8:00 (6) Laverne and Shirley Together Again. Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall reunite with the usual clips and co-star interviews plus some new L&S skits. (Until 9 p.m.)
8:00 (44) And Thou Shalt Honor: Caring for Our Aging Parents. Repeated from last week. Joe Mantegna confronts the mutual child-parent nightmare of putting people out to pasture gracefully. (Until 11 p.m.)
8:30 (2) Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park. Repeated and repeated and repeated. (Until the tape finally breaks.)
10:00 (6) Peter Jennings Reporting: I Have a Dream. Not Peter’s dream, but Martin Luther King’s from 1963 — that’s 40 years ago. This show looks back at the politics and the social issues of the months leading up to King’s historic oration from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. (Until 11 p.m.)
7:00 (2) Visions of Greece. From above, that is. An aerial tour, from Athens to the islands in the Aegean. (Until 7:30 p.m.)
7:00 (38) Baseball. The Sox versus the New York Yankees.
8:00 (2) Now with Bill Moyers. Still no word about Bill’s guests or topics, but a good bet for any Friday night. (Until 9 p.m.)
9:00 (6) Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown. Slavery, the dark side of Peanuts land. (Until 9:30 p.m.)
11:00 a.m. (12) Tennis. Third-round men’s and women’s US Open action.
Noon (6) Football. Georgia versus Clemson.
1:00 (64) Baseball. The Sox versus the New York Yankees.
3:30 (6) Football. Oklahoma State versus Nebraska.
6:00 (12) Football. USC versus Auburn.
8:00 (6) Football. Washington versus Ohio State.
8:00 (10) NBC’s Funniest Outtakes 2. But they’re never really funny, are they? (Until 9 p.m.)
Midnight (2) Austin City Limits. Featuring music from Mary Chapin Carpenter and Nanci Griffith. (Until 1 a.m.)
Midnight (44) Soundstage. Featuring music from Tori Amos. (Until 1 a.m.)
11:00 a.m. (12) Tennis. Third- and fourth-round men’s and women’s US Open action.
1:15 (2) Viewer Favorites. Tired programming from the mercifully concluding pledge period — a couple dozen tenors, a motivational snake-oil salesperson or two, a disingenuous piano teacher, and perhaps a little Simon and Garfunkel. But we don’t know for sure. The ’GBH programmer just closes his eyes and grabs something out of the recycling bin. (Until 9 p.m.)
6:00 (44) Viewer Favorites. Like we just said . . . (Until midnight.)
9:00 (2) Mystery: The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Well-Schooled in Murder. And with that the awful fundraising ends. The first of four new plots taken from the mystery novels of Elizabeth George. Nathaniel Parker stars as an earl-turned-detective who’s forever lording it over his spunky cockney partner (Sharon Small) in crime solving. In this one, a student is killed at a tony prep school. To be repeated tonight at midnight and 3 a.m., and on Channel 44 at 1 and 4 a.m. Also on Thursday at 3:30 a.m., and on Channel 44 at 9 p.m. (Until 11 p.m.)
9:00 (12) Entrapment (movie). Catherine Zeta-Jones squares off against Sean Connery as an insurance investigator working undercover to catch an art thief. From 1999. (Until 11 p.m.)
9:00 (12) The Annual MDA Telethon. Millions suffer from AIDS and cancer and Alzheimer’s, but the only fundraising show on television is this annual begfest for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Nothing against that, mind you, but it does seem a little odd.
1:00 and 4:00 a.m. (44) Mystery: The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Well-Schooled in Murder. Repeated from this evening at 9 p.m.
8:00 (6) Any Given Sunday (movie). A dark behind-the-scenes view of pro football from director Oliver Stone. Jamie Foxx plays the fill-in quarterback whose ego surge causes personal clashes within the squad. Al Pacino stars as the coach who has to juggle the team’s emotions while somehow pacifying owner Cameron Diaz. From 1999. (Until 11 p.m.)
8:00 (44) Globe Trekker: Alaska. Trekker Ian Wright suffers amid the beauty of our 49th state — scaling high-high peaks, panning for gold, and stopping over at a rural outpost that thrives (in its fashion) without utilities. To be repeated tonight at 3 a.m. on Channel 2. (Until 9 p.m.)
9:00 (2) The American Experience: Streamliners: America’s Lost Trains. Fundraising may be over, but the fall season hasn’t started yet, so we have a lot of old shows on this week. This one looks at America’s golden age of big sleek locomotives. As a very small child, we were taken by our Pennsylvania Railroading father to tour something called the Aerotrain, which looked like a prop from a Flash Gordon movie on the outside but was pretty much like a train with tacky 1950s decor inside. But many streamliners were truly cool all over. To be repeated tonight at 1 a.m., and on Channel 44 at 1 and 4 a.m. (Until 10 p.m.)
9:00 (44) The Aleutians: Cradle of the Storms. The disrupted land bridge between Siberia and Alaska is mostly famous for bad weather. (Until 11 p.m.)
10:00 (2) The American South by Rail. A restored luxury train makes the run from NOLA to DC. To be repeated tonight at 2 a.m., and on Channel 44 at 2 and 5 a.m. (Until 11 p.m.)
1:00 and 4:00 a.m. (44) The American Experience: Streamliners: America’s Lost Trains. Repeated from this evening at 9 p.m.
