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The Weeks guide to what’s worth watching

The best programs on TV this week

AmanpourAward-winning international correspondent Christiane Amanpour returns to her first network, CNN, for this new weekday interview and analysis program focusing on foreign affairs. The show is followed at 3:30 p.m. by another new daily series, CNN NewsCenter, a wrap-up of global news anchored by Isha Sesay. Monday–Friday, 3 p.m., CNN International

Frontline: Money, Power and Wall StreetAlmost four years after the near collapse of the global financial system, comprehensive regulatory reform remains elusive. In a two-part investigation, Frontline returns to September 2008 to explore how Washington responded to the crisis, then speaks to bankers and public officials both in the U.S. and abroad to explore what caused the crash and whether anything has changed. Tuesday, April 24, and Tuesday, May 1, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Great PlanesSurvivor alumnus Terry Deitz, a former Navy fighter pilot, steps in as the new host of this series that spotlights historic aircraft. The third season begins with a look at the B-29 Superfortress, the four-engine, propeller-driven heavy bomber that carried out the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and continued service through the Korean War. Wednesday, April 25, at 10 p.m., Military Channel

Locked Up AbroadA new season of this docuseries begins with the harrowing story of film actor Erik Audé, who unwisely chose to fill time between roles by accepting a friend’s offer of a job transporting leather goods. Audé, who plays himself in the episode’s re-enactments, wound up being arrested in Pakistan for smuggling opium and endured nearly three years of imprisonment and torture while insisting he’d been framed. Wednesday, April 25, at 10 p.m., National Geographic Channel

Magic CityAs Miami hotelier Ike Evans clashes with the local D.A. over a funeral interrupted by investigators, Ike’s wife works to win Jackie Kennedy’s appearance at a charity event. Meanwhile, a blonde wig results in a deadly case of mistaken identity. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Danny Huston lead the cast of this well-acted and gorgeously appointed drama series. Friday, April 27, at 10 p.m., Starz

Other highlightsSpace Shuttle: Final CountdownScientists, astronauts, and historians reflect on the end of an era as the space shuttle Discovery goes on permanent display. Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m., Smithsonian Channel

American GunsAs the reality series returns, the show’s Colorado gunsmiths receive a custom order for a punt gun—a massive shotgun fired from a boat. Wednesday, April 25, at 9 p.m., Discovery

The Costco Craze: Inside the Warehouse GiantCostco has a limited selection and charges shoppers a membership fee, yet it is one of the nation’s top three retailers. Correspondent Carl Quintanilla probes the secret of the company’s success. Thursday, April 26, at 9 p.m., CNBC

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