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Malefik Media 12/XL

As an alternative to the herd's xmas media proliferation, besides one's own private resources, following is a listing of some of the more interesting, educational and otherwise amusing broadcasts of note for the month of December XL:

* History Channel

Thursday, December 15, 2005

8-9pm -- Monsters: For centuries, tales of monsters have piqued our curiosity. Legendary beasts from folklore, literature and film have captivated audiences around the world. But some say monsters are not confined to just our imaginations. Stories of the Abominable Snowman, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster have triggered worldwide investigations...and continue to enthrall believers and skeptics alike.

9-10pm -- Giganto: The Real King Kong: An exploration of the Giganto (King Kong) legend using modern science, technology, and historic eyewitness accounts. Gigantopithecus (the Latin term for "Giant Ape") is believed to have existed 9 to 5-million years ago and supposedly was around 10-feet tall. Some fossil evidence shows that it may have lived in China or India. Scientists of varying fields will attempt to genetically connect Giganto to modern-day creatures from around the world. Could Bigfoot be a relative? Forensic testing, extensive scientific research, 3-D animation, and body reconstruction will help determine the true mystery behind this prehistoric ape.

10-12am -- Quest for Dragons: A spirited exploration of the history, science, and legend of the world's most notorious beast--the dragon, the best-known creature that never was. Throughout history, dragons influenced wars, science, art, and religion. They appear in almost every culture and many still believe in dragons. How could different cultures, isolated by geology and millennia, all invent the same creature? If the dragon is simply the product of our imagination, how could distant peoples, with no knowledge of each other, all invent the same beast? One of the reasons dragons are a perennial favorite is that even though they are the ultimate predator and antagonist, it's also fun to identify with them. In the end, we want to be the dragon as much as we may want to slay the dragon.

Monday, December 26, 2005

8-9pm -- The Antichrist - Part 1: How would you recognize the most evil person on Earth? According to many historical texts, you should look for a brilliant, enigmatic public figure who transforms the world for good--for a while. Basically, the last person you'd tap as Satan's human emissary. While many believe the Antichrist has come and gone, just as many believe he will soon arrive, if he's not already in our midst. Join us for harrowing look at an evil so obscure that he answers only to Satan. Real? Our group of prophecy believers and historical experts help sort it out. We follow the emergence of the Antichrist from pre-Judaic texts, through the Book of Daniel and Revelation, into Christian writings of the Middle Ages, and other religious traditions as well. Aided by interviewees both religious and secular, comprised of eminent clergy, scholars, historians, psychologists, and culture makers, we'll examine the evil enigma from every conceivable angle.

9-10pm -- The Antichrist - Part 2: From popes and presidents to dictators, Antichrists have been identified in all periods of recorded history and in all walks of life. Even nations, movements, and technologies have been thought by some to be the agents of the Antichrist. Throughout history, people have seen their own times as the most morally bankrupt and have recognized signs of the coming of the Apocalypse. If the end is near, what will it be like? What is the Antichrist's agenda? How does he intend to take over the world and wreak destruction? Is this escapist fantasy or inescapable fate?

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Castles & Dungeons: Some of the most imposing structures ever built, medieval castles withstood both bloody assaults and the test of time. Designed like machines with nearly every architectural detail devoted to defense, castles represented the perfect fusion of form and function. Journey back to that unruly era as we examine the complexity of their construction and the multipurposes they served--homes to kings and nobles, economic centers, courthouses, treasuries, prisons, and torture chambers.

8-10pm -- Nostradamus: 500 Years Later: The life story of Nostradamus unfolds in medieval Europe at the time of the Great Plague and the Inquisition. He lived in an age of superstition and magic and believed that he could foretell the future. For this he was labeled both a prophet and a heretic, and his cryptic journals continue to inspire controversy just as they did in the 16th century. In this 2-hour examination of his life, we visit his birthplace in France and trace his career as doctor, astrologer, father, and seer.

10-12am -- Hell: The Devil's Domain: Our in-depth history of Hades begins with the story of a negative near-death experience, in which a man thinks he went to Hell after being declared clinically dead and before resuscitation. Following Lucifer's trail from cave paintings in France circa 6,000 BC to current portrayals in popular culture, our 2-hour exploration shows how Hell and the Devil remain powerful forces--at a church in Texas, where souls are delivered from Satan's grip; in talks with a survivor of the 1980s recovered memory craze, who "recalled" attending Witches' Sabbaths that practiced cannibalism; and at the modern Church of Satan. We review literary landmarks that expanded our ideas of the Underworld, from Dante's Inferno and Milton's Paradise Lost to Mark Twain's anti-hero, and trace development of Christian, Moslem, Jewish, and Buddhist conceptions of the afterlife.

* A&E

Monday, December 26, 2005

9-11pm -- Cleavage: Sexy and fun, this 2-hour special surveys mankind's fascination with breasts and cleavage, from the goddesses of antiquity to today's silicone-enhanced TV and film stars. Offering their opinions on why two simple mounds of flesh have wielded such power through the ages are comedian Joan Rivers; Cosmopolitan's Helen Gurley Brown; a plastic surgeon; a female body builder; and others. Narrated by Carmen Electra.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

10-10:30pm -- Criss Angel MindFreak - Up Close: Criss Angel, master provocateur, will mystify all as he exhibits more never-before-seen footage in this episode. Considered to be the most influential name in magic today, he continues to blur the line between reality and illusion. Watch "ring in ice" in one unedited take. See a young black panther appear from a taxi's empty trunk. Get an inside look at the characters on the show including the surreal family in the desert, the various celebrity guests, the Mindfreak crew and Criss' family. Criss also tries his luck at the roulette table.

