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“Sex in America with Lisa Ling”

Tue, Mar 15, 2011

Pop Culture, TV

At least, that’s what Ling’s new show on OWN (Oprah’s new tv network) should be called, instead of “Our America with Lisa Ling.” After all, four of the first five episodes focus on matters of sexuality: There’s “Pray the Gay Away,” “Transgendered Lives,” “The State of Sex Offenders,” and tonight at 10pm “Online Brides” (all re-air several times over the next week). The first three (which we’ve seen) all take a very personal and intimate look at how these issues are affecting real people — it’s fascinating stuff, all shot very cinematically. The only drawback is how each episode is framed with a series of rhetorical questions posed by Ling’s stiff narration — a voice that mistakes monotone for gravitas…

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