Weekly TV Picks

All times Eastern

SUNDAY, JAN. 18

Homestead Holdouts

Home & Garden TV, 9 p.m.

This special profiles six homeowners in urban areas who are resisting all offers to sell their modest properties to make way for large projects.

MONDAY, JAN. 19

Blessed Margaret of Castello: Patroness of the Unwanted

EWTN, 9 p.m.

Rejected, shut away and finally abandoned by her parents in Italy for being blind, lame and malformed, Blessed Margaret (1287-1320) refused to become bitter and instead loved and served God and neighbor for all her 33 years.

TUESDAYS

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Familyland TV, 8 p.m.

Enemies of the family mock this sitcom — a sure recommendation for it. From 1952 to 1966 on ABC, it featured a real-life family, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and sons David and Ricky, in their actual home and was a pleasant blend of fiction and reality.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21

Drive-Thru

History Channel, 1 p.m.

This show surveys the history of U.S. gas stations, drive-in and fast-food restaurants and other “car-related commerce.”

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21

The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's

PBS, 9 p.m.

A 90-minute special profiles six Alzheimer's patients and their families, and a half-hour follow-up recommends resources. Catholic viewers’ perspective will include a prayerful concern that every patient's God-given worth and right to life be respected.

THURSDAY, JAN. 22

March for Life: Live Coverage

EWTN, 11 a.m.

Most of the news media will downplay and even ignore the 200,000 right-to-lifers expected at the annual March for Life in our nation's capital — but not EWTN, which is providing six hours of live coverage, interviews and panel discussions. Re-airs at 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, JAN. 24

IR: Prescription for Murder

A&E, 5 p.m.

This “Investigative Reports” tells the story of Harold Shipman, an English physician described as “expressing an interest in euthanasia” and convicted in 2000 of murdering 15 elderly but healthy patients of his. From 1974 until his arrest in 1998, he compiled a total of 236 suspected victims.

SATURDAY, JAN. 24

Hands on History: Louisville Slugger

History Channel, 5 p.m.

With spring training still a month away, get a midwinter helping of baseball as host Ron Hazleton charts the history of Hillerich & Bradsby, the baseball-bat maker. The firm's famed Louisville Slugger white-ash bats got their start in 1884 when, the story goes, Bud Hillerich, 17, made one for local big leaguer Pete “The Louisville Slugger” Browning, who promptly swatted three hits with it.

Dan Engler writes from Santa Barbara, California.

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.