TV highlights for Monday, Aug. 23, 2010

CHAINSAW ART: Contestant Dominique carves her entry in
CHAINSAW ART: Contestant Dominique carves her entry in "Chainsaw Ice Sculptors: Challenge Alaska." (Tlc)
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Monday, August 23, 2010


Monday morning kicks off a week of country music stars co-hosting "Today" (NBC at 7 a.m.) -- or at least the fourth hour. Hoda Kotb is joined by Blake Shelton on Monday, followed by Martina McBride, John Rich, Trisha Yearwood and Josh Turner.

In the first segment of the two-part, two-night documentary "If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise" (HBO at 9 p.m.), Spike Lee continues his story of the rebirth of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, which he started in his first documentary, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts." Lee looks at everything, from housing and economic growth to health care and education, and talks to politicians and residents of the city.

"Witness: Katrina" (National Geographic Channel at 9) also reflects five years after the tragedy and shows footage of the horrific hurricane by people who lived through it.

Lifetime original movie "Bond of Silence" (at 9) stars Kim Raver as a widow desperately trying to infiltrate a group of tight-lipped kids and parents as she struggles to uncover why her husband, who went to quiet down a wild teenage house party, wound up dead.

The Miss Universe Pageant (NBC at 9) airs live from Las Vegas, and hosts Bret Michaels and Natalie Morales kick off the night in which women from around the globe compete for the title through swimsuit and evening gown competitions. The contestants also must answer interview questions as they try to impress judges, who include actor William Baldwin and illusionist Criss Angel.

A couple from Stafford, Va., appear on "History Detectives" (WETA at 9, MPT at 10) with what they claim is a radio show script written by the late FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, so the detectives travel to Long Island, N.Y., to find out a few facts from a radio historian.

A few months before "Sarah Palin's Alaska" kicks off on TLC, the network presents "Chainsaw Ice Sculptors: Challenge Alaska" (at 10), as teams try to carve sculptures using everything from chainsaws to blowtorches at the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks.

Maura and Jane discreetly but quickly try to capture a killer aiming for Boston Marathon runners on "Rizzoli & Isles" (TNT at 10).

"Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS at 11:35) hosts news anchor Brian Williams and musical guest Big Boi.

On Comedy Central, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich continues his string of post-trial interviews on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (at 11), and journalist Leslie Kean stops by "The Colbert Report" (at 11:30).

-- Emily Yahr

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