Monthly Archives: April 2016

‘Forensic Files’ And ‘The First 48’ Are TV’s Hard-Boiled Champions

Nearly 60% of the programming on HLN, the CNN-owned cable channel that used to be known as Headline News, consists of one old show.

The show is “Forensic Files,” a real-life crime-and-investigations show that began production in 1996 (the show ceased production some years ago, but the exact year is hard to come by).

HLN airs this show more or less constantly. For example, every weekday during a recent week — a week which was typical for HLN — 12 half-hour episodes of “Forensic Files” aired every day from midnight to 6 a.m., six more episodes aired from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and six more from 9 to
midnight — a total of 12 hours, or 24 episodes of “Forensic Files” every weekday, 120 episodes in five days.

On a recent weekend, it was even more incredible: Fourteen half-hours from midnight to 7

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