Valley of the Boom
National Geographic, 9pm
Silicon Valley spawned some of the world’s most influential people and recognizable brands during the 1990s. It’s also where the new phenomenon of the overnight tech millionaire was born, and where the dot-com bubble busted. Mixed into this six-part limited drama are actual interviews from experts from the era — Mark Cuban, Dan Goodin and Arianna Huffington — as well as prominent tech figures from the companies featured.
NFL Football: AFC and NFC Divisional Playoffs
NBC FOX, beginning at 4:30pm Live
The road to Super Bowl LIII narrows with this weekend’s Divisional Playoff games. The Indianapolis Colts are at the Kansas City Chiefs (NBC, 4:30pm ET) and the Dallas Cowboys are at the L.A. Rams (FOX, 8:15pm ET) on Saturday. Sunday’s games are the L.A. Chargers at the New England Patriots (1pm ET, CBS) and the Philadelphia Eagles at the New Orleans Saints (4:40pm ET, FOX).
CBS, ESPN ESPN2, beginning at 12pm Live
Top college basketball action today includes Ole Miss at Mississippi State (CBS), Duke at Florida State (ESPN) and Gonzaga at San Francisco (ESPN2).
J.J. Abrams’ 2011 supernatural thriller makes its AMC
Otis (Asa Butterfield) is an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother (Gillian Anderson), a sex therapist. Surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, he is a reluctant expert on the subject. When his home life is revealed at school, Otis realizes he can use his specialist knowledge to gain status. He teams with a whip-smart girl named Maeve (Emma Mackey), and together they set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems. Through this, Otis realizes he may need some therapy of his own.
Season Premiere! The popular former FOX comedy begins its sixth season on its new network. Last year, after fan outcry following the show’s cancellation by FOX, NBC quickly swooped in to renew it. Aside from the network, nothing major has changed. The series continues to follow the exploits of Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and his colleagues as they police the NYPD’s 99th Precinct. Season 6 opens with “Honeymoon,” involving Jake and Amy (Melissa Fumero), who tied the knot in the Season 5 finale. We’ll also learn whether Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) has been named the new police commissioner.
The Dictator’s Playbook
This six-part history series examines the rise and fall of 20th-century dictators. Each immersive hour is a detailed biography of a single dictator, chronicling his early life, rise to power, decline and fall. Rich in psychological detail, the series provides fresh insight into six brutal men who helped to shape world history: Kim Il Sung (Jan. 9), Saddam Hussein (Jan. 16), Benito Mussolini (Jan. 23), Manuel Noriega (Jan. 30), Francisco Franco (Feb. 6) and Idi Amin (Feb. 13). What drove their thirst for domination and control? How did they seize and wield power? What forces rose up against them or resisted them in secret? How did they finally come to the bitter end? Through historical context and analysis, the series explores how these dictators functioned, how they influenced each
I would like to share with you my reflections on the tremendously tumultuous period that my family and I experienced this past week. It was marked by the two extremes of the death of our three-day-old grandson at the hands of murderous Arab terrorists, and the absolutely miraculous survival of our daughter, Shira, in the same attack.
Shira’s husband Amichai Ish-Ran was also wounded in the terrorist shooting onslaught – surviving three bullets to his leg. Paying no heed to his own condition, he began the process of saving Shira’s life by stopping her heavily bleeding wound with his hands. A Magen David Adom ambulance medic named Betzalel Ben-Hamu, with Shira’s cooperation even as she fought off unconsciousness, continued the miracle.
I can tell you that at this beautiful couple’s wedding just nine months ago, our