Weekly TV Picks
All times Eastern
SUNDAY, FEB. 22
Historic African-American Towns
Home & Garden TV, 5 p.m.
In the days of segregation, black entrepreneurs and settlers founded towns where they and their families could dwell in relative peace. This one-hour special tells us the history of six such towns, including Eatonville, Fla., and Idlewild, Mich.
SUNDAY, FEB. 22
The Making of
Pax, 9 p.m.
How many Hollywood film shoots ever include daily Mass and a confessional at the ready? This hour-long special takes us to Italy to show us how director Mel Gibson, actor Jim Caviezel and the rest of the cast and crew operated in a deeply spiritual atmosphere to create their film, which opens Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25. Re-airs Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 9 p.m.
MONDAY, FEB. 23
History Channel, 10 a.m., 4 p.m.
Anyone who's ever served in the Army or the Marine Corps knows who really runs the show: sergeants. This two-hour special tells the history of the rank, profiles great people who've held it and examines how today's “sarges” do their job.
TUESDAY, FEB. 24
Mardi Gras Menu
Food Network, 6: 30 p.m.
On Fat Tuesday, watch From Martha's Kitchen (6:30 p.m.), Food 911 (7:30 p.m.) and Emeril Live (8 p.m.) to see how they fix up Creole crawfish, fried catfish po’ boy and many more delicacies in New Orleans. And don't forget the beignets and coffee!
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25
Faberge: Imperial Jeweler
A & E, 7 a.m.
You can tape this early morning “Classroom” episode and tune in later to learn all about the life and work of the master jeweler Peter Carl Faberge.
THURSDAY, FEB. 26
PBS, 9 p.m.
For the first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, this special reviews the war, the continued fighting and the current situation. The show will offer much information, but not everyone will necessarily agree with its conclusions or its selection of what to report.
FRIDAY, FEB. 27
EWTN Town Hall Meeting
EWTN, 8 p.m.
Evaluate the findings of our bishops’ National Review Board on the scandals.
SATURDAY, FEB. 28
Extreme History With Roger Daltrey
History Channel, 7 p.m.
God gave North America's Plains Indians a virtual “general store” in the bison. In this show, host Daltrey (lead singer of raucous classic-rock group The Who) makes his own arrows, brings down a buffalo and then demonstrates how Native Americans butchered and skinned them and made use of almost every part. Advisory: This show is rated PG for language.
Dan Engler writes from Santa Barbara, California.
- February 22-28, 2004