TV Picks 09.20.2009


Daily Mass and Rosary

CATHOLIC TV This network airs on TV in the Archdiocese of Boston area and online for everyone. New times as of this month: Daily Mass at 9:30 a.m., with re-airs at 7 and 11:30 p.m., and the Rosary at 10 a.m., with a re-air at 6:30 p.m. On Sundays, the Rosary is at 9:30 a.m. and Notre Dame Sunday Mass is at 10 a.m.

SUNDAY, 8 p.m.

Nature: Violent Hawaii

PBS This hour-long documentary on the geological history, climate and coastal sea life of the “Aloha State” surveys the active volcano Kilauea and dormant Diamond Head, giant waves on Maui’s Pe’ahi coast, storms on 13,796-foot Mauna Kea, and the thousands of humpback whales that migrate to Hawaii every winter. A re-air.

MONDAY, 5, 6 p.m.

Egypt Unwrapped

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL At 5 p.m., “The Pyramid Code” uses new technology to map the evolution of ancient Egyptian rulers’ monumental tombs, from early kings’ mere mounds of rock and sand on to the mastabas — rectangular structures of mud brick or stone — and then to the pharaohs’ pyramids. Re-airs 8 p.m. At 6 p.m., “Secrets of the Sphinx” employs recent research to evaluate theories about the origin of the 4,500-year-old monument on the Giza Plateau. Re-airs 9 p.m.

TUESDAY, 8 p.m.

Nova: Ghost in Your Genes

PBS This 60-minute report on the field of epigenetics suggests that factors besides genes could affect inherited traits. It might be that, say, nutrition and stress change the way genes act, by triggering chemical switches in them without altering their overall makeup, and those changes could be passed along to kids and grandkids. Babies conceived by [the immoral process of] in vitro fertilization often have Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome; an IVF-caused effect could be the reason. A re-air.


The Adventures of Robin Hood

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES This 1938 Technicolor classic directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley is always worth watching as a happy tale of chivalry, courage and love triumphing over treason, deceit and lust for power. USCBB: A-1.



EWTN Tonight’s guest, Msgr. Stanley Deptula of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation, discusses the cause for the beatification of Archbishop Sheen (1895-1979), who spread the Gospel via radio, TV and dozens of books and won many converts.

SATURDAY, noon, live

Pope Benedict XVI in the Czech Republic

EWTN On the first day of his three-day visit, the Holy Father will celebrate vespers at Prague’s Cathedral of St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.