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Morgan Spurlock stars on CNN show, diving into hard-hitting issues

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On one episode of his new show, "Inside Man," Morgan Spurlock returns to West Virginia to take care of his 91-year-old grandmother, Tootie, and explore elder care and end-of-life issues. The show airs at 10 p.m. Sundays on CNN.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In all of the craziness of the Sesquicentennial and FestivALL last week, I forgot a West Virginia alert: Morgan Spurlock's new series, "Inside Man."

The show, which airs at 10 p.m. Sundays on CNN, made its debut June 23. According to its website, each episode will find Spurlock "[giving] viewers an insider's view of diverse sectors of American life, diving deep into hard-hitting issues."

The first episode found him working in the country's largest medical marijuana dispensary. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a repeat airing any time soon.

On this week's episode, he explores the topics of gun ownership and gun control while working at SSG Tactical in Fredericksburg, Va., which is one of the state's most successful gun retailers.

Future episodes will find him picking oranges with migrant workers in Florida, teaching in both Finland (which has the most successful education system in the world) and Brooklyn, living and working with a family of Nebraska ranchers affected by last year's severe drought and visiting Stockton, Calif., the largest bankrupt city in the United States. The last of the season's eight episodes looks at unions in America.

As always, he makes sure to include his home state. We're in week five (July 21), when he becomes his 91-year-old grandmother's caretaker and explores elder care and end-of-life issues.

Spurlock's next project hits theaters in August: He's directing the 3-D concert film/documentary "One Direction: This is Us."

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Series premieres: "Battleground Afghanistan," 9 p.m. Monday, National Geographic (follows Marines on the war's frontlines); "Siberia," 10 p.m. Monday, NBC (drama about reality show contestants left to fend for themselves against strange occurrences); "Eyewitness War," 10 p.m. Monday, National Geographic (Army, Navy, DEA and Coast Guard members are profiled); "Below Deck," 10 p.m. Monday, Bravo (reality show about crewmembers on a private luxury yacht).

Season premieres: "Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids," 8 p.m. Friday, TLC; "American Ninja Warrior," 8 p.m. Monday, NBC; "Bizarre Foods America," 9 p.m. Monday, Travel.

Returning: "Cult," 8 p.m. Friday, CW (six episodes left); "Do No Harm," 10 p.m. Saturday, NBC (10 episodes left).

Series finale: "The Goodwin Games," 8:30 p.m. Monday, Fox.

Season finales: "Does Someone Have to Go?" 9 p.m. Thursday, Fox; "Tabatha Takes Over," 10 p.m. today, Bravo; "Small Town Security," 11 p.m. Thursday, AMC; "Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis," 9 p.m. Sunday, PBS; "Breaking Amish: Brave New World," 10 p.m. Sunday, TLC; "Inside Amy Schumer," 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central.

Guest stars: Chris Rock on "A.N.T. Farm," 8 p.m., and Adam Sandler on "Jessie," 8:35 p.m. Friday, Disney.

Specials: "Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited," 8:30 p.m. Saturday, BBC America (the sixth Doctor); "BET Awards 2013," 8 p.m. Sunday, BET (hosted by Chris Tucker).

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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