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Screen Gems: TV the week of August 23

The Kennedy Brothers (7 p.m. Wednesday, MSNBC) -- Chris Matthews, author of a Kennedy biography Jfkrfk (Kennedy and Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America), reported this documentary on John and Robert Kennedy, which delves into their scandals and recklessness as well as their political triumphs.

The Manchurian Candidate (1 p.m. Sunday, AMC) -- This chilling suspense film -- starring Laurence Harvey as a former Korean War POW programmed as a political assassin and Frank Sinatra as an Army officer trying to stop him -- was a sensation when it was released in 1962. But after President Kennedy's assassination the next year, The Manchurian Candidate virtually disappeared for two decades, reportedly because producers feared being blamed for Kennedy's death. Whether that assumption is true or not, the film remains a masterpiece of Cold War paranoia.

Which Way Home (9 p.m. Monday, HBO) -- Documentary filmmmaker Rebecca Cammisa takes a different look at illegal immigration: through the eyes of children from Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico trying to slip into the United States by hopping a freight train known -- for good reason, as you'll see -- as The Beast.

Let me program your TiVo! Just click on my best bets for the week at www.tivo.com/guruguide.


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