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Friday/weekend: Don't miss the heart-wrenching "Children of Men" on HBO. Plus: What did you think of "From Here to Eternity" on Thursday?


Salon Staff
January 18, 2008 4:05PM (UTC)

Weekend Pick

A new episode of "Friday Night Lights" (Friday at 9 p.m. EST on NBC) is well worth your time, but if you have HBO Signature, your top priority should be to catch last year's remarkable and heart-wrenching Oscar-nominated film "Children of Men" (Friday at 9 p.m. EST on HBOS, playing on regular HBO for rest of the month, so check listings here). Based on the bleak futuristic novel by P.D. James and directed by Alfonso Cuarón ("Y Tu Mama Tambien"), the film imagines a world where women are no longer able to get pregnant and the youngest person alive is 18 years old (and a huge celebrity for it). Startling, unpredictable, sweet and brutal, this film will mesmerize you from start to finish. Be sure to turn off the lights and turn up the volume so you can appreciate how beautifully shot and directed it is, from its quiet moments to its action sequences. If "Children of Men" doesn't make you wince, chuckle, gasp and cry before it's over, well, you just might be an alien.

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On Friday, the last new episode of vampire drama "Moonlight" airs at 9 p.m. EST on CBS, while a new episode of "Monk" airs at 9 p.m. EST on USA, and "20/20" focuses on anorexic mothers (10 p.m. EST on ABC). On Saturday, "The Godfather" airs at 8 p.m. EST on A&E, Coldplay perform in a repeat of "Austin City Limits" (9 p.m. EST on PBS, check listings), and Tom Arnold hosts a new episode of the reality series "My Big Redneck Wedding" (9 p.m. EST on CMT). On Sunday, "School of Rock" airs at 8 p.m. EST on TBS, the 11th leg of "The Amazing Race" airs at 8 p.m. EST on CBS, and "Masterpiece" features "Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen (9 p.m. EST on PBS, check listings).

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Thursday night

What did you think of "From Here to Eternity" on Thursday? Go here to discuss.

On the talk shows -- Friday

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EST

Michael Urie, Mario Lopez, guest co-host Jeff Gordon

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EST

Sylvester Stallone, Richard Cohen

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Laila Ali, Alex Trebek

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Suze Orman

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Tiki Barber, Peter King

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EST

TBA

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST

Diane Keaton, Jim Gaffigan

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST

TBA

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

David Frum, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST

TBA

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST

TBA

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST

Ted Danson, Ali Wentworth, Dean Edwards

Contributors: Megan Doll, Molly Eichel, Heather Havrilesky, Amy Reiter


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