TV tonight: “All the President’s Men Revisited” on Discovery Channel

Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in “All the President's Men”
Photo: Warner Bros/All the President's Men

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2013 —History is typically gentle with ex-presidents, and Richard Milhous Nixon is certainly no exception to that rule. In the years leading up to his death in 1994, Nixon was regarded as a tragic but well meaning figure despite being the only president to ever resign while in office.

 “All the President’s Men” is the 1976 film Robert Redford made and starred in that detailed the events leading up to Nixon’s eventual downfall. Alongside Redford in the film was Dustin Hoffman portraying the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate break-in story that led to Nixon’s resignation.

In true Redford fashion the documentary “All the President’s Men Revisited” tonight at 8 p.m. on Discovery Channel manages to take everything from archival footage to a tender declaration of love from Ben Stein and weave it into a compelling story.

“It was really sad,” Stein says of Watergate, choking back tears. “I don’t think any President has been more wrongly persecuted than Nixon ever. I just think he was a saint.”

But, the documentary isn’t a Nixon love story. The 1972 break-in at the Democratic Party headquarters at Washington’s Watergate Hotel cannot be spun into a feel good story. Nixon’s continued denial of knowledge of the event made him look all the more subversive as details continued to flow from Woodward and Bernstein.

Tonight’s documentary about the downfall of Nixon reveals a time in this nation’s history when getting to the truth was more important than any partisan politics. Watching both sides of the aisle working together to do this feels just as dated as Hoffman’s shaggy haircut.


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Seeing a Congress that actually does something is reason enough to watch tonight, but they had me at Robert Redford. Say what you will about his politics, but the man knows how to make a good movie.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

7 p.m.

CBS: 60 Minutes: (New) An update on the Boston Marathon bombings. Also: Lara Logan reports on dogs that are trained to sniff out bombs; and Lesley Stahl visits the National September 11 Museum.

NBC: The Voice: (Repeat) The battle round opens with team members dueling in duets and the coaches enlisting help from star advisers Hillary Scott, Pharrell Williams, Sheryl Crow and Joel Madden.

8 p.m.

ABC: Once Upon a Time: (New) Mr. Gold asks David for help jogging Belle’s memory; Anton’s magic beans begin to grow; Rumpelstiltskin goes after a thief. 

CBS: Amazing Race 22: (New) The race heads to Berlin, Germany where contestants experience the ultimate free fall and the ultimate underground rave.

FOX: The Simpsons: (Repeat) A tornado leaves Marge and Homer thinking that, in case something befalls them, they need to pick out guardians for the kids.

8:30 p.m.

FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (New) Bob slices a finger and Linda rushes him to the hospital, leaving the children to run the restaurant, so they take the opportunity to turn the basement into a casino. Things appear to be paying off handsomely until the landlord drops in.

9 p.m.

ABC: Remember Sunday: (New) Suffering from short-term memory loss, a man falls in love with the same waitress every day.

CBS: The Good Wife: (New) Alicia represents a group of software coders in a contract dispute as a favor to her mother, but the case causes unexpected consequences to the firm. Meanwhile, Peter asks Alicia to renew their vows and Kalinda plays two sides of the firm against each other.

FOX: Family Guy: (New) In the 200th episode of the series, Brian accidentally causes Stewie’s time machine to run in reverse. To keep it from going all the way back to before Stewie was born, the two of them need to get it to progress forward in time.

NBC: The Celebrity Apprentice: (New) Bret Michaels returns as a Boardroom advisor to judge his former competition.

HBO: Game of Thrones: (New) rayed nerves and empty stomachs test the mettle of a depleted Night’s Watch at Craster’s. Meanwhile, Margaery takes Joffrey out of his comfort zone, and gives Sansa a glimpse of the future; Arya meets the leader of the Brotherhood; Varys plots revenge on an old foe.

SHOWTIME: Nurse Jackie: (New) Jackie and Kevin reach a stalemate in their divorce mediation.

PBS: Masterpiece Classic: (New) Mr. Selfridge: Spunky Agnes Towler returns to work; Harry and Rose face a moment of truth; a drunken Harry gets behind the wheel of a car; and a despondent Ellen turns to pills.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: American Dad: (New) While on a CIA operation in Florida, where the “real” Osama bin Laden is running a novelty restaurant, Stan has an accident and develops amnesia, so Francine takes the opportunity to mold him into the perfect husband.

10 p.m.

CBS: The Mentalist: (New) Rigsby and Van Pelt pose as a couple in need of counseling while investigating the death of a woman who sought romantic advice from a radio-show host.

PBS: The Bletchley Circle: (New) Susan calls on her old pals Millie, Lucy and Jean for help after she picks up on a pattern shared by several murders in the first episode of the mystery series about four female ex-code breakers in post-WWII Britain

SHOWTIME: The Borgias: (New) Pope Alexander tasks Cardinal Sforza with initiating an inquisition.

Basic cable:

New episodes of

All the President’s Men Revisited at 8 p.m. on DSC

Cupcake Wars at 8 p.m. on Food Channel

Dog and Beth: On the Hunt at 8 p.m. on CMT

The Real Housewives of Atlanta at 8 p.m. on BRAVO

Wicked Tuna: Hooked Up at 8 p.m. on NGC

Trip Flip at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel

Extreme Survival Bunkers at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Wicked Tuna at 9 p.m. on NGC

Mob Wives at 9 p.m. on VH1

Married to Medicine at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

River Monsters at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown at 9 p.m. on CNN

Chopped at 9 p.m. on Food Channel

Ax Men at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Extreme Homes at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Army Wives at 9 p.m. on LIFE

My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding at 9 p.m. on TLC

Mad Men at 10 p.m. on AMC

Naked Castaway at 10 p.m. on DSC

Restaurant Impossible at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Vikings at 10 p.m. on History Channel

Alaska Fish Wars at 10 p.m. on NGC

Welcome to Myrtle Manor at 10 p.m. on TLC

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Red Dawn on ENC

The Constant Gardener on FLIX

How to Train Your Dragon on FMC

Battle: Los Angeles on FX

Prometheus on HBO

The Ninth Gate on SHO

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on SPIKE

The Mummy Returns on Syfy

Life as we Know it on TBS

Me and My Gal on TCM

The Woman in Black on TMC

9 p.m.

Remember Sunday on ABC

Wanderlust on HBO

Random Hearts on REELZ

Men in Black 3 on STARZ

Later tonight:

Father of the Bride at 9:30 p.m. on TCM

I Don’t Know How She Does it at 9:35 p.m. on TMC

O Brother Where Art Thou at 9:45 p.m. on IFC

This Means War at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

The Dead Pool at 10 p.m. on ENC

Collateral at 10:30 p.m. on HBO


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