TELEVISION: TEARS OF A DEMAGOGUE

TNT'S WALLACE SHOWS A DEVIOUS, RACIST--AND EVENTUALLY REPENTANT--ALABAMA GOVERNOR

Most antihero movies wuss out. Studios figure that audiences need someone to root for, that the real Larry Flynt, say, would be too unpleasant to watch for two hours. But the TNT mini-series George Wallace (Aug. 24 and 26, 8 p.m. ET), like its subject, isn't afraid to give it to you straight, unpleasantness and all.

Based on the 1968 biography by Marshall Frady (who also co-wrote the teleplay), the four-hour political biopic is a dark, powerful study of a populist so desperate not to be a common man that he peddles a racist ideology that, surprisingly, he doesn't even subscribe...

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