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Family, sex and scandal rock these "Politcal Animals"

As you watch the first episode of "Political Animals" (10 p.m. Sunday, USA), the core characters might seem familiar. The soapy and satisfying limited series features a no-nonsense secretary of state, married to a cheating, popular Southern ex-president.

Yes, you are supposed to be reminded of Hillary and Bill which is part of the fun of this show. Haven't we always wanted to know what was really going on with those two?

In this fictionalized version, we meet Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver), just as she is losing an election. The defeat clarifies things for her, especially that she wants out of her marriage to Bud Hammond (Ciaran Hinds). Fast forward and she's serving as the chief diplomat to President Garcetti (Adrian Pasdar), the man who defeated her; her family is dealing with its own issues.

What to Watch on Tuesday: Baby drama on 'Parenthood'

Carolina at State (8pm, WRAL) - UNC plays at NC State, which means your regularly scheduled CBS shows will play in the wee hours on WRAL.

Cougar Town (8:30pm, ABC) - Jules can't decide on a maid of honor so she asks Ellie and Laurie to share the title.

Clinton (9pm, UNC-TV) - The second and final installment of the PBS documentary on Bill Clinton.

Parenthood (10pm, NBC) - Lots happening tonight! I hope I don't cry four times while watching it the way I did with last week's episode. Here's what to expect: Julia and Joel prepare for the birth of their/Zoe's son -- but will they get to keep him? Also, Sarah considers moving to New York with Mark, someone makes an offer on the Luncheonette, and Jasmine (Joy Bryant, right) declares her love for Crosby (Dax Shepard, right) while on a camping trip with Jabbar.

Justified (10pm, FX) - As Boyd fights for control of the Harlan oxy trade, Raylan works to keep the battle from becoming an all-out war.

White Collar (10pm, USA) - A wealthy baseball fan plans to steal a valuable piece of memorabilia from Yankee Stadium and recruits Neal to assist.

Southland (10pm, TNT) - A young man set to testify in one of Sammy's cases is killed and Lydia's body is tested when she works as a shift supervisor.

What to Watch on Monday: PBS begins two-part documentary on Bill Clinton

Basketball Wives (8pm, VH1) - The fourth season features two new jilted ladies.

How I Met Your Mother (8pm, CBS) - The fallout from Ted's declaratoin to Robin about his feelings for her, and Barney digs up personal dirt on Marshall and Lily.

Clinton (9pm, UNC-TV) - This first part of this two-part American Experience profile of former president Bill Clinton charts his path from Hope, Ark., to Washington, D.C., ending midway through his first term when Newt Gingrich and the GOP took control of the House and Senate. It details the scandals and setbacks Clinton weathered up to that point, and features interviews with Dick Morris, Dee Dee Myers, Robert Reich, and others. Part two airs tomorrow night. Is it worth your four-hour commitment? Read our review and decide.

Bethenny Ever After (9pm, Bravo) - Season 3 shows Bethenny as hyper-busy as ever, and Jason trying to adjust to the unwanted attention the show's success has brought.

Alcatraz (9pm, Fox) - Madsen and Hauser pursue Johnny McKee, a murderous former inmate. Also, more details about Madsen's grandfather come to light.

Castle (10pm, ABC) - In the conclusion to last week's cliffhanger episode, Beckett and Castle continue trying to stop a series of events that could lead the US into a war.

Smash (10pm, NBC) - Casting begins for the Joe DiMaggio character, and Karen returns to her hometown to attend a baby shower. Chatter indicates this is a fairly awful episode (mostly the progression of the adoption storyline), so just keep that in mind if you watch.

'Clinton': Understanding the Comeback Kid

The American Experience documentary on Bill Clinton, which starts tonight on UNC-TV, opens on the darkest days of the Clinton presidency: in the thick of the Monica Lewinsky scandal as the president sheepishly admits to the American people that he lied about his relationship with the White House intern.

The Lewinsky scandal should have been the knockout blow for Clinton, both personally and professionally. And for most anyone else, it would have been. But not Bill Clinton.

The scandal is touched on briefly at the opening of "Clinton" (and revisited later) because it's the obvious place to emphasize an important recurring theme in Clinton's life -- loss and recovery -- and ask the question, where does Bill Clinton's capacity for Lazarus-like resurrections come from?

John Tedesco promising "you ain't seen nothing yet"

Wake County school board member John Tedesco's colleagues weren't joking when they repeatedly said he was charged up on caffeine when he gave a fiery speech at last Thursday's Northern Wake Republican Club meeting.

During the speech, Tedesco praised the board majority's actions since December 2009 in "revamping public education." He also ripped into liberals, including what he called their "unholy trinity" of the NAACP, the Great Schools in Wake Coalition and Raleigh FIST.

"They will try and scare people," Tedesco said of the opposition. "People use fear. These are cowards who understand that anger can be power as long as there is a victim on TV. So they will strike fear."

