Hailing war heroes

The Baltimore Sun

With the election over, the TV schedule returns to some semblance of normal. But expect the networks to break into news programming as events dictate - we do, after all, have a president-elect.

AMERICAN HEROES PBS takes a look at those who have received one of the nation's highest awards in Medal of Honor, a documentary co-produced by Ken Burns' Florentine Films.

Produced and directed by Roger Sherman, Medal of Honor profiles several people who have won the award. Starting with Sgt. Paul Smith, the first soldier to win the medal in the Iraq war, Sherman follows the award back to its roots in the Civil War. (9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) ***

CELEBRATING COSBY It is easy to forget how great and successful a sitcom Bill Cosby created in The Cosby Show. Not only was it the most popular series on television for almost a decade, carrying NBC to first place in prime time overall, it was also one of the medium's most socially responsible series of all time.

Tonight, Biography offers a two-hour retrospective: The Cosby Show: A Look Back. (9 p.m., Biography) ***

LATE-NIGHT GUESTS Newsman Tom Brokaw appears on the Late Show With David Letterman. Actor Samuel L. Jackson visits The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

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