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ANDRE: Goes to school.
  • ANDRE: Goes to school.

6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3
Cartoon Network
(Comcast Ch. 33)

Back in the good old days of television, one of our favorite shows was “Fat Albert,” the goofy, urban, musical cartoon fielded by one of the biggest stars of the day, comedian Bill Cosby. Now, one of the stars of modern hip-hop has stepped forward to try and give cartoons a similar urban spin. In his new cartoon series “Class of 3000,” Andre “Andre 3000” Benjamin — half of the duo Outkast — plays a thoroughly hip and maybe magical music teacher who comes to teach at an inner-city elementary school. Set in a kind of R. Crumb caricature of Atlanta, the show proves to be fun and colorful, especially during the musical numbers, which feature Benjamin’s quirky and infectious grooves.

8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
In 1848, America’s westward expansion was stuck at a crawl, hindered by wild animals, the lack of trade and roads, hos-tile Indians and simply the vastness of it all. It might have taken countless generations to fill all that land if not for one thing: gold, discovered at Sutter’s Mill in California. With fortunes to be made simply by digging them out of the ground, the ensuing Gold Rush brought a flood of adventurers and profiteers streaming to the West Coast, both overland and by sea. Though some became millionaires, the true winner was the country itself, with the trading posts, roads and military forts that sprang up to protect and supply Gold Rush migrants helping lay the foundation for general westward expansion.

9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
Though a great newspaper story or magazine article can often pack the greatest punch, there are times when everything that needs to be said about an issue can be captured in one frame. That’s where the editorial cartoonists come in, those masters of economy who regularly put us long-winded journalists to shame. In this documentary, filmmakers explore the work and impact of Paul Conrad, one of the most influential editorial cartoonists of the late 20th century and beyond. Born in Iowa, Conrad has worked at the Denver Post and the Los Angeles Times, where his cartoons about politics won him a Pulitzer Prize. Tune in and learn the secrets of this great American art form, through the eyes of one of its best practitioners. 

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