2:00 and 5:00 a.m. (44) The American South by Rail. Repeated from this evening at 10 p.m.
3:00 a.m. (2) Globe Trekker: Alaska. Repeated from this evening at 8 p.m.
8:00 (2) Nova: Holocaust on Trial. Trust the British to formalize the process of bringing into court fatheads who contend that the Holocaust never happened. The chronicle of a 2000 London trial that settled the issue. Look forward to courtroom dramas proving that slavery in America, the Indian genocide, and the Soviet invasion of Hungary were all real. To be repeated tonight at midnight. (Until 9 p.m.)
8:00 (44) Soundstage. Featuring music from Lyle Lovett, plus Randy Newman and Mark Isham (sitting in). To be repeated tonight at 3 a.m. on Channel 2.
9:00 (2) Nova: Nazi Prison Escape. Remember Steve McQueen riding a motorcycle across the plains of Europe away from the Nazi POW camp at Colditz Castle? That really happened — just not to Steve McQueen. To be repeated tonight at 1 a.m. (Until 10 p.m.)
9:00 (64) The O.C. The drama and intrigue of life in the Old Country continues as our hero, Falngmn, discovers that his lost love, Singredd, was born into a high-wire novelty-act circus family called the Flying Dyfnicks and Fluffy, which featured Onufrius (now performing solo with Libdik the Lion), his wife and sister-in-law, Floral and Doral, and their basset puppy Fluffy. Falngmn confronts Onufrius, who confesses to leaving the toddler Singredd behind in Falngmn’s mountain village during the great Goat Famine of Aught Five. Singredd, hearing that the Radzyminsky Brothers, Borczak & Basinski Circus was scheduled to play the Old Country capital city of Dolnth, accepted indentured servitude with Thagarr, the shoemaker, planning all along to run away and rejoin her biological family. Singredd had sent a message that she was coming home to her father, Onufrius, via Magdute, the fortune teller, but it never arrived. Where is Singredd? Anxious, Falngmn, Onufrius, and the now one-eyed Fluffy set out to search the fairgrounds. (Until 10 p.m.)
9:00 (44) P.O.V.: West 47th Street. A disturbing visit to Fountain House, a well-known rehab center in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen. To be repeated tonight at 4 a.m. on Channel 2. (Until 10:30 p.m.)
10:00 (2) War Behind the Wire: Colditz Castle. The stories of seven Allied prisoners who survived a wartime stint at Colditz. Even sounds damp and unpleasant, doesn’t it? To be repeated tonight at 2 a.m. (Until 11 p.m.)
10:30 (44) Alzheimer’s: Is There Hope? A look at current progress in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s. (Until 11:30 p.m.)
3:00 a.m. (2) Soundstage. Repeated from this evening at 8 p.m. and with Lyle Lovett.
4:00 a.m. (2) P.O.V.: West 47th Street. Repeated from this evening at 9 p.m.
5:30 a.m. (2) Fiesta in the Sky. It wouldn’t be a week on Channel 2 without an airing of this whatever-it-is show about hot-air balloons. We suspect the proceedings include a shot of the WGBH night watchman’s mother. (Until 6 a.m.)
8:00 (2) Great Performances: Making "The Misfits." Behind the scenes with Arthur Miller and John Huston during the planning and filming of the last picture show of both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. To be repeated tonight at midnight. (Until 9 p.m.)
9:00 (2) American Masters: Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist: None Without Sin. Pay attention; this sort of thing is about to happen again. When Joe McCarthy trumped up a bunch of charges about Communists and traitors in Hollywood, the sunshine set didn’t exactly close ranks. Director Elia Kazan, for example, jumped at the opportunity to sell out his (incidentally innocent) friends in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee. One of Kazan’s sold-out pals was writer Arthur Miller. This show looks at their relationship before and after. (See Gerald Peary’s "Film Culture" column, on page 6.) To be repeated tonight at 1 a.m., and on Channel 44 at 1 and 4 a.m. (Until 11 p.m.)
1:00 and 4:00 a.m. (44) American Masters: Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist: None Without Sin. Repeated from this evening at 9 pm.
7:30 (2) Basic Black: A Conversation with Robert Honeysucker. The new season for BB starts with host Darren Duarte chatting with operatic baritone Honeysucker, whom you may remember from such roles as toreador Escamillo in Boston Lyric Opera’s "Carmen on the Common." (Until 8 p.m.)
8:00 (2) Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate. Ray Suarez hosts this year’s collection of cowardly liberals trying to find a centrist line that the rabid right will somehow swallow without offending anyone who’s so stupid he favors the war and disputes Darwin. Screw ’em, guys — there are enough sensible people to elect you if you have the guts to bash the Bushies and all the fat cats and fools who follow them. (Until 9:30 p.m.)
9:00 (6) Football. The New York Jets (with Vinny instead of Chad) versus the Washington Redskins in real-season play. Will there be any starting quarterbacks left by now? And how come ABC’s Monday Night Football makes its season debut on a Thursday?
9:00 (44) Mystery: The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Well-Schooled in Murder. Repeated from Sunday at 9 p.m.
3:30 a.m. (2) Mystery: The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Well-Schooled in Murder. Repeated from Sunday at 9 p.m.
Issue Date: August 29 - September 4, 2003
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