National Catholic Register

Arts & Entertainment

Weekly TV Picks

BY Dan Engler

October 8-14, 2006 Issue | Posted 10/4/06 at 11:00 AM



Kid Guides

Familyland TV

These fun shows’ multi-talented, athletic co-hosts — seventh-grader Brittney and middle-schooler Matt — visit zoos, museums, aquariums, a sea camp and a dolphin academy. Airing Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m.


Family Theater:

Dawn of America

EWTN, 10 p.m.

Tonight’s EWTN Global Showcase presentation is “Dawn of America,” a 1952 film that dramatizes the first voyage of Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) and his Catholic motivations. Re-airs Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 4 a.m.


The Journey Home

EWTN, 8 p.m.

Founded by Joseph Smith in New York state in 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints continues to lure Catholics away from the faith. Mormons claim to be Christian even though they reject Christ’s divinity, the Trinity, the Bible, the Creed and more. Marcus Grodi’s guest tonight is Gene Fadness, a convert from Mormonism.


Nova: The Viking Deception

PBS, 8 p.m.

In 1965, Yale University unveiled the Vinland Map, with its portrayal of a North American island, and claimed it dated from ca. 1440. This show suggests the map is a fake and probes the book dealer who came up with it in 1957. A re-air from 2005.


Carnegie Hall

Opening Night 2006

PBS, 10 p.m.

Great Performances inaugurates its 34th season with this 90-minute show in the famed New York City venue. Franz Wesler-Most conducts the Cleveland Orchestra, Leif Ove Andsness plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff sings from Mahler’s “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” and we hear Franz von Suppe’s thrilling “Light Cavalry Overture” and the music of Johann Strauss. Taping was set for Oct.. 4.


Where Did It Come From?

Ancient Rome: The Modern Stadium

History Channel, 8 p.m.

There is nothing new under the sun, the Book of Ecclesiastes tells us. London’s new Wembley Stadium bears that out, inasmuch as the Colosseum in Rome had many of its same “modernistic” features 1,900 years ago.


The Call to Fatima

EWTN, 8 p.m.

This hour-long Irish documentary, based on the late Sister Lucia’s book, “Calls” from the Message of Fatima (2000), tells the story of Fatima for Catholic youth today. It includes film of her funeral in 2005 and that of Pope John Paul II; details Our Lady’s visits to Lucia and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto in Portugal in 1917, including the miracle of the sun; relays Mary’s message of prayer and penance; and chronicles historical events She foretold, including the rise and fall of Soviet communism.

Dan Engler writes from

Santa Barbara, California.