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September 13, 2011

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Greater Boston 7 p.m. WGBH (Channel 2)

Tavis Smiley Reports: “Too Important to Fail’’ 8 p.m. WGBH (Channel 2) Tavis Smiley investigates the educational crisis faced by black teenage males, who have high dropout and low graduation rates.


TV Titans 7:30 p.m. WCVB-TV (Channel 5) Shayna Seymour talks with Ellen DeGeneres, Regis Philbin, and Kelly Ripa.


WBUR’s Morning Edition (5-9 a.m.) and All Things Considered (4-6:30 p.m.) WBUR-FM (90.9) The latest news from the Boston area and around the world.

The Diane Rehm Show 10 a.m. WGBH-FM (89.7) Jim Lehrer discusses his new book which looks at presidential debates from Kennedy-Nixon to McCain-Obama.

The Emily Rooney Show noon WGBH-FM (89.7) Ken Burns discusses his new PBS documentary series, “Prohibition.’’

NightSide With Dan Rea 8 p.m. WBZ-AM (1030) Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian, and License Plate Lottery Live.

World Café 10 p.m. WUMB-FM (90.9) The Villagers perform from the Guinness Brewery in Ireland.



Early Show at 7 a.m. on Chs. 4 and 12.

Good Morning America at 7 a.m. on Chs. 5, 6, and 9.

Today at 7 a.m. on Chs. 7 and 10; 10 a.m. on Ch. 7. Dr. Phil McGraw; Dave Zinczenko. Lady Antebellum performs.

Rachael Ray at 9 a.m. on Ch. 4; 2 p.m. on Ch. 10. Toilet-training tips; a macaroni-and-cheese recipe.

Regis and Kelly at 9 a.m. on Chs. 5 and 9; 10 a.m. on Ch. 10. Sarah Michelle Gellar; Meredith Vieira.

Martha Stewart Show at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on HALMRK.

The View at 11 a.m. on Chs. 5, 6, and 9. Dick and Lynne Cheney. Kristin Chenoweth performs.


The Doctors at 2 p.m. on Ch. 7; 4 p.m. on Ch. 64.

The Talk at 2 p.m. on Chs. 4 and 12.

Dr. Oz Show at 3 p.m. on Chs. 10 and 64; 5 p.m. on Ch. 25.

Dr. Phil at 3 p.m. on Ch. 4; 5 p.m. on Ch. 64.

Tyra Show at 3 p.m. on Ch. 56. “Sesame Street’’ stars celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary; Jeef Leathem (“Flowers Uncut’’).

Anderson at 4 p.m. on Ch. 25.

Ellen DeGeneres Show at 4 p.m. on Chs. 5, 9, and 10.


Charlie Rose at 11 p.m. on Ch. 2.

Conan at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. on TBS. Roseanne Barr; DJ Pauly D; Baron Vaughn.

Daily Show With Jon Stewart at 11 p.m. and 2:02 a.m. on COM.

Colbert Report at 11:31 p.m. and 2:32 a.m. on COM.

Late Show With David Letterman at 11:35 p.m. on Chs. 4 and 12.

Nightline at 11:35 p.m. on Chs. 5, 6, and 9.

Tonight Show With Jay Leno at 11:35 p.m. on Chs. 7 and 10. Ellen DeGeneres; Bob Harper. Cobra Starship performs.

Jimmy Kimmel Live at midnight on Chs. 5, 6, and 9. Judge Judy Sheindlin. Givers perform.

Tavis Smiley at midnight on Ch. 44; 12:30 a.m. on Ch. 2. Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public school system.

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon at 12:35 a.m. on Chs. 7 and 10.

Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson at 12:37 a.m. on Chs. 4 and 12. James Woods; Kathryn Hahn.

Fox and Friends at 6 a.m. on FNC.


Breaking Away 6 p.m. (FXM) Portrait of Indiana youths coming of age. Dennis Christopher. PG (1979)

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 6:30 p.m. (SYFY) Mel Gibson’s third outing as the postnuclear hero. PG-13 (1985)

North Dallas Forty 7 p.m., 9 p.m. (VS) Nick Nolte and Mac Davis as pro football players. R (1979)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 7:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m. (CMT) Steve Martin and John Candy on the road. R (1987)

Drumline 8 p.m. (MAX) A cocky drummer (Nick Cannon) in a big-time college marching band. PG-13 (2002)

Rocky III 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. (AMC) Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) is trained by his former rival. PG (1982)

Easy A 9 p.m. (STARZ) High-school student Olive (Emma Stone) boosts her popularity by painting herself as an easy score. PG-13 (2010)

Ace in the Hole 10 p.m. (TCM) A reporter (Kirk Douglas) exploits a mining disaster. NR (1951)

Mrs. Doubtfire 10:30 p.m. (OXY) A divorced man (Robin Williams) poses as a nanny to see his kids. PG-13 (1993)

The Bad and the Beautiful midnight (TCM) Vincente Minnelli’s portrait of a ruthless producer (Kirk Douglas). NR (1952)