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PBS to broadcast three HBO movies

From one commercial-free broadcaster to another (more or less) one, HBO will share three of its upcoming original movies with PBS.

The films, whose stories have a base in the real world, will air on the public broadcaster about a month after debuting on HBO.

PBS is not paying for the movies but will produce panel discussions on each one.

The panels, PBS spokeswoman Stephanie Aronson tells the New York Times, will make the presentation of the movies "more PBS-esque."

The first film, Dirty War, tells the story of a dirty-bomb attack on London. It is scheduled to premiere Jan. 24 on HBO and air Feb. 23 on PBS. The other two movies are Sometimes in April, about the 1994 Rwandan genocide; and Yesterday, about a young African mother dealing with AIDS.

The films "deserved to be seen by a wider audience," said Jacoba Atlas, senior vice president for programming at PBS.

Tampa man featured in "Extreme Makeover'

ABC-TV's Extreme Makeover reality show tonight features a Tampa man undergoing a transformation the network calls a "gravity defying case."

The episode airing at 9 p.m. on WFTS-28 features 22-year-old Steven Berger, an artist who has struggled with his appearance and is hoping to make a new start with a makeover that included a nose job, pinning his ears back and a brow lift.

Berger's segment was filmed in Clearwater Beach at the Palm Pavilion Inn.

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