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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?

Join The Conversation
Sugasuga29 Sugasuga29 8 years
True Song, it's a spoof movie--makes fun of a lot of politicians, and Michael Moore, etc.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
What is the deal with American Carol? I've never even heard of it aside from people on here complaining that there are no posts about it here? I know I semi live in a cave, but what am I missing here?
Sugasuga29 Sugasuga29 8 years
Sugar left out American Carol. It opened this past weekend. :)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I am watching debates, then a DVD on the execution of the Rosenburgs.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I'll be watching the Ted Koppel show tonight...and I think I'll check out the W. movie when comes out on dvd :)
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I really want to watch that Ted Koppel special. I have mixed emotions about W. Never mind the subject matter, I think it just looks like bad film-making! I have never seen an Oliver Stone movie that I liked on either a personal or artistic level. I will probably Netflix it on DVD... not worth spending $10 on.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 8 years
Thanks for the lineup, Citizen!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Erries? Try eerie.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I heard this long interview with James Brolin on NPR todday and it totally made me want to see W. Meanwhile, I've been rewatching Season 7 of West WIng (the parallels are erries, as is the electoral map in West Wing land in which Texas and California are up for grabs) and watching movies like The American President and Dave.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Steph is super super pumped! I want to see W. Maybe I will take myself to the movies...
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Wow! I was gonna say! Man she is PUMPED!!! :) I do kinda want to see W, but I'll wait till it goes to the 2 dollar theater... I doubt it will do well this weekend, but we'll see! It'll be kinda funny if it gets beaten by that talking dog movie! ha!
stephley stephley 8 years
Not really that psyched - sorry about the triple!
stephley stephley 8 years
I'm psyched for Koppel's special, and Thursday at 10 pm on the Sundance Channel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson on Iconoclasts.
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