8 p.m. Monday, July 25
TNT (Comcast Ch. 29)
Though we never quite get used to Yankee actors butchering Southern accents (they all tend to end up sounding like either Scarlett O’Hara or Karl from “Sling Blade,” no matter what part of Dixie they’re supposed to be from), one faux-cracker accent that we’ve been willing to tolerate recently is the one spouted by actress Kyra Sedgwick in TNT’s great new series “The Closer.” Sedgwick plays Brenda Leigh Johnson, an Atlanta police detective who uproots to lead the LAPD’s Priority Homicide Division. With fresh riffs on sex, class and crime, it’s gelling up to be a winner.
When sitting at home in my smoking jacket and fez, feet up, martini in hand and channel pegged on the Independent Film Channel, I sometimes feel for the little people. You know: those without IFC (Comcast Digital does, to their credit, include the even rarer and just as cool Sundance Channel). A jewel of the telesphere, IFC is the channel of channels for true film buffs, showing edgy, smart and uncut independent films that you really and truly can’t see anywhere else. This month, the array is just as amazing as ever: “Henry’s Film Corner.” “Gods and Monsters.” “Sexy Beast.” “Jackie Brown.” “The Legend of 1900.” The list goes on. Bottom line: Call Comcast. Demand your IFC. You’ll be much happier.
WHALE RIDER (2002)
8 p.m. Sunday, July 24
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
Television, though a vast cultural wasteland, can still take you places both physically and emotionally. Case in point: the poignant and beautiful “Whale Rider.” Here, Pailea (Keisha Castle-Hughes), a modern-day Maori girl from New Zealand, has a vision: She is supposed to rise to be the leader of her people, fulfilling the destiny her grandfather believes was reserved for her twin brother, who died at birth. The title refers to a legend that the Maori’s greatest leader will ride a whale, recreating the feat of an ancient hero. Garnering Castle-Hughes a Best Actress Oscar nomination, “Whale Rider” is a genuinely touching coming-of-age story about tradition, dreams and the need for change if native peoples are to survive in the always-uncertain future.
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.