TV Picks 08.23.09-09.05.09

SUNDAY, AUG. 23, 7 p.m.

Planet Earth

DISCOVERY CHANNEL At 7 p.m., “Ice Worlds” visits polar areas and mountaintops to chart weather, observe animals and capture scenic views. At 8 p.m., “Pole to Pole” surveys continents, weather and Earth’s amazing variety of animals.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, AUG. 24-28, 3 a.m., 6:30 p.m.


EWTN In each daily episode, media expert Teresa Tomeo explores the relationship between Catholicism and the communications media by studying the media’s saturation of culture, violent imagery in the media, Catholic teaching about correct use of the media, how Catholics can evangelize through media, and how to counter negative media influences and use media to foster good.

TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 10 p.m.

POV: This Way Up

PBS Premiering tonight, this documentary chronicles the reactions of aged Palestinian Christian residents of Our Lady of Sorrows Nursing Home in East Jerusalem as Israelis construct a looming concrete security wall that borders their home and separates them from their families and friends.

THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 8 p.m., live

Life on the Rock

EWTN Guest Lila Rose, a pro-life student activist at UCLA, discusses her innovative and effective undercover video exposés of the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, 9 p.m.

The Universe: It Fell From Space

HISTORY The series’ fourth season opener discusses asteroids, comets, meteors and space debris.


Reclaiming Your Children for the Faith

EWTN In the first two parts of this 13-part EWTN original series, which will air through Sept. 16, Father Robert Fox, founder of the Fatima Family Apostolate International, counsels parents and grandparents on how to instill the faith from infancy onward — and how to bring loved ones back to the sacraments.

Dan Engler writes from

Santa Barbara, California.