Watching history repeat itself can be thrilling. In a neat juxtaposition, two stirring documentaries about historic civil-rights campaigns — one fresh in memory, the other marking a 50th-anniversary milestone — are airing on consecutive nights this week, a galvanizing reminder of the personal stakes in the ongoing struggle for individual freedoms.
HBO's The Case Against 8 (Monday, 9/8c), a film-festival favorite, is an intimate, exhaustive account of last year's legal battle to overturn California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. Freedom Summer, from PBS's acclaimed American Experience series (Tuesday at 9/8c, check tvguide.com listings), recalls the selfless efforts of hundreds of college students from across the country who descended on Mississippi in the sweltering summer of 1964, facing violent resistance in their determination to challenge the segregationist establishment and register African Americans to vote.
It's a bird. It's a plane. Duck and cover! What goes up must come down in a small town trapped — wait for it — Under the Dome, the title of an ingeniously warped conceit from the fertile mind of Stephen King, who believes that ...
The basic theme of tonight's eventful Grey's Anatomy fall finale (ABC, 9/8c) is: "You think you had a bad day?" The doctors of Seattle Grace have their hands and hearts full of trauma, with much of the chaos spinning around the emergency surgery involving Teddy's chronically ill but eternally chipper ...
Tennis star Anna Kournikova hits the court with the contestants tonight to lead a full-body workout before the group members are surprised with a tennis-ball pop challenge. Off the court, the players have plenty of drama to deal with after one contestant confesses to wanting to leave the ranch, and another is singled out by Bob during a grueling workout. — Brie Hearn
Read on for previews of 30 for 30, Life Unexpected, Caprica, POV, Dancing with the Stars and Sons of Anarchy.
The crime show's 10-episode inaugural season comes to a close with music-loving sleuth Dwight Hendricks trying to hit the right notes regarding an important, unresolved case from his past. Cut to a seedy pocket of Memphis, where an enigmatic man with amnesia is found with a bullet wound. Dwight digs into the mystery man's apparently shady past...and explores the possibility that he might be connected to the unsolved beating death of a little girl. Can Dwight heat up this cold case? Meanwhile, a financially troubled Lt. Rice considers a change in career.
Read on for previews of Jefferson, 30 for 30, Shaq Vs., Covert Affairs, POV and Rescue Me.