Archive for Monday, November 5, 2012

Tune In Tonight: Cameras go outside U.S.

November 5, 2012


Less than a week before Veterans Day, “Inside the Afghanistan War” (7 p.m., National Geographic) takes a two-hour look at the conflict — now America’s most prolonged combat operation — and the men and women serving there.

• The new half-hour series “Witness” (8 p.m., HBO) profiles photojournalists in hot spots around the globe. First up is “Juarez,” a look at the Mexican border town consumed in that nation’s war on drugs, a conflict that has claimed nearly 20,000 lives in recent years. Photographer Eros Hoagland travels from one murder scene to the next and presents interviews with local experts who all but blame the Mexican army for the endemic corruption and mass slaughter. “Juarez” also salutes Hoagland’s father, a Newsweek photojournalist who was shot to death by members of El Salvador’s military during that country’s civil war in the 1980s.

• The eight-part series “Dangerous Grounds” (9 p.m., Travel) premieres, following adventurer Todd Carmichael as he looks for rare and exotic new coffee varieties in Haiti, Bolivia, Madagascar and Borneo, among other places.

• While Todd Carmichael embarks on his Indiana Jones-style search for java in and around Java, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (8 p.m., Travel) airs its final episode. Bourdain decides to wrap up the series in Brooklyn, N.Y., just over the bridge from his Manhattan home.

Perhaps that’s fitting. After all, few cities have done more to reinvent themselves as places of culinary adventurism. (Apparently Paris now has food trucks, which French eaters visit in search of a dining experience known as “Le Brooklyn.”) And few cities have as much ethnic diversity — and all of the eating opportunities that come with it. Before signing off, Bourdain joins up with his crazy Russian pal, Zamir, to sample the Russian food in Brighton Beach, an ethnic enclave not far from Coney Island.

Tonight’s other highlights

• The voices of Placido Domingo and Andy Garcia star in the hourlong “Dora the Explorer” presentation of “Dora’s Royal Rescue” (6 p.m., Nickelodeon), based on a story by Miguel de Cervantes.

• A murder case with artisanal overtones on “Bones” (7 p.m., Fox).

• A murder with ritualistic overtones on “Hawaii Five-0” (9 p.m., CBS).

• Charlie finds a kindred spirit on “Revolution” (9 p.m., NBC).

• Murder at a sci-fi convention on “Castle” (9 p.m., ABC).


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