07/09/2011 08:06 am ET | Updated Sep 08, 2011

MSNBC's 'Lockup': A Controversial Ratings Magnet

'Lockup" is the crazy rich uncle of MSNBC, the relative whose gifts you accept, but whom you keep stowed away in the attic.

Like the MTV reality series "Jersey Shore," the news channel's incarceration series features plenty of bleeps and blurry hand gestures, but MSNBC insists that it's a documentary series, not a reality series, and, therefore, fits. " 'Lockup' is not MSNBC's 'Jersey Shore,' " says the channel's president, Phil Griffin.

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