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 V.23 No.12 | March 20 - 26, 2014 

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John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown

Thursday 20

“Community” (KOB-4 7pm) “Community” isn’t afraid to revisit its finest moments (three entire paintball episodes?). Hence we’re gifted with the Greendale Gang sitting down to another session of Dungeons & Dragons. Not sure how this will play out minus the villainous machinations of Pierce (Chevy Chase), but you may have to roll a save against incapacitating laughter.

Friday 21

“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (KWBQ-19 7pm) The newly revived improv comedy show (a spin-off of the popular British series of the same name) returns for a second season.

Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way (Showtime 7pm) Trailblazing politician and vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro gets the biographical documentary treatment courtesy of her own daughter, filmmaker Donna Zaccaro.

“Blondie’s New York” (Smithsonian 8pm) Members of seminal punk/new wave band Blondie spill the behind-the-scenes beans on the making of their breakthrough album, 1978’s Parallel Lines.

Saturday 22

John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown (HBO 8pm) Before he became a vaguely irritating voice actor (Ice Age, Rio), John Leguizamo was a fairly gifted comedian/monologuist. Here he returns to his roots, joking about growing up in Queens and getting early roles in the movie biz.

Zardoz (TCM 12am) The bizarro, post-apocalyptic British film starring Sean Connery (recently parodied on NBC’s “Community”) gets a rare airing. It’s essential viewing for cult film completists.

Sunday 23

“Oprah & Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth” (OWN 10am) I’m picturing a weird sci-fi drama in which Oprah Winfrey and some weaselly looking New Age guru must repopulate a devastated planet. I, however, am wrong.

“American Dream Builders” (KOB-4 7pm) What the world needs now is another home renovation competition.

“Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops 2014” (CMT 10pm) I always feel bad for the troops when they get “saluted,” because it’s inevitably some Blue Collar Comedy Tour guy, the WWE or Waylon Jennings doing the saluting. Surely some measurable percentage of our armed forces are not rednecks.

Monday 24

“The Numbers Game” (National Geographic 7:30pm) With “mind-bending stats, hilarious man on the street experiments and interactive game play” (what, no viral videos?), data scientist Jake Porway reveals the statistics behind life’s most daunting topics.

“The Safecrackers” (truTV 8pm) America’s “leading safecracker” and his best buddy travel the country to “unravel the mysteries and unlock the secrets lurking in abandoned safes.” The show isn’t even on yet, and I already don’t believe a word it says.

Tuesday 25

“The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama” (KNME-5 7pm) The noted British historian traces the history of the Jewish people from a nomadic tribe to Exodus to medieval persecution through the Holocaust and into modern day.

“Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge” (Syfy 8pm) Ten wannabe Muppet designers compete in an elimination-style reality show. Soon all jobs will be awarded on elimination-style reality shows.

Wednesday 26

“Psych” (USA 7pm) After eight seasons on the air, USA’s eclectic crime-solving series closes its case file with a wrap-up finale. Followed by a live after-show featuring a Q&A with cast and crew.

 
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