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Al Jazeera English, Televising the Revolution

In Roundups on February 4, 2011 at 6:00 am

Laura Kyle anchored Al Jazeera English’s coverage of the Egypt protests last night. (Screen cap)

Here’s what caught my eye this week:

• Al Jazeera English. The little-seen cable news channel, for years tarnished by its connection to its Arabic counterpart, outshone everyone with its boots-on-the-ground coverage of the Egyptian protests. AJE’s breakthrough recalls CNN’s during the Persian Gulf war – and it’s been equally thrilling to watch.

Downton Abbey’s conclusion. Masterpiece’s superb Edwardian era miniseries set the bar for television in 2011.

• Rob Lowe on Parks and Recreation. I was afraid he wouldn’t be funny. I was wrong.

• Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday Night Live. I’d advise him to not quit his day job, but since that job pays him $3 billion a year, I doubt he’d consider giving it up.

Dallas rides again. TNT tapped Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray to appear in its reboot of the 1980s CBS classic. Would it be too much to ask for a Knots Landing sequel, too?

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