SUNDAY, March 14, 9:30am, 6:30pm

The Rosary

CATHOLICTV Pope John Paul II said, “How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening.” And Blessed Pope John XXIII said, “The Rosary is a magnificent and universal prayer for the needs of the Church, the nations and the entire world.” Here, CatholicTV Network’s Father Robert Reed prays the Glorious Mysteries.

TUESDAY, March 16, 8pm

Nova: First Flower

PBS Researchers ask whether the world’s “first flower” could be the archaefructus, a fossilized plant from China. Others roam China for flower-history clues, and still others propose New Caledonia’s amborella shrub as the oldest flowering plant. A re-airing.

WEDNESDAY, March 17, 8am

For St. Patrick’s Day

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES Saluting the Irish-American experience are, at 8am, The Flying Irishman, the 1939 story of Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan’s 1938 flight from New York City to Ireland instead of his stated objective, California; at 9:15am, The Irish in Us, a 1935 comedy about a New York Irish family; and, at 10:45am, My Wild Irish Rose, a 1947 musical biography of composer Chauncey Olcott (d. 1932) that features the title song and many more favorites.

WEDNESDAY, March 17, 8pm

Great Performances at the Met: The Barber of Seville

PBS Maurizio Benini conducts and Bartlett Sher directs as tenor Juan Diego Florez, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and baritone Peter Mattei (as Figaro) star in Gioachino Rossini’s beloved 1816 opera buffa. A re-airing from 2007.

THURSDAY, March 18, 5 and 8pm

Ultimate Factories

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL Mechanical ingenuity is on display at the automobile factories that produce the Lamborghini Murcielago SV (5 and 8pm), the Chevrolet 2010 Camaro SS (6 and 9pm), and the Porsche 911 (7 and 10pm).

WEDNESDAY, March 24, 8pm


EWTN Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa’s guest is Johnnette Benkovic, who hosts the EWTN TV series The Abundant Life and EWTN Radio show Women of Grace.

THURSDAY, March 25, 8pm

Modern Marvels

HISTORY This new episode, “Mega Meals,” shows food suppliers and cooks preparing meals for large groups, such as a thousand-plus U.S. Marines, a 69,000-strong football crowd and thousands of airline passengers.

SATURDAY, March 27, 8pm

Easter [Treats] Unwrapped

FOOD NETWORK Marc Summers visits makers of the Easter eggs and candies that will be enjoyed on Easter Sunday in celebration of the Resurrection.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.