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TV highlights, Jan. 13-19 

THE WILD ONE (1953) 11:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14 Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30) Though Marlon Brando was a great actor, a lot of people forget that — back before his Jabba the Hutt days — he was one good-lookin’ sumbitch. No movie in his career illustrates that better than “The Wild One.” Clad in sprayed-on black leather, riding a chopped-down Harley and sporting a sneer that would make your average high school guidance counselor stick her head in the oven, Brando proved he was rock ’n’ roll waaaay before Elvis ever shook a hip. Here, the future Don Corleone plays Johnny, the badass leader of a gang of motorcycle-riding hooligans who take over a quiet town. Gang strife, mutinous townsfolk, and romance with a local girl figure in before a tragic final confrontation. 24 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17 Fox (Broadcast Ch. 16, Comcast Ch. 13) Ah, wouldn’t it be great if all our lives were full of enough intrigue, suspense and gunplay to make a television show out of? On second thought, that wouldn’t be that great after all. Here, in the fourth season of the hit Fox show, government agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) fights the forces of evil in one-hour, real-time increments. This time — this week’s segment being “Day 4: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.” — after being booted out of his counter-terrorism unit for heroin addiction, Jack must risk life and limb to save his girlfriend when she and her father — who happens to be the secretary of state — are kidnapped by dastardly terrorists. ON THE SAME PAGE: THE BUFFALO RIVER HANDBOOK 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) Though winter is on us now with both feet, soon the crickets will be singing, the air will be balmy, and you’ll be begging for a respite from Arkansas summer. One of the best cures for the summertime blues around these parts is, of course, a trip to the Buffalo River. The first river in the country to be protected as a national river, the Buffalo is one of the state’s treasures, and well worth the trip north. Here, in the latest installment in their informative “On the Same Page” series, AETN invites author Kenneth L. Smith to talk about his book, “The Buffalo River Handbook.” Detailing the geography, wonders and history of the Buffalo, it’s a book sure to be worn ragged in the bottom of many a backpack in coming years.
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