to do in the afterlife than that.

The We schedule during the week doesn’t promise much more than curiosity, the same sort of curiosity one might have to see a freak show maybe. Programs like “Cruel and Unusual Transgender Women in Prison,” “Bridezillas,” “Unwrapping Macy’s,” “Girl Meets Cowboy” and more reruns of “Kate & Allie,” “Hope & Faith” and “Dharma & Greg” than you can shake a stick at.

And even though it does seem like the psychics/weddings/sitcom-rerun network, I will still give a try. Heck, some of this stuff does sound interesting, especially “Cruel and Unusual Transgender Women in Prison.” Hey, at least Comcast didn’t give us another golf channel…

The Glass House


THE LATEST ABC MOVIE OF THE WEEK

A Video Review of The Glass House

Copyright 2003 Glenn Walker

Remember all those ABC movies of the week from the early to mid-1970s? You know, stuff like Trilogy of Terror and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark? Or how about all those cautionary tales with teens babysitting for psychos, nannies who steal families and young girls who hitchhike with serial rapists? Wow, the 1970s were great, weren’t they? Sarcasm mode off.

The Glass House is a throwback to those movies of the week, but that’s not a bad thing. It is the story of two children orphaned in a sudden car accident and taken in by old family friends. *Spoiler Warning* As it turns out the whole thing was a scam to get money. The new foster parents are as evil as any that might be found in an ABC movie of the week.

LeeLee Sobrieski is amazing here as she is in most flicks. The only problem I have with her is one that can’t really be helped. She is such a dead ringer for Helen Hunt that it’s distracting. I wonder if they’re related? The brother is played by Trevor Morgan who did such a great job in The Rookie and The Sixth Sense.

The suspense is real and despite plot comparisons much more real than your average Lifetime Network flick or Afterschool Special. See it. An underrated thriller for all.