10:30-11pm -- Criss Angel MindFreak - Superhuman: At times people have unbelievable strength some say due to adrenaline, so Criss decides to find out if this strength can be controlled. Determined to channel this strength, Criss has trained relentlessly. Held up by two chairs, one at his feet and one supporting his head and shoulders, Criss mystifies those in Master Toddy's gym having two Muay Thai boxers stand on top of him. In this episode Criss is able to channel this energy as he rips apart phone books, pushes over a tree, and lifts up parked cars and a random taxicab 2 feet off the ground, astounding people in the Aladdin Hotel taxi line.

* BIOGRAPHY on A&E

Thursday, December 15, 2005

4-5am -- BIOGRAPHY® - Pontius Pilate: The story of the Roman procurator who governed Judea during the crucifixion of Jesus. We look at the differing interpretations of Pilate's involvement in Christ's death and his reign over the Jews. Some believe he was a man of conscience forced to act against his will, but many historians paint him as a cruel, villainous ruler.

Friday, December 16, 2005

4-5am -- BIOGRAPHY® - The Real Pirates of the Caribbean: There may not have been ghost ships laden with cursed sailors, but the Caribbean was indeed once full of Pirates. In this exciting hour we bring you four stories of real pirates that once wreaked havoc on the Caribbean and beyond. We'll introduce Captain Kidd who plundered his way to the end of a noose and Black Beard, quite possibly the most famous pirate of all time. We'll look at Anne Bonny and Mary Read, two female pirates who became friends and shipmates, and we'll also highlight Sir Henry Morgan, one of the few pirates actually to have been knighted. Go go underwater to discover the remains of Black Beard's ship and see how pirates have been depicted in TV and film, including Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean. We'll meet modern-day treasure hunters and maybe even someone who has had a run in with pirates today.

* The Biography Channel

Thursday, December 15, 2005

10-11pm -- Enigma - The True Story of Rasputin: A Siberian peasant rises to power in Tsarist Russia, becomes the close confidante and reputed lover of Empress Alexandra, scandalizes the country with his drinking and womanizing, and after being poisoned, shot several times, and submerged in the Neva River's freezing waters, finally dies from drowning! We reveal the truth about the rise of the "Mad Monk" with the hypnotic gaze, using information from the newly uncovered "Rasputin File", a report originally prepared by the Russian secret police.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

10-11pm -- Dead Famous: Ghostly Encounters - Jayne Mansfield: The busty blonde bombshell that was Jayne Mansfield was only 34 when she died. Starring in films such as The Girl Can't Help It and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, with her breathy voice, sexy squeaks, and voluptuous looks, Jayne was one of the true sex symbols of the 20th Century. Mansfield tragically died in a car accident in 1967 on the way to a television appearance. She was killed instantly, but her three children asleep in the back all lived. Skeptic Gail Porter and sensitive Chris Fleming pick up the Mansfield story in Biloxi, the last place where she performed on the night before she died. Will a séance there bring contact from beyond the grave? A midnight trip to Dead Man's Curve, where Jayne lost her life, brings fascinating results; but it is the investigation into the voodoo history of New Orleans that truly terrifies our dynamic duo.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

10-11pm -- Enigma - The Strange Case of Lizzie Borden: "Lizzie Borden took an ax, and gave her mother 40 whacks; when she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41." Most of us know the grisly rhyme, but not the whole story. Who was Lizzie Borden? Did she really murder her father and stepmother on that muggy morning in August 1892? Or does she stand wrongly accused?

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

9-10pm -- Notorious - Ed Gein: The grisly story of the deranged killer who inspired characters in such films as Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Ed Gein made chairs and lampshades out of human skin, cut soup bowls from human skulls, and wore a female torso as he wandered his property on moonlit evenings. His crimes became a case study in media frenzy, psychoanalysis, and criminal profiling.

* History Channel International

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

10-11pm -- History Traveler - Lost Treasures of the Ancient World: Stonehenge. Of all the great monuments of the past, Stonehenge is one of the most enduring and enigmatic. Standing tall on Salisbury Plain in the southern part of England, it has endured the trials of 5,000 years. The present stone structure took shape some 3,000 years ago, around 1,000 BC, but the first stages of Stonehenge were created around 2,800 BC, just after the end of the Mesolithic Age, which makes Stonehenge older than the Great Pyramid at Giza. But unlike the pyramids, Stonehenge resolutely defies explanation. This is the fascinating story of the ancient Britons, prehistoric farmers and hunters, and the megalithic stone-circle structure that they built--a symbol of those dark and mysterious times. Features expert commentary, location footage, and 3D computer animation.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

10-11pm -- History Explorer - Meet the Ancestors: The Stonehenge Enigma. The riddle of the ancient circle of standing stones at Stonehenge in England has captured imaginations for centuries. Theories abound about who built it--Druids, Greeks, Phoenicians, Atlanteans? And speculation on its purpose range from human sacrifice to astronomy. Host Julian Richards treads in the footsteps of pioneering archaeologists to show why human instinct, rather than archaeology or science, may be the best way to discover what really went on at Stonehenge thousands of years ago.

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