9:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20
Turner Classic Movies (Comcast Ch. 30)
Get your motor running, gearheads! Here, for your entertainment, is the purest rendition of the detective-in-a-fast-car story in film history. Long before he was digitally exhumed for a recent Ford commercial, Steve McQueen was proving his leadfoot street cred in “Bullitt.” Here, McQueen plays a San Francisco detective whose case gets personal when the mob comes after him. His co-stars? Some of the bad-asserist muscle cars rolling out of Detroit in the late ’60s, including McQueen’s rally green fastback Mustang, and the villain’s Dodge Charger, which sounds like Satan with a head cold when the bad guy puts the pedal to the metal. Crack open a can of forty-weight and enjoy.
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21
Fox (Comcast Ch. 13, Broadcast Ch. 16)
Though the buzz for “Arrested Development” has built slowly, it has built steadily. The five Emmys it recently garnered — including the win for best comedy — should prove to anyone reluctant to tune in that it’s more than a flash in the pan. The story revolves around Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), the scion of a wealthy clan — and the only sane one of the bunch — who sets out on his own. When the family finds its assets frozen due to accounting irregularities, however, Michael has to swoop back in to save his do-nothing family of eccentrics from themselves. A comedy with a brain — and just enough of the wacky, culture-smart humor that has become the hallmark of Sunday night Fox — it’s a must-see.
ARKANSAS ASKS: GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE
8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
The elections are behind us, the nip of winter is in the air, and AETN is ready to subject the highest politician in our land to public scorn, ridicule and/or laughter. Here, the network’s “Arkansas Asks” series puts newly svelte Gov. Mike Huckabee on the spot, allowing callers to phone in and grill him on the issues that matter (the number, in case you’re wondering, is 1-800-662-2386). Our suggestions: a) What’s the going rate for under-the-radar Mexican gastric bypass these days? And, b) Just how does the cult-style mass covenant marriage he has planned — complete with prayers, a gospel choir, and taxpayers footing at least part of the bill — square with that pesky First Amendment?