Always a treat: 'Peanuts' david.zurawik@baltsun.com

Z ON TV

October 28, 2008|By DAVID ZURAWIK

For better or worse, a holiday isn't a holiday until TV says it is. At least, that's the case with Halloween and the Peanuts classic, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Its story line and dialogue are probably as widely known and beloved as the feature film It's a Wonderful Life. So, let's just cut to the chase and give it four well-worn and much-deserved stars. (8 p.m., WMAR-Channel 2) ****

ABOUT THE WARS, MR. PRESIDENT: Has anyone done better long-form TV journalism during this election cycle than PBS' Frontline? Heck, forget the election cycle and let's go back across the past eight years. Since 2000 and before, Frontline has been one of the only journalistic enterprises aggressively questioning the policies of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Tonight, The War Briefing looks at the complicated and troubled military legacy left behind by Bush and Cheney that the new president will have to deal with as soon as he takes office. (9 p.m. MPT, Channels 22 and 67) ***

LATE-NIGHT GUESTS: Talk show host Regis Philbin visits and singer James Taylor performs on the Late Show with David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS). Actor Seth Rogen and NBC reporter David Gregory appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC).

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