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TV Show To Feat Post Falls Murders

In this 2008 photo, Kootenai County sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Maskell stands in the area where newspaper carrier Gary Loesch was murdered in November 1995. (SRarchives)

A cable TV show (Discovery channel's "Deadly Sins") on Saturday will feature the case of two fugitive North Idaho women who committed suicide in Arizona after America's Most Wanted detailed their ties to two murders.  Tina R. Loesch (left) and Skye M. Hanson (right) were wanted for the 1998 murder of Loesch's mother, Barbara, and suspects in the 1995 murder of her father, Gary, when America's Most Wanted spotlighted them in November 2008. Gary Loesch, who was killed while delivering copies of The Spokesman-Review, had written his daughter out of his will after she told him she was in a lesbian relationship with Hanson, according to previously published reports. Detectives believe the women hired Bradley Steckman to kill Barbara Loesch, who was found dead in her hot tub with the TV inside. Steckman is serving life in prison for Loesch's murder and for the 1996 murder of an 89-year-old Pullman woman/Meghann Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels. More here.

Question: Do you watch the cable TV show "Deadly Sins"?

Human Planet TV series finale on Sunday

OUTDOORS ON TV — The last two episodes of fascinating six-film wildlfie series will show Sunday, 8 p.m.,  on the Discovery Channel.

Human Planet is the first BBC/Discovery Channel production to focus solely on human behavior and it's profound relationship with nature. The makers of Planet Earth, Life and Blue Planet, investigate humanity’s ability to adapt and live in every corner of our diverse world. Each episode centers on a particular habitat. The filming techniques are cutting-edge.

Meantime, don't worry about missing some episodes on TV. The series is set to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday.

Human Planet TV series shows tonight: one more clip

OUTDOORS TV:   Here's one more clip from the Human Planet TV series that outdoors people will enjoy, especially ice fishermen.

Check out the series tonight, 8 p.m.,on Discovery Channel.

Human Planet TV series debuts: Preview 3

OUTDOORS ON TV — Here's the third of four film clips to check out on the new series debuting on the Discovery Channel.

Human Planet is the first BBC/Discovery Channel production to focus solely on human behavior and it's profound relationship with nature. The makers of Planet Earth, Life and Blue Planet, investigate humanity’s ability to adapt and live in every corner of our diverse world. Each episode centers on a particular habitat. The filming techniques are cutting-edge.

The series started last Sunday and continues this Sunday and April 24 with two episodes each night starting at 8 p.m on the Discovery Channel.

I'll be posting clips from varous episodes through the weekend so you can check them out. 

Meantime, don't worry about missing some episodes on TV. The series is set to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on April 26.

Human Planet TV series debuts: Preview 2

OUTDOORS ON TV — Here's the second of four film clips to check out on the new series debuting on the Discovery Channel.

Human Planet is the first BBC/Discovery Channel production to focus solely on human behavior and it's profound relationship with nature. The makers of Planet Earth, Life and Blue Planet, investigate humanity’s ability to adapt and live in every corner of our diverse world. Each episode centers on a particular habitat. The filming techniques are cutting-edge.

The series started last Sunday and continues this Sunday and April 24 with two episodes each night starting at 8 p.m on the Discovery Channel.

I'll be posting clips from varous episodes through the weekend so you can check them out. 

Meantime, don't worry about missing some episodes on TV. The series is set to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on April 26.

Human Planet series focuses on human relationship with nature

OUTDOORS ON TV — I won't waste many words telling you about a visual treat for your eyes. Check out the video above and carve out some TV time this weekend.

Human Planet is the first BBC/Discovery Channel production to focus solely on human behavior and it's profound relationship with nature. The makers of Planet Earth, Life and Blue Planet, investigate humanity’s ability to adapt and live in every corner of our diverse world. Each episode centers on a particular habitat. The filming techniques are cutting-edge.

The series started last Sunday and continues this Sunday and April 24 with two episodes each night starting at 8 p.m on the Discovery Channel.

