National Catholic Register

Arts & Entertainment

TV Picks April 22-28

BY Daniel J. Engler

April 22-28, 2007 Issue | Posted 4/17/07 at 9:00 AM

 

SUNDAY, 1 p.m.

Nicholas Nickleby

FAMILYLAND TV Alberto Cavalcanti directed this 1947 film retelling of a tale from 1839 by novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870) in which a teacher and students try to overcome unjust laws and mistreatment of abandoned children in England. Sir Cedric Hardwicke stars in the title role, and Alfred Drayton and Sally Ann Howes also appear.


SUNDAY, 9 p.m., 11 p.m.

Sherman’s March

HISTORY CHANNEL Civil War Union General William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) is called “the first modern general” because of the scorched-earth warfare he unleashed on civilians in Georgia and South Carolina in late 1864 and early 1865. His troops destroyed railroads, commerce, crops and livestock, and stole or wiped out food supplies.


TUESDAY, 8 p.m.

Nova: Saved by the Sun

PBS This special examines efforts in the United States and Germany to revive enthusiasm for using solar power as a source of energy for homes, businesses and even entire communities. A thermal plant in the Mojave Desert powers steam turbines that supply electricity to 150,000 homes. Government subsidies in both countries fund some projects, but some economists doubt their long-term feasibility. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology are working on nanotechnology that might result in cheaper, more efficient harnessing of the sun.


THURSDAY, 8 p.m., live

Life on the Rock

EWTN Tonight’s episode, “Catholicism in the Major Leagues,” spotlights Catholic baseball players, managers and coaches and their efforts on behalf of the faith.


THURSDAY, 9 p.m.

Mega Movers: B-25 Bomber

HISTORY CHANNEL Remembering the wartime service and sacrifices of our military personnel is a noble cause. Some Americans express it by recovering and restoring the craft in which our personnel have perished. This show documents a private group’s retrieval of a B-25C bomber that crashed in Lake Murray, S.C., in 1943.


FRIDAY, 5:30 a.m.

One in Their Hearts: Sacrifice for Reparation

EWTN St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) was always joyful despite her years of painful afflictions and the persecution she underwent. She received the stigmata inwardly in 1375. Later, beset by illness, she asked Jesus to accept her sufferings in reparation for the sins of all mankind and to foster renewal and unity in the Church.


SATURDAY, 9 p.m.

Rachael Ray’s Ballpark Cafe

FOOD NETWORK When spring arrives, American families flock to stadiums to enjoy their beloved baseball — and to savor ballpark food. Popular TV cook Rachael Ray samples sausages at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, tries crab at a minor league park in Maryland and enjoys treats at a pre-All-Star Game gala. A re-air from 2005.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.