National Catholic Register

Arts & Entertainment

TV Picks 03.24.13

BY Daniel J. Engler

TV Critic

March 24-April 6, 2013 Issue | Posted 3/18/13 at 4:29 PM



Pope Francis

EWTN Please check for special programs related to our new Holy Father, Pope Francis.

SUNDAY, March 24, live

Palm Sunday

EWTN At 4:30am is the Mass of Palm Sunday in Rome (re-airing at 9pm). At 8am is Palm Sunday Mass With the Friars in Irondale, Ala. (re-airing at midnight). At noon is Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

TUESDAY, March 26, 8pm

Polar Bear: Edge of Existence

ANIMAL PLANET In this new special, Gordon Buchanan travels to Norway’s Svalbard Islands to chart a year in the life of cub Nikita and her family. Advisory: TV-PG.

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 9pm

Nova: Meteor Strike

PBS Scientists rush to Chelyabinsk, Russia, just east of the Ural Mountains, to study fragments of the 7,000-ton meteor that exploded some 16-19 miles above the area on Feb. 15 of this year.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, March 28-30, live

Holy Week Triduum

EWTN At 4:30am on Holy Thursday is the Chrism Mass in Rome. At 12:30pm on Holy Thursday is the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Rome (re-airing 1am Friday). At noon on Good Friday is the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion in Rome (re-airing at midnight). At 4pm on Good Friday is the Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion with the friars in Irondale, Ala. At 8:30pm on Good Friday are the Stations of the Cross in Rome (re-airing 3:30am Saturday). At 4pm on Holy Saturday, the Solemn Easter Vigil Mass will take place in Rome (re-airing 1am Easter Sunday).

SUNDAY, March 31, live

Easter Sunday

EWTN At 4am is the Mass of Easter Sunday in Rome (re-airing at 7pm). At 6am is the papal Urbi et Orbi Blessing and Message to the city of Rome and to the world (re-airings 6pm Sunday, 2am Monday and 6pm Saturday).

SUNDAY, March 31

Easter Sunday Films

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES At 7:30am is 1959’s Ben-Hur. At 2:30pm is The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). At 6pm is the 1948 musical Easter Parade. At 8pm is 1953’s The Robe. All films A-1.

MONDAY, April 1, 8, 9:30 and 11:15pm

What’s on Tonight: Play Ball!

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES At 8pm is the 1949 comedy It Happens Every Spring. At 9:30pm is the heartwarming, Catholic-friendly 1951 drama Angels in the Outfield. At 11:15pm, in The Kid From Left Field (1953), a boy, 9, manages a big-league team. All films A-1.

TUESDAY, April 2, 8pm

History Detectives

PBS This new episode features a biography of Kit Carson; a saddle relating to pioneering stuntman Yakima Canutt; sheet music; and a possible Modoc basket. Re-airing 9pm April 4.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.