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What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Schooled’ and ‘Down a Dark Hall’

What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Schooled’ and ‘Down a Dark Hall’

A spinoff of “The Goldbergs” debuts on ABC. And Rodrigo Cortés’s horror film “Down a Dark Hall” is available to stream.

SCHOOLED 8:30 p.m. on ABC. Adam F. Goldberg trades Toto for Nirvana in this spinoff of “The Goldbergs” — Goldberg’s successful sitcom built partly on nostalgia for the 1980s. In “Schooled,” he and the writer Marc Firek (both creators of the new show) move a decade ahead to the ’90s, where AJ Michalka’s character, Lainey — previously a fashion school dropout with rock singer aspirations — is beginning a job as a teacher at the prep school she once attended. Tim Meadows’s guidance counselor character is now a principal.

THE DICTATOR’S PLAYBOOK 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The first episode of PBS’s new documentary series on dictators follows the rise of the North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, who began the Kim dynasty and the Korean War during his reign, from 1945 until he died in 1994. The episode begins with his death, after which, the journalist Jean H. Lee explains, the country was “shocked because they had been raised to think of him as a god; they didn’t know that he was even mortal.” The program pays special attention to the use of fear, violence and propaganda by several dictators and draws parallels among their tactics; later episodes cover Benito Mussolini, Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein and others.

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