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BARBARA WALTERS: 30 YEARS, 30 MISTAKES
ABC (Comcast Ch. 8, Broadcast Ch. 7) 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16
I don’t get around to watching many of the “Barbara Walters Special” shows. The interviews are a bit too potpourri-scented for my taste, the lenses just a bit too Vaseline-smeared. Still, while Barbara’s fame-soaked softball matches might not be to your taste, it’s always fun to watch a pompous ass like her screw up. With that in mind, we present this special, which showcases 30 years of bloopers and outtakes from Bawbwah’s career, including the time she asked Katherine Hepburn “If you were a twee, what kind of twee would you be?” and other gems. Sure, you have to suffer through Walters, but getting to watch her repeatedly fall on her face is a fair trade in our book.
EVEREST: BEYOND THE LIMIT 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 Discovery Channel (Comcast Ch. 53)
I plan to never lose my nose from frostbite, which is a good reason why I’ll never try climbing Mount Everest. Still, some folks don’t value their appendages as much as I do. Given that, scads of rich guys have made a run at the mother of all mountains in recent years. As proven over and over again, however — usually by the deaths of climbers in unspeakable conditions — Everest is not for amateurs. Here, the Discovery Channel follows a group of Americans during one of the deadliest-ever seasons on Everest, when more than 600 would-be climbers turned into a human traffic jam on the slopes. Fighting weather, fatigue and temperatures that reached 40 degrees below zero, they soon found that it takes more than expensive gear and a fat bankroll to survive.
NATURE: CHRISTMAS IN YELLOWSTONE 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
While the little animals of the forest aren’t too keen on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve or the Fourth of July (except, of course, for the marmosets, which will take any excuse to get drunk and stupid) we know for a fact that they’re all over Christmas, with both predator and prey gathering reverently each year in a clearing to celebrate the birth of our Lord. Sure, they all devour each other afterward. But for one second, it’s bliss. Here, filmmakers put their own families on the back burner to document a snowy X-mas among the beasts of the field in Yellowstone National Park. Among the highlights: Red foxes hunt for mice in the snow, an otter family reunion, and life among the bison herds.
— David Koon