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HBO's sneak peek of new documentary on the West Memphis Three

"Lost in Paradise 3: Purgatory," the third documentary in the series chronicling the conviction of a group of men who have come to be known as The West Memphis Three, makes its debut tonight on HBO.

The West Memphis Three -- Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelly Jr. and Jason Baldwin -- were convicted of murdering three elementary schoolboys in 1993 in West Memphis, Arkansas. The men were teenagers at the time of their conviction.

The first two "Paradise Lost" documentaries drew national attention to the men and the flimsy evidence used in their convictions. People from all over the country, including rock star Eddie Vedder and actor Johnny Depp, took up their cause and worked to earn them new trials.

Facing mounting evidence of their likely innocence (including recantations of testimony and new DNA evidence), the Arkansas Supreme Court ordered hearings for a new trial, but before that could happen, the men were offered the chance to admit guilt without confession and be sentenced to time already served. The Alford Plea, a rarely-used legal maneuver stemming from a 1970 North Carolina case (North Carolina v. Alford), meant the men -- who vehemently profess their innocence -- walked free.

HBO documentary shows students' refuge in Tel Aviv

Tonight, HBO is debuting "Strangers No More," a documentary about a public school in the middle of Tel Aviv that welcomes Jewish, Christian and Muslim students from 48 countries. For the students who attend Bialik-Rogozin, the school is like home, a refuge from the volatile lives they've led and from the dangers in the city around them. The film follows three students over the course of a school year.

"Strangers No More" airs tonight at 6:45 p.m.

'Marathon Boy' on HBO shows poverty and exploitation in India

HBO is debuting a documentary tonight about an orphan in India who ran 48 marathons by the time he was four years old.

The story of Budhia Singh circulated across the globe six years ago, but this documentary, filmed between 2005 and 2010, concentrates on the exploitation that took place after the initial publicity. What started as a heartwarming rags-to-riches story unfortunately became a tale greed, corruption, and broken dreams.

This documentary is the first of four about contemporary India debuting on HBO and HBO2 this month. The others are "The Bengali Detective" (Nov. 16, HBO2); "The Sound of Mumbai" (Nov. 23, HBO2); and "Pink Saris" (Nov. 30 on HBO2).

"Marathon Boy" airs on HBO tonight at 8 p.m.

Click below for other playdates and times, and to watch a trailer of the film.

"The Education of Dee Dee Ricks" gives a lesson in cancer care morality

Although one woman is at the center of "The Education of Dee Dee Ricks" (8:30 tonight, HBO), the documentary actually tells the story of two women.

One is Dee Dee Ricks. She's white, wealthy and divorced with two sons. The other is Cynthia Dodson. She's African-American, working class and single. Both women develop breast cancer. But besides being wealthy, Ricks is insured. Dodson is not.

The education Ricks gets is how powerful a factor class, and sometimes consequently, race is in determining how a woman deals with a breast cancer diagnosis. In the process, we all get a troubling lesson in health care and morality.

What to Watch on Tuesday: 'Prayer for a Perfect Season' on HBO

NCIS (8pm, CBS) - A Navy lieutenant is murdered by forced overhydration, and Gibbs meets Ducky's new love, played by Cheryl Ladd.

Prayer for a Perfect Season (9pm, HBO) - A look at the 2010-11 boys' basketball season at St. Patrick's High School in Elizabeth, N.J. The documentary follows Kevin Boyle and his players on t heir trek towards a climactic, winner-take-all showdown against archrival St. Anthony's of Jersey City. The film includes comments from players and coaches.

Frontline: Death by Fire (9pm, UNC-TV) - Frontline examines the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 in Texas for the arson deaths of his three children. Included here is new science that indicates the fire may not have been an arson.

Body of Proof (10pm, ABC) - A famous equestrienne who ran a vocational program for prison inmates is murdered, and the prime suspect is a convicted felon and former drug addict (Crystal Bowersox). Meanwhile, Megan's ex-husband is upset to learn that she took Lacey to a crime scene, but Megan becomes equally peeved when she finds out that Lacey is being dragged along on her father's vacation with his new girlfriend.

