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Wall Elegy in Jerusalem, Geek Act on 'Talent
By Roger Catlin, Hartford Courant
TV Critic, in his “TV Eye” blog, August 25, 2009
The imposing security wall being erected in East Jersusalem, is causing havoc at the Catholic-run Our Lady of Sorrows Nursing Home, where residents are fed up with politics and the problems the barrier creates in connecting the largely Palestinian Christian residents with their beloved workers.
In Georgi Lazarevski's affecting film "This Way Up," making its debut this week on "P.O.V."
(PBS, 10 p.m.), some characters especially stand out, particularly an impish man with a stocking cap named Jad, and an older woman who extracts pleasure from cigarettes and the company of workers, who have a harder and harder time sneaking into work, having to cross through holes in the uncompleted walls or traverse them on ladders.
Shaquille challenges Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh to a beach volleyball match on "Shaq Vs."
(ABC, 9 p.m.), which is preceded by last week's premiere at 8."Primetime"
(ABC, 10 p.m.) profiles a group at a Colorado prison enlisted to help break and train wild mustangs from the mountains of Utah.
Jeff hosts the veto competition on "Big Brother"
(CBS, 9 p.m.) among the remaining five houseguests. Will the winner save Kevin or Natalie, up for eviction?
Connecticut's own Coney Island Chris is among the final group of ten performing to get into the semifinals on "America's Got Talent"
(NBC, 9 p.m.). Last week's results show gets a repeat at 8.
Keyshia Cole's scene stealing mother and sister get their own series with "Frankie & Neffe"
(BET, 10:30 p.m.). It follows the finale for the first season of the series "Tiny & Toya"
(BET, 10 p.m.), about the rapper T.I.'s fiance and Lil; Wayne's ex.
According to my calculations, two reruns of "90210"
(The CW, 8 and 9 p.m.) add up to 180,420.
Gambling plays a role in tonight's "Hell's Kitchen"
(Fox, 8 p.m.), as the remaining contestants roll dice to determine which ingredients they get to use.
Poop to paper is one of the more unappealing recycling ideas on "Big Ideas for a Small Planet"
(Sundance, 8 p.m.)."The Universe"
(History, 9 p.m.) imagines the world without the moon. In a word, problems.
How the Domo stays on is a focus in "Secrets of Florence"
(National Geographic, 9 p.m.).
The family film "Beverly Hills Chihuahua"
(Starz, 9 p.m.), which earned more than $50 million in its theatrical run, won the top prize Friday at the Imagen Awards honoring positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in entertainment. How did that happen? Maybe it got sympathy votes for those still mourning the death of the Taco Bell Chihuaua, who died last month at 15.
In the Little League World Series, it's Saudi Arabia vs. Venezuela
(ESPN2, noon), Canada vs. Germany
(ESPN2, 2 p.m.), Peabody, Mass., vs. Russellville, Ky.
(ESPN, 4 p.m.), Chinese Taipei vs. Mexico
(ESPN2, 6 p.m.) and Chula Vista, Calif., vs. San Antonio
(ESPN2, 8 p.m.).
In WNBA action, it's Chicago Sky at Los Angeles Sparks
(ESPN2, 10 p.m.).
One of the least well known stars in the month long Summer of the Stars on Turner Classic Movies
must be Indian-born British actress Merle Oberon
whose films show all day, with titles such as:"The Lodger"
(8 p.m.)"The Scarlet Pimpernel"
(9:30 p.m.)"The Divorce of Lady X"
(11:30 p.m.)"The Lion Has Wings"
(1 a.m.) and
(2:30 a.m.).Daytime Talk
Regis and Kelly
: Hugh Jackman, Tom Hanks, Ciara (rerun).The View
: Jay Leno, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Lady Gaga (rerun)Bonnie Hunt
: Mo'Nique Mike Mozart, Chris Lowell.Ellen DeGeneres
: Alyson Hannigan (rerun).Wendy Williams
: Carnie Wilson.Late Talk
Julian Schnabel, Mickey Rourke and Neil YoungDavid Letterman
: Mary-Louise Parker, Eugene Levy, Jet.Conan O'Brien
: Quentin Tarantino, Mark Feurstein, Smokey Robinson.Jimmy Kimmel
: Gordon Ramsay, Rob Zombie, Friendly Fires.Jimmy Fallon
: Lauren Graham, Bill Engvall, the Jonas Brothers (rerun).Craig Ferguson
: Eric Idle (rerun).Carson Daly
: The Airborne Toxic Event.Jon Stewart
: Peter Laufer (rerun).Stephen Colbert
: Specialist Tareq Salha, Sgt. Robin Balcom (rerun).http://blogs.courant.com/roger_catlin_tv_eye/