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In "Blackfish," Tilikum, a bull orca whale in captivity at SeaWorld Orlando, is the subject of this documentary. Courtesy Sundance Institute
Thursday on TV: From Sundance to CNN — 'Blackfish' comes to television

Blackfish, the startling documentary about killer whales at SeaWorld that plays like a crime thriller, makes its television debut at 7 and 10 p.m. on CNN.

The film, which premiered earlier this year at Sundance, will be followed at 9 p.m. and midnight by an Anderson Cooper Special Report - Inside Blackfish: Killers in Captivity.

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