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Thursday: George Clooney narrates HBO's "Sand and Sorrow." Plus: What did you think of "Million-Dollar Christmas" on Wednesday?

By Salon Staff

Published December 6, 2007 11:20AM (EST)

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"The people in Darfur, whether you call it a genocide or not, frankly I don't think they care very much, because they know that for them it's almost the end of the world." These words from Dr. Gerard Prunier, author of "Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide," sum up the darkness and frustration at the heart of the latest documentary on Darfur, HBO's "Sand and Sorrow" (8 p.m. EST). Narrated by George Clooney and directed, produced, written and edited by Paul Freedman, "Sand and Sorrow" presents a very clear timeline and explanation of the events in Sudan, along with all of the outrage and disbelief befitting them. The film tackles Darfur from several angles, featuring haunting footage of villages burning, heartbreaking illustrations by children from Darfur, and riveting interviews with the first activists and humanitarians to arrive on the scene. Freedman also interviews high school students in the United States who organized events to heighten awareness of the atrocities, most of them utterly confused by why our country wouldn't immediately intervene to save hundreds of thousands of helpless men, women and children from being slaughtered by government-armed militias. Even if you're well aware of the layers of this tragedy, "Sand and Sorrow" offers a disturbing close-up of the evils that unfolded while the world's most powerful countries sat on their hands and did nothing.


Edie Falco continues her role as Jack's girlfriend on tonight's "30 Rock" (8:30 p.m. EST on NBC), and on "Top Chef Holiday Challenge" (9 p.m. EST on Bravo) cheftestants from past seasons of "Top Chef" compete in a $20k holiday cook-off. In "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," everyday heroes are honored -- by Anderson Cooper, of course. Barbara Walters would prefer to honor extremely famous people, and she does so in "10 Most Fascinating People," featuring Bill Clinton, Victoria and David Beckham, Jennifer Hudson and Katherine Heigel (10 p.m. EST on ABC).

Last night

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On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EST

Megan Mullally, Rob Morrow, Omar Wasow

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EST

Jeff Foxworthy, Sam Elliott

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Keira Knightley, Toby Keith

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

How They Revved Up Their Sex Life (repeat)

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings


Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EST

Preempted for "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute"

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST

Dennis Miller (repeat)

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST

Thomas Ricks, Joe Klein (repeat)

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST

Vince Vaughn, KT Tunstall (repeat)

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST

Michael Jordan, David Spade, Fred Nelson Choral Ensemble (repeat)

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

David Kyuman Kim, Marc Forster

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST


Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST

Brian Williams, Leslie Mann, Los Straitjackets with Big Sandy (repeat)

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST

Eric Idle, S. Epatha Merkerson, Guy Torry (repeat)

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

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