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TV highlights, Oct. 12-18 

ED WOOD DOUBLE FEATURE
1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14
Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30)


In the history of cinema, there has probably never been a worse director than Edward Wood Jr. As seen in Tim Burton’s hilarious biopic “Ed Wood,” Wood was pretty much a complete goof, prone to dressing in women’s clothing and flying hubcap spaceships into his shots on very visible wires. These days, Wood’s ultra-low budget sci-fi and horror epics are watched more for their camp factor than any thrills they might provide. Turner Classics devotes a late-night double feature to two of Wood’s best (or would that be worst?): His 1959 film “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” which finds aliens resurrecting the dead (1 a.m.) and 1955’s “Bride of the Monster,” in which a mad scientist (an aged Bela Lugosi) creates a race of atomic supermen to rule da vurld! (2:30 a.m.)


FRONTLINE: THE LOST YEAR IN IRAQ
8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)

While our imperial aspirations in Iraq were destined to be a gigantic clusterfudge from the beginning, pundits and military experts agree that if we were going to restore any semblance of political, social and legal order to the country, the first year was crucial. But instead of putting in place the kind of leadership necessary to make that happen , the Bush administration installed political crony Paul Bremer III. According to reports, Bremer and his staff then spent the next year in the heavily fortified green zone, dining on gourmet cuisine and arguing over such minutae as whether to institute a flat tax. Come along on a hindsight horror show as reporters, military experts and historians discuss the legacy of that squandered year.


I PITY THE FOOL
9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18
TV Land (Comcast Ch. 55)

While the Golden Age-era Mr. T wouldn’t have touched anything so weepy as a reality self-help show with a 10-foot pole, his new show, “I Pity the Fool,” takes Mr. T on the road to help people in trouble solve their problems. Sort of like “The Incredible Hulk,” if the Hulk was black. And had a Mohawk. While the show is bound to be less exciting than, say, watching Mr. T pummel Carl Weathers in the ring or transform a school bus into a tank, it’s sure to be a good time.

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