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Bill Maher is back for 8th season

 
 
  • Bill Maher returns on HBO tonight.

    Bill Maher returns on HBO tonight.

  • Emma Watson all but steals the show from Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in the third

    Emma Watson all but steals the show from Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in the third "Harry Potter" film.

Published: 2/19/2010 12:01 AM

More Maher

HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" returns for its eighth season at 9 p.m. today on the premium-cable channel. It'll be interesting to see if Scott Lee Cohen shows up on Maher's national political radar. HBO also tries a new experiment with "The Ricky Gervais Show," debuting at 8 p.m. today; it's an animated version of Gervais' podcast.

'Double Duty' history

Comcast SportsNet Chicago is marking Black History Month with profiles of black Chicago sports stars on "SportsNite" at 6:30 and 10 p.m. and "SportsRise" at 5 a.m. all through February. White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams gets the spotlight at 6:30 p.m. today, but even better, from a historical perspective, is the late Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, a Negro League star who got his nickname from Damon Runyon for being both a pitcher and a catcher, and who was one of the sweetest souls you could have ever hope to meet. He gets his profile at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, on CSNC.

History in the present

WGN Channel 9 turns Black History Month to present-day concerns when Antwan Lewis presents the report "Safe Passage," looking at youth violence and areas where it's become unsafe to walk in Chicago. It airs on the 9 p.m. newscast on Monday, Feb. 22.

Best of 'Potter'

All right, Waste Watchers, this week we switch gears and celebrate not the worst, but the best: the best Harry Potter movie. "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is the most self-contained and intricately plotted of J.K. Rowling's works, which makes for both the best book and best film of the series. Take a break from the Olympics and see for yourself if you haven't already at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, on WLS Channel 7.