Wednesday, October 20, 2010 primetime tv highlights for the NY/NJ metro area;
7:30 P.M. (WNYW) MLB NLCS Phillies vs. The San Francisco Giants …Giants up 2 to 1.
8 P.M. (WNET 13) MICHAEL FEINSTEIN’S AMERICAN SONGBOOK When he’s not performing one of his 150 concerts a year, Mr. Feinstein, the pianist and singer, can be found poring over old scores and recordings in the basements of his homes in New York and Los Angeles and making digital copies — the better to preserve music that could otherwise be lost forever. In the conclusion of this three-part series, he presents jazz from the 1920s and ’30s, interspersing music with mini-lectures on the impact of talking motion pictures and the dawn of the recording industry.
8 P.M. (WLIW) DOC MARTIN British series about a new doctor in a Cornish sea village.
8 P.M. (HBO) BOARDWALK EMPIRE Three episodes back-to-back.
9 P.M. (WNET) A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House: Selections from American musicals performed by Idina Menzel, Brian d’Arcy James, Audra McDonald, Elaine Stritch, Karen Olivo, Tonya Pinkins, Assata Alston and a youth ensemble from the Joy of Motion Dance Center. Nathan Lane is the M.C. of this concert special, which was hosted by President Obama and the first lady, Michelle Obama, on July 19.
9 P.M. (CNBC) REMINGTON UNDER FIRE: A CNBC INVESTIGATION Scott Cohn, a senior correspondent, follows up a 10-month CNBC inquiry into the Remington 700, the popular hunting rifle, that reports that the gun is prone to firing without pulling the trigger, and that its manufacturer has been aware of the problem.
9 P.M. (History) I AM ALIVE: SURVIVING THE ANDES PLANE CRASH Before the Chilean miners there were the Uruguayan rugby players, who, on Oct. 13, 1972, were stranded on a glacier at 12,000 feet when their charter plane crashed in the Andes, straddling the border between Chile and Argentina, above. More than a quarter of the 45 passengers on board, including friends and relatives of the team, died in the crash; others perished in the days to come. Eventually the last 16 survivors resorted to cannibalism to stay alive for nearly two and a half months. In this episode one survivor, Nando Parrado, recounts his weeks on the peak and his marathon journey in search of help. Mr. Parrado wrote about his experiences in “Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home,” his 2006 best seller with Vince Rause, which Jon Krakauer, the author of “Into Thin Air,” called “an astonishing account of an unimaginable ordeal.”
9 P.M. (Bio) A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: THE INSIDE STORY This two-part special edition goes behind the scenes of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” Wes Craven’s 1984 horror film that introduced the razor-gloved, dream-stalking bogeyman Freddy Krueger, played to ghoulish effect by Robert Englund. Mr. Craven and Mr. Englund recount their days on the set and how their lives were changed by the film’s success; the directors Renny Harlin (“A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master”) and Ronny Yu (“Freddy vs. Jason”) weigh in on the franchise’s lingering influence.
9 P.M. (WNBC) LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) seek the link between two men (Michael Gladis and Kevin Alejandro) who have been branded on the chest with a wire coat hanger. It all seems so familiar.
10 P.M. (WNBC) LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES Chaos threatens to break out in Southern California after Detectives Winters (Skeet Ulrich) and Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll) investigate the death of two children killed in a meth-lab explosion and discover that those involved in the destruction have more sinister plans.
10 P.M. (Discovery) STORM CHASERS In this episode, filmed in April, Reed Timmer and his chase buddies, Joel Taylor and Chris Chittick, go after the deadliest tornado of the season as it rips a 100-mile path across Mississippi, destroying 600 homes and Yazoo City.
10 P.M. (Food Network) TAILGATE WARRIORS WITH GUY FIERI: PACKERS VS. SEAHAWKS If you think it’s mean on the field when the Green Bay Packers face off against the Seattle Seahawks, check out the action in the parking lot. In this special Mr. Fieri continues his search, begun last year, for the best tailgate teams in the country, who are given an hour to win points with specialties like Gonna Score sliders, 9 Time Pro-Roller spring rolls, Lambeau Leap tostadas and Lineman beans.