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'Paycheck to Paycheck': Maria Shriver's 'living, breathing document' of poverty

Maria Shriver may not be a television news regular these days, but her interest in the world around her hasn't lessened.

The NBC News special correspondent and former California first lady likely would contend it only has increased, given her role in such initiatives as "The Alzheimer's Project" -- the award-winning HBO documentary largely inspired by the experience of Shriver's late father, politician and activist Sargent Shriver, with the disease -- and her recently issued Shriver Report subtitled "A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From the Brink," about women and children living on the poverty line in modern America.

Related to the report is "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert," a documentary Shriver executive produced for HBO, where it debuts Monday, March 17 (and then will be offered free for the next week at HBO.com, ShriverReport.org and YouTube.com). It follows a single mother of three in Chattanooga,
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Syfy's 'Being Human' beats 'Skins'; 'Thundercats' first look photo; 'Real Housewives' meets 'Svu'

We have a network brawl, a first look roar and a "Real Housewife" who'll actually admit to being scripted. All in store for you in Wednesday's (Jan. 26) serving of TV Snacks.

In the battle of the Brit remakes, Syfy is serving up the high tea. At 2.14 million total viewers, its second episode of "Being Human" attracted more eyes than MTV's American "Skins," and Syfy isn't afraid to tell you so. Despite the controversy it has garnered, the MTV show fell from its premiere's 3.3 million viewers to just 1.6. [TVByTheNumbers]

Fans of the 80s cartoon, "Thundercats," you do know that Cartoon Network is doing a reboot, right? If not, you do now and writer Todd Casey tweeted the first official photo. Does it make you roar? [Twitter]

Report: Sources say "The Real Housewives of New York's" resident royalty, the Countess LuAnn de Lesseps will be appearing in NBC's "Law & Order: Svu." She'll play a
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'Crazy Heart' among Prism Awards noms

'Crazy Heart' among Prism Awards noms
Sony Pictures Entertainment earned 11 nods to lead all studios and networks nominated for the 14th annual Prism Awards, which honor TV shows and movies that address issues related to drug, alcohol and tobacco use; mental illness; bipolar disorder; depression; and suicide.

Among the top feature film nominees are "Crazy Heart," "Brothers," "Julia," "Answer Man," "A Single Man" and "The Soloist."

Oscar-nominated Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal ("Crazy Heart") are nominated for performance in a feature film along with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx ("The Soloist") and Tobey Maguire ("Brothers").

"The Simpsons," which has won in the past, is nominated once again for comedy series episode along with "Glee," "How I Met Your Mother," "Monk" and "United States of Tara."

Nominees for performance in a comedy series are Dan Castellanetta ("The Simpsons"), Toni Collette ("United States of Tara"), Hector Elizondo and Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") and Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother
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'Anvil' among IDA doc nominees

'Anvil' among IDA doc nominees
"Anvil! The Story of Anvil," the account of an obscure Canadian heavy metal band, will square off against four more seriously themed documentaries at the 2009 Ida Awards.

The other contenders in the feature category, announced Thursday by the International Documentary Assn., are "Afghan Star," about finalists in an Afghanistan version of "American Idol"; "Diary of a Times Square Thief," about the search for a mysterious diary; "Food, Inc.," which examines the U.S. food industry; and "Mugabe and the White African," the story of a fifth-generation white African farmer.

Eligible films had to be completed, released or broadcast by July 30, so a number of docs, released in the second half of the year such as Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story"  did not qualify for consideration.

The winners will be saluted Dec. 4 at the DGA in Los Angeles at a ceremony hosted by "This American Life's" Ira Glass.
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