Weekly TV Picks
DAILY, OCT. 24-NOV. 2
The Doctrine of Purgatory
Familyland TV, 11:30 a.m., 8 p.m.
As All Saints' Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls' Day (Nov. 2) approach, join in this TV novena for the poor souls in purgatory and for a pro-life outcome on Election Day.
SUNDAY, OCT. 24
New Sunday Series
Sunday Night Live with Father Benedict Groeschel is at 9 p.m. The Gospel of Life in Health Care, with Father Stephen Torraco, is at 5 a.m. (Re-airs at 4 a.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 p.m. Fridays.) St. Matthew: Evangelist of the Church, with Timothy O'Donnell, is at 1:30 a.m. (Re-airs at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.) Your Vocation – God's Call in Your Life, with Father C. John McCloskey, is at 1 a.m. (Re-airs at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays.)
MONDAY, OCT. 25
Food Finds: Religious Orders
Food Network, 1:30 p.m.
The Brigittine Monastery monks in Oregon create fudge and marshmallows. The Cistercian nuns at Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey in Dubuque, Iowa, make caramels. The Trappists at Gethsemani Farms in Kentucky supply cheese, fruitcakes and fudge.
TUESDAY, OCT. 26
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
ABC, 8 p.m.
“Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz fashioned this happy half-hour special in 1966.
TUESDAY, OCT. 26
Independent Lens: The Political Dr. Seuss
PBS, 10 p.m.
From early 1941 to early 1943, Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), famed for his illustrated books for children, drew editorial cartoons for the New York leftist newspaper PM that urged the U.S. government to enter World War II and defeat the Axis.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27
Great Performances: Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2004
PBS, 9 p.m.
The Philadelphia Orchestra, in a 90-minute concert under music director Christoph Eschenbach, performs the Richard Strauss works “Don Juan, Op. 20”; “Four Last Songs” with soprano Renee Fleming; and “Don Quixote, Op. 35” with cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
THURSDAY, OCT. 28
Nature: Pale Male
PBS, 8 p.m.
This is the story of a red-tailed hawk that, against all odds, settled on a high-rise ledge in Manhattan in the early 1990s and established a family that survives today.
SATURDAY, OCT. 30
Decisive Battles: Cannae
History Channel, 1:30 p.m.
At Cannae, in Italy's Apulia region, on Aug. 2, 216 B.C., Carthaginians and their allies under Hannibal surrounded and wiped out eight legions of overconfident Romans by letting them plunge too deep into their center to extricate themselves. Advisory: TV-PG.
Dan Engler writes from Santa Barbara, California.
- October 24-30, 2004