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New TV Show Will Profile Two Very Different Angelenos Each Episode

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A new show called Angeleno will explore the lives of the people who call Los Angeles home.

The first episode of Angeleno premieres this Saturday on PBS SoCal at 8 p.m. Each episode will be a half hour-long and focus on two different people from two entirely different worlds, though both live in Los Angeles.

According to the show's website, "Each profile suggests bigger issues and raises question, but highlights the series' premise that the diversity of Angelenos is what makes the city truly special—who we are defines where we live."

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Peter Jones, who won a Peabody for his 2009 documentary Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Time, acts as writer, producer and director on the series.

In the first episode, we'll meet Charles Phoenix, a tour guide and pop culture historian who collects Kodachrome slides. On the other side is Rick Morton, a photographer who archives crime scene photos. The episode is titled "Light vs. Dark." It's easy to see how Phoenix, who conducts whimsical tours and is frequently seen grinning widely in photos, is 'light.' As for Morton, who has photographed gangs and spends time pouring over old crime scene photos, is 'dark.'

On the second episode, which airs on Oct. 21, we meet Levi Ponce, a young muralist; and Peter Shire, a 68-year-old artist who makes sculptures, ceramics and furniture. The third episode will air directly after the second. This one follows Sonsheeray Quisumbing, a nurse who has suffered from bipolar disorder, and Kimberly Fowler, a fitness studio owner who survived cancer.

Fans can also upload their own Angeleno stories via photos using the hashtags #Angeleno and #PBSSoCal, or by uploading the photos here.