Archive for Sunday, November 4, 2012

Tune In Tonight: Bin Laden hunt, raid re-enacted

November 4, 2012

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A theatrical thriller based on real events, “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden” (7 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic) re-creates the CIA’s efforts to track Osama bin Laden, culminating with the secret raid on his Pakistani compound that resulted in his death.

Some have argued, without seeing the film, that “Team Six” represents a propaganda boost for the president the weekend before Tuesday’s election. The filmmakers have denied this. It should be noted that the National Geographic Channel is owned primarily by Fox Networks, a division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, the owner of Fox News, which is hardly friendly territory for the current occupant of the White House.

• “Curiosity” (8 p.m. Sunday, Discovery), the series that crashed a plane into the Mexican desert a few weeks back, presents an epic life and death battle on an unimaginable scale in “Battlefield Cell.” This conflict takes place within the human body, in microscopic detail, as “Cell” uses CGI technology to show us a human skin cell as it is attacked by a hostile virus, and how that cell reacts, retreats, mounts a defense and triumphs over a virus set upon attacking not only the individual cell, but an entire human body.

Once thought to be fairly simple organisms, cells have been found to be more intricately complicated than a large city, capable of actions that seem straight out of science fiction.

Sunday’s other highlights

• Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): Political partisanship and Senate gridlock; historian David McCullough; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

• The Atlanta Falcons host the Dallas Cowboys in “Sunday Night Football” (7 p.m., NBC).

• Emma joins forces with an untrustworthy Captain Hook on “Once Upon a Time” (7 p.m., ABC).

• Pritchard believes he’s found a partner on “Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2” on “Masterpiece Classic” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings).

• Divided and nearly conquered on “The Walking Dead” (8 p.m., AMC).

• Gillian learns to accept Jimmy’s death on “Boardwalk Empire” (8 p.m., HBO).

• The wrong move on “Dexter” (8 p.m., Showtime).

• Tony locates the judge on “Treme” (9 p.m., HBO).

• A short declaration on “Homeland” (9 p.m., Showtime).

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