Raintree County

December 20, 2009 by USA Post 

Raintree County:It’s been a surprising season on “Survivor: Samoa” (CBS, 8 p.m.) because of the efforts of the perennially losing tribe to overtake the others, largely through the treachery and tenacity of one person, Russell Hantz, who generally lied to everyone and found three hidden immunity idols on his own, without clues. If he isn’t already, he’ll be judged for his action in the three-hour finale.

To prepare you for next month’s anticipated “Return to Cranford,” the Emmy-nominated 2008 “Cranford,” based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s stories of a Victorian-era village, starring Judi Dench and Eileen Atkins begins a welcome return on “Masterpiece Classic” (CPTV, 9 p.m.). It’s preceded by the  UConn women vs. Iona (CPTV, 6 p.m.). UConn men (WCTX, Channel 59, 1 p.m.) are in action too, today, taking on Central Florida at the XL Center.

StevenSpielberg, Kenneth Branagh and other filmmakers talk about the big movies that made an impact on their lives in “A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics” (TCM, 8 p.m.). But Omar Sharif has some of the best stories about “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago” (TCM 12:30 p.m.). At a time when many home TVs are widescreen, the sweeping movies with casts of thousands may be ready to make a comeback, despite the economy.

The documentary comes amid a day of epics, starting with the 1957 “Raintree County” (6 a.m.) with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, followed by 1962′s “How the West was Won(9:30 a.m.), “Ben-Hur” (4 p.m.), “The King of Kings” (9 p.m.) and the silent King of Kings” (midnight), as well as “Children of Paradise” (3 a.m.).

A completely different documentary tonight, “Future Earth 2025″ (MSNBC, 10 p.m.) comes from the school of computer-generated disaster, showing how the world will be destroyed by a water crisis that will result in dust bowls, floods, wildfires, plagues of locusts and wars. Bummer.

Will there ever be an end of the reality show spin-offs from “The Girls Next Door”? The latest is “Kendra: Here Comes Baby” (E!, 9 p.m.).

Tonight’s New Orleans Bowl (ESPN, 8 p.m.) pits Southern Mississippi against Middle Tennessee State.

NFL action today includes Patriots at Bills (CBS, 1 p.m.), Falcons at Jets (Fox, 1 p.m.), Packers at Steelers (Fox, 4 p.m.) and Vikings at Panthers (NBC, 8 p.m.).

Other men’s college hoops includes Cornell at Davidson (MSG, noon), Hofstra vs. St. John’s (MSG, 2 p.m.), Florida State at Georgia Tech (NESN,5:30 p.m.), and North Carolina State at Wake Forest (NESN, 8 p.m.). In the NBA, it’s Bobcats at Knicks (MSG, 7 p.m.).

Sunday Talk
Bob Schieffer: Sens. Lamar Alexander, Olympia Snowe, Mary Landrieu and Sherrod Brown. David Gregory: Howard Dean, David Axelrod. George Stephanopolous: David Axelrod, Sens. Dick Durbin and Jon Kyl. John King: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sen. Lindsay Graham and Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees Union. Chris Wallace: Sens. John McCain, Kent Conrad and Amy Klobuchar.
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