The gun culture in the United States is examined and the firearms debate is taken to the street level, with views from police officers, trauma doctors, victims and their families rounding out a week-long A&E Network "Investigative Reports" focusing on "Guns in America," airing Monday through Friday at 9 p.m.
"Investigative Reports," with anchor and executive producer Bill Kurtis, has won many laurels including a Peabody Award and Emmy. A&E has expanded the show, which now will air weeknights following the popular "Biography." The five-part "Guns in America" series launches the show's new time slot.
Monday: "Gun Life," a look at guns across America and who uses them.
Tuesday: "Inside the NRA," a look at how the pro-gun lobby of the National Rifle Association works.
Wednesday: "The Gun Effect," a talk with people in the street.
Thursday: "The Gun Makers," how and where the weapons are made and sold.
Friday: "Young Guns," showing how children learn early to shoot and kill.
Each part repeats at 1 a.m.
Sunday on Showtime at 9 p.m., "Mean Streak," with Scott Bakula as a New York City cop and Leon as an FBI agent who track a white supremacist intent on killing a black baseball player before he breaks Joe DiMaggio's record 56-game hitting streak. Repeats: July 7, 12 and 15.
Sunday on A&E Network at 9 p.m., "The Bunny Years," a two-hour profile of women who worked as bunnies during the 25-year history of Playboy Clubs. The program points out a number of bunnies' experiences, including those of feminist Gloria Steinem, model Lauren Hutton and a midwife who also was a beauty queen and nun. Repeats at 1 a.m.
Sunday on American Movie Classics at 9:30 p.m., the debut of "Backstory," a series on the making of great films. Each program offers little-known, colorful details about what the stars and filmmakers faced in producing a particular movie. The first show focuses on 1953's "Roman Holiday" with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. The movie airs at 10 p.m., following "Backstory."
Monday on the Nashville Network at 4 and 6 p.m., "The Real McCoys" and "Alice" come back. Selections from the 224-episode "Real McCoys" library air Monday through Friday at 4 and 4:30 p.m., with one repeating the following weekday at 10:30 a.m. Two of the 202 episodes of "Alice," starring Linda Lavin, will be shown weekdays at 6 and 6:30 p.m., with one repeating the next weekday at 10 a.m.
Thursday on Fox Family Channel at 8 p.m., "Backstreet Boys: Coming Home," with members of the "best video group" -- according to MTV -- strutting their stuff during a homecoming concert at the Orlando (Fla.) Arena. The two-hour concert repeats Saturday at 5 p.m. and July 9 and 10.
Thursday on Encore at 8 p.m., the "The Directors" series spotlights Spike Lee, featuring clips from his first film "She's Gotta Have It," to the recent "Get on the Bus," "Girl 6" and "Clockers." Following the profile, Lee's production "Malcolm X" airs at 9:05. "The Directors" repeats at 4 a.m. and July 11, 18, 21 and 31.
Saturday on the History Channel at 8 p.m., "Save Our History: The Declaration of Independence" traces the history and preservation of the much-abused document. The copy displayed in the National Archives since 1952 is not the original -- that one dropped from sight after being left at a printing shop in 1776. Repeats at midnight.
CAPTION: AMC's new series "Backstory" offers behind-the-camera tidbits on top movies, starting with "Roman Holiday" at 9:30 Sunday. The 1953 film, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, follows at 10.