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What to Watch This Week: Political TV and Movies Abound

OK, OK I'm going to directly contradict every time your mother said, "read a book" or "go outside and play," because this week it's all about gripping TV. Here's what I mean:

Monday — It's not light TV, but sounds compelling:

  • Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery — On HBO tonight at 9 p.m. this documentary tells the story of the section that serves as the burial ground of US military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's a look at the honor and cost of war from a human perspective.
  • The Last Lynching — The Discovery Channel tonight (at 10 p.m. so you could catch some of both programs) has Ted Koppel investigating America's recent history of racial violence, including a lynching that happened in Alabama as recently as 1981.

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Tuesday — All about the candidates:

  • Frontline: The Choice 2008 — On PBS at 9 p.m., this two-hour broadcast promises to tell the story of "two journeys, one destination," and serve up a biography and personal history from those who know them best.

Wednesday — The final showdown:

  • The Final Presidential Debate — Bob Schieffer is hosting the final debate at 9 p.m. EDT and he's promising details. He says, “It will not embarrass me, if they go off in a different direction, to say, ‘Excuse me, could you focus on the question that I just asked?’ ” In this debate the candidates will be at the same table.

Thursday — Laughs or. . .?:

  • The Late Show — McCain will be back on Letterman after he missed his last appearance and felt the wrath of Dave. Will they kiss and make up?

Friday — Movie night?:

  • W Opens — Oliver Stone's newest offering W based on the presidency of Bush-know-who opens tonight. Are you checking it out?

Phew! That's a lineup! What are you setting your Tivo for — and what are you skipping?

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