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TV highlights, Oct. 19-25 

MONSTER FEST
Begins 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22
American Movie Classics (Comcast Ch. 31)
n Nothing gets our blood pumping — and spurting — like a good old scary movie, especially around Halloween time. Thankfully, for the last 10 years now, American Movie Classics has indulged our need for screams with its annual Monsterfest, a half-month-long, 24/7 salute to all things creepy. For its 10th year, AMC really does it up right, featuring nearly every film from a fright-freak’s favorite flicks list. Included are several films from the Godzilla franchise, nearly every film Bela Lugosi ever made, all the films from the original Frankenstein series, both the old and new versions of “The Fly,” the 1987 punk vampire flick “The Lost Boys,” and many, many others. For a full listing, go to www.amctv.com.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE:
TEST TUBE BABIES
8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3,
Broadcast Ch. 2)

n For millions of American couples, infertility once meant quiet desperation and a home devoid of the sound of children. Then, in 1978, scientists announced what seemed at the time to be something straight out of science fiction: a so-called “Test Tube Baby” named Louise Joy Brown. The sperm and ovum of her parents had been combined in a Petri dish, with the resulting zygote transferred into her mother’s womb. The announcement set off the usual firestorm of criticism, including those who said that scientists were meddling with God’s will. Filmmakers track down some of the doctors and patients whose lives were changed by this once radical procedure.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET
9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3,
Broadcast Ch. 2)
n For many Gen X’ers, nothing brings back their childhood more vividly that the familiar theme song of Sesame Street. The show was groundbreaking, helping millions of kids learn to read, write, count and socialize. When producers tried to take the show to other countries, however, they soon learned that some of Sesame Street’s multi-culti, joy-to-the-world philosophy didn’t always translate. Legend has it that Russian producers insisted on toning down the rainbow-bright colors of the puppets, insisting that Russkie kids were used to a more somber palette). Here, the minds behind the spread of “Sesame” talk about the problems they faced in exporting the show to the world.

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