What’s on TV Wednesday: A Baby Elephant Documentary and a Beatles Musical

What’s on TV Wednesday: A Baby Elephant Documentary and a Beatles Musical


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The orphaned Naledi.

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A PBS documentary follows the journey of an orphaned baby elephant, and Hillary Clinton comes to late night once again.

What’s On TV

NATURE: NALEDI: ONE LITTLE ELEPHANT 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). It might get a little dusty in your room while watching this new documentary, starring a baby elephant named Naledi in Botswana who is orphaned soon after birth. Her herd is unable to care for her, so Naledi is temporarily adopted by caretakers at the Abu Camp, who teach her how to drink milk from a bottle and later return her to the herd that had forgotten her. The documentary, produced by Paul Allen, also tracks the 2016 Great Elephant Census, which revealed worrisome population data.

MONEYBALL (2011) 8 p.m. on AMC. The baseball playoffs are underway, and the Oakland Athletics will be staying home after a disappointing year. But in the early 2000s they were perennial contenders, thanks in large part to their general manager, Billy Beane, who employed analytics to squeeze every run out of a minimal payroll. His fight to be taken seriously in the face of hardened convention was captured in Michael Lewis’s nimble book; in this film adaptation, Brad Pitt plays Mr. Beane with quiet, affable intensity. (He and Jonah Hill received Oscar nominations for their roles.) In her review for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis described the film as “the kind of all-too-rare pleasurable Hollywood diversion that gives you a contact high.”

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Aya Cash in “You’re the Worst.”

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Byron Cohen/FXX

YOU’RE THE WORST 10 p.m. on FXX. This smutty anti-sitcom wades through its fourth season with the relationship between the pretentious Jimmy (Chris Geere) and the jaded Gretchen (Aya Cash) still very much in doubt; there’s been plenty of competition, sabotage, revenge and all-around awful behavior. In this episode, “There’s Always a Back Door,” Edgar attempts to bond with Jimmy, while Gretchen gets busy with someone new.

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON 11:34 p.m. on NBC. “I am not going anywhere,” Hillary Clinton told Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” last month, while reflecting on the presidential election and her new pointed book, “What Happened.” Tonight, she’ll chat with Mr. Fallon, who might be looking for redemption after being excoriated for a gentle tousling of the current president’s mop. Miley Cyrus brings music from a new album, “Younger Now,” released this week.

What’s Streaming

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A scene from “Across the Universe,” directed by Julie Taymor.

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Columbia Pictures

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE (2007) on Netflix. Join Jude, Lucy, Prudence, Jo-Jo and the rest of this Beatles-derived gang on Julie Taymor’s magical mystery tour through bowling alleys, hospitals, war-torn jungles and psychedelic circuses. The musical film is an aural and visual feast, and uses covers of Beatles classics to weave a narrative of Vietnam War protests and drug encounters. At the center of the narrative is a love story, brought to life by Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood. “I realized that falling in love with a movie is like falling in love with another person,” wrote Stephen Holden in his review in The Times. “Imperfections, however glaring, become endearing quirks once you’ve tumbled.”



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