Can advanced technology save high school years?

Posted 9/8/17

By Kevin McDonough

Times and technology change, but high school remains a constant. Some think that's not right. The live TV event "EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live" (8 p.m., CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC) examines ways that advanced technology could …

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Can advanced technology save high school years?

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By Kevin McDonough

Times and technology change, but high school remains a constant. Some think that's not right. The live TV event "EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live" (8 p.m., CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC) examines ways that advanced technology could enhance the high school social and educational experience. Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Common and Jennifer Hudson are among the entertainers scheduled to appear.

• PBS launches a new political debate series "Third Rail With Ozy" (8:30 p.m., check local listings), hosted by Carlos Watson. "Rail" presents spirited conversation about topics as controversial as North Korea, guns, immigration and partisan politics. Scheduled guests for this series, running until Oct. 20, include Mark Cuban, Grover Norquist, Gretchen Carlson, Roxane Gay, Mo Rocca, Malcolm Gladwell, Eddie Huang and Amber Rose.

"American Masters" presents "Tyrus" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings), a profile of Tyrus Wong, a largely unsung American painter whose work influenced American art and popular culture from cartoons to films and Christmas cards.

Wong was instrumental in the creation of the Disney animated feature "Bambi," celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. "Bambi" incorporated elements of Chinese painting with Western art, moving the Disney "look" from the more European-influenced style of "Snow White."

Born in China, Wong faced poverty and discrimination in his youth but eventually went on to exhibit his work with Picasso and Matisse.

• Speaking of cartoons, "BoJack Horseman" (TV-MA) begins streaming its fourth season on Netflix. Will Arnett lends his voice to the title character, a depressed former sitcom star who happens to be half horse, half man. He lives in a fantasy equivalent of Hollywood, filled with similar hybrid creatures with peculiar personalities. Despite its caustic tone and reliance on entertainment-industry satire, "BoJack" has allowed many of its characters to develop in surprising ways. Much like Showtime's "Episodes," it explores the neuroses and excesses of the formerly famous.

• Also returning, the semi-autobiographical comedy "One Mississippi," starring Tig Notaro, begins streaming its second season on Amazon Prime.

• All too timely, the documentary series "Fire Chasers" (TV-MA) begins streaming on Netflix. It takes viewers inside California's epidemic of extreme wildfires and profiles members of Cal Fire and the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It also spends time with the women prisoners from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Corona who have trained at "Fire Camp" during their incarcerations, as well as artists who have documented the epic devastation.

TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

• A needy patient (Bill Murray) crashes the August vacation of his pretentious therapist (Richard Dreyfuss) in the 1991 comedy "What About Bob?" (8 p.m., Pop).

• Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton and Matt Dillon star in the 2005 remake of "The Love Bug," "Herbie: Fully Loaded" (8:25 p.m., HBO Family).

CULT CHOICE

A Bronx housewife (Bette Davis) uses her daughter's (Debbie Reynolds) upcoming wedding as an opportunity to put on airs, much to the chagrin of her cab-driver husband (Ernest Borgnine) in the 1956 drama "The Catered Affair" (9:30 p.m., TCM). Like Borgnine's "Marty," this film was adapted from a TV play written by Paddy Chayefsky. The script was adapted for the big screen by Gore Vidal.

LATE NIGHT

Jessica Biel is booked on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes James Franco, Kendall Jenner, Pete Townshend and Alfie Boe on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Jason Bateman, Richard Lewis and Jack Johnson appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC) * Bob Odenkirk and Florida Georgia Line visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC, r) * Damian Lillard and Taron Egerton appear on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS).

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