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Thursday: ‘Barbara Walters Special’

[IMG:L]Barbara Walters Special — 10/9c on ABC

Tonight marks Babs’ 15th airing of her “10 Most Fascinating People” special–15 wonderful years of jerking tears from the eyes of interviewees.

Among the chosen ones of ’07 are David and Victoria Beckham, Justin Timberlake, Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Hudson, Bill Clinton, Don Imus, and MySpace moguls Tom Anderson and DeWolfe.

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Here is one prediction of how the tears will fall: Heigl and Hudson will cry; Imus’ eyes will well up with tears, but none will stream down his face; Timberlake will fake-cry in an attempt to lighten the mood, display his virility, and mock interviewees’ tendency to break down in Walters‘ presence; and Clinton, the Beckhams and the MySpace guys will be all smiles.

The big draw, aside from finding out who came in at No. 1, remains the Imus sit-down, his first since on-air comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team cost him his job. (Imus has since been rehired and began his return to radio this week.)


[IMG:R]Sand and Sorrow — 8/7c on HBO
In stark contrast to the celebrity celebration featured in Barbara Walters’ special is this sobering documentary on Sudan. Narrated by co-executive producer George ClooneySand and Sorrow is a blunt crash course on the Sudanese region’s genocide, and why it continues to go uncovered by the U.S. media.

[IMG:L]Scrubs — 9:30/8:30c on NBC
Cox (John C. McGinley) and Turk (Donald Faison) compete for the top spot on a Web site that ranks doctors, while simultaneously trying to knock down J.D.’s (Zach Braff) ranking; a terminal patient confesses to Elliot (Sarah Chalke); and Carla (Judy Reyes) meets the Janitor’s (Neil Flynn) new girlfriend. The real storyline: With the writers strike raging on with no end in sight and Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence’s refusal to write a backup ending to remedy the situation, the series’ end is closer than it may appear.

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