TV Picks 12.29.13

MONDAY, Dec. 30, 1:30pm

Ten Dollar Dinners

FOOD NETWORK Melissa d’Arabian prepares asparagus soup with yogurt and almonds, a grilled cheddar-cheese sandwich, caramelized pineapple sauce and a banana split.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, Dec. 30-Jan. 3, 11am

Women of Grace: The Rosary: Instrument of Grace and Salvation

EWTN In these five daily episodes, Johnnette Benkovic explains the need for the Rosary; interviews Real Men Pray the Rosary founder David Calvillo; talks with Father Dwight Longenecker and Kathleen Beckman; and answers viewers’ questions. Re-airs at 11:30pm nightly.

TUESDAY, Dec. 31, 8pm

Live From Lincoln Center: The New York Philharmonic Gala With Yo-Yo Ma

PBS Singer-actress Audra McDonald hosts, cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs, and Alan Gilbert conducts the Philharmonic in dance-inspired orchestral works.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31-Jan. 1, live

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

EWTN At 11am Tuesday, Pope Francis will preside at the First Vespers of Thanksgiving in St. Peter’s Basilica. Re-airs at 5:30pm. At midnight, the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word will celebrate a Solemn Mass of Reparation in atonement for the sins of the past year. Re-airs at 8am, noon and midnight. At 3:30am Wednesday, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God in St. Peter’s Basilica. Re-airs at 6pm.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 1, 2:30 and 8pm

Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2014

PBS Strauss melodies will be in the air as Julie Andrews hosts this annual concert. Daniel Barenboim will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in the Musikverein, and the Vienna State Ballet will perform in the City Palace.

SUNDAY, Jan. 5, 5:30pm

The New Evangelization

EWTN In this episode, "Post-Vatican II: A Time of Confusion and Turmoil," Michael Hernon, Ralph Martin and Scott Hahn discuss the poor catechesis and formation that plagued Catholics in the 1960s and afterward. Re-airs at 10:30pm Friday.

SUNDAY, Jan. 5, 4am, live

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord With Pope Francis

EWTN The Holy Father celebrates Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Re-airs at noon.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 8pm, midnight


EWTN Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa interviews Father Peter West of Human Life International about the "From Ocean to Ocean Campaign in Defense of Life," in which an icon of Poland’s Our Lady of Czestochowa is visiting parishes and pro-life prayer vigils across America. Re-airs at 9am Thursday.

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 9pm

Live From Lincoln Center: Richard Tucker at 100: An Opera Celebration

PBS This two-hour centennial tribute to the operatic tenor Richard Tucker (1913-1975) features the Metropolitan Orchestra, the New York Choral Society, soprano Renee Fleming and many more singers.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.

President Donald Trump during his speech at a "Thank You" Tour rally held at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

President Trump: ‘Faith in God’ Helps Unite Nation

In an apparent reference to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and months of demonstrations and civil unrest across several U.S. cities over racial justice issues, Trump said that faith was an important support for civil and national unity.