Einstein documentary explores his life and work

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, the History Channel debuts a biography of Albert Einstein called, strangely, Einstein. The two-hour documentary explores “how the greatest genius of our time struggled against all odds to fulfill his destiny while weathering a devastating war, a tumultuous personal life and betrayal by his peers,” according to the network.

It mixes interviews with experts, archival videos and photos, and recreations (ugh). The documentary was filmed on-location throughout the U.S. and Europe,
including “the Royal Astronomical Society in London, where the handwritten minutes from the meeting where Einstein was vindicated can be seen; as well as the
tiny apartment in Bern, Switzerland, where Einstein lived in tight quarters with his wife and baby, and the original patent office in the same city where Einstein worked as a lowly clerk by day while he solved the greatest riddles of physics by night,” according to History.

The network has excerpts from the film online, including a look at Einstein’s childhood and a discussion of the effects of his famous formula.

Einstein [History]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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