Showtime's "Bonanno: A Godfather's Story," a two-part series about the recollections of 94-year-old crime family boss Joseph Bonanno, airs Sunday and Monday at 8 p.m. The script by Thomas Michael Donnelly is based on more than 16 hours of interviews and Bonanno's 1983 book, "Man of Honor: The Autobiography of Joseph Bonanno."
Martin Landau plays Bonanno, one of very few bosses to retire from a life of crime. Edward James Olmos, Bruce Ramsey and Costas Mandylor co-star.
The story, directed by Michel Poulette, covers Bonanno's beginnings as a Sicilian immigrant trying to make a living as a barber in New York, where he went to escape Mussolini's Fascists. Introduced to organized crime by a cousin, he became a successful bootlegger, despite competition from a young Irishman named Joseph Kennedy.
In the second half of the story, a battle between mob factions wipes out his mentor and places Bonanno, then 26, at the head of the Castellamarese crime family. He organized The Commission, a group of five Mafia family heads that brought organization to organized crime. Bonanno's authority was tested by family betrayals, by the government during World War II and by Kennedy. As his health began to falter, he retired.
Part 1 runs 2 hours 35 minutes; part 2 is 2 hours 15 minutes. Repeats: Aug. 11-12 at 9 p.m.
Joe Bonanno talks about his life Sunday at 10:35 p.m. on Showtime and is profiled on A&E's "Biography" Tuesday at 8 p.m.
* Sunday on Fox Family Channel at 8 p.m., "Don't Look Behind You," an original movie with Patrick Duffy, Pam Dawber and Dominic Raacke. In the story, Duffy's character finds that his boss is involved in money-laundering schemes and that, as chief financial officer, he is an unwitting accomplice. He and his family enter the FBI's Witness Relocation Program to thwart his boss and stay alive. Repeats: Saturday at 8 p.m.
* Sunday on TLC at 8 p.m., "Mysteries of Asia," a three-part offering based on unprecedented access to Asian landmarks. At 8 p.m., "Jewels of the Jungle" explores Cambodia's ruins of Angkor Wat, which include nearly 100 temples over 150 square miles. At 9 p.m., "The Lost Temples of India" tells how these huge monuments were built and why they are among history's least-known cultural marvels. At 10 p.m., "Secrets of the Great Wall" deals with misconceptions about the 1,500-mile wall, the world's largest structure.
* Sunday on Lifetime at 11 p.m., "Intimate Portrait" profiles Tyne Daly, who garnered four Emmy Awards as Mary Beth Lacey in CBS's "Cagney and Lacey," won a Tony Award for her role as Mama Rose in the revival of "Gypsy" and then found herself in a hectic struggle when she divorced after 25 years of marriage. Repeats Thursday at 3 p.m.
* Monday and Tuesday on Bravo at 10 p.m., profiles of ABBA and David Cassidy, part of a "Tales of the Seventies" festival that also includes movies.
* Monday-Friday on VH1 at 10 p.m., "100 Greatest Women of Rock 'n' Roll." Twenty artists are profiled during one hour each night over five days, in the same style as last year's "100 Greatest Artist of Rock 'n' Roll." The previous night's shows repeat at 9 before the new set of 20 airs at 10. Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, all 100 choices will air, with the top 20 featured at 10 p.m.
* Wednesday on TBS at 8:05 p.m., "National Geographic Explorer" tells the story of Manfred von Richtofen, the World War I German aviator known as the Red Baron whose air combat manual, written almost 80 years ago, is still used to teach basic principles of aerial battle.
Also debuting: "Iran: Behind the Veil," in which National Geographic photographer Alex Avakian explores her roots (her grandparents left the country in 1923). Given unprecedented access, Avakian gets glimpses of Iran's youth culture, the lives of the women behind the veils as well as politically charged prayer meetings. Repeats: 1:10 a.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.
* Saturday on A&E at 9 p.m., "A Touch of Frost: Appendix Man," in which Frost's resignation is shelved as he follows the fingerprints of a "dead man" into a labyrinth of duplicity and deception.