Gear up for the election

Z ON TV

November 03, 2008|By DAVID ZURAWIK | DAVID ZURAWIK,david.zurawik@baltsun.com

It's the eve of the election of a lifetime and TV has been at the center of events, so don't come here looking for me to tell you what steps they'll be doing on Dancing with the Stars tonight. Besides, I had enough of that for anybody's lifetime last spring, when Baltimore's Mario was on the show and I was interviewing him every week about what steps he'd be doing.

But there are some very good political choices tonight, starting with Primary, a legendary 1960 documentary by Robert Drew. Set in the closing days of the 1960 Democratic primary in Wisconsin, the film offers a fascinating look at John F. Kennedy fighting off Minnesota Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey for the Democratic presidential nomination. Jackie Kennedy is in the film as well - enough of a reason in my book to recommend it right there. (9 p.m. Sundance) ****

ONE MORE SHOT OF SNL NBC offers the Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008 tonight, hoping for one last sip at the cup of record ratings for political satire. Fred Armisen as Sen. Barack Obama and Darrell Hammond as Sen. John McCain will be featured. (9 p.m., WBAL-Channel 11)

LATE-NIGHT GUESTS Actor Ricky Gervais visits, and Elvis Costello performs on the Late Show with David Letterman. Animal handler Julie Scardina visits, and Sugarland performs on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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