National Catholic Register

Arts & Entertainment

TV Picks 09.09.12

BY Daniel J. Engler

TV Critic

September 9-22, 2012 Issue | Posted 8/31/12 at 10:18 AM


All Times Eastern


SUNDAY, Sept. 9, 7pm

Scanning the Skies: The Discovery Channel Telescope

Discovery Channel

The new Discovery Channel Telescope at the Lowell Observatory near Flagstaff, Ariz., will perform astronomy research for universities and supply content online for interactive study in classrooms.


SUNDAY, Sept. 9, 9pm

Great Barrier Reef


This new two-hour special films the unusual creatures that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea off Australia’s northeastern coast. The cameras also capture the scenic beauty of the 1,600-mile-long reef system.


SUNDAY, Sept. 9, 11pm

America’s Book of Secrets: Presidential Transports


This episode inspects Air Force One, Marine One, the presidential limousine and the presidential bus. Advisory: TV-PG.


MONDAY-THURSDAY, Sept. 10-13, 6:30pm nightly

Footprints in the Wilderness


Follow Father William Breault in this four-part documentary, dedicated to eight French Jesuit missionaries who arrived in the New World in the 1600s, for a story of dedication, sacrifice and martyrdom. Filmed on location in France, Canada and the United States.


WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 8pm



Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa’s guests are Dr. Manuel and Adriana Gonzalez of Catholics Called to Witness, which promotes religious liberty, protection of everyone’s life at all stages, the family’s natural structure and parents’ right to educate their children. The group’s video, Test of Fire, which focuses on the essentials in Catholic voting, airs on EWTN.


FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 3am and 6:30pm

William M. Carrigan, Witness and Friend of Padre Pio


This 2003 special tells the life story of William Carrigan, who brought American GIs to St. Padre Pio in World War II and who later made Padre Pio known in the U.S.


SATURDAY, Sept. 22, 9 and 10am; 1 and 4pm

EWTN Family Celebration


At 9am, see the Morning Session from EWTN’s recent gathering in Phoenix. At 10am is a talk by Father Mitch Pacwa. At 1pm is a special Religious Liberty Roundtable Discussion; and at 4pm is a 90-minute episode of Life on the Rock, with hosts Father Mark Mary and Doug Barry, the Desert Nuns and others. (The other talks from the weekend will continue to be aired on Sunday, Sept. 23.)


SATURDAY, Sept. 22, 11am

EWTN Yesterday and Today


This special tells the life story of Mother Angelica and relates the history of the EWTN Global Catholic Network, which she founded on the feast of the Assumption 1981.


Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.