I'll be posting clips from varous episodes through the weekend so you can check them out. 

Meantime, don't worry about missing some episodes on TV. The series is set to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on April 26.

Palin’s Alaska ending despite its cable success

OUTDOORS TV"Sarah Palin's Alaska" concluded Sunday with the final episode of the eight-part documentary series showing the former governor and her family having assorted adventures in their home state.

The show appeared ripe for a second season on the TLC channel after attracting an average of more than 3 million viewers per episode.

That's why the end of the cable TV show is generating online buzz regarding the reason it won't continue.

Sarah Palin’s nature show is a reality. Oh gosh.

Welcome to the Twilight Zone.

Sarah Palin spent her brief time in office as the Governor of Alaska repealing laws to protect wildlife and nature. It only makes sense she would be the perfect choice for a nature series produced by the Discovery Channel, that also owns Treehugger and the Planet Green channel. I’m not making this up.

Called “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” and premeiring November 12th, the trailer shows Palin cross-country skiing, kayaking, mushing behind sled dogs, driving an off-road vehicle, and more hijinks - some involving bears. It’s funny too. Family comes first in the show so at one point Palin tells one of her daughters, “no boys, go upstairs!”

Perhaps, “drill here, drill now” will be in the gag reel. 


Just look what she done-did. Here’s what Sarah Palin’s real Alaska is:

  • She accelerated Alaska’s cruel aerial wolf-hunting program while in office, introducing a $150 bounty for each slaughtered wolf’s forelimb.
  • She made a personal appeal to Alaska voters to oppose a ballot measure that would have stopped the immense Pebble Mine operation from dumping cyanide and mining waste into streams that make their way to Bristol Bay, home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world.
  • When President Bush finally agreed to list the polar bear as a threatened species in 2008 because of global warming’s effects on its habitat, the governor sued to challenge the listing.
  • Armed with her “Drill, Baby, Drill” catchphrase, Palin called for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Cook Inlet to oil and gas drilling.

“No lobbyists, only one agenda: family adventure,” the on-screen text says for the show. “Step into Sarah’s backyard.” Nice.

Lawsuit claims jail inmate was tortured

A Spokane County Jail inmate claims in a federal lawsuit that he was beaten without warning by a cell extraction team and later tortured with blows to his genitals.

One problem: As Nicolas Garcia’s recent lawsuit notes, the Sept. 21, 2009, incident was filmed by a Discovery Channel television crew.

The video, which aired in a February episode of the “Behind Bars” show, belies much of what Garcia alleges.

“It would be almost laughable if it weren’t such serious stuff that he’s saying,” said jail Lt. Aaron Anderton.

Read the rest of John Craig’s story here.

Cops Kill Discovery Channel Gunman

A Montgomery County police officer puts up police tape to keep people away from the scene of the  Discovery  Channel networks headquarters building in Silver Spring, Md., earlier today. Police shot and killed a man upset with the Discovery Channel network’s programming who took two employees and a security officer hostage at the company’s headquarters Wednesday, officials said. All three hostages escaped safely. Story here.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Spokane County Jail: Back on cable TV

Employees at the Spokane County Jail apparently approved of a cable TV show’s depiction of the place last month - another TV crew is due back this summer.

Capt. John McGrath said the crew will focus on the jail’s mental health and medical unit. The show is set to air this fall on the Discovery Channel.

Another Discovery Channel crew spent about two weeks filming at the jail last fall. The show aired in February as part of a three-part “Behind Bars” series. Read about it here.

Spokane jail on cable TV: ‘The horror is real’

It was the Spokane County Jail’s time to shine last night on the cable TV show “Behind Bars.”

The hour-long episode on the Discovery Channel featured a belligerent Army sergeant arrested for suspected drunken driving, an accused armed robber trying to overdose, a man arrested in a home-invasion robbery being dragged to the jail’s isolation room in his underwear, a woman accused of murder communicating with her inmate boyfriend through the jail’s plumbing system, and mentally ill accused killer Cole K. Strandberg, (top) whom the show dubbed our jail’s “most notorious inmate.”

