All day Friday, Aug. 19
Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30)
Though Marlon Brando might always best be known for his turn as Don Corleone in “The Godfather,” you don’t get to be a legend over one role. Brando’s films include a long list of classics, a record matched only by the Mount Olympus-grade actors of his generation. Survey a couple of his movies, from all stages of his long career, and you’ll know why he’s rated among the best of the best of the best. Here, Turner Classic Movies holds a Brando-thon, showing 10 of his non-Godfather best, including “The Wild One” (1953), “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951), “On the Waterfront” (1954), and “The Freshman” (1990).
NOVA: BATTLE PLAN
5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
If you’ll remember, we were supposed to be out of Iraq by now — moved on to conquer the next evil Middle Eastern dictatorship. The only problem, the Bush administration told us, will be brushing all the rose petals out of our hair as we march triumphantly into Baghdad, mobbed by the adoring, newly liberated citizenry. Besides, this wasn’t going to be your grandpa’s war, the Pentagon said, showing off high-tech drones and smart bombs. Now, almost 2,000 dead soldiers later, we’re stuck in a war without end, the people we were supposed to liberate are now our enemies, and America is left wondering why. Here, in a first-time collaboration with the New York Times, “Nova” goes searching for answers. Did we have a back-up plan? What happened to all those high-tech weapons? Will we ever get out of Iraq?
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER
8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22
Spike TV (Comcast Ch. 63)
If professional rasslin’ is too fake for your taste, boxing too regulated and hitting somebody over the head with a lead pipe too illegal, you might want to try this Spike TV offering. Based on the real-life brawling that goes on in the Ultimate Fighting Championship series, this reality show follows 18 modern-day gladiators as they try to use their martial arts skills to battle their way to the top. It’s bloody, brutal and banned in quite a few states, with the contestants pummeling each other in no-rules fighting that can involve fists, feet, elbows, knees and headbutts. No, seriously, nothing fake here. The prize for the young contestants is a big one, however: a lucrative and high-profile contact with the UFC.
A wayward Mercedes-Benz careened off Main Street in North Little Rock following a traffic accident Saturday night, with the car smashing through a window and destroying a door at Argenta Bead Co. The impact knocked over shelves and scattered what the owner of the business called "thousands and thousands and thousands" of beads and charms, including several expensive and rare antique glass beads — across the store.
The Governor's office today announced the creation of an "Office of Transformation" along with a new chief officer for the agency, with Gov. Asa Hutchinson saying the goal of the office would be to "drive efficiency" in government and streamline state operations.
Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
So fed up was young Edgar Welch of Salisbury, N.C., that Hillary Clinton was getting away with running a child-sex ring that he grabbed a couple of guns last Sunday, drove 360 miles to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., where Clinton was supposed to be holding the kids as sex slaves, and fired his AR-15 into the floor to clear the joint of pizza cravers and conduct his own investigation of the pedophilia syndicate of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "The Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim to fame.
Before Pearls breaks its brief silent treatment about Razorback basketball's latest bid to shake off listless irrelevance, we'll spend a word or two on the Belk Bowl, where the football team draws a Dec. 29 matchup with Virginia Tech in Charlotte.