Mon, January 26
Gender inequality around the world is examined by famous individuals in this new three-part series. "Episode One" presents a study of sex trafficking, with Malin Akerman ("Trophy Wife"), Ashley Judd and Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") as correspondents. They join columnist Nicholas Kristof -- whose latest book, co-written with Sheryl WuDunn, the program is based on -- to meet survivors and survey related law initiatives in Nashville, Boston and Chicago.
Country-music icon Willie Nelson might not be an expected factor in this series, but his connection becomes a bit clearer from the fact this first part of a new episode is set in Austin. His personal collection also explains why something that belonged to Mahatma Gandhi would end up in Texas ... specifically, a spinning wheel. A Roy Lichtenstein pin and a custom-made Van Cleef and Arpels necklace also are assessed at the city's Briscoe Center.
New York's famed Circle Line of boat tours gives the contestants their initial challenge in the new episode "It's Like a Booze Cruise With Knowledge." They have to devise an original tour of the Big Apple, and there's plenty of intrigue since one project manager is an apparent target of teammates. Then, an empty stage has to be made into a lavish showcase for many of the features of the Trump (yes, as in "Donald Trump") National Doral Miami Resort.