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TV highlights Nov. 4 

LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION PANEL 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can’t, curse a politician. That’s what we always heard, anyway. With that in mind, AETN puts together the latest totem to its long-standing love affair with the panel discussion — this time a chat with the Legislature’s Joint Education Committee. On hand will be Sen. Shane Broadway, D-Bryant; Rep. Mary Beth Green, R-Van Buren; Rep. Robert White, D-Camden; Sen. Gilbert Baker, R-Conway; Rep. Herschel Cleveland, D-Paris; Rep. Betty Pickett, D-Conway; Sen. Jimmy Jeffress, D-Crossett, and Rep. Lindbergh Thomas, D-Grady. Topics will include a school facilities report, education-geared taxes and why football-field turf should count toward school lunch requirements as a “vegetable.” THE BIGGEST LOSER 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 NBC (Comcast Ch. 4, Broadcast Ch. 5) n This writer — a long-time member of the Clean Plate Club — saw NBC’s new reality show “The Biggest Loser” coming from a mile away. Here, two teams of Rotund Americans compete for a quarter of a million dollars. The winner is whoever loses the most weight while suffering through temptations such as working in a barbecue joint and a donut shop while on a crash diet, and then gutting out (pardon the pun) non-stop fitness training at the hands of a soulless string bean/personal trainer. The best moment: Rather than the faux dignity of an extinguished torch, when folks get voted off the “Biggest Loser” fat farm, a lighted refrigerator behind them goes ominously dark. Heat up some cheese dip, settle into the groove your butt has massaged into the couch over the years, and enjoy. EARLY FILM MARATHON 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30) n TCM dips waaaaaay back into the vault for this three-hour marathon of the earliest motion pictures. Included in this historical treasure trove are the very early motion studies “Sioux Buffalo Dance” (1895), “Annie Oakley” (1894) and “Bucking Bronco” (1894). Representative of the shift toward actual storytelling are “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (1910) and “The Invaders” (1912). Another curiosity shown here is the 1897 short “Admiral Cigarettes.” Filmed by Thomas Edison, it features actors extolling the virtues of real-life Admiral Cigs — making it the earliest surviving full-motion product advertisement.
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