What to Watch on Monday: Salute to Bush 41, return of 'Jackie' and 'Tara'

All Together Now: A Celebration of Service (8pm, NBC) - American public service and volunteerism are saluted in a gala spotlighting the service of former U.S. president George H.W. Bush. Fellow former presidents Bill Clinton (who serves as co-chair of the event), George W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter are all in attendance. President Barack Obama narrates a short film about the value of service. Performances by Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green, Reba McEntire, Sam Moore, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker, and Carrie Underwood.

Dancing with the Stars (8pm, ABC) - Week two of performances. Like I need to remind you.

The Event (9pm, NBC) - Martinez and Sterling have the Sleepers surrounded, but a national disaster triggered by Sophia forces them to the negotiating table.

Being Human - US (9pm, Syfy) - Danny finds an exorcist to remove Sally from the house and Nora drops a bombshell on Josh. Also, Bishop warns Marcus and Aiden that there is a traitor among them.

Castle (10pm, ABC) - Castle and Beckett investigate when a juror for a socialite's murder trial is poisoned and dies in court.

Nurse Jackie (10pm, Showtime) - In tonight's Season 3 premiere, Jackie works to set things right with Kevin and Dr. O'Hara following last season's intervention. Also, Dr. Akalitus learns that nearby hospitals are closing, which will stretch the resources of All Saints. Here's our take on where Season 3 seems to be heading.

The United States of Tara (10:30pm, Showtime) - In the Season 3 premiere, Tara decides to go back to college, but Max thinks it's a bad idea and worries that the stress will conjure up one of her alters.

Wake Democrats on Wednesday's anniversary "toward high poverty and high cost schools"

The Wake County Democratic Party is looking ahead to this fall's school board elections while noting Wednesday's anniversary of the move away from the old diversity policy.

In a press release Wednesday, the Wake Democrats said that day was "the first anniversary of the Wake County School Board's historic vote to take this community down a path toward high poverty and high cost schools."  It was on March 23, 2010 that the school board majority passed the community-schools directive.

Much of the press release focuses on the release last week of the AdvancED report, which the Democrats say "validates" the critics of the GOP board majority. The release also notes how the school board has been panned by former President Bill Clinton, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and television satirist Stephen Colbert.

Tony Tata challenging Bill Clinton to visit Wake

Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata is challenging former President Bill Clinton to visit the area to see for himself what's happening in the school district instead of just criticizing from afar.

Clinton had chastised Wake for abandoning the diversity policy in a speech Saturday. Tata was indignant about the remarks as he spoke with reporters during a break at today's school board retreat.

"It was a cheap shot against a great school district," Tata said of Clinton's remarks.

Bill Clinton criticizes Wake for ending the diversity policy

Just when you thought the Wake County school diversity fight couldn't get any hotter, now you've got former President Bill Clinton weighing in on the subject.

As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, Clinton lashed into the Wake on Saturday during a ceremony opening an exhibit on the Little Rock Nine in his presidential museum. While not mentioning Wake by name, it's clear who he was talking about when he criticized the end of the diversity policy.

"In one of the largest, most successful urban school districts in America, in North Carolina, there was a huge busing plan assigned to integrate people not just racially but economically,” Clinton said.

What to Watch on Monday: 'The Bachelor' goes to Charlotte

The Bachelor (8pm, ABC) - Brad visits the four remaining bachelorettes in their hometowns, which means he accompanies Emily Maynard (left) to Charlotte. Will she let him meet her daughter with late NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick? Will she make the cut and move on to the South Africa trip next week?

The Chicago Code (9pm, Fox) - Jarek and Caleb chase a bank robber and try to uncover details about him. Elsewhere, Teresa and Gibbons discuss a pivotal construction site.

It's Good to be President (9pm, History) - The life of the U.S. president is explored, focusing on daily tasks outside of the political arena, and the perks and dangers that go with the job.

BET Honors (9pm, BET) - Gabrielle Union hosts the awards show, which pays tribute to Linda Johnson Rice, Herbie Hancock, Jamie Foxx, Cicely Tyson, and Lonnie G. Bunch.

Amanda Knox: Murder Trial in Italy (9pm, Lifetime) - Hayden Panettiere plays the Seattle exchange student accused of murdering her British roommate in Italy. Read Adrienne's review.

Castle (10pm, ABC) - In part one of a two-part story, an investigation of a murdered cab driver reveals his involvement in a high stakes conspiracy. That leads to a federal agent (Adrian Pasdar) taking charge of the case.

President of the World: The Bill Clinton Phenomenon (10pm, MSNBC) - In another Presidents Day offering, this "Hardball" documentary examines the life and legacy of President Bill Clinton. Includes footage of Chris Matthews' weekend with Clinton attending the Clinton Global Initiative in New York and a visit to Ireland. Also includes interviews with Clinton's close friends and colleagues.

Lincoln's Secret Killer (10pm, National Geographic Channel) - The health of Abraham Lincoln in his final year of life is probed by experts, who perform a DNA analysis on a piece of fabric stained with his blood. Some believe Lincoln was dying from a rare form of cancer when he was assassinated.

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