National Catholic Register

Arts & Entertainment

Weekly TV Picks

BY Dan Engler

July 16-22, 2006 Issue | Posted 7/17/06 at 10:00 AM

 

SUNDAY, JULY 16

It’s Good to Be Alive

Familyland TV, 3:30 p.m.

Based on the 1959 autobiography of Roy “Campy” Campanella (1921-1993), a star catcher in the Negro Leagues and for the Brooklyn Dodgers, this 1974 TV movie tells about the auto accident in 1958 that paralyzed him, his recovery of his will to live, and his many years of inspiring all Americans through service to baseball and his fellow man.

MONDAY, JULY 17

History Detectives

PBS, 9 p.m.

Tonight’s forays into American history include possible relics from a kamikaze attack on the cruiser USS Indianapolis, a Revolutionary War badge of Great Britain’s 71st Highlanders found in Georgia, and a letter involving Lindbergh’s flight to Paris in 1927.

TUESDAY, JULY 18

Tales of the FBI:

Operation Solo

History Channel, 4 p.m.

As a heroic counterspy for the FBI for more than three decades, Morris Childs (1902-1991) used his high position in the Communist Party USA to discover the secrets and plots of the Soviets, including even the dictators Brezhnev and Andropov. A re-air.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19

McGuire Memorial Home:

House Built on Hope

EWTN, 10 p.m.

The residents and students of this home for developmentally disabled children in New Brighton, Pa., as well as their families and the selfless Felician Sisters who care for the youngsters, can teach us life’s most valuable lessons about love of God and neighbor and about our God-given right to life.

THURSDAY, JULY 20

Life on the Rock

EWTN, 8 p.m.

Tonight’s guests are youthful Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration from Phoenix.

FRIDAY, JULY 21

S.O.S. Save Our Ships

History Channel, 7 a.m.

Love for American history inspires efforts to preserve famed vessels such as the World War II Liberty ship John W. Brown and the cruiser USS Olympia.

FRIDAY, JULY 21

Quo Vadis

Turner Classic Movies,

9:30 p.m.

Hollywood used to show respect for the Church. Mervyn LeRoy directed and Deborah Kerr, Robert Taylor and Peter Ustinov starred in this 1951 classic telling of Henryk Sienkiewicz’s 1896 novel of the same name about Catholics in pagan Nero’s Rome.

SATURDAY, JULY 22

The Rookie

ABC, 8 p.m.

This 2002 drama tells the inspiring real-life story of Jim Morris, a family man and high school coach who not only tried out for a big league baseball team at age 35 in 1999 but made it to the majors as a relief pitcher that same year.

Dan Engler writes from

Santa Barbara, California.