Tom Russo
June 22, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Producer Darcy Shaw’s socially conscious reality TV venture draws ratings — and charges that it’s unconscionably exploitative.

For Fans of…
Satire played ramrod straight.

Does It Deliver?
Matt Silady explores his ludicrous premise in Homeless Channel with intelligence, yielding powerful drama when Darcy’s mentally ill sister enters. The imagery is incongruously antiseptic, but sometimes inspired, as when Darcy’s life plays out on a Candy Land-like board. A-

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