National Catholic Register

Arts & Entertainment

TV Picks

BY Daniel J. Engler

January 14-20, 2007 Issue | Posted 1/10/07 at 11:00 AM

 

SUNDAY, 8 p.m.

The Best of “Nature” — 25 Years

PBS Lynn Sherr hosts this retrospective of a quarter-century of outstanding documentaries on God’s innocent creatures. Some of the “Nature” segments excerpted: “Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies,” “Silent Roar: Searching for the Snow Leopard,” “Katrina’s Animal Rescue” and “Kingdom of the Ice Bear.” Advisory: Some scenes of death and loss in nature.

SUNDAY, 8 p.m.

In the Womb: Multiples

National Geographic Channel This show uses remarkable 4D ultrasound to show us human babies living in the womb throughout all nine months of gestation, including twins, triplets and even a set of quadruplets. Advisory: Facts-of-life content.

MONDAY, 7 a.m.

The Real West: Trailblazers and Scouts

History Channel Mountain men and scouts such as Jim Bridger and Kit Carson are among the many pathfinders of the American West whom this show profiles.

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS

Divine Providence

Familyland TV On Tuesdays at 12 a.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 p.m., Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, discusses his 2005 book, Divine Providence: God’s Design in Your Life.

WEDNESDAY, 8 p.m.

22nd Century

PBS This new series examines recent technological advances, their possible potential and the moral dangers they raise. This premiere episode looks at an accident victim who can communicate by his thoughts, thanks to an electrode in his brain. Also, a neurophysiologist discusses nano-wiring being tested in animals’ brains. “Virtual co-hosts,” a visitor from the future and an actor portraying Brave New World author Aldous Huxley, provide pro and con views of technologies being developed or envisioned.

THURSDAY, 8 p.m., live

Life on the Rock

EWTN Tonight’s guest, pro-lifer Gianna Jessen, 29, begins her talks by saying, “I was aborted and did not die.” Despite having cerebral palsy and other harms from the saline abortion in 1977 that nearly took her life in the womb, she is a talented singer, has run marathons and fights abortion through appearances before Congress and the public.

FRIDAYS, 10:30 a.m.

Diabetes and You

Familyland TV Doctors and experts discuss diabetes’ dangers, diagnosis, psychological aspects, self-care and diet and exercise.

SATURDAY, 7 p.m.

Modern Marvels: Balls

History Channel People have used balls in games for several millennia. This show takes us to factories that make baseballs and footballs and also tours the national halls of fame of baseball and soccer. Advisory: TV-PG.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.