December 20, 2009 by USA Post
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.
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