A six-part co-production with ABC Video Enterprises, "In Search of the Dream," premieres on the Arts and Entertainment Network Sunday at 8 p.m.
The series traces the African-American experience, highlighting success stories and struggles that black Americans have faced from the first slave ships more than 350 years ago to current tensions in Brooklyn. The episodes are packed with archival footage and interviews with black leaders past and present.
The show, airing in the prime "A&E Premieres" slot, is narrated by Haskell Ward, former deputy mayor of New York. Subsequent episodes will air Oct. 14, 21 and 28. The final two parts are scheduled back-to-back on Nov. 4.
Monday on A&E at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. "The Avengers" returns to American television. The series ran for eight years (1961-1969) in England and has the distinction of being the first British series to air in prime time on an American broadcast network (ABC) in its fall line-up. "The Avengers" will air Monday through Friday on its twice-a-day schedule as A&E schedules a total of 134 episodes, including some-never-before seen in the United States. Patrick Macnee stars as the handsome bachelor spy John Steed. Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson co-star with Macnee.
Wednesday on The Nashville Network at 8 p.m. a one-hour special, "The Doobie Brothers Live in Concert," reunites the original members of one of the most successful bands in rock 'n' roll. With typical southern rock flair, the band performs favorites such as "Black Water," "Dark Eyed Cajun Woman," "South City Midnight Lady," "Take Me to the Highway" and "South of the Border."
Friday on Showtime at 11 p.m. Leslie Nielsen hosts the contest for the title of "The Funniest Guy We Could Find" -- amateurs; all men -- on the final competition of "National Lampoon's Comedy Playoffs." Celebrity judges make the choice.
Saturday on HBO at 9 p.m. comes the premiere of "The Judgment" starring Keith Carradine and Blythe Danner as Pierre and Emmeline Guitry, a devoted couple who break their silence to challenge the power of the Catholic Church after their young son is molested by a local priest. Jack Warden also stars.
Saturday on C-SPAN at 6 p.m. David Eisenhower addresses The National Press Club in the week of the centennial of his grandfather Dwight D. Eisenhower's birth. Next Sunday at 2, C-SPAN airs a two-hour look at the life and career of the former Army general and U.S. president.
Saturday on The Nashville Network at 8 p.m., "The Grand Ole Opry," the world's longest running radio show, celebrates its 65th birthday with a one-hour TV special. The radio show began in Nashville in 1925. It currently has Friday and Saturday night programs on radio, and TNN televises 30 minutes each Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Keith Bilbrey hosts an all-star cast.