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Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine
Still vigorous (and still working) at 91, the veteran actor sits down with Robert Osborne for a good-natured look back at a career that spans almost six decades. The show is generously sprinkled with clips from Borgnine’s many films, including Marty, for which he won a Best Actor Oscar. The 1955 drama itself follows at 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

The Closer
The award-winning police drama returns with the first of five new episodes, and resolves two cliffhangers from last summer—Brenda’s (Kyra Sedgwick) answer to Fritz’s (Jon Tenney) ultimatum about a wedding date, and the fate of the wounded Detective Sanchez. The show continues to cleverly blend character comedy with whodunit plots, as Brenda tackles the case of a drug addict whose apparent suicide may actually be murder. Monday, Jan. 26, at 9 p.m., TNT

Trust Me
A Chicago advertising agency is the setting for this promising new series starring Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Tom Cavanagh (Ed) in the respective roles of an art director and a copywriter whose creative partnership is disrupted when one of them gets promoted. The show is as mordant about the ad business as Mad Men, but its antic buddy-comedy tone is much different—though, as the pilot episode demonstrates, also valid. With Griffin Dunne. Monday, Jan. 26, at 10 p.m., TNT

NOVA: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies
Each year, millions of monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles south to a single location in Mexico, a feat of navigation and endurance unparalleled in nature. NOVA follows the beautiful and delicate creatures along their remarkable odyssey as baffled scientists try to explain just how they manage it. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m., PBS; check local listings

The Trials of Ted Haggard
As head of the 30 million–strong National Association of Evangelicals, Ted Haggard was one of the most powerful religious leaders in America—until a 2006 scandal involving drugs and a male escort brought him low. Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary paints a compassionate portrait of a man and his family contending with disgrace, exile, and reversal of fortune. Thursday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m., HBO

Other highlights

Hi-Tech War on Terror
A behind-the-scenes look at the latest technology employed by the Department of Homeland Security. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 10 p.m., National Geographic Channel

Super Bowl XLIII
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals face off in Tampa; Bruce Springsteen performs at halftime. Sunday, Feb. 1, NBC; kickoff at 6:20 p.m.

The Office
Jack Black guest-stars in a special post­–Super Bowl edition of the Emmy-winning comedy. Sunday, Feb. 1, at 10:30 p.m., NBC

 

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