National Catholic Register

Arts & Entertainment

Weekly TV Picks

BY Dan Engler

November 26-December 2, 2006 Issue | Posted 11/22/06 at 11:00 AM



EWTN Bookmark

EWTN, 9:30 a.m.

Host Doug Keck and R. Thomas Richard discuss Richard’s book, The Interior Liturgy of the Our Father. Richard says, “The Our Father is probably the most poorly prayed of prayers, while in truth it is the most profound and beautiful of prayers. If someone offered you a map of the most direct route to the place you wanted to go, would you be interested? The simple and familiar prayer, the Our Father, shows us that route.”


Decorating Cents:

Home for the Holidays

Home & Garden TV, 9 p.m.

Two deserving families receive home makeovers.


A Charlie Brown Christmas

ABC, 8 p.m.

Lucy in the “Peanuts” comic strip once thought Christmas was about “the joy of getting.” In this beloved 1965 animated special, though, Lucy, Charlie Brown and their pals discover that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, as Linus reads St. Luke 2:8-14. A bonus add-on this year: “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales.”


Blessings That Make Us Be

Familyland TV

Tuesdays at 9 p.m. and Thursdays at 1 p.m., Susan Muto and her panel explain how we can incorporate Christ’s Sermon on the Mount into our daily lives; they see the eight Beatitudes as “attitudes of being” on which we can anchor a life of faith.

WED., NOV. 29-DEC 7

Novena to the

Immaculate Conception

Familyland TV, 11:30 a.m. daily

We can prepare for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception by praying this daily novena to the Blessed Mother.


Engineering an Empire:

The Maya

History Channel, 8 p.m.

The Maya Indians once had more than 40 city-states with pyramid-temples, palaces and sophisticated hydraulic systems in a 125,000-square-mile area in Mexico and Central America. This show documents the rise and fall of the Mayas’ sway. Advisory: TV-PG.


The Lost Evidence:

Operation Market Garden

History Channel, 9 p.m.

This show “layers” World War II aerial photos over a 3-D map to make a computer-generated model of the battle of American, Polish and British paratroopers against Germans for bridges across the Rhine in Holland, Sept. 17-25, 1944. Advisory: TV-PG.


Godspeed to Jamestown

History Channel, 8 p.m.

Follow the 18-month construction of a replica of the Godspeed, one of three ships that carried English settlers to Jamestown, Va., in 1607. Advisory: TV-PG.

Dan Engler writes from

Santa Barbara, California.