9:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20
Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30)
Get your motor running, gearheads! Here, for your entertainment, is the purest rendition of the detective-in-a-fast-car story in film history. Long before he was digitally exhumed for a recent Ford commercial, Steve McQueen was proving his leadfoot street cred in “Bullitt.” Here, McQueen plays a San Francisco detective whose case gets personal when the mob comes after him. His co-stars? Some of the bad-asserist muscle cars rolling out of Detroit in the late ’60s, including McQueen’s rally green fastback Mustang, and the villain’s Dodge Charger, which sounds like Satan with a head cold when the bad guy puts the pedal to the metal. Crack open a can of forty-weight and enjoy.
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21
Fox (Comcast Ch. 13, Broadcast Ch. 16)
Though the buzz for “Arrested Development” has built slowly, it has built steadily. The five Emmys it recently garnered — including the win for best comedy — should prove to anyone reluctant to tune in that it’s more than a flash in the pan. The story revolves around Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), the scion of a wealthy clan — and the only sane one of the bunch — who sets out on his own. When the family finds its assets frozen due to accounting irregularities, however, Michael has to swoop back in to save his do-nothing family of eccentrics from themselves. A comedy with a brain — and just enough of the wacky, culture-smart humor that has become the hallmark of Sunday night Fox — it’s a must-see.
ARKANSAS ASKS: GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE
8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
The elections are behind us, the nip of winter is in the air, and AETN is ready to subject the highest politician in our land to public scorn, ridicule and/or laughter. Here, the network’s “Arkansas Asks” series puts newly svelte Gov. Mike Huckabee on the spot, allowing callers to phone in and grill him on the issues that matter (the number, in case you’re wondering, is 1-800-662-2386). Our suggestions: a) What’s the going rate for under-the-radar Mexican gastric bypass these days? And, b) Just how does the cult-style mass covenant marriage he has planned — complete with prayers, a gospel choir, and taxpayers footing at least part of the bill — square with that pesky First Amendment?
In a press conference on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol this morning, representatives of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ARTEC), ACLU of Arkansas and a transgender pioneer spoke out against a number of anti-trans and anti-LGBT bills working their way through the state legislature. Citing the economic and political fallout for North Carolina over their "bathroom bill," the groups say the bills will harm the Arkansas economy.
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
IndieWire breaks news long whispered downtown — a more ambitious successor to the Little Rock Film Festival is in the works, with backing from writer/director Jeff Nichols, a Little Rock native. His "Loving" has won wide acclaim recently.