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Broke Versus Airport 24/7: Miami: What to Watch Tonight

Broke, Rakontur's latest, premieres tonight on ESPN.
Broke, Rakontur's latest, premieres tonight on ESPN.

As South Florida's film industry continues to develop, locals have more and more chances to see a slice of Miami on their tv screens each night. Two made-in-Miami projects debut tonight, in fact: Rakontur's 30 for 30 documentary Broke, and Travel Channel's reality series Airport 24/7: Miami.

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- Airport 24/7: Miami Explains Long Lines at MIA

One's a slick production from a team that knows how to grab your attention. The other's a peek behind the scenes of the security team that annoys you every time you fly. So what's a TV-savvy Miamian to do? We're breaking down the pros and cons after the jump.


The Setup

Broke: Rakontur speaks with athletes who've made it big -- and spiraled head-first into major debt, trying to find out what leads some of the highest paid people in the world to make some of the worst financial decisions in history.

Airport 24/7: Travel Channel cameras go into areas of Miami International Airport you've only dreamed about entering (mostly so you could roundhouse kick the jerk who misplaced your luggage): security areas, baggage handling, etc.

Advantage: Broke. Between poverty and being manhandled by the TSA, we choose poverty.

 

The Characters
Broke: Sports stars you know -- Bernie Kosar, Andre Rison, Cliff Floyd -- at least a couple of which are all blinged out in suits and shiny sunglasses.

Airport 24/7: MIA schlubs, at least a couple of whom are all blinged out with badges and guns.

Advantage: Broke. After Gallery Girls, we're just not ready to care about normal people yet.

The Network
Broke: ESPN, home to shows where men yell at each other about sports and newscasters rehash the same 40 minutes of coverage 30 times a day. (But at least they have 30 for 30.)

Airport 24/7: Travel Channel, home to The Dead Files and something called Baggage Battles. (But at least they have Anthony Bourdain.)

Advantage: Broke, because Andrew Zimmern cancels out whatever awesomeness Bourdain brings to Travel Channel.

The Repeats
Broke: Our TV lists eight repeats between tonight's premiere and October 10.

Airport 24/7: Ten repeats of tonight's episode between tonight's premiere and October 10

Advantage: Broke. You can catch Airport 24/7 tomorrow, Saturday, or next Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Cred
Broke: Rakontur has a serious Miami fanbase, which means that at least one person huddled around the water cooler tomorrow will want to rehash the film.

Airport 24/7: Nobody's going to watch this crap -- which means you'll be the only person who can relate tales of airport mismanagement to an outraged office audience.

Advantage: It's close, but we're giving it to Broke -- it's the only show that gives you the chance to interact with filmmakers Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman as you watch. (They'll be live-tweeting as it airs.) Dropping "So I said to Billy" casually into any chat ensures you win the conversation.

The Results
Yeah, watch Broke.

Broke airs tonight at 8 p.m. Visit espn.go.com.
Airport 24/7: Miami airs tonight at 9 p.m. Visit travelchannel.com/airport247.

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