Arts & Entertainment
TV Picks 10.25.2009
BY Daniel J. Engler
October 25-31, 2009 Issue | Posted 10/16/09 at 4:25 PM
SUNDAY, 8 p.m.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
ABC The crew and volunteers build a new home for Nathan and Jenny Montgomery and their four children in Philo, Ill. Nathan gave up a career in engineering to found the Salt & Light Food Pantry in nearby Champaign and now helps feed 250 families a week. Brady Builders got Father James Ramey of Bloomington to celebrate Mass on the building site, and area Catholic students conducted a drive for the food pantry.
SUNDAY, 8 p.m.
Nature: Cloud, Challenge of the Stallions
PBS Ginger Kathrens presents her third film about Cloud, the white wild horse she has followed in the Arrowhead Mountains of Montana since his birth in 1995. Cloud and his band of mares and foals face attacks by mountain lions, raids by other stallions and threats from the Bureau of Land Management, as do rival Shaman and his band.
The Future Depends on Love
CATHOLICTV Pro-life hosts Drs. David and Angela Franks take “A Frank Look at the Vocation of Marriage” and join their guest experts in explaining Catholic doctrine about the sacrament of marriage, chastity, natural family planning and similar topics.
WEDNESDAY, 7:30 p.m., live
World Series, Game One
FOX SPORTS Asked what makes a good baseball manager, Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra replied, “Good players.” Plenty of good players will be on hand for this opening game of the 105th World Series between the champions of the American and National Leagues. Game 2 of the annual best-of-seven series is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and Game 3 is Saturday (TBA).
THURSDAY, 10 p.m.
PBS In this hour-long show, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas looks at Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and how, during a purge by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin that sent millions to slave labor camps, torture and execution, he removed himself from suspicion by composing his Fifth Symphony in D Minor (1937). The work fooled the communist regime but expressed people’s heartbreak and mourning.
FRIDAY, 8 p.m.
HISTORY The night before All Hallows’ Eve and Halloween goody-giving, hour-long episodes spotlight sweets and munchies: “Chocolate” at 8 p.m., “Snackfood Tech” at 9 p.m., “More Snackfood Tech” at 10 p.m., and “Candy” at 11 p.m. Advisory: TV-PG.
SATURDAY, 10 a.m.
Direct From the Moon
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL The Japanese space agency Jaxa launched the Kaguya lunar orbiter in September 2007 and ended its mission in June of this year. The orbiter took spectacular photos of the moon and Earth and collected scientific data.
Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.
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