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Monday: ‘Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man’

[IMG:L]Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man — 7/6c on Sundance

In the spirit of the Sundance Film Festival–and, fine, the lack of any must-see TV on this night–it’s only right to check out some of its channel’s programming.

And Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, airing tonight, is a great place to start.

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Legendary singer-songwriter/poet/novelist Cohen, the documentary’s subject (duh!), isn’t exactly as well known by today’s teens as, say, Miley Cyrus, but their parents can look quasi-hip by telling ‘em what’s up.

It’s also an opportunity for parents to teach their Generation-Y(ouTube) children a musical history lesson: There was in fact a time, not so long ago, when musicians actually wrote their own songs.

But younger viewers might be compelled to watch on their own terms by just one word: Bono.

The U2 frontman is but one of Cohen’s famous friends/fans to appear in the documentary; they sing “Tower of Song” together.

Other, less famous musicians contributing Cohen covers for I’m Your Man–and its superb soundtrack–include Rufus and Martha Wainright, Nick Cave, and Beth Orton.


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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations — 10/9c on The Travel Channel
Q: What’s the best show not to be affected by the strike (and still a damn good one even when everyone in Hollywood is getting along)? A: No Reservations, which tonight features Bourdain exploring the cuisine and booming film industry of Vancouver. Film industry, eh? Nice timing, Tony!

American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver — 10/9c on PBS
Looking for clarification on just how Maria Shriver, aka Mrs. Schwarzenegger, is related to the Kennedy family? Or how ‘bout the circumstances under which her father, Robert Sargent Shriver, founded the Peace Corps? Well look no further!

[IMG:R]Catwoman — 8/7c on AMC
Catwoman–it takes the “C” (“Classics”) out of “AMC” (“American Movie Classics”). So for tonight let’s just call the network “AM”: “American Movies.” Seriously, AMC, what’s the criteria over there?!

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