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Monday: The truly original "Nimrod Nation" airs on Sundance. Plus: What did you think of Sunday's "Tin Man"?

By Salon Staff

Published December 3, 2007 11:00AM (EST)

Prime Pick

Photo: Sundance

If you're bored with the same old predictable TV dramas, it's time you paid a little visit to "Nimrod Nation" (two half-hour episodes begin at 9 p.m. EST on Sundance), a truly original documentary series that focuses on the lives of the residents of Watersmeet, a small town in the upper peninsula of Michigan. The series is a little bit like a real-life version of "Northern Exposure," except that the humor and the editing are extremely subtle, and the soundtrack is seriously melancholy, making you feel that, at any second, tragedy is about to strike. Instead, we meet a quirky bunch of residents who seem to spend most of their time chatting about the local high school basketball team, ice fishing or shooting at birds and deer -- all of which probably sounds positively awful, but trust us, you really shouldn't miss this extremely unique, oddly affecting bit of television.


Loyal fans of "The Closer" can look forward to tonight's special two-hour episode (8 p.m. EST on TNT), followed by the return of Holly Hunter in the critically praised bad-cop series "Saving Grace" (the first of four new episodes premieres at 10 p.m. EST on TNT). And fans of John Cusack, rejoice! Cusack appears on "Inside the Actors Studio" at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo and stars in "Being John Malkovich," which airs at 10:35 p.m. EST on IFC.

Last night

What did you think of part one of "Tin Man" on Sunday? Go here to discuss.

On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EST

Keira Knightley, Masi Oka, Wired magazine's Nick Thompson

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EST

Genie Francis, Charles Gibson

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Dakota Blue Richards

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings


Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings


Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EST


Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST

Jerry Seinfeld (repeat)

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST

Michael Beschloss (repeat)

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST


Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST


Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

John Cusack

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST


Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST


Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST


Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Eryn Loeb, Amy Reiter

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