July 07, 2003 12:00 PM

HBO (check listings)

I’m liking this documentary series more in its second season, and a new wrinkle is the reason. Instead of picking one wide-eyed novice and letting him direct his own screenplay, the producers (including Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) held separate contests for writer and director and matched up the winners. Now we get to watch the oddball directing team of Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin work with earnest writer Erica Beeney on The Battle of Shaker Heights. The personality dynamics are fun to watch even if the film (due out in August) turns out not to be.

BOTTOM LINE: Give it a go

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