National Catholic Register

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TV Picks 1.26.14

BY Daniel J. Engler

TV Critic

Jan. 26-Feb. 8, 2014 Issue | Posted 1/17/14 at 6:25 PM


SUNDAY, Jan. 26, 8pm

Sunday Night Prime: What Are the Sins Against the Holy Spirit?

EWTN Father Andrew Apostoli of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal explains Catholic doctrine about the Holy Spirit and sins against the Holy Spirit. Re-airs at 2 and 9am Monday.

SUNDAY, Jan. 26, 10pm

Gimme Hope, Gimme Help, Gimme Shelter: The Lifesaving Work of Kathy DiFiore

EWTN This documentary presents the true story of Kathy DiFiore and her Several Sources Shelters ministry. Her work helping and housing pregnant teenagers is the inspiration behind a new Hollywood film. Re-airs at 2pm Wednesday.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 9:30pm

Voices in the Desert

EWTN A look at the work of Dr. Thomas Hilgers and his colleagues at the Pope Paul VI Institute, who developed new morally and medically superior treatments for infertility and a range of other women’s health-care issues.

THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 10pm

Life on the Rock

EWTN Father Mark Mary and Doug Barry host two women whose stories inspired the new movie Gimme Shelter. Darlisha Dozier was a resident of one of the five baby-saving Several Sources Shelters homes for unwed moms that Kathy DiFiore runs in New Jersey. Re-airs at 8pm Friday, 1am Saturday and 9am Tuesday. Advisory: TV-PG.

SUNDAY, Feb. 2, 3pm

Puppy Bowl

ANIMAL PLANET The 10th anniversary Puppy Bowl will feature 66 orphan puppies whose romping back and forth in a miniature football stadium will mimic today’s "other" game, the Super Bowl. First-responder police dogs will assemble for the National Anthem. The show will re-air five times throughout the evening.

SUNDAY, Feb. 2, 4:30pm

Parables of Christ

EWTN In this segment, "The Laborers in the Vineyard: God Is Not Outdone in Generosity," New York archdiocesan priest Father George Rutler uses the biblical parable to show that God can call us at any stage of life and that he looks for faithfulness when he does. Re-airs at 11pm Friday.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 9pm

Nova: Roman Catacomb Mystery

PBS Archaeologists analyze ancient Rome’s living conditions and surmise that the dead were members of the emperor’s own elite cavalry unit and their families, who were all victims of the Antonine Plague, 165-180 A.D.

THURSDAY, Feb. 6, 2pm

Armenia’s Christians

EWTN This documentary recounts the history of Armenian Christians from the time of the apostles. Re-airs at 5am Saturday. Advisory: TV-PG.

VARIOUS, Feb. 6-23

Winter Olympics

NBC The first events of the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will air on NBC at 8pm on Thursday, Feb. 6; the Opening Ceremony will be at 8pm Friday. Some 1,539 hours of TV coverage will air on NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC and the USA Network — nearly 85 hours per day. will provide more than a thousand hours of live streaming, video highlights and rewinds. The final events and the Closing Ceremony will air on NBC at 8pm on Feb. 23.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.