TV Picks 07.12.2009

SUNDAY, JULY 12, 3 p.m., live

U.S. Women’s Open


NBC The names of past U.S. Open champions such as “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias, Betsy Rawls and Meg Mallon will be echoing at Saucon Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa., during this final round.

TUESDAYS, 10 p.m., live

Threshold of Hope

EWTN Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa, a biblical scholar, theologian, speaker of 12 languages and founder of Ignatius Productions, imparts Catholic truth and wisdom as he analyzes Pope John Paul II’s encyclicals. Re-airs 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. Wednesdays.

TUESDAY, JULY 14, 8 p.m., live

Major League Baseball’s

80th All-Star Game

FOX “To be good you’ve got to have a lot of little boy in you,” the great Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella once said about baseball. The same unabashed love of the game that “Campy” had, and perhaps similar skills, too, will be on display during tonight’s contest between the top players of the American and National Leagues.


Father Frank Remembered

CATHOLICTV Boston archdiocesan Father Frank McFarland, who directed CatholicTV for 25 years, died July 17, 2001, so on that date the station re-airs shows of his. In The Rosary, at 3 and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Father McFarland prays the Rosary in tranquil settings. Four more of the priest’s shows will air today between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

MONDAY, JULY 20, 9 p.m.



PBS Tonight, a phonograph record could reveal the role of writer Harry Brundidge in the eventually discredited treason trial of Iva Toguri D’Aquino (d. 2006), who was unfairly dubbed “Tokyo Rose” for her World War II Japanese radio shows; a Lakota-language note dated 1904 claims a photo accompanying it is that of Lakota war chief Crazy Horse (ca. 1840-1877); and experts try to find surviving relatives of a World War II U.S. pilot who was stationed in England and present his diary to them.

FRIDAY, JULY 24, 7 a.m.

Save Our History: Defining Documents

HISTORY The Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the most prominent among the texts that the National Archives and Records Administration has selected, mostly from its own holdings, as “100 Milestone Documents” of U.S. history from 1776 to 1965. Host Josh Binswanger tells the stories of some of the documents. Advisory: TV-PG.

SATURDAY, July 25, 8 p.m.

Animal Planet Dog

Championships 2009

ANIMAL PLANET Skilled canines from around the country compete in fun events. This special includes backstage interviews with trainers and owners. A re-air.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.

From Writing Jokes to Sacred Songs

In his job-hopping, soul-searching pre-seminary days, Father Bill Quinlivan was something of a funny man, penning a movie script, pitching a sitcom and schlepping jokes at $10 a pop to Joan Rivers (one of them delivered on “The Tonight Show”). Now he’s focusing on sacred music; his latest CD, which celebrates the priesthood, is apropos for the Year for Priests.

Place of Light

English St. Odilia was martyred in Germany in the fourth century. But she is remembered on her feast day, July 18, and at the Shrine of St. Odilia in Minnesota.