National Catholic Register

Arts & Entertainment

Weekly TV Picks

BY Dan Engler

August 20-26, 2006 Issue | Posted 8/21/06 at 9:00 AM

 

SUNDAY, AUG. 20

Breakfast with the Arts

A&E, 8 a.m.

Hostess Karina Huber visits the beautiful Grimaldi Forum, home of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, as well as New York City’s five “Wonder Theatre” movie palaces. She also profiles singer Emmylou Harris and others. Advisory: TV-PG.

SUNDAY, AUG. 20

Peace of Heart Forum:

Gift and Mystery

Familyland TV, 10 a.m.

 “‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations’ (Jeremiah 1:5). These inspired words cannot fail to move deeply the heart of every priest.” So wrote Pope John Paul II in Gift and Mystery, the story of his vocation that he penned in 1996 for the 50th anniversary of his ordination. In this series, which will air Fridays at 10 a.m., Cardinal Francis Arinze discusses the late Holy Father’s priesthood.

SUNDAY, AUG. 20

Elk in America

Discovery Channel, 11 a.m.

God’s gifts to man include wild animals. Elk (Cervus Canadensis), or wapiti, whose antlers can span more than 5 feet, have made a comeback in the Rocky Mountains.

MONDAY, AUG. 21

The Story of Knock

EWTN, 3 a.m., 6:30 p.m.

On the rainy evening of Aug. 21, 1879, Mary, Queen of Ireland, visited tiny Knock, County Mayo, along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist. In a time of distress for Ireland, they conveyed comfort and hope by their silent presence.

MONDAY, AUG. 21

Lost Worlds: Jesus’

Jerusalem

History Channel, 9 p.m.

This show discusses archaeological finds and uses computer images as it speculates about the layout and appearance of Jerusalem when the Messiah walked its streets. Advisory: TV-PG.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23

Ancient Discoveries:

Warfare

History Channel, 8 p.m.

Some ancient weapons systems were highly lethal. This show explores the deadly ingenuity of ancient inventors, mathematicians and engineers. Advisory: TV-PG.

THURSDAY, AUG. 24

Life on the Rock

EWTN, 8 p.m., live

Father Francis Mary’s guest, pitcher Jeff Suppan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball club, attended the Holy See’s first seminar on sports and Christian commitment last fall.

FRIDAY, AUG. 25

A Cemetery Special

PBS, 9 p.m.

 “There’s nothing spooky or scary in this program,” says producer Rick Sebak. He hopes this show about mainly 19th-century cemeteries will remind viewers that life is short and that we should visit the graves of our relatives, friends and forebears. A re-air.

Dan Engler writes from

Santa Barbara, California.