A trilogy of 30-minute movies kicks off a new series, "Showtime 30-minute Movie," Sunday at 9 p.m. Rob Reiner hosts the series featuring movies from the Discovery Program, which offers industry professionals the opportunity to direct their first short-length film. Sunday's plays are "Conquering Space," "12:01 PM" and "To The Moon, Alice."
Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m. "Women & Men: Stories of Seduction" debuts with adaptations of works by Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker and Mary McCarthy. (See story above.)
Monday on TNT at 8 p.m. "The Last Elephant." See Cover Story, Page 8.
Tuesday on The Disney Channel at 8 p.m. "New Kids on the Block: Live! In Your House," features many of the popular group's chart-toppers, including a medley of early hits. Taped in New York. Encores Aug. 24 and 26.
Wednesday on USA at 9 p.m. world premiere of "Blind Vengeance." After a white student is murdered by southern racists, his father (Gerald McRaney) moves to a Mississippi town for a showdown with three acquitted killers. Encores: Aug. 26, 8 p.m., Sept. 1, 2 p.m.
Thursday on The Discovery Channel at 10:30 p.m. Michael Jackson, an internationally recognized authority on beers of the world, kicks off his six-week, U.S. television premiere of "The Beer Hunter," a thirst-quenching adventure in search of the world's finest brews. The first episode is "The Burgundies of Belgium" and will repeat on Saturday, 2:30 a.m. Jackson, author of many books on the pleasures of malt beverages, will follow each week in the same timeslots with "California Pilgrimage," "Germany: The Fifth Element," "The Best of British," "The Bohemian Connection" and "Holland: Our Daily Beer."
Thursday on Bravo at 8 p.m. the premiere of "The South Bank Show: Hogwood on Haydn" with conductor Christopher Hogwood and his orchestra performing at the Esterhaza Palace, where Haydn spent his most productive years in the Kapellmeister. Some music is performed by using period instruments on which the Haydn symphonies were intended to be heard.
Saturday on The Disney Channel at 8:30 a.m. "Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories" begins a weekly show based on L. Frank Baum's "Mother Goose in Prose," a fanciful look at the stories behind the beloved rhymes. Jim Henson's son, Brian is the director. Each half-hour show consists of three 8-minute segments, combining live actors and puppets. Sets, costumes and puppets were inspired by the book's illustrator Maxfield Parrish.