Sons of Anarchy (10pm, FX) - SAMCRO must put off an important vote to deal with an external threat.

"Sing Your Song" shows the unsung bravery of Harry Belafonte

It seems perfect timing that "Sing Your Song" (10 tonight, HBO) now, just as the wave of Occupy protests are getting stronger. It's just the kind of movement Harry Belafonte has championed; those that bubble up from the people, linked to a sense of oppression, and with a tinge of righteous rage.

The inspiring and celebratory documentary is a biography of the singer/activist/actor, or maybe activist/singer/actor, showing how he has devoted much of his life fighting for civil rights. You'll probably feel a slacker after you watch.

You might know Belafonte as the guy who sang the "Banana Boat" song ("Day-O") or maybe from "Carmen Jones," with Dorothy Dandridge or "Uptown Saturday Night" with Sidney Poitier. But this documentary shows you his fierce intelligence and artistry; the man stays curious and it has led him to great places.

HBO's 'How to Make it in America' Mixtape 2 streams here

HBO has released Volume 2 of the "How to Make it in America" Mixtape Vol 2 to celebrate the launch of the new season (Sunday night, October 2, 10:30pm).

The style of music on the Mix Tape spans across various genres from hip-hop and house, to edgy alternative bands, singer/songwriters and music producers. Featured artists include Theophilus London, M83, Blood Orange, Meek Mill, Little Dragon, Buddy, The Joy Formidable, Future Islands and many more

"How to Make it in America" stars Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Luis Guzman, Lake Bell, Eddie Kaye Thomas and recording artist Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi. The show follows them as they hustle their way through New York City to achieve the American Dream. Watch the Season 2 trailer.

The full mixtape can be streamed and downloaded from the official Facebook page for the show or below.

Another thread in America's tapestry creates "The Latino List"

You probably didn't know that from September 15 to October 15, the nation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. That's part of the reason "The Latino List" (8 tonight, HBO), is worthwhile viewing.

But the main reason is that in a time when there's so much 'us and them'-ing, when immigration seems most closely associated with criminality, it's good to see an exploration of our pluralism, and how that pluralism has shaped our nation.

Of course, the deck is loaded here; "The Latino List" features accomplished folk in various fields.  Honduran-American America Ferrera talks about hiding her first name from teasing kids; José Moreno Hernández, an engineer of Mexican descent and a former NASA astronaut, talks about finding a way to teach his children the value of the hard work his middle-class status essentially saved them from.

Nucky watches his back on the 'Boardwalk' tonight

Nucky Thompson is facing a decidedly less rosey outlook in tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" Season 2 premiere than we saw in the opening of Season 1. Instead of gleefully anticipating the windfall of Prohibition, this season Nucky is neck deep in the betrayals and complications that come from controlling Atlantic City and the illegal booze flowing into it.

Nucky (Steve Buscemi) finds himself suddenly caught between the KKK and some of his most powerful friends; he's still a target of certain snoopy federal agent; and he's made enemies of most of those previously closest too him. And of course, there's trouble at home.

But much of tonight's episode will focus on Chalky White's deadly clash with the Klan and the repurcussions of that encounter. Any storyline where we get to see more of Michael K. Williams is a good one, and Williams looks to figure prominently in the action this season.

Dabney Coleman, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Jack Huston and Michael Shannon all return this season, and the show is also adding Michael Zegan as Bugsy Segal.

Here's a recap of Season 1 if you need a refresher, and there's a clip below of the Commodore, Jimmy and Eli plotting Nucky's demise.

A peek at tonight's bloody 'True Blood' finale

The teaser for the Season 4 finale of 'True Blood,' airing tonight at 9 p.m. on HBO, looks like we're in for a blood bath. The video below is titled "Death is Coming." Click through to see two more clips from tonight's season ender.

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