TV Picks 03.01.2009


Lenten Programs

EWTN Fathers of Mercy Superior General Father William Casey gives a six-week Lenten Parish Mission at 10 a.m. Sundays, March 1 - April 3 (re-airs 2 p.m. Tuesdays, 4 a.m. Fridays). Father Paul Chavasse, postulator for the cause of Cardinal Newman, offers Lenten Reflections at 5 a.m. Sundays, March 1 - April 3 (re-airs 5:30 p.m. Fridays). Starting March 7, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee provides six weeks of reflections in his St. Peter: Icon for Lent at 4 p.m. Saturdays.


March New Series

EWTN New shows this spring will include art historian Elizabeth Lev’s Catholic Canvas: The Vatican Collection at 5 p.m. Sundays; Ralph Martin’s The Fulfillment of All Desire at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays; Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers’ Made in His Image: Family Life Today at 11 a.m. Sundays, 6 p.m. Fridays; Greg and Julie Alexander’s Marriage Works in Christ: Broken and Blessed at 11:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and Joseph Pearce’s The Quest for Shakespeare at 11 a.m. Mondays, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 11:30 p.m. Fridays. The existing series Sunday Night Live With Father Benedict Groeschel will study “The Theology of Our Lord Jesus Christ.” (7 p.m.)


March Specials

PBS Singer-actress Fiona Kennedy’s Highland Heartbeat has traditional and recent songs backed by the Scottish Festival Orchestra, plus landscape footage of Scotland. The Richard Abel Elegancia features pianist Abel, Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, an orchestra, and dancing couples in 18th-century costume. In The Metropolitan Opera Opening Night Gala, soprano Renee Fleming performs favorite opera roles of hers. In the new The Welk Stars: Through the Years, Mary Lou Metzger shows numbers from Catholic bandleader Lawrence Welk’s 1950s-1970s TV hit series. Check local listings.

ALL WEEK, 7 p.m.

Rosary and Holy Mass

CATHOLICTV Pray along with the Rosary at 7 p.m. and Mass at 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, noon

Growing Up: Lion

ANIMAL PLANET A young lion copes with growing up. TV-G.

TUESDAY, 8 p.m.


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL Off the coast of the Dominican Republic in 2007, salvagers find the wreck of the Quedagh, a merchant ship pillaged and abandoned by the English pirate Captain William Kidd in the late 1690s.

THURSDAY, 7 a.m.

Urban Outsiders

HOME & GARDEN TV Host Matt James helps Michael and Christy French create a drought-tolerant garden of native plants behind their California ranch-style home.

SATURDAY, 6 p.m.

The Secret Life of …

FOOD NETWORK Host George Duran visits family-owned and family-style eateries.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.