Controlling chaos was a running theme in the show, highlighted by the footage of jailers dragging Bradley S. Hickey (right) to “the hole” in his underwear. Hickey was arrested last June in a violent home-invasion robbery.

Strandberg was featured throughout much of the show, including snippets of a jailhouse interview in which he open his jail suit to show off his tattoos and called himself “the most dangerous man in the world.”

At one point, Strandberg looked into the camera and said, “the horror is real.”

The show was the first of three on the Discovery Channel Thursday. The Memphis and Cleveland jails also were featured.

“Behind Bars” producers spent a few weeks at the jail in September and October, interviewing guards and inmates and filming them throughout the day. They focused on the Corrections Response Team, which deals with the most dangerous inmates.

The episode included video of Strandberg attacking the team in his jail cell in September 2008, breaking a bone in a deputy’s neck.

One deputy can be heard saying “Oh, wrong move, Cole,” after Strandberg lunges at them. Strandberg is tackled by the guards, then slams a deputy’s head against the cement wall. (Strandberg is pictured above with the CRT. Deputy Nathan Foo, who was interviewed for the show, is at the left.) 

Another inmate, Dennis Sprayberry, showed producers how he slips other inmates prohibited items like hot water while handing out laundry. Sprayberry is no stranger to the newspaper - he was featured in a June 2005 article that began “Alcohol, trouble and Dennis Sprayberry have been fellow travelers for many of his 19 years.” (Read it here.) He’s now in a state prison serving 116 months on charges connected to a case you can read about here.

Two other inmates, Michael C. “Temper” Painter and Maggie Mae Tyler (left), “prove that love in lock down is still possible,” the show’s announcer said. Painter, who the show said is facing life in prison, likely under the state’s three-strikes law, is shown trying to talk with Tyler through the jail’s plumbing system. One downside to the method, he says, is “you can taste other people’s fecal matter.” (Read about Tyler’s case here.)

The show stuck a nice balance between incarcerated citizens and the guards charged with maintaining control. I’ll let you know if I hear about it airing again.

Cable show to feature Spokane jail this week

The Spokane County Jail will be featured on a cable television show this Thursday.

An hour-long episode of the show “Behind Bars” on the Discovery Channel will explore life at the jail and feature interviews with inmates and employees.

“In the Spokane County Jail, accused murderers, rapists and the mentally ill outnumber the staff four-to-one and put an elite force of officers to the test,” according to the program guide for the show.

A television crew for the network filmed in the jail and at Geiger Corrections Center in September and October.

They also filmed in Spokane County Superior Court, including a hearing for mentally ill accused killer Cole K. Strandberg (pictured left being led into a court hearing earlier this month).

The crew told a court clerk they planned to interview Strandberg at the jail.

“Behind Bars” was first called “Hard Time” and featured two episodes exploring prison life in Alaska and Indiana.

On Thursday, three new hour-long segments will air, beginning with the Spokane County Jail at 8 p.m.

The Shelby County Jail in Memphis, Tn., and the Cook County Jail in Chicago also will be featured.

Discovery Channel to feature Spokane County Jail

A television crew for the Discovery Channel has been filming in the Spokane County Jail.

An hour-long episode of the show “Behind Bars” will explore life at the jail and feature three or four inmates, said Jennifer Shaffer, spokeswoman for the crew’s company, which produces shows for several networks.

One inmate could be Cole K. Strandberg, the mentally ill accused killer the crew filmed in Spokane County Superior Court late last month. (Read more about him here.)

The crew attended Strandberg’s stay hearing (his competency hearing is set for November) and told a court clerk they planned to interview Strandberg at the jail.

The crew will be in Spokane for about another week, Shaffer said. “Behind Bars” was first called “Hard Time” and featured two episodes exploring prison life in Alaska and Indiana.

Viewers responded well, and the network ordered three more episodes, Shaffer. Shaffer said the episode on the Spokane County Jail could air as early as January or February.