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TV Picks 08.12.12

BY Daniel J. Engler

Register TV Critic

August 12-25, 2012 Issue | Posted 8/3/12 at 11:39 AM

 

All Times Eastern

SUNDAY, Aug. 12, 10pm
EWTN Theology Roundtable
EWTN
Colin Donovan and his EWTN theology staffers will discuss Catholic teaching about immigration. Re-airings at 1pm Tuesday and 5am Thursday.

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2:30pm
EWTN New Season Preview
EWTN
Host Doug Keck offers viewers a sneak peak into what will be airing on EWTN in the upcoming fall season. Re-airing at 1:30pm Aug. 23.

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 6:30pm
Holy Wood Acting Studio Discussion
EWTN
In “Can You Be a Great Actor and Follow Christ?” actors Joseph Griffin and Marta DuBois share their Hollywood experiences and discuss the pressure that the entertainment industry puts on actors to have them set aside their Catholic faith.

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 6:30pm
Holy Wood Acting Studio Discussion
EWTN
Actors discuss the theme of fame — how it is achieved; how it can corrupt; and how, ultimately, it is a gift from God — in “Is Fame a Bad Thing or a Gift From God?”

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 8pm
Breakfast Special
PBS
In this documentary from 2010, Rick Sebak samples breakfasts at eateries in St. Augustine, Fla., Portland, Ore., Columbus, Ohio, San Francisco and Angelica, N.Y.

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 10pm; Aug. 16, 9pm
Inside Fenway Park: An Icon at 100
PBS
This National Geographic special uses archival footage and interviews to sketch the history of baseball’s oldest stadium, Boston’s Fenway Park. Since its opening in 1912, Fenway has hosted baseball’s greatest stars and legions of fans. At its century mark, a restored Fenway anticipates a bright future. A re-airing. Advisory: TV-PG.

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 8am and noon, live
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
EWTN
In 1950, Pope Pius XII infallibly declared the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven to be a dogma of the Catholic faith. At 8am, the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word will celebrate Mass; re-airing at 6:30pm. In Washington, Mass for the feast day will take place at noon in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; re-airing at midnight.

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 5 and 6pm
Mars Rovers
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL
At 5pm, Death of a Mars Rover tells the story of the U.S. rovers Spirit and Opportunity, which landed on the Red Planet in January 2004. Opportunity continues to provide scientific data, but Spirit has fallen silent. At 6pm, Martian Mega Rover chronicles the development of Curiosity, the $2.5-billion, one-ton rover that as of press time was to land on Mars on Aug. 5, after an eight-month journey.

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 10am
The States
HISTORY
This 2007 documentary series charts the history of the 50 states. At 10 and 11am, noon and 1, 2 and 3pm, episodes depict topography, show landmarks, describe notable events and relay little-known and quirky facts.  Advisory: TV-PG.

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 3am, 6:30pm
The Story of Knock
EWTN
In the evening of Aug. 21, 1879, the Queen of Heaven, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared outside the parish church in Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.  Beside them were angels and an altar with a lamb and a cross. Fifteen residents of this oppressed area hard hit by forcible evictions and famine witnessed the apparition, and their testimony was judged trustworthy later in 1879 and also in 1936. 
 

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.