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A look at the victims _ As part of a weeklong series exploring victimization in the United States, NBC Nightly News will air a special report at 6:30 p.m. on psychiatric hospitals that pay kickbacks to fill beds. The three-minute story, based partly on a Times series, explores the experiences of people referred into psychiatric treatment by "patient brokers," who can earn thousands of dollars a head. It is part of "A Nation of Victims," a network project that includes segments on the Nightly News, Dateline NBC and Today. Tonight's broadcast includes an interview with Alexander English, a retired Pennsylvania social worker who says he wound up in a locked-down mental hospital in Orlando when he sought help for a weight problem. English's story was part of last year's Times series, "The Patient Pipeline."

Who's dreaming? HBO made it a cable cult favorite but NBC and Fox want to bring the sexy sitcom Dream On to a larger audience. The two networks are both itching to buy reruns of the show, for prime-time. MCA shoots two versions of the risque comedy _ one minus the nudity and adult language. Which do you think you'll see on NBC?

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