INSIDE THE ACTOR’S STUDIO: MORGAN FREEMAN
11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18
Bravo (Comcast Ch. 50)
Not afraid to take both the meatiest (“Glory,” “The Shawshank Redemption”) and the cheesiest (“Dreamcatcher,” “Kiss the Girls”) roles, Mississippi Delta native Morgan Freeman has slowly established a reputation for himself as an actor’s actor — much sought after as a man who can bring power and honesty to a movie just by walking onto the set. From his early years playing bit parts on soap operas and children’s television, to his breakout role as pimp Fast Black in 1987’s “Street Smart,” to his turn as worn-out boxer Eddie Dupris in “Million Dollar Baby” — which finally scored him a long-overdue Academy Award in February — Freeman is one of a kind. Here, host James Lipton asks Freeman about acting, his career, and what’s next for one of America’s greatest talents.
NOVA: POPULATION EXPLOSION
5 p.m. Saturday, June 18
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
Though population growth in industrialized nations has leveled off, the birth rate in non-industrialized nations like India and much of Africa has skyrocketed. It took the world until 1805 to see its first billion living residents, but now we add around a half-billion people every decade. With a current population of 6.3 billion, experts expect the world’s burden to reach 9 billion souls by 2050, and already the population is be-ginning to reach the limits that the earth’s resources — water, food, petroleum and land — can support. Nova goes in search for answers, speaking with both experts and those forced to live in dire poverty by the sheer number of people in their country. It’s sure to be an eye-opener.
COLD WAR SCI-FI, PART 2
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21
Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 29)
TCM presents another installment of its Tuesday night marathons, this one featur-
ing four sci-fi classics made during the
height of the Cold War in the late ’60s and early ’70s. They bear the unmistakable stamp of
an America turned upside down by the Vietnam War. First, at 7 p.m., Charlton Heston learns the secret behind a faux food in “Soylent Green” (1973). At 8:45 p.m., tourists run from cyborgs gone bad in “Westworld” (1975). In “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), viewers go on a trip to the edge of the universe, cut short by a murderous computer. Finally, at 12:15 a.m., a policeman finds
the truth behind a future society fixated on youth in “Logan’s Run” (1976).
The AP reports that the Southeastern Conference, from which millions flow into University of Arkansas coffers, has asked the state to exempt college sports events from a newly expanded gun law that allows concealed weapons on college campuses, in the Capitol, in courthouses, in bars and in many other places.
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.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled today that he had no choice based on a past Arkansas Supreme Court decision but to dismiss a lawsuit by Death Row inmates seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process.But the judge did so unhappily with sharp criticism of the Arkansas Supreme Court for failing to address critical points raised in the lawsuit.