Thursday, January 13, 2011

A&E "Beyond Scared Straight" Series Begins Tonight

"Beyond Scared Straight"
(Series -- A&E, Thurs. Jan. 13, 10 p.m.)
By Brian Lowry

"More than 30 years after the original "Scared Straight!" won both an Oscar and Emmy, producer Arnold Shapiro has revived his documentary as an A&E series, without diluting much of its visceral impact. Once again, hardened convicts meet what might once have been called juvenile delinquents, seeking to give them an unappetizing taste of what prison life is like...
 
Opening with a 90-minute episode, "Beyond Scared Straight" adheres closely (albeit in truncated form) to the original format, which featured those from the Lifers program at Rahway prison in New Jersey.

After introducing the sometimes-cocky kids, teens who in some instances look even younger than their years, they're ushered into the prison, where the convicts paint a harrowing portrait of life on the inside.

In the premiere, girls visit a California women's prison in Chowchilla, where their tour guides are every bit as intimidating as at the men's facility in the second episode."

Read the complete review of the show: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117944288/

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